After numerous trips to Bali and countless hours cross checking hotel deals with hotel reviews and actual hotel experiences, I can finally claim my veteran Bali traveler badge and package all my hot tips into one little post for you. Prior to my first trip to Bali, I had heard all the horror stories. God forbid I booked my first Bali trip during Australia’s ‘Schoolies week’. Not being anything close to a school leaver, I was told “Prepare yourself”, by my friends and strangers alike, matched with faces of sympathy and sheer horror. Prior to even stepping into Indonesia, my head had been so filled with stories of bogan Australians, doof doof music induced sleepless nights, epic cases of Bali belly, crazy moped accident recounts and every negative possible story you could hear about a small island. I am here to tell you, Bali is an island of anything but.
After all, how could I not want to visit the country and island that theoretically gave me life? 27 short years ago, my dad ventured to Bali on a surfing trip from England and ran into a beautiful young women at a bar, who was on holiday from Australia, also known as mum… anddd the rest is history.
My first trip to Bali was planned with the desire to be comfortable, safe and food poisoning free. From my numerous trip’s to the island I can recommend some excellent places to stay if you desire just that, and if like me on that first trip, you are a little nervous and want to ensure you enjoy your first time on the island, whilst indulging in a few creature comforts. *Disclaimer* I am not paid to advertise any of the following hotels, they are just some I have previously stayed at and would recommend to friends and family.
1. Padma Resort, Legian
I stayed at the Padma in the Garden Club Chalet with a friend. We loved this hotel and we were treated like royalty during our stay. The club package is pretty groovy, you get the afternoon tea and complementary cocktail hour in the evening. The staff at this hotel are amazing and so friendly. Our room was super clean and spacious and we loved the luxury of being able to order your pillow for the night (So unnecessary, but cool). The two pools are gorgeous, although the large pool is surprisingly deep. The buffet breakfast is totally extravagant, you can eat almost anything and there is so much variety and it all tastes so delicious!! It is a huge resort with many international guests so it does lack that intimate Bali feel, but you can always escape that wondering through the gardens back to your room.
2.Bali Mandira Hotel and Spa, Legian
I stayed here for 5 nights on a trip with my sister. We stayed in a superior room, which looked a little tired and could do with a makeover, but was more than adequate. The pool’s here are great fun, with the choice of a lagoon style pool or adult poor overlooking the beach. Breakfast is good and has plenty to choose from. We ate lunch by the pool a couple of times and had some cocktails, which were priced closely to what you will find in Australia. The location is great, a short walk to Kuta or ride Seminyak and there is lots of places to eat and shop.
3. Discovery Kartika Plaza, Kuta
I stayed here with friends for just over a week. It was a great place to stay to be close to the action of Kuta, but quiet enough to wind down and enjoy some quiet. The pool here is awesome, with heaps of lounges, great cocktails and poolside snacks. I slept so well in this hotel and really enjoyed the buffet breakfast overlooking the pool and koi fishpond. My friends and I liked the location as we could go to heaps of restaurants and bars around Kuta. I never thought I would stay in Kuta, but I wouldn’t hesitate to go back here again.
4. Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, Tanah Lot
I stayed at the Pan Pacific with family and we really enjoyed our stay here. The four pools are fantastic and we spent all our time moving from each via the waterside (such an underrated mode of transport). The golf course is nice to walk around and you get a great view of the sunset and easy access to Tanah Lot temple. The downside to this hotel is that it is far away from everything, so you have to eat all your meals at the hotel. Our room didn’t include breakfast so it cost us around $75aud for 3 people each morning (I was a uni student at the time, so this was expensive). The poolside lunches were also costly and we found ourselves skipping meals just to stay within our budget. In saying that, the rooms are lovely, it is a beautiful resort and a nice way to see a little bit of Tanah Lot.
5.The Breezes Bali Resort and Spa, Seminyak
Stayed here for 5 nights in a superior room with some friends and we couldn’t believe our luck. The room was beautiful and kept clean throughout our stay. We had a nice balcony on the top floor with a good view of the pool. Our room was always quiet and the bed’s very comfortable. The staff at this resort were very kind and helpful. We enjoyed swimming in both the pools and enjoyed our cocktails and activities in the pool bar. It’s in a great location where you can easily access shopping, great restaurants, spas and the beach in a short walk.
I am always interested to hear your thoughts/ suggestions, so feel free to leave a comment and enjoy! Happy travelling you gorgeous humans 🙂 Xx