bridge intercontinental bali resort balinese architecture

Bali is renowned worldwide for its romantic architecture and furnishings, decorative handcrafted features and gorgeous artwork. In fact, art in every form is the masterpiece of the highly-valued Balinese culture. Visitors to the island will not fail to notice intricately carved doorways, ornate stone statues and wood sculptures, splendid paintings, hand-woven textiles, highly wrought metal work, the traditional architecture of temples and houses, and beautifully crafted offerings to the Gods. 

InterContinental Bali Resort was conceived to showcase this ancient culture. Here, the essence and ambience of the island is captured with local materials – teak, coconut wood, alang alang thatch, marble, stone and brick, as well as Balinese artistry and traditional aesthetic characteristics such as high pitched roofs layered to provide natural light and ventilation, covered walkways and hidden courtyards, in tune with nature and in keeping with the environment.

Bridge to heaven intercontinental bali resort  balinese sculpture

The essential components of Balinese Hindu philosophies, imagery and symbolism are also prevalent throughout the Resort’s design, which follows the principals of ‘Tri Hita Karana’ by maintaining harmony and balance between the three sources of life – humans, nature, and the Gods – as well as honouring the sacred axis between the holy mountain and the sea. Water is a predominant element in the spiritual landscape of Bali, and like a fabled Balinese water palace, the Resort’s lovely gardens incorporate lagoons, ponds, and exotic water features including fountains, waterfalls and Balinese bathing pools, poetically woven together by pathways and breezeways, bordered by the ocean and the golden sands of Jimbaran Beach.

From the moment you arrive at InterContinental Bali Resort, you will be immersed in the island’s culture. Enter the impressive lobby building, look up, and soaring overhead you will see a magnificent vaulted ceiling showcasing exceptional fan-rafter and open-truss craftsmanship, girded by sky blue and gold frescoes depicting Baruna, the guardian of the cosmic order, Goddess of the sea, and source of the rain and the rivers. The spacious interiors of the resort – from the public areas to the private guestrooms, villas and suites – are a gallery of natural textures, paintings and handcrafted features, all of which are the essence of Bali’s style. Soft furnishings – cushions, bed runners and framed wall hangings introduce Bali’s own home-produced cloth, a weft ikat called endek, made by tying the weft threads of a cloth before it is woven and then dying them so that the tied areas do not absorb the dye. The cloth is then woven and the pattern emerges. 

Balinese Architecture Lobby InterContinental Bali Resort

At InterContinental Bali Resort you will be exposed to carving in all forms, from elaborately carved doors and ornamental accents to exquisite wood sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Stone carving is also prevalent with distinctive split gates, sculptures, swirling stone friezes, bas-relief tableaux, plaques and panels, depicting trees, flowers, birds and beasts of the forest, heraldic winged lions and protective guardians drawn from the natural and mythical world of the Balinese Hindu heritage.

Not only does InterContinental Bali Resort capture the spirit of Bali through its architecture, artwork, landscaping and interior design, but also through its famous Balinese hospitality and guest activities. The resort is proud to provide a platform from which guests can explore the local culture through a wide choice of activities and experiences ranging from Balinese cooking classes, gamelan music lessons, Balinese dance lessons, and Balinese art and craft making, to turtle release, temple visits, market and village tours, Balinese massage, traditional spa therapies, and the opportunity to enjoy Balinese dance performances and the delicious local cuisine.

kids activities balinese offerings interContinental bali resort

Stay at InterContinental Resort Bali, embrace and absorb the Balinese charm, and you will find that when you leave the island a little bit of that magic will follow you home.



kids activity balinese offering intercontinental bali resort  

The Balinese Hindus believe that the spirit of the gods is present in all things, from everyday objects to nature. For this reason, it is very important for humans to foster good relationships with the spirit world, and to remember to give thanks in the hope that the good spirits will bring fortune, prosperity and health to all the family. It is also necessary to appease the bad spirits so that they will stay away.

Offerings to the gods are an integral part of day-to-day life for the Balinese, and these offerings can be seen everywhere in many different forms.  You may even notice that some Balinese will pour a few drops of their first cup of coffee or tea onto the ground, before they drink any themselves, as a small expression of thanks as well as to placate the demons. Furthermore, when you walk down the street in Bali, you will most certainly notice (and possibly nearly step on) the many, tiny, woven palm frond trays that have been placed on the pavements and at the base of steps. These are so much more than mere street decorations, they are known as ‘canang sari’, and each is presented twice a day, with devotion, in front of every home and business, as well as at temples and shrines, on statues and even at crossroads to help prevent accidents.

canang sari balinese offerings

There are a great many varieties of canang sari, but essentially each is comprised of a square frame, made with a folded coconut palm leaf and measuring about 10cm along each side. A flat bottom is woven, fitted, and skewered into place with either a sliver of bamboo or the central spine of a coconut leaf. Some baskets are very simple while others are more intricate artistic creations.

When completed, the little basket is lined with a banana leaf and filled with a symbolic assortment of rice, fruit, a coloured leaf or two, and flower petals of various colours but generally including red and white petals, as well as green in the form of shredded pandanas leaves to make up the colours of the Hindu ‘Trimurti,’ – meaning the ‘three forms’ of God, the three principal deities – Brahma, Wisnu and Shiva.  Some of the offering baskets might also contain a Chinese coin for prosperity, a cigarette, and food items such as rice, peanuts or crackers.

Even placing the flowers in the offering trays involves a ritual, as one is not allowed to smell the flowers to be used in the offering, until the offering is actually made. A splash of perfumed oil completes the little offering, and then an incense stick is lit and placed on top as it is the smoke that allows the essence (sari) of the offerings to reach the gods. There is a simple hand gesture known as ‘ngayab’ and prayers involved in placing the offerings, in which the right hand is waved three times to direct the essence or ‘sari’ of the offering towards God.


You will often see women sitting on the doorsteps of shops or outside their homes with baskets of palm leaves and flowers as they create these miniature works of art.  Alternatively, you can see thousands and thousands of them for sale at almost any traditional market in Bali, and most Hindu truck, bemo and taxi drivers will put a canang on the dashboard of their vehicles every day. For special ceremony days and important celebrations, the offerings are much larger and more elaborate than the everyday ones. If you’re lucky enough to witness a Balinese ceremonial procession, you will see the stunningly crafted ‘gebogan’ mountain-shaped offerings of fruit that the women carry on their heads.

Learning how to make the canang sari offerings is an activity available to youngsters at Planet Trekkers, the children’s club at InterContinental Bali Resort. Here, kids of all ages can enjoy enriching and creative pursuits that will introduce them to Bali’s culture and artistic heritage.


10th August 2016 – InterContinental Bali Resort  is proud to be awarded as “Bali’s Leading Family Resort” by Bali Tourism Award (BTA) for the two consecutive years.


The InterContinental Bali Resort team were delighted to welcome Mr Alan Watts, Chief Operating Officer, AMEA (R) and Mr Amadeo Zarzosa (L) to celebrate its most recent Award with the management team.


“We are proud that we can maintain the recognition which was achieved last year. It’s been two consecutive year that InterContinental Bali Resort received the award. We take pride in the fact that we are able to provide the best facilities for families including Club InterContinental, a resort within a resort, with an exclusive Club InterContinental privileges and entitlements and other activities”, comments Mr. Michel Chertouh, General Manager of InterContinental Bali Resort.


Wednesday 17th August 2016 was an auspicious day for InterContinental Bali Resort, marking the anniversary of the resort’s Hindu temple which fall on Indonesia’s Independence Day.

The anniversary ceremony is known as the ‘Odalan,’ taking place every 210 days in accordance with the Balinese ‘saka’ calendar. The Balinese Hindus believe that this is the time when the gods descend from the heavens to be present in that particular temple.

Odalan Ceremony Convoy

It took three days to prepare for the festival, which was organised by our Hindu employees. Our Resort temple was decorated with ceremonial ‘umbul-umbul’ flags, and the slender, eight-metre-high, gracefully arching bamboo poles known as ‘penjor,’ festooned with flowers, fruit, unhusked rice and palm frond ornamentation. Our employees and their families also contributed by making ‘canang’ flower petal offerings, and the astonishing offerings known as ‘gebogan,’ which are soaring pyramids of fruit, rice-cakes and flowers, ornamented with ‘sampian’ coconut-leaf decorations, and designed to reflect the shape of the holy mountain. These were brought to the Resort Temple in a long procession with our female employees carrying the gebogan on their heads. The offerings were arranged in order of size from the smallest ones up at the front to the huge ones finishing off the procession. Towering at almost two metres high, the gebogan require as much skill to carry them as to make them.

Odalan Temple Ceremony

To celebrate the occasion, there was an array of activities, which began at 7 am and continued throughout the day. This included the dressing of the symbols of the gods, cockfighting, a rejang dance performance and much more. In the Saraswati Lounge, our staff assisted our guests to dress in Balinese attire so that everyone could participate in a ceremonial parade from the Lobby to the Resort Temple compound. This was followed by a blessing ceremony conducted by a Hindu Priest.

Balinese Dance during ceremonyGamelan during odalan ceremony

The event was just one example of the many ways in which InterContinental Bali Resort cares for and involves the local community in cultural traditions.

The Kids and the performer dressed in Balinese Traditional Clothes

The guest joined the temple ceremony and the cocktail event

InterContinental Guest

The guest joined the temple ceremony and cocktail

GBK_7114 GBK_7338 GBK_7845

button (2)


Sayana Departure Arrival lounge

InterContinental Bali Resort is pleased to announce the opening of the ‘Sayana Lounge’ – a dedicated Arrival and Departure Lounge for early arriving and late departing guests. In Sanskrit, Sayana (सायन) have a meaning of the place for a temporary rest or laying down for a rest before start again to continue the long Journey to Ayana. In Sanskrit “Ayana” means “Our true goal, direction” or more specifically “a good path” in terms of one’s life journey.

Located on the ground floor of the Resort, this purpose-designed resting place offers lockers, showers and changing facilities as well as a plush lounge and open air terrace, which guests can enjoy free of charge until either their room is ready or until their time of departure.

Sayana Arrival and Departure Lounge

The chic and elegant 24-hour lounge resonates with the essence of Bali showcasing local craftsmanship and intricate wood carved accents, such as door handles and wall hangings. Local materials have been utilised in the design, including teakwood furnishings, marble vanity units and parquet floors, to ensure that the ambience of the island greets guests upon their arrival or remains with them until the moment of their departure.

Synonymous with the style of the Resort and in harmony with its engaging, contemporary décor, the air-conditioned lounge is furnished with comfortable seating, including two deeply-cushioned sofas and a refreshment bar with high chairs. It is thoughtfully equipped with an international-channel TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, universal power points, and a complimentary tea and coffee making facility as well as water and biscuits. Outside the main lounge is a large open-air veranda, with plentiful cushioned seating overlooking the Resort’s beautiful lagoon. This is an area where guests may smoke if they wish.

Locker Sayana Arrival and Departure Lounge

Sayana Lounge also provides eight lockers for the storage of suitcases and bags, two of the lockers are walk-in and family sized with the capacity for a large quantity of luggage and personal effects. Each locker features a combination lock that guests can set with their own PIN number. Adjacent to the lockers is a wide space where guests can comfortably open, unpack or repack their luggage upon suitcase tables positioned at the optimum height. A wash room area with a non-slip marble floor presents three private walk-in showers and changing rooms.

Living Room Arrival And Departure Lounge

International travel can be tiring, so Sayana Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long flight, watch the latest entertainment, catch up on emails, or shower and change after a day beside the pool before being transferred to the airport.

Stay at InterContinental Bali Flower


Spa Uluwatu at InterContinental Bali Resort is proud to announce that it has been named as one of the best luxury resort spas in Indonesia at the 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards event.

Aimed at encouraging and raising service standards within the luxury spa industry, the World Luxury Spa Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for luxury spas. Each award is based on votes by thousands of spa clients worldwide who voted online to select winners in different categories on a country, continent and global basis. This was supported by feedback from an international panel of spa industry professionals in recognition of the winning spas’ world-class facilities, quality, innovation, and the service excellence provided to guests. Competing spas in 2016 ranged from small privately owned spas to internationally renowned spa groups.

The exclusive awards event at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina in Switzerland was attended by some of the world’s top hoteliers and leading decision-makers. There were 22 competing spa categories and 38 countries participating from across the globe.

Michel Chertouh, Regional GM IC Bali said, “We are delighted to be honoured with this award in recognition of Spa Uluwatu’s world-class facilities and service. This is a wonderful tribute to our staff and their ongoing commitment to the delivery of an exceptional spa experience for every guest”.

Spa Uluwatu at Intercontinental Bali Resort is a luxurious and restorative oasis, providing a wide variety of massages and Asian treatments that utilise indigenous spices, herbs, flowers, sea salts and volcanic earth. The deluxe treatment rooms, steam rooms and open-air Jacuzzis spill out into a serene garden bounded by wooden decks and punctuated by water cascades and open-sided pavilions, where guests can relax with a drink from the juice bar in a truly peaceful environment. Spa Uluwatu’s Asian-inspired wellness and beauty rituals offer an indulgence that will ease fatigue, stimulate the senses and awaken the spirit. A unique collection of gender-orientated treatments and rejuvenation packages has been designed with the modern holistic approach of healing, balancing and nurturing both the inner and outer self.




InterContinental Bali Resort is very proud to receive the TUI Top Quality Award  for two consecutive years. This prestigious accolade is awarded to only four hotels and resorts in Bali among 250 holiday resorts and hotels worldwide.   This Award is very special and dear to the whole InterContinental Bali Resort team as it is based solely on the feedback of guests who stay with us and book via TUI.  It is the result of the biggest customer survey carried out in the German tourism industry. More than half a million TUI guests get to decide each year what are the best leisure hotels for international holidays.


World Luxury Restaurant Awards  (1)
InterContinental Bali Resort has scooped two more prestigious international awards to add to its impressive collection of accolades. The Resort’s two fine-dining outlets: ‘KO Restaurant, Teppanyaki & Cocktail Lounge’ and‘Bella Cucina’ are both ‘Country Winners’ in the respective Japanese and Italian categories of the esteemed 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. The winners were announced at a gala event hosted by The Grand Kronehof Hotel, Pontresina, Switzerland.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards were set up to inspire excellence and ignite healthy competition within the luxury restaurant industry. The aim is to highlight the special features of upscale restaurants, thereby increasing competition and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the industry. Restaurants are invited to compete in their chosen category, from a list of 78 categories, and the awards will further promote the nominated restaurants based on culinary excellence and memorable experiences, ranging to outstanding atmosphere and service. World Luxury Restaurant Awards will highlight those categories for which the restaurant should be renowned, recognising and acknowledging service excellence, celebrating outstanding menu choices, and attracting food experts, journalists and gourmands as well as a host of visitors from around the globe. Voting is based on the food experience as a whole, combined with aspects of service excellence, presentation, quality and menu choices. Votes are mainly from guests, but also from industry professionals.

World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2016 F&B

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards is the sister company to the already well-established and popular World Luxury Hotel Awards, a global organization that has been focusing on identifying the world’s best hotels for the past eight years.

Michel Chertouh, Regional GM InterContinental Bali Resort said, “We are thrilled to have won two World Luxury Restaurant Awards and would like to extend our thanks to all of our loyal customers and guests who have supported us. Winning these awards acknowledges the hard work and excellent service of our staff, I’m very proud of them”.

Service From The Heart