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

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.