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Bali - An Indonesian Paradise

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An October 2002 trip to Bali by kimca

Grand Mirage Photo, Bali, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: Bali-how can you describe it? The sights, the smells, the culture--it has a unique feeling all its own. The minute you step off the plane, you get chills.. because you have landed on the Isle of Smiles.

Grand Mirage

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Hotel

Grand Mirage Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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When we pulled up to the Grand Mirage, we knew we were in for a treat. As we usually travel as backpackers, this hotel with its marble lobby, was everything we were looking for. We had booked a garden view room to cut down on costs but were happily surprised to see we had been put in a beach view room. The room was spacious and clean, with a good size balcony. Our room overlooked the pool as well as the beach, which made for a gorgeous view. (The hotel is beach front.) The bathroom was marble with a shower and separate bathtub, with an extendable washing line if you wanted to hang up wet bathing suits etc. One odd thing was that there were shutters on one side of the bathroom, in case ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2002

Grand Mirage
Jl. Pratama 74
Bali, Indonesia
62-361-771888

Aromas

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Restaurant

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We had heard from others that Aromas was a wondeful place to eat.. and yum, was it ever!! The first time we went, we didn't even realize it was a vegetarian restaurant-and me being vegetarian! My boyfriend is a big meat eater and loved it as well. We ended up eating at Aromas 3 times during our stay as we loved it so much. We tried many things including the vegetarian tacos and everything was so delicious. The chocolate cake was wonderful, not too sweet. Also incredible were the juices. This being my first time to Bali, I had never tried watermelon juice. One glass and I was hooked! They also made a wide range of mixed juices, all came with piece of fruit or decorative touch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2002

Aromas
Jalan Legian Kelod
Bali, Indonesia 80361
+62 361 751 003; 761

Jimbaran Bay

Attraction

Jimbaran Bay Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Jimbaran Bay is a cove shaped beach, popular for its seafood restaurants. As I don't eat seafood, so we weren't much into going for dinner, but we decided to take a walk along the beach anyway. The beach is clean, with fishing boats strung all along it. Boats are constantly heading out to pick up the catch of the day for the restaurants that dot the beach. It's hard to tell where one restaurant starts and one stops! They consist of plastic tables and chairs set up on the beach where you can feast on all sorts of seafood and overlook the water as well. We decided to have a few drinks at one place and watch the sunset. It was slightly cloudy that day though so the sun...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 27, 2002

Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran Bay
Bali, Indonesia

Day with a Driver

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Bali Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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As there were many things we wanted to see in Bali, we decided to hire a driver for the day. (You will have no shortage of people offering to be your driver, so pick the one that you feel the most comfortable with and the one that speaks your language comfortably). We were picked up and before we knew it, we were dropped off to see the Barong dancing--dancers in traditional costumes tell stories using singing and movement. It wasn't something I would have chosen to see, and at CND$20, it was pretty over priced, but it was interesting nonetheless. It was very touristy, which ruins it a bit. I was happy they gave you a little pamphlet on what was happening in each act of the show or it woul...Read More

Tanah Lot Sunset Tour

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Tanah Lot Sunset Tour Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Our package to Bali included five free tours, but we aren't big on buses, so we decided to do a half-day tour first to see what they were like. A small bus came to pick us up at our hotel at around 2pm and we continued on to pick up other people, then headed to the company headquarters where we boarded a larger bus. Our first stop was Taman Ayun Temple, the water temple. (No sarong and sash needed for this temple, unlike most others.) This temple symbolizes the union between the sea and the mountains. We had just started to go in, when we were approached by about 10 children, around the age of 10 wearing shirts that said "English School." They wanted to ask us questions like,...Read More