Our pre Bali 4 day stop over in Singapore was just the job! A vibrant city culture where East meets West proved a perfect place to get over the jet lag, acclimatise to a rise in temperature and loosen up the golf muscles with a couple of rounds of golf. A half day city tour gave us an in sight into the different cultures and massive strides this country has taken in recent years. Two nights down on Clark Quay where it all “goes on” and a lovely meal in quieter Club Street ensured the evenings were fully occupied.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Bali. Certainly the people were, as always in Asia, simply lovely, gentle, friendly and gave service with a will to please and a genuine smile. Our base at the 5 star Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort was beyond expectation. Thank you to every member of staff for a wonderful stay.
Surrounded by the Greg Norman golf course on three sides and glorious views of the
Indian Ocean from the cliff top garden frontage of the hotel on the fourth, Norman has brought both nines down to the sea with the 7th and 13th holes two wonderful par threes playing in opposite directions on either side of the hotel. Another feature of this outstanding resort course is that Norman preserved some of the paddy field terracing. In places the course meanders through them and they are still cultivated with the proceeds given entirely to retired ex staff.
Restaurants were perfectly situated to take advantage of the sea views and tropical gardens The breakfast restaurant served an array of fruits, western and eastern dishes and in the evening delicious Balinese fare. A second restaurant by the driftwood bar catered more for the western taste and was equally delicious.
One downside of the resort for some could be the lack of beaches, however, a selection of pools and magnificent large garden areas, where relative privacy could be found over looking the cliff tops were more than acceptable replacements.
While golf was the main theme of the holiday and we played 7 rounds on 4 courses, we visited the monkey and main temple in Obud which gave us an insight into their rich history, also allowing shopping time. Another half day excursion took in the cliff top temple and Famous Fire Dance, performed at sunset in the spectacular cliff top Amphitheatre.
Back to the golf, as usual we played a series of friendly competitions. Our numbers allowed for daily mixed 4bbb and each man to play with each lady. While we had daily winners, top of the league table for men was Arnold and Trisha the ladies winner. Our individual winner the last day with a fine 37 points at Nirwana was Duncan.
Thank you Kadek for two superb restaurant recommendations off resort and a most enjoyable game of golf. Starting on the 10th and announcing he usually shot around 90, Kadek hit the the short par 5 with a drive and 5 iron! thank goodness his chipping and putting were not to the same standard!!
All in all the resort and Island is a must return to destination and we are planning to do so in 2016. For those visiting on their own I would highly recommend Nirwana, however, be prepared for the traffic. Roads built for horse and cart full of cars buses and motorbikes make for slow progress!! Next time we will do a two centre Tour. Part one nearer to other courses, beaches and towns to avoid long travelling times and finish the tour on resort at Nirwana from where a couple of lively towns are accessible with reasonable travelling times for shopping and night life.
Hope to see you next time
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