Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach in Tanjung Benoa

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 17, 2019

Review of Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach in Tanjung Benoa, Bali.

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – Family-friendly with traditional design and terrific location.

This truly appealing resort features staff dressed in Balinese clothes, corridors lined with traditional sculptures, and rooms and gardens more tastefully designed than other resorts. The spacious Deluxe Rooms feature a modern Balinese décor and spa baths, but the patios/balconies are surprisingly undersized. Only the pricier Ocean View Suites offer any glimpses of the sea. The beachside lagoon-shaped pool with swim-up bar is enticing, and the young ones would relish the colorful kids club. About halfway along the peninsula, the Nikko is surrounded by shops and cafés, and is adjacent to a major water sports center. This does, however, affect the tranquility of the resort beach, though a section of the sea is cordoned off for swimming.

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – The Location

    (Formerly the Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort.)

  • Address: Jalan Pratama, the main road through Tanjung Benoa, a quieter resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Facing the beach in a terrific position midway along the peninsula. 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 20 minutes (13km, via the tollway), depending on traffic.

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for families, and also for those without children.
  • Kids Club: The Cening Kids Club is bright and inviting. In a spacious room, it offers a variety of educational activities and classes in culture all day every day.
  • Beach: Large number of tempting lounge chairs across the white sand and cordoned-off area in the calm water for swimming. But hard to escape the noise of jet-skis and other boats.
  • Views: Almost all rooms overlook the gardens, despite proximity to the beach. The exceptions are the Ocean View Suites, but views are distant and not direct. Some Deluxe Rooms face a neighboring resort.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Deluxe Rooms boast spa baths. None of the accommodations feature private pools.
  • Extras: Free shuttle bus services to Kuta.
  • Wi-Fi: Provided free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking spaces at the lobby area, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 773 577
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hotelnikkobali-benoabeach.com

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – Amenities

  • Pool: Main lagoon-shaped pool faces the beach, with a swim-up bar and shady palms. Special area for the children.
  • Spa: The Biwana Spa fuses modern needs and traditional methods through its selection of treatments for the body and face. Also, yoga classes.
  • Fitness Center: Next to the spa, it is well-equipped and faces the pool and beach.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting. Cots.
  • Activities: Yoga classes. Bicycle rental.
  • Other Facilities: Moneychanger. Medical clinic. Internet center. Boutiques.

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: By the C Bar Lounge – All-day dining by the sea (geddit?). Focuses on seafood, and popular with families for pizza. • Grand Benoa Resto – Authentic Indonesian, including rijstaffel (shared plates of Indonesian food) for couples. Breakfast is also served here. • Bali Luna – Chic décor and contemporary cuisine. Also popular for the extensive wine list and garden setting. • Giorgio Italian Ristorante Pizzeria – Ultra-classy and comparatively pricey Italian, with terrace setting and attentive service. Dinner only.
  • Bars: Aloha Pool Bar – Alongside the main lagoon-shaped pool, offering happy hours and signature cocktails. • Samudera Lounge & Bar – Refined décor, cocktails, light meals, and mouth-watering desserts. Soothing live music on most nights.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates, but this depends on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Garden Rooms • Deluxe Ocean Rooms • Family Rooms • Ocean View Suites • Ocean View Suites Premier • Ocean View Suites Premier Family • Ocean Front Suites • Ocean Front Rooftop Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms or restaurants/bars, but OK anywhere else.
  • Best Room: As luxurious and spectacular as the name suggests, the Ocean Front Rooftop Suites are 3 times larger than the Deluxe Rooms. Added attractions are the traditional bale huts on the balconies and open-air bathrooms.
  • For Families: All rooms can squeeze in an extra single bed. Designated Family Rooms can comfortably accommodate a family of 4, while the Ocean View Suites Premier Family fit 5.

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – 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).

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Shops

  • Plenty of minimarts in both directions, 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. 8-minute drive (4km).

Attractions

  • Tanjung Benoa is renowned as the epicenter in Bali for all sorts of activities on and above the water. These can arranged through the resort or at the major (and noisy) SMS Water Sports center, about 150m south. 2-minute walk.

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach – The Hotel

The resort is located in the middle of Tanjung Benoa.

The resort is midway along Tanjung Benoa, a low-key tourist region in southern Bali.

The hotel was previously known as the Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort.

The Nikko was formerly known as the Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort.

The resort beach features white sand, blue water, and a lovely path.

The resort faces a lovely beach of white sand and blue water, with a path that extends in both directions for a few hundred meters.

The resort offers plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach.

The beach in front of the resort is dotted with lounge chairs and umbrellas.

The spacious resort has lots of gardens and lawns.

The resort is spacious, with plenty of gardens and lawns.

The lagoon-shaped main pool has shallow sections for kids.

The main pool is shaped like a lagoon, provides plenty of shade, and has shallow sections for the younger ones.

By the C Bar Lounge has vibrant, outdoor seating.

The By the C Bar Lounge provides a vibrant décor and seats that spill out onto the lawns.

Samudera Lounge & Bar features soothing music on most nights.

Also in the resort, the Samudera Lounge & Bar provides soothing music on most nights.

Buffet breakfast is served in the Grand Benoa Resto.

The Grand Benoa Resto is where guests can enjoy a substantial buffet breakfast.

The stylish Bali Luna bistro serves contemporary cuisine.

Also within the resort grounds, Bali Luna is a stylish bistro offering contemporary cuisine.

Giorgio is a sophisticated Italian restaurant by the resort.

With an entrance from inside the resort and another along the road, Giorgio is a sophisticated Italian restaurant.

Guests can rent bicycles at the resort.

The resort rents out bicycles, the finest way to explore the area.

The resort's Biwana Spa is very elegant.

Biwana Spa is one of the most elegant in the region.

The resort offers several family-friendly activities.

The resort caters very well for families, with all sorts of activities on offer.

The lobby features a few interesting boutiques.

Near the lobby are a few interesting boutiques.

3 and 4-level buildings house the rooms and suites.

Rooms and suites are in 3 and 4-level buildings overlooking the gardens.

The large Deluxe Rooms have a contemporary decor.

The Deluxe Rooms are pleasingly large, with a contemporary décor.

The large bathrooms feature spa baths.

The spacious bathrooms in the Deluxe Rooms feature spa baths.

Mr Bob Beachfront Bar & Grill serves ribs, seafood, and live music on the sand.

One of few independent restaurants facing the sea, Mr Bob Beachfront Bar & Grill offers ribs, seafood, and live music.

Coco Bistro opposite the resort entrance has a large and colorful setting.

In a sizeable and colorful setting opposite the resort entrance, Coco Bistro is one in a chain of popular eateries across Bali.

The Tree restaurant is great for casual meals.

About 100m north, the Tree restaurant is one of the region’s finest for casual meals.

Tanjun Benoa is famous for its wide and affordable selection of water sports.

Tanjung Benoa is renowned for its abundance of water sports. These can be arranged at the resort or other places along the beach.

Guests can avail the free hourly shuttle buses to reach 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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