Grand Nikko Bali
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... 8217;t really a main tourist time and most people stay in their resorts. We had some Indonesian food and went for a walk around attempting to find a good bar or club but didn’t have much luck. After wandering a bit lost in the dark, we found a cab to take us back to the Westin and headed to the beach bar for a drink. We sat on the beach, on bean bag chairs in the sand and had a cocktail while looking out over the ...
... checked in to my flight, and handed my bags over, went through customs and security and sat and read my book until my flight was ready to board. It was time to board, I went and found my seat, and I was stuck sitting next to a smelly old man and it was disgusting! This was only a quick 3 hour flight, so I stayed awake and was hoping this man was not on my other flight. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur, and our bags are handled by other people so all I have to do is ...
... of the temples. However, our desire was not in vain as we visited some very exotic temples. We had our breakfast at a nearby 'warung', assuming that we were the first customers that morning as the owners had just set up their stalls. We had a simple breakfast, which cost us a cheap and reasonable price.
Our first stop today was Turtle Island, located in Nusa Dua, South of Bali. ...
... during low tide. All old Balinese realms have a mountain to sea axis, an ordering of the physical that mirrors the ordering of the cosmos, with major points marked by temples. There are 6 major features of nature (the earth, the mountains, the sea, the forest, the rice fields and the lakes) ...
... this information in mind, I thought I would spend today doing some research and see what I could book to keep me occupied for the next couple of weeks.
Well, I think one word can sum up today: Frustrating.
I suspect that I haven't exactly adjusted to island time at this point and spent most of today calling, emailing, leaving messages and awaiting confirmation for things I wanted to do over the next week or so. I am fairly certain ...
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Wonderful vacation that we will never forget!!!
Tommy at pool bar is wonderful, he is great employee.
Thank you for a wonderful vacation that we will never forget!!!. We felt very welcome here. All staf were very friendly and nice. The best customer service I have ever encountered in my life. We would tell all our friends how great nikko bali and the staff. ( Ms. Shelley Humphrey # 3401, 2 - 9 July 2006)
4 nights at the Nikko 6/26-6/30
My husband and I had 4 nights at the Nikko in Bali, and let me tell you...4 nights is not enough time!!!! We chose to stay at the Nikko since it was not in the tourist/shopping area (trying to avoid staying where the Kuta bombings had been occuring in the past.) Honestly, i had some reservations on going to a country that was having terrorist attacks, but my husband made a valid point - would we avoid ever going to New York again since there was the World Trade Center bombing? I have to say, I don't feel scared to go to New York. But, i still wanted to take precautions in Bali. So we stayed at the Nikko, it's about 30 minutes from Kuta on a private beach and security at the entrance of the hotel (they check the cars for bombs before any car can enter). The view of the ocean from the lobby is absolutely breathtaking! The weather was great during the time we were there. The pizza at the poolside restaurant is SO YUMMY! The staff at the hotel was very attentive and pleasant. The room was nice and clean (the bed was HUGE - I think it was 2 queen beds stuck together) We spent our days as such: an hour at the breakfast buffett, then having an hour massage at the spa, then spending a couple of hours at the pool, then lunch poolside, then showering/changing to head out to Kuta for dinner, shopping and then 2 more hours of massage (at 8 American dollars an hour for full body, and $6 for an hour of reflexology, we could NOT resist!). By the time we were done with the massages (usually around midnight or 1am), all the other shops were closed (they close by 10pm, the bars stay open much later, but we never went to any of the bars/pubs - again, i was nervous about the bombings). Keep in mind that you lose an hour a day for travel to/from Kuta (half hour each way) This was our routine for all of the days except for the day we took our excursion! i HIGHLY recomend doing the white water rafting!!!! It was VERY fun, and shows you a different side of Indonesia. You see the beautiful, green jungle (I felt like i was on a Disneyland ride because it seemed so perfectly beautiful - only thing missing was the safety mechanisms!). The white water rafting was quite an adventure - lots of bumps and near flips. You also have to look out for the LOW bridges (lean waaaaaaay back, otherwise you're head will get hit!) and low hanging trees that will whip you as you fly by. We paid $30 each for this excursion and it includes transportation to/from (pick up was 8:30am, drop off at 4:30pm - long day), equipment, guide, buffet lunch. BEWARE: at the end of the rafting you have to walk back up to the top of the mountain...up these HUGE rock steps that are carved into the mountain side, and there must have been hundreds and hundreds of steps! I'm talking MAJOR STAIR MASTER (on a good note, helps your legs and butt look fabulous when done!) I recommend purchasing the excursions from the street vendors, not the hotel (hotel was about $25 more). LOOK OUT FOR: money changers on the streets who will try to rip you off while exchanging your money!!!! We encountered 4 in a row who tried to trick us. You will give them your money, they will count out the Rupiah, then they will stack it back up for you, while "palming" some of the money without you seeing. Of course my husband would recount the Rupiah before leaving the table, and there would be much less then what they orginally counted! Since they were then caught, they would then say they are exchanging at a different rate then what is on the board. At that point we would take back our own money and leave for the next one. (good thing was that they never tried to keep you from taking back your money) ALSO LOOK OUT FOR: money changers who have calculators that are rigged to calculate wrong! One money changer used his calculator and I thought that the numbers looked awfully lower then should be. So when i took another calculator, he freaked out, and i saw why! TIP: bring your own calculator. All in all, the vacation was great! If it weren't for my fear of the bombings, i would have liked to stay in a hotel in Kuta because it was more central to the restaurants and shopping and cheap massages! If you are looking to stay away from the hub bub, then Nikko is great. VERY private beach and quite, relaxing hotel, isolated in it's own space. My husband's opinion is that he wants to stay somewhere away from the busy areas, with the option to drive there when he wants. That is exactly what we had!!
Very Good Value
Stayed for 9 nights. Due to it being the off-season we got an upgrade to an ocean view room (but I would probably pay extra and go to the pool room if I went back again) Service is 5 star so no complaints about that.
Breakfast was included and they had a very good spread. My wife loved the pancakes. Pool is wonderful. It wasn't too crowded although I can imagine in peak season getting a chair might be a tough ask unless your early. I wouldn't eat in the hotel as it can be expensive (thier buffets start are approx 250,000 rupiah each). Rather, catch a meter taxi to nusa dua (about 15000 rupiah and half the price of the hotel car) and eat at a restaurant in town for a roughly half the price (including lobster). Most places will even drive you back to the hotel for free.
Prices from memory: Mocktails 33000 rupiah, cocktails 72000 rupiah, Club sandwich was about 81000 rupiah. Can of Coke from the minibar is 24000 (go to Nusa Dua and you can buy the same cans for about 5000 rupiah from the little supermarkets) Laundry charges are reasonable. International phone calls to Aus. are very expensive and charged in 3 min blocks. Meter taxi to Kuta about 85000 rupiah but you can take the DFS Galleria shuttle The Polo shops in Nusa Dua have basically the same range as the shops in Kuta but we did find the Matahari quite good in Kuta.
If you decide to do some activities, Nusa Dua hotels usually have the early pick ups but breakfast starts at 6 so this isn't a problem.
All in all, happy with the Nikko.
P.S. My pet hate is places that charge you a compulsory service charge (10%) and taxes (another 11%) in the fine print on everything and the Nikko is one of these so keep that in mind. I wiould have happily given them a tip bar for this.
A hotel with the most beautiful colored beach
When my parents an I went to Bali in July 2003, I had no idea that we were going to stay in Nikko. But as we arrived, I could see the ocean right from where I got out of the car. As I went to the lobby, the view of the Indian Ocean was just breathtaking. I have never seen such a landscape. What's even more fascinating was that the room is huge, they used wood flooring instead of carpet, the bathroom (I think) is covered with marbles, the bed and sheets (oh.. the bed) are comfortable and soft, the beds are twins but in a full size. What suprises me the most is the beach; bluish turquoise and white sand. I decided to sit on the sand for 3 hours to enjoy the sound of waves and colors of the beach. What more can you expect from a resort.
Lunch at the Jala-Jala restaurant is a must. The daily buffet breakfast was delicious too. The staff were extremely pleasant and they would engage a conversation with you. You won't get bored being with these nice people.
I cannot forget the 3 nights we had stayed there. Until now, I still prefer to go to Nikko instead of other hotels (Melia, Westin, Grand Hyatt) in the exclusive Nusa Dua area. Nikko's beach is secluded but very beautiful. I was disappointed that I didn't take a lot of pictures. However, next time when I visit Bali, I will bring more pictures. Definitely worth going back again.
A lovely 7night stay Feb10-Feb17. Best reserved for special celebrations as this is priced above the average resort.
Approx cost:Ocean View Rm S$270 US$163 x 7 = S$1890 US1,141
Valuair 2px S$476 US293
Light Meals 7N S$1,000 (US861)
Total S$3,366 US$2,070
No problems upon arrival or departure. When we got to the luggage belt, 3 or 4 porters had several bags around them. We spotted ours & calmly took it. No hassle from them. I wonder if they were on their best behaviour because there were two uniformed officers at the luggage belt. Phew!
When departing Bali, remember the Passenger Departure Tax Rupiah is 50,000 per px - they dont accept foreign currency.
We reserved our through the hotel website. Upon check in, they upgraded us to the lovely Deluxe Beach Front room at the Cliff Tower. Yippee! Great beach/sea views &nice pools.
For our 23rd wedd anniversary, we opted for their lovely Valentine's 6 course Western meal with music from the singing quartet in a Garden setting. Our wonderful Creator threw in for free - a huge full moon with rays that made the sea shimmer & gleam, stars & a light breeze - very romantic. AND No mozzies! Was pleasantly surprised with a complimentary wedding anniversary cake too.
A free shuttle is provided by DFS in Kuta. We bought our bottled water at the supermart in the bldg next to DFS, 3x cheaper than the hotel's. It's not safe to boil even the hotel tap water. They give two small complimentary mineral water bottles daily. To take the free shuttle back to hotel, you have to purchase something from DFS but no minimum purchase required.
The only downside to the hotel is the food. With prices, comparable to 5 star hotels in Singapore, they can do much better than the average quality and selection. However, we were very satisfied with other areas like rooms, views, service.
Timing is everything. We were fortunate not to be caught in any big conventions which may be common with big resorts.
The Clifftop Tower lift lobbies are nicely situated and gives you great views of the pools, sea and beach. If you stay in the Deluxe Beach Front rooms, you can hear the waves at night - very soothing. Pools are very well maintained and great for relaxation. The Beach is pretty private with no one bothering you with sea activities or sale of knick knacks. The sea is very clean, beach umbrellas and deck chairs provided. I didn't get the usual stings from sea lice which bothered me in Thailand or Tioman. Also no sandflies. The sand is a little soft, so be careful when swimming at high tide - low tide is great as there's still plenty of water with gentle surfs.
Service staff at the eating outlets on the whole are very friendly,courteous and sincere. Room service was also good and so was the housekeeping.
Resort is set on sprawling grounds, well furbished, well maintained all round. The architecture is not ostentatious and blends in quite well. There's the gamelan music played by a trio in the lobby - the sound permeates to many areas, gives a nice Balinese ambience.
Rooms are fairly spacious, in good condition (at least Room 811 that we were in). Good extensive TV channels like BBC, CNN, Cinemax, HBO. Star Movies, StarWorld, National Geographic, Discovery etc. Some foreign language channels too like NHK, Italian, Dutch...Bathrooms included separate shower area and tub.
Great for relaxing and a quiet time for couples who enjoy a more solitary type of retreat for reading and resting, away from the hustle and bustle. By the way, the resort faces the east, so we get the sunrise rather than the famous bali sunset.
Best hotel i have ever been to
In may 05 I visited the Nikko Bali,the holiday was a joy from the minute we landed at the airport! When we arrived at the airport we were greeted with neclaces made from fresh flowers and greeters dressed in traditional balonise outfits. In the coach on the way to the hotel the rep told us a lot about bali and its culture it was veryinteresting.
When we arrived at the hotel there were men sat playing musical instruments which was very relaxing and we greated with a refreshing drink.
The rooms themselves are absolutely beautiful and photos in brochures do not do them justice.The staff cannot do enough for you and are vey friendly,everytime you look at them they give you a huge smile. This hotel is perfect,it is spottlessly clean,perfectly decorated and for a hotel is very reasonabley priced,I would honestly say i could go there every year for the rest of my life and never get sick of it.Please dont let the unfortunate things that have happened to bali affect your decision on going it is a truly wonderful place with fantastic people.
Paradise in paradise
Situated in the South East corner of Bali, the Nikko Bali occupies an exclusive and secluded spot all on its own. No other hotel neighbours it - and from the observation tower above the hotel you can see the Nusa Dua complex and hotels (starting with the Hilton) over a mile away.
Upon arrival you instantly feel you are in paradise, from the attentive staff to the grand water features, lush tropical flora and smartly laid out reception area. Rooms are in two areas, the main section and the tower. Some rooms of the main section offer views out to sea but, for a slightly higher price, head to the tower. This section of the hotel holds the accolade of tallest building in Bali - 14 stories. The trick is it hugs a sheer cliff and as a result only stands a few stories above ground.
Below the tower is the pool area, featuring a beautiful and superbly designed 4-in-1 pool, all interlinked, with a man-made sand beach, waterfalls, slides and swim up bar. In this area there is also a theatre (although during my stay this was closed as Bali was yet to recover from the terrorism in Kuta), kids activity area and sports facilities. Directly across from the pool is the fabulous East facing sloping beach, totally private and secluded - and as you can see from my pictures posted on this site, true paradise.
The rooms are decorated part Japanese and part Balinese. Wood veneer, wooden floors, batik furnishings, writing desk, balcony and large bathrooms. Remote TV, minibar, 24hour room service - everything you expect from a 5 star resort.
The only thing you don't get from this hotel is a Balinese sunset - these are reserved for hotels along Kuta beach on the West coast of the island. But you do get the sunrise!
Bali is a beautiful island, ground travel is inexpensive, many tours are conducted personally rather than a bus full of strangers and Kuta is a great town for nightlife and shopping. Don't miss a trip to Bedugul in the centre of the island. Despite the tragic events in Kuta, the island is slowly recovering and in time should regain its rightful place as a top holiday destination for people of all ages and tastes - you can do lots or nothing on a vacation here and the Nikko is a fabulous place to stay whichever you choose. Go see for yourself.
Pool is great!!
We didn't stay here, we stayed at the Niksoma, which was fantastic. However, we did drive here and were shown the rooms and the grounds. The pool looked fantastic and the staff were very friendly and willing to show us around. We will stay here next time we go to Bali. It's perfect if you don't mind being too far away from Kuta / Nusa Dua.
Unbelievable great!!! higher as high recommended
I stayed with my girlfriend 9 nights at the Nikko Nali Resort.
Itīs in Nusa Dua in the area of all the other big hotels ( Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton...)
We loved our stay.The rooms are big very, very clean and the staff was absolute fantastic.
Around the hotel is nothing.You have to take a cab.Watch out for the blue bird cabs.They charge you right with a meter!
The Poolarea is amazing. Over 3 Levels with waterfalls, a slide and a beach on the poolsite.
You can eat some finger food at the pool bar or pool restaurant.
Breakfast buffet was overall great.The best place to eat in the hotel is the "Jala-Jala" on Thursdays with an outstanding fish and seafood buffet.
You can have lunch and dinner for a couple of bucks.
Instead drive 30 minutes to Kuta or Jimbaran to save 2$ eat at the Nikko!
I would love to go there one more time.