Holiday 1: Bali Shangrila Beach Club
Example Booking: £199 Extra Holiday, 7-nights, September 2017, Studio, sleeps 2
On the east coast of Bali, Indonesia, the relaxed seaside town of Candidasa offers stunning views across the bay toward the nearby island of Nusa Penida on the horizon. This prime beach-front location is also ideal for exploring the three uninhabited islands, Gili Tepekong, Gili Biaha and Gili Mimpang, all popular for their rich diving experiences.
Available on RCI.com on the 26th April 2017 was this excellent opportunity to immerse yourselves in the Asian atmosphere at the RCI Silver Crown Bali Shangrila Beach Club. This unique Extra Holiday was available to eXpectations members for only £199 checking into a charming studio apartment (sleeping 2) for 7-nights from 2nd – 9th September 2017.
Bali Shangrila Beach Club welcomes guests to enjoy the beautiful apartments featuring a pleasant mix of Asian and Western decor providing luxurious comfort which compliment the tranquil surroundings.
Bali, Wonderful Indonesia
The Indonesian island of Bali conjures up wonderful images of white sandy beaches, blue lagoons, ancient temples hidden in lush green forests and friendly locals serving mouth-watering cuisine. Visit Bali to discover the gems on this treasure island and your experiences will become lifetime memories.
September is a great time of year to visit Bali and is a predominantly dry month with long, sunny days and low chances of rain. Visitors can relish in swimming and snorkelling in the warm seas with average daytime and sea temperatures reaching 27 degrees Celsius.
RCI Silver Crown Bali Shangrila Beach Club
Soak up the tranquil Asian atmosphere at the RCI Silver Crown Bali Shangrila Beach Club. This delightful boutique style resort features beautifully furnished accommodation. All the apartments offer air-conditioned rooms, ceiling fans, an equipped kitchen providing the essential utilities, daily maid service and a private balcony / veranda overlooking Candidasa Bay.
Bali Shangrila Beach Club is just a few steps from a soft sandy beach and sapphire blue waters. The shallow water’s edge is the perfect playground for children and a paradise for snorkelling with coral reefs just a short swim away. Discover this underwater world with the Club’s own dive centre, “Blue Lagoon Divers” where professional divers teach and assist you in exploring the abundance of beautiful marine life below.
Relax by the pool with a fresh fruit cocktail and enjoy the sea views against a backdrop of lush green mountains after rejuvenating the body and mind with a traditional Balinese massage in the warmth of the Indonesian sun.
Indulge your taste-buds with an excellent selection of Asian and European dishes served in the resort’s Rathbone’s Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy the beach-front BBQ evenings serving spit-roasted suckling pig and freshly caught fish before getting into the swing of things with live Balinese music and dances provided most evenings.
Bali, Island of the Gods
Bali attracts millions of visitors every year who comes to discover its outstanding natural beauty, incredible history, culture and friendly residents. Over the years, the island has been referred to by many different names, including the island of a thousand temples, the island of love and the island of the Gods. Explore Bali’s stunning coastlines, drive past miles of rice paddy fields to hike through lush forests and cool off under a waterfall or unveil the bygone age at the ancient temples. Take a day trip to explore the fascinating Tirta Gangga water gardens built by the late raja of Karangasem and be sure to stop by the Tenganan Pegringsingan to capture a glimpse of traditional Balinese village life.
The magic of Indonesia does not have to end at Bali Shangrila Beach Club because eXpectations members could have taken the great opportunity to extend their holiday until 15th September 2017 at Grand Sunset on Gili Air Island. Approximately 1-hour’s drive from Bali Shangrila Beach Club you can catch a fast ferry boat from Kuda Hitam Express to cruise to Gili Air island.
Holiday 2: Grand Sunset Gili Air
Example Booking: £149 Extra Holiday, 7-nights, September 2017, Hotel, sleeps 2
A taste of luxury in paradise is one way to describe Grand Sunset Gili Air resort. This delightful beach-front resort is situated on Gili Air island, one of the three small Gili Islands located near the north-west shores of Lombok, Indonesia.
Grand Sunset Gili Air offers guests eternal tranquillity with clear turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and the only sounds filling the warm air are the gentle lapping of waves and birdsong in the tropical gardens.
eXpectations members could have enjoyed the harmonious Grand Sunset Gili Air for 7-nights from 8th -15th September 2017, in a first-class hotel room (sleeping 2) for the incredible price of £149.00, available as an Extra Holiday on RCI.com on 26th April 2017.
The tranquillity of the Gili Islands is boosted by the non-existence of motor vehicles with horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and walking the main forms of transport around this small island. Visiting Gili Air island in September is an excellent time of year as you can experience plenty of sunshine, low chances of rain and average daytime temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius complimented by pleasant sea breezes.
Paradise at Grand Sunset Gili Air
Grand Sunset Gili Air invites guests to relax in luxurious accommodation featuring spacious rooms decorated with marble walls and floors to create a cool, refreshing atmosphere along with satellite TV and in-room Wi-Fi access. Experience the unique “open air” private bathroom gazing up at the brilliant blue sky every time you take a bath. Queen-sized beds with extra soft linen and soundproof windows ensure a perfect night’s sleep. All guests can start their day with a delicious complimentary breakfast in the privacy of their room or on the terrace of the beach-front restaurant.
The natural beauty of the sparkling blue sea paired with the gentle breeze through the coconut trees and birds singing in the tropical gardens surrounding the large ocean-front pool make this an ideal destination for relaxing. Enjoy an excellent choice of water activities, including diving and snorkelling or rejuvenate your body and mind in a yoga class. Try the unique “Subwing” the motor-powered board will sail you through the water whilst you are snorkelling.
Turtle Capital of the World
Gili Air island is the Turtle Capital of the World, hosting a turtle sanctuary to ensure the survival of the green and loggerhead turtles. There is an excellent choice of Diving Centres near Grand Sunset to enable you to swim and dive with these majestic creatures.
Beach lovers must visit the picture postcard Gili Meno Beach, approximately 1.5 miles from the Grand Sunset resort. Relax on the soft white sand under a coconut tree and enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the warm clear water. Enjoy a truly magical moment, as the evening approaches sit and gaze out to sea to watch the vibrant colours dancing on the horizon. Gili Meno Beach was voted as the Best Beach in Indonesia in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards in 2017.
Pamper yourselves at H2O Yoga and Meditation Centre, only a short distance from the hotel where you can build your inner and outer strength with a Hatha and Aqua Yoga session. Improve circulation and concentration in a Hatha stretch and strengthen class. H2O offers so many different therapeutic classes to suit everyone. Your time spent on Gili Air island guarantees to evoke relaxation and long lasting memories.
Firstly, 7-nights at Bali Shangrila Beach Club were available on Expedia.co.uk during 2nd – 9th September 2017 within a Studio apartment (sleeping 2) for £369 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 26/4/2017) and included breakfast. In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at the Bali Shangrila Beach Club during the same dates also within a Studio apartment (sleeping 2) for £199 as an Extra Holiday on RCI.com (when we looked on: 26/4/2017) breakfast not included.
Secondly, 7-nights at Grand Sunset Gili Air were available on Booking.com during 8th – 15th September 2017 within a Hotel unit (sleeping 2) for £411 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 26/4/2017) and included breakfast. In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at the Grand Sunset Gili Air during 8th – 15th September 2017 also within a Hotel unit (sleeping 2) for £149 as an Extra Holiday on RCI.com (when we looked on: 26/4/2017) breakfast not included.
So, by taking these eXpectations Extra Holidays members could have made a combined potential saving of over £400, based on the comparison above.