A Girls’ Weekend at the Grand Mirage in Bali

While l I loved my ascetic yoga and green juice lifestyle in Ubud, I knew I couldn’t leave Bali without a taste of the high life. So for my last three days in Bali I high-tailed it for the coast to review the Grand Mirage, bringing along Ashley, an American girl I knew from the Yoga Barn. Why experience paradise alone?

And I’m not ashamed to say that when we saw the view from our room we danced around like Olsen twins. Look at that view!

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The Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali is a beachfront all-inclusive resort.  As a food-lover, my favorite part about an all-inclusive is that you can order whatever you want and not worry about the bill (don’t you wish that eating out was always like that?)

So on our first day we ordered a three-course lunch menu and lounged on the beach- a real departure from juice fasting and vinyasa.

My favorite part about the Grand Mirage was its prime, ocean-front property, and beautiful, well-cared for beach. And our visit was extra special because Ashley had never seen the ocean before!

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On our second day we continued to enjoy the hotel’s luxurious amenities: four restaurants, pool and poolside bar. After breakfast we even took a ride on a catamaran!

We also spent some time sipping coconuts by the pool, enjoying the ocean breeze, the sway of palm trees, the magenta bougainvillea. Heaven.

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Then I took a tour to see the rest of the Grand Mirage. Isn’t the Ocean View Suite beautiful?

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And after more beach time, we headed to the Thalasso Spa for 85 minutes of bliss- my first Balinese massage. It was hands-down the best massage I got in Asia. I also enjoyed the spa’s design, with a sand-on-the-floor, nautical theme, and as always in Bali, the incredible service.b

On our final night at the Grand Mirage we headed down to the grill for a dinner show.

When we arrived the staff addressed us by name and also remembered my friend was a vegetarian. And during the meal the chef came out to make sure that the vegetarian meal had been up to her standard.

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And although all-inclusive hotels generally don’t boast the best food, I was impressed-  at the dinner show I really enjoyed my beloved satay (a.k.a. meat on a stick), roasted pumpkin and cheeseburger.

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But the best part of the dinner show was watching Legong for the first time. Legong is a traditional Balinese dance set to gamelan music, usually performed by a pre-adolescent girl. The dance is very complicated and is known for its many intricate finger movements. I love gamelan music and really enjoyed the theatrical make-up and costumes.

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Overall I really enjoyed my two days at the Grand Mirage. It is the perfect place for families and is the kind of resort my parents would have taken me to when I was a kid. However it isn’t the place I would recommend for twenty-somethings- it’s too expensive for backpackers and not designed enough for flashpackers.

The biggest area for improvement is that the hotel needs an upgrade- the design was tired and the Spanish-style terracotta roof looked like it was in bad shape.

Have you ever stayed at an all-inclusive resort?

The Grand Mirage generously hosted my stay for two nights. As always, all opinions are completely my own.

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21 and has been traveling the world ever since. She's usually in pursuit of yoga, languages and perfectly ripe cheese and her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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14 Comments

  1. I was mesmerized by your descriptions and photography. I wanted to
    walk right in them and be in those gorgeous bedrooms, that beach, and swim in the glamorous pool–and of course get a massage. How magnificent it all sounds, being here with snow piled higher than high, and not getting
    outside very much. Thank you for providing a vacation in words and pictures.

    Love Love,

    Gamma

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  2. Ahh this looks so stunning! I am now halfway through my second winter in a row… so it is slightly painful to look at those beautiful beaches!
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  3. This looks like an amazing property. What a great opportunity to stay there.
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  4. This trip sounds and looks absolutely amazing Ashley! Bali is definitely on my bucket-list and I love an all-inclusive resort as much as anyone so the Grand Mirage sounds like perfection! Bali is so close to Aus and I’ve always planned to visit, hopefully I’ll get there soon!

    And in answer to your question, yes it recently stayed in the Bahamas at an all-inclusive resort. Nothing beats the feeling of being able to order any good and drink and not worry about the bill! It’s the ultimate way to relax :)
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  5. This looks AMAZING Ashley!! So glad you got to experience some high life there :)

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  6. I stayed at an all-inclusive for a few nights at the end of my three weeks in Thailand. While the food wasn’t as good as I had elsewhere in the country, it was nice not to have to think about anything for a few days. All I had to do was lay by the pool and order from the bar when I wanted something. It was pretty sweet.
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  7. Looks like a pretty nice hotel! I love a bit of luxury now and again. Just like some people like to mix ‘high and low’ fashion I like to mix ‘high and low’ accommodation! It’s fun to do the hostels, beach huts and homestays but every now and again it’s worth splashing out on a swanky place!
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    • So true. And sometimes you just need a nice, soft bed!

  8. I literally did exactly what you have done and as I type I am in my nice luxury resort that I treated myself to for my final night in Bali. I fly to Aus tomorrow after 6months travelling and decided I deserved a little bit of luxury.

    Love love LOVE your blog. Please take a look at my new blog and let me know any advice.

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  9. Hi Ashley, this hotel looks wonderful and that honeymoon suite. Yes please!

    I also like the idea of dinner and a show. We’ve already booked our rustic-outdoor-house in Bali, but I can see this hotel as something for hubby and I in the future….!
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