To finish the trip we had 6 nights in Sanur.
We booked both parts of the Bumi Ayu Villa via Agoda. This set up is for a two bedroom upstairs/downstairs building and a large open living area with a separate enclosed tv room, plus a self contained one bedroom with sleeping upstairs and small but comfy kitchen living downstairs.
This villa also had a great swimming pool in the sun all day, and came with two pushbikes. Its an absolute bargain. We loved the owners, Roy and Kadek, and saw them heaps out and about during the week. The villa is centrally located and you walk out onto the main st between Oasis Hotel and Maison Aurelia.
The boys kept themselves busy watching dvd's, using the good wifi and playing volleyball in the pool (they made a net from shopping bags, it was very funny Balinese style recycling). They ate heaps from the small warungs in the gangs near the villa. We did all our drinks shopping from the jam packed local warung near the villa (got our petrol, beer, soft drinks, snacks, eggs, instant coffee etc there) and felt like part of the local village by the time we left.
We had a few meals on the beach, Mangos average, Benno's good. We ate about 4-5 times at Lila Warung, just loved it. The perfect menu to pls everyone and really cheap for the food quality. breakfast was yummy there too. We had a good feed at Little Coconut but preferred Lila.
The highlight of Sanur was probably our 'tour' of Taman festival, the abandoned theme park north of Inna Sindhu. I had been before, but this time there were a few unkept dodgy looking characters out the front manning the decaying ticket booth. I was happy to chuck them $5 to get the 'tour' started. To be honest, our tour guide was fantastic, I had missed half of the abandoned buildings when I walked through on my own. We saw the 'Olympic' 7 lane pool, the old water slides, the Lazy River, the huge lake structure from where the pyrotechnic show was to take place, the theatres, the huge elaborate cultural performance stages,the animal enclosures, and a moving memorial to the victims of two plane crashes (one in the 70's and one earlier and there were plenty of Aussies listed). The complaining teenagers actually enjoyed it. Of course Hank went ahead against advice and fell into a hole in the dark movie theatre and added to his leg scar collection. We got the number of a Bemo driver and called him to come collect all 7 of us from the villa and chauffeur haha us to the theme park. It was a fun way to travel with plenty of fresh air.
Other stuff: what's going on with Hardy's??? heaps of empty shelves, no tonic!!!!???? Loved Bread basket, swam at Sindhu beach, didn't get to try Soul on the Beach but looked great- it was closed for full moon festival when we were there.
Spa treatments: had a few great treatments at Koa, love the shop there too. On our last day Knickers and I had a two and a half hour deluxe pamper sesh...in loud tropical rain...very special. Went to a few cheap spas, had a scrub upstairs and showered off in a dodgy toilet/shower cubicle with no hot water and a really slimy bath mat...but the scrub was great and it only cost $8. Had my last pedi at Carla Spa - cheap and friendly and good quality polish.
And still no eruption from Agung! We left all our masks behind, but the villa drivers had NO idea what they were for. However they absolutely raided the fridge and took all the left over food, beer etc.
AS soon as we were home, I started calling it "My Best Ever Bali Trip " . Think its my 23 rd time to Bali, and can't wait for my next best ever for Xmas and NYE. Thx for reading and thx TA people for all the advice and sharing over the years.