Bayside, New York
November 16, 2001
The veranda offered a view which words cannot justify, so I have included a picture of what greeted us every morning. You can make use of the armchairs and coffee table if you can bear the heat or if you get up before dawn as we did.
Inside, native prints adorn the wall above the huge sofa, which is flanked by 2 oversized rattan and bamboo armchairs and a huge, low table which miraculously held a lot of literature, computers, etc..To the left of the sitting area is the kitchen which is raised one step and has a bar, a refrigerator, plenty of drawers, basic glassware and utensils.
The bathroom is grey marble and the water pressure not so hot(pun sorry), but who cares? Wall to Wall mirror and an appreciated reminder not to drink the water sit above the sink.
Immediately outside the bedroom is a dressing room with a huge triple closet with shutter doors. A wall to wall mirror with a marble ledge which served as an all purpose boudoir, storage, jewelry chest, passport holder, etc..
The bed looks like an altar. It''''s huge and above it is an intricate woodworking that is reminiscent of temple portal; the carving is intricate, and the colors are predominantly green and red. The stillness of the air is deafening, but you don''t dare disturb it for fear that you might break the spell you had entered.
We had IDD telephone in the room, cable TV, individual room temperature controls, and the much needed hair dryer. Be careful when you make phone calls with your phone cards as the hotel charges are exhorbitant. I think our phone bill was almost as high as what we paid for the room.
Be especially careful if you are on line, as I was with my daughter Michele, for over an hour chatting away on AOL. Those rupiahs do add up.
The hotel provides free airport pick which is less than 10 minutes away, and free shuttles twice a day to the shopping center nearby. Mutiple restaurants on the premises, pools, and eating al fresco; breakfast was free and what incredible service! Dinner had a different theme everynight and I''ll do that under another entry. The Holiday Inn Bali Hai offers a sweeping view of the Indian Ocean.
From journal Tuban-Gateway to Bali