Beachfront indulgence at Sheraton Bali
Bali has it all, lush rice terraces, temples, rain forests, beautiful coastline, beach life, culture, people with a beautiful heart and soul, fabulous food and luxurious five star resorts.
Whether you are looking for a family vacation, romantic getaway, destination wedding venue or beachfront 5 star spa resort, the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has all the ingredients for a great experience.
Whilst we appreciate Kuta is not everyone’s first choice of location in Bali due to its reputation of being an alcohol fuelled party area, we were delighted with our choice to stay at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort right from the start. Located on Jalan Pantai between Poppies II and BeachWalk shopping mall, directly across the road from the famed Kuta Beach offering uninterrupted views and truly magical sunsets, we found the location perfect.
On arrival we were greeted by two beautiful Balinese ladies who placed a frangipani flower behind our ear and guided us up the escalator to the spacious and airy Reception area for check in.
As we arrived early we were advised our room wasn’t ready, so we relaxed with a welcome drink in the plush Lounge area. Here you don’t have to choose between a pool view and an ocean one, you can take advantage of both the uninterrupted views of Kuta Beach and the beautiful infinity pool. The view of Kuta Beach can be seen from each of the 203 rooms from their private balcony also taking in views of the either the infinity pool or immaculate gardens.
As soon as it was ready we were shown to our room, or should I say suite? We had been upgraded to an Ocean Front Suite, enabling us to take advantage of the beachfront location with a huge L shape balcony offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean from Uluwatu through to Canggu and the resorts’ well-manicured gardens.
The tastefully decorated suite has a separate powder room, a spacious living area with lounge and dining suite, separate bedroom with 2nd TV, comfy chair, 2nd access door to the huge balcony and a light and airy bathroom. The king sized bed looked very comfortable and the linen was high quality and embellished with the Sheraton logo as was the glass sliding door in the bathroom.
The bathroom is spacious and great layout out with the toilet and shower sharing a sliding glass door. The bedroom/bathroom had a glass wall with a blind that could be drawn for privacy. The well appointed bathroom has luxury amenities, a huge freestanding bathtub and shower with rainhead. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, the suite is a mix of modern and traditional and the colour palette is neutral and earthy, giving it a warm, contemporary elegance.
With 6 bottles of water and an espresso machine provided at the beverage station and another 2 in the bathroom there was no risk we were going to dehydrate. A real nice touch was the dual bins for recycling in the room, big tick with that!
Spelt out on the floor was “WELCOME to S” and on the dining table a lovely flower arrangement, beautiful chocolate selection and a personal note of welcome from the General Manager. What a nice touch!
After relaxing for an hour or so, enjoying a refreshing local Bintang (beer) and the view from our balcony we make our way to the Lounge ready for our hotel tour. We enjoy the tour immensely, not only to familiarise ourselves with the hotel layout and facilities, but also learning some of the history of the hotel, etc.
On our visit to Bene, Italian Kitchen, we learn the Executive Chef, Rossano Renzelli and the General Manager sourced the beautiful plates exclusively designed to serve all meals. The restaurant is set on 3 floors, the pool level, an upper level and the rooftop, each offering knockout views across Kuta Beach, taking full advantage of the spectacular sunsets and contemporary fine dining.
We like the way two rooms share a main door from the corridor so the individual doors can be left open to create a common area.
We are taken from a Deluxe Room which is the standard room, through to the Presidential Ocean Front Suite. The Presidential suite is breathtaking, on 2 levels with living room, 10 seat dining room, private sundeck, plunge pool and a stunning bathroom. This area would also make an ideal location for a small intimate wedding or renewal of vows as it could be easily be setup for a ceremony and converted for serving finger food and cocktails. There is also a Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 people making it ideal for larger weddings or conferences.
After our tour we head back to the Lounge to see the sun set in the Indian Ocean before heading to Bene, an Italian trattoria for dinner. The food is amazing, as is the service and the views.
Shine Spa for Sheraton with Balinese infused treatments was very relaxing. Steve opted for a full body massage and I enjoyed a foot massage. Afterwards we were both rejuvenated and refreshed. To keep travellers energised there is the fully equipped 24/7 Sheraton Fitness and Play@Sheraton Kid’s Club to round the services and keep the little ones amused by Sheraton providing EDUTAINMENT (Education and Entertainment) program designed for children up to 12 years old.
Children are well catered for at Sheraton, the room service menu can be ordered from 6.30am – 10.30pm and includes health options of First Steps from 4-8 months, Second Steps 8-36 months and kids breakfast, lunch, dinners and desserts from 3-12 years old and also have their own section to dine in Feast with their own child sized dining settings and low height buffet station away from the hot food.
This award winning resort has truly set the benchmark and elevated the Kuta experience. A testament of their motto ‘go beyond during every guest’s stay’ is being accredited as Best Resort Hotel, Indonesia, Best Luxury Rooftop hotel for 3 consecutive years, one of the Top 50 Resorts Worldwide and an accolade of other awards since opening almost 5 years ago.
“A guests’ experience during their stay is the single most important factor to any hotel or resort. To be recognized as one of the very best worldwide is truly humbling and a testament that we go above and beyond to make every guest stay a memorable one,” Dario Orsini, the General Manager.
Bed comfort is an important factor in a hotel and in the morning our bed proved difficult to get out of, only because it was soo comfortable. The only thing that enticed us out was the prospect of a lovely warm shower followed by a leisurely breakfast at Feast.
We enjoyed breakfast and were impressed not only with the vibrant bright pink décor, but also with the variety and quality of food. We met Executive Chef Rossano Renzelli who leads the talented culinary team and provides an exceptional culinary experience and chatted about the beautiful plates used in Bene. The selection for breakfast ranges from both Western and Asian offering fresh fruits, yoghurts in mini jars, juices and smoothies in cute little bottles, pastries freshly baked each morning, made-to-order egg station, pancakes, waffles, ice cream (it’s zero calories on holiday isn’t it?) and much, much more.
Feast also hosts Sunday Market Brunch and we wrote more about that in a separate article. In addition to the vast range of food from the open kitchen grill station, noodle station, soup station, sushi bar, Indian section, fresh pastries, seafood, etc, etc there is an outdoor market where you get to shop for up to 1kg of fresh produce included in the cost of the all you can eat buffet.
The hotel offers some great experiences, whether it be celebrating a special occasion with your loved one watching the most romantic sunset with a cocktail on the rooftop terrace or indulging in afternoon tea in The Lounge. All the staff are extremely friendly, polite and caring with unwavering dedication and simply can’t do enough for you to provide the perfect setting.
When we returned to our suite on the 2nd day of our stay we found a lovely note from housekeeping and a little towel animal and flowers on the work desk and another cute towel animal on our bed. Late afternoon we had a knock at the door and a staff member set up a gorgeous afternoon tea for us, cupcakes, wine, cheese, dried fruits and nuts and some grapes and strawberries. We were most impressed by the effort taken to replicate our logo on the tray serving the cupcakes.
The commitment and dedication in maintaining high levels of excellence is evident throughout our stay. We observed the staff a lot, from housekeeping, to the bar and restaurant staff, they all did their tasks with that authentic Balinese smile on their faces. It was obvious they all enjoy their roles and inspire to uphold quality, innovation and service. It is no wonder the General Manager is so proud of his team who really do provide exceptional service to each and every guest.
When looking for a hotel, considerations are always either the location, price, service or amenities but Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has them all. Whilst out stay was hosted, we truly believe the hotel staff allowed us to enjoy the resort like every other guest and were given the same attentive service and greeted with the same huge smiles. This is an amazing ocean front retreat in the heart of famous Kuta Beach, where you can enjoy the beautiful seaside setting of a luxury resort with seamless service for each and every guest.
We would like to thank Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort for one of the most amazing hotel experiences we have had. Not only did this hotel meet our needs, it well and truly exceeded our expectations.
So those of you who think Kuta is just a party area, pull your head in. With lovely resorts like Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort enriching the Kuta experience for worldwide travellers, Bali’s magical reputation as the Island of the Gods is being upheld.
Tip: Late night flight? Book into Feast Sunday Market Brunch and enjoy 3 hours of unlimited grazing, then enjoy a massage followed by a poolside cocktail taking in the spectacular sunset before your flight.
Photos of nearby places, Poppies Lane II, Fat Chow, Kuta Beach, Nebula.
Included in the price each evening are stunning panoramic views of sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Would Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort be somewhere you’d consider staying in Bali? Would you enjoy basking in the sunshine watching a beautiful sunset?
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*Our stay at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort was complimentary, but as always, all opinions are our own.