For the first bit of our honeymoon we decided to spend a little more money than usual and get a week at an all-inclusive resort in Bali called Samabe. For the beginning of this whole trip it was a truly wonderful experience. The food was plentiful (and delicious) and because we signed up for the all-inclusive package we were able to experience a host of “signature activities.” In summary: it is an awesome place to go and we want to return.
Here are some specifics.
We booked their Ocean Front Honeymoon Suite (it seemed appropriate) and loved the incredibly comfortable bed, the spacious room, the shower, the bathtub (huge!) and the balcony overlooking the ocean. There were two sinks – one for each of us. There were bathrobes that my wife loved so much. There was a couch with seating for two and space for food/book/drink/whatever on the balcony. It was utterly incredible. The only slight (and I emphasize slight) discomfort in the room came from some glass that was mostly frosted separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom area that was a bit see-through and it was hard to tell what light switches turned off what.
Since we signed up for the all-inclusive package (why would you not?) we were allowed to have almost anything we wanted on their menu anywhere we were. We had a butler that helped us organize transportation around the resort site on little golf-carts – they called them “buggies” (it was big), our spa usage (so many options), and any food we wanted (we could get whatever room service we wanted all day and night from their menu – which was fairly extensive). The entire staff was really kind all the time and always wanted to help us with anything. Case in point: when we were leaving they even gave us their standard afternoon tea in containers so we could take it with us!
Since we could have anything we wanted we tried a lot of their menu. They had traditional Indonesian food (nasi goreng and the like), some Italian pastas, and various American fare (their hamburger was quite good). Their dessert selection was also extensive with ice creams, cakes, and other pastries. On the last night we had them bring five different kinds to our room! Their breakfast was an amazing buffet with the same options and some amazing yogurt to die for. They included a daily “vitamin shot” that was some fruit mixed with water in small shot glasses – very kitch and cute.
I mentioned the signature activities above and they did not disappoint. The massages were really great and we availed ourselves a few times. We also took a trip to a small monkey forest sanctuary (with bats, too!), a boutique selling various wood carvings, and a water temple called Tanah Lot. Even though there was another couple who booked the trip that day we had a private tour because the cars were small. I don’t know if this was planned that way but it was amazing. We had so much fun and it was very interesting. We also went to go see a local dance performance from a troupe called Devdan. While it is definitely geared towards tourists it did not seem that kitchey. The plot was see-through in order to learn about Indonesian culture but the dancing, sets, and costumes were so beautiful it was well worth it. And our driver was kind enough to do a couple of stops with us on the way there. Basically, the activities we had were awesome.
Bali is not a place to be seen solely from a resort. We learned quickly upon arrival that Samabe was not going to be “real” Indonesia and that mostly Westerners traveled there. But, it was definitely a great place for a honeymoon experience and we transitioned out to some difficult yet fun/interesting experiences in Ubud…