Beaches of South East Asia: Introduction
Beaches of South East Asia: KLM World Business Class SIN to DPS
Beaches of South East Asia: Grand Hyatt Bali
Beaches of South East Asia: The Laguna Bali
Beaches of South East Asia: Malaysia Airlines Economy Class DPS to BKI
Beaches of South East Asia: Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu
Beaches of South East Asia: Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort Kota Kinabalu
Beaches of South East Asia: Malaysia Airlines Economy Class BKI to DPS
While I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Bali in another weekend visit to the island, I will review the visit here so as to compare it against The Laguna which is another resort in the Nusa Dua area. With the new toll bridge over the bay that just opened in Bali, it is much quicker to arrive at the resort from the hotel. As we arrived on the porch of the Grand Hyatt, we were helped with our luggage and brought to the reception area. The lobby is open air, like most resorts in Bali and there is a nice ocean view from the centre of the lobby which seems to embrace guests to the island life!
Since I was a Hyatt Diamond member, I was automatically upgraded to a Club Room which would entitle breakfast in the club lounge but not the main lobby restaurant. With that, I was also directed to the Club lounge for check-in. The porter escorted us towards the club lounge which was also open air and located in the courtyard of one of the resort wing. The Grand Hyatt Bali is perhaps one of the largest resort in the island by land area and with more than 600 rooms, the room rate was quite affordable at around US$220-250 per night.
Check-in at the club is always a better experience as guests are seated and provided with cold towels and a refreshing beverage while the receptionist prepares our room key. I was upgraded to a ocean view club deluxe twin room and the porter once again escorted us to the room. There is a small foyer on entry and on the right lies the large bedroom with a nice seating area. It could easily have been a junior suite! On the coffee table was a jar of cookies, a large platter of tropical fruits and a bottle of ‘Equil’ mineral water. Definitely a good welcome amenity for guests!
On the left of the foyer lies the similarly large bathroom which is nearly the same size like the bedroom. There was a long console with 2 vanity counters, a towel rack at the end near the enclosed bathtub and shower area with a window that provides the same view as that of the balcony in the bedroom. A large wardrobe takes up the other side of the bathroom while the toilet is in a separate area by the door that leads to the bathroom. The size of the room was definitely a highlight of the stay.
As for the ‘ocean view’ from the room, I thought it was a bit over-rated since the view from my room balcony was more of the garden, with the ocean slightly further away. It was nonetheless a good view of the landscaped gardens. Based on this experience, I would say that it is not necessary to pay more for an ocean view room since the ‘ocean view’ can be had from the corridors heading to the room anyway.
With the large scale of the resort, there are a lot of the facilities to discover. There was a large main pool in the centre of the resort which has rock gardens in the middle as well as a small pool slide. There was also another more intimate and private adults-only pool for club guests though I do not experience anyone using that pool in the late afternoon. During the sunset, there was only few guests around the large pool so there are definitely enough space for guests. A positive aspect of the large size of the resort is actually the beach. Nusa Dua has some of the cleanest beaches in Bali and the Grand Hyatt has one of the most pictureque and wide beaches. In sunset, the beach is definitely a beautiful place for a stroll.
During my stay, my friend went for a spa treatment and guests are able to ask for buggies that will bring them to the Kriya spa area nearer to the entrance of the resort. According to my friend, it was one of the nicest spa experiences she had! From the spa menu, I thought the prices were also quite acceptable for a resort in Bali. They were neither cheap nor overly expensive, and probably in the sweet spot for a luxury resort.
Since we were in a Club room, breakfast was served in the club lounge, and they did specifically mention we could not have the complimentary breakfast in the main restaurant which was a disappointment. The food in the lounge was sub-par at best and it was probably the most disappointing breakfast I have had in a Hyatt. This is considering the fact that they are pretty generous in the United States when I stayed at the Andaz San Diego. The croissant in the lounge was awful, even if they had some made-to-order choices. There is basically a main buffet counter in the reception which was open to the elements including flies which can be a bit unhygienic in my opinion. The club lounge also serves evening cocktails and snacks but I did not partake in those since we were out of the resort during those times. However on the day I checked in, the spread seems pretty decent in the afternoon, but based on the quality of their breakfast offering, I would not place high hopes on the evening snacks. After all, Bali does have a lot of dining options for guests!
All in all, the Grand Hyatt Bali is a decent option for families and travellers that are first timers to Bali. The location in the Nusa Dua resort complex is generally safe and offers pristine beautiful stretch of beaches at the same time being close to the airport. However, some of the best dining options is actually in Seminyak and Kuta which can take about 30-40 minutes by taxi or even longer in the case of a traffic jam. Closer to Nusa Dua there are still some decent if not very exciting dining options. However, given their lacklustre breakfast, I would consider other resorts in Nusa Dua such as The Laguna, Conrad Bali or even other more luxurious options like the St Regis and Mulia Hotel.