Hello there friends! We are on to the last full day of my Bali adventure tour with Intrepid. If you’ve not read the previous posts yet, be sure to check out our day exploring Ubud, scooping food out of banana leaves, hiking up Mount Batur followed by luxuriating in a spa at the bottom, snorkelling followed by a true Balinese feast and yesterday’s post consisting of waterfalls and cozy fireplaces!
Time really did fly by over this week. It was surreal because on one hand the week was over before we knew it, yet on the other as a group we felt like we’d known each other for years. I was really sad to leave them all, but the fun wasn’t over just yet!
For our final activity we went to see the splendid Pura Ulun Danu, a temple seemingly floating on the serene lake Beratan. It’s the postcard picture of Bali you always see, and we had beautiful weather to go and appreciate it.
There weren’t many people around so it was so tranquil. A really special place to spend our final morning all together.
After everyone was sufficiently humbled by it’s sheer elegance, it was time to drive to Sanur which is where the tour would end after breakfast the following morning. We took a little walk along the beach before Chloe, Anna and I decided to go and get a massage in one of the notoriously cheap massage shops dotted around!
All began well, despite me being a little nervous to leave my brand new £50 Dune sandals outside on the street as was required when we entered (not for fear of the Balinese stealing them, but another tourist more likely!). We were given a little cup of tea while we selected our treatments. I chose an indian head massage and a back, neck and shoulder massage one after the other. The girls both went for full body massages.
After having my feet soaked and cleansed, I was led off into a little room and told to strip off. I noticed there were 2 beds in the room, but thought little of it. That was until I heard a second massage therapist entering, with Anna in tow. Ah, couples massage it is then! If we weren’t friends before, we certainly were after being left to whip our undercrackers off within about a metre’s proximity of each other!
Desperately trying to contain our giggles, we laid on our beds and awaited our massages. Once the therapist was underway, I did manage to relax and forget that Anna was just across the other side of the room. It was a great massage, somewhat different to the UK as I’m pretty sure the therapist was literally knelt on the bed, straddling me at various points! Plus, once I got to Escape Haven the following week I realised what a truly luxurious massage actually felt like, but for roughly £8 for an hour’s massage I certainly cannot complain!
The day ended with our final supper, on the beach in Sanur. It was Chloe’s birthday so Wisnu had arranged a cake for her as well which was lovely of him.
My dinner was called Nasi Campur (pronounced Champ-ur) and it was a delicious mix of various traditional Indonesian dishes! I’ll do a separate post about food in Bali soon because I discovered a whole new selection of flavours and loved every mouthful!
And with that our group tour was over! But have no fear, the following day a few of us decided to go on one last little outing together before we went our separate ways so stay tuned for that one tomorrow!
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