Chasing Schapelle: the journey after her release
After Schapelle Corby left prison on Monday morning, we travelled with her for two hours until she was taken into a private spa retreat. Tessa van der Riet reports from Bali.
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The private plunge pools, marble bathrooms and personalised golf buggies are a far cry from a crowded Balinese prison cell.
Schapelle Corby's first stop after being released on parole on Monday morning was a luxury private resort and spa frequented by celebrities and hipsters in the upmarket neighbourhood of Seminyak.
She remained holed up in the $550-a-night Sentosa Seminyak resort on Monday after being released from Kerobokan prison at 11.15am and from parole authorities about 12.45pm.
Corby was taken to the resort by private security guards, reportedly hired by Channel Seven after the network brokered a deal for the first interview with Corby for a sum of between $1 million and $3 million.
Cars carrying Sunday Night reporter Mike Willesee and television producers followed close behind as they entered the fortified gates of the hotel.
The exclusive resort, a favourite of former Olympic swimmer Michael Klim, has private villas only, each with their own swimming pool, marble floors, tropical garden and gourmet kitchen.
Spacious dining and living areas come with stocked fridges and a personal deli service.
Bedrooms boast flat-screen televisions, satellite channels and high-speed internet.
The five-bedroom "presidential villa" takes up 940 square metres and comes with a golf buggy service within the complex and a private butler.
Corby, a former beauty school student, can get her eyebrows waxed and nails painted at the resort's spa or even indulge in a chocolate fondue body massage.
The resort restaurant is owned by Australian chef Luke Mangan.
An employee at reception told Fairfax the hotel was fully booked on Monday.
"No rooms, full," they said, as a heavy media contingent waited outside.
However, on last-minute deal websites, a four-bedroom presidential suite was going for $1653 for the night, a small price to pay for a hungry media pack desperate to catch a glimpse of Corby's first night of freedom.
with Michael Bachelard