We stayed at the Intercontinental Jimbaran in late July 2011 for 8 days with our two children, ages 9 and 6. We loved our stay at the Intercontinental resort. Beautiful grounds and excellent service all around. I would recommend the Club Rooms - the club wing is well maintained/located and there are a number of great benefits that come with the Club Room including the Club-only pool (very quiet and relaxing compared to the main pool which is quite loud and crowded), free cocktails and snacks every day from 4:30 until 7:30 by the club pool, and free use of Planet Trekkers club for kids. We also enjoyed having breakfast in the Club lounge - it is the same great breakfast buffet as the main hotel, but in a much quieter area with better service.
If you are planning to stay for more than a few days, I would recommend that you sign up for the Intercontinental Priority Club (the free loyalty program). You can then purchase Ambassador level status in the program for US$200. For this amount you get a certificate for 1 free weekend night at any Intercontinental resort, and a free automatic room upgrade at any Intercontinental hotel. We did this and were upgraded from a Club Queen room to a Club Duplex Suite, which was great for us and our 2 kids. We also received 7 days of free WiFi as Ambassadors. Be sure to get Ambassador status well before your trip - it took 6 weeks to receive the free weekend night certificate in the mail, but it came in time for us to use for this trip. For the $200 that we spent we got back about $700 in value.
We found the resort to be very family friendly, and our kids loved the vacation there. The crescent-shaped beach that stretches south from Denpasar is lovely. I have read complaints about the beach but I had none. The beach was spotless and trash-free for our visit. Sometimes the waves can be large and rough, which is not safe for small children who venture out further than the edge of the water. And when the surf is rough, it stirs up sand and the water is not clear. But on the days when the surf is calm, the water is a beautiful, crystal clear blue-green.
The food at the resort is quite expensive, but that is to be expected at upscale resorts. The barbeque restaurants on the beach about 200 yards south of the hotel are an inexpensive and delicious option. But beware that you will smell like smoke after eating at any of them. Also be aware of theft - we left a small bag unattended for about 1 minute and it was stolen, but this is something that could happen anywhere on Bali. There are tons of great restaurant in Kuta and Seminyak if you choose to venture out that way, and there are a few upscale restaurants further south in Jimbaran near the Four Seasons Resort.
As for the children's club, Planet Trekkers doesn't look like much (small trampoline, shallow wading pool, 2 computers, some videos, and lots of crafts) but our kids really enjoyed it. They spent at least half a day there every day, which gave my wife and I lots of free time.
Some information that might be helpful:
The Club Duplex Suite has two levels, with a King Size bed in a 2nd floor loft. It is a big, comfortable room, but there is no door separating the loft from the common area downstairs. The hotel gave us an extra day bed downstairs so that each child had their own bed. There is no room for a rollaway upstairs near the king bed. The lack of separation between the sleeping areas did not present a problem for us, but if you have very young children who need absolute silence and dark to sleep, it might not be optimal.
Jimbaran is lovely and relatively quiet, but the heavy traffic makes it very slow to drive anywhere in Bali, including the nearby towns of Kuta and Seminyak. If you want to spend most of your time in areas other than Jimbaran, be prepared to spend lots of time in a car.
As far as weather, late July was fabulous. Daytime temperatures were about 28C with a cool breeze. Nighttime was cool and comfortable. Out of 8 days, it was cloudy/rainy for about 1 1/2 days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blessed by an endless stretch of white sand beach overlooking the tranquil waters of Jimbaran Bay, InterContinental Bali Resort features 417 guest rooms in three unique levels of accommodation. The property embraces a 14 hectare tropical landscape that is a blend of indigenous flora, gentle waterways and stone statues reflecting the island’s artistic heritage. There are six swimming pools, Planet Trekkers children’s resort, a fitness centre and plenty of recreational activities to keep guests occupied throughout the day. Spa Uluwatu is a dedicated healing and beauty facility for individual sessions, while the exclusive Villa Retreats promises indulging spa packages for couples. A superb choice of restaurant venues makes every dining experience an adventure in culinary excellence. ... more less
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