We packed up in the morning as it was the last day in Pemuteran at the Taman Sari resort. Minggus transported us 5 hours across the island to Kuta where we stay for 2 days before we would fly back to Thailand to start our next leg of the trip.
As we drove in to Kuta we noticed how much busier things were, traffic was crazy, tourists everywhere and big franchise brands were everywhere. We had definitely left the sleepy northern part of Bali and entered a more commercial / tourist area.A
We checked into Hotel Santika, a five star luxury resort. Our room was huge and we were pretty stoked to finish our Bali adventure in style. Our first night in Kuta we were went for a fair well dinner with the Spice Roads team. Minggus fetched us in the van from Hotel Santika, then we drove about 30-40 min from Kuta to an area that I do not remember the name of.
Sam (the owner of Spice Roads Bali) was with us and he explained the area we were in for the fair well dinner is an area where a lot of Xpats live, he and his wife actually lived around there. Sam order a bunch of different things on the menu. While we waited for the food to arrive we were serinaded by a band who sang Bob Marley classics surprisingly well. When our food arrived we munched away at the many different dishes until everything was finished. What an awesome dinner! Afterwards, we watched some bad TV when we got back to our room and fell asleep.
The next day we woke up, Barbs and I went for a run along the walkway that shouldered the beach. The thing we noticed most was the disgusting state of the beaches, hotels cleaned in front of their area, but just next to that was litter galore! It’s really disturbing seeing such a potentially beautiful beach mauled by litter, we never see this sort of thing in South Africa.
After our run we had worked up an appetite, so we headed down to the breakfast room. The buffet breakfast spread was by far the best we had experienced to date. We had the choice of different cold meat, fish, fruits, pastries, juices, cappacino and lots more! It was quite a treat, both of us ate our fill and headed back our room.
We left our comfy hotel room to go out into the madness that is Kuta around 2pm. Our initial plan was to go to the spa for happy hour, buy 1 get 1 free, but they informed us we couldnt get the package we booked on that special even after I had confirmed the day before. I was not impressed, so we didn’t even go for a treatment.
Instead of going to the spa we decided to do some shopping with the last of our Rupiah. As we walked along, the local people were pushy and rude, trying to sell us crap. We were not enjoying the experience, none-the-less we had to get some gift shopping done. We decided to head back to hotel after a little bit of time on the street missioning. Neither of us were very interested in Kuta, it hadn’t “grabbed us” like the rest of Bali, more like repelled us from Kuta.
That evening we decided to pig out on Burger King fast food, so I headed out on my own to get the food. I place an order for what I wanted, paid with my credit card and got something completely different to what I ordered. I wondered why it was so expensive, it was because the person who took my order place 5 meal orders. I complained to the manager, he ended up giving me a complete refund and my dinner.
When I got back to the room I told Barbs what had happened, we ate the food and lay around bloated. I now had cash again, which I didn’t want, so I went out again to brave the madness and get a few last gifts for people back home. When that was done, I was truly done with Kuta, no more pushy sales people and rude Balinese!
We went to sleep, when we woke in the morning we headed to our favorite breakfast buffet room! Damn Hotel Santika rocks! After a phat breakfast we packed the last of our stuff and went to wait in the foyer for our airport taxi.
Minggus was supposed to pick us up at 9am, but nobody arrived, by 9:20am I called Sam and asked what was happening, we found out that Minggus wasn’t fetching, instead another person would fetch us. Now we were annoyed because we were late and didn’t know who and when we would be fetched. It ended up that the driver who was fetching us was not a regular driver for them, he didn’t bother letting them know he was stuck in traffic and only arrived at 9:50am.
We luckily got to the airport quickly, by about 10:10am. Sam had arranged an airport guide to take us through the motions at the airport, from security to checking in to paying airport taxes and then through immigration… Once we were through everything was fine and the stress of being late subsided!
The plane boarded on time and we headed to Thailand on our 4hr flight… Relief!