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Category: Bali

Intercontinental, Bali Aug 2015

As the resort’s premier accommodation category, Club Intercontinental offers luxury all the way.

The luxury and premium service begins where dedicated staff meets you at the arrival hall, help you with your baggage and escort you to a very clean and shiny air-conditioned limousine. It saves you the hassle of queuing for taxi. Once settled in the limousine, you are offered a very cold towel and bottled water. Believe me, after waiting through a flight delay at a very old and run-down airport and flying on a budget carrier where everything is charged, the cold towel and water were gold! The transfer to and from the airport is complimentary for Club Intercontinental guests.

I arrived at the resort at night. The warm lighting made me feel welcome and cocooned by luxury straight away. For Club Intercontinental guests, a butler welcomes you (24 hour butler id available for your needs) and escorts you to the air-conditioned Club Intercontinental lounge for check-in (ordinary guests check in at the un-airconditioned reception).

This Club Intercontinental lounge has got to be the most elegant lounge I have seen. The lounge exudes old world grandeur so rarely seen today. Think high ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a landscaped pond, a grand piano with a live pianist in the evenings, starched white table cloths, mother of pearl napkin rings and immaculate uniforms.

Besides dedicated check-in, the Club Intercontinental lounge also offers:
6.30am to 11am
Gourmet breakfast for indulging start to the day
2pm to 4pm
Afternoon tea served with a 4-coure menu of snacks paired with specific tea blends.
4.30pm to 7.30pm
Evening cocktails, wines, sparkling wines and a selection of canapes.

The hours are generous (3 hours of complimentary cocktails as opposed to 2 hours in other resorts). Also, in addition to local Indonesian Hatten sparkling wine, they also offer Italian prosecco and Australian sparkling wine. This is a notch superior to other resorts which cut cost by offering only Indonesian Hatten sparkling wine.
Cocktails are also served at the Club Pool for families who do not wish to be separated.

The sense of luxury continues in the Club Intercontinental rooms. They are very spacious—- besides a King bed, there is a couch/ day bed. Around these furniture, there is still a lot of space to walk around. You may want to wander to your own private balcony, complete with 2 deck chairs.

The colour scheme of red and gold whispers luxury. Luxury is also found in the details. Instead of a plain white duvet cover, the duvet cover has a subtle pattern of feathers, elevating it above the plain common ones. At the in-room bar, there is a coffee machine complete with fresh, unground coffee beans. There is also a selection of 6 different TWG tea.

For Club Intercontinental guests, they have a choice of 5 different venues to take their breakfast: Club Intercontinental lounge (air-conditioned), Taman Gita (air-conditioned, buffet, a lot of families and children), Jimbaran Gardens (buffet, poolside, no airconditioning), Club Pool (poolside, no airconditioning) and in the privacy of your own room.

I would highly encourage you to take your breakfast at the Club Intercontinental lounge not just for the airconditioning. Besides a small buffet selection of cold cuts, cereal and fruit, they have an excellent a la carte menu. You can select the usual Western breakfast, the Balinese breakfast (rice porridge with boiled egg and chicken), Japanese breakfast (soba noodles, Wakame Tamago, California rolls) or Chinese breakfast (rice congee with dim sum and you tiao). You may also order additional sausages, omelette, French Toast, waffles, fried rice, fried noodles, chicken curry and the like. With beautiful presentation and excellent flavours, breakfast at the lounge is excellent.

For relaxation, Club Intercontinental guests, may head to the club exclusive Club Pool. Families with children are discouraged from the Club Pool and encouraged to use the main pool instead. There are cabanas, fountains and deck chairs surrounding the Club Pool.



Alternatively, guests may wish to head to beautiful Spa Uluwata, conveniently situated at the middle of the resort. Guests can enjoy a Jacuzzi, a plunge pool, sauna and steam room. Complementing these facilities are beautiful statues and a chair where you can relax and enjoy the sunlight.

Just a mere 10-15 nins ride from the airport, the resort is great if you have a long flight and/ or many connections (plus you probably had to wait for your baggage at the Denpasar airport). It’s a huge plus that the resort is near the airport. There are a couple of laudromats just outside the hotel. Also, there are a couple of ridiculously cheap massage places (IDR80,000 for 60 min massage). The place looks a little rundown but the prices cannot be beaten. There is also a minimart right outside.


Balique, Bali

Balique is located at the popular tourist district of Jimbaran, opposite the Intercontinental resort.

The decor is rustic. Think distressed wooden tables and chairs, patchwork quilt couches, mix-and-matched garage sale-looking furniture. Enamel-plated iron mugs double up as flower pots. Un-airconditioned and surrounded by garden patches, the many hanging fans turning lazily in the humidity complete the eclectic look of western garage sale transported tropical Asian garden.

The food here is surprisingly good. The portions are filling.

Nasi Campur

The fried chicken was crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside. The beef rendang was very rich and flavourful. The flavour has completely permeated the lean beef slices. The corn fritter was golden and crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. The long beans were creamy as well. Rounding it off was a lot of crackers. Each dish arrived warm, so they must have paid attention to details.

Beef Kebab

Thick, tender chunks of beef separated by bell peppers and onions, thoroughly and evenly grilled. I loved it has that slightly burnt aroma. The kebabs sit on a bed of salad of couscous, raw diced cucumber, diced tomatoes. The cool and raw salad perfectly complements the kebabs.

Pumpkin Cheese Cake

You can taste the pumpkin in the cake and it is served with a dollop of fresh cream on top. It comes at room temperature. It would have worked better if the cake was cold, especially in the heat of Bali.

Balique is a restaurant worth checking out. If you stay in at the Intercontinental, avoid the ludicrous teppanyaki and come dine here instead.

Grand Hyatt, Bali Nov 2014

Grand Hyatt Bali is a luxury resort located in Nusa Dua, Bali. The resort offers 636 luxury rooms and suites nested in low-rise Balinese villas. The rooms and suites are located in 4 villages, spread over a sprawling estate filled with lakes, beautiful landscaped gardens and low-rise Balinese style buildings accompanied by five lagoon or river pools.

Grand Hyatt Bali offers a variety of accommodation options including Grand Suites, Grand Executive Suites, Ambassador Suites, Presidential Suites, and Deluxe Villas. All rooms have individually controlled air-conditioning, separate shower and bath, cable TV, international direct-dial telephone, personal safe, hairdryer and balcony. The resort has very thoughtfully provided complimentary wifi for all rooms.

The Grand Club room features an interesting mini-studio layout with separate sleeping and living areas. The sleeping area is subtly marked out from the living area by slightly elevating it. Teakwood and marble from Central Java grace the floors of this 49-sqm guestroom furnished with one king bed, daybed and private balcony overlooking tropical gardens or a serene lagoon. The Grand Club room has a marble bath with a separate gigantic shower.

Grand Club guests naturally enjoy access to the Grand Club Lounge. Besides enjoying breakfast at the Grand Club Lounge, Grand Club guests also enjoy all-day complimentary beverages at the Grand Club Lounge. In the evenings, cocktails, including sparkling wine, are served.

Staying here feels like every need is met. There is a huge variety of dining options here; I feel like I will never get tired of dining here.

Salsa Verde is a poolside Italian restaurant overlooking the azur Indian Ocean. Here, diners may savour a lively selection of antipasti, pizzas and seafood in a tropical poolside setting.

Every night, Pasar Senggol comes alive with a night market and a cultural performance which changes nightly. There is a variety of buffet items including grilled seafood and meat and sate.

Garden Café is the all-day dining restaurant featuring a variety of Asian and Western dishes.

Nampu offers excellent Japanese cuisine with a variety of seating options such as a teppanyaki section and a sushi bar.

Salsa Verde Bar is a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the sea. It is fantastic to sit here in the late afternoon and enjoy the sea breeze over a glass of sparkling wine.

The highlight of Grand Hyatt Bali has to be Kriya Spa. Designed as an exotic 24-villa water palace amid tropical gardens, each villa features an outdoor tub, a plunge pool, outdoor treatment table and an outdoor lounge where guests can relax.

Alternatively, you can also choose to enjoy your treatment indoors. The treatment rooms are clean. With each villa being self-contained and complete in facilities, absolute privacy is assured.

The spa draws inspiration from traditional Balinese healing philosophies – Hindu, Jamu and Ayurveda, to promote positive health, delay aging and promote longevity with the use of natural herbs, roots and essences. Guests can select from four healing rituals – Harmony, Purity, Energy and Bliss.

moksha kriya Harmony
For every Guest to enjoy.
Services to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit.

nirmala kriya Purity
For Guests seeking to achieve transformation.
Purification treatments boost natural healing abilities.

yowana kriya Energy
For Guests seeking renewal and new energy.
Energising treatments slough off exhaustion.

aanand kriya Bliss
For Guests seeking total relaxation.
Lull the body and mind into a tranquil state, reconnect with spirit.

The massages are deep and thorough and I quickly fell asleep as my knots were loosened.

With an excellent spa and every epicurean desire met, total stress-free relaxation is a given at Grand Hyatt Bali.

Cuca, Bali Nov 2014

Cuca is a tapas restaurant located in a very secluded side street in Jimbaran. The nearest resort is Kayumanis Jimbaran Resort.

The service at Cuca is completely clueless. I was greeted by a waiter when I arrived.

Me: “Good evening. I have an appointment with .’

Waiter: “Do you have a reservation with. .”

Me:”What did I just say? I have an appointment with. ”

Even if they are tapas, the portions are small. Considering the small portions and that this is Bali, that makes the prices they charge way overpriced.

Pumpkin salad

Grilled octopus
3 grilled octopus rings. The cauliflower was more in quantity than the octopus. Is this a joke? Or is this false advertising?

Tiger Prawn
Not only is the quantity miserable, the tiger prawn (note singular noun) was all chopped up at the bottom of the plate. How satisfying is that? When you have a big tiger prawn, you should present it in its entirety to give maximum satisfaction to diners.

There are definitely better places in Bali to dine.