Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by indohoyindohoy on 19 April 2011 • Itinerary
Okay, okay, I know that we’ve been saying that Indonesia is not all about Bali, and Bali is not all about Kuta. But sometimes you just can’t avoid the obvious. Hence, in my last visit to Bali I couldn’t avoid the Kuta area as well. Y’know, with work and visiting old friends and whatnot. Still, most of these places and things were new to me, and I bet to you too. So, read on, guys!
Tea Tree Spa, Tuban
Another treat at a spa, another dozing off on a good traditional Balinese massage. I chose the Tea Tree Spa Signature, as recommended by the spa staff. I could choose the massage oil to be rubbed on my body as well. Out of the 3 choices, I chose the Tea Tree Signature and leave the Balancer and Soother oils perhaps for my next visits here 😛 Each oil is said to have its own specialty, but um.. details are so unnecessary when you’re under the masseuse hands.
The service was very very nice. They washed my feet with warm water and everything, I felt pampered. It’s not uncommon in spa treatments, I know, it’s just that I rarely go to spas in my daily life 😀
They have 5 spa rooms, and when the weather is good you can also choose to be treated in the huts / gazebos on the beach, right on the side of the spa buildings. It would be nice to be massaged while hearing the sound and enjoying the sight of waves, wouldn’t it?
Prices range from ‘only’ IDR 180,000 (a 30 minute foot massage) to IDR 1,400,000 (the 4 hours Tea Tree Spa Luxury Indulgence), and the one I had cost IDR 1,060,000. Phew.., I’m so glad I wasn’t paying!
Tea Tree Spa at the Holiday Inn Resort Baruna
Jalan Wana Segara 33, Tuban, Bali
+62 361 75 5577
Kuta Beach in the morning, Kuta
This is the beach I’ve told many people to avoid if they’re not into crowded and overhyped beaches. But I went there anyways when I had no choice on where to stay but Kuta. However, it was a smart enough decision to enjoy the vicinity in early morning. Kuta beach is so much better to be enjoyed at 7 AM, my fellow travelers. It’s probably too early for some people, but obviously not to me nor to those people I saw jogging and walking along the beach.
The morning smell and calmness are still enjoyable as those past under touristy days. In such early morning, you don’t find too many people on the beach, and won’t be bothered by overprice services and souvenirs offered to you. Remember my story on Jimbaran Bay? Well, I guess I just love beaches in the morning in general 😀 Anyone in favor to morning living, say aye..!!
La Plancha, Seminyak
Thanks to Twitter , we got some ideas on where to go in Bali. One of them is La Plancha restaurant, pointed out by my friend Regina. Interested by the look of it in the mag – colorful interior design dominated by wooden furnitures, it got in my itinerary.
It serves good Spanish tapas style seafood and various other dishes. What I love about it is the bean bags and short tables on the beach where you can have your meals or drinks while viewing the sunset over the horizon. Go wrong with beanbags? I don’t think so. Prices are moderate. I had a portion of some potato with a non-alcoholic drink, all cost me IDR 55,000.
How to get there? You go to Double Six street (now it’s called Jl. Diana Pura), turn right when you’re at a T-intersection where it’s a dead end for cars. Walk down the narrow street, pass the A.J.Hackett bungee jump on your right, pass the SandPit restaurant on your left, and voila.. you’ll see a colorful wooden little 2-storey café.
There’s a lot to Envy when someone has free dinner at a place like this. (Hehe..lucky me to have a good friend who worked there.) It’s a middle-high end restaurant at Holiday Inn Resort Baruna, Tuban. You have to go pass the hotel lobby and through the swimming pool garden to get to the Envy area by the beach.
They serve Italian food as the main menu, and one with Envy signature style was what I had with my friend Jacky: Envy Pizza. It’s rectangular, not round like the usual pizza. Oh it was scrumptious, I could taste the fresh salmon standing out among the seaweeds and asparagus in my mouth. A portion of calamari fritters and a drinks accompanied our meal while exchanging life updates. Are you feeling the Envy? There’s definitely a reason this restaurant named… let me say it again… Envy!
Being a part of Holiday Inn Resort, of course this isn’t where you find budget meals. But everything is worth an experience and you just might have the extra budget. So let me just tell you the price of that yummy Envy Pizza was IDR 140,000 (serves 2-3 people), calamari fritters is IDR 58,000 a portion, and alcoholic beverages start from IDR 105,000.
Jalan Wana Segara 33, Tuban, Bali
+62 361 75 5577
Nasi Pedas Bu Andika, Kuta
Honestly I’ve never been there myself, but I got my friend take a portion for to go and I took a delight of this super hot spicy food at the hotel. It’s well-known amongst Jakartans who take vacations in Bali. It’s located on Jalan Raya Kuta, not far from Joger shop and Supernova supermarket (and it’s, again, super hot food).
A portion of rice and 3 kinds of side dishes here cost me IDR 23,000. It’s good if you like spicy food, quite gives you the adrenaline rush of culinary (though it wasn’t even near the challenge of Manado’s rica-rica, but you better get your Bali belly meds ready.
Tunjung Bali Inn, Kuta
After all the freebies for being a travel writer (*cough* sure is nice to call myself that * grin*), there came a time for me to find and pay for my own accommodation. Having to spend too much on car and driver services (the downside of solo traveling, not being able to share costs), I had to find a tight-budget hotel. There’s nowhere else to find such a place other than on Poppies Lane I or Poppies Lane II.
After asking hotels one by one, finally I crashed in at Tunjung Bali on Poppies Lane II. The rate was IDR 150,000 / night, including breakfast. It’s clean enough, and for a room with AC they charged more. They don’t take early bookings, it’s first come first serve. But if you’re staying for a long time, they might change their mind.
Tunjung Bali Inn
Poppies Lane II , Kuta
phone: +62 361 762990