The Durable Hospitality
Year by year competition in hospitality industry in Bali is getting tough as the market is expanding. Here we list some hotels that still exist ‘til today and win their loyal customers’ hearts.
The first sign of tourism in Bali appeared in 1924 when the Royal Packet Navigation Company established weekly steamship routes between Bali and Batavia (now Jakarta), Singapore, Semarang, Surabaya and Makassar. The first hotel was built in a Dutch Colonial building on August 22, 1927 and was called the Natour Bali (now Inna Bali, located in Denpasar). Now there are thousands of places, from small inns to luxurious hotels.
The competition is getting tough even though the market is expanding. Year by year each hotel offers different things to try to stand out from the crowd, and here are some that have won their loyal customers’ hearts.
InterContinental Bali Resort
Opened in October 4 of 1993, the resort was named the Bali InterContinental in the beginning. It is part of the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts International chain, which has successfully run 168 hotels in more than 60 countries with over 60 years of experience.
With its idyllic location situated on Jimbaran Bay, the InterContinental Bali Resort offers an endless stretch of white sand beach set on 14 hectares of tropical gardens. The guests of this resort will be provided with a viewing platform for the mesmerizing sunset view and the chance to see the Balinese way of life and culture in Jimbaran Village. The Balinese architecture interior designs were done by Indonesian architect Hadiprana, and enhanced by the traditional artworks that every guest will find in the guest rooms and public areas.
This resort was born from the outcome of the integration between the international perception concept and Indonesia culture through the elegance of Javanese and Balinese civilization, which is spelled out by the dynamism of Balinese culture. This is not just a place to stay over night but it’s also regarded as
an Art Gallery.
From the first time it was built, they kept adding rooms until now they have 418 guest rooms in three unique tiers of accommodation including Resort Classic, Singaraja and Club InterContinental. All room categories embody the finest attributes of contemporary Balinese design and ultimately anticipate the needs of all international travellers.
There are six swimming pools, a Planet Trekkers children’s resort, a fitness center, and plenty of recreational activities to keep guests occupied throughout the day. Spa Uluwatu is a dedicated healing and beauty facility for individual sessions, while the exclusive Villa Retreats promises indulging spa packages for couples. There are many restaurant venues for guests to choose from so they don’t have to go outside the resort area.
InterContinental Bali Resort
Jl. Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran.
Bali Dynasty Resort
The Bali Dynasty Resort is a four-star hotel, in operation since 1990 and was managed by The Shangri-La International Resort until September 1999. In October of 1999 the owners decided to became independently managed under the supervision of PT. Dwi Mitra Nusantara. In April of 2004, the Bali Dynasty Resort became part of the Prime Plaza Hotels & Resort Group, which is a national hotel chain that already has seven branches in Indonesia.
Having been established for more than two decades, the Bali Dynasty Resort is known as one of the oldest hotels in Bali and you can instantly feel the old vibe as soon as you enter the gate entrance with the huge old tree. Nevertheless, they keep improving and renovating so each stay can be very exciting.
In August of 2008, the Bali Dynasty Resort made improvements to their lobby. In 2010 the 312 rooms were renovated then followed by the completion of a new pool restaurant, H20, which opened in May of 2011. Recently they upgraded their Kids Pool with a brand new Kids Water Fun Zone, which was finalized in April of 2012, and just last month they announced the opening of their new Ashoka Spa, which includes private double and single air-conditioned treatment rooms, 16 massage beds and two saunas.
The unique layout of the hotel allows for a subtle but effective division between the couples market and the family market. Couples can enjoy the famous Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub and relax at the adults-only Lazy Pool, while kids can enjoy a waterslide flowing into their own pool and complimentary entrance to the Enchanted Garden Kids’ Club.
Bali Dynasty Resort
Jalan Kartika, Tuban, Kuta
Don’t be fooled by its name, as this hotel is not actually located on Legian street but in the fashionable district of Seminyak where restaurants, trendy boutiques and lively bars are found. No need to assume that it will be noisy here though, since the focus of the entire property is the sea - the soothing sounds of waves from the Indian Ocean rolling onto the secluded stretch of beach. Even though it’s close to the shopping and nightlife areas, The Legian offers a private and quiet haven with uncompromising standards of luxury amidst the serenity of Bali’s natural landscape.
The Legian will turn 16 years old this August. Since it first opened in 1996, the hotel has 67 suites. In September of 2006, they took luxury to new heights by adding The Beach House, which consists of a three-bedroom villa complete with a personal butler. Cleverly blending contemporary sophisticated elegance with the romance and ambience of Bali, the stylish interior and contemporary furnishings were specially designed by the internationally acclaimed interior designer Jaya Ibrahim, whose artistic flair is prevalent at The Legian and The Club at The Legian.
All rooms are equipped with fun-packed entertainment from a 32” HD LCD TV, DVD, iPod and Bose Sound System, moreover a personal laptop and Sony PlayStation Portable at The Beach House. As modern as it sounds, they never lose sight of their traditional roots. Guests can still feel the traditional vibe and the ‘oldness’ of this hotel from the main entrance and elevator. Smooth marble floors and intricate Indonesian sculptures and their indigenous art-works greet visitors in an impressive lobby of dark wood and kept in a classic design. Local craftsmanship is on display in The Legian’s peaked roofs, bare columns and rafters.
The Legian Bali
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak
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