Chris and I have been lucky enough to stay at the InterContinental Bali Resort a handful of times. Now when we go back, it almost feels like our Bali home. The traditional Balinese music plays in the background, the welcome Balinese drink with lemongrass stirrer comes out, along with the cold refreshing towel. Balinese hospitality is unlike anywhere else in the world. And our time at the InterContinental Bali resort is filled with unique memories.
InterContinental Bali: Our First Impressions
We first stayed at the InterContinental Bali resort in 2011, almost 4 years ago, and have stayed there a few times since. The resort is quite large with sprawling grounds filled with traditional Balinese gardens, pools, statues and other amenities. That’s the one thing I remember about our first stay, how it wasn’t just a 5 star resort that happened to be in Bali, but that they had truly integrated Bali into the resort, the design and architecture, the landscape, the people.
Location, Location, Location
If you have read a few other pages on our blog, you will know we love Jimbaran. This is where you will find the InterContinental Bali, right on the beach, near the southern end (the end that has the best seafood restaurants on the beach… if you ask me!). Jimbaran can be polarising, with some people putting it into the “its just 5 star resorts and nothing else” category, but I think that would be a huge mistake. It’s home to some of the best local markets, has a much nicer beach than those near Kuta, and although it doesn’t have the streets filled with restaurants and shops that Seminyak does, it has some great food experiences and it feels like you are staying in a real Balinese community. Jimbaran is about 15 minutes from Bali Airport and about 30 minutes (which can turn into a lot longer depending on traffic) from Seminyak.
We have stayed in both a resort classic room and a Singaraja room. Both room types have a traditional Balinese design, large bathrooms, and a balcony. The main differences I found with the Singaraja room, was that they were positioned closer to the pool, breakfast, hotel reception etc, and the view from the balcony was nicer. The rooms were fairly similar to the Singaraja room just being a step up. And the Singaraja rooms have a separate Singaraja concierge service. Both rooms were great, but for the price difference, I would go with the Singaraja Room. There are also other room types available too.
Beyond The Room
As mentioned, the grounds are pretty large, filled with pools, water features, Balinese Gardens, it’s all pretty beautiful. They also have a handful of different restaurants on the grounds, including an Italian and a Japanese restaurant to name a few. They also have a swim up bar in the pool, fitness facilities, spa and other activities you can take part in (like cycling tours or Balinese cooking classes).
Almost Landing LovesLocation on the beach
Traditional Balinese Design & Architecture
Huge Range Of Facilities Available
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