InterContinental Bali Resort
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Been a little lazy blogging bc this is the last of the beach for a while:( 5 days is just not enough for Bali!
We are staying at Jimbaran Bay which is one of the nicer beach resort areas. Our hotel is amazing and has awesome beach lounging areas...for me to tan in! I don't think I can get much darker than I am right now.
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... where I could find Dodol (that rice candy Made shared with us yesterday). They all said "inside," gesturing at the warren of merchants and merchandise. The market was just too time consuming to try to thread my way through, so I decided to just wait on the street corner for the driver. He showed up right on time, and I was whisked right back to the room. Along the way I asked him about himself, and turns out he worked on a cruise ship for 3 years, ...
... crafts n Bali, lots of markets and pretty shops, but most importantly it is home to a MONKEY FOREST! a temple in town with forest surrounds that is FULL of Macaque monkeys who were so cool, the little ones were brilliant, they just look at you as if to say, 'what are you??' quickly followed by 'oh right, you dont have any food, bye then' and they are off! I thought they were so cool! Laura forget that she had mints in the fromt of her bag so she had two climbing on her ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsInterContinental Bali Resort Jimbaran
after staying some day at half outdoor and half indoor hotel, back to Intercon bali feels like home.. the real hotel with great view of the beach and close to jimbaran seaside cafe was great.. always love to come back to intercon Bali.. the service was great.. i forgot the butler name, but he was very helpful to me. I remember i asked for the fruit, they gave some kind of fruits but i asked to change it all to mangosteen and hey, i got it.. :) good job..
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Bali Resort Jimbaran
This hotel was awesome. The accomodations were just terrific. The breakfast buffet was really really good. The staff was very friendly. The property is just lovely! My husband and I had an awesome time. While you're there, do try the seafood restaurants near the pier (just ask for the grilled seafood restaurant street). And BE SURE TO ASK FOR THE BALINESE PRICE!! It's a scam otherwise if you have to pay more than 35,000 Rp for a kg of fish.
5 Star Resort, 3 Star Rooms Had a great time
Check-in was quick (which tired travellers always appreciate), room was ready upon arrival.
Found the room to lack something. The wallpaper needed to be replaced and the floors where very badly scratched and were in desperate need of a sand and polish. There bathrooms were all very 5 star and what you'd expect. We also did have to be relocated twice to another room. 1st time because I said the room wasn't as nice as I thought it would be or should be then because in the next room the air-conditioner leaked water all over the floor and bathroom vanity and clothes that were in he bathroom. This was a bit disruptive to our holiday having to pack and unpack 4 times. They do need to ensure that this does not happen too often as it did affect the way we viewed the overall rating of the property and left us a bit disappointed as you don't expect this when you pay a 5 star price especially after such a big decision as to go to Bali in the first place. The rooms were the only disappointing factor of the resort. The website also indicates there is internet access in all room - this is not the case.
The resort itself was beautiful. There were 9 pools in total. If you are not staying as a "Club Intercontinental" guest, you are not permitted to use the Club pool - I didn't want to use their pool anyway (ha ha ha). The main pool was huge with a swim up bar on one side and the on the other side was several under cover (bungalow roof) day beds - very nice - great for people who have just been too burnt by the strong Bali sun. The sea temperature was also very pleasant. The main pool also had a life guard to supervise swimmers. Plenty of layback deck chair with umbrellas and daybeds everywhere too.
Club J - The Kids Club was just fantastic. Our son Kyle who is 5 years old and has slight brain damage was most welcome and looked after by the staff at Club J. They could not do enough for him and he wanted go to their everyday. Club J rates were very reasonable too. 175,000Rp for 5 hours including a meal, which is about $22 Australian dollars. It's almost that per hour in some child care centres here.
The restraints where all nice and reasonably priced - most of them where the same as a café in Sydney and offered everything from Lobsters (at 280,000Rp-$35Aussie) to curries and burgers at approx 110,000Rp-$12-15 AUD.
The sunset bar was our favourite offering a wide rang of pre-dinner drinks and international buffet dinners at a cost of 150,000 Rp (approx $16-18 AUD) and children under 8 ate for free and over 8 $1 per year of age - eg: 9 years old 90,000Rp. We ate many dinners here and loved the Italian and BBQ theme nights. The staff at Sunset Bar went beyond the call of duty many times and made our stay very pleasant.
There was a park like section behind the sunset bar that had a sign that read "all children must be supervised by an adult while playing on this equipment" however I never had to watch my son as there was always an Intercontinental staff member there playing with him. They'd be walking past and just stop and play. How lovely.
Security was excellent on entry and exit points of the resort and throughout the grounds. Plenty of security officers patrolling the beach too which put our minds at ease after the recent tragic events.
Overall, a very nice resort.
I would have to say that the Intercontinental in my opinion is better than its closest price (R.C) competitor in the Jimbaran Bay area.
A wonderful resort!
The InterContinental came highly recommended by friends who frequent Bali and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed.
The grounds are beautiful as is the resort's private stretch of beach. The room we had was very large and nicely appointed with teak flooring, a down featherbed, dvd player and a stereo system, and wonderfully rich and heavy teak furniture on the balcony.
The pools are scenic and uncrowded. The beachside thatched sunshades are delightful and the fact that you can have a manicure, pedicure or massage without leaving your your beachchair is wonderfully decadent.
The staff was courteous, friendly and helpful. From the welcome drink at check-in to the car and driver we hired from the hotel to the breakfast buffet, this resort offered luxury without pretense and was a delicious retreat from the hectic day to day life of the big city.
I stayed at the hotel in May and it was fantastic.
Great staff, food and amazing cocktails. Can hontestly say it was the best holiday I've ever had. I have never felt as relaxed as I did there.
Watching the sunsets for the pool, in the cocktail bar or sat on the beach were amazing.
The beach restuarants were fantastic.
Would recommend it to anyone.
Loved the Intercontinental
We went to Intercontinental Bali for our Honeymoon on June 11, 2005 and we loved it!!!!
This place is unique, clean and food is awesome. The restaurants in the Resort are a bit to expensive, but worth to go. We love the breakfasts seeting, selection was great, but the service was unprecedented!! We love this place and people. We strongly recomend to try the food on the beach by the Hotel!!!Price and taste oh!!!! And even now after the tragedy, we LOVE this place even more. Our love goes to people and their families...and we will come back.
Very pleasant but impersonal
Hi, I stayed at the IC in May 2004 and found it to be generally quite pleasant. It is huge with very nice grounds, and has all the bells and whistles of a large, 5-star resort. The only downside is that is it a large resort, so it's full of people and rather impersonal. You feel like just a body there. The best thing about the resort is that it faces due west, so the sunset is great. You can sit in the pool and watch the sun go down.. really cool.
Excellent rooms and service at Club Intercontinental
After reading the earlier comments "Grounds are great, but the rooms", we were concerned that we would be disappointed with aging rooms. We decided to pay a little more for Club rooms which we were told were newly refurbished, and we were not disappointed. The rooms were very tastefully fitted out and quite large for standard-sized rooms.
However, it was the excellent, professional and very attentive service particularly by the club staff that stood out. They even remembered my kids names. The main kids club was being renovated and we were initially disappointed that the temporary kids club was only a room with toys. However, the programs were excellent and the kids loved the daily activities. The very affordable babysitters are all hotel staff who work as babysitters out of normal work hours and are absolutely fantastic.
All in all, it is difficult to find any fault with the hotel and its service. It is a bit far from the main shopping areas but the seafood restaurant on the beach next door is excellent. I highly recommend paying extra for the club section as the rooms and service were beyond expectations.
A little piece of Heaven on Earth
Their slogan is "Suspended between heaven and earth" or something like that -- how fitting. Our trip to Hong Kong / Bali in September 2002 was superb and 10 days at the Bali Intercontinental, fantastic. A home away from home. The grounds, the staff, the beach, the surrounding town -- all perfect. We staked out our favourite haunts for dinner alternating between the local restaurant, just steps away towards the Four Seasons and the fishermen's restaurants on the beach. The resort had so much to offer, each evening the itinery for the following day was left on the bed - an interesting array of activities both within the resort and in the local community. A small problem in our room resulted in a fantastic upgrade to a two room suite.
I can't say enough good things about this resort and we have travelled widely. We look forward to a return trip to Bali and the Bali Intercontinental.
What a resort!
The Jimbaran Intercontinental is simply one of the finest hotels available in Bali. Upon arriving, we were not asked to go to the check-in desk, but rather escorted to the lounge area of the lobby where the receptionist came to us to fill in the necessary forms. About halfway through we were greeted by a waitress with complimentary cocktails.
The room was simply superb, having everything you would expect at a 5-star resort and a little bit more (the stereo was linked to the TV and could play DVDs). Bathroom amenities were first class. The actual resort itself is magnificent, with beautifully landscaped lush grounds, and three pools of incrementally warmer temperature. The only downside to the whole hotel is the prices of the food and drinks. They were considerably higher than other areas, but having said this were still only about what you'd pay in a cafe in Australia. The resort is located right on the beautiful beach and is only a stones throw to the seafood restaurants which appear on the beach on night - we ate there every night because it was just so fresh.
The breakfast at the intercontinental was the best hotel breakfast I have ever had, and even surpassed all expectations of a five-star hotel.
The Jimbaran Intercontinental is everything you'd expect from a luxury resort, and a little bit more. Well worth the price, and I wouldn't hestitate to stay here again.