HIGHLIGHTS: Conrad Bali
Staying at Conrad Bali was such an interesting experience – it was a cheap ~$150 or so per night, which included $100 in resort credit, and between the two of us we had approximately another $500 in Hilton resort credit to use on our two night stay! We wined and dined across several of their establishments and took full advantage of the Diamond benefits of complimentary afternoon tea, and the like, as well as explored the nearby shopping complex. It was such a great time staying here we didn’t even get to use the full credits. They were undergoing some renovation and the resort is pretty large. I enjoyed the swim-up pool to our suite as well – the first time I’ve had that experience.
My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting.
- Hotel Space / Ambiance
- Food & Drink
LOBBY & CHECK-IN
We took a Gojek from the Element Bali Ubud who tried to ask for more money, which we denied. The cost was very reasonable for the ~hour ride to beachfront in Nusa Dua. The car will be screened and driven up a roundabout path to the drop off area. Due to construction we were walked several minutes to the actual lobby, a heaven of cold, air-conditioned goodness. We were given drinks of Tamarind, Sprite, and lemon, and a cold towel, which were greatly appreciated. Note that sometimes disgusting people smoke directly outside the lobby, so that was a problem once or twice.
At checkin they told us about a package option for food and spa, as well as our reservation which included about $100 of resort credit. They also provided us a map of the sprawling property and a list of activities available. The lobby also has a nice bar that operates during the afternoon & evening.
This room was on the far side of the resort on the ground floor, far away from the restaurants, fitness center, and other amenities. But, they upgraded us to a nice King suite, with plenty of working space, a large spacious bathroom, and best of all – a swim-up pool! I’ve never had such a cool amenity before, so I definitely enjoyed my time there being able to dip in the hotel pool – connected to many other suites and the main hotel pool – at will.
I also really enjoyed the various touches they put for our honeymoon – towel animals, flowers to be spread on the pool, etc.
HOTEL SPACE / AMBIANCE
This catered to tourists, and it is a huge property. We explored all that they had to offer (except for perhaps partaking in the spa services) but I really enjoyed the refined, relaxing landscape available for guests, as well as the lounge near the restaurant where we played Mancala a couple times as a break. Note that because the resort is also very long, there are several hotel shops available for guests as well, where you can charge items to the room. Of course, the prices are quite high, but that’s what you should expect for a hotel establishment.
FOOD & DRINK
We ate so many different times here, in an effort to finish the roughly $600 credit we had between our Hilton Aspire cards and the resort credit given. Unfortunately, we were unable to eat it all, but we did sample plenty of the offerings available in the hotel. Note that in addition to this credit Hilton Diamonds get an additional 15% discount, which is enough to cover the service fee in each restaurant.
RIN Afternoon Tea & Dinner
Starting with arrival, we had a complimentary afternoon tea session at RIN, the Japanese restaurant, where they had decent shakes, juices, sandwiches, and more. We also had dinner at RIN – to have a variety of dishes and get more Kobe beef – but unfortunately that was just acceptable, nothing like the Kobe in Kobe, Japan.
I did an analysis of the dining package we were given at check in, and it only made sense on the most expensive item available at RIN, otherwise it was only worth about 75-80% of the listed price, not including the thought of paying full price for a spa package. I did include photos of the “limited” package menus for each of restaurant, to see the comparison.
RIN’s service during dinner was inconsistent, with the karaage slow to arrive, the beef being just okay, and the sushi rice being off – perhaps this rice is designed for meals, rather than for use in sushi. In addition, I was sorely disappointed about the gyudon offering – which was more like just a beef stew.
Suku – Breakfast & Lunch!
The next morning, we had breakfast at Suku, which had nice views of the pool and exterior resort area. I especially enjoyed the breakfast chocolate croissant, which was flaky and good.
We also had lunch at Suku – and because we thought it was good or ‘good enough’ we decided not to go to the last restaurant, Eight Degrees South, the next day for lunch, and rather try more, different options at Suku.
During our first lunch, I went straight for the Burger – which was decent!
For our second lunch at Suku we decided to try some other dishes.
Lastly, there were several other menus we saw, such as for Eight Degrees South, and other food promotions that looked interesting. Perhaps next time!
We definitely worked out this stay, as we ate so much food (see above). Even though the fitness center was out of the way and in some parts open to a construction area, it was still usable and a great workout. Some machines such as the stairmaster were either not plugged in or not working, which was an annoyance, but there were still sufficient machines for us.
I would most certainly return to the Conrad Bali. Between the tremendous resort credit we have, the wonderful service, the decent food, and the beauty of the place, it was a fantastic experience. I enjoyed the complimentary shuttle to the shopping mall that was available as well. It’s outdoors, so bring water and a hat!
Please make sure to check out the other posts in the Honeymoon Series!
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