16.03.2017 31 °C
Had a extra long sleep in this morning. Took our time getting up and went and had breakfeast. As usual a great start to the day. Back to our toom and slowly started to pack everything. We have loved our time here at Gajah Biru and hope to come back again. If you ever come to Ubud do yourself a favour and stay here. Said our goodbyes to staff, especially Gede who has been our go to man during our stay. Our car arrived to take us to Sanur and off we set. Goodbye Ubud hello Sanur.
Driver picked us up from hotel and drove through bali for another hour until we reached our hotel the Tamukami. This hotel is a bit more of a resort than the bungalows we stayed at in Ubud. Very impressive entrance and lovely balinese design building. Got checked in had complimentary drink also got to meet the owner. Old Belgian man in his late 70s named Eugene. He built this place 25 years ago. To our room. Clean, tidy and the mod cons. All good. Time for a beer then hit the streets to get our bearings.
The first thing we noticed about being in Sanur was how flat is is. Ubud was very hilly. Even though our hotel is one street from the beach there is no direct access to the beach as the big resorts have the only access. So we had to walk down a couple of blocks then down a road to the beachfront. As we walking along we stumbled upon the hotel jen had been to 30 years ago, the Besakih Beach Hotel. Ahh the memories.
The beachfront of Sanur is very much a tourist scene. Lots of resorts, shops, bars, restaurants, massage etc all along the beachfront. Jen and i found a nice spot sat back and took it all in. Us aussies are spoilt for beaches so they have to be pretty good to impress us. Sanur is ok. Took a wander down the beachfront which was nice and pleasant.
A couple of ladies who own stalls bailed us up and wanted us to visit their stores. Jen was up for some shopping so we went. They were selling dresses, shirts, pants etc. Jen picked a few things then the fun started. Time to haggle. The came in with a very high price. I dont usually haggle, however, jen isnt that comfortable with the conversion so i took over. They were not happy with my offer however i stood firm and they agreed. 1-0 to us. Next one i brought a couple of t shirts and jen a dress. Same thing again way to high. Stood firm 2-0. That was enough of shopping. Had a bit more of a walk around and then back to the hotel to cool down. Got a good read on the layout and will be better for the walk around.
Got cooled down got ready then headed out for dinner. Hit the street and the choice was endless. So what do we choice? Pizza! An italian pizza/pasta place which was the busiest on the street. Very good pizza. Went across the road to an aussie sports bar and watched the end of the storm v broncos. Storm won. Went for a walk down main street and had a look at what was about. A lot cooler walking in the evening. Town is very quiet at the moment as it is the low season. Lots of empty restaurants. Back to our hotel and the end of our first day in Sanur.