Never in my life did I ever expect to come across a Holiday Inn Resort quite like this one. While minutes from the airport, the moment you enter the grand entrance gates and step into the beautifully handcrafted lobby, you’ll feel remote and secluded somewhere in the heart of Bali. This was truly a a place where the kids could have fun being kids, and the parents could unwind and relax with the many amenities offered.
Holiday Inn Resort
What Works for Families
As is consistent throughout the Holiday Inn chain of hotels and resorts, kids under 12 eat free.
- Shaded toddler pool and larger pool for the big kids and adults
- Rascals Kids’ Club where kids can be dropped off, fed and worn out by all the activities, indoor and out.
- Concierge who will help plan fun activities on the island, such a surfing at Pro Surf like we did!
- Rooms accommodating families of five with massive bathrooms! HUGE plus for us!
A Junior Suite with Garden view like we stayed in at the Holiday Inn Baruna Bali will run approximately $144USD a night. This room was one large room, so no privacy for mom and dad, but with the amount of time you spend outside enjoying the activities, you won’t mind (or you can check the kiddos into the Rascals Kids’ Club.)
Our room provided a king sized bed and a king sized sofa bed. We were able to bring in one single rollaway for the third child. The suite was situated in a four suite villa, two on top, two on bottom. They surround the garden area and provide a lovely lounging space outside to take in all the sounds and sights. The bathroom was massive, providing a make-up counter, two sinks, a soaking tub and a walk-in shower.
Everything about this hotel was simply beautiful. The grounds were spa-like, every detail well thought out and planned to ensure guests would relax and feel removed from every day life.
Situated throughout the grounds were relaxing gazebos you could snag for reading, resting or drinking tea while gazing out at the ocean and sunset.
We took in some sessions at the spa worth mentioning, which included the couple’s massage, a pedicure, and for the kids, the Little Traveler’s Massage. The kids were treated like princesses and a prince and loved every minute. They even got to rate the service at the end on their own comment cards.
The pool area is central to the hotel, right next to the main dining areas the resort offers. On theme night, the pool deck area is transformed into a Bali cultural dinner, complete with an amazing buffet and traditional dancing. The local crafters are also allowed to come on site and present their traditional art, such as paintings, jewelry and clothing.
Make sure to take a look at the lobby, top to bottom. It really was beautiful, especially the wood work. It was details like this, throughout the resort, that we truly appreciated of a Holiday Inn. Koi ponds with fish feeding times for the kids, water features, lush greenery and even frogs for the kids to discover in the grass at night were all added benefits.
I think the most favorite part of this hotel for the kids was the on-site ice cream counter, Flavaz! They could choose toppings, cones and many flavors of ice cream…all at an affordable price.
The morning buffet at Palms was pretty expansive, offering both Western and Asian food stations, a daily fresh and healthy juice option and seating inside or out. They even had a little kids buffet, however, most of the items were very sugary and dessert like, so my kids stuck to the normal buffet.
For a fun night, just adjacent to Palms but feels like a whole new atmosphere, enjoy dinner at the al fresco Envy. The sun goes down, the colored lights and dance music come on and cocktails flow.
The open green space allowed kids to mingle, do cartwheels and and chill out while parents enjoyed a nice meal.
Overall, I still can’t get over the experiences at this Holiday Inn. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience for us, and we would send anyone there with the highest of ratings.
You can’t beat atmosphere combined with an amazing staff…no matter the price tag.