We went to Bali in
end of March which the rainy season hasn't
"officially" finished so there is still a bit of
rain. We decided to go to Bali because it is
cheap. There was a bombing in Bali in 2002 and
that scares off a lot of tourists. Meanwhile
there was SARS around this year and people rather
not to go to any public places like airplanes.
All these hit the Indonesian tourism a lot and so
there were many good deals around to beg people to
go to Indonesia.
We've booked a garden view
superior room in Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua. This
was the first time I've been to Grand Hyatt in Bali.
The hotel was very quiet and it was raining
slightly. The hotel receptionist offered to
upgrade us to their Grand Club at no extra costs.
I think they are trying to promote their club plus
the hotel was probably half empty so they don't mind
let you try the good stuff and hope that you will
like it and come back. And we do like it and
we did go back in 2004.
While I was waiting for my husband to check in, I
was sitting in the Grand Club lounge which is next
to a pond. The whole lounge was actually
raised from the pond so when I turned round, I saw a
heron stand still right behind my chair next to the
pond. It took me a while to decide that it's
real and not a statue!
The Grand Club room is wonderful. It's very
spacious and it allows you to convert one of the
seating arrangement near the balcony to a proper bed
for my 7-year old. He doesn't have to sleep in
a sofa or have an extra bed in the room and takes up
lots of space. It will make a good family
The wild life here is not limited to herons.
During breakfast, one of our live entertainment is
to watch the heron stand by the pond and wait for
fish. It would stand very still for quite a
long time and then it suddenly pecked into the water
and next second it was trying to swallow a big fish
into its throat.
There are ducks around the pond and sometimes you
will even see them have a stroll on the garden lawn.
If you don't like lizard, however, you probably
shouldn't look around the lawn or pond too much or
you will find a 2 foot long lizard sunbathing itself
in the hotel garden or have a swim in the pond.
Pictures of Bali here