Kuta is the go-to place for most tourists, but if you’re looking for some quiet and relaxing downtime with your family and friends, the beach resorts of South Bali would be a far better choice. After a few days checked in at Loft Legian Hotel in Kuta, where I usually stay when I visit Bali, I went south to spend the rest of my vacation at Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa at Tanjung Benoa Beach. Only a 15-minute drive south from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, this laid-back beach is located along a narrow peninsula between Benoa Bay and Bali Sea. There’s also some outdoor adventure here, as Tanjung Benoa is particularly known for its beautiful sunrises over neighboring Lombok and the Bali Sea, as well as water sports like parasailing, banana boat rides and jet skiing, which guests can avail from third-party operators stationed along the beach.
Moreover, Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa is a great jump-off point to visit the attractions of South Bali like Nusa Dua Beach and its natural blowhole, which can reached by walking from the Bali Collection shopping complex, linked by free shuttle bus service which passes by the main road outside the resort. Other attractions nearby are Museum Pasifika for art-lovers, and, farther away, are Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park and the famous Uluwatu Temple. If you’d like to visit more white-sand beaches, then head for Padang Padang, Green Bowl or Pendawa.
There narrow property stretches from the main road to Tanjung Benoa Beach. The hotel rooms – many them offering ocean views – surround and overlook not one or two, but four swimming pools – including a kiddie pool! Adults and teens will enjoy the Resort Center and Game Zone. Children will also enjoy their stay as much as the grownups. Besides the kiddie pool, there’s a Kids’ Club with a slide, climbing wall, costumes, arts and crafts, and lots of toys to play with. There’s also a computer zone, a ball pit, and a photo booth with playful props so kids have fun souvenir to take home!
The resort has three places to dine at: the Nudi Beach Club and Duke’s Pool Bar & Lounge, which are great for afternoon snacks and cocktails next to the swimming pools; and the main restaurant Pasar Market Café, which offers an international array of food, serving up sumptuous buffet breakfasts with live cooking stations and a great selection of fruits, pastries, juices, cereals and hot dishes. And since children stay and eat free, for each adult buffet meal purchased, two children under twelve dine at no extra charge!
How to Get There
Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa is 15 to 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, depending on the traffic. Airport taxi fares are roughly IDR 100,000 (PHP 370). The resort can also arrange private airport transfers for guests.
Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa
Address: Jalan Pratama 86, Tanjung Benoa, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Contact Number: +62 361 8947888