The Conrad Bali was all about vegan luxury and we enjoyed every minute of it, we got upgraded to an amazing suite and this was just the start of what was a truly memorable stay.
Conrad Bali Vegan Food Quest Review
With it’s reputation as one of the finest hotels in South East Asia it had a lot to live up to and it certainly did that. A beautiful resort set right on the beach within lush grounds made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived.
There are multiple types of rooms and suites available in four separate wings but we had our fingers, and everything else crossed for that matter, that the Hilton Upgrade Gods would grant us access to a suite within the private and luxurious Conrad Suites wing…and they did!
We expected our stay at the Conrad Bali to be awesome whichever room or suite we were allocated, it’s a luxury 5 star resort in paradise after all, but this never guarantees vegan luxury and we’ve often found that as vegans we end up missing out.
Take flying business class for example, most airlines can pull off a vegan meal in whatever class you fly, but they very rarely supply any vegan snacks, and still give you amenities which are never vegan. It feels petty to complain about such small things but we are talking luxury, which doesn’t come cheaply, and here at Vegan Food Quest we have a well defined vision of what that entails.
The same goes for any 5 star hotel we’ve ever stayed in, they can normally manage vegan food (in varying degrees of success) but they always put non-vegan amenities in the bathroom.
Well, times are changing and the Conrad Bali have raised the bar for all other luxury hotel chains, indulging us and providing vegan amenities in the bathroom. Yes, our room was full of lovely Tara Smith products that had the reassuring vegan society stamp on. Hallelujah!
It’s probably a bit disingenuous to use the term room though as the lovely staff (and they really are lovely) upgraded us to an amazing suite in the exclusive Conrad Suites wing of the hotel (everything’s amazing here so you’ll have to get used to that word).
Our suite (now filled with vegan Tara Smith products) also came with our own coffee machine (hello Illy Coffee fuelled days) and our own juicer…yes our very own juicer, which we never even got round to using because of the abundance of freshly made juice on offer to us as Conrad Suites guests.
Breakfast was amazing with so much vegan food to be consumed that afterwards the only solution was to lay by the pool in one of the comfy four poster beds and recover. A huge selection of tropical fruit, freshly squeezed juices and coffee was almost enough but as the resident vegan the lovely chefs prepared a delicious Japanese dish every day including fruit sushi, vegetable sushi, miso soup, tofu and vegetables – it was divine.
Forget lunch, who does lunch when you’ve only finished a mountain of tasty fresh vegan food at 11am? Now we just do afternoon tea…
We’ve had a few vegan afternoon teas before (we are Engish after all) and they aren’t usually anything to write home about, but the Conrad Bali vegan afternoon teas have redefined this mealtime for us. Little pastries with spiced vegetable inside and crispy salad sandwiches all lead you to perfect little fruit skewers drizzled with zingy tamarind sauce, or luminous green mint jellies or dainty pots of Burbur Sum-Sum, a new food addiction in the making.
There’s an endless list of choices of teas, coffees, fruit infusions, mocktails, smoothies and juices but who cares about these when you can have small pots of pandan flavoured rice flour pudding (smooth not lumpy) drizzled with caramelly palm sugar and salted coconut foam. Oh yes, all else in the world pales into insignificance when you have a small pot of , a naturally vegan Indonesian delight, within your reach at afternoon tea.
We take so long over afternoon tea that we are often late for our cocktails and canapés, provided as we are guests of the ‘amazing Conrad Suites’. But every night we manage it, somehow… vegan luxury living is hard (we know) and we are almost exhausted with all these treats.
We are served tiny canapés which are beautiful and tasty and gone in seconds…were they a lovely vegan cocktail induced dream?
Every night we sample endless cocktails, all in the name of luxury research. There are classics like our all time favourite Cosmopolitan but also cheeky newcomers like the Lemongrass Mojito.
All the staff are so lovely here and we learn about their hometowns, the best places to visit in Bali and some local customs.
The management here have done a great job in ensuring that their staff deliver the luxurious service that is required but at the same time have kept that personal touch.
We spend our days lazing by the infinity pool in four poster beds, spraying our faces with nice smelling spritzer stuff, surrounded by lush gardens and happily receiving iced sorbets whenever they were offered.
Who knew vegan luxury could be this good? Well, other hotels out there, be warned, now we know life can be this good so it’s time to step-up and try to match the amazing service offered to vegans at The Conrad Bali.
Telephone: 00 62 361 778 788
Cost From: £150 / $225 per night (May 2015)