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We have now stayed 3 times at Holiday Inn Nusa Dua, in 2015, 2019 and 2023. The kids absolutely loved it and we love going back. This review has been updated since my stay in March 2023 but some of the videos were taken in 2019.
You may notice that Holiday Inn Resort Nusa Dua has had a name change. It was formerly known as Holiday Inn Benoa and it is still in the same location in Benoa but on the northern edge of Nusa Dua.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why should your family stay at Holiday Inn Resort Nusa Dua?
- 2 Tips before your stay at Holiday Inn Nusa Dua
- 3 Overview of Holiday Inn Bali Benoa
- 4 Rooms at Holiday Inn Nusa Dua
- 5 Kids Club at Holiday Inn Benoa Bali
- 6 Dining at Holiday Inn Benoa
- 7 Pool Areas at Holiday Inn Benoa
- 8 Other Hotel Facilities at Holiday Inn Benoa
- 9 Tanjung Benoa Beach Bali
- 10 Tea Tree Spa
- 11 Location – Where is Holiday Inn Nusa Dua Bali?
- 12 Minimart and Laundry close to Holiday Inn Benoa
- 13 Restaurants close by to Holiday Inn Nusa Dua
- 14 Things to do
- 15 Tanjung Benoa Bali Map
Why should your family stay at Holiday Inn Resort Nusa Dua?
- You appreciate spacious, clean rooms and a beach front location
- You have younger kids that love a small water slide and the kids club is great for under 8 years old
- The adults in your group are keen for some water sport action
- You love amazing sunrises, just make sure you get up early enough at around 6am!
- You like a compact resort that has the restaurant close to the kids club and pool making it easy at dinner time with the kids
Tips before your stay at Holiday Inn Nusa Dua
- Sign up to the Holiday Inn Benoa newsletter for all the special deals they often send to you via email
- Join the IHG rewards program. It is free and comes with great benefits like 15-20% of certain restaurants
- If you are still unsure if this Holiday Inn Bali resort is right for you and you visit regularly to Bali, getting a day pass to check out the hotel is a great way to see where it is and what it has to offer.
- Before I booked our stay I researched where the best prices were to book. I found that booking direct through the Holiday Inn Benoa website was the cheapest as they offer a best price guarantee
Overview of Holiday Inn Bali Benoa
The resort is a compact resort directly on the beach at Tanjung Benoa that is famous for it’s water sports. It has the main pool overlooking the beach and the inner pool with spa in the middle. There are a few steps to get down to the beach or you can take your pram through Nudi Beach Club as there are less stairs. We have always found the staff to be lovely and check in was fantastic for the kids! They greeted them with kids sized milks, activity packs and Nudi the resorts mascot!
Please note: The video below gives a great overview of the resort. It was taken during our stay in 2019 and most things are still the same. Dukes bar currently not opened and the kids club hours are different in the video.
Rooms at Holiday Inn Nusa Dua
We loved the modern rooms of the Holiday Inn Benoa as they were spacious and had everything that a family could need. Over our 2 stays we have stayed in a range of rooms including:
- Family Adventure Suite (2019 stay)
- Standard Ocean View (2015 stay)
- Family Connecting Room (2015 stay)
- Standard Pool Access (2023 stay)
Family Adventure Suite
We loved our stay in these extremely spacious suite and we stayed in Room 221. The kids bedroom was a hit with the kids and it was fantastic to have a seperate bathroom for the kids with their own bath. The lounge room had a huge amount of room and the dining area perfect for takeaway food. But my favourite part was the master bedroom with the ocean views. So lovely to wake up to a Bali sunrise and watch it from our balcony. The walk in robe and bathroom complimented this bedroom perfectly and we didn’t want to leave!
Family Connecting Rooms
One of the best aspects of Holiday Inn Benoa is the fact that you can book the interconnecting rooms. We stayed in these rooms in 2015 so they may look slightly different now. There is no subject to availability like at a lot of hotels and these connecting rooms can fit 2 adults and 3 kids with a rollaway bed in the twin room.
The interconnecting rooms were so spacious for our family and we loved staying here. The rooms were secure with Mason with high security latches and the doors to the balcony were secure. The beds were so comfy and we were so impressed with the amount of space of the rooms. There are only showers in the bathrooms with no bath available with the kids.
Standard Oceanfront Room
The Ocean View rooms were great to watch the sunrise and a portacot easily fit in the room. These rooms are limited to 2 adults and 1 child so won’t suit bigger families. The balcony was high and secure with kids and these rooms only had a shower in the bathroom as well.
Kids Adventure Suite
The kids adventure suites look fantastic with kids. I had a friend that recently stayed in both family suites and she said next time she would save her money and stay in the kids adventure suites as they were very spacious for their family of 4. These rooms can fit 5 people as well with the main bedroom seperated from the kids bunk bed with a sliding door.
Standard Pool Access Rooms
I stayed solo in the standard pool access room in 2023 and it was fantastic to have access to the pool. The rooms are spacious like the other rooms but with the added bonus of direct access to the pool. With these rooms you do hear some noise so if this is important to you I would choose the ocean view rooms. Also one of the kids adventure suites is a pool access room so it may suit some families and request this room at the time of booking.
Kids Club at Holiday Inn Benoa Bali
The kids club was such a hit with the kids! I really loved the close proximity of the kids club to the restaurant and the pool so it was easy to sign them in and out. We would drop them off for a play while we ordered dinner and once it was ready they would come out while we relaxed and chatted.
The kids club is open from 9am -6pm for kids aged 4-12 years.
Please note: In the video taken in 2019 you will hear me say that then don’t close for a break. This was prior to covid when they had different opening times for the kids club. I also try to take photos with no other children in the pictures, I noted multiple kids at the kids club during the day.
Younger kids under 4 are welcome to join in but need an adult with them so either one of us stayed or our nanny. If you don’t have an outside nanny organised you, can book one through the hotel for a cheap price. Also if your kids are aged between 3 and 4 years and full toilet trained they may be able to access the kids club without a nanny.
The kids club is free to enjoy. Some of the planned activities have a small charge (this cost may change).
If you are interested in a day pass to check out the resort it has great inclusions:
- 250,000rp nett/person
- Free access for 2 kids under 12 years old
- Includes pool access, kids club access, gym access and towel
- 150,000rp resort credit towards food & beverage and the Tea Tree Spa
Dining at Holiday Inn Benoa
The food at the Holiday Inn Benoa was good and the kids were kept well fed. We loved the kids eat for free with a paying adult (for kids aged 12 years and younger) at all the restaurants except for room service which is available 24 hours so perfect if you arrive late. You must order the kids meal off the kids menu and the kids can order a main meal, dessert and a drink. If you are unsure how this works make sure you ask one of the staff at the start of your stay.
Breakfast at Pasar Market Cafe
Open 6:30am till 10:30am
At the Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa, breakfast starts at 6:30am at the Pasar Market Cafe. Love the early start especially with kids that are early risers! We were there each morning at 6:30am as the kids were up at 5 am.
On my previous visits to Holiday Inn Nusa Dua I have always really enjoyed breakfast as there was a great range of healthy and not so healthy options. I still had plenty to eat during my 2023 stay but was unable to get almond or oat milk for my coffee. I tried the soy milk but it was terrible to be honest! If I was staying longer I would ask the barista to use the milk that I bought from the supermarket. Also there wasn’t many options for gluten or dairy free. I chatted to another guest and she said you could request priort to your arrival and they would provide you with options. Something to keep in mind.
The high chairs were useful and kept Mason in one spot during our 2015 stay! It was great to have the option to sit outside or inside in the AC if it was too hot.
Pasar Market Cafe
Opening hours for lunch and dinner
Lunch : 11.00am – 05.00pm
Dinner : 06.00pm – 10.00pm
The cafe was our go to spot for food as the kids menu was excellent and it was close to the kids club. We enjoyed all of our food and the kids ate their meals which is always a bonus 😉 You can find the link to the kids menu here. Also if you want more details on Kids Stay and Eat Free check out this link.
Nudi Beach Bar and Restaurant
Open 11 am till 10pm
We enjoyed lunch at Nudi’s one day and the tapas was yum! The cocktails were good too and it’s close to the pool so ordering is easy. You can even sit on the bar stool in the pool and enjoy a drink! Make sure you check out happy hours from 4-7pm.
Duke’s Pool Bar & Lounge
There is however plenty of seating and it is located right next to the pool tables. Order a cocktail from Nudi’s and you can enjoy it in this area.
In Room Dining
So we all know what it can be like to travel with kids! Sometimes room service is a necessity and I love that in the family suites that there is space to eat at the dining table. Please note this menu was from our stay during April 2019.
Pool Areas at Holiday Inn Benoa
There are 2 pool areas at Holiday Inn Benoa, the main beach pool and the inner pool near Duke’s Pool Bar with a spa. The kids loved the water bucket and water slide in the kids pool area which was nice and shallow for them to splash in. This area is great for younger kids. The pools are all close to everything including food, drinks and rooms which is extra handy especially with wet kids!
Main beach pool
Inner Pool near Duke’s Pool Bar
Other Hotel Facilities at Holiday Inn Benoa
The lobby area has a Games Centre with a pool table and other games which are suited for teenagers and adults.
There is also a 24/7 gym that is located overlooking the main pool.
You could also get photos taken at the resort by the Holiday Inn photographer.
Tanjung Benoa Beach Bali
The kids had a paddle at the beach but we don’t really like swimming in the beach so always stick to the pools when we are in Bali. During high tide is the best time to swim in the hotel area. The beach is more suited to water sports and it was a lot of fun watching the para sails and banana boats wizz past. Trying out water sports at Tanjung Benoa is a lot of fun and there are many operators along the beach.
The beach path out the front of the resort is great to walk along with a pram. I would take Mason for dawn walks in 2015 as he wakes up so early and walked all the way up to in front of Club Med. You can also hire bikes to ride along the beach path. The hotel has a range of bikes you can hire, Adults: IDR 50K per hour and children: IDR 30K per hour.
Tea Tree Spa
The spa at Holiday Inn Nusa Dua is gorgeous and you must try when you visit! It would be the perfect spot for a group of girls to come and spend some time relaxing. I managed to fit in time for a pedicure which lasted really well.
Click here for the latest spa menu.
Location – Where is Holiday Inn Nusa Dua Bali?
Tanjung Benoa Bali is located approximately a 15-20 minute drive from Denpasar, Bali Airport. Holiday Inn is just north of the gated Nusa Dua Accommodation and is known for its watersports and gorgeous sunrises. We quite liked the position of the Holiday Inn Benoa Resort even though there wasn’t a huge amount of shops or restaurants close by there was plenty for a 3 night stay. A short Blue Bird taxi ride and you are there! Also remember that Grab and Gojek works in the area, easy to have food delivered or get a motorbike/car.
Minimart and Laundry close to Holiday Inn Benoa
About 50 meters from the front of Holiday Inn Benoa is a Circle K with a ATM. There are also legit money changers nearby.Just past the Circle K is a laundry called Yudi Laundry that I used in 2019 and 2023 that was great.
Also not far away, 24 hr Mini Mart, money changers, Pepito
Restaurants close by to Holiday Inn Nusa Dua
There is a great range of restaurants/cafes in walking distance or a short car ride from Holiday Inn Nusa Dua. Remember, you can always access other resorts restaurants to eat and drink, it’s also a great way to check out other hotels. Below is just a small selection to try.
- Warung Bamboo Benoa
- Bumbu Bali
- Mr Bob Bar and Grill
- Liang Liong
- Mandala Bar & Grill
- RIN Japanese
Things to do
There are lots of things to do in Benoa and Nusa Dua. Here are a few suggestions of Nusa Dua attractions also to see with your family as it’s so close. Also feel free to check out our ultimate guide to Bali with kids for more suggestions:
- Enjoy the watersports that Tanjung Benoa has to offer. Jetsking and paragliding are some of the activities that you can do
- Visit the Waterblow in Nusa Dua on Nusa Gede Island
- There are plenty of shops in Benoa and Nusa Dua. On the main street of Benoa are a selection of market type stalls and you could also get a taxi to the Bali Collection in Nusa Dua
- Try your hand at cooking Indonesian food at the Bumbu Cooking School. We enjoyed dinner at their restaurant one night and it was amazing! Highly recommend and the kids are very welcome
- Enjoy a night out at the Devdan Show at the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre
- Surfing off Pura Nusa Dharma Nusa DUa island near the Westin
- Choose from a day pass or night pass to Club Med Nusa Dua. Most resorts do day passes so message them and ask
- Sunday brunch is big in Bali, check out this post from Bali Buddies for a range of different options
Tanjung Benoa Bali Map
Check out our google map below with a few of our favourite things to do with kids in Nusa Dua and Benoa
We highly recommend the Holiday Inn Resort Nusa Dua to families and would be more than happy to stay there again. We love the Holiday Inn Resorts in Bali and you can check out our review of Holiday Inn Baruna Bali here. It is from our stay in 2016 but you still may find it useful. We also did a comparison pre covid of Holiday Inn Baruna and Holiday Inn Nusa Dua which you can find at this link but I would also try to find a way to stay at both!
Note: In 2015 we were paying guests of Holiday Inn Benoa and received no discounts. In 2019 and 2023 we were hosted by the Holiday Inn Benoa resort but all thoughts in this review are our own.
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