One of the most common questions from would-be InterContinental Bali Resort guests is which accommodation they should choose: a Singaraja room or Club InterContinental room. InterContinental Bali Resort is one of many hotels and resorts which offer different levels of access and privilege to guests depending on what room category they have booked. When it comes to these two different room types at InterContinental Bali Resort, it comes down to your budget and what type of holiday you are planning.

Singaraja Room benefits

Singaraja rooms are cheaper than Club rooms and have recently been renovated with new furnishings, updated bathrooms, Balinese-inspired full-wall mural paintings, intricate lattice patterned headboard panels, and pendant lamps inspired by the elaborate terracotta crown finials of traditional Balinese thatched roofs. The surrounding walkways, carpets and garden areas surrounding the Singaraja wings have also been updated. Singaraja rooms are large at 49 sqm and have a king bed (or two doubles), a lounge and balcony area and spacious marble bathroom. Balconies have also been upgraded with new furniture and a slightly different look and feel.

Singaraja Room

Another added feature for those booked in one of the two Singaraja wings is the Singaraja Lounge which is only available to guests staying in a Singaraja room. This lounge offers ‘light refreshments’ 24 hours a day, although these don’t amount to much more than Balinese-inspired cookies, tea and coffee and refreshing fruit-infused water. What is more exciting, particularly if you are a first-time visitor to Bali, is the lounge’s specialist staff who are on hand to assist guests with anything they might need at the resort and also with all things Bali such as tours and must see attractions. While help is also available from the concierge in reception, the staff at the Singaraja Lounge offer personal one-on-one service and have time to get to know your likes and dislikes. The lounge is seldom busy so any questions or requests are attended to immediately, and always with a smile. The Singaraja Lounge offers a bespoke experience and highly attentive service.

Singaraja Lounge refreshments

Singaraja Lounge relaxation area

Club InterContinental Room benefits

If you’re planning a stay that is all about relaxing and enjoying the finer things in life (and you have the money to pay for them), then a Club room is just what you need. These rooms cost more than the Singaraja rooms but are great value for money, provided you are going to be at the resort long enough each day to use what is on offer. Club rooms are larger than Singaraja rooms at 59 sqm and also come with a king (or two double) beds, a lounge and balcony area and spacious marble bathroom. While the resort’s Club rooms currently look a little dated, especially compared to the beautiful new Singaraja rooms, renovations are currently underway and due to be completed by the end of 2018.

Club Room (Twin)

Club guests receive complimentary transfers to and from the airport (which is just 20 minutes away, a bonus when it comes to Bali’s notorious traffic) and check in at Club InterContinental, a beautifully appointed club lounge furnished in English-manor-meets-tropical-luxury style with fine linens and cutlery and attentive, friendly service. Other add-ons include 24 hour butler service, 24 hour light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages at the lounge and also around the private Club Pool area (which is only available to Club guests), gourmet breakfast with a la carte selections from 6.30 am – 11.00 am at a choice of four venues including full breakfast at either Taman Gita and Jimbaran Gardens Restaurants. Elegant afternoon tea is served from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, and there is an evening cocktail hour and canapes from 4.30 pm – 7.00 pm.

Club InterContinental

Children are made to feel very welcome at Club InterContinental except during the evening cocktail hour when only adults are allowed in the lounge. Guests with children (and any other Club guests) can enjoy their cocktails at the Club Pool or Sunset Beach Bar and Grill which is one of Bali’s best bars for watching the sunset. However, if you go to the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill there are no complimentary canapes. While children can’t enter Club InterContinental during the cocktail hour, they do get a very special Club privilege: unlimited access to the children’s programme at Planet Trekkers (other guests have to pay to access this upmarket kids club). The Planet Trekkers program includes complimentary meals for kids and fun activities such as Balinese arts and crafts, kite flying and adventures like fish feeding around the resort.

Club InterContinental pool area

Sunset Beach Bar & Grill

Jimbaran Bay sunset

The private Club InterContinental Pool has five private cabanas with ocean views arranged around a lush lawn. Don’t linger too long at breakfast if you would like one of these as they fill up quickly. Room service can be ordered at the Club InterContinental Pool area and at the Club lounge (at your own expense) and is served with extra pizzazz by the Club staff. If you’re needing your best Hawaiian shirt pressed there is are two pieces of complimentary light pressing offered per stay. Local phone calls and preferential seating at the resort restaurants are also included.

Singaraja Room or Club InterContinental Room: The Verdict

While the Club InterContinental benefits sound amazing – and they are – one thing you need to consider when you are deciding which room to book is the amount of time you will be spending at the resort. It costs an extra $100 or more per night for a Club InterContinental room, compared the cost of a Singaraja room. If you are planning on spending time at the resort and can afford the extra spend, a Club InterContinental room offers excellent value. However, if your love of luxury is larger than your holiday budget, you appreciate the decor and extra touches found in a fancy, renovated room or you are going to be out and about a lot, a Singaraja room is the one for you as you still get to enjoy all of the resort’s fantastic free facilities without spending extra on Club features you might not use.

Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of InterContinental Bali Resort.