Our final two days in Bali we spent at the Holiday Inn Resort -Bali Benoa. Staying in the chain hotel, we thought we would save some bucks and spend our hotel points we’ve both accumulated a lot of! Both Stan and I enjoy IHG Spire Elite status level, so we were able to get one of the the nicest rooms in the hotel as a complimentary upgrade to our reservation: full ocean view, top floor king room. We were also greeted by a friendly staff upon arrival with a welcome drink and a 10% discount on their spa services, which we were definitely planning to utilize before our long trek back home into winter. 🙂
Hotel has several lovely infinity pools, some of them overlooking the ocean.
This pool is very shallow (less than 30 cm! deep) designed for the hotel’s littlest guests. It features a water slide and a bucket of water that dumps on the unsuspecting pool visitors once it’s full. Richard thoroughly enjoyed playing in this (and all of the other pools at the hotel).
This hotel doesn’t have a super huge beach front, but it was nicely combed and groomed every morning. Even with all the effort from the staff, we noticed that some trash still lined the shores quite often during the day.
We wanted to get a couple’s massage while there, but scheduling one proved to be harder than we thought. Even though the spa facilities at the resort are quite large, the number of therapists they have there at any given time is quite limited, so if you are planning to use their services, I would encourage you to book early. They were able to accommodate us after all, but it took some effort and phone calls.
Even though the 90 minute massage felt quite relaxing (we both opted for the Royal Javanese massage), at times one of us felt like the therapists could have had a bit better training. Also the atmosphere was not quite the same as at some of the other spas we’ve experienced with no natural light (their spa is in the basement of the resort, designed to be secluded from the noise of the hotel) or nature sounds (like birds, waterfalls, ocean breeze) that we’ve had the privilege of enjoying previously at some other facilities.
One of the things that makes Holiday Inn Resorts so child-friendly to stay in with family throughout the world is their kids’ club and the offerings of various child-friendly activities. Although usually it is designed for older kids (ages 4-12), this particular resort does offer babysitting services at an additional cost, for children younger than 4. Baby Richard loved playing at the Kids’ club while we enjoyed the massage at the Spa, and he was well supervised. The cost for babysitting is very reasonable, as well.
Hotel boasts 1 restaurant and 3 bars on the property. All of the meals were lovely, breakfast was buffet style and had quite extensive offerings. During lunch/dinner the staff were generally very friendly to us (even though baby Richard made a huge mess of his meal every single time!) and always had a high chair ready to go for us when we arrived.
We took a long walk along the beach on our last day there, which was pretty relaxing.
Overall, we would recommend Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa to those who are thinking of visiting. It’s very family-friendly and we had a great and a very relaxing time there.