The Hilton Bali Resort in Bali, Indonesia is a beautiful, 5-star resort perched atop a 40-meter cliff overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. With 389 rooms and suites and 19 private villas, the Hilton Bali Resort is a spacious property situated within a lush tropical setting with inter-connected pools, walking trails and direct access to a private beach. Located approximately 20 minutes from Bali Denpasar Airport, the Nusa Dua area is known for its high-end resorts, secluded beaches and amazing views.
The Hilton Bali Resort is a fantastic property but what sets it apart from others in the area is the affordable price-point. It’s not uncommon to find rooms here for under $125 per night and standard rooms can be booked for just 25,000 Honors points. If you’re looking for that perfect Balinese getaway or family vacation that won’t break your budget, you should definitely check out this property.
Formerly known as the Grand Nikko Hotel, Hilton took over the property in early 2017 and has re-branded it the Hilton Bali Resort. If you walk around the property, you can still see the traditional Japanese design influences of the former hotel brand. The grounds of the hotel are spacious and exotic with lush tropical gardens and forests on one side and beautiful beaches on the other. But beware, this is a natural forest setting so make sure to close all your doors and windows at night to prevent monkeys, birds and other unwanted guests from entering your room.
The lobby and reception areas are beautifully designed with open walls, high ceilings and a grand view of the Indian Ocean. This is the perfect place to just chill, relax and hang out or use as a meeting point for your party.
Walking around the grounds of the hotel, you would be hard-pressed to not fall in love with this majestic island. The grounds of the resort are well-manicured and stunning. The Hilton Bali Resort boasts several pools and a private beach for guests to sunbathe with comfortable lounge chairs and large sun umbrellas.
On this trip, my friends and I spent three days in the Nusa Dua area for some rest and relaxation. I booked a “King Deluxe Ocean View” room and as a Hilton Honors Gold member, I was upgraded to a “King Executive Ocean View” room. The main difference between the two types of rooms is the King Executive Ocean View rooms are all located in the Cliff Tower and the Deluxe Ocean View rooms are all located on the actual cliff. Cliff Tower rooms offer better views and more convenient access to the pools and beach.
Now, here is the main complaint that you will hear about the Hilton Bali Resort – “It’s old and outdated.” And though I don’t necessarily agree that the property is dated by any means, a renovation, or at least a refresh of the property, couldn’t hurt. The property was taken over by Hilton in early 2017 but it doesn’t look like any updates or improvements were made to the property.
My King Executive Ocean View room was furnished with a king size bed, sitting area and a work desk. The 538 square feet room was spacious and thoughtfully decorated with clean colors and warm ambient lighting.
Here is the sitting area with a love seat to relax and a desk if you need to do some work.
The balcony itself was nothing special but just look at this view.
Room amenities included bathrobes, slippers, an iron/ironing board, in-room safe, mini-fridge/bar and a water kettle with a selection of instant teas and coffee.
As a welcome gift, a plate containing chocolate, nuts and dried mango slices was delivered to my room shortly after checking-in.
The marble bathroom was very elegant and spacious with a separate soaking tub and walk-in shower. There was only one sink but you can easily accommodate another person in the bathroom if traveling with a significant other. As with all Hilton properties, Peter Thomas Roth bath and body products and other personal items were provided for your convenience.
Other resort amenities include six restaurants, four pools, three tennis courts, a sand lagoon, 30m (98 feet) water slide, Kids Club and a full-service spa on-site.
Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members are entitled to use the Executive Lounge located on the second floor. The lounge is open all day and offers members a private space to get away from the other hotel guests. In addition to afternoon tea and evening hor d’ouevres with complimentary alcoholic beverages, the lounge offers a private pool, cabanas and lounge chairs to soak up the sun and enjoy the views.
Breakfast was served at the main restaurant every morning and it was very impressive. There was a variety of both western and local cuisine along with fresh fruits, juices and other breakfast favorites each day. You won’t be disappointed by this spread.
The resort fitness center is located on the ground floor. The space is simple but has enough to keep you “vacation fit” with several treadmills, benches, free weights and a resistance stack. There’s even an indoor Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
Now, here’s the one complaint I do have about the Nusa Dua area. There’s really not much to do in this part of town. Yeah, there’s a golf course nearby and plenty of water sports, but it’s not like you’ll be walking around the outside of the resort much. You’re kind of confined to the property for the most part. That being said, the Hilton Bali Resort does offer a complimentary shuttle to the Bali Collection (outdoor shopping area) everyday from morning till night. Here you’ll find plenty of retail and dining establishments. I recommend having your meals here as they will be significantly cheaper than eating at any of the on-site hotel restaurants. The room rates were reasonable but the restaurant prices were kind of crazy.
Hilton Bali Resort, Nusa Dua Bottom Line
Overall, the Hilton Bali Resort is a beautiful resort with attentive service and wonderful amenities. It’s not the best resort by any means and it’s not as chic as the other 5-star rated resorts in the area (Conrad, St. Regis, Westin and Ritz-Carlton, etc.). But what sets the Hilton Bali Resort apart from the others is the affordable price point. That being said, I’m not just a fan because it’s “affordable.” I’m really a fan because it is a fantastic property. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The views are gorgeous. The staff members are warm and hospitable and the overall product offers a great value.
What are your thoughts of the Hilton Bali Resort? Please let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!
The other trip reports in this series include:
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- Star Alliance Lounge LAX
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Los Angeles to Singapore
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Singapore to Bali
- Korean Air Lounge Concourse A Seoul, a Priority Pass Lounge
- SATS Premier Lounge Singapore, a Priority Pass Lounge
- The Stones Hotel, Bali
- Hilton Bali Resort, Nusa Dua
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Singapore to Los Angeles