Hard Rock Hotel Bali

IMG_6302On their own website they describe the resort as having “limitless energy and unparalleled creativity” and “a uniquely authentic rock and roll experience “ and they are spot on. This place is so different to the norm and in a good way. You don’t come to the Hard Rock Hotel in Bali to relax and read a book, you come to play, eat and have a great time.
The Hard Rock Hotel in Bali is an extensive and complete resort with all the trimmings in a fantastic location, right in the middle of all the action.

The Hard Rock has the largest free form pool in Bali.

The Hard Rock has the largest free form pool in Bali.

It’s got a comprehensive list of features and activities that will keep you busy such as the largest pool in Bali (more about that later), multiple restaurants including the famous Jamie’s Italian and the Hard Rock Café, a modern gym, several shopping outlets, bars, cafes, a live music venue, and even a recording studio. You won’t be bored during your time at the Hard Rock Hotel Bali, that’s for sure.

Some of the rock and roll memorabilia.

Some of the rock and roll memorabilia.

More memorabilia.

More memorabilia.

All the walls of the hotel are lined with rock and roll memorabilia which adds to the fun of staying at this resort. I was pleased to find a statue of Bob Dylan near the main restaurant and Tom Petty’s guitar on the wall in the lobby.

The bust of Bob Dylan.

The bust of Bob Dylan.

We were lucky enough to spend 3 nights at the Hard Rock Hotel during the July school holidays, so it was packed full of families (a good mix of Australian, Asian and European families) making it a busy time to visit. For our accommodation we had interconnecting Deluxe Premium Rooms… sounds fancy but the rooms were standard in size and fixtures as you would get in any 4 to 5 star hotel in Bali.

Our room.

Our room.

The rooms were a bit rock and roll with some music memorabilia on the walls in each room and a Bose sounds system on which we could play our own music, which was a nice touch. Our rooms were clean, bright and well equipped, serviced daily by one of the friendliest room cleaners I have ever met and a real asset to the resort. All in all, the resort has 418 rooms spread out over multi floor wings around the pool area and tropical gardens.
When it comes to room amenities the Hard Rock Hotel does go to the extreme. They offer the choice of over 20 different Fender guitars that they will deliver to your room (with headsets so you don’t disturb anyone) so you can have your own jam session in your room. Did I say this service was free? That’s right, free! (Although a credit card deposit is required against damage to the guitars). So as you can imagine, us non guitar playing Bunnik’s straight away ordered an electric guitar.

Sacha rocking out on the electric guitar.

Sacha rocking out on the electric guitar.

Breakfast was in the Starz Diner each morning and was consistently good with the normal breakfast fare, although try and go early so you can sit on the veranda, which is nicer than sitting inside.

Inger at the breakfast buffet.

Inger at the breakfast buffet.

More buffet.

More buffet.

For our lunch, we always ate by the pool at the Splash Bistro, which had a great mix of cuisine to cater for the whole family, from burgers to nasi goreng, spicy satays and pizza’s.

Splash Bistro opposite our cabana.

Splash Bistro opposite our cabana.

Jamie's Italian, connected to the Hard Rock.

Jamie’s Italian, connected to the Hard Rock.

One of the nights for dinner we tried Jamie’s Italian and were blown away… wow the fresh pasta was mouth-watering. The meal for the 5 of us worked out to be around $ 75 Australian Dollars, our most expensive meal in Bali, but a lot cheaper than Jamie’s Italian if we went in Australia. It was by far our best meal of the trip. Another benefit for people staying at the Hard Rock is that you can charge your meals back to your rooms for both Jamie’s Italian and the Hard Rock Cafe. On our last night we ate dinner at the Hard Rock Café, having a large cob salad, burgers, fajitas and milk shakes. IMG_5741A meal at the Hard Rock Café is always fun as the atmosphere is electric with entertaining music, lots of rock memorabilia on the walls and friendly casual staff.
Ok, let’s talk about the pool.

A small section of the pool from our cabana.

A small section of the pool from our cabana.

This is where the Hard Rock Hotel in Bali excels; the pool is enormous and is the centre piece of the resort. I can’t overstate this, the pool is huge, some parts have a sandy bottom, and there are bridges, islands to explore, the mandatory swim up bar, waterfalls, grottos, 3 water slides and rocking DJ to keep everyone pumping. For around $40 Australian Dollars per day you can rent a pool side cabana, complete with a picnic basket full of snacks and icy cold water. IMG_6339I would highly recommend this as it gives you a place to call home for the day by the pool, it also gives you a little bit of your own space and privacy as the pool does get very busy. We ended up spending two full days enjoying our cabana by the pool and loved every minute of it, this place is a lot of fun.

The live band playing at Centre Stage.

The live band playing at Centre Stage.

Next to the lobby is the live music venue called “Centre Stage”, a nightclub, bar and concert venue all rolled into one, with nightly live bands.

Inger and Summer enjoying the live band at Centre Stage.

Inger and Summer enjoying the live band at Centre Stage.

The Centre Stage is very family friendly as we enjoyed a night of cover songs and non-alcoholic cocktails with the kids; it was Summer’s first night club experience, not bad for an 11 year old.
If you’re looking for a resort to have a lot of fun and be entertained, then you can’t go past the Hard Rock Hotel in Bali.

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