Bali’s Grand Mirage Resort Review

After our two-night stay at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, we headed a little further north along the Nusa Dua coastline until we got to to the Grand Mirage Resort. Managed by the same folk as Samabe, the Grand Mirage also offers an all-inclusive experience, but on a larger, less luxurious scale.

THE RESORT GROUNDS

The Grand Mirage is a beach hotel in bali set along a pristine, private beachfront and features 301 rooms and suites, all with ocean or garden views. The resort and its grounds are quite lively; there are plenty of hotel guests frolicking about (especially families) and an assortment of daily resort-run activities for everyone to participate in. Despite the resorts larger capacity, it still has an extremely intimate feeling about it.

Featuring four food and beverage outlets, as well as several bars, an entertainment and Internet room, tennis courts and the award-winning Thalasso Bali Spa (more on this coming soon in another post!) the Grand Mirage was a the perfect way to cap off our last three nights in Bali…

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THE ROOM

We stayed in a Deluxe Ocean View Room with two single beds and a private balcony. The room measured 42 square metres which was more than enough space for two adults to comfortably move around without getting in each others way. Our room consisted of a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge (that was re-stocked daily with juice, water, sodas and beer as part of the all-inclusive experience) and a large bathroom. Our balcony over-looked the resort pool and offered a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean.

I did get to tour the resort and popped into one of the suites to have a sticky. If you’re looking for that wow factor at the Grand Mirage, than the suites are the way to go. They had been recently renovated and were absolutely beautiful – especially if your holidaying with your family and want that extra bit of space.

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Grand Mirage Bali Bathroom

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POOL AREA

I loved the pool at the Grand Mirage – there were multiple facets to it; a large, deep end where you could swim a few laps happily without little ones getting in your way, a waterfall which was almost like a free massage if you stood under it, a more shallow end for the kids to play water basketball or volleyball in and then an additional kiddy pool that was only about 20 inches deep (which was perfect for my mum since she can’t swim haha).

The best part about the pool though – that swim up bar, heaven! We enjoyed several drinks from here on our last day while we sat in the shallow end of the pool and just relaxed!

There are plenty of pool chairs scattered both around the pool and also on the grass and sand areas. We found that the ones directly around the pool would get claimed early on in the morning which wasn’t really a problem, besides, I liked the chairs on the grassy areas best!

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THE BEACH

Like Samabe, the Grand Mirage has its own private stretch of beach reserved only for the use of resort guests. The beach itself is nice, the water is clean and clear and the sand is soft. I’m more of a pool person though, so we didn’t spend too much time here. If you prefer less crowds, the beach would be your best bet. Even during the peak of day, there were still many beach chairs and umbrellas available to accommodate any guests looking to kick back and relax. There is also a roaming server that will come and take your drink order so you don’t even have to get up – now that’s service!

There are several activities on offer from the beach-front. If you’re part of the all-inclusive package (which I’ll touch on a little more later) these activities include but are not limited to banana boating, kayaking, catamaran rides and wind-surfing.

Grand Mirage Resort Bali Beach

ALL-INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE

If you’re looking for a worry-free vacation, then the all-inclusive package is without a doubt the way to go. This covers you for the following:

    • Unlimited food in four restaurants within the Grand Mirage
    • Unlimited drinks in all four restaurants as well as bars (including alcohol)
    • Dinner with cultural show (four times per week)
    • Unlimited room service
    • Unlimited in-room mini bar beverages as well as a daily refill service
    • Motorized water sports (including banana boating, speed boating, jet skiing, parasailing, waterskiing, glass-bottom boat and snorkeling)
    • Non-motirized water sports (including kayaking, catamaran rides and wind-surfing)
    • Free access to participate in the SeaWalker activity (more on my experience with this in another post)
    • Airport transfers
    • Bicycle and helmet rentals rentals

Don’t have the all-inclusive package? That’s OK! There are several other family-orientated/exercise activities that the resort puts on daily for all guests. There is a notice board outside the Grand Cafe Restaurant that lists the daily program schedule showing times and locations for each!

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FOOD, DRINKS & DINING

There are four main restaurants and several bars scattered throughout the Grand Mirage:

    • Grand Cafe Restaurant: Overlooking the pool with a beach view, the Grand Cafe is open 24/7 and is the main dining area for a buffet-style breakfast. We ate here each morning and thoroughly enjoyed the offerings of your typical breakfast spread; eggs (including an omelette station), toast, meats, potatoes, pancakes, waffles, pastries, as well as a plethora of fruit, cereals and some Balinese tones thrown in for good measure. We also dines here for lunch and dinner a couple of times; on one occasion we had pizza and an Asian rice/chicken disk and the other, we had schnitzel sandwiches. Both meals were delicious!
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    • Jukung Restaurant: Situated on the sand overlooking the ocean, this open-air restaurant offers a great range of grilled seafood and meats as well as your people-pleasing favorites: burgers, sandwiches, etc. We ate here one day for lunch and found the food to be just satisfying.
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    • La Cascata: One of the more finer-dining offerings, La Cascate radiates the elegant milieu of Italy and the Mediterranean, serving up authentic tastes of pasta and other fine, Italian dishes. Unfortunately we did not get the chance to eat here.
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    • Chopsticks Restaurant: We had trouble locating this restaurant, it wasn’t until our last night when I left the resort to walk up the street to a supermarket that I realized it is actually located a short stroll outside of the Grand Mirage. Open for lunch and dinner, Chopsticks serves up Chinese cuisine. Again, would have loved to try it out, but ran out of time!
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    • Rama Stage: Four days a week, the Rama Stage comes alive with a beautiful, Balinese cultural dinner show. An al-fresco dinner is served, each night a different theme and cuisine to choose from; Asian, European and Australian. We attended this dinner show on the Aussie Barbecue night and everything I ate from the buffet was extremely tasty! Highly recommended, and if you’re part of the all-inclusive package, this is included!
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Unlike Samabe, alcohol is available throughout the entire day on the all-inclusive package which means you can actually throw back a few cocktails while relaxing by the pool – yay! Alcohol can be obtained from all restaurants as well as both the Panorama Lounge and Coconut Pool Bar.

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THE STAFF

I know I always make mention of how lovely the staff are at all the hotels and resorts I review here on my blog, but Bali was on a whole different level. It could just be the culture there, but all the staff we had the pleasure of dealing with both at the Grand Mirage and Samabe were so friendly and went out of their way to help us out.

We had a fantastic stay and hope to come back one day – thank you!

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*The Grand Mirage Resort kindly provided me with a complimentary three-night stay, but all opinions are my own.

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