Westin Nusa Dua spa

The entire island of Bali is IN to spas. It is their thing. You can get 30 minutes of foot reflexology at the Denpasar airport in the domestic terminal for about 11 U.S. dollars, the Bali Collection mall had about a dozen (completely legitimate) massage parlors, and even collections of street vendors will have a massage therapist in their midst. None of this is at all seedy- it is simply what the island does. Amidst all of these options, it is hard to imagine a spa that does its work much better than that at the Westin Nusa Dua. Continue reading “Westin Nusa Dua spa”

Westin Nusa Dua Bali room tour

I am in the middle of a three night stay at the Westin Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia. This is a great property located directly on the beach with easy walking access to off-property amenities such as a shopping mall and a series of local shopping stalls. In reviewing this hotel, I am going to break things up into four sections– the room, the pool and beach, the indoor areas and restaurants, and the spa. This review focuses on the room. Continue reading “Westin Nusa Dua Bali room tour”

Cell service for travel to Asia

So I have a trip coming up where I will spend a couple of weeks in Japan and Indonesia. I have Verizon Wireless service in the U.S., and I am generally pretty happy with it– the network is much better than Sprint and T-Mobile for the places I am likely to be, somewhat better than AT&T here in the Petroplex, and the rates are competitive with AT&T. I also get an employer discount which is helpful. Verizon also has international travel options which work pretty well in most of the world. While a $10 a day charge is sometimes criticized as too expensive, it is awfully convenient and probably the best way to handle a reasonably short trip. Continue reading “Cell service for travel to Asia”

Buying foreign currency for a trip to Indonesia and Japan

Howdy, folks. I have a trip in December to Tokyo, Jakarta, and Bali, and this is the point in a big trip when I start to plan out some of the small details– how will my cell phone work, how will I buy stuff, etc. Happily, both Japan and Indonesia and pretty credit card friendly (in theory, anyway). However, I don’t like to go places without at least a little bit of cash to get me started. The exchange rates aren’t great, although Bank of America had a much better deal than did, say, Travelex. With Bank of America, you do have to have an existing checking or savings account. It is worth checking with your bank to see what sort of exchange rate they will offer you. I got about $200 worth of each currency so I would have something as soon as I land. Continue reading “Buying foreign currency for a trip to Indonesia and Japan”