I suppose it would drive most people crazy, but instead of just parking myself at one hotel in Bali I decided to try three different hotels (over five nights). Hotel hopping in Bali has its perks.
Bali Hotel Hopping: I Sampled Three Very Different Properties
Care to guess which hotels I tried?
Well, I’ll tell you. Of course I could not go all the way to Bali, which is full of Hyatt properties, and not try at least a couple of them.
And while I considered a tour of the Alila properties on the island, I ended up trying the more conventional Hyatt Regency Bali and Andaz Bali, which are located adjacent to one another.
The Hyatt Regency is showing its age, but still a very nice property that I enjoyed and only about $100/night, which is quite excellent considering the suite I was upgraded to and the excellent breakfast and evening spread.
I also tried the Hyatt Andaz, which is a beautiful hotel with lovely pools and common areas and a superb breakfast concept. There was a service hiccup here that I will outline in a future post, not to condemn the hotel but to laud it for such an excellent service recovery, which should be a model to others.
My friend spent the entire time in Indonesia at the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay (two weeks) and I spent the last three nights at that property. While I would not necessarily say the price differential (over $500 per night versus $100 for the Hyatt Regency or $175 for the Andaz), was worthwhile, the Four Seasons is an excellent property with truly lovely staff and of course, lovely views of Jimbaran Bay (and Denpasar International Airport).
We did not do much during our time in Bali beyond relaxing…that was the point. However, we did a day of touring (Banyumala Waterfall and Tirta Empul Temple) and I tried Kopi Luwak (also known as civet coffee…google it if you are unfamiliar with the term).
It was nice to return to Bali for the first time since the pandemic. The Balinese people are charming and the five days here was relaxing and left me looking forward to returning.
My coming trip report will detail the hotels I stayed in, but the point here is that you can enjoy excellent accommodations at reasonable prices. Even so, splurging for the Four Seasons is also not so obscenely expensive that it makes no sense.