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Bali - a day of chilling at the Harris Tuban Hotel

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We booked these three nights in Bali in order to catch up on sleep and laundry, and I certainly managed the former – I slept for over ten hours last night (albeit with some not-so-nice dreams)!


The hotel offers an extensive breakfast buffet, with so many great choices! We take our time trying different dishes, as we have all day to do very little today.


Broken camera lens – or not?

I was so tired when I got to the hotel last night, that I forgot all about the camera that fell on the floor at the airport yesterday. I anxiously take it out of the bag and carefully remove the filter on the end. After some gentle blowing and brushing (using a proper camera blower brush), I am relieved to find there is no permanent damage to the actual lens itself. Phew. Thank goodness for UV filters!


Pool time

We spend the morning in and around the pool, making the most of our chill time.


We made a point of booking a 'pool access' room so that we would be nice and close to the swimming pool. We certainly are!

The back door in our room (shown with a red square added around it) leads directly out to the pool

We chat for a while to a delightful young girl from South Africa, who is on her own, at the end of her trip before flying home. Thankfully, one end of the pool – and the surrounding area - is in the shade, as I am paranoid about getting sunburnt. I have photosensitive skin on the lower part of my legs from an infection following a sunburn some 20+ years ago. Also, my lips are ultra-sensitive to the sun after some serious sunburn (and a secondary infection) some years ago. I wear a shirt in the pool to be sure.



There is no buffet this lunchtime, so we order from the menu.

My Gado Gado: tomatoes, egg, cucumber, tempeh, tofu, cabbage rolls with green beans and beansprouts, crackers, and peanut sauce. It is a nice combination of texture, but I would have liked some more sauce and for it to be a little spicier.

David is a little more conservative in his choice: club sandwich, French fries, and tomato ketchup.


After our next stop on this trip, Timor Leste, we will be returning to Bali for a couple of nights (Timor Leste is not served by many airlines, meaning Bali is the easiest starting point). For some reason, when we applied for a visa for Indonesia earlier in this trip, we only got a single entry (I have no idea whether it was our mistake or theirs – it is irrelevant now, anyway), so I spend this afternoon trying to apply online for our return visit in just over a week. The site keeps asking me to repeat my passport number, then it wants other details again that I have already input, after which it tells me my user name is incorrect. Grrrr


Eventually, after three hours of tearing my hair out, I finally have the correct paperwork.

In order to escape from my ever-increasing ire (which of course is not directed at him), David takes a walk, and is delighted to find some cider in the local supermarket!



I enjoyed the chicken sausages I had last night so much, that I order them again this evening.


David, on the other hand, tries out the Super Supreme Pizza with extra chillies.


Apparently, it is very spicy. There’s a surprise.


We finish with a cappuccino each, before retiring to our comfortable bed for another night at the Harris Tuban Hotel.


Thank you to Undiscovered Destinations for arranging this unforgettable Grand Tour of South East Asia.


Posted by Grete Howard 18:47 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali indonesia breakfast dinner pool pizza swimming_pool buffet cider sunburn supermarket cappuccino sunbathe undiscovered_destinations evisa harris_tuban luncg broken_camera_lens e_visa indonesian_visa photosensitive_dermititis gado_gado club_sandwich grand_tour_of_south_east_asia

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Haha, such a funny entry and I love the swimming pool area. It really looks like a nice hotel!

by Ils1976

its a 5 min walk from the airport... handy for transfers.

by joffre

Thanks Ils, it was a nice relaxing day. ♥

by Grete Howard

Joffre - that is why we booked it, although we didn't walk, and with the traffic, it took longer than 5 minutes. ;)

by Grete Howard

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