For most people, Bali serves as an ultimate tropical escape for its countless beaches, party places, colorful enchanting resorts and ancient temples. But for the soul seeker, it’s totally something else… something deeper. A re-discovery and healing of oneself.
At first, I thought it was just another media familiarization trip (so far one of the best I’ve experienced) made possible by AirAsia, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Element by Westin Bali Ubud and KKday.ph. After the 4-day trip, however, I felt a deep sense of peace and love in my heart, which continues to nurture me up to this day. With this, allow me to take you to the places visited and faces I met that have contributed in this unexpected soulful journey.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort: An Oasis in Chaotic Kuta
According to friends, Kuta is known as the place to go in Bali, if you intend to enjoy nightlife to the fullest. As to what I’ve seen, it’s like overcrowded Boracay but bigger and more developed.
In Kuta, I received the gift of heartfelt hospitality from the people from Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. I appreciated every effort they exerted to make us all feel welcome. From the warm welcome, meticulously organized activities up to the farewell, during our last day… they were all flawlessly executed with a genuine intent to simply make us feel at home.
Our stay at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort was made even more exciting with our shopping trip at Beachwalk Shopping Center that’s located beside the hotel. A haven for shopaholics (like me). I remember spending at least 200USD on clothes, beauty products, and food in 1 day. I got no regrets whatsoever though. I did try to shop outside to find cheaper items, but I still ended up buying at Beachwalk because the items there are of better quality.
At Beachwalk, I also got to experience Bali’s famous Ayam Betutu with samples of authentic Balinese sambal at Bebek Tepi Sawah. Never leave Bali without experiencing its authentic eats!
After that satisfying lunch and a full afternoon spent on shopping, I then went straight to Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s Shine Spa for a quick foot massage however, I ended up getting a full hour body treatment because the foot massage was unbelievably relaxing. I’ve tried a lot of spas back in the Philippines and around the world, and I may say, this is truly one of the best I’ve had.
Finally, in the evening we enjoyed a sumptuous Seafood Martini Friday at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort‘s Bene Italian Kitchen. This gastronomic event happens every Friday, from 6 pm to 10 pm. Get to savor an indulgent buffet of salad, mains, and desserts. Guests will be able to choose from the buffet or a selection of delicious à la carte dishes with a seafood theme. They can also get their fresh seafood grilled on the barbecue to order.
Aside from a constellation of seafood choices, guests can also choose from an extensive drinks menu, including 10 martini cocktails of refreshing flavors such as basil and pineapple, blueberry, red-orange, and cucumber and kiwi. Thirst-quenching mocktails include Lemon Pine Tea, Dark Purple, and Cucumber Punch. Guests also will be serenaded with a live band under the moonlight throughout the evening. The rate to enjoy this feast is only around P1,500 / head. Not bad at all!
I remember being teary-eyed upon leaving Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. Saying goodbye to Margy, Bee, Dario and the rest of the wonderful crew was so damn difficult. Well at least on my next visit, I know where’s the best place to stay in Kuta. =)
Bali is AirAsia Philippine’s newest international destination from Manila with flights departing daily from NAIA Terminal 3. Visit www.airasia.com for more info.