Holiday Inn Baruna Review

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Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is a great choice for a family-friendly hotel in Kuta and is close to the airport. The resort is easy to walk around, the gardens are beautiful and the pool area is lovely. It is easy to watch the kids, great swim-up pool bar, food/drink prices are reasonable for a resort, shallow areas in the pool for younger kids plus a toddler pool, gazebos around the pool (no cost) and wonderful staff. What more could you want from a Bali family holiday?!

Why should your family stay at Holiday Inn Baruna?

  • For a relaxing holiday with your kids and plenty of space to run around the beautiful gardens
  • To be close, but not too close, to the action of Kuta and the best Bali water park, Waterbom
  • If your flight arrives late at night or you have a late-night flight home and you want to be close to the airport
  • You are mindful of your budget but still want a great resort. The kids staying and eating free is great value
Pool at Holiday Inn Baruna

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Tips before your stay

  • Join the IHG rewards program. This is free and comes with a whole range of perks including discount nightly rates, late checkouts and much more
  • Pre-book your Waterbom Bali tickets with Klook for the best Waterbom price
Kids are provided with a colouring pack at check in

Holiday Inn Baruna Overview

The Holiday Inn Baruna Bali resort is located a 10-minute drive from the Bali Airport in Kuta. The closest shopping mall is Lippo Mall and is a short 10-minute walk from the Holiday Inn Baruna. Waterbom Waterpark is only a 5-minute drive making it extra convenient to visit this fantastic Bali waterpark for the day.

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The resort has a great size pool with a swim-up bar plus a smaller shallow pool. The grounds are spacious with a huge soccer field between the pool and the beach. The Envy restaurant has delicious food and is perfect for a sunset drink.

Holiday Inn Baruna tour 2024

Please note that the beach in front of the resort is ok but compared to Australian beaches is not that great. But if you are like me and don’t go to Bali for the beach you will be fine! The beach footpath is perfect for an early morning walk.

Looking over the pool and gardens at Holiday Inn Baruna Resort
Beautiful grounds at The Holiday Inn Baruna
Entrance to the Holiday Inn Baruna
Beach at Holiday Inn Baruna Kuta

Holiday Inn Baruna Map

The map below gives a quick overview of the size of Holiday Inn Baruna but also shows how easy it is to walk from the garden view rooms to the pool.

Map of Holiday Inn Baruna
Lobby at Holiday Inn Baruna

Pools at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

We loved the pool area at Holiday Inn Kuta and even though there were no water slides, we still had a great time playing on the big floating pillows as a family. There is the main pool with a pool bar, volleyball net and basketball ring which also includes a ledge to sit on so the kids can splash around.

The shallow pool, next to the main pool, was the perfect spot for younger kids to splash or for the teens to have a game of water volleyball. One of the latest extra fun activities is the foam party held each Wednesday and Saturday at 4 pm. It is free to join and a lot of fun!

Holiday Inn Baruna Pool
Holiday Inn Pool
Holiday Inn Resort Baruna pool early morning
Swim-up Pool Bar
Shallow pool
Foam party is also now on Wednesday at 4 pm
Table tennis by the pool
Gazebos are free to use

Rooms at Holiday Inn Baruna

Holiday Inn Baruna has a range of rooms that suit families. We stayed in the Family 2 Bedroom Suites in 2016 and the 1 King Bed 1 Bunk Bed Suite Garden View room in 2024.

Family 2 Bedroom Suite

The family 2 bedroom suites, while not ultra-modern, were very comfortable and consisted of 2 bedrooms interconnecting. This was guaranteed as part of the purchase price unlike at other hotels when you book interconnecting rooms and it’s subject to availability. The look on the kid’s faces when they first saw their themed bedroom was priceless!

A fridge in the main bedroom was handy for snacks and drinks. The bathrooms were on the smaller side with just a shower in the main bathroom and a bath in the kid’s bathroom. We were pleased to find high internal chain locks on all doors leading to the outside. This made us feel at ease and if you have a child that likes to open the door and run out to the pool, these rooms are for you.

The outside sitting area was spacious with outside lounge suites and drying racks. They faced the extremely well-kept gardens and were only a short walk to the pool area.

The photos below are from our stay in 2016 but the rooms are very similar in style with some updates.

Kids suite rooms
Family 2 Bedroom Suite Kid’s Bedroom
Holiday Inn Baruna
The kids loved their room!
Holiday Inn Baruna Kids Room
Kids Bathroom
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The master bedroom of the kids suites
Holiday Inn Baruna Bali
View from our kid’s suite balcony in 2016

1 King Bed Suite Garden View Sofa Bed 

During our stay in 2024, we stayed in this room type. A great amount of space for a family of 4 (can sleep up to 5) and can be interconnected with a Standard Garden Access Terrace room taking the total sleeping capacity to 7 people. Perfect for larger families.

Although the room is not brand new it was extremely functional and the kid’s bunk room is a bonus. Featuring a play station with TV, the bunks are secure with a sliding door through to the main bedroom. The walk-in robe was spacious and the bathroom was a great size and also included a bath. I loved the garden outlook of the room and easy access to walk to the pool.

Room tour
King bed
Main bed. Note the interconnected door to the right of the bed
Bathroom
Bathtub
Bunk bed room
Kids bunk room
…..
Sofa that can be made into a sofa bed
Walk in robe
TV was not a smart TV but had a range of channels
Facilities in the room
View onto patio outside room
View of garden from the room
Interconnected door to Standard Garden Access Terrace room
Standard Garden Access Terrace room
Standard Garden Access Terrace room
Standard Garden Access Terrace bathroom

3 Bedroom Beachfront Private Pool Villa

During our 2024 stay, I had a tour through the stunning 3 bedroom beachfront villa. A gorgeous space with huge rooms and entertaining areas. The villa also comes with a beachfront view plus a private pool.

Private pool
Master bedroom
One of the bathrooms
Dining room
Lounge room

Other Room Types

Holiday Inn Baruna has a great range of rooms that suit a variety of budgets. Due to the design of the resort, the garden-facing rooms are only a short walk from the pool.

The rooms suited the most to families are:

  • Family 2 Bedroom Suites
  • 1 King Bed Suite Garden View Sofa Bed
  • 1 Bedroom Suite Ocean View Living Room
  • 1 King Bed Premium Pool View (interconnecting rooms available)
  • 1 King Bed 1 Single Bed Suite Garden View
  • 1 Bedroom Suite Ocean View Living Room
  • 3 Bedroom Beachfront Villa

Check out this link to explore the different room types available at Holiday Inn Baruna.

1 King Bed 1 Single Bed Suite Garden View near Envy Restaurant
Holiday Inn Baruna Rooms
King Bed Premium Pool View close to the pool

Kids Club at Holiday Inn Baruna

The Rascals Kids Club was a huge hit with our kids. The staff were fantastic and the kids enjoyed the different activities in the kids club. A huge space with a great range of toys to play with plus a fun ball pit! The Rascals Kids Club is now free for all guests (additional costs for some activities listed below).

Rascals Kid’s Club activities
Holiday Inn Baruna kids club
Great size kids club
Lots of toys
Dressing up in Balinese dress
Balinese dress
Giant chess board outside the steps to the kids club

Kids Outside Playground

There is a kid’s outdoor playground located near the pool. Shaded by palm trees, this is a great spot to wear off some energy with the younger kids.

Kid’s outdoor playground

Dining at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

At the Holiday Inn Baruna, there are a good amount of food options available. The kids eat free deal through Holiday Inn Resorts is a great way to save money for families, see details here.

There are 2 restaurants at Holiday Inn Baruna, Envy Restaurant overlooking the beach and soccer field, and Palms Restaurant, location for breakfast and overlooks the pool.

Breakfast

Open 6:30am – 10:30am

The breakfast at Holiday Inn Baruna is at The Palms Restaurant overlooking the pool. There is both an indoor and outdoor area to sit in. It has a good range of options including a kid’s area.

Breakfast tour
Breakfast at Palms Restaurant
Bakery options
Pancake and waffle station
Breakfast options
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Kids zone
Ordering eggs
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Kids enjoying breakfast in 2016

Envy Restaurant

Open 11 am to 10 pm (weekdays) and midnight (weekends)

Happy Hour 5 pm to 6 pm

Our favourite restaurant at The Holiday Inn was the beachfront Mediterranean restaurant Envy. The sunset views are amazing and the grassed areas are great for the kids to run. Nightly entertainment adds to the great atmosphere at Envy Restaurant.

Envy Food Menu

Envy Drinks Menu

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Envy Restaurant at Holiday Inn Baruna
Envy Restaurant
Great spot for sunset views
Delicious meals
Yummy desserts
Kids menu

Palms Restaurant

Open 11 am to 10 pm

The Palms Restaurant has a selection of Asian and Indian dishes. The food was delicious and they have an airconditioned area if the Bali heat gets too much. They also have a fabulous kids menu and kids under 12 eat for free if accompanied by an adult who is having a main meal. Check out the kids eat free details here.

Palms Restaurant Menu

Kids eat free menu
Palms Restaurant at night
View from indoor seating area at Palms Restaurant for lunch
Nasi Goreng was amazing!
Butter chicken was a winner
Delicous dessert

Flavaz

Open 7 am to 9 pm

This was one of the kid’s favourite spots in the resort where they could get their daily ice creams. They had other delicious things like fresh-baked cookies, smoothie bowls and finger sandwiches with coffee for Mum and Dad.

Mason choosing an Ice Cream at Flavaz
Lounge area to relax and drink a coffee
Smoothie bowl options from Flavaz

Pool Bar

Open 10 am to 8 pm

Happy Hour 4 pm – 5 pm

The pool bar had a great selection of food and the swim-up bar was a hit with all the family. Happy hour is at a great time of the day and then you can head to Envy restaurant for their 5 pm happy hour and give the kids dinner. Winning!

Fun at the pool bar
Pool bar food
Pool bar drinks

Tea Tree Spa at Holiday Inn Baruna

Open 9 am to 9 pm daily

One word for the Tea Tree Spa, amazing! The massages are divine and the rooms are lovely. Easy access to the resort which means it’s easy to leave the nanny with the kids in the room and go enjoy a massage at the spa. Outside guests are welcome to use the Tea Tree Spa.

Click here for the Tea Tree Spa Menus and details

Entrance to Tea Tree Spa
Entrance to Tea Tree Spa
Treatment room
Massage ready
Sound therapy details

Other Facilities at Holiday Inn Baruna

The Holiday Inn Baruna has a range of different facilities on site. There is a clothes/gift shop, money changer (with reasonable prices!), gym, teens area and lots of activities to do.

Resort activities
Activities with a cost
Shop at Holiday Inn Baruna
Pool table near Flavaz
Games for everyone to enjoy
Play stations to use
Holiday Inn Baruna bikes
Money changer rate matched the street

Gardens at Holiday Inn Baruna

The gardens and space is one of my favourite things about staying at Holiday Inn Baruna. There is so much space for the kids to run around with a huge grass field separating the beach and edge of the resort with security guards at the entrance. This gives the feeling of a large resort but with all resort facilities nearby.

View from near our garden view room
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Holiday Inn Baruna rooms
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Palm trees between room wings
Grounds at Holiday Inn Baruna at dusk
Huge grassed area at Holiday Inn Baruna

Beach at Holiday Inn Baruna

The beach is typical of Kuta and not the best for swimming. The beach path is flat and great to walk along with a stroller. I loved my morning walks with Mason along the path watching the planes take off and land at the airport. The noise from the airport is minimal at Holiday Inn Baruna but the perfect spot to watch planes.

Beach at Holiday Inn Baruna March 2024
Looking toward the airport
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Sunset at Holiday Inn Baruna Beach in September 2016

Holiday Inn Baruna Day Pass

If you have a late flight home or want to test out Holiday Inn Baruna, this Bali day pass is a great option. There are 4 different options to choose from and all include access to the kids club.

Check out this link here for prices

Enjoy laying by the pool before your flight

Location of Holiday Inn Baruna

Our family enjoys the location of Holiday Inn Baruna and is perfect if you want to be a short taxi ride from Waterbom Park and the shopping malls.

Once you arrive at the Holiday Inn Baruna you feel like you are in an oasis amongst the chaos. I think this is due to the huge grounds and that the streets directly outside the hotel aren’t that busy. There are restaurants nearby including many convenience stores for supplies like water, milk, snacks and nappies. Lippo Mall has a great selection of restaurants and is a short walk from Holiday Inn Baruna.

Circle K near the Holiday Inn Baruna
Laundry near Holiday Inn Baruna
Sim card shop near Holiday Inn Baruna

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Lippo Mall Kuta
Kuta with kids
Street out the side of Holiday Inn Baruna

Things to do in Kuta Bali

What to do in Kuta Bali? Kuta is full of things to do with kids but not all activities are cheap, so if you are on a budget, choose wisely!

Here are a few suggestions of Kuta Bali attractions to see with your family and feel free to check out our ultimate guide to Bali with kids for more suggestions:

Waterbom Bali
Waterbom Water Park

Kuta Bali Map

Check out our Google map with a few of our favourite things to do in Kuta with kids.

To give you some idea of distances from the Holiday Inn Baruna it took us 5 minutes to drive to Waterbom and 10 minutes to Beachwalk Mall. The Lippo Mall was a short walk away.

If you would like to check out more info and prices for the Holiday Inn Baruna click here

We highly recommend a stay at the Holiday Inn Baruna. My gauge of how much we enjoy a resort is would our family choose to stay again. The answer is most definitely yes, we can’t wait to have another massage at the spa and enjoy cocktails watching the sunset from Envy Restaurant!

Feel free to join our Facebook Group if you have any questions about Holiday Inn Baruna.

Kate xx

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Note: We were paying guests of Holiday Inn Baruna in 2016 and received no discounts or benefits. For our 2024 stay we were hosted by Hoilday Inn Baruna. All thoughts in this review are our own.

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Comments

    • Darrien
    • June 10, 2024
    Reply

    Amazing article, thank you!

      • Kate
      • June 11, 2024
      Reply

      Thank you 🙂

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