When our driver turned into a tiny little lane somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I was a bit worried. We pulled into the entrance of the 'Royal' and were greeted by a wonderful group of people, a gratefully recieved welcome drink and the fastest check in ever!
I must advise that our pary consisted of 5. Myself and my husband, both in our 40's, our 7yr old son, our 17yr old intellectually/physically handicapped daughter, ad my Mother, 71.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom appartment, which had a basic kitchen, (microwave, fridge, toaster, coffee maker, sink, cutlery & dishes for 6, a non-refidgerated water cooler, and a few other bits & pieces) quite adequate. We had 2 bathrooms, and the lounge folded down into a double sized bed. It was lovely. Considering in was january, it also had 3 of the hardest working air-conditioners on the planet!! The tv was excellent, with pay tv channels, and a dvd player, perfect for watching the dvds you can buy for around $1.50 at the local markets! ;). In the room was an information leaflet, introducing us to some of the local wildlife we might encounter..The 'Tokay Gecko', heard but not seen! and the 'Thick-Tailed Shrew', seen & heard alot!! We had nightly visits from our shrew, that was simply delightful! Though it might freak you out if you don't like small furry creatures. The don't move fast, and have failry poor vision, so if you watch them they will usually find their way out!
The grounds were gorgeous! I took more photos of the trees, flowers and butterflies than of the family, and I'm not really into gardening.
Te restaurant was good. The breakfasts were simple and tasty, the lunches the same, and the dinners were terrific, though as we were there for 2 weeks, it felt a little repetitive.
The pool was outstanding! We spent alot of the time there when not out and about discovering the local area. It overlooked the ocean, had plenty of places to sit, a spa, and all the towels you need.
The K-spa was great, I had a few massages and enjoyed each one. While you can get much cheaper massages just outside in the laneway, (They were wonderful as well!) The K-spa offered other treatments as well.
The immediate surrounding area, (the laneway) had a few general stores where you can get eggs, bread, milk, your laundry done for a pittance, a variety of breakfast stuffs and snacks, as well as Bintang. There are also at least 3 places you could get a massage, and a few place where you can get kites, wooden objects, Ikat and Batik, as well as as least 2 places to eat. (They were rebuilding a restaurant while we were there).
Candidasa pronounced Chandidasa we found out, was just like how I remember Legian to be when I first went there in 1983. Very green, a few places to buy clothes and Souvenirs, a great Silver shop, 3 'supermarkets' and a lot of great places to eat at! People hasselling you for taxi service, and massages, street sellers selling sunglasses, wallets, watches etc, nostalgic! Temples, wedding decorations, local ceremonies including roadside cremations (I kid you not!).
They also had an english speaking doctor who was very professional. I must admit, it's been a long time since I have witnessed such a thorough examination! There is also a very good hospital near by.
We regularly used the serviced of Ketut and his brother, and found them simply wonderful. If you are going to stay at the Royal, contact the resort before you leave, and ask them to get Ketut to meet you at the airport. It would have been much easier & cheaper, if we had done this.
Well I guess that covers it! We had a good time, The only other thing I would add, is that at the time of our visit, we were the only family at the resort, which was sad, as our son is very social, and would have loved other kids to play with. When we were there, it was mainly older couples, and a few honeymooners, no other Australians, mainly Americans so very far from home!
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