Beautiful Bali Indonesia

To start off our 2017, we went off to our first adventure as a family to beautiful Bali, Indonesia.

Bali Mandara Toll Road – Photo grabbed from

</>While the plane was preparing to land, we were already captivated by the long bridge that snaked across the Benoa Gulf .  We later found out that it was called the Bali Mandara Toll Road.  It connects a lot of the areas in Bali and lessens travel time as the traffic is terrible everywhere in Bali.</> - Last Minute Deals

Arrival was a disaster.  We booked a tour company Baliku Tours and Travel for an airport shuttle to our hotel.  The hotel where we were staying at provides airport shuttle too but it is more expensive so opted with a DIY shuttle.  Unfortunately that DIY didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped to be.  We can not find the contact person so we bought a sim card just to contact the company.  Turned out the driver/ contact person was hiding away at the edge of the receiving crowd with a minuscule placard with our name on it.

Bali Aston Beach Resort (sorry not really good with taking panorama pics)

Our hotel is located in Nusa Dua.  It is an hour and a half drive from the airport.  But when we use the Bali Mandara Toll travel time would be shorter.

The hotel is beautiful.  The grand reception welcomes you once you stepped out of the car.  The staff were all helpful and accommodating.  The hotel is not enclosed so you can enjoy the architecture al fresco.  Our room was generous in size, with wooden floorboards and windows.  It was homey.  Bathroom was huge with a separate tub good for two people.  The bub was pretty ecstatic about it.

The beach side of the hotel

Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort in located by the beach – sans the name beach resort. *cheeky grin* Aside from the beach it has a beautiful pool where you can enjoy the water without the sand and waves.  The beach side of the hotel is pretty relaxing.  The garden has a small area where you can do your yoga.  There are also some seats where you can read or lie while reading a book.  Total relaxation guaranteed.  There are plenty of hotels along the main road of Nusa Dua if you are confuse where to stay in Bali – Nusa Dua.

The pool

The hotel was also near the Bali Collection.  It is a complex with restaurants, a shopping mall and a walking distance to the Bali Nusa Dua Theater for the Devdan Show.  A free shuttle is available for most of the hotels along Nusa Dua.

This is how we exhausted our four days in Bali.