Grand Nikko Bali

Five star, 389 rooms and 19 villas
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Bali 80363
Tel: (62-361) 773-377

Many good things can be expected at Grand Nikko Bali. It is, after all, the first upper-scale Grand Nikko branded property by JAL Hotels. Following its rebranding exercise last year, from Nikko Bali Resort & Spa, the hotel gained hardware upgrades which included the addition of a second function hall, boardrooms and luxury villas.

Furthermore, its location in the South Nusa Dua area, atop a 40m cliff, affords it stunning views of the Indian Ocean. It is also one of the few hotels in Bali that still retain a rich Balinese architecture.

Meeting facilities The MPF (Multi-Purpose Function) is the newest meeting facility in the hotel. The 1,008m² pillar-less ballroom boasts its own entrance and is fitted with large glass walls to let in maximum daylight. MPF can be divided into three smaller spaces that can each accommodate 332 people, theatre-style.

MPF also comes with a 140-seat boardroom that can be split in three.

Grand Nikko also offers Graha Sawangan ballroom, which is good for 600 pax, theatre-style. This space can be transformed into five smaller meeting rooms.

These spaces come with free broadband Internet access, air-conditioning, sound systems with multiple microphones and telephone points.

Rooms I stayed at the new one-bedroom Pool Villa, a stunning 300m² property that resembles a Balinese house with a main gate that opens into a small, neat garden, which in turn leads into the villa.

What glorious views the bedroom has! Glass windows for walls and sliding doors  bring the outdoors in. I was able to enjoy a full view of my villa’s gazebo, terrace, private swimming pool and flower plantations. A daybed set under a huge window in the bedroom makes a pleasant area for reading.

The villa offers a walk-in closet, a powder room and a spacious bathroom that comes with his and her sinks, a vanity counter, separate shower and toilet booths and a bathtub. I love how the bathroom opens to a garden where an outdoor shower stands.

Quality entertainment amenities, such as an LCD TV with international channels, BOSE sound system and iPod dock, are provided, along with a mini bar with one-time complimentary selected drinks, butler service and free Internet access.

It is great that the air-conditioning system is automated and shuts down when doors are opened.

As a villa guest, I could have breakfast at any of the hotel’s F&B outlets or in the comfort of my villa. The Villa Lounge and Grand Nikko Club Lounge offer excellent à la carte breakfast options. While the Brasserie’s breakfast buffet featured a great variety of Indonesian and international dishes, I found their taste and quality pale in comparison with what was served at the lounges.

My dinner at Benkay Japanese Restaurant was splendid.

Other facilities The hotel has a departure and arrival lounge for business travellers and MICE groups, and a business centre. Tp unwind, guests can utilise the spa, gym, four pools, three tennis courts and equipment for water and beach sports. Meeting delegates who wish to extend their trip in Bali with their children will appreciate the hotel’s Children’s Jungle Camp (a kid’s club) and lagoon and pool for children.

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