No no, not that 60’s watch calibre, although that room I’m staying is almost equally vintage and on par in terms of quality. A Club Intercontinental room. There’s only a quarter of them out of IHG’s total capacity at their Jimbaran property.
A hotel inside a hotel, Club Intercontinental offers luxury beyond a five-star hotel hospitality. A separate Club Lounge for checking in that also serve as 24-hour entertainment quarter. A personal butler ready to cater your needs at any time of the day. A separate pool for Club guest only. Most importantly, the rooms and suites at Club Intercontinental are much bigger than the standard ones.
It is a privilege being able to stay for two days here, taking a breather from Jakarta’s demanding pace, slowing things down, and finish all the work I need to with minimal distractions. Below is my two cents on my Club Intercontinental experience.
Cuisines & Libations
As always, food comes first for me. It will be a dread staying for 48 hours in Bali without good food around me. Thank God, they have many options to choose from. Ko for Japanese. Bella Cuccina for Italian. Sunset Bar & Grill for all around International. Jimbaran Garden for Bali Western fusion.
Out of the four, Sunset proved to be the one that leave a mark on me. From the starter, their Grilled Chicken was splendid, especially the Chimichurri, green sauce made from parsley, garlic, oregano and vinegar. Their grilled Mahi-Mahi was well cooked, fresh, and ever so fitting with my palate. Coming second on the list is Ko. If you’re looking to eat while being entertained by half kungfu / half chef skills then their teppanyaki is the choice to go for. A meter high fire and ingredients juggling are just a few tricks under the Chef’s sleeve that will make your dinner exciting.
There are plenty local happenings to do, but I took a bike tour that day to visit the nearby fish market at Kedonganan. I figure with the famous Jimbaran seafood, there must be something interesting about them and its true! As the market is right next to the shore, you’ll easily find people pulling in huge Tuna they just caught a night prior or even fishermen who’s selling their catch right next to their boat. Now that’s the secret guys, you can’t fake fresh.
Rooms & Service
Did I mention big rooms? I did, didn’t I? Now, on top of that what I find as a huge plus point as a hotel in this time and age is that Intercontinental’s wi-fi is basically everywhere, even right next to the beach, and you don’t need password whatsoever to connect. Ain’t that beautiful? To think that there’s still hotel that charge to get connected is beyond me. Fast & accessible internet increase virality of your property on the net as people easily share their selfies and grams. Consider that as marketing cost and boom, win-win.
Spa & Massage
What good is a trip to Bali without having a session on Balinese massage? I certainly did not want to miss this one out, so I had my 90 minutes massage at the hotel’s Uluwatu Spa. First, they’ll happy-fy your feet in warm water mixed with lemongrass, pandan leaves and seasalt. The last one felt awesome as the grainy parts touches the skin it feels like it wipe off the dirt and smooth the skin. The next 80 mins, I guess its up to each personal’s masseuse, but mine was really good handling with muscles on both feet. I woke and felt like having a new pair of leg. It felt even better after two six minutes encore session at the sauna & steam room. A real good treat to a beaten-too-much-work body.
Now, I have to admit leaving 6117 was not easy. There was still so much self-pampering I want to do, plus who doesn’t get used to that kind of luxury? But hey, two days is enough of a recharge. Gotta get back to work hard to afford myself that watch calibre.
The permanent traveler,
InterContinental Bali Resort
Jalan Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran 80361, Indonesia
Phone Reservation: +62 361 701 888
Email Reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Intercontinental Jimbaran