Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

After the longest flight either of us had ever encountered we arrived at what can only be described as paradise.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

We arrived at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa and our holiday home in Nusa Dua for the next 10 nights, at around 5pm we were welcomed by the ever so friendly resort staff, the humid, warm air and the smell of ocean breeze… perfect.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

With our bellies rumbling, after only eating plane food along with hundreds of sweets and complimentary salted peanuts, we got dressed and headed straight for a cocktail (or two) at the resorts bar, Kulkul.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

With our tastebuds tingling from the amazing array of fresh fruit cocktails (the mango & basil mojito is a must try!) we took a few short steps across the beach front to Arwana restaurant, where we were soon to find out they prepared and served the most delicious and freshest seafood we have ever had the pleasure of consuming.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

The vast menu got us instantly excited and we were tempted by every single dish. We opted for half a dozen freshly caught (that day) oysters with a mango and chilli salsa, a delicate lobster bisque, tempura soft shell crab, pan seared scallops, a selection of mouth-watering sashimi and a delicious local fish barbecued in banana leaves.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

All finished off with some lovely desserts and some even lovelier local wine.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

Full to the brim and with huge smiles on our faces we took a short stroll on the beach to work off some of those calories and then settled down for the evening in a cabana and sipped a dozen more cocktails.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

We set an alarm to wake us up bright and early the following morning but jet-lag had taken it’s toll and we snoozed right through until 10am. Whoops! Not wanting to miss any more of the glorious sunshine that awaited us we headed straight for breakfast and a cup or tea before our day on one of Nusa Dua’s most beautiful beaches which was luckily also our resorts private beach.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

Crystal clear sea water that made you feel like you were stepping into a warm bath, soft sand that your toes sunk into, small fishing boats that were busy catching this evenings supper and plenty of sun loungers and beach cabanas for us to rest our lazy heads.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

The fresh coconuts were a firm favourite to refresh and rehydrated ourselves.

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

Once our bodies had had their fill of the sun we headed back to our room to freshen up ahead of this evenings Fishermans Supper on the beach. Although not before Daniel had a go in the giant sized shower that he instantly became fixated on as soon as he clocked eyes on it that morning… He became so fond of it he ended up having a daily, post beach, bathing routine at this very spot (this photo was taken on our very last day of the holiday… look at that happy little face!).

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

The Fishermans Supper, a bookable extra at the resort, did not disappoint. Whilst at the beach that day we’d watched the fishermen busily catching the fish and seafood out at sea and they’d managed to bring home a whole array of delights. Lobster, crabs, prawns, sea bass, squid, octopus, tuna… the list was endless. We headed up to make our selection, obviously we tried a bit of everything, and the chefs placed them on the barbecue not before slathering them in garlic and herb butter. Delicious!

Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1
Our Balinese Adventure: Part 1

After supper we headed back to our room and rolled ourselves into bed, literally. It had been the most amazing start to our holiday in Bali and we were looking forward to the rest of our adventure, starting with a trip to Taro Elephant Safari Park the following morning.

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