Bali has been known to many as the place to go for peace, tranquility, relaxation and rejuvenation. However, one must be smart in choosing a suitable and nice hotel/resort to achieve all that. Choose a hotel in the middle of the busy city or at the road sides of sleazy stalls, and you would never want to return to Bali anymore. Therefore, I put in extra effort to search for the perfect hotel for my stay, nothing too pricey but not too cheap either. I took the fuss-free option of choosing via the AirAsia website so that I can book both the flight tickets and hotel stay in one package. After much scrolling and price comparison, I found the perfect spot in Nusa Dua, called the Swiss Belhotel Bay View. Many would say that Nusa Dua is a place for the rich and famous, and hence the hotels here would cost a premium. This hotel is rated 4 stars and by booking early, I managed to get the rate of approximately RM200 per night, with daily breakfast and free shuttle to the Kuta city.
Read through my post and you will agree with me that it was money well spent! 🙂 Reached the Bali airport at night, welcomed by the sweet bell boy from the hotel, Budi. According to him, Swiss Belhotel is the highest hotel in Bali and thus provides a magnificent view.
At the lobby
The next morning, I took the opportunity to explore the hotel before going for the complimentary breakfast. It has two swimming pools, one at ground level and one at level 6, overlooking the magnificent Nusa Dua and the sea. The ground level pool is just gorgeous and huge!
Hotel ground floor pool
Hotel ground floor pool
I then proceeded to the restaurant called Sky Terrace, located at the 6th floor. This is very accurately named because once you’re up at level 6, there is a beautiful view of Nusa Dua and it is possibly very close to the feeling of dining in the sky. 🙂
The decoration in Sky Terrace is very Balinese with all the Balinese wooden furniture and the arts screaming out loud.
Sky Terrace indoors
The buffet spread was nothing too splendid but it was the view and the surroundings that mattered the most, yes?
Sky Terrace Buffet breakfast spread
The breakfast I had was simple but sufficient. I especially loved the chicken porridge which was flavourful and smooth, if you know what I mean.
Breakfast at Sky Terrace
Now here is the gem of the hotel… the swimming pool located just outside of Sky Terrace. If you swim to the far edge of the pool, you can actually have a breathtaking view from above! More so if you swim in the evening, there will be a brilliant night scene from no other than the pool. Isn’t that so very romantic? 🙂
Then one can opt to dine alfresco just next to the pool or dine indoors in Sky Terrace. Of course, during the day time when the sun is shining hot, I would definitely choose the indoors! *LOL*
Poolside dining or indoors?
The witch was here! 😉
Later in the evening, I went for a pampering session at the in-house spa, called Kawas Spa. The entrance to the spa itself already boasts of serenity. And true enough, I did find serenity from within!
Kawas Spa @ Swiss Belhotel Bay View
Apart from the magnificent surroundings of the hotel, the room itself must not be short of comfortable. The Deluxe suite that I booked is so huge, it makes me just want to stay in most of the time.
Spacious Living room
The bathroom area is clean and new, with rather contemporary design.
Finally, the bed is luxurious and cosy, definitely worth every penny.
The only drawback during my stay though, is that I was there during the rainy season where there were strong winds every night. Due to the presence of a door leading to the balcony from the bedroom, there’s always a howling sound whenever a strong wind blew, which affected my slumber.
Still, with such a great view overlooking the sea, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, I really would not complain. 😉
*For the rest of my Bali adventure, check out my Bali Itinerary.