Hilton Bali Resort Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 4, 2019

Review of Hilton Bali Resort in Nusa Dia, Bali.

Hilton Bali Resort – Opulence, with family-friendly facilities and astonishing cliff-side setting.

This massive resort, only 5km from Nusa Dua (and accessible by hotel shuttle bus), is somehow carved from a cliff facing an exquisite beach (with dangerous waves at times). Family Rooms feature two bunk beds and colorful Balinese-style décor, while the ground floor Deluxe Rooms have access to a pool from the veranda, and villas have a private pool. The lagoon-shaped pools are grand enough to feature ‘beaches’ and ‘waterfalls’, and the resort offers amenities rarely found elsewhere, e.g. a medical clinic and amphitheater for traditional performances.

Hilton Bali Resort – The Location

  • Formerly the Grand Nikko Bali.
  • Address: Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan road, in southern Bali.
  • Area: Faces a magnificent beach along the south-eastern edge of Bukit Peninsula, about 5km from central Nusa Dua, a gated area of top-end resorts. The Hilton was undergoing significant renovations all over during 2018.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver, which should be about 25 minutes (depending on traffic). Easily accessible from southern Bali by taxi; by chartered car from elsewhere.

Hilton Bali Resort – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters for all – from families relishing the activities to couples seeking seclusion.
  • Kids’ Club: The Jungle Camp offers a playground with sand and ropes, but is fairly uninviting. Movies, books, and toys also available to the younger ones.
  • Beach: The water can be rough at times, but the resort does provide a lifeguard. The sand is white, with loads of lounge chairs and umbrellas.
  • Views: One block of rooms provides views of the ocean, close enough to hear the noisy waves. Most rooms, however, are distant from the sea and overlook the pool and/or gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some ground floor rooms have access to the main pool from the patio, while most villas contain a private pool.
Extras: Free shuttle bus to Nusa Dua, with its abundant shops, cafés, and other facilities.
  • Wi-Fi: Can be included for free, depending on the type of booking. Otherwise, available for a fee.
  • Parking: Some limited parking available, free and secure, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 773 377
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hilton.com/bali-resort

Hilton Bali Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: Each of the 4 pools is shaped like a lagoon, with sandy ‘beaches’ and ‘waterfalls’. Also plenty of shade and a waterslide.
  • Spa: The Mandara Spa is one in a chain around Southeast Asia offering sumptuous treatments and good-value packages. With a sauna and steam room.
  • Fitness Center: Smallish but adequate.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting. Cots. Children’s menu. Games room. All children (and some adults) will love the 30m waterslide.
  • Activities: 3 tennis courts.
  • Other Facilities: Medical clinic. Business Center. Moneychanger. Travel agency. Minimart. Boutiques. Cash machine. Amphitheater for performances of traditional music and dance.

Hilton Bali Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: (Many were undergoing significant renovations during 2018.) Paon Bali Resto & Bar – Open-plan kitchen offering Balinese delights, including roast pig. • Shiki Japanese Restaurant – Sushi, sake, and all things Nipponese, with ocean views. • The Shore Restaurant & Bar – Facing the beach and on 3 levels for casual dining.
  • Delicatessen – At the lobby for a caffeine fix, as well as pastries and light meals.
  • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast can be included, depending on the type of booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

Hilton Bali Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Family Rooms • King Cliff Tower Ocean View • King Deluxe Ocean View • King Guest Room Garden View • King Premium Ocean Front • Twin Cliff Tower • Twin Deluxe • King Executive
  • Smoking Rooms: Strictly no smoking policy in the rooms and public areas. Only permitted in dedicated sections.
  • Best Room: The King Executive Ocean View room is magnificent. On the highest floor for the greatest possible views.
  • For Families: Family Rooms are ideal, with colorful bean bags and bunk beds for 2 children, without feeling cramped. Otherwise, get rooms with connecting doors.

Hilton Bali Resort – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Too far to walk to Nusa Dua and very little within walking distance. No bicycles to rent (which is unfortunate).
  • Public Transport & Shuttle Buses: Neither along this part of the coast because it is outside of the Nusa Dua area.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Renting a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, but a motorbike is a great way to get around Nusa Dua – but nowhere else in southern Bali. For short distances get a metered taxi; for longer trips, charter a car with a driver. All transport options can be arranged at the reception.

Hilton Bali Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants, Bars & Shops

  • Just outside the main entrance is a cluster of modest facilities, including the restaurant at Rantun’s Place, which offers tasty and affordable meals; and a small grocery store. 6-minute walk.
  • Ritz-Carlton: All the restaurants and bars at the neighboring Ritz-Carlton resort can be reached within a few minutes’ walk south via the beach or a 5-minute drive.
  • Bali Collection: Otherwise, get the hotel shuttle bus to the Bali Collection mall in Nusa Dua (13-minute drive). Among the oodles of shops and lovely cafés are:
  • Coco Bistro – One in a popular chain providing a pleasant courtyard setting. Long menu includes multitude of desserts and Chinese food. 6-minute drive.
  • Tropical Bali Restaurant – Popular eatery offering live music most evenings. 13-minute drive.
  • Gourmet & Café – Fetching courtyard setting at the main gate. Seafood, Balinese dishes, and regular live music. 13-minute drive.

Hilton Bali Resort – The Hotel

The resort is located in an isolated area south of Nusa Dua.

The resort is located south of Nusa Dua, with few facilities within walking distance. It faces a stretch of Geger beach, along the southeast part of Bukit Peninsula.

The grand resort was formally known as the Grand Nikko.

Formerly known as the Grand Nikko, this vast and traditionally-designed resort is now part of the Hilton chain.

The 4 lagoon-shaped pools feature sandy beaches.

The 4 pools are shaped like lagoons, and feature sandy ‘beaches’.

There is so much space, with abundant lawns and trees.

The main pool is beautifully positioned, facing the ocean and with plenty of shade.

One of the smaller pools features infinity-style edges, and more popular among adult guests.

The main pool is surrounded by relaxing gazebos.

Along the side of the main pool are several relaxing gazebos.

The resort beach is magnificent.

The resort faces a magnificent stretch of sand, but the sea can be rough at times for swimming.

The beach features plenty of lounge chairs.

There isn’t much natural shade on the beach, but the resort does provide abundant lounge chairs.

The playground is part of the Jungle Camp kids club, but is fairly small and uninviting.

The lobby has a small deli that serves coffee, snacks, and pastries.

At the lobby, the Delicatessen provides coffee, snacks, and pastries.

The lobby features several shops and facilities.

There are several shops near the lobby and other useful facilities for guests.

Paon Bali specializes in local delicacies such as roast pig.

Cuisine at the Paon Bali Resto & Bar focuses on local delights such as roast pig.

The higher rooms offer better sea views.

Rooms on the highest levels offer the best possible ocean views.

The bedrooms have a colorful and modern decor.

The décor in the bedrooms is colorful, although not necessarily traditional in design.

Family Rooms feature bunk beds.

Family Rooms contain bunk beds.

The rooms have an appealing, traditional decor.

The décor is more traditional and appealing in the more expensive rooms.

3 eateries, a spa, and a minimart are nearby.

A cluster of modest facilities, including 3 places to eat, a spa, and minimart are within a few minutes’ walk of the main gate.

A warung sells padang (mostly cold) food outside the hotel gate.

Among the cluster outside the hotel gate is a warung (food stall) offering padang food, i.e. a selection of dishes of (often) cold food.

Rantun's Place nearby offers simple and affordable meals.

Next door to the warung, and a more palatable option, is Rantun’s Place for simple and affordable meals.

Bali Collection shopping center is a few minutes by the hotel's free shuttle.

Within a few minutes’ by the hotel shuttle bus, Bali Collection is a lovely outdoor shopping center.

Tropical is a great place to enjoy live music and good meals.

Tropical is one of many great places to eat at Bali Collection, and features live music most nights.

Gourmet & Café by the gate is very popular.

Particularly inviting is Gourmet & Café at the main gate in Bali Collection.

Coco Bistro in another popular place at Bali Collection.

Also popular within Bali Collection is Coco Bistro.

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