Ubud to Nusa Dua
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
181Trip End Jul 23, 2013
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We both woke early, even though I could have done with a lie in. I think the fact that I still had to pack might have been in my subconscious. We had our last lovely breakfast and were packed and ready to leave by 11:00 - typically our taxi had been ordered for 12:30 hrs, so we had of fair amount of time to wait.
It took over an hour and a half to travel the relatively short distance from Ubud to Nusa Dua, primarily due to traffic travelling through the city of Densapar. I didn't quite mind as I spent the time sightseeing out of the window and thinking about the wonderful time we would have at the new hotel and 5* beach resort that would be awaiting us. I imagined driving into the resort on a road a little like sunset boulevard, so you can imagine how disappointed I was when we turned off the main street into a stony untarmacced road, lined with grubby looking stalls and dodgy looking restaurants with faded menu boards. Was this really the road the wonderful hotel was on? Sadly it was.
We drove very slowly down the road stopping now and again to avoid pot holes/cess pits, piles of cement and stray dogs. The taxi driver didn't know where our hotel was, so we were all keeping an eye out. All of a sudden I spotted a sign for our hotel, directing us right. On the basis of the surrounding environment, I was almost too scared to be the first witness of where we would be staying for the next 7 nights. Bracing myself, I craned my neck to have a good look and sighed a huge sigh of relief - the hotel looked lovely.
A porter greeted us and took our bags up to reception. Once in the hotel, it was easy to forget the environment outside. We checked in and were told to take a seat in the reception area. The receptionist bought us some cold flannels whilst we waited. We thought we were waiting for a porter to help us with our bags to our Deluxe room, but sadly this was not the case. We were greeted by the hotel Sales Manager who told us that due to a technical error, there was no room for us until the next day, and that we would have to stay in another hotel for one night. We were both furious as full payment had been made weeks ago through Agoda. The Sales Manager offered us compensation in the form of a free foot massages - that hardly made up for the let down and inconvenience, so we told her we didn't want a foot massage. We let her know how absolutely unhappy we were about the whole situation, but didn't really have any other choice than to accept that we would have to spend one night at another hotel.
The hotel minibus took us and the Sales Manager to a hotel about 500 metres back along the ugly road we had just driven down. She stayed with us while we checked in and told us that the minibus would be back to collect us in the morning at 10:00, after breakfast. Terry again reiterated his unhappiness at the whole situation and a loose agreement was made to discuss it again the next day.
We were taken to another hotel, the Bali Relaxing Resort and Spa, and were taken to a room which had an obscured sea view and overlooked a large swimming pool. It was a nice hotel with all the mod cons like air con and a nice shower, but we didn't really feel settled. It seemed pointless unpacking just for one night, so we stayed in our clothes and took a walk out of the back of the hotel and down to the beach path. We were both quite hungry and had considered eating at the hotel but thought we would scout the local vicinity first as the hotel prices seemed high. We couldn't find anywhere that served food by the beach other than at neighbouring hotels, so cut through a hotel back on to the awful road. We stopped at the first little cafe that we came to as by this time were famished. We ordered coffees, a token salad (me) and a club sandwich (Terry). We both agreed after we had eaten, that the food was insufficient, overpriced and awful.
We returned to the hotel and both had a shower as we were all hot and bothered. Terry had a little nap whilst I watched the TV - I would have liked to have tried out the pool but couldn't be bothered to unpack my suitcase just for that.
In the evening we took a walk to an Indian restaurant we had clocked whilst out earlier. We shared a few dishes and had a couple of beers; the food was quite tasty but was served only luke warm, so by the time you got to the end of a dish, the food was cold. We certainly hadn't got off to a good start in Nusa Dua!