Trip Start Nov 18, 2009
235Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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This morning when walking to breakfast by the beach, we ran to the upstairs Adult only Infinity pool in the forlorn hope that the Towel Squad had not bagged all the beds. We were lucky so bagged two for ourselves. We spent the whole day in the pool and on the beds, although we had to seek the shade once or twice. We kept quiet and did not speak to anyone till we went for cocktails. We had popped back to our room for an outside bath in between. Unusual for us not to socialise but too tired.
Late this afternoon there was a wedding at the hotel. The wedding was held at an area of the grounds with a small Temple and the staff had laid a pathway to the Temple made out of flower petals. It sounds lovely but the Temple is just at the edge of the sun bed area for the pool. Therefore as the bride arrived she was greeted by 40 or 50 hotel guests in swimmies who had all pulled there sun beds up for a gawp
The best bit was right next to the temple is a square platform covered by a grassy roof, that is used to get some shade. The hotel staff had not sectioned this off before the ceremony so two people, seemingly absolutely oblivious to the occasion, stayed on this platform completing puzzle books……They must have been so thick not to have quietly moved away as the bride had to walk right past them. It was interesting but confirmed the need to have someone in the wedding party with a bit of clout to get things sorted. Laid back is one thing but we suspect that the whole event must have cost them thousands. It passed away an hour or so although we did not listen to the ceremony
We sat outside the cocktail lounge as it was really busy and ended up having a long chat with a couple of Aussies. Really nice couple and chatting to them meant that we got away late into town to look for the Indo-National restaurant, which has a good reputation and is meant to be worth while seeing.
We walked to the crossroads about 500 metres from the hotel and our directions said to go straight across. We went down a small alley and after a few hundred metres decided it was getting too narrow and deserted, so we returned. We then walked down an adjoining road for miles…..but not many restaurants in the area. This has been a really interesting area to walk around, with some intriguing buildings and garden areas. Walked back to go to one of two or three restaurants near the hotel, and then saw that we had walked past the Indo-National which was only a hundred metres from the hotel entrance and nowhere near the crossroads mentioned in the travellers bible…..Lonely Planet.
We had a reasonable meal and a nice walk back. Quite a late night for us.