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3 Apr

New Year Holiday in Bali | Indonesia

We danced and praised how amazing the nature is! When I was standing at the beach, I felt so positive and wished all the unexpected miracles will come again this year because I believe, I’m lucky and blessed.

這次來峇里島之前,從來沒有預料到金巴蘭的夕陽會有如此魔幻的過程,短短的時間內,雲彩的變化好似穿梭在時空的迴廊,漫步旋轉一點也不違和,大自然好壯觀好美妙。

 

Dreaming in the tropical island to escape the freezing cold winter finally took place for the first time in my last New Year Holidays in Bali. Before the end of last year, I knew less about Bali. You might curiously ask me: “Haven’t you ever been in Bali before?” Of course, I’ve flown there couple of times by working. Maybe it is not far away from my country so that I didn’t take it seriously as a trip. What are the differences? Let me explain.

As I mentioned in my last Bali blogpost, all I knew about the island is only Massage, Massage, Massage around our hotel in Kuta. The beach in Kuta is not the beautiful one actually, there is no amazing sunset like Jimbaran, but this area is quite convenient and there are some shopping malls located. So, what does Bali exactly look like ? I used some of my annual leaves to stay in Jimbaran for my New Year Holidays the end of last year to know more about this magical place spoken by western travelers.

 

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Yes, we stayed only in Jimbaran because I just planned 5 days and 4 nights for this holiday trip and this is the second nearest area close to the airport. Believe me, don’t try to be a greedy person otherwise you will be easily stuck in the heavy traffic jam. Why not just utilise the most precious time in one area waking up in the morning with a smiling sunshine kiss? Of course, If you had enough time, I would definitely recommend you to visit Ubud or somewhere else beautiful.

老實說,這是我第一次來峇里島度假,在這之前,我對峇里島的印象真的只有飯店周圍,也就是庫塔 (Kuta)這一帶,很多人或許會問:「妳不是已經飛峇里島很多次了嗎?怎麼會覺得自己和峇里島很不熟?」別忘了,這是工作,凌晨起床飛了5個小時,抵達的時間是下午,通常按摩完天就黑了,再吃個飯差不多體力已透支,要準備休息睡覺,隔天中午就要離開。

由於Kuta沒有很漂亮,優點是購物或吃東西方便以及距離機場最近,以前傻傻地以為這就是峇里島的全貌,為何西方人這麼熱愛峇里島,這個問題真的讓我困惑了很久。當我在booking.com找VILLA住宿做功課的同時,才驚覺原來峇里島分了很多個區域,每個區域都有它獨特的美,在心中長久的疑惑終於有了解答。

以前的我,一直不懂什麼在一個地方放鬆就好,不論上班或是休長假,只想利用最短的時間耗盡體力當背包客,看世界各地的景點,還好現在景點都搜集差不多,也愛上這樣不是趕路看風景而是悠閒漫步的度假模式。跨年不想去寒冷又路途遙遠的地方,於是安排了5天4夜的年假,那就到海島國家度假吧!

這次,我只有選定金巴蘭作為這次度假的主要地點,這一帶有著名的金巴蘭海灘,鄰近的Villa相當地多,當然價位上也是一個很重要的考量,之前看了很多國外blogger的住宿分享,查了一下價位都要倒抽一口氣,其中最心動的當然還是Ayana Resort,這些更高級的享受有機會就留給未來吧!(握拳)

很多人問,為什麼不也去烏布呢?因為扣掉交通時間,實際上只有3個整天,如果來過峇里島的人,一定會知道這裡的交通尤其是尖峰時刻,塞車的程度和印度有的比。基本上,金巴蘭到烏布來回交通要耗費至少兩個小時的路程,我不希望難得的休假一直被困在路上,而且金巴蘭是離機場第二近的地區,所以回程要前往機場的時間比較容易估算  (但還是發生了細胞死了一半的驚險小插曲)。

 

金巴蘭崖私人酒店及水療中心 Jimbaran Cliffs Private Pool Hotel & Spa

 

 

This Jimbaran Cliffs Private Pool Hotel & Spa is located on the cliff of course with a private infinitive swimming pool in each individual room. This is not the luxury villa I would like to search at the beginning but the pool did attract my eyes and there’s beneficial discount for a double room. Why not give it a try?

The hotel staff would pick you up from the airport for free if you made a phone call reservation in advance. On average, all the staffs are pretty hospitable if you need some services. But don’t forget to give small tips before you left.

It seemed like I made a right decision to be here on the first day in Bali. Chilling myself for the personal time in the very quiet private pool while seeing the beautiful pink color sunset. Some grateful words came to my mind: “Thanks for everything in my life. I’m blessed.”

What you see in the picture is that I was sitting on the small wood path over the swimming pool with Bali stylish atmosphere around in the morning. The best thing in the world would be to have a nice breakfast with my favorite fresh orange juice. Time went by so fast. I cherished the last time before check-out and jumped into the water again with the innocent  laughs. I really enjoyed my  first time private swimming pool experience and fell in love with this kind of holiday mode!

第一天住的是很幽靜位在懸崖頂上的獨立小別墅,房間內滿舒適的,每個房間都有私人水療泳池,搭配著峇里島的建築風格,白天或晚上游泳,都讓全身都很放鬆。上班飛這麼多次,第一次休假前來峇里島,沒有人打擾的空間裡,才是完全的放鬆,日落時仰望著的粉紅色雲彩和天空,好想繼續停留在夢裡。

由於這間是出發前幾天,剛好有限時優惠臨時訂的,如果有需要用早餐則要在傍晚前打電話到櫃台預約送到房間,或是隔天早上到早餐室用餐皆可。坐在泳池旁愜意地用餐完之後,再把握最後的時光游泳。

準備出發前可以先和飯店的人員聯絡,穿著傳統服飾的老闆很熱情親自到機場接機。由於這間只住一晚,老闆很好隔天還特地親自開車載我到另一間不遠,接下來要住的Villa,這些接駁費用是免費的,還是記得要給一點小費是這裡的禮貌文化。

 

 

 

藍比尼豪華水療別墅 Lumbini Luxury Villas and Spa

 

 

ONCE you’ve ever lived in a private Villa for couple of days, you will be spoiled for the next time if you come to Bali. My holiday mode actuated indeed from this Lumbini Luxury Villas and Spa which is my favorite one during these days. Staying here is like in the small private paradise. All you have do is just use the phone call and you can get any services you wished.

There are two swans made of bath towels to welcome all the guests on the double room. Outside of the sleeping room, we had a comfortable living room, private swimming pool, and a small yard. The staffs will come to your place to clean the rooms, yard and the pool every day to make sure the environment is clean and tidy.

Breakfast is all included and awesome. You can go to the breakfast room or call for a room service. We just went to the breakfast room and picked up what we would like to eat and asked the staff to send them to our living room. Just take your time to eat as long as you like.

It’s swimming time! Never forget to play DONUTS like a kid. This Pink Donut Tube really matches my Bikini. Most of the time, we usually stayed in the pool after eating the breakfast. But sometimes the sudden heavy rain in this winter season would ruin the holiday vibes. However, watching the pink sunset again is the most unforgettable moment in Jimbaran.

In addition, walking on paths with green trees along in each lane would make you feel like a princess dancing around. Dressing Chiffon and taking a rest under the trees with flowers in such a hot afternoon was not a bad idea.

In general, I gave the thumb up to the service quality. We enjoyed the Rose oil massage in the massage room for 2 hours in including a bobble bath with roses spelling LUMBINI floating on the water. What a little surprise to make the girls so happy and would like to stay forever.

If you are tired of eating room service, you can just make the phone call and the staff will drive the car to pick you up to the entrance. There are some local Indonesian delicious food stands you can try and the prices are very cheap. We ordered Avocado juice with chocolate, fried rices and Chicken Satay to make our dinner so satisfied.

到了藍比尼,度假模式才正式展開,第一次住在所謂的Villa,所有想要的一切服務都由一通電話解決,綠油油的巷弄走道好像在夢幻的叢林之中,這裡就像是個小型的天堂,獨立的住宿空間以及泳池,床上還有用浴巾捲成的愛心狀的天鵝歡迎著每一位入住的嘉賓。

由於這段時間都很容易下短暫的雷陣雨,因此每天早上工作人員都會把泳池的落葉都撈乾淨,保持草地的整潔,房間內外也都是每天都會有人員來清理,喜歡這舒適的客廳空間,基本上,這裡提供的服務都非常好,以這樣中高價位的住宿覺得非常划算。

早餐是免費的,Buffet很豐盛,用餐地點很寬敞,也可以點好餐之後請工作人員送到屋內,基本上用餐的時間就變得非常彈性。中午時間不浪費,兩小時內體驗了不錯的玫瑰精油按摩,並搭配用玫瑰花瓣擺著LUMBINI字樣的泡泡浴,好驚喜的感受與體驗。

基本上,我們在Villa的活動多半是游泳和拍照,在咬一口甜甜圈上飄阿飄,完全不會無聊,玩水其實一整天很快就過去。金巴蘭最有特色的就是它的夕陽,下午如果沒有遇到大雨,夕陽時刻天空呈現的是非常夢幻的粉紫色如畫般的雲彩,靠在泳池邊,頭仰望著上方,這時此刻覺得很像在作夢。

如果想要省餐費,不想要一直叫Room Service,可以打電話請工作人員開高爾夫球車,從房門外載到大門口再走出去,左右兩旁都有一些小吃攤,比起一些餐廳,這可是非常便宜又道地好吃,一份炒飯才一萬印尼盾,10串沙爹才一萬五印尼盾,當然也少不了想念的巧克力酪梨汁。

 

 

 

 

 

奇拉無限8度假飯店 Kila Infinity8 Bali

 

 

This is the cheapest one we stayed during the holidays. In order to balance the travel costs, we choice to stay in this business Hotel for the last night and looked for some events maybe we could join in at the new year’s eve. Otherwise, staying only in the private villa might be kind of boring on this special day. Finally, we chose the beach dinner.

On average, the room is simple but modern and the facilities are quite good. Only one thing under my expectation is the swimming pool. The picture of infinity pool in booking.com looks so fantastic with golden sunset lights. In reality, the view is okey especially in the children area with some old cottages between the green trees when I went to the top. The view in the adult area looks much better with less old objects.

However, any huge tubes are not prohibited to be used on the both sides of the pools because the wind on the top might cause danger. My golden wings unicorn was allowed to be used for 10 minutes but only in the children area so that the picture might not be the best. At least, I tried. It would be a dream if I take the tubes to Santorini with the true infinity pool.

Before leaving and waiting for the taxi to the airport, our luggages were asked to put in the luggage room. During this time, I bought a Tiramisu Smoothie from J.CO but it melted in 10 minutes because of the hot weather. One episode came next. As the hotel staffs told us our taxi driver was waiting, we quickly got into the carand asked the driver if our luggages were already in the back? He smiled and said: Yes! Yes! The hotel staffs said: Yes! as well so that we didn’t double check and believed what they said.

As the driver stopped in front of the the Terminal and didn’t move his body trying to take our luggages out, we estimated something tragedy happened! At first, we thought he was joking but he wasn’t! There were no luggages in this car and we would miss the flight check-in time in one hour.

Oh my goodness! I used a very strict tone to ask the driver send me back to the hotel as hurry as possible otherwise we would miss the flight. At the moment, he finally realized something wrong to speed up all the way. Luckily, there was no rush hour so that I could come back to the airport in time. I didn’t know if it was a trick. At least, we were safe on board back home.

這是最後一天也是最便宜的住宿,其實來峇里島住商務旅館是真的有點浪費,當時只是單純想說飯店應該會有什麼特別的跨年活動可以參加,不然只在Villa自己跨年好像有點少了樂趣。但最後計畫趕不上變化,我們沒有參加飯店的任何活動,反而選擇到附近的金巴蘭海攤,讚嘆著夕陽的變化反而成為了一個美麗的小插曲。

這間旅館的特色是頂樓有看似無邊際的游泳池,但實際上的模樣和網站上落差頗大,儘管下方有一片綠樹卻也充斥著老舊的房舍,基於安全考量,大型充氣物基本上是禁止的,因為頂樓的風比較大,飯店通融我們只能在兒童池使用一下,但這一塊的風景其實沒有很美,至少捕抓到一些有趣的畫面。

艷陽高照的中午,離開前買了J.CO的提拉米蘇冰沙。

 

Travel Tips in Bali

 

Please Double Check the people really understand you especially in southeast Asia. They like to say “Yes” “Yes” and nod their head with smile to pretend they understand everything. But this kind of situation happen in our country or any other Asia countries as well while talking to the foreigners in English. People want to save face even they don’t understand at all.

最令人崩潰的是,在峇里島或是任何東南亞國家,切記切記,這裡的人很愛說“Yes! Yes!”,一臉都笑笑的,但實際上並沒有把你的話聽進去,所以做很多事情之前都要再三確認。

故事是這樣的,我們在最後一天準備離開峇里島前往機場之前,因為這裡很容易塞車,比報到時間再提早估了一個多小時出發。飯店要我們等計程車的時間,先把行李拉到行李室,當他們通知我們司機來了之後,我們在門口問司機行李都放上來了嗎?他點頭說說Yes! Yes! 一旁的飯店人員也沒有任何表示,傻笑地送我們離開。

抵達機場之後,司機坐在原位等著收錢,似乎沒有想要把後車廂打開的意思,我們心想:不會吧?!行李呢?一開始以為司機在跟我們開玩笑,他老兄竟然說沒有行李啊!我的天啊!沒有行李,你載我們來機場做什麼?剛剛不是也問過你了?

只好要他趕快把我載回飯店,他才意識到真的事態嚴重,才又急忙飆車回去再跟飯店的人員要行李,幸好,這段路後來都沒有塞車,順利在報到前抵達機場,結束這趟驚險難忘的旅程。

 

金巴蘭海灘 Jimbaran Beach

 

 

Before coming to the Jimbaran Beach, I had no idea what it exactly looked like and didn’t expect the sunset would be so incredibly flamboyant like natural fireworks in the sky. The sunset and the clouds changed so fast in 5-10 minutes but it was the most beautiful moment in those days.

We danced and praised how amazing the nature is! When I was standing at the beach, I felt so positive and wished all the unexpected miracles will come again this year because I believe, I’m lucky and blessed. The last day of December. I was sitting at the table on the beach while eating the seafood to enjoy the time after appreciating the magical sunset above. Wish all of you dreams will come.

這次來峇里島之前,從來沒有預料到金巴蘭的夕陽會有如此魔幻的過程,短短的時間內,雲彩的變化好似穿梭在時空的迴廊,漫步旋轉一點也不違和,大自然好壯觀好美妙。因此讓我們開始猶豫到底要待在海邊吃晚餐好呢,還是回飯店參加新年餐會呢?

原本跟載我們來海攤的計程車司機約好晚上7點回飯店,但7點打給他的時候,他竟然說路上塞車他趕不過來,可能要一個小時之後才會到吧。這個美麗的小插曲發生的正是時候,也因如此,我們得以如願在金巴蘭海攤上吹著海風大啖海鮮晚餐,12月的最後一天,峇里島的夕陽美的好不真實,不用調色就像站在粉彩畫裡,希望許下的願望在新的一年都能實現!

 

 

Love,

 

 

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