Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Long Weekend in Bali: Conrad Bali


The Conrad Bali lived up to the hype and reputation. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it is now one of our favorite hotels. The hotel was well kept with lush green gardens, multiple pools and amazing views.  

Main Entrance

We were greeted with a cold refreshing towel and iced drink during check-in. We were provided the welcome letter at check-in and told that we were upgraded to the next level room and breakfast was complimentary in the main restaurant due to my Hilton Honors Gold Status. I was disappointed that there was no mention of the usage of the Executive lounge so I asked before we left. The guy helping us at check-in told us it was either the upgrade or the lounge usage. In that case, I informed him that I would have gone with the lounge usage instead and went to check with this manager for a couple of minutes and came back and told us that they've made an exception for us this time and would grant us lounge access and provided us with a new welcome letter stating that benefit.

The Conrad Bali Monkeys

We were upgraded to a corner garden view room that was pretty large. Waiting for us in the room were the infamous Conrad toys that Lydia has now made her personal mission of collecting. Our favorite part of the room was the huge bath tub that could fit both of us in it. Sorry, no pictures with us in it to share.

For the last two days, we upgraded to a Lagoon Room for $60 USD a night more which we thought was well worth the price even though the room was actually slightly smaller, since the room had direct access to the lagoon. Made for some fun times just swimming out of the room at night and enjoying the stars.

The Lagoon Rooms

View from the Lagoon room
For folks with lounge access, breakfast is available either at Rin which was below the Conrad Suites lounge which does not allow access to children, the main restaurant Suku or the Connoisseur Club Lounge which allowed access for children. We tried breakfast at Rin and Suku and both were equally good. Both had excellent ala carte choices, Suku had a larger buffet choices but Rin had the higher quality stuff in the buffet like cheeses and cold cuts.


Cooked to order Eggs Benedict

Cooked to order Japanese Breakfast

Cooked to order Waffles

Last coffee before leaving

This hotel is loaded with plenty of activities and facilities. I've already mentioned the many pools around the hotel. There are also two tennis courts, a small but well equipped gym and an overpriced spa we did not use. The hotel also organizes a bunch of daily activities such as yoga, tennis lessons, cooking classes and cycling tours. Some of this require a fee but there are some that were free like the behind the scenes tour that we took that showed us the restricted areas such as staff lounge and cafeteria which I found pretty interesting.

Infinity - Wedding Chapel

The Main Pool

The beach wasn't that spectacular as the sand was rocky and the water was not terribly clear and blue. The staff tried to keep it clean but don't expect beaches you get in Thailand or Maldives that have white sand and clear blue water. I did like the Cabanas that they have around the beach area - perfect for relaxing and reading a book while enjoying the ocean breeze.


The Conrad Beach

Guest staying in the Conrad Suites or in my case, getting complimentary access thanks to my Hilton Honors status get access to private pool by the Suites.

The major highlight of each day was the evening hour at the Conrad Suites Lounge. It was a nice way to end the day before heading out for dinner to one of the most extensive drinks list I've seen at an executive lounge. They had mojitos, magaritas, wine, beer, champange including some daily special cocktails and pretty much everything else. They also served some canapes and were happy to offer seconds for those who were interested.

Indoor Seating Area


Outdoor Seating Area

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