Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Hotels and Places to Stay > Marriott | Marriott Bonvoy
Reload this Page >

Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Bali, Indonesia [Master Thread]

Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Bali, Indonesia [Master Thread]

Old May 18, 20, 9:46 pm
  #211  
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 148
Originally Posted by ftrichard View Post
As a tourist, you will doubtless feel that Ubud is "real Bali". We stayed some years ago at Kayamanis which is in a a super-luxury collection of private villas on the edge of a local village just outside Ubud. We were woken by the sound of dogs barking and cockrells crowing and enjoyed a fine-dining breakfast overlooking the forested ravine. It was exquisite. Quite whether any "real Balinese" ever have this authentic experience didn't occur to us as we soaked up the traditional US$500 a night atmosphere. We also enjoyed the authentic evening cultural dancing show that was spontaneously put on by locals for our pleasure and enjoyed spying on the wild monkeys David Attenborough-style as they consumed stolen biscuits and coke in their natural habitat of the Monkey Forest.

"Eat, Pray, Love" has a lot to answer for. I guess that any real Bali experience has long since been overwhelmed by the mass tourism no matter how it's dressed up unless anyone knows of a homestay somewhere sufficiently remote. My advice: do a two-centre stay in Ubud and Seminyak. I love holidays in both.

Iím with you on that. I would second doing Ubud and Seminyak. Iíve always broken my trips up with stays in 3 places, but having been a couple times now, I would only return to Ubud and Seminyak.

and truly, at this point, , the ďrealĒ Bali has become towns overrun with tourists and a Billabong/Hurley/Volcom/Ripcurl store (or two) in every one of them. Oh and letís not forget about Starbucks! Ubud has two of them. I was lucky (I use that term loosely for this one) to be there at the beginning of February when travel had started to slow down around the world, and got to experience Bali without quite so many people. There are still places you can get to with far fewer people and more natural beauty, but it is all relative to what Bali has become.
ftrichard likes this.
jdj84 is offline  
Old May 20, 20, 12:38 pm
  #212  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: BHD/BFS/DUB
Programs: BA Lifetime Gold; Marriott Titanium, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 296
Originally Posted by soy View Post
Per Loyalty Lobby blog Marriott are running a sale for the upper tier Bali properties under the promo code LRR
Prices are attractive and include resort credits. Seems to be that you pay now and then can rebook for stays between now and May 31 2021

The big issue I see is what happens if Covid prevents you from going by May 31st. Clicking through to make a reservation says its non-refundable rate which means too much risk in my mind.
Last I heard Bali will not open for tourism until Oct/Nov this year, and that too could slip.
Thanks for the pointer. Great deal. I share your concern about cancellation, but with the current Marriott cancellation policy you're covered if you need to cancel as long as you make the reservation before 30 June, right? I have flights booked to Bali over Christmas and I'm focussing on Marriott hotels only because of the COVID-19 cancellation policy.
mccorry is offline  
Old May 20, 20, 1:24 pm
  #213  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: DCA, EGE, IAD
Programs: MR LTT, BA Gold, AA LTP, UA Silver
Posts: 5,970
Originally Posted by mccorry View Post
Thanks for the pointer. Great deal. I share your concern about cancellation, but with the current Marriott cancellation policy you're covered if you need to cancel as long as you make the reservation before 30 June, right? I have flights booked to Bali over Christmas and I'm focussing on Marriott hotels only because of the COVID-19 cancellation policy.
Not sure what your Bali hotel cancellation policy is, but in the case of mine for this coming mid-December (non-holiday period) it may be cancelled up until day before arrival. When I made my reservation in early January it was originally a 3 day cancellation policy. Then, shortly thereafter and up until a few months back the cancellation policy was 30 days prior to arrival but it changed to 1 day cancellation a couple months back. Also at that time the price went down; so I modified my reservation and not only got a lower rate but also got the 1 day cancellation policy in place of my 3 day cancellation policy. I continue to check daily for lower rates and will do so until day before arrival. FWIW, this is for The Laguna LC property. I also check other Bali properties from time to time for good rates; so could potentially change hotels too.

Note: I avoid booking advance purchase non-refundable rates like the coronavirus, unless there is no other option, but that is extremely rare. And in the rare case I do book a non-refundable advance purchase rate, I'll only do so if it is changeable, Years ago (1997-2001) when Vail Marriott (along with ALL other Vail hotels) only did 7 night or more advance purchase reservations, they were changeable so one could modify the booking and get lower rates if they became available; ended up with a few $1000 credit on a couple stays (my stays were usually 2-3 weeks). READ your reservation's CHANGE and CANCELLATION policies BEFORE BOOKING! I did get burned once about 20+ years ago, never again.

The LRR rates appear to be changeable, at least at the Laguna. The rates for my preferred room are very low $115 USD vs $176 at current conversion rates. I think rates will go down more for my mid-December dates so I'll stick with my current fully refundable rate.

Last edited by aaupgrade; May 20, 20 at 1:30 pm
aaupgrade is offline  
Old May 23, 20, 7:08 am
  #214  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: BHD/BFS/DUB
Programs: BA Lifetime Gold; Marriott Titanium, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 296
Has anyone any experience of having 4 guests in a Bali Marriott hotel room? Most of the Marriotts seem to have an occupancy limit of 3 pax, even rooms with two double beds. However, it seems it's OK to have 2 adults and 2 children under 12 in such a room.

I have two children just over 12 and was wondering what the best approach would be here...

Any insights welcome
mccorry is offline  
Old May 23, 20, 9:17 am
  #215  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: HH Diamond, IHG Gold, Hyatt something
Posts: 27,377
Originally Posted by mccorry View Post
Has anyone any experience of having 4 guests in a Bali Marriott hotel room? Most of the Marriotts seem to have an occupancy limit of 3 pax, even rooms with two double beds. However, it seems it's OK to have 2 adults and 2 children under 12 in such a room.

I have two children just over 12 and was wondering what the best approach would be here...

Any insights welcome
Most hotels in Indonesia arenít too concerned about kids. I have Hilton and Hyatt properties that I often donít even note the kids that are traveling. Never had a problem in 100ís of nights stayed.
Jaimito Cartero is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: