Review: Hyatt Regency Bali Is An Incredible Value

by Miles Jackson

UPDATE: Category Change

At the time of writing, the Hyatt Regency Bali was a Category 1. Hyatt changes their property categories annually. Unfortunately, this great property will be moving up to a Category 2 award level on March 18, 2019. This means 8,000 World of Hyatt points will be required for a standard room free night.  Explore all of Hyatt’s award chart updates. Still, today I find the property to be a strong value and stand by this Hyatt Regency Bali review.

Hyatt Regency Bali Review

As a frequent guest at many Hyatt properties around the world, I was excited to visit the completely renovated Hyatt Regency Bali.

The original Bali Hyatt closed to guests during a five year remodel project. Here are my thoughts on the “new” Hyatt Regency Bali, which officially re-opened on December 20th, 2018.

Main Lodge and Lobby of Hyatt Regency Bali

Background on Hyatt In Bali

When it first opened, the Bali Hyatt (as it was originally called) was the first luxury Hyatt property in the country. Over time, the hotel became worn down and needed a facelift. Hyatt decided to do it right, taking a full five years to renovate while raising the hotel’s distinction to a Regency brand.

In addition to this Hyatt, there is the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua (Southeast of Denpasar and the airport).

Supposedly, an Andaz property in Bali  is slated to open in 2020. However, it is far behind its projected opening date of 2016.

Hyatt describes the Hyatt Regency Bali as:

…a hotel located on a delightful beachfront with nine hectares [22 acres] of lush tropical gardens. Each of 363 rooms is elegantly designed with a modern Balinese touch and overlooks the tranquil gardens or the Indian Ocean.

Booking The Hyatt Regency Bali

The Hyatt Regency Bali is one of the best values in the Hyatt portfolio. Why? It’s It was a Category 1 property. For 5,000 World of Hyatt points you can get a standard room for one night. Points + Cash rates work out to 2,500 points and about $68 USD.

Recent Room Rates at Hyatt Regency Bali

If you want to book with cash, you can find a standard room (king bed or two twins) for as little as $115 USD with an advance purchase rate.

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Park Hyatt Sydney | Photo courtesy of Hyatt

Park Hyatt Sydney | Photo courtesy of Hyatt

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Location & Getting To The Hyatt Regency Bali

The hotel is easily reached with a taxi ride of about 20 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).

Grab an Uber type ride sharing service, is a cheap way to secure transportation to the hotel. Beware of what the locals refer to as the ‘taxi mafia’ who persist in hassling you once you leave the arrivals area of the airport.

It is best to arrange for your taxi from inside the terminal and proceed across the street to the parking garage to meet your driver. Your Grab driver will provide you with a parking slot number in which they can be found.

A rather easy (and cheap) drive to the Hyatt Regency on Sanur Beach

Side Note: Currency Exchange In Bali

Resist getting your foreign currency changed at the airport. As per the norm, rates are very unfavorable. The airport’s exchange rate was $1 USD for 13,600 IDR’s. At many places that same day, I found a much more favorable rate close to hotels and high traffic tourist destinations.

Checking In To The Hyatt Regency Bali

As each guest arrives, they are greeted with a flower lei and a welcome fruit drink. There are local performers playing music as you enter the grand lobby and check-in desk.

Panorama of Hyatt Regency Bali Grounds from Lobby

The Room at The Hyatt Regency Bali

I tried to get a suite upgrade based on my Globalist status with World of Hyatt. However, the concierge told me that all of those rooms were currently booked during my stay.

Regardless, we had access to the Regency Club. We were given a King Room, which had a king bed, a separate toilet room with sink (located next to the front door), a full bathroom with his and hers sinks, bathtub, and walk-in shower with a handheld shower as well as a rainfall shower.

King Room with cabana and lanai

The room offered a lanai and what the hotel calls a “cabana,” an area that consists of a day bed, two chairs and a table in a space between the room and the lanai. Our lanai featured a view into a tropical garden with a glimpse of the Regency Club just beyond the garden’s perimeter.

Day Bed w/ Cabana in Hyatt Regency Bali King Room

View of Regency Club and grounds from our room

Dual Sinks and Dressing Mirrors

The room also featured a large wall-mounted television, an in-room safe, and a beverage center with a hot pot, french press, and mini-fridge. The standard complimentary tea and coffee offerings were neatly presented in a sliding drawer.

Complimentary beverage center

The room was beautiful and felt new, as it should. The one drawback was the tight space of the entrance hall. The depth of the entry closet (where you were supposed to store your luggage) could not accommodate my carry-on and have the doors be closed. This was a design oversight.

Two other issues became apparent. First, many of the items listed as available (whether complimentary or on loan) from the hotel were not stocked. This included free items such as a sewing kit, lint mitt, mouthwash, and loofah. On loan items like a lighted make-up mirror, curling iron and flat iron were also not available. The hotel had not received these items in time for its opening.

Not all items listed are actually available

The second issue was with the television. It was not fully integrated with guest account monitoring, TV checkout, and ordering food. In addition, although the television displayed the current location, no weather information was available. Sure, these are minor issues, but nice conveniences when they work properly.

To see the complete in-room dining menu you can click on one of the images below and scroll through them

Amenities At The Hyatt Regency Bali

The hotel features three restaurants, a Regency Club, three pools, a spa, concierge services, a convenience store, bank (with currency exchange) and a travel and tours office all located on the grounds (just below the main lobby floor.)

The hotel grounds feature beachfront access to the large Sanur Beach, which faces eastward towards the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida.

Sanur Beach

Pools At The Hyatt Regency Bali

The hotel features two swimming pools for adults and one swimming pool dedicated for children. Disappointingly, I saw children in each of the three pools during my stay. The verdict is that I do not believe the “adult” pool policy is enforced.

Hyatt Regency Bali Pool Panorama

Evening poolside at the Hyatt Regency Bali

There is a small jacuzzi, a very small water slide (for children), and a waterfall feature located in the pool complex. Pools are open daily, from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

Jacuzzi

The hotel also offers a fitness center and Camp Sanur (also referred to as Camp Hyatt, a children’s center).

There is also a fully serviced resort center to assist guests with vacation and tour arrangements.

Dining at The Hyatt Regency Bali

The property boasts three distinct public dining options and one private dining option.

Outdoor dining at The Pizzeria, beachside

Bar at the Pizzeria, beachside

The Pizzeria sits just off the sandy beach of Sanur and features an Italian themed menu. However, the atmosphere is distinctly Balinese. It is casual and airy. The portions are larger than what I expected, and we ended up with more pizza and calzone than we could eat. We took some back to our room and tucked them away in our mini-fridge for a late-night snack.

The prices are good in relation to the portions but a bit pricey for Balinese standards. Expect to pay between $15-20 USD per person, excluding beverages.

Omang Omang features local flavors and seems a bit more formal. It is still a completely open and in an outdoor setting under thatched roofs. Menu prices are a bit higher than The Pizzeria so you should expect to pay between $20-30 USD per person, excluding alcohol.

Omang Omang Restaurant features local tastes but a bit more formal; still dress casual though

Then, there’s the Piano Lounge. We found it to be a pleasant surprise. It featured a quartet providing tunes from the 1950’s and 60’s (think: Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee). The Piano Lounge offers an extensive alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage menu.

Upon request, a dessert menu is provided. The staff gladly pulls your request from one of the hotels’ other restaurants and serves it in the Piano Lounge. The lounge is located in the hotels’ main lobby and open for most of the day and evening.

The Bar at The Piano Lounge

The Piano Lounge, Main Lobby

The one private dining option is the Regency Club where we spent most of our time. It offers a full breakfast and a few great dinner choices. Access is limited to World of Hyatt members who are Globalists, Explorists using their Club Access upgrade awards, and those guests who have paid for the club access with either cash, points or a combination of both.

Regency Club offers many food and beverage selections

Cooked to order food selections

Cereal selection

As with many Asian destinations, you will find wine priced higher than in the US or Europe. This makes the Regency Club an even better value since it offers white, red, and sparkling wines during cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres (7:00pm – 9:00pm).

Complimentary wine and spirits served during cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres

During cocktail hour, at least two main entrees were presented. In addition, there were many salad, fruit, vegetable, and dessert options.

Throughout the day and evening, the Regency Club had snacks and a full complement of breads, juices, teas, sodas and coffees.

Great selection of breads

Coffee and tea available all day in Regency Club

Daily breakfast featured at least two cooked-to order menu items, featuring local Balinese flavors and international offerings. We actually found every meal to taste great.  The staff in the Regency Club were fantastic, and made every effort to speak with guests individually.

Ambience At The Hyatt Regency Bali

I loved the open-air concept that is not just present at this hotel, but throughout Bali. The grounds are vast and the long hallways are open. Overall, it is very relaxing and adds a tropical feeling to the property (as you would hope).

Open Architecture and Beautiful Woodwork Are Found Throughout the Property

Concierge Experience At The Hyatt Regency Bali

The hotel can arrange many sightseeing activities, and we decided to see their services were.

Concierge Experience #1

Our first experience was a Balinese culture tour that took us to a royal palace, a monkey sanctuary, and the Bali Museum of Art. We also opted for a lunch to be included with the tour (served on the museum grounds).

After discussing our preferences and timetable, the concierge went to work on arrangements and a price quote. Within an hour our hotel room phone rang and the concierge had everything in place.

The next morning we met in the lobby with the concierge who led us to our private Hyatt Regency vehicle, chauffeured by our private driver for the day.

Private Hyatt Regency Vehicle and Personal Chauffeur for the Day!

The experience became a highlight of the trip and with the driver’s advice, we found opportunities for local shopping before returning to the Hyatt Regency.

For the entire day, including lunch, our cost was an 900,000 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) which works out to about $64 USD. Pricey for Bali but an incredible value by most western standards.

Concierge Experience #2

The next day, we booked both parasailing and jet ski rentals through the hotel’s concierge. Due to windy conditions, however, parasailing was exchanged for a banana boat ride. Jet ski rentals cost $24 USD for 15 minutes, a relative bargain compared with similar beach destinations.

Concierge Experience #3

Finally, we sought out the concierge service to book a day trip to the nearby island of Lembongan. Lembongan is a remote island reached by ferry which supposedly boasts amazing beaches and dramatic landscape features. We negotiated a deal with the concierge at 2,600,000 IDR for the day trip.

Unfortunately, the hotel transportation arrived late, our ferry departed late, and the weather took a turn for the worse. The end result was a much shortened tour. However, the island was indeed beautiful. We went on motorbikes, rode through a mangrove forest, snorkeled, and had lunch high above the azure waters of the island.

After a momentary scare about a cancelled ferry, we returned back to the mainland. The ferry operator actually relented under pressure and took us and about 80 other passengers back to our original point of embarkation on Sanur Beach.

Ferries Run Between Sanur Beach and Lembongan frequently during the daytime

Upon returning to the Hyatt, we relayed our disappointment over the delayed and shortened experience. Our bill was adjusted by 600,000 IDR as compensation for the shortened tour.

Overall, the concierge service was outstanding. Every activity or tour we inquired about had personalized attention and follow-up.

The Upshot

It was an amazing experience visiting the Hyatt Regency Bali during its soft re-opening. The staff was excited to have the property open again, and everyone seemed eager to please. With a sparse guest population, the staff to guest ratio was outstanding.

The property reminds me of Hawaii in the earliest days of development, when it was a simpler time and full of genuine hospitality. Best of all, there is so much value either paying in cash, points, or a points+cash stay. As a Category 1 property, you can also use your annual free night certificate from having the World of Hyatt Credit card, making it an exceptional value. Reminder: This property moved up to a Category 2 (requiring 8,000 World of Hyatt points for a free night) on March 18, 2019. Hopefully, this Hyatt Regency Bali review helps you still recognize the value even at that valuation.

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Christian March 6, 2019 - 10:49 am

My wife and I love the Grand Hyatt Bali. If you’ve stayed there, how would you contrast the two? Also, what’s the neighborhood like? Is it very close to dining, shopping and laundry? Sorry for the questions, but I’m a Globalist trying to decide between them for this fall.

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Simon March 6, 2019 - 11:03 am

“In addition to this Hyatt, there is the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua (Southeast of Denpasar and the airport) and the Hyatt Regency in Sanur (northeast of Denpasar and the airport).’

Isn’t ‘this Hyatt’ and ‘the Hyatt Regency in Sanur’ one in the same.

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Larry D March 6, 2019 - 11:04 am

The title emphasizes the Value of the hotel. Is it a Great Hotel, or just a great value. I love getting great deals, but I’m not going to fly to Bali for Value. If a Marriott Courtyard in Bali was free, I probably would still rather spend $400/night at the Ritz Carlton or St Regis, just for the experience. Does this hotel measure up to those as a luxurious resort, or would I stay there thinking I’m getting great value, but wishing I splurged on a premium hotel?

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Miles Jackson March 6, 2019 - 3:52 pm

Hi Christian,
I have not stayed at the Grand Hyatt Bali yet; planning that later this year. I’ll certainly offer a comparison once that visit is complete. Having spent many nights at other Grand Hyatt locations and looking at the images and reviews of the property I feel the one in Bali would be a more luxurious option that the Regency. My focus here was the great value of the Bali Regency as a Category 1 in what for many people, is a bucket list destination. For the low costs, the Hyatt Regency Bali is a tremendous value with great service, wonderful restaurants, activities and ambiance. As a Category 3, that Grand Hyatt is also a relative value among the Hyatt portfolio. Thanks for the question.

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Christian March 6, 2019 - 5:24 pm

Thanks for the response. How is the neighborhood? Restaurants in easy walking distance?

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Miles Jackson March 6, 2019 - 4:08 pm

Hi LARRY D-
Thanks for your comment. I get your point and would respond by saying it is a great ‘hotel value,’ especially for those looking for an exotic (bucket-list) destination.
While certainly not ‘luxurious,’ the property offers many features and the service delivered by the staff was exceptional. With the renovation, the property for many should be considered; especially World of Hyatt members those who seek a Hyatt property. For luxury, the Grand Hyatt (a Category 3) is a value and once it opens, the Andaz will be your ‘luxury’ option.
However, tastes vary among guests. I loved the open atmosphere and design, the relaxed vibe and it reminded me of those early days of Hawaii.

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Miles Jackson March 6, 2019 - 5:19 pm

SIMON-
Thank you for the catch and that’s been corrected.

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Miles Jackson March 6, 2019 - 6:28 pm

CHRISTIAN-

The hotel is located within close walking distance to all of the amenities you mentioned: Dining, shopping and laundry. In fact you have two choices; beachside and street-side from the property.

There is a laundry on Sanur Beach within 100 feet of the hotel’s south boundary and there are countless restaurants along Sanur Beach. In fact, we found a nice restaurant elevated a bit over the sandy beach which featured two lobster tails (smaller variety,) a salad, side items, dessert and a beverage for about $14 USD.

Street-side (within 150 meters south) you will find a broad selection of restaurants, a couple of convenience stores, shops and services (including laundry and currency exchange.)

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S&S March 12, 2019 - 9:36 pm

I think a more apt title would be
‘Book Hyatt Regency, Bali while it’s still offers great value’
From March 18th it is Cat 2.

S&S

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Miles Jackson March 12, 2019 - 10:13 pm

S&S-
Unfortunately this gem of a value in Hyatt’s portfolio is slated to increase in points cost; moving up from Category 1 to Category 2 next week.

Book now! I’m returning to this property before its price increases.

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