Recently I had the pleasure of spending three nights at the InterContinental Bali Resort. Set upon the white sands of Jimbaran Bay on the island’s southern coastline the resort offers a luxurious and tranquil escape from the surrounding busy streets of Ulawatu.
Many travellers head to Bali in search of rest and relaxation, Pina Coladas and massages, and are too often confronted with hustle, hawkers and high-stress. Fortunately, the InterCon delivers calm and luxury well beyond expectation.
Blessed by an endless stretch of white sand beach overlooking the tranquil waters of Jimbaran Bay, InterContinental Bali Resort property embraces a 14 hectare tropical landscape that is a blend of indigenous flora, gentle waterways and stone statues reflecting the island’s artistic heritage. There are six swimming pools and plenty of recreational activities to keep guests occupied throughout the day.
After a warm welcome at Denpasar Airport; our driver provide us with cold towels and refreshments for the short trip to the hotel where we were welcomed by our host and taken straight to the cool, spacious Club InterContinental Lounge where champagne flutes greeted us while our check in was attended to.
Following a brief glance at the drinks menu, confirming that we would be returning before too long for the daily sunset canapés and evening cocktails, we were escorted to our Club Room and given a run down of its features by the butler who offered to take two pieces of clothing for complimentary light pressing.
Once given a chance to explore the room on our own we sampled the praline chocolates and fruit basket before showering and preparing for dinner.
A respectable 5 o’clock and we were back at the Club Lounge, ready to sample the evening’s offerings, which did not disappoint. With a Talisker 10 in hand and a mojito for my girlfriend we were presented with a tasting plate of sushi and Indonesian delicacies. With access to the open buffet inside, we had no need for further dinner plans so took a stroll through the resort gardens to the Sunset Beach Bar where we met with some friends and continued our evening with beers and Pina Coladas served in coconuts.
In the morning we were spoilt for choice with options of gourmet breakfast in the lounge or at any of the other four venues including in-room dining; enjoying a la carte breakfast in the lounge we spent time deciding on our morning activities. While my girlfriend opted for the daily yoga class I contemplated the fitness centre before heading to the private Club InterContinental Pool where I took advantage of the quiet surroundings to catch up on work calls, take a dip and read the newspaper I was given by our butler.
Up next was our couple’s spa treatment. Not having experienced massages outside a physiotherapist’s clinic I was hesitant, but my girlfriend assured me I would love it and she wasn’t wrong. Walking past the spa, sauna and steam rooms we were impressed before even entering our massage room; once inside we were treated to foot spas with freshly made treatments including natural herbs and flower extracts before our full body Balinese massage. An experience not to be forgotten.
My girlfriend managed to squeeze in a trip to the hairdresser for a blow dry, after which she couldn’t speak highly enough of their skills given the tight timeframe she had given them. Rounding out our stay we dined at the Jimbaran Gardens restaurant, set in a traditional dining pavilion style set in the middle of the resort grounds with views across the beach and bay. We enjoyed grilled marinated red snapper wrapped in banana leaves, complemented washed down with ice cold Bintang.
For those looking for looking to satisfy the Bali stereotype of pampering and poolside reflection the InterContinental Bali experience will not disappoint. The hospitality we received at the InterContinental Bali Resort was exceptional, and we won’t hesitate to return on future holidays to the island.