The last time I went to Bali was back in 2003, so a lifetime ago but since it seems that so many people I know head over there so often I really felt like I was missing out on something. And one added bonus for us folks living in the West is all that competition for airfares – means there are bargains a plenty. Not so much over the long weekend that GG and I chose to go but still fairly reasonable. So we made our booking earlier in the year and have been patiently waiting for June 3rd to roll around.
Finally it did and at 5pm we were set to fly Garuda from Perth to Denpasar where a car would be waiting to take us to our hotel, Melia Benoa.
We’d gone with this hotel because they offered all-inclusive package, which reminded us of a similar holiday we’d spent in Cancun. So with the Executive Jr. Suite All Inclusive Gold package the following was included:
The All inclusive Gold package includes accommodation in Executive Suite, all meals plan with buffet and wider a la carte choice, snacks, unlimited alcoholic local beverages, soft drinks, daily activities, unlimited non-motorized sports, nightly entertainment, Free WiFi in the room, minibar, Room service, laundry with restrictions, 1 hour Spa massage for 2 adults, discount on imported alcoholic beverages and more (see details below).
Experience a higher level of service in our Executive Suite with the ultimate luxurious accommodation, designed for couples, honeymooners or guests looking for a Romantic getaway, who appreciate the importance of attention to details combined with the highest personalised service and VIP treatment. If you want to be pampered this is your best option.
- Accomodation in Executive Jr. Suite
- Special welcome drink and flower in room upon arrival.
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Lunch and dinner buffet or a la carte with wider selection.
- Soft drinks, local mineral water, juices, local beer, local selection of wines, local liquor such as gin, vodka, whiskey and rum until 1 am.
- Daily snacks at the pool side
- Free entrance to evening in house entertainments; Cabaret Show and Balinese Cultural Show.
- Free to join in house sports and activities, games room, karaoke room and non motorized water sport equipments
- VIP treatment in the room and VIP bathroom amenities
- 1 bottle of local sparkling wine upon arrival
- Romantic dinner in the beach or Garden for 2 pax (for stays more than 7 nights)
- Balinese gift in the room
- Wider menu selection in a la carte restaurants
- Discount 30% for all imported drinks
- Mini bar filled with beer, juices, mineral water and soft drinks
- Room service
- Daily laundry service 4 pieces per person
- Reserved beach chairs upon request until 12 pm.
- Late check out until 6 pm based on room only, subject to availability
- Unlimited internet access at Golf Kiosk
- 1 time of 1 hour complimentary massage voucher for 2 persons in Spa at Meliá Benoa (for stays more tan 5 nights)
- Cable TV
- Flat screen TV 32”
- Direct dial telephone
- Mini bar
- Extra guest toilet
- Writing desk
- Individual Air-conditioning
- Slippers and bathrobe
- Fully equipped bathroom
- Bathtub or Rain shower
- Coffee & tea maker
- Free Internet WiFi Access.
From the moment we arrived I loved it! Beautiful big foyer area were we sat and enjoyed our welcome drinks – which were all very tropical served in a coconut adorned in flowers. As were we actually with the frangipani leis we were presented with. We were taken straight to our room – a wonderfully large Executive Jnr Suite as part of the gold package. Very well presented and spotlessly clean.
We weren’t too fussed about venturing out for dinner that night but thought we’d sample some room service given this it was part of the deal. It wasn’t an overly extensive menu, but hey it did the job. We only ended up getting some spring rolls that night and it was the start of a 6 night obsession with the deep fried wonders, couldn’t get enough of them!
Basically our days in Bali would begin with breakfast at El Patio restaurant.
They don’t say it’s the most important meal of the day for nothing! And believe me they really seem to get that at Melia Benoa. It’s a very impressive spread on offer. And I’ve always had a soft spot for buffets, particularly breakfast buffets and especially ones were a lovely chef is making omelettes to order – joy! Such a lovely friendly fellow J
So breakfast, usually started with a cup of coffee (fabulously strong) and then an omelette,
Then onto pastries. I rediscovered my love for chocolate croissants or even just plain ones covered in strawberry jam. How good is jam – its on my list of things I’d like to try to make.
And finally I’d end with some fruit – oh the fruit. Displayed like a rainbow. I had missed good fruit like this as Perth had drifted into the colder months. Pineapple is definitely my favourite, so I’d load up on that each morning.
Then they’d have to roll us both out of there. Particularly on the last few days where I decided I’ve venture into the Asian side of things and had some fried rice on the side of my omelette. Worked a treat!
From there we’d chillax back in our room for a bit flicking through the cable channels, then head off for a sesh at the gym, then headed poolside. A pool bar is a wonderful thing! Especially when all your drinks are included in the deal. One point to note with the pool bar is that they have Bintang on tap, available all the time, but wine and cocktails is only available at the pool bar from 12 til 3pm. So a short window yes, but there’s a bar in the lobby that serves cocktails 24 hours. So any time any time of day or night that you fancy a mojito you know where to head.
Generally then from the pool we’d head back to El Patio for lunch. It is buffet there for breakfast but al a carte for lunch (and also dinner most nights). And if you are on the gold package you get an extended menu. We began most lunches with an entrée of quesadias, which were delicious.
Then we’d vary between Nasi Goreng, steak, lamb chops, schnitzel, even a pizza one day.
There was plenty of choice and being able to order a cocktail or two with lunch was an added bonus. I’d have to say the cocktails were a lot easier drinking than the white wine. I love Bali but I don’t think that its where you head for a good wine. It’s cocktail country.
Dinner we tried all the choices on offer at the hotel. We headed to the Amarta Restaurant on the first night, which had some more traditional Balinese cuisine available which was great. At the Amarta they also offer a Balinese Medilbung, described as an excellent way to sample the local cuisine – a few smaller courses then a massive shared tasting plate. And it really was a great way to try some of the different food. Loved it!
This is what we had on the first visit to Amarta
So here is what we sampled on our second visit
Really interesting spices and very tasty. Then the second night they had a buffet on the beach which was just beautiful. Something very special about feeling your toes in the sand and having the stars twinkling above while you eat dinner.
Oh yes…. we came, we saw, we ate. Now I was looking for a wonderfully relaxing holiday, where I really didn’t have to do anything too taxing for the 6 nights we were there. This hotel totally ticks that box. If you fancyvisiting many different restaurants in other locations around Bali then this place would perhaps be a little out of the way for you, but if you are chasing some time out where everything is all in the one location for you, then Melia Benoa is a beautiful spot, the staff are amazing and they really look after you. Well worth a visit!Melia Benoa Jl. Pratama Tanjung Benoa P.O. Box 52 Nusa Dua – Bali 80363, Indonesia 062 361 771714 062 361 771713 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org