Intercontinental Bali Resort, Bali

Posted May 2, 2017 by in Indonesia

Rating

Value
9.0


Location
9.0


Sleep Quality
10


Cleanliness
9.0


Service
8.0


Room
9.0


Total Score
9.0

9/ 10

Price: US$133 to 895 per night depending on room type
 
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Pros:

Family-friendly facilities, Balinese-style architecture and design, and plenty of things to do in this big property.
 

Cons:

The size of it might not allow you to have personalized service from staff.
 
Verdict

For my family, the resort was beyond what we expected in every sense of the word — offering great service, fun activities and plenty of space to relax and learn about the Balinese culture. We know we’ll be staying here for our next trip to Bali.

by Nellie Huang
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For a real Balinese experience, you won’t go wrong at the Intercontinental Bali Resort. Featuring beautiful traditional Balinese architecture and furnishing, the resort gives the illusion that you’re entering an ancient palace studded with temples, pagodas and lotus ponds. Despite being part of a global hotel chain, this particular hotel hasn’t forgotten its Balinese identity and has placed strong emphasis on preserving and spreading the Balinese culture.

Located on Jimbaran beach just 10 minutes from the airport, the resort is just steps from the famous Jimbaran seafood restaurants that are perched right on the sand, as well as other restaurants and shops. But once inside the hotel, you’ll find the hustle and bustle fading away, only to be replaced by tranquility and serenity of water fountains and manicured gardens. With a  huge slew of facilities on the property itself, it’s one of the very few hotels in the world that actually make me want to stay in and not do anything but relax and enjoy the place.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

One of Bali’s most renowned and enduring properties, this five-star resort was the first luxury property of its kind to be built on the Jimbaran Bay almost 23 years ago. These days, it’s one of the many five-star hotels in Jimbaran, but it manages to still stand out from the crowd with its well-established reputation, timeless design and top-notch service.

The Intercontinental Bali Resort is the recipient of multiple international awards each year, including Leading family destination at the Bali Tourism Awards for a few consecutive years, as well as Indonesia’s leading luxury resort at the Indonesia Travel and Tourism Awards. It’s also been named one of the top 20 Best Resorts in the World by Luxury Travel Magazine for a few years in a row as well as Best Family Hotel at the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards 2016.

INTERIOR & DESIGN

Beyond the slew of facilities and perfect location, Intercontinental’s design is another reason why I love the resort so much. Other high-end resorts often make you feel that you could be anywhere in the world, but not here. The classic Balinese style evident in every single corner of the resort — from the large high-ceiling reception that spots Balinese teak wood furnishing, to the pools and fountains that are laid with aged stones and terracotta statues.

All of its 417 rooms, suites and villas are designed to showcase the best of Bali, with the essential components of Balinese Hindu philosophies, imagery and symbolism prevalent throughout its design. The resort follows the principals of ‘Tri Hita Karana’, which is the balance and harmony between human, nature and God, while the architecture also honours the sacred axis between the holy mountain and the sea.

In the newly renovated Singaraja rooms (that we stayed at), InterContinental Bali Resort continues this tradition with authentic designs that bring the ‘Soul of Bali’ to life with features such as hand-painted batik prints and intricate wood carvings. With Singapore-based James Park Associates at the helm of this redesign, the new interiors pay homage to Bali through features like wooden headboards, rattan lamps, thematic paintings of Legong dances, and woven rattan pendant lamps.

At the same time, new technology features have been incorporated to improve the hotel’s carbon footprint and protect natural resources. Each room is equipped with a High Definition Smart IPTV system, offering access to thousands of high quality digital TV, YouTube channel and live streaming. In line with the resort’s ‘Green Engage’ sustainable environmental programme, each room is also fitted with a revolutionary energy management system featuring occupancy sensors, which will reduce negative impact and energy consumption by controlling lighting and air-conditioning thermostats when no one is present.

FACILITIES

Sprawling across acres of beachfront property, the main feature of Intercontinental Bali Resort is the pools. There are not just one, but six swimming pools spread throughout the grounds. The Main Pool is the largest pool, positioned centrally in the resort gardens, facing the shoreline and overlooking the Jimbaran Bay. This pool is designed especially for families, with a shallow area for children, and is surrounded by an expansive sun terrace area with plenty of sun beds.

The dining choices here are just as impressive, with four different restaurants and lounges spread out in different parts of the property. Jimbaran Gardens is the main dining venue located next to the Main Pool, serving up a buffet breakfast in the mornings and seafood and pizzas later on in the day. Our favourite part of Jimbaran Gardens is the kids’ buffet area that serves healthy and fun breakfast items as well as a whole play area to keep them entertained while we adults can finally have a peaceful meal on our own!

Other dining options here include Bella Cucina, an award-winning Italian fine dining restaurant that boasts an open kitchen concept; and KO Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge that prides itself on authentic Japanese cuisine which combines elements of Japan’s legendary art and culture with the latest tastes. Out on the lower deck, Taman Gita restaurant hosts twice-weekly night-time cultural themed buffet dinners, presenting traditional Balinese music and dances performed outdoors on lawns decorated Balinese-style.

Intercontinental Bali also organises plenty of recreational activities for guests, including yoga classes (complimentary introductory ones), village cycling tours, interactive Balinese cooking classes, or a chance to master the art of traditional Balinese dance, music and wood carving. They also have equipment that guests can rent, such as bicycles and body boards.

For families with young kids, we can’t recommend Intercontinental enough. It has a dedicated childcare facility, called Planet Trekkers, designed for young guests aged 4-12 years. The facility is fully supervised and secure with ample recreational space for fun, culturally inclined indoor and outdoor activities. They also have activities that introduce youngsters to Bali’s culture and artistic heritage, such as kite making, dress-up, dance, music and Indonesian Bahasa language lessons.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

My family and I stayed at more than 20 hotels and villas in Bali — and Intercontinental Bali Resort was probably Kaleya’s favorite place to stay. Kaleya loved wandering around its gardens, watching the Balinese-style fountains work their magic, and swimming in its huge pools (she’s very picky with pools because of the temperature of the water). There’s just so much to do in this kids-friendly resort— from  fish feeding to recycled art classes and taking part in the resort’s own Turtle Release Programme on Jimbaran Beach.

We also enjoyed its location, on a wide, sandy beach with calm waters, that’s perfectly safe for kids. It’s also steps away from seafood restaurants and shops, making it easy to venture beyond the resort and explore the surroundings without hiring a car or cab. Most importantly, the resort is unmistakably Balinese, as evident from its beautiful architecture and design.

For my family, the resort was beyond what we expected in every sense of the word — offering great service, fun activities and plenty of space to relax and learn about the Balinese culture. We know we’ll be staying here for our next trip to Bali. You?

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The front entrance of Intercontinental Bali

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The main pool of the resort

The beach at Intercontinental

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The property is surrounded by fountains and pools

Swaying palm trees and beach benches surround the pools

A kids-friendly pool is important for families like ours

The stone bridge that connects the lobby to its pools

The hotel's main building

Hotel’s lobby

More pools around Intercontinental Bali

Balinese sculptures and statues remind you you’re on the Island of Gods

Springs and fountains abound to give you that garden feel

Our comfortable, spacious room in the Singaraja wing

The newly renovated Singaraja room is tastefully designed

Plenty of space for families

View from our room

Massage room at the spa

Taman Gita, one of the restaurants at Intercontinental Bali

The outdoor area at Taman Gita

The night-time themed dinner at Taman Gita is an event not to be missed

Traditional Legong dance performance

A chance to see traditional dances at Intercontinental Bali

Night markets in the resort

Sunset on the beach

Beautiful views to sip cocktails to


About the Author

Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offbeat destinations, she has written for numerous publications including CNN, International Business Times, BBC, Wend, and Lonely Planet. In her quest for adventure, she’s climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, played with lemurs in Madagascar and cruised alongside penguins in Antarctica.

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