InterContinental Bali Resort
What We Love
- There are six pools, including two for kids
- The beachside Uluwatu spa is a real sanctuary
- Jimbaran’s beaches are some of the island’s best and liveliest
- Daily complimentary yoga
What To Know
- There’s a big focus on family, so expect to share the serenity with kids
- The resort’s size (416 rooms) and locale attract a lot of weddings and conferences
- The beaches are very calm; surfers should seek waves elsewhere
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
This tranquil oasis, close to calm Jimbaran Bay, epitomizes the soul-soothing style of this lovely Indonesian island. Open-air thatch-roofed pavilions are situated next to reflecting pools, the airy rooms have a relaxed tropical ambience (white bedding and walls offset by rich hardwood floors and Indonesian furnishings), and the public spaces, including six pools and five restaurants, offer a corner of serenity for every guest. The resort also dishes up a range of awesome only-in-Bali activities, like Balinese music sessions, cooking classes, fruit and flower arranging and sunset cycling tours of the village.
In the Area
Just on the doorstep, Jimbaran Bay comes alive after dark with dozens of open-air restaurants serving grilled just-caught fish (literally: diners select their dinner while it’s still splashing around) at tables on the sand. Farther afield, don’t miss Bali’s three most impressive temples: Tanah Lot, an ancient temple on an islet off the southwestern coast that hosts kecak and fire dances at dusk; Uluwatu, an 11th-century marvel set on rugged clifftops overlooking the Indian Ocean; and Besakih, the Mother Temple, set on the volcanic slopes of Mount Agung. After all that spirituality, get a dose of materialism back in Jimbaran at Jenggala, a factory that produces gorgeous ceramics that fuse tradition and modernity delightfully.
How to Get There
Although this hotel is a tourist destination, the staff need some international cultural guest training. My experience was very savory. I am a black Woman traveling with a Caucasian friend, and I had a number of interactions with the staff at the hotel which were unsavory. From being ignored at check in, to being asked to verify that i was staying at the hotel when sitting on hotel chairs. My friend was not subject to any of this disappointing treatment. This is not a place that I would return to.
The staff was incredibly helpful and courteous for the entirety of our stay! They accommodated an early check-in and went above and beyond in helping us celebrate our honeymoon We stayed on points and it was a tremendous value; definitely in the top three hotel stays I've ever had. Zero complaints about any part of our experience.
Beautiful resort, great facilities and friendly staff. Killer sunsets over the bay and easy walk to beachside seafood restaurants.
Great base for your Bali adventure.
Price’s poolside are a little steep when compared locally, but don’t let this put you off.