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Woke to a skype call from the girlies due to them being terrified that there was something in the house. We had another day of activities ahead. We did this thing called tubing which hurt our arms from hanging on for dear life as we didn't want to be thrown from the blowup contraption. Next was a truly disappointing banana boat ride where we drove in a straight line out to sea, turned around and came back again. It's the only banana boat ride where I've ...
... doctor was assigned to a hospital today. I really wanted to avoid going to the hospital because I knew from Alex's visit that the cost would be expensive. Since those were the only 2 clinics I had seen around the neighborhood, I went home and asked my host family for advice. Brunit told me he would take me to a doctor on the other side of the island (15-min bike ride). That was so nice. I hopped on the bike with him and Jo followed us, so she can take me home later. When we ...
... that when I do try new things, they're always disgusting. Take my first (and hopefully only) experience of sushi back in Whistler, for example. Horrible stuff, not impressed at all. I mean, do you blame me for having a boring diet when most things that people rave about and insist I try end up tasting like a fried cockroach?
I'm determined to beat the food problem in Asia so when Jimi said, "have you tried chicken satay? It's basically chicken on a stick with a ...
... before we arrived at a cafe. There is a lookout but it was too wet. This was better anyway as we could enjoy a nice lunch while taking in the view. The lush grass steps looked ever so green and beautiful. It is amazing that the rain doesn't wash the walls away. After lunch we drove back down the mountain through massive puddles on our way to Ubud.
When we got to Ubud our first stop was the sacred Monkey Forest. It was still raining and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsConrad Bali Nusa Dua
We have had a wonderful time at the Conrad and are very impressed with the facilities and the friendliness of the staff. The rooms are very comfortable and the poolside service is superb.
We cannot comment on the value as we are staying as Diamond Members via points, but having stayed at other resorts of this caliber I would assume this a is a great value.
We did visit in low season, so the staff was especially attentive, and as is typical for Bali, you won't find as pristine a beach as Bora Bora or even places in Thailand, but they make up for that with an incredible pool complex and attention to detail.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Conrad Bali Nusa Dua
Beautiful hotel but in a high security area which could be any beautiful area of the world - a bit sterile. Shops do not carry larger sizes for non-Balinese. Service on the lobby floor is horrendous - but other restaurants extremely good in terms of price, quality, cuisine.
Bali overall could be lovely - Ubud area is beautiful and worth taking a tour or staying - but there are many corruption problems, inefficiency, lack of education that are not good. Had problems using credit card, debit card, ATM card and trip for a conference became a real nightmare. It got to the point that I had to call my local consul in Bali - first time I have ever had to call anywhere in the world after close to 40 years of international travel. Experienced one anti-American verbal attack (not at hotel - at conference) and was told to go out in the dark to find ATM machine and cash and the nasty person would not tell me where ATM was!
Much prefer going to Thailand. Indonesia really needs to improve.
As lovely as Bali is, please consider the other aspects....
Fabulous pool, stylish rooms
Really enjoyed our stay at the Conrad - we stayed here for a few days toward the beginning of our honeymoon, and were given a free upgrade to an oceanfront room when we mentioned during check-in that we were on honeymoon. The bedroom was stylish and spacious (photos attached), with a small balcony overlooking the beach and ocean.
Beachfront bales and lounge chairs were always available, and it was never a problem finding chairs by the pool either. The main swimming pool is a good size, but the lagoon pool went on forever and was great fun to swim (especially for children). I am a bit of a pool obsessive and this was a big draw!
Didn't bother swimming in the sea - the cordoned-off swimming area wasn't very big and didn't look particularly attractive. Lots of noise from all the watersports going on (parasailing, water-skiing, banana boats, etc.). If you are keen on beaches, try a hotel along Jimbaran Bay instead - much nicer oceanfront.
Food was expensive given local prices, but we found it tasty enough. All the restaurants are beautifully appointed and many have gorgeous views. The cocktails packed an unexpected punch, too!
All in all, recommended.
Not high recommended
Stay at Conrad for 3 days from 22 Apr to 25 Apr. when it's low tide u can see the local collecting sea urchin so you can't really swim in the sea as it's quite dangerous & full of seaweed. Would not really recommend this hotel for family as it's not really children-friendly, no stroller was provided even though it was stated on their website that it's available. The reception was not really helpful when we request for late check-out, as it's subject to room available, do not understand why our request was turn down even though occupany rate was quite low (max 30%) & we're travelling with a baby. The variety for breakfast at Suku was limited. As its quite new, the vegetation is small, does not provide much shade & can get quite hot in the afternoon. Food at Conrad is quite expensive. Try their local dish but not really good. Like the concept of their room, quite nicely done. Not much activity in the hotel or the surronding area. Either the language or knowledge of the staff is quite limited, e.g. request the hotel to call a cab to Nusa Dua DFS, but the staff did not inform us that it's actually close for renovation for quite some time already & we make a waste trip there.
Stayed at the conrad from March 10 to March 13. Very nice hotel & swimming pool. The service is excellent too. The room is very clean & big. The only downside is the food & drinks in the hotel are expensive & the taste of the food is average. Other than that, i strongly recommend this hotel if you enjoy hanging out in the hotel when you are in bali.
Fantastic new resort close to Nusa Dua, huge very stylish guestrooms including a balcony with sea-, pool- or gardenview (or all three), bathroom with tub, extra shower, extra toilet, a big walk-in closet which we appreciated very much, so no clothes, suitcases .. 'decorated' the room. Wonderful pool-area with one rectangular and an almost endless laguna-style pool, great service with cooled towels, bottled water, evian spray, fruit-skewers every now and then .. Gardens and palms need one or two more years to achieve their full beauty. The best resort we ever stayed at, we'll be back!
Best Hotel Experience in the World!
Stayed at the Conrad in July 2004 and can quite honestly say this was by far the best hotel experience I have ever encountered. It was our first time in Bali and the hotel had only been open a few months, at this time there were very few reviews of the place and so we were a little unsure as what to expect. From the moment we arrived we were shown to the beautiful lounge area overlooking the pool and served some complimentary drinks while the ever courteous staff checked us in. The rooms were amazing, the pools like nothing I've ever seen and the food..... well we ended up eating there nearly every day it was so good and really not that expensive. We will be going back in 2005 and frankly at around $120 a night there is nowhere cheaper or more beautiful than the Conrad Bali... We have lots of pictures if anybody would like a copy of them, one of the things we found difficult to get hold of when we were planning our holiday.
Amazing hotel...the best in Nusa Dua. The staff, spa and restaurants are wonderful. Attention to detail is what you expect from a 4star hotel and is perfect for a long stay.
Expect to receive excellent, outstanding service in this beautiful new hotel. You will be offered a cold, scented towel to refresh your face or hands when checking in and also a cup of cold tea all in a nice ethnic tray with flowers.
Rooms smell like new! the bathroom is huge and the amenities remarkable. I especially liked the bamboo in the bathroom.
The bed is fantastic with (6!) pillows of great quality. The rooms are very big, even the cheapest ones are like suites by the size they have.
The pool is amazing and the restaurants as well. Very very nice decor. You really have to stay here and if you do so I am sure that you will want to applaud at the end of your stay. Prices very reasonable.
Superb new hotel
This is an absolutely first-rate new hotel. The buildings and huge pool are beautiful, and the rooms are amazing with fabulous beds and very modern bathroom design. The beach is appropriate more for strolling and water sports while swimming is best done in the pools. One drawback is that the hotel is in a somewhat isolated area, so a 30 minute drive is needed to get to the main shopping and restaurant areas of Bali such as Kuta or Legian. However, transport is cheap and easy to obtain. I would highly recommend the hotel for someone wanting a 5-star resort and pool-side vacation.
Exuding in Style
We stayed for a week at this newly opened Conrad hotel. We booked the good introductory rates via the internet and we very very pleased at what we found. The staff are immensely friendly although they seemed to be in training mode still as they couldn't really help us very well when it came to organising water sports, other activities and restaurant recommendations etc. That was a bit frustrating and rather surprising but our problems were very quickly addressed by more senior staff. The view from the reception area is magnificant and the grand pool is surely one of the best on the island. The food is first class. The rooms were as clean, bright and well equipped as one would expect from a newly opened 5 star resort - the hotel web photographs don't lie. We also stayed in the Four Seasons Jimbaran which exudes in luxury and while also a 5 star is a step up in class, style and comfort but a step up in price too. Two superb hotels.