Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Amazing Conrad Bali

We arrived at Denpasar (Bali) airport in the evening around 9:00pm. We had the Conrad book the VIP arrival service at the airport in which a person meets you when you enter the arrival hall and escorts you through passport control and handles everything with the visa-on-arrival for you. It is money well spent especially if you know that your flight will arrive at a busy time. The airport is brand new which is nice. We also had the Conrad arrange our transportation to the hotel. The agent that helped us through the arrival process handed us off to our driver and within minutes of arriving and stopping at the ATM to get some cash, we were off to the Conrad. That whole arrival process was a harbinger of things to come with our experience with the Conrad. 

The entire resort is beautifully appointed. It's quite sprawling but it doesn't have a crowded feel to it. There are 3 separate wings and a completely separate Suites wing, which is pictured above. That wing looks out onto the wedding chapel, which looks a lot like Awesome Mountain from the Hulu show The Awesomes

When we checked in they gave us an ocean view room on the top floor (4th) in the center wing. I asked about an upgrade since we are Hilton Diamond members and the agent said that they were at full capacity for the next 2 nights, but that on the last 2 nights he could get us a suite. So that's what we did. The original room was nice with a huge bathroom, but it was nothing spectacular. Since we arrived at nighttime, it was difficult to tell what we actually had a view of. The next morning we awoke to a great view overlooking the giant pool and main restaurant and an ocean view. My guess is that only the rooms on the top floor have views of the ocean. We had breakfast at the restaurant that is located in the Suites wing because our bellmen told us that it was the most secluded and uncrowded. It's only allowed for guests in the Suites or Diamond members. The restaurant is called Rin and is a Japanese restaurant for dinner only. They have outdoor seating right next to the Suites pool that we utilized every day we were there. Below is the gorgeous exclusive Suites pool.

The hotel was offering a "deal" that was called "Unwind and Dine" that included an hour spa treatment and 2 nights of dinners for 2 people for less than $200, so we booked it. Their spa is really nice and super relaxing with water features, steam room, and jacuzzi. After our spa treatment we dressed for dinner and ate at the beach-front restaurant called Eight Degrees South. The ocean breeze and ambiance were wonderful and I could eat there every day. Since we had the "deal" we had a separate 3-course set menu. It offered lots of choices for each course. Drinks weren't included and they had some good wine choices and cocktails.

One morning we ate at a small dining area called Spice, which seems like it's only used for breakfast. It was basically the same food items as Rin just in a different location with an ocean view.

On our third day, we had an all-day tour and when we returned to the hotel that night, we had been given our suite upgrade. We had packed up all of our things before we left for our day tour and they were all moved to the new room for us. This suite was amazing. There was a half-bath powder room at the entrance and a wet bar area in the dining room. There were three separate balconies and way too much room for us.

Since it was dark, I didn't realize it at first, but I noticed that the side balcony off the living room was quite large. I turned the light on and saw that it was really large. I went out there and saw that there was a private plunge pool. What a surprise. Our room was on the top floor and I looked below us to see if the other corner rooms like ours had a pool on the balcony, but they didn't. My guess is that there are two of these in each wing on the top floors in the corners.

On our last night we ate at Eight Degrees South again. It was a great meal and we tried different things. They had this truffled mashed potatoes that were amazing. Their desserts were terrific too. Everything was great both nights.

I really hope to return to the Conrad Bali some day because it was truly a perfect experience from beginning to end. 

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