After returning from a 2-week fantastic backpacking trip in China, I wasn’t really ready to get back to work just yet. It so happens that when I was in China, I received an invitation to join a team of bloggers on a weekend stay in Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort through Facebook.
As Facebook is banned in China, I responded very much later when I got back to Singapore. Fortunately, there was still a free slot for me so off I went!
I flew to Bali on a Singapore Airlines flight which took around 2.5 hours to reach Bali. Just enough to catch one of the latest movie release on the in-flight entertainment system. Singapore Airlines offers 4 flights daily from Singapore to Bali and back. After flying on a variety of flights on various airlines from budget to business this year, I must say that Singapore Airlines is probably the only airline that consistently delivers an excellent flight experience.
Checking in to Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is located at the heart of the sandy Kuta beach with a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. Judging from the location. When I checked in to the resort, the second floor of the resort offers an unobstructed, elevated panoramic view of the ocean which was pretty mind-blowing.
Entering my room, I find that the design and layout of the room is very consistent with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts brand. I would describe the room as being clean, spacious, minimalist design and functional. With all the rooms designed to have a view of the sunset, you will find a good view of the beach from your balcony.
If you are hungry but yet feeling lazy to walk down to the restaurant, consider the breakfast in bed option to fill your tummy. The resort offers American, European, Australian and Asian breakfast options to choose from. I tried the American breakfast and am quite satisfied with the food.
Having missed many of my favourite TV series when I was in China, I wanted to spend some time catching up on a few episodes of Suits in my room. The tech geek and backpacker in me managed to put together a travel-friendly Android media center so that I can watch my shows without bringing too many equipment. This is a luxury item that I wouldn’t bring on my backpacking trips.
Sunset Gathering at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
After I’m up to speed with my TV shows, I joined the gang at the rooftop of Bene, one of the restaurants in the resort for the Sunset Gathering, a nightly affair where travellers gather to mingle over great music, mouthwatering bites and the perfect Sangria while watching the famous sunset that Bali is known for.
Here’s a group photo of us basking in the sunset. I’m really glad to be able to join this trip and get to know other travel bloggers, Darren, Jaclynn and Muiee. A big shout-out to the SPH journalists, Wei Lim and Suan Chiang who were not in the photo.
The best part about being at the Sunset Gathering is that we don’t have to join the hordes of tourists at the beach and can just sit around, watching the sunset on a comfortable chair sipping Sangria. For a low cost of USD15, you can get 2 glasses of Sangria and a freshly made wood-fired pizza.
Shopping in Kuta
After the Sunset Gathering, Wei Lim, Suan Chiang and I went to beachwalk Bali, a prestigious retail and lifestyle hub which is just beside the resort. beachwalk Bali had many well-known brands like Armani, Fossil, Levi’s, etc. There are also many food establishments, a cinema and a club.
If you are looking for something unique, check out SATU, an exclusive and contemporary boutique that showcases some of Bali’s best designers which present the designers’ creativity and local craftsmanship. The clothes and accessories are rather unique and everyone bought something from the store.
Located behind the resort is Poppies Lane II where along the road are typical market stalls selling everything from handicrafts, clothes, shoes, bags, etc. If you plan to buy anything from the stalls is to bargain at least 70% down from the initial price that they offer you. I bought a batik bag that was retailing for 80,000 rupiah for only 30,000 rupiah after a hard bargain.
Exploring the town on bicycles
The next morning, Muiee and I rented the bicycles from the resort (not the Vespa) and cycled out to explore the town. As this was my first time in Bali, there’s lots to see. Weaving through small alleys, I got to see a different side of Kuta.
Leaving footprints in the sand
We parked the bicycles at the entrance of the beach and had a stroll along the beach. Because we visited the beach in the early morning, there wasn’t a crowd. With pretty decent waves, Kuta is the perfect beach to learn how to surf. We saw many tourists getting personalised surf coaching and some of the better surfers riding the waves.
The absolute highlight of the weekend
The best part of a weekend has to be Sunday Brunch. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort just introduced a new Market Brunch with the theme of Sip, Savor and Shop. The Market Brunch offers an endless array of delicious cuisines, featuring fresh artisanal cheeses and sliced meats, hand-picked fruits and vegetables, fresh-made sushi made with local fish, Japanese Teppanyaki, Middle Eastern treats and delicacies, seafood barbeque with the day’s catch, as well as more traditional brunch fare like eggs made-to-order and fresh pastries.
If you are considering a weekend getaway in Bali and slowing down the pace from the hectic work back in the office, I strongly recommend that you consider visiting Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. I left the resort feeling very refreshed and ready to get back to the office.
You can also read about my weekend getaway at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort through my guest post in Suma Lifestyle.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Jalan Pantai Kuta
T:(62)(361) 846 5555
This was a hosted stay. As always, opinions are our own.