After years of being signed up to Luxury escapes I decided to give one of these amazing deals a go something I have been putting off for so long mainly because mostly they all sound to good to be true and usually when something is to good to be true there is some sort of hidden costs or fees somewhere!
We booked the Grand Hyatt at Nusa Dua our deal was $1999 including accommodation for 2 adults and 2 kids, daily buffet breakfast, a nightly cocktail for each adult, 2 x three course dinners, 1 x buffet dinner with a traditional Balinese show, 1 x two course lunch, airport transfers and two 60 minute massages at the day spa. This deal is vauled at $6150.
We stayed in a Grand room with Garden View our room had a King bed which was built for a real King it was the size of two queen beds pushed together I have never seen such a big bed, then we had a pull out day bed which was slightly bigger then a king single but smaller then a double bed. The room was quite big enough room to have our suitcases pushed to the side and still being able to move around. The bathroom was huge which had a shower and bath tub which was very clean. We were located on the bottom floor our bedroom had a decent sized balcony overlooking a large pond which was stunning to wake up to seeing fish, swans and ducks and stunning gardens you would never have thought the beach was just a couple meters away it really was the best of both worlds. Room serviced supplied as many water bottles as you needed for the day so there was no need to purchase any, the only negative i would have to say was the bar fridge work properly the drinks were all slightly cooler then room temperature.
This is the biggest resort I have ever stayed in sitting on 41 acres took us a decent walk to get to breakfast or to the lobby which was didn’t mind because the grounds were absolutely stunning, surrounded by immaculate gardens, greenest lawn beautiful waterfalls and fish ponds everywhere you looked. With a stunning white sand beach at the rear of the resort which is basically a private beach for Grand Hyatt guests, there was a playground on the beach which the kids loved we could lay on beach chairs while they played. The resort had 5 restaurants, 3 bars one with the most beautiful view of beach, 5 swimming pools with two of them having water slides (one was better then the other.) A fitness centre and day spa which was located at the entrance of the resort and was quite a hike to get to so I didn’t hit the gym as I had felt like I had already worked out by the time I got there but the day spa was well worth the walk! There was a kids club on site but there was a fee of about $20 for 2 hours per each child and it was cheaper for us to get a nanny at $7 an hour which covered 2 kids. The Grand Hyatt is located just across the road from the Bali Collection which is were all the restaurants and shopping is! So much cheaper then eating and drinking in the resort – although Nusa dua in general is more expensive then most the areas of Bali.
With out the food vouchers from the Luxury escapes we just wouldn’t have been able to afford to eat at Grand Hyatt one night we splurged and had 4 beers (bintang) after our nightly cocktail between us and it costed almost $50 as they also charge you taxes on top of the cost of them item!
Voucher 1 – Dinner at Salsa Verde which I must say the Balinese do Italian well! The restaurant is located outside the pool with an open plan dining. The meals were delicious and the staff were so kind and attentive.
Voucher 2 – Buffet meal at the Pasar Senggal accompanying cultural show we loved this, the food was a balinese bbq style dinner we loved it so much we went as paying guests another night! They did a different show each night so we got to see a new show the second night we went.
Voucher 3 – Indonesian lunch at Garden Cafe this restaurant was okay but we wouldn’t go if we were paying for it as it didn’t feel special it was the same place were they have breaky.
Voucher 4 – Steak and seafood dinner at the Garden Cafe same comments as above however the staff were always so amazing.
Nightly cocktails vouchers could be used in restaurants however we loved to head up to our favourite spot in the resort was the Salsa bar which was a roof top bar looking over the beach it was beautiful watching the sun go down and they knew how to make a good cocktail served with rice crackers which they kids loved!
However after our vouchers run out we learnt quite quickly that our budget wasn’t built for the 5 star resort living and walked over to the Bali Collection for majority of our meals! Even the meals by pool side were quite expensive!
Voucher 5 – Daily Buffet breakfast which had to be one of the best buffets we have had the foods on offer were delicious and fresh so much to choose from.
Overall I would give the experience a 4 out 5 this resort actually won one of the best holidays on Luxury escapes and I can see why! We stayed 8 nights and 8 nights wasn’t long enough. If you have ever been to Fiji Nusa Dua has Denarau Island vibes a whole lot of resorts next to each other with sharing a big stretch of beach. Except the beach is much nicer and its a lot cheaper then Fiji. Which made a perfect walking track each morning after indulging on multiple courses of breakfast at the buffet. It was only a 30 minute drive from the airport, the staff always smiling and so kind greeting you as you would walk past. I would defiantly go again. They currently have a similar deal on luxury escapes at the moment however you get 8 meals instead 4 meals you can check out the current deal here https://luxuryescapes.com/au/offer/grand-hyatt-bali/0060I00000Y4CRdQAN