Pure Luxury at The Conrad, Nusa Dua, Bali

Review of our stay at the splendiferous Conrad Bali, Nusa Dua

If you’re heading to Bali and you think you deserve a treat (I’m sure you most probably do) then I cannot recommend highly enough including this family-friendly hotel in your itinerary!  (By the way this is an independent review and we paid for our holiday in full).  The Conrad Nusa Dua, while feeling slightly out in the middle of nowhere, is a wonderful place where you and your family can spend a few days (4 in our case) and rest assured that your every need will be catered to.  What attracted me to the hotel when I initially did my holiday research (which I invariably do these days, now that my backpacking days are let’s say, just a few years behind me…) is the enormous meandering swimming pool.  My daughter loves to swim, and this pool did not disappoint her.  It also had a “beach style” gradual sloping entry at the end closest to our hotel room, which started with a sandy area that was ideal for our son (age 20 months at the time).  He was able to wander into the pool from the sandy area, and the pool itself was sandy at the bottom, so there was no worry that he was constantly tracking sand in and out as he paddled.  Bliss.

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We treated ourselves since it was the end of our stay, to 4 nights in a Conrad Suite.  Specifically it is called “Conrad Suite King”.  This is hands down THE best hotel room we have ever stayed in, IN OUR LIVES.

Why?  Because of its sheer size (110 sq. metres), its separate areas (one large room with a king size bed, a dressing room, a bathroom, and a kitchenette/dining room/living room containing a sofa bed), which enabled us to stay very comfortably as a family of 4, and the perks that came with staying in a Conrad Suite.  In priority order these were: daily afternoon tea with a wide selection of complementary teas or cocktails, and free evening cocktails and canapes which could be enjoyed at an adults-only lounge which was ultra-relaxing, or at the bar overlooking the swimming pool, and…wait for it…unlimited free laundry and dry-cleaning!

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Needless to say I took full advantage of this.  I sent them a pile of dirty laundry and it came back all neatly folded satisfyingly wrapped in crepe paper. I don’t think I’ve ever returned home from a holiday with all my laundry clean!?

When we first arrived in our Conrad suite we were also met by this lovely complimentary welcome tray and monkey soft toy for our toddler, which was a really nice touch.  The pack on the left contains nappies.  There was another monkey in the cot (which was all set up with bedding included).  Our daughter quickly adopted that monkey as her own.

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The kitchenette had a proper coffee machine, with lots of those little inserts that you could put in to make espresso based coffees, which gave us a great start to each day.  The bathroom was huge with dual vanities.  Housekeeping kept the suite spotless.

Breakfast was included, and although it was incredibly busy the food was plentiful and great, with all the usual offerings plus things like congee and noodles.  There was also a quieter, smaller restaurant which we discovered toward the end of our stay, where we were able to enjoy our lovely breakfast.  The food at the Conrad in general was all completely delicious.  One of my favourite meals was at the Japanese restaurant, where one night we had an amazing buffet dinner, and I ate an absolute ton of sushi!

I enjoyed a wonderful treatment at Jiwa Spa, which has its own pool you can relax in afterwards.

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And a further pool which is adults-only, which was near the Conrad Suites, complete with “bed” areas to lounge upon.

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Here is the main pool view from the lobby bar area, where we enjoyed cocktails.

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The hotel also has a kids club at one end of the pool area, which we visited but didn’t really use, as my sister and parents were with us and our son was too little, and our daughter was too busy in the pool!  It looked like a good programme of activities was available and there was a large outdoor space for playing.

The beach itself is directly behind the hotel and easy to access.  Beautiful and clean.

Stay at the Conrad Nusa Dua!  You won’t regret it.

If you’d like to book through booking.com, which is what we normally use, you can click on the link(s) in the text above or the one below which will take you through to their website.  I will get paid a very small token amount if you book through the link, but at no additional cost to you.  Wishing you and your family very happy travels!

 





 

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Family trip to Bali – Kuta and Ubud

Family-friendly trip to Bali

A couple years ago we took a 2 week trip to Bali for a family wedding.  Although we’ve been to Thailand a few times, Bali was a new experience for us, and although it was less recent I thought I would share some of our experiences there as it turned out to be a brilliant holiday, and I would definitely recommend a visit if you ever have the chance!

We stayed in 3 different places.  The first was Kuta, as this is where our relatives and their wedding guests were staying.  The wedding itself was at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, which was quite an extraordinarily beautiful venue!  We enjoyed spectacular views during the ceremony, drank mojitos and lychee martinis, and had a delicious seafood buffet beside the swimming pool, which was lit up by dozens of floating candles.  Simply magical.

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In Kuta we stayed at the incredibly family-friendly Holiday Inn Baruna Bali.

Now those of you who are not generally fans of this chain, I implore you to take a closer look as the Bali version is nothing like the ones you may have visited in England.  It has a lovely pool area with pool bar, delicious breakfast buffet, air-conditioned kids club, and a lovely spa where my daughter and I enjoyed a mother and daughter spa treatment!

As far as accommodation, this was set up perfectly for families and we wish all hotels would have a similar room layout, and the price was very decent as well.  We started off in a family room, which had a separate area containing a bunk bed for the kids and some video games.  This room had a sliding door which enabled it to feel like a completely separate room when required.  We later stayed in a junior suite which was also fantastic.  This suite actually was two separate rooms!

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View from our room at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali
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Sunset view from the beach at the hotel
Holiday Inn Baruna Bali at sunset
The resort at dusk

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View from the spa reception area
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Outside the spa

The second part of our trip was 5 days in Ubud.  This hilly region of central Bali is famous for its rice terraces, and although there are no beaches here it was a highlight of our trip.  We stayed in a set of small villas here that were set about a pool.  The accommodation was very rustic but charming.  We were a little concerned with the open pond area and had to keep an extremely close eye on our toddler.  We travelled by taxi every day to do small day trips, as we were not staying close enough to the town to walk, however the beautiful views in this rural setting made up for the need for transport.

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Swimming pool at the villas where we stayed in Ubud
Ubud town has many shops, restaurants and sights to see including the Monkey Forest
Ubud town has many shops, restaurants and sights to see including the Monkey Forest

We took a trip to the Luwak Coffee Plantation.  I was a little sceptical about this before we went, but I’m glad we made the trip as it was interesting to find out about the interesting way in which coffee is made here, basically out of civet cat poo!  The views of the rice terraces from here were also incredible.

Ubud Luwak Coffee Plantation, Bali

Ubud, Bali - the beautiful rice terraces

Luwak coffee beans, Ubud, Bali
Luwak Coffee Beans
Luwak Coffee Plantation, Ubud, Bali
Views at Luwak Coffee Plantation, Ubud

Skewers of meat, Ubud, Bali

Delicious dinner in central Ubud, Bali
The culinary fare at restaurants in Ubud is particularly amazing

Bali Bird Park

We also took a trip to Bali Bird Park, which was a wonderful day out.  We have many hilarious photos of our family members with colourful birds perched all over their limbs. www.balibirdpark.com

The third and final segment of our holiday was a luxury stay at the absolutely amazing 5-star Conrad Bali.  Please check out my review (link below) if you’re interested!

Pure Luxury at The Conrad, Nusa Dua, Bali

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