Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali Hotel at Kuta, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 26, 2019

Review of Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – Spacious, peaceful, and truly family-friendly.

With ponds at the entrance and vast lawns all around, this resort is bright, breezy, and instantly likable. The comfortable rooms, featuring modern décor, are huddled together in a three-level motel-style block overlooking the gardens, which allows considerable space elsewhere. The pool (with swim-up bar) is flanked by appealing gazebos, while kids would certainly revel in the kids club, games room, and dedicated restaurant area. The beach is a little gray and gritty, but this is typical of Tuban. This resort is within a brief taxi trip of Kuta’s beach and malls while being far removed from its crowds and noise.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – The Location

  • Address: At the end of Jalan Wana Segara, a side-street about 300m from Jalan Kartika Plaza, the main road through Tuban (also called South Kuta). Kuta, the most popular tourist region in Bali, is about 2.5km north (12-minute drive).
  • Area: Faces Tuban Beach in a far quieter area than most resorts. Enough places to eat and drink nearby but few shops 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 less than 12 minutes. Looks close enough to walk but perimeter fences make this problematic.
  • Handy to: Airport. Lippo Mall.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Mainly for families, especially those who don’t need a prime beach or to be in the middle of the action at Kuta.
  • Kids Club: The well-supervised Rascals Kids’ Club (4 to 12-year-olds) is inside a room with enough toys, puzzles, and video games, although a little gloomy. But plenty of more engaging stuff to do outside, including classes in Balinese dance and cooking, and turtle conservation programs.
  • Beach: Beaches in Tuban are typically gray and gritty but the beach in front of the resort is better than most in the area. OK for swimming because the water is protected from waves by a breakwater.
  • Views: Most rooms overlook the gardens, while only a few face the ocean, but most sea views are at least partially obstructed.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
  • Extras: Lessons in boogie boarding.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking available onsite, behind the main gate, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 755 577
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: barunabali.holidayinnresorts.com

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: Main pool is lined with gazebos and has a swim-up bar. Also, one for children with lots of hoops and nets for games.
  • Spa: With a soothing location near the sea, the Tea Tree Spa offers an impressive range of treatments in special rooms for couples or in huts alongside the beach.
  • Fitness Center: Plenty of equipment to satisfy all and exercise classes available.
  • For Families: Games room with billiard tables and ping pong. Dedicated eating area for children and special menus. Child-minding. Cots.
  • Activities: Yoga lessons. Beach volleyball and football. Water sports counter.
  • Other Facilities: Ice-cream shop. Minimart. Laundry. Business Center.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Palms Restaurant – Open for buffet breakfast and a la carte Asian food at other times. Main eatery for families. Special Healthy Kids Menu. Poolside terrace or air-conditioned comfort inside. • Flavaz – Bright café for gelato, coffee, sandwiches, and pastries. • ENVY – Alluring bright-yellow décor and garden setting facing the sea. Lounge chairs and undercover seating for casual dining. Particularly romantic at sunset. • Pool Bar – Swim-up bar at the main pool for signature cocktails and tasty snacks. • The rooftop bar at the adjoining Holiday Inn Express offers a few tables alongside the pool and terrific views.
  • Breakfast: Normally included in all rates, but double-check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Ocean View • Deluxe Pool Garden • Deluxe Garden Access • Deluxe Garden View • Studio Garden Access • Studio Garden View • Junior Suites Garden View • Junior Suites Garden Access • One Bedroom Suites • Big Room Pool Garden • Big Room Ocean View • Superior Rooms • Kid Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but permitted anywhere else.
  • Best Room: The One Bedroom Suites are twice the size of the standard rooms. Separate living area and extended terrace.
  • For Families: Many rooms have connecting doors and/or a sofa that can convert to a single bed. Some suites provide enough space for an extra single bed while others feature double bunk beds. Best of all, the Kid Suites feature a colorful second bedroom, specifically designed for the younger ones.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking: A little isolated from central Tuban and the limited facilities more accessible alongside the delightful beachside path.
  • Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Tuban and Kuta with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes confusing.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To go anywhere within southern Bali, hire metered taxis which are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, organize a chartered car with driver (for a negotiable fare) at the hotel. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, and renting one in Tuban/Kuta is madness. Motorbikes are easy to rent and useful for getting around the backstreets of Tuban/Kuta/Legian, but not so elsewhere in southern Bali.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach another town outside of southern Bali, e.g. Ubud, buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. The main operator, Perama, offers many services from its office on Jalan Legian street in Kuta, about 3km away. (26-minute drive).

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • On a corner opposite the entrance, Sulis Hotel offers a café/bar on the rooftop with the finest views in the area. The more adventurous may want to try one of the warungs (food stalls) set up mainly for locals on the beach, just north of the resort. 2-minute walk.
  • Within 500m north along the lovely beachside path are several classy seaside restaurant/bars in nearby resorts such as Ma Joly and Bintang Bali. 3-minute walk.
  • Along Jalan Wana Segara, the access road to the resort, several options are within 400m:
  • Dewi Shinta Restaurant – Likeable garden setting in the Rama Beach resort. Comfy seats, quality service, and popular buffets with traditional music/dance. 2-minute walk.
  • Bagus Resto & Bar (0)819 9993 0681 – Bright and friendly, for casual dining which kids will enjoy. 2-minute walk.
  • Lentera Restaurant by El Toro Bali – Extended menu includes some Spanish/Brazilian items. Attracts returnees for better-than-normal service and hearty portions. 4-minute walk.
  • Warung Segara (0)819 3310 0952 – Quaint Chinese eatery with lanterns and colorful menu. 5-minute walk.

Shops

  • The sizeable Lippo Mall is about 800m north along the main road (via the side-street to the hotel). It offers classy bistros, familiar fast-food outlets, and plenty of places to shop. 8-minute walk.
  • A few stalls are set up along 2 paths around the resort, with more likely along the beach from 2019 as upgrades of the area continue. Also, a couple of minimarts along the access street to the hotel.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located in the popular tourist area of Kuta.

The resort is in the southern end of Tuban, which is part of the stretch of coastline a few kilometers south of Kuta, the most popular tourist region in Bali.

The resort features a pleasing traditional decor.

The Holiday Inn features a likeable traditional design.

The resort has 2 wings: Baruna Bali and Holiday Inn Express.

There are 2 wings: the older and more established Baruna Bali, and the newer Holiday Inn Express alongside.

The beach by the resort is the best in Tuban.

The resort faces a nicer stretch of beach than elsewhere in the immediate area around Tuban.

The resort has excellent grounds, uncommon in Kuta.

The Holiday Inn offers the sort of spacious grounds uncommon in Kuta further north.

The lawns stretch up to the beach, and feature several massage huts.

Lawns extend from the blocks of rooms to the beach and are dotted with massage huts.

The main pool is big and offers plenty of shade.

The main pool is huge and shady.

The swim-up Pool Bar is very popular.

The resort’s Pool Bar is inviting.

The grounds have plenty of lounge chairs for guests.

There are always plenty of lounge chairs on the lawns for guests.

The on-site Palms Restaurant serves breakfast and Asian food.

At the resort, the Palms Restaurant serves buffet breakfast and a la carte Asian food at other times.

The on-site ENVY restaurant has a bright decor.

Décor at the other hotel restaurant, ENVY, is bright.

ENVY Restaurant has garden-seating.

Tables and chairs at ENVY spread out across the lawns.

The resort offers plenty of facilities.

The Holiday Inn provides a few more facilities than expected at a mid-sized resort.

The kids club is indoors, but several outdoor activities are on offer.

The indoors kids club is a bit gloomy but many of the younger ones would be outside anyway enjoying the several activities on offer.

The resort has several accommodations, mostly set away from the sea.

The resort provides a wide range of rooms and suites, most set back from the sea.

Only the top floor accommodations have sea views.

Only rooms and suites on the top floor will possibly enjoy sea views.

Some villas have a tall wall.

Some of the newer villas are secluded behind lofty walls.

All accommodations are good enough for a small family.

All rooms and suites are spacious enough for a small family.

The accommodations have a colorful decor.

The décor in the rooms and suites is colorful.

The Dewi Shinta Restaurant in the next-door resort is very popular for its buffets.

The Dewi Shinta Restaurant in the neighboring Rama Beach resort just up the road is popular for buffets with traditional music and dance.

The Sulis Hotel opposite the resort has a rooftop cafe/bar.

Just opposite the entrance to the Holiday Inn, the Sulis Hotel offers a rooftop café/bar.

The access street to the resort has several shops and eateries.

Along Jalan Wana Segara, the access street to the hotel, are a few places to eat and several minimarts.

The Lentera nearby is popular for its long menu.

Only a few minutes’ walk along Jalan Wana Segara, Lentera is popular for its extended menu.

Warung Segara next to Lentera specializes in Chinese food.

Just past the Lentera, Warung Segara is a cute eatery specializing in Chinese food.

Bagus Resto & Bar is also on the access street.

Bagus Resto & Bar is another casual café along the access street to the resort.

The beachside path has several warungs or food stalls.

Only 100m north of the resort along the beachside path are a number of warung food stalls.

The lane beside the hotel has lots of souvenir stalls.

A lane alongside the hotel fence is lined with souvenir stalls.

Lippo Mall is less than a kilometer from the resort.

Lippo Mall is north along the main road, about 800m away.

The beach is lined with fishing boats.

The resort is in the village of Tuban, so some of the beach is lined with fishing boats.

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