“I do not stay at the Intercontinental. Everything I got is not a rental.” – Drake

Usually a lady after Drake’s advice, if not heart (did you hear he’s been buying up Birkins for his one day wife?? Right here, Drake!), I had to disagree with his Intercontinental mantra. While I previously agreed with Drake, those were the days when I did try the Intercontinental (Miami)- awful- and own a house, Champagne Papi style, I’m sure. These days it’s the Intercontinental (Jimbaran) and rentals to keep things easy and fresh. Take that, Drake.

The Intercontinental Jimbaran was GORGEOUS. I must admit, I was more than a little nervous about our last stay in Bali. The hotel was older and partially renovated and the deal that I scored on our room ($150) pretty much guaranteed something in the unrenovated zone.  Turns out I was right, but the room was great! While definitely older, it was still clean, spacious, and had a balcony with swimsuit drying racks and a view of the ocean. What more could you want?

We received leis upon arrival. My first one I might add. Insert “I finally got lei-ed on vacation” joke here.

The room was older, but definitely serviceable and most importantly, CLEAN. Our double room had beds larger than a twin, but smaller than a double.

After a long trek from Nusa Lembongan, the island next door, the first order of business was lunch. Spring rolls to share.

And a shrimp and avocado salad for me.

The Intercontinental made many Bali lists of best sunset watching spots. Obviously, this was a massive influence the decision to stay here.

The pool was absolutely massive and had a sophisticated swim-up bar.

The property was beyond lush. Gorgeous foliage, flowers, and fountains were around every turn.

We chose to post up near the beach most days. The spot was quite shady which paired well with my partner’s red burns and my sun poisoning.

Breakfast at the hotel was also great. Freshly squeezed juices right in front of you and latte art for IG purposes.

The best part of the sprawling breakfast buffet was the made-to-order noodle bar. You know I went with chili-garlic noodles for breakfast. Numb lips last longer than expected.

If you’re staying in Jimbaran, I’d highly recommend the Intercontinental. The beach is gorgeous, sunset bar is perfection, grounds lush, and service friendly. A short walk on the beach provides numerous casual restaurants in the sand and ends at the Four Seasons if you’re feeling high brow. The hotel itsself features several restaurants and shops which was very handy in last minute souvineer purchasing. There’s even a lovely little fine jewelry store with the perfect takeaway from Bali.


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