The world is a beautiful place… a very big, beautiful place and it can be difficult figuring out which destinations should top your “must-visit soon” list. I had always wanted to visit Indonesia, but I was more focused on Komodo Island (to catch a glimpse of a real-life dragon) than on Bali. But, when I sat down to plan a special birthday trip for my husband, a game plan to visit Bali and Hong Kong fell perfectly into place. I will admit that it’s quite a trek from New York City to Jimbaran Bay, Bali, but it was worth every single mile!
Bali is blessed with many options when it comes to luxury villas, resorts, and guest houses. For this particular trip, we selected the InterContinental Bali Resort in Jimbaran Bay. We’d had an excellent experience with the InterContinental chain in French Polynesia in May. I also had my heart set on staying at the InterContinental Hong Kong on the way home from Bali so we thought, “Why not make it a trifecta!”
The resort is ideal for first-time visitors to the island as it’s just a 10-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and is nestled between Nusa Dua and Kuta. While some travelers feel that Jimbaran Bay is too close to the airport, we liked being within walking distance of the various fish restaurants lining the beach.
See below for some photos and additional trip details. You can also read my comprehensive InterContinental Bali Resort review at LuxuryCruiseBible.com
There are six swimming pools here, including the Main Pool, private Club InterContinental Pool, and the Balinese Bath Pool (pictured above).
The lovely on-property Spa Uluwatu also offers massages in bales at the beach’s edge.
Several mermaid fountains hold court at the main pool at the InterContinental Bali.
Spread over nearly 35 acres, the InterContinental Bali offers three levels of accommodation: Resort Classic, Singaraja, and Club International (which also encompasses suites). With 418 rooms and suites, it’s one of the larger resorts in Bali.
There’s a huge lily pond that attracts birds throughout the day who are hoping to catch a meal.
We highly recommend the InterContinental Bali. The staff is friendly and accommodating, the grounds are well-kept, and the restaurants serve consistently delicious meals. This would be a perfect pre– or post-cruise home away from home and we hope to visit Bali and this resort again soon.