24.01.2012 -5 °C
Our last couple of days in Bali were pretty wet so we gave back our rental car and took things pretty easy. We were still enjoying ourselves, but we had a few things to do like try and make a plan for re-entering the real world. Our flights were booked to NYC and our room was reserved at Hotel Levy Wohlers so the basics were all set.
The flight would be roughly thirty hours, stopping in Singapore and Doha, Qatar, and didn't leave Bali until 10:30pm so we had a full day. The hotel let us have a late checkout so we had a lazy breakfast and got our bags packed. Our highlights of the Sudamala Hotel, despite the ongoing construction, was the attentive, gracious staff and the unbelievable bedding. After so many months of exploring, seeing so many hotels and beds, we had to find out where they got their mattresses, pillows and duvets so we could get our hands on them. The labels said King Koil so we checked out the local store and they just didn't have the same items. Nat eventually found the hotel manager in charge of that kind of stuff and it turns out that they get all of their bedding and linens made custom for the hotel. So it would be impossible to find these anywhere else! This was a disaster as there is nothing worse than finding the perfect nights sleep and then getting it taken away...I imagine it is like flying first class and then having to go back to economy. So we had no choice, Nat kept working on her new manager friend until she found a set of brand new pillows that she was willing to sell us. It also meant getting a new duffel bag to pack them all, but it is the perfect nights sleep!
The hotel gave us a driver for our last few hours on Bali so we went to the south part of the island to check out "The Rock Bar" which was supposed to be the best place to watch the sun go down. It is on the Ayana Hotel property which is a sprawling village of a place, it is a pretty property but had a lot of families visiting...rugrats everywhere! The bar opens at four and by 4:30 there was a long lineup!? It was a grey day so there was no sunset and there are few bars in our eyes that are worth standing in line for so we didn't stay long. On our drive we had passed a Four Season's Hotel so we figured that they would probably have an equally good looking place without the lines. We had a snack and a few cocktails and it was time to go. The car dropped us off at the airport and our leg of the trip was on. Qatar Airlines stuck us right at the back of the bus and it was a long ride with bad food but at least layovers in Singapore and Doha were short and relatively painless. Landing in NYC was great, not much snow on the ground and the sun was shining. Hotel Levy Wohlers is our last stop...now time for these bums to get a job...until the next time. We are going to post one more blog each with our "highlight reels" of the trip...stay tuned.
At home at The Four Seasons
The last supper, Storm beer and mini burgers
Sunrise at Doha, Qatar
The sun coming up in chilly Williamsburg from our suite at Hotel Levy Wolhers