THE BALI DILEMMA

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IN the wake of the July 17 Jakarta bomb­ings, the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs travel ad­vi­sory to In­done­sia states, ‘‘ There is a pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ther ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Jakarta and else­where in In­done­sia, in­clud­ing Bali. In past years, ter­ror­ists have at­tacked night­clubs, bars, restau­rants and ho­tels in Bali and Jakarta; we judge that th­ese types of venues are still tar­gets of in­ter­est to ter­ror­ists.

‘‘ We con­tinue to re­ceive cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion that ter­ror­ists could be plan­ning at­tacks . . . You should ex­er­cise great care, par­tic­u­larly around lo­ca­tions that have a low level of pro­tec­tive se­cu­rity . . . If you do de­cide to travel to In­done­sia, you should ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion.’’

The over­all level of travel ad­vi­sory has not changed;

ad­vises read­ers to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion care­fully.

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Snooze con­trol: Rest and re­cu­per­ate at Sun­gai Gold, a one-bed­room lux­ury re­treat with a pri­vate pool dawn calls of roost­ers to the bass­croak of frogs and the uh-oh of geck­oes chirrup­ing in mock sur­prise.

We have bobbed in the pool, arms out­stretched along the edge, peer­ing into the dense veg­e­ta­tion on the op­po­site side of the slen­der river.

Lit­tle Made showed us the bunut bo­long trees, a kind of banyan, one evening as clouds of rice spar­rows whirled about our heads and or­ange and brown but­ter­flies set­tled on branches. It is the wet sea­son but the rain is soft and un­hur­ried and we tell our un­der­whelmed friends how drag­on­flies skim the river and squir­rels scam­per from tree to tree seek­ing shel­ter un­der the canopy of leaves. It takes com­mit­ment to do noth­ing, I con­fess.

Our friends seem scep­ti­cal

but can­not ar­gue that we look as if we have just emerged from a very sat­is­fac­tory con­va­les­cence. And in­deed we have.

Check­list

Villa Sun­gai (four dou­bles plus king sin­gles, as re­quired) and Sun­gai Gold (for cou­ples) come with 24-hour ser­vice and chauf­feured ve­hi­cle on call. Pri­or­ity air­port ar­rival ser­vice at a small ex­tra cost (and worth it to speed through the for­mal­i­ties, in­clud­ing visa pur­chase). Tar­iff in­cludes cooked break­fasts, air­port trans­fers, laun­dry and press­ing, and un­lim­ited tea, cof­fee and bot­tled wa­ter. The Sun­gai ve­hi­cles (which seat eight) are in­cluded for up to eight hours a day; there­after, $30 for four hours or part thereof; petrol re­fills ex­tra. Mas­sages and spa ther­a­pies on re­quest in a dou­ble treat­ment room. There is a spe­cial of 10 nights for the price of eight valid to June 30 next year (ex­clud­ing Christ­mas). Villa Sun­gai is from $US700 ($830) to $US1000 a night plus taxes, de­pend­ing on the sea­son. More: www.bali-vil­la­sun­gai.com. Sun­gai Gold is from $US500 to $US700 a night, de­pend­ing on the sea­son. More: www.balilux­u­ry­honey­moons.com. The two vil­las can be com­bined for a large group stay. More: www.balilux­u­ryvil­la­col­lec­tion.com. Cu­ri­ous Cook: Jim­baran Bay’s new Rock Bar — Page 4

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