Conrad Bali hotel review

Whether you’re in Bali for leisure, business, or even a wedding, the 368-room Conrad Bali offers extensive facilities with a resort feel and, despite its size, a planet-friendly heart.

Traveller: Tina-Louise Jackson
Room: Deluxe King Pool View
Address: Jalan Pratama 168, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363
Date: November 2023
Price Range From AUD $260 per night for a Deluxe Room to AUD $1800 for the Conrad Penthouse
Best for: Beach-loving families or couples and as the perfect destination wedding venue

Location

An easy 12 kilometre ride from Ngurah Rai Airport, Nusa Dua is one of Bali’s most famous beaches, set on the southern coast of Bali. With high-end resorts with well-known names lining the beach, Conrad Bali occupies the most prominent frontage in Nusa Dua, giving a feeling of even more space. Spanning seven hectares, with an impressive 350-meter beachfront, lush greenery and four swimming pools, you can choose to do as much…or as little as you want.

Nusa Dua is one of Bali’s most famous beaches © Conrad Bali

The room

A roomy 51 square meters, my Deluxe Room is in a prime position on the third floor close to the beach with a panoramic view of the main resort pool and the ocean beyond, and perfectly positioned to watch a Bali sunrise. The design is contemporary yet traditional, with dark wood furnishings, Balinese artifacts and a soothing neutral palette with pops of aqua. A spacious bathroom has a rain shower and a bathtub with luxurious Byredo Mojave Ghost amenities.

Stepping out onto the balcony, there’s a round daybed with a canopy, perfect for relaxing al fresco, watching the sunrise or sipping a pre-dinner drink.

Deluxe Room © Conrad Bali

Claim to fame

Over one-third of the staff have been with the resort since it opened almost 20 years ago – no mean feat in a region that has constantly expanded over the past two decades and a testament to General Manager Kevin Girard’s leadership.

The showstopper

Walking to or from JIWA Spa at night. With reflection pools lit by candlelight leading the way, it feels like walking through the cloisters of a monastery, giving a sense of peace and tranquillity.

If you’re planning a destination wedding, the Infinity Chapel is a stunner – a dramatic white A-frame chapel seemingly ‘floating’ two metres above sea level, with water-lined walkways and a backdrop of the crystal clear ocean beyond.  

JIWA Spa © Conrad Bali

Green thumbs up

The resort is focused on cutting its environmental footprint in half through responsible hospitality, with initiatives to reduce energy, water and waste, and raising awareness locally on the importance of being environmentally and socially responsible. Waste matters at Conrad Bali, and they walk the talk, giving back to the Bali community through their partnerships with local foundations. Through Scholars of Sustenance Bali (SOS), surplus food is taken from the resort daily and repurposed to support needy communities. Along with Sungai Watch, the resort partners in clean-up activities and sponsors the installation of trash barriers that help prevent plastic and trash from reaching the oceans.

The family factor

Families LOVE Conrad Bali and it’s no surprise that the resort has consistently placed in the Top 3 in the Holidays with Kids Readers Choice Awards and offers a great choice of family rooms – family rooms, suites and interconnecting rooms. Kura Kura Kids Club is for children aged three to 12. The vibe here is not over-structured, making it a great place to drop the kids off for an hour or a day, knowing they’ll be well cared for and entertained with supervised activities, including the opportunity to experience Balinese culture. The main pool has a small beach where the kids can make sandcastles within the safety of the resort.

JIWA Spa offers unique spa treatments for the littlies as well as Mum & Me and Dad & Me packages perfect for some family pampering time. Book a Family BBQ by the beach or, should you feel like a well-deserved night off from parenting, trained babysitters are available.

JIWA Spa pool © Conrad Bali

I wish I could take home…

The staff – the welcome is genuine here and nothing is too much trouble. The pool staff cater to my every whim, delivering cold towels and ice-cold water to my sun lounger, so the only move I need to make is to take a dip in the pool.

And perhaps the bathrobe. While many hotels opt for white towelling or waffle cotton bathrobes, tropical temperatures call for something lighter, and Conrad Bali’s robe makes me feel glamorous and comfortable.

Dish to dine for

Conrad Bali has five restaurants: SUKU, offering Indonesian and Balinese cuisine; Rin for Japanese. Eight Degrees South is for seafood, East in the Lobby provides Afternoon Tea and Azure is a casual pool and beachside bar and dining, with happy hour from 4pm to 6pm. 

I’m a sucker for beachfront dining, and seafood restaurant Eight Degrees South ticks all the boxes. Focusing on local seafood with a modern twist, I dine on a unique take on a traditional fish and chips, Fish & Chip Cannelloni, followed by perfectly cooked Barramundi a la meuniere. A signature dish is a seafood ‘charcuterie’ board – select your own seafood delights to create your perfect seafood extravaganza while enjoying the cool ocean breeze.

Breakfast is served in SUKU and Rin. My breakfast choice is SUKU, which is closer to my room and to the beach, and breakfast is alfresco. Conrad Bali offers one of the best breakfasts I’ve tasted in a long while – an extensive buffet of Western, Indian, and local favourites and an extensive a la carte menu ranging from healthy to indulgent. There’s even a kid’s corner with a doughnut wall… made for adults, too!

For a special treat, try the Floating Breakfast, or my pick from the menu, Conrad’s signature Prawn Benedict.  

Conrad Bali has five restaurants including SUKU © Conrad Bali

Before booking…

Conrad Bali is a firm family favourite, so book in advance if you’re looking to stay in the school holidays.  

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Spa life

JIWA Wellness is nestled at the far end of the resort, reached by water-lined walkways. JIWA means soul in Bahasa Indonesia. It provides a full range of spa treatments, mental and physical fitness, and signature sensory treatments via JIWA Spa, JIWA Sense, and JIWA Strength Pillars.

From the JIWA Sense menu, I try SWAY, a treatment unique to Conrad Bali. After a 10-minute meditation to relax my mind, I am helped into a cocoon hammock, given an eye mask, weighted blanket and earphones, and gently swayed as the name suggests. My therapist below me massages my back and head before swaying once more. It’s deeply relaxing, giving the feeling of floating on a fluffy cloud or even the dark warmth of the womb. One thing is for sure: I slept like a baby that night.  

JIWA means soul in Bahasa Indonesia © Conrad Bali

Staying in

With seven hectares to explore, there’s plenty to do at the resort, and you can choose to do as little or as much as you want. If you’re here to relax, grab a bure or a sun lounger by the pool and laze the day away sipping iced water or a cocktail, cooling off in the 33 metre main pool or the ocean, just moments away from your place in the sun. 

For the more active, there’s a 24-hour gym and a full outdoor activity program, including beach volleyball, yoga, and a tennis club. You can kayak and snorkel on the water for the more adventurous, windsurf jet ski or parasail. The kids will love the banana boat ride.

For a spot of shopping without leaving the resort, browse the boutiques close to the main reception, from stylish apparel to Balinese gifts.

Stepping out

The resort has everything you need; however, grab a bike or stroll along the beachfront walkway, which stretches almost the length of Nusa Dua. Take off for an all-day adventure with one of Conrad Bali’s Signature Sensory Odysseys – Forest Bathing & Foraging, taking a vintage off-road vehicle at dawn through Bali to the shore of Lake Beratan and the rim of Bedubal rainforest and indulge in the very best nature has to offer.

Being positioned in Nusa Dua, roads are somewhat quieter than the hustle and bustle of Seminyak and Canggu (although far from traffic-free!), and the beaches of Uluwatu and Uluwatu Temple are close by for a surf or culture fix.

Signature Sensory Odysseys © Conrad Bali

If only…

I love a great cup of coffee on the balcony in the mornings when I travel, and while the French press coffee is good, I’d love to have a capsule coffee machine in my room.

V&T expert rating

Conrad Bali ticks all the boxes for a relaxing Bali break. It’s a little further from the madding crowds, with everything you need at your fingertips. Check in, sit back, and relax into exemplary Bali hospitality.

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