The InterContinental Bali May be The Perfect Resort

The InterContinental Bali May be The Perfect Resort

Sprawling lawns, glistening pools, and softly swaying palm trees are all that my eye can see while I'm at the InterContinental #Bali. It's pure #relaxation, with nightly happy hours and delicious restaurants everywhere, with all types of cuisine. With it's adult only areas as well as a kids club, it really is the best place for a #family.


“Look Mum, it’s pasta.”

Caius continued to crank the machine with all his might and like magic, out wiggled long, flat, silky pieces of pasta. He beamed with pride, a wide smile fixed on his face that could not even be wiped off with industrial-strength cleaning solution.

Oh, and the pasta was incredibly delicious, if I do say so myself.

Caius and the Chef
Caius and the Chef

When InterContinental Bali Resort asked us to stay at their beachside resort on the shores of Jimbaran Bay we gladly accepted. 

from  $600.82

Hotel InterContinental Bali Resort

 Jalan Uluwatu 45, Denpasar, Indonesia
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Josh had read reviews from loyal guests who had been returning to the resort for 10 years and we were curious how this particular resort cultivated such fierce loyalty considering the vast selection of hotels in Bali.

The Resort
The Resort
A beautiful view over the pool
A beautiful view over the pool
One of the entrances
One of the entrances
Relaxation spot
Relaxation spot

Club Extras

We booked into a Club Room, which meant certain extra privileges were included. If you want a hassle-free holiday when staying at the InterContinental Bali Resort, I can certainly recommend upgrading to the club option.

Club guests receive a private check-in, unlimited access to the kids club, exclusive access to the private Club Pool (with complimentary drinks), use of the Inspiration Space (library/business lounge), unlimited visits to Club InterContinental Lounge (complimentary drinks all day and afternoon tea), a choice of five different breakfast venues within the resort and complimentary cocktails between 5 and 7pm in the Club Lounge. Kids are not allowed to be in the Club Lounge during the cocktail time, but parents don’t have to worry because drinks are still available by the Club Pool or at the Sunset Lounge.

Club Pool at sunset
Club Pool at sunset
The library that had a lot of useful guides
The library that had a lot of useful guides
Nice section to leave your kids
Nice section to leave your kids
Club Lounge
Club Lounge
Cocktails at the Sunset Lounge overlooking Jimbaran Bay
Cocktails at the Sunset Lounge overlooking Jimbaran Bay

Our Room

We enjoyed a club suite with a super king bed. It was a huge bed! I mean, I barely noticed my 205cm husband laying next to me. He could have been in another time zone for all I knew. On the opposite end of the room was a day bed. My kids are getting too big now to share a single bed so we asked for a roll-out to be delivered to the room. At first we were told that they were unable to do that, but after insisting, it was promptly delivered and the kids were much more comfortable.

A pop of color
A pop of color
The sofa was decorated like that as well
The sofa was decorated like that as well
Nice bathroom
Nice bathroom
The balcony view
The balcony view
The view from our balcony
The view from our balcony
They seemed close but there actually was a lot of space in between them
They seemed close but there actually was a lot of space in between them

In hindsight we found out there are other club rooms available with 2 queen size beds, which would have been more fitting for our family of 4. They also offer 2 bedroom suites for families if you need even more space, so make sure you understand what type of room you are selecting when booking.

The room was large and even with the roll-out bed it was comfortable to walk around in. Check out our walk-through video.

Resort Complex

The resort had (at least) 3 swimming pools to choose from. My favourite during breakfast was the main pool where Josh and I could enjoy a leisurely buffet at Jimbaran Gardens while the kids splashed and swam in the nearby pool. 

Main swimming pool
Main swimming pool
The restaurant
The restaurant
The fresh juice stand
The fresh juice stand
Dedicated kids buffet at Jimbaran Gardens with play area
Dedicated kids buffet at Jimbaran Gardens with play area
Omlette
Omlette
Jimbaran Gardens at dusk
Jimbaran Gardens at dusk

Our second favourite was the Club pool, which encouraged adults to not bring children and provided beautiful little cabana beds with views of the ocean. On several occasions we escaped here after dropping the kids off at the kids club (called “Planet Trekkers”). 

Chillin’ at the Club Pool
Chillin’ at the Club Pool

The kids club was not only well organised but well equipped. They laid out a full schedule including dance lessons, fishing trips, crafts and playtime. Outside the main room a kid-friendly wading pool beckoned youngsters, as well as a playground with trampoline, swing set and basketball court. Our kids absolutely adored every minute there and often asked us if they could go back. 

Kids' attraction
Kids' attraction
The kids' cave setup
The kids' cave setup
Playground and pool
Playground and pool

There was also the Balinese Bath Pool which was well-suited for younger kids and families. Our kids had such a ball in the main pool, I couldn’t coax them out to try this one as well.

Nice statues
Nice statues

In an effort to re-create a classic tropical holiday postcard moment, Josh and I sought out one of the hammocks scattered around the resort’s tropical gardens. If you’ve ever tried getting in (or out) of a hammock you’ll know that it’s easier said than done. Take a look at Josh’s humorous attempt.

I love hammocks
I love hammocks
And palms, and sun and everything
And palms, and sun and everything
Paradise!
Paradise!

Eating At The InterContinental

One evening Josh was out capturing the Jimbaran sunset so the kids and I went to the Sunset Bar for dinner. The prices are not your typical cheap Bali prices so expect to be astonished, but the servings were large and the food delicious. Both kids enjoyed large bowls of tomato soup (they could have easily shared 1), while I sipped my free cocktails during Club cocktail hour. 

The Beach Bar & Grill 
The Beach Bar & Grill 
Looks like it's out of this world
Looks like it's out of this world

On the beach, within walking distance, is located the famous Jimbaran seafood restaurants. If you are looking for something affordable then I suggest taking a short walk down there.

Jimbaran Beach
Jimbaran Beach

But if you are looking for something unexpected in tropical Bali, somewhere that gives you a tantalising taste of Europe, then look no further than the Bella Cucina Italian restaurant. With ocean vistas that could rival any restaurant on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, and a head chef from the motherland itself, this restaurant is serving up some of the best food on the island.

Nice and cozy
Nice and cozy

On top of that, the kids loved it. As we sat down to order from the menu we were interrupted by the headwaiter as he invited us inside to try our hand at making our own pasta at the “chef’s table”. Our kids cherish any opportunity to make a legitimate mess (in this case, with flour). Add to that kneading fresh dough and cranking it through the pasta machine, and they were in an Italian food paradise.

And friendly staff, too
And friendly staff, too

After a lot of fun with the chef, they chose their sauce and we left the cooks to their business. The results were delicious - fresh pasta generously lathered in a tangy tomato sauce. I could feel the drool collecting in my mouth, and determined to have a taste, but I was abruptly shunned as both kids chowed down with enthusiasm. 

In action
In action
Delish!
Delish!
Wonderful dining area
Wonderful dining area
Kids loved the pasta
Kids loved the pasta
The Chef’s Table
The Chef’s Table

So instead Josh and I tried a couple of the other dishes.

Straccietti – sautéed green asparagus, gorgonzola and cream sauce
Straccietti – sautéed green asparagus, gorgonzola and cream sauce
Porcini end herbs crusted beef tenderloin – string baked potato, buttery carrot batonette, madeira and porto wine reduction
Porcini end herbs crusted beef tenderloin – string baked potato, buttery carrot batonette, madeira and porto wine reduction

The kids’ energy levels were waning as the darkness set in so we ordered our desserts to be delivered to our room and headed back to put the kids to sleep.

Our waiter delivered a coconut cake, said to be the star of the menu, and a Sicilian cannoli. He was right. The simple yet moist coconut cake tickled my tastebuds and left me craving more. Trying to out-do the cannoli we experienced in Sicily may be an impossible mission, but this one was pretty good too.

The mouth-watering dish
The mouth-watering dish
Looks cute
Looks cute

The Verdict

There was still so much about the resort I didn’t mention, from the tennis courts to the beauty salon to the spa, kids playground and the boutique shops.

A playground perfect for the kids
A playground perfect for the kids
Artwork in the centre of the resort lobby
Artwork in the centre of the resort lobby

If you’re looking for a luxurious all-inclusive holiday experience that delivers front-row seats (or hammocks) for Bali’s spectacular sunsets, then this resort ticks all the boxes. The breakfast buffet at Jimbaran Gardens is worth coming here alone, even if you’re not staying at the hotel. But combine the relaxing atmosphere, lush surroundings and easy access to one of Bali’s most loved beaches, and I can now see why so many guests keep coming back year after year. Or maybe they’re just trying to perfect their hammock technique!

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