Bali is one of the most popular destinations in South East Asia and I am more than delighted to have finally crossed this island off of my traveling checklist. This escapade was also meant to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary.
Thanks to Air Asia, we got to snatch an awesome deal: a travel package of flight and hotel (with breakfast) for the both of us at the reasonable price of less than USD $600.
As usual, one catch of a great deal is that the flight is at an off hour. We took an evening flight out of KLIA and arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport at around 950pm. By the time we got to our hotel, it was close to 11pm.
We were absolutely impressed with Grand Aston’s hospitality at the front desk and their little surprise for us when we got to our room. There were floral arrangements on the bed, a congratulations-on-your-anniversary card, and a yummy chocolate mousse dessert.
And yes, I had a late night dessert before jumping into bed. Ain’t that naughty?
Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort was definitely an ideal selection for a romantic escapade. Located at Nusa Dua, this resort has given us the aura of relaxation and serenity, which is perfect for couples who are seeking for comfort, rejuvenation and peace.
The resort has its own access to a private beach along the Tanjong Benoa.
We were in love with the lagoon pool which was surrounded by the beautiful tropical trees.
With a hot and humid weather all day long in Bali, we did not hesitate to get into the waters right after breakfast.
Bumbu Bali Restaurant & Cooking School was only a 5 minute walk from Grand Aston Resort. It’s one of the authentic, multi award winning Balinese restaurant in the region. This has definitely fulfilled our tropical island paradise’s discovery with Bali’s finest dishes. Take a look at the menu below.
Indonesian Ice Lemongrass Tea was truly a refreshing drink in the midst of the scorching heat in Bali.
See the amount of food on the table for lunch? Are we nuts? Haha!
We had ordered Sate Campur (mixed grill) that included Siap Mepanggang (grilled chicken in roasted coconut sauce), Siap Base Kalas (chicken in spicy coconut sauce) and Pesan De Pasih (marinated grilled fish in banana leaf).
Mike and I gave all our thumbs up to this dining experience. It was really delicious and we wanted more!
Rubbing our big bellies after lunch, we headed back to the poolside area at Grand Aston.
A chilled fresh pineapple juice was perfect that afternoon. Besides, all we wanted to do was to relax in this trip.
In the evening, we were too lazy to roam anywhere further than Tanjong Benoa/Nusa Dua area, the hotel recommended us to Seafood Lagoon for a decent dining experience.
The restaurant didn’t seem crowded when we got there around 730pm. To be honest, we were a little nervous and wondered if we had picked the wrong restaurant.
We braved ourselves and ordered their Lagoon Mixed Grill.
And the famous Bebek Betutu (roasted duck in spicy sauce) which Mike enjoyed it tremendously.
Their prices were slightly lower compared to Bumbu Bali’s, and I think it was decent enough for anyone who has yet to experience local Balinese cuisine.
And this was how we ended our first day in Bali.
Stay tuned for Day 2 and Day 3’s entries.