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InterContinental Bali was one of the first first five star hotels to be built at Jimbaran Bay and it continues to be a popular choice for romantic Bali escapes and those in search of a Bali getaway for two. With its reputation for some of Bali’s best sunsets, stunning dining options and plenty of places to soak up the sun, there is loads to keep you entertained. Here is our guide to the InterContinental Bali resort for couples and those heading to Bali for a honeymoon.

Allow enough time to chill-out

While it is tempting to head out and see the sights, you should allow some time in your schedule to simply relax at the resort and enjoy each other’s company. Top choices for chilling out together include the lounging pods in front of the Japanese garden near KO Restaurant, the bales and loungers beside the main pool and the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill which is also a great spot to watch the sunset. If you book a Club InterContinental room you can also enjoy some downtime at the exclusive Club pool which is very serene. Most parents prefer the more relaxed atmosphere of the family pool in the centre of the resort which ensures the romantic vibe at the Club pool is maintained.

Main pool overlooking Jimbaran Bay
Main pool overlooking Jimbaran Bay
These bales provide a nice alternative to the beach
These bales provide a nice alternative to the beach
Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has comfy daybeds
Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has comfy daybeds
Club InterContinental exclusive pool area
Club InterContinental exclusive pool area

Club InterContinental Bali

Club InterContinental guests should not miss the complimentary high tea served at the Club lounge each afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. This is far more than tea and a pastry or two. During high tea here is a pianist tinkling the ivories on a baby grand and the luxurious surroundings and service are sublime, as is the high tea which changes every day. Each evening there is a complimentary cocktail hour from 4.30pm to 7.30pm for Club InterContinental guests. No children are permitted in the lounge at this time which is a bonus for those in search of romance. If you feel like doing a little socialising, this is an ideal spot to chat to other guests.

Stylish high tea at InterContinental Bali
Stylish high tea
A pianist entertains guests during high tea
A pianist entertains guests during high tea
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InterContinental Club Lounge

Club room guests also receive complimentary internet access, complimentary breakfast at the Club or one of the other resort breakfast venues and all day refreshments. Each Club room comes with 24 hour butler service if you need help with excursions or organising your (complimentary) airport transfer for the trip home. Even though Club rooms cost a little extra, it is well-worth upgrading due to the many benefits on offer.

Watch the famous Jimbaran sunset

Jimbaran Bay is justifiably famous for its magnificent sunset and there are plenty of spots to enjoy it around the resort. My husband and I liked to start each evening with a stroll along the beach in the late afternoon and then curl up on a daybed at the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill. Make sure you stay around after the sun has gone down to watch the colours change as the prettiest viewing time is after the sun has actually set.

Enjoy a pre-sunset stroll alongside Jimbaran Bay
Enjoy a pre-sunset stroll alongside Jimbaran Bay

InterContinental Bali dining

Jimbaran Bay is well known for its seafood grill restaurants but we preferred to dine at the resort and avoid the risk of falling ill. The shot below was taken at Jimbaran Gardens, an open-sided restaurant featuring fantastic seafood. We also enjoyed the traditional Indonesian dishes available here. Romantic fine dining is available at the Italian restaurant Bella Cucina. Equally romantic is KO Japanese Restaurant which provides a sophisticated take on traditional Japanese cuisine. We loved the high-end dishes and the softly lit outdoor bar area overlooking elegant traditional Japanese gardens. Light bites are available at the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill if you can’t tear yourself away from the sunset and Taman Gita Terrace, the resort’s main restaurant, features evening cultural shows such as the famous Kecak dance and Okokan, Tektekan and Calonarang performances on different nights.

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Jimbaran Gardens
Dine on the lawn at Bella Cucina
Dine on the lawn at Bella Cucina
Bella Cucina interior - we enjoyed dining in this romantic restaurant
Bella Cucina interior – we enjoyed dining in this romantic restaurant

InterContinental Bali spa

Here is the best tip of all: InterContinental Bali actually has two spas. Most people know about Spa Uluwatu which is located in the main part of the resort but we loved the ‘hidden’ spa at the Villa Retreats, a tranquil Balinese-style spa sanctuary which is very private and romantic. If you are travelling as a couple you should definitely book your treatment here (it doesn’t cost any extra but the experience is certainly extra special). Allow time to go for a swim in the private pool and lounge on the day bed after your treatment.

Welcome to the Villa Retreats
Welcome to the Villa Retreats
Pool and lounging area at the Villa Retreats
Pool and lounging area at the Villa Retreats

Spa Uluwatu is also lovely and has private male and female sections, each with their own steam room and sauna, semi-open jacuzzi and plunge pool, locker rooms and showers. If you want to relax with your partner instead of retreating to separate rooms, there is a centrally positioned communal relaxation area with a sunken jacuzzi surrounded by marble statues and water fountains. There is also a private lounging area tucked away at the back of Spa Uluwatu which can be tricky to find if people don’t know it’s there. This is good news for you as it means no one else is likely to be there when you want to use it.

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Secret lounging area at Spa Uluwatu

If you want to enhance your relaxation, sign up for a morning yoga class which is just one of the many activities available as part of the daily resort activities schedule. You will get to practice your downward dog to the sound of birds chirping and waves crashing on the sand. Despite not being very experienced at yoga, we really enjoyed the class which catered to all levels. Whether you are are couple coming to the InterContinental Bali for the first time or regular visitors, it is impossible not to be seduced by the relaxed atmosphere and romance of this resort.

Morning yoga class
Morning yoga class

Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of the InterContinental Bali.

If you would like to know more about what it is like to stay at the InterContinental Bali, check out our InterContinental Bali with kids, InterContinental Bali room booking advice and InterContinental Bali review blogs.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.