Arriving at Meliã Bali, we got greeted with palm trees, gorgeous sunshine and lovely staff. The hotel itself had its own security, so no one unauthorised could have access, which makes you feel extremely safe and thats how you want to feel when you are on your holidays. You get welcomed with a complimentary alcoholic drink, a hit on the welcome gong and a flower piece for the ladies to place in their hair.
Meliã Bali is situated in the holiday resort part of Bali in Nusa Dua, Badung. Which is around a 30 minute drive from the airport. The hotel is filled with beautiful colours and so much greenery. It is the first hotel in Asia to be awarded EarthCheck Master Achievement. The views were incredible. There were many hotels located around Meliã, and just a 5-10 minute walk is a shopping centre called Bali Collection which has a range of restaurants, clothing shops and lots of souvenir shops. Everything there is fairly cheap and it is a lovely place to have a little look around especially if you are wanting to buy people gifts. The hotel is also located on Nusa Dua Beach which is a beautiful long strip of beach with plenty of sun beds and a place for water sports and activities.
If you do fancy snorkelling or parasailing there are guys in blue t-shirts who are always willing to help you with that adventure who wonder around the beach all day with a book filled with all the fun filled activities you can get up to.
The pool and lounge area had to be one of the most beautiful places of this hotel. With one large pool surrounded by sunbeams and umbrellas it was the perfect spot to spend the day sipping on drinks and eating on ice creams. By the pool there was a bar but not only was there a bar there were waiters that walked around the sun beds asking if you wanted any drinks or snack (which is good when you are lazy and can not be bothered to move). We found a lot of the sun beds taken up by towels and no people, so if you want a sun bed go down about 9am grab your towels and just lay them on your chosen sun bed otherwise you’ll be laying on the grass.
The room was plain and simple. Which I liked. We opted for the most basic room, and it was still incredible. We had a mini bar which got changed every day, we got 24/7 room service, amazing green kimonos to wear and extremely large bath towels. There is a hairdryer located in the bathroom and if you call reception they will bring you up an iron and ironing board so no need to take any of these. A free safe is also available which is extremely helpful – considering normally in a hotel you have to pay a deposit here you didn’t. We were located in the third block and the third floor and this was the view from our balcony.
Every morning waking up opening the balcony door and stepping outside to this view was incredible it blew me away every single morning.
The hotel offers five different restaurants to go and try. We went all inclusive and it was worth it. Not having to worry about taking any money was the best thing and to have unlimited drink was even better. The restaurants range from Mediterranean, to Japanese to Asian to Italian. One thing that wasn’t explained to us at all was how the restaurants work. With the restaurants you are advised to reserve a table the night before as most of them book up quite quickly and you’ll find yourself waiting around before you can actually get a table. The only one you do not have to book a table for was the 24/7 A La Carte / Coffee Shop Patio Restaurant. Also, another thing, even if you are all inclusive once you have finished your meal you can not get up and leave you must sign a bill with your name, room number and signature. This goes for everything, whether you are getting a ice cream, some drinks or a meal every time you order something and you are all inclusive you must sign the bill. My favourite restaurant was the Sateria Beachside Restaurant, which offered a buffet and a A La Carte menu too. Every night this restaurant has chilled acoustic vibe music and it was the perfect way to end an evening.
Not to mention the staff. The kind, incredible friendly staff that would welcome you to breakfast and say goodnight in the evening. Every staff member you walked passed would say hello, how are you? and it was something I had never experienced in any hotel before. So, thank you Meliã Bali. You were so friendly, so beautiful and so so kind.