Day 14. The end of our Indonesian adventure

It was to be our final day in Bali and it began with a relaxing breakfast out on the hotel’s terrace.  Our last opportunity to order from the egg station which had served up perfectly poached eggs for me each morning and delivered them to the table. As we’d arranged a late check-out until 3.00 p.m. there was ample time for a leisurely stroll into Kuta where we did some window shopping in the Discovery Mall reminding us of home with its branch of Marks & Spencer.

Holiday Inn Express Baruna Bali
The lobby area of our hotel in Bali

Returning to our hotel along the seafront we took in the gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean for one last time.  Back in our room we packed our suitcases then enjoyed a late lunch of delicious satay in a small restaurant just down the road where we’d been for an evening meal earlier in the week.

Kuta beach Bali
A final walk along the beach before returning to the airport
Satay, Kuta, Bali
A light lunch of satay and rice before heading back to the airport

After checking out of our hotel, we returned to the airport using the Holiday Inn’s complimentary transfer service, taking just a few minutes.  As we had checked in for our flights in advance we were able to join the much shorter bag drop queue which didn’t take very long.

Qatar Airways bag drop in Bali airport
Waiting to check in at the Qatar Airways bag drop in Bali airport

Sadly, we couldn’t avoid queues though as the one through immigration snaked back as far as the eye could see as hardly any of the desks were in use.  Moving on to security, it was surprising to see that my handbag had been diverted off to the ‘problematic’ zone, followed shortly afterwards by my son’s bag as well.  As seasoned travellers, this never happens to us as we’re always careful to remove sun cream or other liquids before heading to the airport.  When the security clerk checked the screen she indicated it was a problem with keys for both of us, so we removed our bunches of house keys which she carefully inspected, even analysing my supermarket trolley token to feel if anything was sharp.  Eventually she declared ‘no problems’ and we were able to continue on our way!

Bali airport
Waiting at our gate for our Qatar Airways flight from Bali to Doha

Noticing some sun lounger type seating overlooking the runway, we made ourselves comfortable until it was time to board our Qatar Airways flight to Doha on board a Boeing 777-300 airliner.

Qatar Airways Bali Airport
Watching our airliner approach the gate

This departed on time at 7.00 p.m. and although heavily booked, it was a comfortable 10 hour journey over to Doha.  Shortly after reaching cruising height a bar trolley service came round so we settled back in our seats with refreshing glasses of gin and tonic and kept hunger at bay with small packets of pretzels.  Slightly later dinner was served comprising a pasta salad, braised beef, chocolate mousse and a slice of focaccia bread.  This was both tasty and plentiful accompanied with a glass of red wine (to help me sleep!) and delicious Godiva chocolates.

Qatar Airways meal between Bali and Doha
Dinner on board our flight between Bali and Doha

Whilst eating, I watched the film Tolkien about his early life which I found very enjoyable and then nodded off to sleep, not waking until the cabin lights came back on and another meal was about to be served.  I wasn’t particularly hungry so just ate my bean starter and a little of the main course.  Our flight then touched down in Doha just a few minutes behind schedule so there was no need to rush along to the gate for the final leg of our journey back to Manchester.

Snack on Qatar Airways
Sandwiches served shortly after boarding our flight between Doha and Manchester

This was also on board a 777-300ER airliner but as it had a much lighter load we had the luxury of an empty seat, enabling us to spread out a little.  Soon after take-off, sandwiches were served and our Coronation Chicken and Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable fillings were both good and preferable to the greasy sausage roll type snacks we are often served.

Breakfast on Qatar Airways
Breakfast served on board our flight shortly before arriving in Manchester

We were soon back asleep for a few hours until more food appeared.  I opted for pancakes with strawberry compote along with a pot of yoghurt and some fresh fruit which brought me back to life after two lengthy flights.

Qatar Airways 777-300ER airliner cabin
The cabin of our Qatar Airways 777-300ER airliner

We arrived back into Manchester on time, the warm weather and clear blue skies of Indonesia seeming a distant memory as we unlocked our cases and pulled out our coats, ready for our more usual Manchester climate!

This brings to an end my series of posts on Doha, Jakarta and Bali which I hope you have enjoyed reading. Thank you for all the comments, they are much appreciated and my travel blogging wouldn’t be the same without interacting with so many of you.  Until next time …..

If you have enjoyed reading this series of posts on Indonesia, you may also be interested in the following:

Taejongdae Park, Busan and a visit to Nampo, South Korea

Seoul Olympic Park and a walk up Naksan Mountain

29 thoughts on “Day 14. The end of our Indonesian adventure

  1. I find it interesting to see what different airlines serve for food and I must say I can only remember one time when I was served a proper breakfast during a flight. And that was from London to Belfast to my surprise, a proper English breakfast. But those pancakes with strawberry compote look great, too. Exotic destinations seem indeed far away right now and readying about your amazing trip makes me miss travelling even more! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Anna for your welcome thoughts. I often find that breakfasts on long haul flights are nicer than some of the main meal options. That trip took place in November. How I wish we were free to travel anywhere once again, hopefully not too long now.

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  2. Hello there! I love your blog very much. It’s so nice on every articles and so beautiful and helpful. I cannot travel abroad on some reason from Romania, but you gave me feelings of traveling around the world. Thank you so much!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your great journey. It’s exciting to find that you live in Manchester (I’m a big fan of Manchester United FC). Hope you can visit my home country – Vietnam – one day.

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  4. I couldn’t help but think that this sounds like ancient history, a time when people could go from one side of the planet to the other and spend a few days walking and sitting down without fear. Well, we’ll have to wait a little longer to get back to that time, I think we’ll enjoy it a little more.

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