One of the nice things about the Bali Hyatt is its location. I’ve stayed at resorts in the past that were far removed from any other businesses, restaurants, etc. If you wanted to shop or go to a restaurant for dinner, you had to take a cab into town. Thankfully, that is not the case at this property. Several stores and many restaurants are within easy walking distance of the hotel.

We wanted to see what the neighborhood had to offer so we left the hotel and made a right turn on the main street. I had heard that we could walk to a Hardy’s Supermarket where  we could buy snacks for our room.

One of the first things we saw was a utility pole that might not meet the standards here in Texas. :-)

We also saw a reminder that we were in a low-lying coastal region.

I’ve also seen a Tsunami warning sign at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, so this may not be as unusual as it seems.

The challenges of a foreign language. I saw this sign on a telephone pole – I wonder what you do if you want a “good” room instead of a bad room? :-)

One street vendor was renging bicycles - have you ever seen a bike with a steering wheel? I hadn't.

One street vendor was renting bicycles — have you ever seen a bike with a steering wheel? I haven’t.

It was early morning - we saw this lady delivering bread to some of the restaurants in the area.

It was early morning – we saw this lady delivering bread to some of the restaurants in the area.

After a 10-minute walk we came to Hardy's.

After a 10-minute walk we came to Hardy’s.

We went into Hardys department store and supermarket and bought a variety of snacks — cookies and crackers, tea bags, sugar for our coffee. My wife even bought a swimsuit. One thing I noticed about the clientele is that very few of them appeared to be locals, most were American/European/Australian. I am not sure if that was because they were all tourists like we were, or they were part of the expanding expat community in Bali. The low cost of living is attracting more and people to the area from overseas.

Another challenege with the English languagee, bu tnow I know where to go to buy troussers.

Another challenge with the English language, but at least now I know where to go to buy truossers.

We were glad to see that there were many restaurants withing walking distance of the hotel.

We were glad to see that there were many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

When all was said and done, we had the best of both worlds. We were staying at gorgeous tropical retreat, but also had stores and restaurants within easy walking distance. We were in a great location!