Friday 7 March
We had a huge day the day before so on Friday we chilled out a little bit. I was really keen to check out a spa and do a spa day while in Bali so Friday morning after we woke up and had breakfast (Nasi Goreng again for Matt, I had lemon pancakes!) I booked a 4 hour spa treatment… it was a massage, body scrub, milk moisturizer, flower bath, facial and pedicure, along with a light lunch and it only cost me $130 at Bali Orchid Spa. AMAZING price, considering the same treatment here is often around the $400 mark!!!
Anyway, between Greg and Matt, they got me into a car and headed off to the spa in time to be pampered. After stripping down and getting into the disposable underwear that they provided me with, I had the luxury of being massaged from head to toe by this little tiny Balinese lady. She was very nice to me the whole time! The room itself that I was in was gorgeous, this awesome stone bathtub dominating the middle of the room with a little shower and two beds. The room itself wasn’t completely closed in, with the other side having a small gap to the wall and lots of foliage growing around the room, and a little fountain as well. It gave me the impression of being inside a cabin in a tropical rain forest rather than being in the middle of Kuta.
After the massage she gave me a body scrub to leave my skin feeling silky smooth. It was delicious smelling, and I swear that there was honey somewhere in it! I wanted to lick it heheh, but I didn’t. She scrubbed the front, and I let it sit for 10 minutes, then she rubbed it off and I did a flip and a rescrub of the back. Another 10 minutes and then she rubbed the scrub off and smoothed this milk and honey mixture over my skin. Then, she told me to shower it off and get in the bathtub which was now full with warm water and flower petals!
I quickly rinsed off the milk and honey and rinsed my hair off before diving into the flower bath. I love baths as it is but this one was covered in red and pink flower petals and the water was this divine temperature of perfect. It was just…ahhhh. The bathtub was big enough that I could float in it as well!! Absolute bliss, and I want one of those bathtubs at home if I can’t have the infinity spa bath I want hehe. Once I finished the bath, I dried off and put on my robe for the facial part of the treatment.
Now, I’m not a very girlie girl if you talk to me. I don’t like pink, don’t like wearing skirts or dresses, and tend to prefer video games, sports and that sort of thing over scrapbooking and whatever else women do. However, I do loves me massages, facials and pedicures, which this package had.
Most of the time when I’m getting a facial, after they’ve applied the mask and left me, I tend to drift into a sleep but I didn’t this time so I was a bit antsy for her to come back and take the stuff off and move to the next portion of my day. It was a long half an hour wait, and I finally was able to start drifting off right when she opened the door – of course, hah. She cleansed my face of the mask and directed me outside to sit in this open air patio area while she did the pedicure.
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the best pedicure I’ve ever had, and my toenail polish has already chipped (I have a feeling it’ll chip frequently in the near future with the amount of time I plan on spending submerged in water!!) but that’s just life. It was pleasant lounging in this area though, being pampered to distraction.
After all my pampering was finished my day wasn’t over with yet! They provided me with lunch, which was this lovely freshly blended watermelon juice and nasi goreng (fried rice). Very tasty, but a bit spicy.
I went back to the hotel with the driver that Matt and Greg had secured for me, and Sarah had finally shown up, yay! Matt, Sarah and Emma were all in our room when I got back and I flopped on the couch to cuddle with my husband while we chatted a bit before deciding to head down to the beach. We all went down to the beach where Andy (a Balinese friend of the family) keeps his beach bar – this is the same bar we visited on Wednesday. I had promised I would return to get henna done, and Darren (the guy who does the henna) was there and ready to go. He does two types – freehand, or a stencil design. I picked out a rose to go on my calf and he did it up and quickly coloured it in while I sat in the shade, watching the ocean and letting another one of the beach ladies put my hair into a quick French braid. Once Darren was done, he offered me another bit of henna art for my hand. We bargained down the price, and he got to work.
The design he did on my hand is gorgeous, and since Matt had come back (with a present for me!!) I paid him extra for the sheer artistry. (Matt’s present was a blue rose overnight bag I noticed on Wednesday hehe!)
We wandered about some more, but then it was time for Matt and I to head to Ian and Jill’s hotel again because the four of us were going to the Bali Safari and Marine Park for a Night Safari! The brochure for this Night Safari showed people in a cage on a truck, and with tigers on top of the cage so I was keen to get up close and personal with some big kitties (Tigers are among my favourite large cats… cheetahs are the absolute favourite, and I love snow leopards as well. If I had a patronus, it’d probably be a snow leopard, hehe)
We had a long drive to get there, so off to admiring the way the Balinese drive around on their mopeds again. I swear the Balinese are just really defensive drivers – so defensive that their driving has caused them to become aggressive and that’s why they don’t have many accidents. Once we got there, we were ushered into this outdoor restaurant place where this buffet was laid out (everything seemed to be buffet style!) there was salad, rice, wedges, beef, chicken and pork ribs and desert and of course veggies as well. Everything was SUPERB. The food was amazing, and even the wedges were light and crunchy rather than soft and soggy as you would expect from a buffet. There was desert as well, a cake with a fruit platter and a strawberry puree and cream. It was almost like a strawberry shortcake, so so yummy.
After we ate more than what was good for us, we had a bit of time to wait so Matt and I admired the scenery of the Koi pond while Ian and Jill caught up with their sons back home. There was a silvery dragonfly that kept flying laps around the koi pond and Matt tried to get a picture of it… I think he succeeded in the end. Then, they loaded us up behind bars and sent us out to the Safari! We saw the lions first – the male lion was in the middle of the road but he moved away as we drove up, and up onto his rocks. He yawned at us… clearly, tourists are boring to the king of the jungle hehe. Next we got to feed carrots to zebras and African red cows (we also fed carrots to elephants!) We saw camels and another type of zebra and some goats, and then we came across the tigers.
I was pretty excited for the tigers to be honest, but the tigers didn’t want to visit us! They wandered around and it wasn’t until they were coaxed up by cars and the promises of food that they finally came close enough for us to really see them up close. In the end, the staff at the night safari managed to get a tiger to jump up on the cage and eat some chicken. We were told we could pet the tiger’s belly, so I stood on my very tip of my toes and did! It was wet because the tiger had been laying in the water before we showed up. Ian kept playing with the tiger’s tail, lol. After the safari we had an animal encounter with two blue macaws. I had my picture taken by Matt with both, and the second Macaw tried to eat my hair, hehe. We then had the long drive home, and we then walked back to the hotel from Ian and Jill’s room and swam in the pool for a little bit before heading to bed in preparation for another massive day… SNORKELING!!!