Bali Travelogue 3: Amed and Sunrise at Mount Batur

After checking out of Club Med Bali, we made our way from Nusa Dua, the southern tip of Bali to Amed, a coastal region east of Bali which is a haunt for divers. It was a three-hour drive, where we passed by Candi Dasa, another coastal strip, several villages and many rice terraces. The picture below was adapted from Thinglink.com.

We finally made it to Amed after a butt-numbing ride and stayed at Geria Giri Shanti Bungalows, which was awarded Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2014 and 2015. The owners, Liselotte and David, also own Adventure Divers Bali, a fully licensed and accredited dive center based at the bungalows. 

The fan-cooled bungalows with attached bathrooms are located in a lush tropical garden with a choice of double or twin beds. Breakfast is included and free Wifi service is available in communal areas. During high season, between 15 June and 30 September, as well as 20 December to 5 January, it costs USD$30 per night. For the rest of the year, it costs only USD$25!

We were offered a welcome drink while friendly Nyoman, a staff at Geria Giri Shanti, introduced Amed to us and recommended several restaurants to us, which we patronised during our stay.

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Bali Travelogue 2: Sun, Sand and Sea at Club Med Bali

After having a happening afternoon at Waterbom, it was all the fun and activities at Club Med Bali for the next three days. Basically, when you stay at any Club Med, you do not have to go out of the resort because the resort is like a self-sustaining village where everything is included in the amount that you have paid (which explains why it is not exactly cheap to stay there). Everything from food to gym classes to facilities, you name it, it is free, even alcoholic drinks!

Below are some of activities offered at Club Med Bali that we partook in. Do note that these were done over the course of three days.

I woke up early in the morning, around 5.30am when it was still dark outside, to catch the sunrise. However, the direction of the beach seems more suitable for sunsets, as I managed to see the sky brightening up but did not manage to catch the sun.

Along the long corridor which runs adjacent to all the blocks, is the golf course. At certain times of the day, there will be groups of people putting on the green. On the opposite side of the corridor, is a pond in front of the blocks, where you can see wildlife like the Great Egret and Water Monitors.

At breakfast, squirrels are more pest than friend. These daring/ annoying little buggers are very active in the morning and will try to scramble onto your table when you are not paying attention to steal your food. Of course, some of the children were fascinated by them and tried to feed them. If you are afraid of squirrels or would rather eat your breakfast in peace, I suggest you choose a table inside.

Tennis was one of the activities that we enjoyed and tried more than once as Charlotte, our instructor who is as fluent in french as she is skillful in tennis, is an awesome instructor. Sis and I are amateurs and she was patient with us and even in a medium-sized group setting, was still able to give us pointers individually.

Archery for beginners is in the morning. We arrived about five minutes early and managed to get a slot. Those who came on the dot or slightly late had to wait for us to be done before they could try their hand at it. I cannot say that I was a fair shot after the session, but it was pretty fun.

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Bali Travelogue 1: Club Med Bali and Waterbom Park

Sis and I went for a little getaway at Bali in June. For the first part of our trip, we stayed at Club Med, which is located at Nusa Dua. The resort was recently named Best Resort for Families in Asia by Tripadvisor.
The resort was quite a short ride from the airport. We were quickly introduced to our G.O. Deepak, who showed us around the place and led us to our rooms. At Club Med, the facilitators or instructors are called Gentil Organisateurs (G.O) and guests are known as Gentil Membres (G.M). The whole concept is to ensure that you have a unique experience, full of entertainment, services and activities.

The structure of the building is that the smaller rooms are at the top floor and the bigger rooms with spacious terraces or balconies are on the lower floors. There is no lift here at the resort.

We stayed at the no frills standard Club Room, which has a garden view. Since it was a last minute booking, we were left with no other room choice. Also, after staying there, we realised that we spent almost all our hours out of the room that it did not really matter whether we stayed in one with a balcony or terrace.

In your room, you will get a sheet filled with information about various sports and activities around the resort. If you do not want to carry this around with you, there are a few touch screen TVs around the lobby area where you can get similar information.

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