By the time we made it back to Bali after an incredible few days in Labuan Bajo, we were ready to soak up the luxury that Bali is known for. Half an hour away from the chic center of Seminyak, we found the InterContinental Bali Resort. Like Hotel Indigo, the InterContinental is also part of the IHG group and so we had no doubts that this property would be exactly what we were seeking. Also, for anyone who is flying in or out of Bali, the InterContinental Bali Resort couldn’t be more perfect, as it’s just 15 minutes away from the airport and not on a trafficky route (I had no idea how bad the traffic was in Bali until I visited!). After a long journey, it’s always nice to know that you won’t be sitting in a taxi or transfer for ages just trying to get to your hotel.
Check in was made as easy and simple as possible, with two separate desks ready to get you situated. While we waited, we were given rochelle tea with ginger and honey; it was so flavorful that I could have drunk the entire pot of it!
A Look into Our Rooms at the Intercontinental Bali
We were then brought to our Premium Duplex Suite. From the moment we opened the door, we were blown away by the sheer size of our two-floor suite. The entire space was open, a feature that I so love compared to having a room with many doors; it adds to the tropical vibe of the experience and feels freer. The lower level featured a spacious living room with a comfortable couch, desk, TV with a personalized greeting, dining room table with chairs, bar area, and a full bathroom. While I was just one person, the Premium Duplex Suite could easily sleep four as the couch can be turned into a sofa bed on request. The entire space is designed with local Balinese decor, and I always love when a hotel uses the local culture as inspiration for their art.
Walk through the glass doors and you’ll find a spacious patio with proper seating so that you can enjoy the beautiful Bali weather. The Premium Duplex Suites offer views of the resort gardens, lagoons, pool, or ocean depending on which room you choose.
After a quick look from the patio, make your way up the stairs to your master bedroom with a king-sized bed.
Here you will find an incredibly comfortable bed, closet and wardrobe area, and a second full bathroom crafted in Indonesian marble.
Since we arrived late from Labuan Bajo, we spent the evening relaxing and enjoying the InterContinental Bali’s Premium Duplex Suite…knowing that the following day we had a tough day of relaxation ahead of us 😉
A Day of Relaxation at the Intercontinental Bali
Up early, we made our way to the breakfast buffet at the Taman Gita Terrace. It offered lovely views of the lagoons and had quite an array of food from which to choose.
Whether you’re looking for a sweet Western breakfast or a savory Eastern breakfast, you’ll certainly find whatever it is your taste buds are looking for! They had a fantastic selection of fresh juices (including fresh coconut water straight from a coconut), as well as the best coffee that we had found within our three weeks in Indonesia.
And then the time had come for us to simply relax. I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at relaxing. I’m very “go go go” and there’s always something that I want to be doing, but sometimes it’s important to take time for yourself, and we did exactly that.
The InterContinental Bali was the perfect place to do so. With an oceanfront pool, numerous quiet small side pools and cabanas, and of course, the beach footsteps away, there were so many peaceful places to pull up a chair and soak in the sun.
And if you ever need a break from relaxing (if that’s a thing), you can always go for a ride on the InterContinental Bali’s swing! It may not be as famous as the swings in Ubud, but it’s certainly enjoyable to take a swing facing the ocean while feeling the sea breeze blow through your hair.
Whenever you get hungry, the InterContinental Bali Resort offers an array of food at all of their on-site restaurants and has various themed nights to bring you the most exciting culinary experience that you can find in the area, spanning their different venues. Whether you’re looking for seafood, local Balinese food, fresh salads, tropical cocktails, fine dining, Italian food, or Japanese food, you will easily be able to find it all within the InterContinental Bali Resort. My favorite spot was the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, as it offered an absolutely stunning view of our final sunset in Bali!
With a beautiful sunset, it was time to say goodbye to Bali for now. I couldn’t have asked for a more lovely way to say goodbye to such a gorgeous country that has left me with lifelong memories.