Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali in Tanjung Benoa

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 17, 2019

Review of Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali in Tanjung Benoa, Bali.

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – Family-friendly with massive gardens, traditional design, and genuine sea views.

Halfway along the peninsula and surrounded by cafés, shops, and water-sports kiosks, this resort is bright, unpretentious, and immensely appealing. The massive tropical grounds have been lovingly crafted with seemingly endless lawns and lagoon-sized ponds. All rooms are spacious, feature an elegant traditional design, and face the sea; most rooms offer genuine and uninterrupted ocean views. Catering very well for families, it offers tempting all-inclusive packages with meals/drinks and nightly traditional performances in its own amphitheater. There’s also a vibrant kids club, children’s pool, playground, and games room, as well as other activities such as tennis, yoga, and cultural lessons. The beach is narrow, but thankfully devoid of noisy and dangerous jet-skis, and the beachside pool features a swim-up bar.

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Pratama, the main road through Tanjung Benoa, a quieter resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Facing the beach in the northern part of the peninsula, with plenty of facilities within walking distance.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes (14km, via the tollway), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Benoa village.

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Works very hard to attract families, so those without children might find it too noisy.
  • Kids Club: The Bamboo Kids’ Club is bright, airy, and supervised, with a playground and lots of lawns and space. Also, computer games, water-sports, mini-golf, and something called ‘banana billiards’.
  • Beach: Very appealing, with gazebos and thatched umbrellas. Narrow, but clean and not choked by jet-skis. Some areas cordoned-off for guests.
  • Views: All rooms boast lovely views. Many face the sea (more so than at rival resorts), while the remainder overlook the pools, lawns, gardens, and/or ponds.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some villas feature private pools.
  • Wi-Fi: Usually included, but double-check when booking.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking at the entrance, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 771 888
  • Email: Send message through the website grandmirage.com
  • Website: grandmirage.com

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – Amenities

  • Pools: Massive lagoon-shaped pool featuring a swim-up bar and facing the beach. Another for families, with a shallow end and waterslide for the younger ones.
  • Spa: The Thalasso Spa is an attraction in itself, offering an overwhelming array of treatments and therapies across 16 rooms, and staff trained in France.
  • Fitness Center: Impressive selection of equipment. Opens early and closes late.
  • For Families: Special family pool with fantastic waterslide.
  • Activities: Games Lounge with snooker, ping pong, library, and karaoke. All types of water-sports. Tennis courts. Abundant activities (often part of all-inclusive packages), such as yoga, aerobics, and cooking and cultural lessons. Bicycle rental.
  • Other Facilities: Traditional amphitheater on-site for evening entertainment with dinner (often part of all-inclusive packages). Shopping arcade.

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Many guests take all-inclusive packages that include daily meals at these restaurants: Bumbu Delhi – Spicy delights from India. Vegetarian options and superb sea views. • Ibu Kitchen – Contemporary Indonesian cuisine and modern décor. • Chopstick Restaurant – Large and indoors, serving authentic Chinese. • Grand Café Restaurant – Casual dining. Open 24 hours for buffets, often with themes. • Mahi Mahi Kitchen – Smaller, indoors, and open for lunch only. • La Cascata – Classy Italian, popular among families for pizzas. • Jukung Grill on the Beach – Attractive beachside position and enchanting Balinese décor.
  • Bars: Coconuts Pool Bar – Swim-up bar for cocktails and juices focusing on coconuts. • Panorama Bar & Music Lounge – Open all evening for cocktails and live music.
  • Breakfast: Included in the all-inclusive packages. Otherwise, check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Premiere Garden • Premiere Ocean • Family Studio Bunk • Family Studio Queen • Kids Suites • Junior Suites • Girls Suites • 2 Bedroom Suites • 3 Bedroom Ocean View Apartments • Ocean View Suites • 2 Bedroom Apartments • 3 Bedroom Family Pool Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in the rooms or public areas, but OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Ocean View Suites are very spacious and feature living areas and fabulous sea views.
  • For Families: Many rooms have connecting doors, and some villas and suites contain 2 or 3 bedrooms. There are options designed particularly for families, such as the Family Studio Bunk rooms and Kids Suites.

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Almost everything required is within walking distance. The main road is long, flat, and comparatively quiet, and bicycles are available for hire at the resort.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There is no public transport in the area. To reach attractions within southern Bali, metered taxis are cheap and comfortable. Driving a car anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but cars can be rented from a few agencies along the main road, while motorbikes are not as easy to rent as they are elsewhere. For longer distances, hire a car with a driver through the hotel.
  • Local Shuttle Buses: No shuttle bus company offers services to/from Tanjung Benoa, including the Kura-Kura Bus. About every hour during shopping time, a free shuttle bus (available to all) links major hotels in Tanjung Benoa with the Bali Collection mall in Nusa Dua (see below).

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Many guests take up the all-inclusive packages that include meals at the resort.

  • Black Tom’s – Friendly expat hangout, with tables shaped like beer barrels and live music nightly. Opposite the resort entrance. 1-minute walk (100m).
  • Tropical Resto – Terrific café/bar for meeting new friends over a beer, cocktail, or wine. Attractive courtyard setting. Just past Black Tom’s. 2-minute walk (130m).
  • Luna Bonita Restaurant (0)361 774 380 – Stylish setting, funky décor, and flavorsome food. 100m past the Tropical. 3-minute walk.
  • Chef’s Room – So romantic and relaxed. For healthy food and perfect coffee. About 300m north of the resort. 3-minute walk.
  • Lunar Waroeng – Tables inside or among a shady courtyard. Contemporary Indonesian food. 100m past the Chef’s Room. 5-minute walk.

Shops

  • Minimarts in both directions along the main road, but little else to excite shoppers. So take the free hourly shuttle bus from any resort in Tanjung Benoa to Bali Collection, a delightful outdoor mall in Nusa Dua with department stores, large souvenir shops, and abundant cafés. 10-minute drive (4km).

Attractions

  • Tanjung Benoa is renowned as the epicenter in Bali for all sorts of activities on and above the water. Jet-skiing and parasailing, for example, can be arranged at the resort or more cheaply at Bayu Suta (0)361 772 257, 1km north. 12-minute walk.
  • Benoa Village – For a glimpse of genuine Balinese village life about 2km north up the road. Daily market, and unique combination within 100m of each other: church, temple, and mosque. 7-minute drive.

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located in the northern part of Tanjung Benoa.

The resort is along the northern part of Tanjung Benoa, a comparatively quieter tourist region in southern Bali.

The resort faces an excellent and quiet beach.

The Grand Mirage faces a magnificent stretch of beach, with noisy water sports at a pleasing distance.

The beachside path is ideal for walking and cycling.

A beachside path extends a few hundred meters in both directions, and is ideal for walking and cycling.

The resort offers several lounge chairs and plenty of shade.

There are always plenty of lounge chairs and shade for relaxing.

The kids club offers several activities.

Plenty of fun is guaranteed at the kids club.

The resort offers several family-friendly activities.

The resort is well set up for families and offers abundant facilities to keep the younger ones happy.

The vast resort has several lawns and tropical gardens.

The Grand Mirage is very spacious, with ample lawns and tropical gardens.

The reception area has a decent shopping arcade.

A shopping arcade at the reception area provides a varied selection of souvenirs and gifts.

The Grand Café is one of several on-site places to eat.

The Grand Café is one of many places to eat within the resort which offer package deals with all meals included.

Chopstick Restaurant serves authentic Chinese cuisine.

Authentic Chinese cuisine can be enjoyed at the Chopstick Restaurant within the resort.

La Cascata is known for its Mediterranean cuisine.

La Cascata offers tasty pasta, pizza, and other Mediterranean cuisine.

The resort offers a wide selection of water sports.

All sorts of water sports are offered at the resort, and some are included in the package deals.

The resort's traditional amphitheater, Rama Stage, is used to host Balinese music and dance.

Also within the resort grounds, Rama Stage is a traditional amphitheater that hosts Balinese music and dance.

Rooms and suites offer pool, garden, and/or sea views.

Rooms and suites are housed in attractive buildings facing the pool, gardens, and/or sea.

The comfortable and spacious rooms have a Balinese decor.

Rooms are comfortable and spacious, with touches of Balinese-style décor.

All rooms come with balconies/patios offering good views.

All rooms feature small balconies/patios which provide good views.

The stylish Luna Bonita cafe is just steps from the resort entrance.

Luna Bonita is a stylish café within a 2-minute walk north of the resort entrance.

The Tropical Resto offers a good selection of drinks and meals.

Close to the Luna Bonita, the Tropical Resto is a fabulous place for a drink or meal.

Black Tom’s nearby offers live music.

Black Tom’s, just 100m south of the resort, is a friendly hangout with live music.

Chef’s Room is another chic eatery within walking distance.

Another chic eatery within a 5-minute walk north of the resort is the Chef’s Room.

Lunar Waroeng serves contemporary Indonesian cuisine.

Lunar Waroeng, just north of the Chef’s Room, offers Indonesian food with a contemporary twist.

Free hourly shuttle buses ferry guests to Bali Collection in Nusa Dua.

Free hourly shuttle buses take resort guests to the delightful outdoor mall, Bali Collection, in the adjoining Nusa Dua region.

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