07 Mar 2013

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort – Kuta beach, rooms, service, surroundings, Shine Spa, food!

I have written in detail of my Deluxe Ocean View Room plus a video so do check it out if you want to know more about the room. Today’s post would be about the resort in general and its facilities.

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The resort is connected to a shopping mall which is one of newest and modern mall named BeachWalk; a shopping centre where you can find a fair amount of eateries and fashion brands – Quiksilver, MNG, Ms. Selfridge, Topshop and even Farah Khan!

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A security guard stands at guard to scan your bags from the entrance and exit from the resort to the mall. But he was missing when we scrolled through late in the evening so I guess it isn’t 24 hours security. In general, prices for merchandise here is almost similar to Malaysia for most brands so I didn’t buy anything.
Still, if you have to shop, shop away!

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Many of the eateries are at the outside circle, making al fresco dining possible.

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A little shopping street 5 minutes walk away offers some local buys that may suit every budget as bargaining are allowed. I was tempted with some of the beachwear and colourful luggage bags while I had to refrain myself as the last few months had been pretty bad for me.

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For the adventurous (or naughty), meddle with some magic while you’re at it. :dd

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Apparently I run a small little business here. So come by for some “happy time” if you’re in Kuta alright? :-d

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The sun is scorching hot so we cooled down with an aloe vera Minute Maid (why don’t they have this in Malaysia!?) and a beer!

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We strolled along the lanes and admired some “creative wall art” as we made our way to the beach.

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I was warned that the beach is crowded but what was more annoying was the amount of persistent vendors – “Massage?”, “Manicure?”, “Tattoo?”, “Drinks?”, “Ice-cream?”. Even the seats are payable! Thank god they don’t charge for walking on the beach!

But the waves were majestic and high. I stood there and was mesmerized for a while. Flashbacks of surfing on the waves in Terengganu during the Rip Curl Pro Terengganu 2012 came flooding back and I wished I had a surf board with me then!

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After a while we left the busy beach in search of some sustenance.

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Since we are staying at the busy area in Kuta, choices are aplenty. International chains includes Coffee Bean,  Starbucks, Flapjacks, McDonalds as well as KFC. I went in search of some Balinese-ised burger in McD but there was nothing unusual here other than a Spicy Chicken Wrap.
Darn, this is Bali! Why isn’t there a PORK burger??

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They do offer a Blueberry Lychee Sundae though, but the gelato and ice-cream at FEAST in Sheraton Bali had more than satisfied my ice cravings so I didn’t bother.

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After a hot day out in the sun, a spa session is timely. The Shine Spa in Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort spans more than 250 square meters and it comprises of 4 treatment rooms—each with its own hot tub, changing rooms and comes complete with saunas and rain showers.

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I was entitled to a complimentary treatment of SHINE traditional Balinese massage for 60 minutes (IDR 320,000) which started with a welcome drink, cold towels and a quick filling up of an assessment form (any health risks, injuries, preferred pressure for massage, etc).

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Next I was escorted to my private treatment room and was requested to change to a robe before sitting down for quick foot massage and scrub.

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As I relaxed under the nimble fingers of my therapist, I asked her for a bit of background on Balinese massage. She shared that Balinese massage is very much emphasized on pressure points and the use of thumbs and palms of the hands during the massage. The session started with me lying on my back and the therapist started to work from the leg up. I noticed also that the focus was very much on the shoulders and back. The massage therapist also uses long strokes that are performed in a rhythmic manner.

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Facing down, the scent from the bowl below was soothing and pleasant. Needless to say, I fell asleep!

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After a while I had to turn over and lie down on my back. I fell into a deep slumber again only to be woken up refreshed and felt thoroughly “kneaded”. Ah, now I know how does a a ball of bread dough felt! LOL!

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After changing back into my clothes, hot ginger tea warmed my insides before I headed back to my room. Other than massages, SHINE Spa by Sheraton offers waxing, manicure, pedicure and facials too.

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Seeking a more vigorous activity? Then head to the free-form pool for a dip. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available and one may order food and drinks from Bene, the fabulous Italian restaurant in Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort.

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Mummies and daddies can keep an eye on the little ones in the kiddy pool just 2 feet away.

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The 24 hours fitness centre is right next to the spa and the pool. It is adequately equipped with cardio equipment with individual television screens, free weights and the strength/core area has a 42” LCD flat screen television.  As expected of a resort of its class, towels, a water station, and instruction posters are provided.

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A little more exploration took me to the function and ballroom. Though not primarily a business hotel, facilities for meetings and small gatherings are possible with the 9 meeting spaces available and a ballroom. Wireless High Speed Internet Access allows guests to stay connected and all required devices are provided on request, such as audio and visual aid equipment.

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A versatile 700-square-meter Grand Ballroom can be divided into smaller areas depending on need.

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Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has 203 spacious rooms and suites. I like low density and cosy resorts so Sheraton Bali was just right for me. Instead of tall squarish buildings, the layout here is in an almost flowy, circular form, which to me was quite pleasing to the eye.
Corridors are brightly lit with plenty of sunshine streaming through the glass; again perfect for a lover of the sun and light like me.

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As the sun sets, the poolside lits up in and sultry voice of the singer at The Lounge carries through the wind, soothing and melodious.

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Italian dining Bene is the place to head to for dinner if you’re at Kuta. Open to public as well as hotel guests, Chef Rossano whips up true Italian fare that’s truly satisfying. Be sure to order the oxtail and a pizza!
More on Bene will be in a separate post. :d

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From the restaurant guests dine while overlooking the pool and The Lounge.

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Another floor above Bene is an open air area; great for drinks and cocktails.

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For those who drive, underground parking is complimentary.

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For more information of the resort, you can check it out HERE.

This is the video of the room that I stayed in. You can watch it if you need a better idea of the layout.

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Detailed postings:
1. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort – Deluxe Ocean View Room
2. Breakfast @FEAST – all day dining at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Address: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali, 80361, Indonesia
Phone: (62)(361) 846 5555
website: http://www.sheratonbalikuta.com
LIKE THEM on facebook –> http://www.facebook.com/SheratonBaliKutaResort
email: res.sheratonkuta@staystarwood.com

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8 Mar 2013

Sean Eat Drink KL says:

heh, this is a really picture-intensive post! i had trouble scrolling down on my overloaded laptop :d nice to have a resort that’s linked to a mall, though the mall looks rather quiet. oooh, and i’d wanna try the blueberry lychee sundae if it ever makes it to malaysia :d

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Oops sorry Sean! I got so many pics to show :P
Yes, the mall is new and relatively quiet for now. I wonder how it will fare in the long run. But it is convenient nonetheless!
Same here – I try to chk out all McD, KFC, Burger King etc outlets to find anything extraordinary in other countries. Too bad there werent any pork burgers but i was tempted by this smoothie too!

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14 Mar 2013

Clare says:

I have always loved infinity pools!

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14 Mar 2013

CarolDass says:

WOW! Will start planning my vacation. Can’t wait to be in Bali. Just love your reviews!!

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22 Apr 2013

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