Living near Ubud means we don’t visit the beach half as much as we’d like, so a couple of nights at the brand new Inaya Putri Resort in Nusa Dua was really exciting for my family of 4. We packed up the car and the kids, Lola (8) and Marlow (3) and drove the hour and a bit from our house to our holiday! For those arriving at Bali’s international airport, you can expect to be at the resort within about 30 minutes, or from Kuta/Seminyak in around an hour. When we arrived, the resort definitely didn’t disappoint. It’s beautifully grand, but still Indonesian as you can see in the thatched roof, dark wood and wall decorations. The staff took care of us from the second we walked into the lobby, from valeting our car to giving us refreshing welcome drinks.
The rooms at the Inaya Putri are laid out in ‘villages’ along a wide stone avenue, and luckily we were in the very closest one to the lobby, pool and restaurants. We were also very pleased to find we could step out of our bedroom into a deliciously cool pool, shared with just one other room. If you have toddlers or smaller kids that like to think they can fend for themselves, you would either have to be extremely vigilant or choose a different room, because the pool is literally 1 big step out of the sliding doors.
The bedroom has a living area with a couch, coffee table, desk and tv and the bathroom easily fit everyone in my family…I know this because, as most mothers, everyone follows me to the toilet. There were even seats, so those who chose to join me in the bathroom could get comfortable.
The bed was fantastically comfortable and fit all 4 of us with no problem at all and the little deck outside was great for sitting with your feet in the pool with a cup of coffee in the morning or a beer in the evening. There was plenty of space for a travel cot if you need one and there were doors to connect the next room if you choose to have one room for you and one for the kids, but again with the pool access, these would have to be older children.
After a quick dip in our pool, we headed up to the main pool, which is actually 3 tiered pools and 2 shallow kiddie pools either side. The photo below was taken all of 30 minutes after we arrived, so you can see we settled in pretty quickly. For the next 2 days we pretty much settled into a routine of floating in the pool, strolling down to the beach and eating excellent food. This is what Nusa Dua is all about isn’t it?
The main building behind the pool houses 2 restaurants and the bar as well as the wedding chapel you can see above the pool. It also makes a nice shady area where you can lounge when the sun gets too hot. A handy gelato cart hides under there as well, so the kids ate gelato numerous times while we were there.
The beach area right in front of the hotel is really spectacular. Soft white sand, gentle waves and warm water you can just float around in all day. Loungers, beachfront drinks service and plenty of shade under the trees makes it ideal for reading, watching the kids and generally doing very little. If you feel like stretching your legs, it’s an easy walk on the paved beach path to the Nusa Dua Waterblow and restaurants further down the beach. And if you’re feeling really motivated, the resort has surfboards, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment and bicycles for rent. You can also head out on a boat for diving or snorkeling right from the beach.
Food-wise we were pretty spoiled for choice at the Inaya Putri. Breakfast is a massive buffet served in the main restaurant, which also serves lunch and early dinners until 7pm. Ja’jan Bistro and Ja’jan by the Sea are very casual and serve a nice mix of international dishes, bbq and typical Indonesian food from food carts by the beach, which is really atmospheric and great for kids who aren’t great at sitting at a dinner table. Gading and Ja’jan both have good kids menus, which you can also order by the pool.
However, by far the best meal we had, was at Homaya, the resorts signature Indonesian restaurant. We were presented with a selection of Indonesian krupuk (crackers) and 6 different types of sambal! For those who like a bit of spice, this is heaven. We ordered mixed satay, yellow rice and Balinese spiced pork ribs. All absolutely fantastic!
The views at night are also pretty spectacular so we made the most of the evening breezes at the bar with a cocktail or 2 and a walk down to the beach with the kiddos before bedtime.
The one thing the resort lacks is a kids club, but I’m assured that this won’t be for long. A fenced play area and indoor kids club are in the works and although there isn’t yet a date for the opening, I’ve been told Bali Kids Guide will be told the second they are up and running. To be honest, my kids were totally happy and entertained by the pools, grassy area to run on and beach, so this didn’t matter to us at all. We absolutely loved the Inaya Putri and were extremely impressed with the service, cleanliness and services in the resort. There was plenty of drinking water in the rooms, after cleaning the room was spotless and the coffee, tea, mini bar and bathroom amenities (which smelled amazing by the way) were stocked up daily. It really was a great stay, and I can confidently speak for my whole family when I say we would go back in a flash!