About Melia Bali
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- free internet
- bar lounge
- fitness center
- free parking
- business services
- public wifi
- wheelchair access
- free wireless internet in room
- air conditioning
- room service
- dry cleaning
- smoking rooms available
- meeting room
- non smoking rooms
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- concierge desk
- banquet room
- family rooms
- multilingual staff
- breakfast buffet
- airport transportation
- outdoor pool
- conference facilities
- free breakfast
- private balcony
- breakfast available
- reduced mobility rooms
- facilities for disabled guests
- kids activities
- tennis court
- poolside bar
- kids club
- tv channel one russia
- butler service
13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Out of this world! We stayed in the lux...
"Out of this world!
We stayed in the luxury villas for our honeymoon, and it was perfect.
The resort is beautiful and kept clean, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and there were a wide range of restaurants within the hotel to cater for most needs.
The villas were just divine, our own little hideaway in paradise and the highwalled gardens meant there were no prying eyes, and the plunge pool was lovely to cool down in on those hot sunny days.
I would definitely do it all over again."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of November 2007
Good quality 4* beach front hotel in spa...
"Good quality 4* beach front hotel in spacious grounds. The hotel boasts four good restaurants, Italian (fine dining) Asian, European plus the dreaded Buffet restaurant on the beach (although the food choice was very good).
There is a large free form swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers around, and a very good programme of events throughout the day, where you can participate or just lounge around. The grounds are kept pristine, with two large lakes commanding the landscape.
Water features very highly in Bali, and has a big influence throughout the hotel complex. The evening entertainment comes from cultural entertainment, cabaret theatre, night club with live bands or the piano bar. If all this is not enough then just a ten minute walk outside the hotel takes you to a newly built, designer collection shopping village, with about 15 good restaurants, some with entertainment, here it will cost you about a third less than in the hotels.
There is also a free shuttle bus service to this area which operates from, 10am to 10pm, after which the restaurants will supply a free taxi service back to your hotel. Lastly Bali needs more tourists, it has taken a big knock in the last few years with the bombs in Kuta, but they now have very high levels of security throughout Bali which is second to none."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of March 2007
The Melia Bali Villas and Spa Resort Hot...
"The Melia Bali Villas and Spa Resort Hotel lives up to very high expectations. The resort is a little piece of paradise which is yours for the duration of your holiday.
The hotel including basic rooms are of a very high standard and the duplex and villas are luxurious.
The many restaurants give you a marvelous choice and are of a very high quality.
I cannot praise the hotel enough for its excellent staff, facilities and location.
5 star holiday."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of September 2006
Don't be put off by the bomb
"Just returned from 10 days at the Melia Bali; we flew home a day after the bombing which, unfortunately, will devastate their tourist industry.
We found the hotel to be wonderfully clean and well organised. We have been to Bali 3 times before and our friends who we travelled with were on their first visit. The first rooms they gave us smelled slightly of damp so we asked for different rooms and they changed them straight away; another couple also had a room that seemed damp but liked their room very much so the hotel provided a de-humidifier for them which cured the problem.
The gardens and the pool are fantastic, worth the trip for them alone; the staff are very attentive, helpful, and plentiful.
Like all hotels the food was a little expensive but we found a local restaurant (The Tropical Cafe) 10-mins stroll away which served a fantastic range of local & european food at half the hotel cost and gave a free free taxi service both ways.
If you are still thinking of going to Bali, GO. The Nusa Dua area is very safe & secure, just use common sense when going elsewhere, after all we have had bombs in London recently but still get on with our life without giving in to irrational fear.
The hotel said that after the last bombing 3 years ago they were offering rooms at cost price just to keep staff working and the hotel open so bargain hunters will have a field day."
- Travel date: Thu 6th of October 2005
Fantastic Hotel - Shame about the future
"I have just returned from 15 nights at the Melia Bali. Before I went, I read all the reviews from trip adviser so had a mixed view of what to expect.
Firstly, the hotel on a whole was exceptional. The gardens and grounds are of a very high standard and maintained on a near hourly basis !!!
The main pool is a winding lagoon style which is very clean and served by several 'pool' attendants. This pool does get quite busy and is advisable to go early for the loungers, also the serving bar staff wander around the pool, but quite infrequently which is my only gripe. The Villa pool is a different set up all together. The pool attendants will ask you which lounger you require, follow you to your choice, lay the towels out then bring you complimentary bottled water, iced face cloths and body mist sprays. Children are not allowed in this pool which if you want a nice quiet relaxing lounge is a big positive ! Also, throughout the day various complimentary fruit platters are served along with canape's, juice and cake at 5pm !! The only problem is that you need to be staying in a Villa or suite to qualify for the Villa pool entry. The room which we stayed in was the duplex suite which are on the 4th floor - all with garden/pool views. I went with 2 other couples who all had the duplex suites and can confirm that there was a BIG problem with the air conditioning in all of our rooms - it doesn't work sufficiently and leaves the rooms damp and foisty, leaving the bedding sticky and the settee clammy(one of the other couples cases ended up with mildew !). However, on a more positive note the room itself was very nice. As for the hotel facilities - the restaurants were all very nice with exceptionally pleasant and helpful staff - the discount voucher which other trip advisers mentioned was definately beneficial as you gain an extra 25%. There is a varied activities programme to keep guests amused - aqua fit, rifle shooting, bike rides, archery, dance lessons and cooking demos to mention a few. This was our first visit to Bali, which on a whole was a mixed holiday. The hotel was beautiful, the temples, rice fields, terracing, coastlines, people and culture are very nice, however, the in between parts are a bit grubby, dirty and full of litter which was not how we visualised the Bali paradise.
Finally on our last night the Bali bombings occurred which thankfully we were not directly affected with, but security into the Nusa Dua area and hotel was stepped up a notch which was reassuring. Sadly, this latest bout of terrorism I believe will affect Bali's tourism trade and feel very sad for the lovely people who made my holiday an enjoyable and memorable one."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of October 2005
"We stayed at the melia bali hotel in june this year and it was absolutley brilliant, the staff were amazing(they just couldn't do enough) and the facility was so clean you could eat off the floor almost.
The swinmming pool was lovely(plenty of sunbeds) and the team who ran all the activitys were fab!
The only downside to this hotel was the smell of damp in the room and the bedding was wet, we stuck it out for a few days and then changed rooms, all our clothes smelt horrible, although the staff were very helpful and did move us there were alot of guests who thought this was the norm and didn't change rooms, Its not!! ask and they will move you if they can.
The restaurants in the hotel were great although a little expensive, about the same price as home. If you walk just outside the complex you can hail down a blue cab and they will take you to any restaurant you want to go, we found a few and the food was a quarter of the price, it is much much cheaper to eat out and so easy.
In the hotel you can get a deal on food, you buy a card,E.G if you put 50 dollars on they give you the same back which works out cheaper for you, but my advice is eat out.
Be carefull about people offering you cheap trips out, we went with our tour guide and found that it was much better and pretty much the same price as the others offer anyway, at least if you go out visiting you know you will get back.
Haggle for everything you can get presents so cheap especially on the beaches and even in the shops.
We absolutley loved Bali and would return, and would stay at the Melia Bali again as it was out of this world."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of October 2005
Brilliant beachside resort
"The enclave of Nusa Dua is not as nice as Jimbaran Bay (being on the west, it gets the sunset). It is a close second though. Set amongst the Westin and a number of other hotels, the Melia is on the far end so you get a lot more beach. Being from Sydney, I know a good beach when I see one and this is not bad. Shallow water and no waves means relaxing sunbathing only. Suferes will want to head to Kuta or wonderland.
Most of the guests were European which was good in a way as I didn't want to spend my holiday with loud Aussies. However, beware the German habit of reserving beach side huts first thing in the morning by placing towels and a few non valuables on them. It didn't bother me as I just moved them and argued later.
The service is beyond compare and security is ever present. We had a junior suite which is recommended unless you can afford the villas. The variety of restaurants meant you didn't need to leave if you didn't want to, but we did, heading to Jimbaran bay. Eating at the Ritz Carlton there is a must.
If you want a day tour, a number of drivers hang around the lobby. We negotiated one down to AU$50 for an entire day. He had a new 4wd and was very pleasant. Don't book through the hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of September 2005
"Myself and a friend stayed at the Melia Bali for two weeks. When we arrived we were greeted with cold drinks and towels after an exhausting 24 hour journey. The hotel was beautiful, with amazing gardens and impressive surroundings. Our room was a Superior and were a little disapointed that we had single beds and had a ground room floor when we requested a view. The only view we had were of the plants! There was a little dampness but it never smelt and was quite nice on the sunburn! If you want a decent sunbed then you need to get up quite early, the best sunbeds went very quickly and there were not enough umbrellas. Some days is was uncomfortably hot and without an umbrella is was unbearable. The staff were so helpful, especially at the Beach Bar and around the pool.
I agree that the food and drinks were expensive in the hotel. We ate out most nights and spent no more than Â£10 per head for a three course meal with drinks. The best restaurant by far was Blue Ocean and Ulam. Both offer free transport there and back.
The market in Nusa Dua is good, but be prepared to be hassled a lot and also haggle as best you can - we got some good deals and some shops offer a discount everytime you go back.
The trips were well worth doing - the Elephant Safari is good, very clean, food excellant. Also try and get to Ubad for the paddy fields and the volcano for amazing views.
Bali desperately needs more tourists and it's such an amazing place and so cheap!!"
- Travel date: Sun 25th of September 2005
Nusa Dua - Not for beach lovers or people that don't want to get ripped off.
"Just returned from a 10 day stay at this Hotel. Not a bad hotel and they do the best to make you feel very welcome. We upgraded our room to a 'Junior Suite' which was worth it for the extra space, or rather came in handy when my wife got 'Bali Belly' from something we ate in the hotel or from 'Ice' in the drinks. Note a strangely high number of guest seemed to come down with the same illness as my wife during our stay.
The Beach is utter rubbish, for the Cornish around think of Portwrinkle. When the tide goes out it goes out, not even enough to cover your big toe. Stay away from the Nusa Dua area if you want Sea and beach. I will say that the sand area was clean and we where not really bothered by hawkers.
Food and Drink at the hotel is expensive compared to other places around the Island and not particularly good quality. If on a budget get a free pick up to the Lotus garden or one of the other local restaurants. If possible also try to pay for bed and breakfast instead of just board as the breakfasts is about Â£10 each. Though if you do pay when you get there, pay to cheapest option as you go in for breakfast as nobody checks once you are inside the breakfast bar and you can choose what ever you want.
At the hotel you will notice that the garden villa guest get all the luxuries and you may feel like a second class guest compared to them.
If you do visit the beach, (we still did nearly every day) go the right hand side of the beach bar. it is a lot less crowded on this side and there is less coverage from the fawna so you get get some more rays.
hotel staff are extra friendly almost to the 'have a nice day' American fakeness. But are polite and do all they can to help you.
The island of Bali is amazing and do get out and explore as much as possible. Never pay the first price for anything and barter as much as you can."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of September 2005
"Have just returned from 10 days at Melia Bali. We thoroughly enjoyed the hotel our room was lovely and we had no complaints about damp as reported by other guests.The hotel is in a beautiful setting and staff very pleasant. It is however very expensive food and drink wise, breakfast is main restaurant was Â£10each and was not good value.We had breakfast in the beach restaurant a couple of mornings for Â£5 pp and this was much better value and less hurried with lovely views.The other days we walked out of main gate and ate in Bali Bistro for Â£3 for the 2 of us. It was every bit as good as the hotel.and the locals really appreciate your custom.I agree with other reviews that you could be anywhere as Nusa Dua is purpose built but take time to go out to the little village outside the gates and meet the local people. All the meals we had outside were excellent and very good value with more atmosphere than in the Melia. All outside restaurants offer free transportation.That said for comfort service and relaxation we would go to the Melia again as for room only accomodation at Â£270 for 10 nights for 2 with Travelbag it was excellent value for money."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of September 2005
Nice but expensive hotel, shame about the location
"We stayed atthe Melia Bali for the first five nights of our honeymoon this summer. The hotel was nice enough - beautiful gardens, lovely pool, nice rooms (but annoyingly damp - all the bedding smelled damp which was very unplesant), but Nusa Dua itself was a dreadful disappointment.
The hotels there could have been anywhere in the world, only the fact that the word 'Bali' appeared on signs gave you any hint as to where you were. The resort is gated, no local people live there, they only come there to work. The whole resort is landscaped like a garden and all felt extremely artificial.
I would not recommend eating in the hotel restaurants as they charged at least three times as much as the nearest non-hotel restaurant and the food was no better - in fact the hotel food was bland - dumbed down for tourists fayre. A simple nasi goreng was charged at 95000 rupiah in the hotel, and around 22000 everywhere else. It will cost you less to get a taxi all the way over to jimbaran beach and eat there rather than stay in the hotel - and the atmosphere will be better too.
If you are looking for lovely surroundings and don't care that you are in Bali then this may be the location for you, but we flew halfway around the world to see Bali and couldn't wait to move on to our next hotel in Ubud."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of September 2005
Lots of issues
"5 Star Hotel?! Well, in the 80âs and in mid 90âs it might have been, but not now!
The rooms are quite small, the furniture quite old, bathroom old-fashioned, and my shower was so low that I had to crouch to wash my hair.
They had complementary water, coffee and tea in the room, like all other hotels weâve been in Bali, but unlike others, once you token it, they didnât replace it.
The breakfast is nice, various and well done, bun there is a notorious lack of staff, and you shall always miss something on your tableâ¦ a fork, a knife, a cupâ¦
There arenât many chairs on the beach, so if you want to save your place there, go before breakfast and claim it with your towel and a book (till 8:30 youâll still be able to get a pair). Now the Beach there is quite funny, the sand is better than Kuta, but in the low tide you can forget about going for a swim, cause the ocean recedes about 100 meters and what remains is very shallow. That wasnât a problem for us, cause we already knew about it, what we didnât knew was that the hotel practiced outraged prices on everything, wile luxury hotels in Ubud and Kuta area were 4 and 5 times cheaper! (I must say the other hotels were much better then this).
The cherry on top of the cake came when we asked for our bill at check-out, and they tried to charge us for a chocolate and two other things I am still trying to figure out what, that we didnât take from the mini-bar. When we complained about it (and asked for a manager), they took about 15 minutes to check god knows what, and finally issue the new bill. Are the problems finally over?! You wish!!! Their just getting started, now I ask to pay cardâ¦ VISA, quite normal in a 5 star hotel, right?! Wrong! Mr. Your card is denied!... What?! They tried my 2 VISA cards and my girlfriends VISA card and they always said it came back denied! The funny thing is it was only about 40â¬! I asked if there could be a problem with the connection to the bank and they phoned the bank. Not speaking Bahasa, I couldnât understand what they said, but it didnât solve the problem. After more than half an hour passing 3 cards trough 2 machines that would obviously wouldnât run, the Spanish general manager came and said the following âDO IT MANUALYâ. So we finally paid our bill almost 1 our behind schedule to get our flight, without a single express of regret from any of the hotel staff!
This is Spanish management in Bali, the only thing they know how to say when things go wrong is âyouâre in Indonesiaâ."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of August 2005