The Night We Were ‘King & Queen’ in Bali

April 17, 2017


I love to travel and my husband and I have been fortunate to have been able to travel internationally each year for the last 6 years.  Each time we travel we create new and wonderful memories that we can reminisce about many years after the event.

Unfortunately, holidays and travel must come to an end, however our memories of our trips last forever.

It is the memories of our experiences that keep the holiday alive in our minds even though we have to return to normality – and save up for the next trip!Now with digital photography it is so easy to capture these memories and they don’t fade with time – physically or mentally.  I usually make a photo book of our trip and add written comment to make them more interesting.

We also download our memories onto our computers and I love when I’m working to have a photograph appear on the screen of some far off place that we have visited.  The memories come flooding back and we can relive our adventures over again.


Our first overseas holiday was to Bali, Indonesia, way back in 1993, which is not a long flight from our home in Australia.  We often reminisce about this holiday for many reasons.  The one that stands out the most was when we were ‘The King and Queen in Bali’.

It was our first holiday overseas together, and we brought back some wonderful stories of our experience.  Like the time we booked to go on a dinner cruise and it turned out we were the only people who were going on a boat that could hold 60 people!  We suggested we would come back another evening, however the Balinese tour organizer would not hear of it and his answer wasYou are the King and Queen for this evening’.

These wonderful people did make us feel like royalty.  From the time we accepted our first cocktail and were serenaded on deck at sunset by the three piece band in batik shirts, ate a delicious dinner where they were almost falling over each other to serve us, asked if we had ‘any requests from the audience’ (from the three piece band who had changed into dinner suits), to the final part of the cruise – the disco!  The service, attention, food and entertainment were impeccable.  I asked the crew to join us at the disco and it turned into a party.


You can imagine two of us onboard a dinner cruise designed for 60 people and receiving special treatment.  The tour went for the full 3 hours, no skimping and I really did feel like a Queen when I saw another boat passing with people crowding on deck.

Another day, we had booked a tour in a group and again were the only two people.  I started to think people were avoiding us!  I later learned that it was ‘off season’ and there weren’t as many tourists.  However, it was such a lovely day and our guide was most accommodating and helpful and again did not cut down the time because there were only the two of us.

On another occasion during that trip, we went to an island off Bali, called Lombok.  It was back in 1993 so the island was just opening for tourism with only a few resorts.  Our resort was a series of beautifully decorated bungalows.  Would you believe, there was only one other guest apart from us at the Resort!!

Each day the pool attendant would prepare the poolside and sun decks as if the resort was full of guests.  The restaurant staff also prepared all the tables in the restaurant even though there were only three of us.  They were very disappointed the first night of our arrival when we chose to have room service instead of dining in the restaurant.

We often tell these experiences and people find it hard to believe, however, it did happen and the memories will remain with us forever.  Unfortunately, our photographs have faded however our memories of that first special holiday together will live on.

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  • Reply Janine Huldie August 26, 2015 at 20:55

    Sounds look you and I were on the same page here for this one and I talked about our recent trip to Disney, but similar concept with it being the memories that last with our vacation, as well. I guess great minds do think alike 😉

    • Reply sue August 27, 2015 at 09:07

      Yes I enjoyed your Disney post Janine and yes we have great minds LOL:)

  • Reply Lisa @ The Golden Spoons August 27, 2015 at 02:28

    Sounds lovely! What fun memories!

    • Reply sue August 27, 2015 at 09:07

      Yes it certainly was and I still laugh about it now many years later.

  • Reply Michelle August 27, 2015 at 08:10

    What a lovely time you had. I love the little details that people add to make guests feel special. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Reply sue August 27, 2015 at 09:06

      Yes it was lovely Michelle and I certainly did feel special. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Stacey Gannett September 9, 2015 at 08:31

    Fabulous post! I would love to travel abroad, but am content with the wonderful vacations that we have been blessed to take. I absolutely agree that seeing those memories, thanks to computers, keep the memories alive. Have a great week!

    • Reply sue September 9, 2015 at 09:14

      Thank you Stacey and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Travel is what you make it. You can even have a Staycation at home and still enjoy the city you live in. You have a great week and thanks again for the comment.

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs April 17, 2017 at 10:36

    Such sweet and much treasured memories here Sue! I can see the value and love of travel for you both. This is just great. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 16/52. Next week: A.N.Z.A.C. Day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2017 at 10:48

      Hi Denyse I did have so many special memories but thought I would share this fun one. Thanks for the link up. I’ll be away on a cruise next week so see you the week after. xx

  • Reply Shirley Corder April 17, 2017 at 17:10

    Sounds wonderful. What a memory! N is for Nuggets and News #atozchallenge

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 08:25

      Yes it is something we won’t forget Shirley! Have a great week!

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill April 17, 2017 at 17:54

    I can’t imagine being anywhere in Bali that wasn’t crowded with tourists Sue, you did really well! We first went to Bali in 1983 – just after we got married and then again a few years ago because our daughter got married in Ulawatu – beautiful chapel and beautiful hotel and restaurant – they certainly know how to turn on an amazing experience for the tourist visitors!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 08:25

      May was the perfect time to go Leanne. Off season and the weather was not too humid and hot. Your daughter’s wedding sounds lovely and different. What an experience for you all.

  • Reply Jennifer April 17, 2017 at 22:33

    That sounds wonderful. I love traveling in the off-season because there are fewer people. I get antsy when a place is so crowded it feels like you can’t turn around and you can’t enjoy yourself.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 08:22

      Exactly Jennifer. People think negatively about ‘off season’ travel but there are so many positives – better deals, less crowds, less stress.

  • Reply Debbie April 17, 2017 at 22:37

    Great memories Sue! We also make photo books of our trips once we return home, they make great coffee table books and are much easer to share our photos with friends.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 08:22

      I love photo books Debbie and as you say they are easier to share with others. You aren’t loading them up with 1,000s of photos just the special ones that truly capture the experience.

  • Reply Natasha April 17, 2017 at 23:04

    This sounds so amazing. I love how you captured the experience and remover it so well. I cannot wait to visit Bali

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 08:21

      Bali is beautiful Natasha and it truly was a once in a lifetime experience for us. A memory we often talk about because I couldn’t really believe it had happened. I hope you visit one day. Have a fabulous week!

  • Reply Kat April 18, 2017 at 02:44

    What an awesome holiday! People pay through the nose for that kind of private experience, you were really lucky! I probably would have freaked out and felt really awkward in that situation but you turned it into a party, like a pro!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 08:20

      Oh I know Kat I couldn’t believe it! I felt a bit embarrassed but it seem to mean so much to them that we just sat back and enjoyed ourselves. A once in a lifetime experience that is for sure. Have a great day!

  • Reply Tam Warner Minton April 18, 2017 at 06:28

    I love Bali! I’m sure it was a wonderful time!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 08:17

      It was fabulous Tam and our first overseas holiday together which made it extra special.

  • Reply Carol A Cassara April 18, 2017 at 06:32

    We have been talking about Bali for years but haven’t made it. Maybe this is the push I need.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 08:17

      It is beautiful Carol especially in the hills around Ubud. I think you would enjoy it.

  • Reply Donna April 18, 2017 at 10:01

    Great post, Sue. I LOVE Bali….Although I must admit…my husband and I were never given the honor to be ‘King and Queen of Bali’ for the evening!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2017 at 12:03

      It was so funny Donna and it was a once in a million chance of it happening. It was a great experience though and one we ‘dined out’ on for years. LOL:) Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl April 18, 2017 at 13:09

    What adventures and special moments you’ve had in Bali, Sue!

    I’m so inspired to visit one day.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2017 at 05:15

      It was truly an amazing holiday SSG and I’m sure you would love Bali. Have a great day! xx

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama April 18, 2017 at 15:47

    I’m amazed that they went ahead with only one couple booked in! We had our first trip to Bali in January, the hubster booked a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach and we had our own waitress looking after us, with about 8 course … we didn’t even want to LOOK at food for about 3 days afterwards! They sure know how to treat you like royalty in Bali 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2017 at 05:15

      I know Janet, we said we would come back the next evening but they insisted we stay. Your romantic candlelit dinner sounds perfect you have a keeper there that is for sure. The Balinese are very friendly and can’t do enough for you. It is nice to be spoilt isn’t it?

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