Inside Melasti Spa, the highest rated spa in Legian on TripAdvisor.
Inside Melasti Spa, the highest rated spa in Legian on TripAdvisor.
We got up early on our last day. We wanted a good table at breakfast. We ended up getting the same table we got on our first morning which was nice.
We picked up our clean fresh laundry and went back up to our room for the last time to pack our bags. We checked out at midday and then headed over to Melasti Spa for our last pamper. I spent a very long time trying to explain to them that Shaun and I both wanted an hour massage and then I wanted a half hour manicure and half hour pedicure but Shaun just wanted an hour manicure (his feet are too ticklish). I thought they got it but obviously not because we ended up with the same treatment. Shaun didn’t correct them so he got his pedicure.
The whole two hours was lovely but during my massage I got my head massaged which felt great but she used massage oil and after checking out I had no access to a shower which killed me.
We went to Kuta to do a final shop where Shaun got a watch that he loves and I got some fake Tiffany jewellery. We walked back along the beach to the resort and chilled out by the pool until it was time for dinner. Pizza at the sunset bar at Padma seemed perfect for our last meal.
After dinner we waited in the foyer for our airport transfer. We got picked up by someone from Destination Asia as well as a driver. The Destination Asia man spent the whole half an hour trip guilt tripping us because we booked our experiences through the hotel and not through his company. The person who picked us up from the airport said nothing about booking through them and didn’t even get in the car with us. It was extremely frustrating listening to him. He said he wasn’t trying to make us feel bad but continued to tell us how little money he was making and how his company was responsible for our trip and how much cheaper we could have gotten everything if we went through him.
When we got to the airport we followed the signs and this time I didn’t let anyone touch my bag. All lighters were confiscated (even in checked luggage) which meant our fluid was taken but because our magic wallet didn’t actually have any fluid in it we were allowed to keep it. Yay.
There were many shops at the airport just like the ones in Bali and we still hadn’t escaped the people asking if we wanted a massage or hair braided. We got on the plain at 11:45pm hoping to get some sleep. We didn’t get any. The flight seemed much longer than the flight on the way to Bali.
We arrived in Melbourne at about 7:30am and the plan was to go straight to bed. I was going to buy the watch I wanted duty free at the airport but the shops on the way out aren’t the same as the ones on the way in and they didn’t have it. Mum picked us up and we headed to Maccas for breakfast. It was nice not to have the option for seconds. I wont miss the buffets. We got home and I decided to power through the day and not go sleep.
After going through everything I bought and all my photos with mum, I finally had a shower and washed the massage oil out of my hair (24hours later). We invited our friends over and after doing the present thing we all went to Fast Eddies to play some pool. The day seemed so strange because everything that had happened the day before felt like it had happened that morning.
The greatest thing about being home is the air. You get so used to the air in Bali and when you get home it’s like being in the country with the air so fresh. I jut wish it wasn’t so cold.
Yesterday morning we finished off all our present shopping at Ketut’s. We’re so over bartering so Ketut’s is the perfect place to go.
We had organised to be picked up from the resort at 12:00 – 12:30 for white water rafting so we got ready and waited in the foyer. Our bus arrived already with a family of Queenslanders (they were very annoying). The trip to where our rafting adventure began was about probably about an hour. It went quite quickly because we were looking out the window the whole time at the amazing rice fields and rain forests.
We arrived at the rafting place where we were given a buffet lunch. We then got our helmets and life jackets and walked down about a million stairs to the river. When we got to the bottom my legs were shaking uncontrollably, not because I was scared, it was from the walk down the stairs. I heard some other people say their legs were doing it too so I didn’t feel quite so unfit.
We jumped into the rafts and were briefed quickly, it all seemed to make sense and was pretty straight forward. We were in a raft with two Danish guys. We began rafting and our captain/instructor was making sex noises for the first 10 minutes. He was leader of all the rafts which was great because our raft was always so far ahead which meant better photo opportunities.
The whole rafting trip was about two hours and 9kms. When I heard it was two hours I couldn’t imagine how it could be that long but it went so quickly because it was so much fun. I could have gone for another two hours. It wasn’t scary at all, that doesn’t mean I didn’t scream, but they were excited screams. Compared to the Waterbom Park it was nothing, just a really good workout and amazing views. There were a few spots where we got to jump out of the raft and float down the river.
Our raft finished far before the others. At the end we had to climb a million steps where there was a bus waiting at the top to take us back to where we had lunch so we could shower and grab our bags. We then got back into a bus with the Queenslanders and off to the Elephant Safari Park.
The park was amazing. It was nothing like the zoo. The elephants were looked after at the zoo but in comparison this was an elephant paradise. Many were walking around freely and the huge park had a total of 30 elephants. First we got to look around the museum which was actually very interesting. We also met our tour guide who was by far Shaun and I’s favourite Balinese person we’d met. He somehow had an English accent and said words like “Groovy” and “Cheerio”. We asked him where he learned English and he said he learned it at school and gets to practice it working at the park. I don’t think he realised how different he sounded but he was awesome.
We then got to feed the baby elephants. They were cheeky little buggers. They would try to grab the bamboo out of your hand when you weren’t looking. Me and Shaun had a photo taken with them and while I was facing the other way the two of them each grabbed one of my arms and were pulling. They get a good grip too.
We then got to feed the big elephants and then went to watch the elephant talent show. Our favourite guide gave a commentary and we learned a lot. The elephants took bows, played basketball, soccer, walked along a plank, sat down and showed us their belly buttons, did maths, played the harmonica and swung around a hula-hoop. After the 15 minute show we had another elephant ride. This one was so much different from the zoo. It wasn’t level ground and it was completely dark with the starriest sky we’ve seen since in Bali. It was also freezing because we were up in the mountains. Our elephants name was Ola and the man who was riding her was lovely. We learned in the show that each elephant only has one trainer and they form a very special bond. He told us that Ola and him had been together for eight years and were like brother and sister and they’d come from Sumatra together to the park. It was so sweet how much he obviously loved her.
After our twilight ride we had a buffet dinner at the park which was lovely. We got back into the bus and this time the trip didn’t go so quickly. We were exhausted and looking forward to bed more than ever. I think everyone in the car fell asleep and when we arrived back at our resort we collapsed into bed.
Today is our last full day in Bali. So sad. We have no plans which is quite nice. Tomorrow we’re getting picked up at 8:40pm to go to the airport for our midnight flight. We’ve booked in a spa day tomorrow for both of us. Shaun’s going to get a one hour manicure. I’m not even doing that!
I asked for no fur.
This morning was one to look forward to. We got picked up from our hotel at about 9:00am. There was a bit of confusion because the driver was told that there were four people to pick up under Shaun’s name. After a few phone calls all was sorted, we picked up some people from another hotel and were on our way.
We arrived at the dolphin place where we got onto a boat and were taken to a huge pontoon-like structure out in the ocean where they trained the dolphins. We were told we got to go into a pen with Dino. He’d been rescued (not quite sure what from) and trained in just three months. There was another family in with Dino. Wife, husband, daughter. The wife didn’t come in the water pen until the very end and took our camera for us and took heaps of photos for us which we were very grateful for. The daughter was scared to touch Dino but warmed up to him in the end.
We got to play with Dino for 40 minutes. We hugged and kissed him, we played fetch with a rock and then a ball, we gave him a massage, we fed him, attempted to lift him out of the water (but he weighs about 100kg), felt his teeth and tail, watched him leap over a jump and then jump up and hit a ball that was very high up. Some of this we got to watch from underwater with goggles.
The 40 minutes went so quickly but it was amazing, it might even top riding an elephant. I couldn’t wipe the huge grin off my face the whole time we were in there.
We caught the boat back and were given some fruit and drinks. Then our driver took us back to our resorts. He dropped the other people off first and was then very chatty with us, offering to drive us round for a whole day to different places he recommended. The monkey forest in Ubud, the Uluwatu rock temple, Nusa Dua for watersports. All these places sounded amazing and we were seriously considering his offer.
When we got back I tried to figure out how we could fit all these new things into three days. It stressed me out and after stressing over it for far too long we decided to stick to the original plan and do all that next time we’re in Bali. We spent the afternoon failing at buying watches again (this time giving up because they’re still just too expensive) and walking along the beach.
We sat on the beach and watched the sunset, it got so close to the horizon tonight but then covered by a cloud at the very bottom of the skyline. It was still the best sunset we’ve seen. We then had pizza at Bella Rosa. There were no tables along the beach but we found a very nice sun lounge in a more secluded area. The pizza wasn’t as good the second time but was still good.
We went the long way around to grab a movie on the way back to the room. We grabbed a couple so hopefully one works. On the second night we were in Bali we saw someone selling a flaming wallet along the beach. Ever since we’ve been hoping to see another. Tonight was our night. The man said the wallet was $25AUD but we told him all we had on us was just over $6AUD (truth) and he sold it to us for that. We can’t figure out how to use it yet but we will.
Tonight was the first time the sun wasn’t behind clouds. We thought we were finally going to see the sun hit the horizon but just before it did… a small cloud got in the way. It was still beautiful and probably the nicest we’ll see by the looks of the weather forecast.
Today was a strange day. We slept in again, I don’t like sleeping in. It feels like wasting the day, but I also don’t like setting an alarm. We had breakfast and then went to Ketut’s and picked up our laundry. We bought a couple of things at Ketut’s, it was nice not having to barter but as we didn’t get there as early as we’d hoped it very quickly filled up and we were out. While out I also bought four handbags from one store for about $17AUD each. We picked up our laundry and came back to our room. The laundry smelled lovely and seemed so much cleaner than when we do it at home. Unfortunately a few of the dresses I’ve bought while in Bali shrank but it’s fine because now I have a few tops instead.
Yesterday while at the spa, I commented on another ladies sandals and she told me to go to Matahari, a department store in Kuta sqaure. We caught a taxi there and realised we’d already been in the store but we didn’t go up the escalators. The store was four floors and so much bigger than we originally thought. On the second level there was more shoes than I’ve ever seen in one place. It was so frustrating because if you wanted to try on in your size you had to get an employee to get your size and they would take about 10 minutes to come back with the size. After spending about an hour looking at shoes and trying on about four pairs I gave up and left without buying anything.
Another plan for the day was to buy a few watches (all in one place so we could get them cheaper) this was also frustrating because I wanted Shaun to do it and Shaun wanted me to do it. Neither of us were really in the mood for bartering. We looked in quite a few shops and stalls but gave into frustration again and returned to the resort to relax by the pool.
We decided to try to go to Potato Head for dinner tonight. The most common recommendation we have heard is “Go to Potato Head”. I say try because we heard that we needed to make a reservation at least three days in advance but we figured it wasn’t peak season so we’d just rock up and give it a shot.
We actually found it difficult to find a taxi. Normally there’s one just outside the lobby in our resort we can jump into. We settled for one that wasn’t a Bluebird because we were told we had to be at Potato Head for sunset and we were going to miss it. The taxi driver had no idea what Shaun was saying and ended up calling someone and giving Shaun the phone. Shaun told the person on the phone we wanted to go to Potato Head and they knew straight away and gave the driver directions. It must have been peak hour in Bali because we were barely moving. It was probably about a 30 minute drive that would have been a 15 minute walk. We would have gotten lost walking though. Driving through Seminyak made us realise how different it is. Much pricier. Fancy boutique dress stores and high concrete fences on exclusive resorts or villas.
We arrived at Potato Head and from the outside it was a ridiculous high wall made out of different coloured shutters. There was an Indonesian woman and an Australian woman standing at the entrance with head sets and a bouncer standing in front of the entrance with one of those red rope things. We asked if there was anything available and the Australian woman talked to someone through her headset and told us there was no tables but there was a day bed available where we could order dinner.
It was not just a restaurant like we thought. It was completely overwhelming and I can’t do it any justice by describing it in words. It was called “Potato Head Beach Club” and was more of a club atmosphere but without the dancing. It was three separate restaurants in an open plan layout with day beds by a pool and a spa. It wasn’t part of a resort, it really was just a club/restaurant with a pool and spa and you can bring your bathers with you. We were told before we were sat down that there was a minimum $50AUD spending limit. Originally we were thinking we’d need to get a few courses, drinks and mains to make the limit but turns out we couldn’t afford anything other than mains which well exceeded the limit.
This place was the kind of place you see the ridiculously filthy rich people go in movies. Places like this don’t exist in real life, or apparently they do. It was absolutely amazing but I just couldn’t get my head around it. I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t really enjoy it. I think it was just the mood I was in but I wish I had have had some idea what I was in for. I found that I was screwing my nose up at it instead of just embracing it. I desperately wanted to enjoy myself but for some reason I just couldn’t.
When we left they had a driver take us back to our resort. The car was lovely and still had new car smell and plastic on the visors. When we got back we sat by the pool and relaxed. For some reason we both needed it. It was nice that this was our pool. I think we both felt more comfortable at our resort. It was a relief to be back. I’m so excited for tomorrow morning. We’re going swimming with Dolphins. That is definitely more my kind of thing. We’ve booked in for lunch on Friday at Potato Head, hoping I can enjoy it now that I know what to expect. We figured we might as well book and if on the day I’m not in the mood we can just cancel.