Thursday, 30 January 2014

A Bali resort with something for everyone

Some beach resorts are perfect for romantic stays, others for family holidays, or perhaps for those who enjoy their sporting activities.
It's rare to discover a resort that does all three well, but Conrad Bali, right on the beachfront at Tanjung Benoa, offers a traditional family-friendly resort with a touch of luxury for its more hedonistic habitues.  
The 353-room hotel, which also has a separate wing of 55 adult-only suites, offers water sports, open-air massages, morning yoga sessions, gym, free business centre, shopping village, several pools, tennis courts and three restaurants in seven hectares of beautifully manicured gardens (look out, that might be a coconut above your head). 

The rooms feature either ocean, lagoon or garden views with designer amenities and Balinese decor with all modern facilities. There is wi-fi throughout the property,  too, a nice modern touch. 

The suites offer a private pool, lounge and entrance - making them ideal for those seeking romance, or peace and quiet. 
The hotel is centred on 350 metres of beachfront - you can walk along the beach for 40 minutes all the way to Nusa Dua and activities on offer include para-sailing, banana boat rides, jet ski hire and kayaking. There's a kid's club with trained staff for parents who want to take some time out; maybe at the excellent Jiwa Spa, which offers several treatment and relaxation zones, a wide range of treatments and its own 25-metre pool.

The food in the Mediterranean-style beachfront Eight Degrees South is excellent (think clever dishes like watermelon gazpacho with onion confit, roasted red pepper and honeydew jelly; or pan-roasted Balinese prawns with green mango salsa). Desserts may feature locally sourced artisan chocolate. There's a focus on local organic and biodynamic produce where possible, says well-travelled executive chef David Laval - and on local seafood like sea bass and red snapper.   
Other dining choices include Rin, for Japanese cuisine, Suku for Bailinese and Pan-Asian flavours (with traditional dancing some nights) and East for snacks and cocktails. There's a good selection of wines available and some pretty potent cocktails at Azure bar by the lagoon pool.
There’s a multinational clientele here and the service is excellent. Several bespoke tours are available from the resort concierge desk (think elephant trekking, white water rafting or visits to the aforementioned local artisan organic chocolate producer), but there is so much to do here you could easily spend a week without leaving the grounds. 
And if you want to head out there are several local stores, shop-front massage joints and local restaurants right on the doorstep. 
Conrad Bali, Jalan Pratama 168, Tanjung Benoa, Bali 80363. +62 361 778 788. www.conradbali.com.    

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