Inaya Putri Bali is the perfect resort for travellers whose love of the finer things in life is larger than their wallet. However, with a dazzling array of room categories to choose from, it can be difficult to work out which accommodation option is right for you. It can also be tricky to decide what to do and where to eat, especially if you aren’t at the resort for long. Here are 10 hints and tips for a stay at Inaya Putri Bali, including advice on room types, dining options and whether it is worth paying for Club Privileges.

Which room is right for you?

Our family of two adults and a 12 year old gave a One Bedroom Ocean View Suite and a One Bedroom Villa a test drive when we were at the resort. We also looked at one of the Deluxe Pool Access Rooms with a view to future stays. We would definitely stay at this resort again.

Inaya Putri Bali

Inaya Putri Bali

Our favourite room was the One Bedroom Ocean View Suite, for its stunning outlook, generous size and breakfast on the balcony each morning. It had a very luxe feel, with soft colours and plush furnishing. Our family loved the huge couch in the lounge room which doubled as a bed for children.

One Bedroom Ocean View Suites are in this block

One Bedroom Ocean View Suites are in this block

Indoor daybed which doubles as a kid's bed

Indoor daybed which doubles as a kid’s bed

There was also a huge daybed area on the second balcony (yes, there are two!).  Our son loved this outdoor area and made it ‘his spot’, curling up there with a book or an iPad multiple times each day.  This gave his parents some extra space although we didn’t really need it as the suite was so large.

Outdoor balcony with double lounge

Outdoor balcony with double lounge

Whether you are travelling as a couple or as a family, the Ocean View Suite room category is definitely our pick. This surprised us as it was the second room category – a One Bedroom Villa – that we were most looking forward to before we arrived, based on the photos on the Inaya Putri Bali website.

One Bedroom Villa (viewed from the communal pool)

One Bedroom Villa (viewed from the communal pool)

One Bedroom Villas are designed for couples, and located in a private area of the resort. I wouldn’t recommend a One Bedroom Villa for families as there is no couch or room for a rollaway. You can book a Two Bedroom Villa but this costs more.

One Bedroom Villa

One Bedroom Villa

One Bedroom Villa entrance

One Bedroom Villa entrance

Outdoor bathroom with deep tub

Outdoor bathroom with deep tub

The villas have a separate reception area and buggy service for getting around the resort. However, you can get to the main resort from the villas with ease once you know how. Just walk towards the ocean and take the stairs or the lift which brings you out next to the restaurants.

Walk to this building then take the stairs or lift to the resort

Walk to this building then take the stairs or lift to the resort

We loved our One Bedroom Villa’s private outdoor shower and luxurious tub that was big enough for two but found it strange that the chic outdoor area and beautiful plunge pool could not be closed off from the main river-style pool. One of the other villas had doors which could be closed for complete privacy so hopefully these are on the way for the rest of the villas as well.

Looking down at the Villas

Looking down at the Villas

If you are travelling as a family and would like a room with pool access, or your budget simply won’t stretch to a villa, the Deluxe Pool Access Rooms have a balcony with direct access to a shared pool. If you are travelling with kids who love to swim, you can sit outside and keep an eye on them if you have one of these rooms.

Are Club Privileges worth it?

Both of the room categories we stayed in included Club Privileges, something which is well worth the extra spend. Not only do you get a better room, you also get afternoon tea served at a bar overlooking the ocean or in the privacy of your room. Evening cocktails are also included, with a complimentary plate of designer canapes.

Complimentary evening drinks are a Club Privilege

Complimentary evening drinks are a Club Privilege

Afternoon tea at our Villa with iced tea

Afternoon tea at our Villa with iced tea

There is also ‘butler service’ with these room categories however there didn’t seem to be a butler uniform or any way of knowing who your butler was. It seemed we were just looked after by various regular staff, however this didn’t matter as everyone was lovely.

If you are staying in a room with Club Privileges, you can also order room service breakfast at no extra charge. This is fantastic if you are staying in an Ocean View Suite as the view is superb and the balcony is in shade every morning. Breakfast on the balcony was one of the highlights of our stay.

Complimentary room service breakfast with a view

Complimentary room service breakfast with a view

Time your breakfast

Inaya Putri Bali is a popular hotel for tour groups which is great news for leisure travellers. While they are out exploring each day, you get the entire resort to yourself!  However breakfast can get very busy, especially between 7am and 8am before the groups head off on excursions.

It's the breakfast rush!

It’s the breakfast rush!

Made to order breakfast noodle at Gading Restaurant

Made to order breakfast noodles at Gading Restaurant

If you prefer a quieter breakfast, treat yourself to a sleep in and arrive at Gading Restaurant sometime after 8am. Don’t forget, if you are staying in an Ocean View Suite or a Villa, you can have breakfast in your room and avoid the rush altogether.

Best place for a romantic dinner

Homaya Restaurant, which celebrates Indonesia’s diverse food culture, is the perfect spot for a special dinner. It is worth requesting one of the romantic tables for two on the terrace in advance. If the weather doesn’t play along, there is also inside seating.

Table for two at Homaya Restaurant

Table for two at Homaya Restaurant

Dinner at Homaya Restaurant

Dinner at Homaya Restaurant

Dinner at Homaya Restaurant

Dinner at Homaya Restaurant

Look out for the monthly special which features one or two unique dishes from the surrounding archipelago. If you don’t see anything advertised at the restaurant, ask your waiter what is on offer. These meals are especially good and can be difficult to find at restaurants outside the resort.

Enjoy some fun for free

It isn’t well publicised, but Inaya Putri Bali has a terrific guest activities program. Even better, it is free!  You can find the schedule down at the pool desk. Choose from activities such as Yoga for Beginners, Water Exercise, or Pool Games. If you like to keep fit on holidays, these activities are a lot more fun than going to the gym.

Have a sunset drink at the beanbag bar

One of the nicest places to have a sunset drink is at the ‘beanbag bar’, an area filled with beanbag seats for two with a little table and umbrella at each spot. You can also order food from the Ja’Jan by the Sea food carts and eat it here, accompanied by a cocktail or two (see the end of this review for more info on Ja’Jan by the Sea).

Hang out at the 'beanbag bar'

Hang out at the ‘beanbag bar’

Soak up the sun by the beach

Grab a book or or a magazine and head down to the beach to read, relax and soak up the sun. The best time is in the late afternoon when you can people watch and take photos of the beach bathed in soft afternoon light.

Soak up the sun at the beach

Soak up the sun at the beach

How to make the most of the pool

Inaya Putri Bali has three tiered pools, all of which overlook the beach. If you prefer a shaded area to relax and swim, the top pool is great as there is a roof over part of it. If that pool gets too popular, you can go to the pool at the very bottom. This pool is seldom used compared to the others for some reason but it is just as nice, with lovely ocean views.

Shaded pool area

Shaded pool area

This pool at the bottom is seldom used

This pool at the bottom is seldom used

There are also two kids’ pools, one on either side of the pool towel cart. If one of the children’s pools is busy, head over to the other one with your kids. Both children’s pools have comfortable seats for parents watching their kids playing in the pool.

Have fun at the kiddie pool

Have fun at the kiddie pool

Where to get married

This resort has an open air wedding chapel with stunning sunrise and sunset views. There is also a large grass area if you are planning a large wedding or you can have the ceremony down at the beach. If you are planning on getting married in Bali, it would be hard to go past this affordable resort.

Get married at the chapel

Get married at the chapel

Lunch or dinner with a difference

For a well-priced casual lunch or an early dinner, head down to the food carts along the beach in front of the resort. This pop-up restaurant is run by the hotel and known as Ja’Jan by the Sea. Prices are reasonable with dishes such as a plate of chicken sate for AU$6 or nasi goreng for AU$6.50. Even if you aren’t staying at the resort, it is worth strolling down here for a meal.

Disclosure: The writer was a guest of Inaya Putri Bali.