Trip Start Nov 24, 2010
1Trip End Dec 01, 2010
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Today we woke up quite late, which is such a nice change from the rest of this fast-paced year. We knew that breakfast finished at 10am, so we had to move quickly to get there in time. Although there are many restaurants on the island resort, only one serves breakfast. The restaurant was very busy, and the food was all good. We didn't eat a lot at breakfast, because there were so many people, and because we weren’t super hungry. After breakfast, we returned to our already-cleaned room. There were frangipanis on the bed, our shell necklaces shaped as hearts on the bed and our discarded clothes folded. It was amazing how much they accomplished in the short time that we were ate breakfast.
The island is exclusive to the Shangri-La resort, so we decided to explore the island more. We walked right to the top of the island. We found some of the places that we were curious to see on the map that we were given, such as the seaside chapel, the tennis courts and the gym. The seaside chapel was so beautiful, as the altar had floor to ceiling windows, with views right into the ocean. The garden around the chapel was also flawless, with many spots for good wedding pictures. We kept walking until we saw the bridge that separated our island from the mainland. We walked across, just to see what was on the other side. There were very, very few buildings, lots of shrubbery and not many cars either. We spotted a beautician, in an old, worn building. The ladies there were so nice, so we decided to book in for a manicure. We continued down the road to find a restaurant and hotel. We sat there for a drink, the only ones in the restaurant. The hotel staff were very friendly, introducing themselves and making light conversation.
We left and went back to the resort. The walk ended up taking about two and a half hours. We lounged around our hotel room, writing postcards and reading the paper before we decided to go to the gym. The gym was empty, like we had hoped, and we stayed for awhile. We then grabbed some lunch on the way back and ate it by the pool. We then walked to the beautician where I got my nails done. The manicurist was very thorough, and it ended up taking over an hour. It was such a relaxing experience that I nearly fell asleep right in the chair.
We walked back and killed time in the room before our 6pm reservations in the Takala restaurant, which is next door to our room. Dinner was very nice, as we were given a table overlooking the ocean. The waiter was very friendly, and the food was delicious. We then decided to just go back to our room to relax.