We stayed at Le Meridien Bali for ten days at the end of January and found our expectations exceeded on nearly every count.
Being regular travellers with two seven year old boys we do a lot of homework on where we are going to stay before booking a hotel. By utilising Google Earth, as well as sites such as Trip Adviser, we find we can ensure that there are not to many unexpected obstacles to having a good stay.
We chose Le Meridian for the size of their two bedroom family suite. At 180+ square metres it is almost double the size of similar rooms in Nusa Dua, i.e. Conrad, Westin etc.
A bonus for us was receiving a pool access suite. The layout of the suite was such that the second bedroom had floor to ceiling windows facing the gardens which could not be opened, with the lounge and main bedroom having pool access. Having boys that swim like fish it has always been frustrating to be told that pool access rooms are off limits to any family with children under twelve years of age. Especially when most of the resort pools are only 1.2 metres deep!
This set up works perfectly.
The hotel itself is of a design that could quite easily fit into Dubai or Abu Dhabi and does not have a great deal of Balinese feel about it. Which seems to be the way that the Starwood group are going here with their "W" brand and The Sheraton Kuta. The pool, which the hotel wraps itself around, is designed with small alcoves in various parts of it to swim in, although you do often get the feeling that you are intruding into someone's hotel room.
The buffet breakfast at Bamboo Chic was more than satisfactory with the range and quality of food available and it was certainly no problem for the chefs to whip up an Eggs Benedict if requested. The daily concoction of different juices and spices, combined together, also tantalised the taste buds.
The dinner menu had a good selection of tapas style foods as well as main dishes and sashimi.
And the deserts....we all put on weight!
The restaurant was in a stand alone building which had a lounge bar on the second floor and a rooftop bar on top of that with stunning views of Jimbaran Bay. The smoke, as mentioned in previous reviews, was shielded to a certain extent by the clear Perspex screen that fronted the hotel but the odour did permeate through into bathers and any clothes left on our patio.
Depending on the time of year the smoke would not be a problem. It is only when the prevailing winds are from the west. Mid year would not be a problem.
The hotel spa has treatment rooms and staff equivalent of other five star hotels in Bali. At about half the price.
The hotel also has a kid's club which, our boys enjoyed, once we convinced them to attend. Mumee and Jipta won over their hearts with their enthusiasm and genuine desire to see them happy.
We also could not speak highly enough of the front of house people and Swastika from room service. One of our boys became violently ill after ingesting half of the pool water at Waterbom Park and the speed at which they arranged for medical help for us, and the offers to buy from supermarkets for us anything that was required to aid his recovery, was truly touching. The customer service from the staff at Le Meridian Bali has been a major factor in us booking our next holiday in April at Le Meridian Kuala Lumpur.
A couple of minor faults.. the sink in the main bathroom of our suite, while being aesthetically pleasing was an ergonomic disaster. Turning on the tap with any more than 10 percent pressure led to water splashing over the front of your clothes. While my wife wised up to it by the second day it was something that I was still doing on our tenth day there. The beds were too hard for all of us. Also being in the suite that was closest to the restaurant we would take the path that led around the outside of the building rather than walk all the way back to the centre of the hotel and then along the pool front. A distance of maybe thirty metres against one hundred and fifty. This path has a couple of minor dips in it of about five centimetres and is not lit at night. I found myself taking a torch to dinner so we could safely navigate our way back.
With only one restaurant and one, albeit large, pool, ten days is a long time to stay at Le Meridian. That is where Google Earth came in handy. On investigation of the locale we discovered The Intercontinental is on the other side of the back wall. We also booked a basic room with breakfast there for two nights early in our stay and having made ourselves busy and known around the hotel we then enjoyed their six pools, bike hire and multitude of restaurants in conjunction with Le Meridian for the rest of our stay. Intercontinental do not have suites connected to other rooms or suites so we got to enjoy the best of both worlds. Modern styling and a spacious suite on one side with an elegant Balinese mega-structure with verdant gardens and stunning water features on the other. The short walk along the beach between hotels added to the experience.
It is also only a short walk to Jambaran Corner with excellent restaurants and shopping.
Le Meridian Jimbaran is definitely somewhere that we will experience again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the secluded, tranquil Jimbaran Bay on the south-west coastline of Bali, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran features majestic views of the Indian Ocean and Jimbaran Bay. Complementing the location, Le Méridien Bali will juxtapose traditional Jimbaran heritage against a contemporary creative space surrounded by serene and refreshing elements of water featuring 75 guestrooms, 35 suites, 4 penthouses and 4 villas equipped with a Lagoon sundeck. The décor reflects a contemporary approach to Balinese from the modern Batik motives, to the artworks that completes the room and finished with the finest marbles.Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran also features a signature 1,300 square-meter uniquely designed saltwater Lagoon pool that is accessible from ground floor guestrooms; Serenity – a space of rejuvenation, with three signature spa treatment rooms, a fitness centre and yoga studio. Children will be engaged with an array of activities and programs with the Kids Club, equipped with the latest gadgets and completed with a dedicated outdoor children’s pool.Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran introduces a gastronomic journey to the Island of the Gods offering discerning travellers four dining venues in a three-storey dining and entertainment complex: The brand’s signature all-day dining restaurant, Bamboo Chic featuring Pan-Asian fused with lost Balinese Cuisine; Smoqee Lounge & Sky Bar, an enchanting spot for cocktails and live music over sunset; Latitude 8, the resort’s lobby lounge overlooking the lagoon offering choreographed cocktails, light snacks and evening tapas; and, WALA, an indulgence of hand crafted gelato or taste of the perfect cup of Illy coffee. Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran offers the signature Le Méridien arrival experience, with signature designed furniture, reflecting ponds and an inspirational artworks. In addition, guest of Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran will also be welcomed at Kendra Art Gallery’s exclusive exhibit space, as a partner of the global UNLOCK ART™ programme.The resort also features the newly-developed Le Méridien Hub experience, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place for creative people to converse, debate, and exchange. Le Méridien Hub offers both guests and locals a creative atmosphere where contemporary, curated artwork sets the environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran