July 23, 2015 15:29
Dear travel diary,
I’ve seen all of your comments on previous chapters of my travel diary and I will answer them when I come back to Sweden :) Our fourth stop is Kuta Beach and five star beach front hotel Sheraton. The surroundings is pretty busy since it’s beachfront and you got everything from restaurants, a full size mall and mini marts. The mall is actually connected to the hotel and has stores like Zara, Topshop, Victoria’s Secret and stuff like that. Before going here we’ve been told by many that this beach is a good place for beginners to surf. So we were particularly excited about this spot!
The first thing you’re hit by in the check-in is the massive view over the pool and the ocean. We were really hungry since the traffic was jammed on our way here but that didn’t get my mood down since I got to eat pizza while watching the sun go down right after we arrived. I hear myself repeating “sunset” and “sundown” a lot but it’s just really magical doing things, or doing ANYTHING while sun set!!
The hotel is quite big and has European standard when it comes to rooms and food. We stayed in a one bedroom and it was quite small but fresh and clean. We didn’t stay too much in the room since the hotel was beach front and had a lot of action going on around it.
Sheraton has some in-house restaurants that serve really high standard food. The pictures below is from their Italian restaurant “Bene” which we actually ate three times during our two nights. It’s also my favorite restaurant so far this trip. It’s three floored and on the first night we ate at the roof top (in the sun set of course ;)) which was magical. Since I was really excited to go surfing the next day it was extra magical seeing silhuettes of surfers in the color full ocean.
And yes, of course I visited the Spa. I had a balinese 60 minutes massage which might have been top three massage or spa experiences I’ve ever gotten (maybe except for my naprapath due to some difficulties in my back…). I might have just needed one real bad, I don’t know, but it was good, really good :)
As a lot of the hotels Sheraton also has some activities or special events that might happen during your stay. Every Sunday they have the “Market Brunch” which is a concept brunch which we couldn’t miss to check out. That exact day we had really late breakfast which made us just going for the sweets and desserts but they have everything you want in a brunch. Not only waffles, ice cream and chocholate fondue, but also Italian pastas, Babi Guling, asian stuff and fresh fruits etc etc. Everybody also got one vegetable or fresh fruit to bring home to symbolize the “going to the market” concept. I like concepts and this was a good one.
The same evening the hotel also had the “White Magic Sunset” pool party. We actually sat on the lobby balcony editing pictures and blogging. Better there with a DJ and all ;)
The next day we finally went surfing! Wohooo! The waves were at first pretty big and what I learned on my trip to Marocco has really helped. I felt that even though the waves were big, I caught most of the waves I went for, not bragging our anything ;) We got our boards at “Patamuanpata” (?) which was right outside of our hotel. I think the guys were help full and we got one board for 150,000 rupia for 4 hours, which is like 100 SEK. We didn’t negotiate much so just don’t pay more than that ;) Also, I didn’t actually surf with this board on the picture, it was just looked so much better with my shorts ;) Haha!
Over all Sheraton is one of the hotels I definitely would go back to if ever going back to Bali. I like Kuta and I like that it was beach front. I liked the spa and I loved their restaurants. The rooms were OK and the surroundings had a lot to offer. So if you’re in the mood of a little action. This is your place!!! Xx