Nikko Bali Resort & Spa
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God! I was on the flight on helicopter! Gee..... It was so exciting! Driver picked up us at Nikko Bali at 8.30 am, then he drive us (3 of us) on Toyota- Avansa car to the airport. The sky was really clear and sunny, just perfect for a flight tour! The transfer to airport Ngurah Rai was within 20 minutes, there was not so many vehicles on the street …
... been a lazy beginning to our adventures and a real indulgence. Tomorrow morning is our last morning breakfast feast - an amazing choice of anything, including lots of local fruits and yoghurt, eggs, buns of all sorts, etc. Then we make good use of our car to travel north and find some real balinese places away from the luxurious resorts, not encouraged by the general manager of the hotel who suggests we take a driver. He's obviously not used to his guests demonstrating any ...
... Aussies. Destination Kuta! Then Seminyak! Employed the services of The Blue Bird Taksi Service. You can fit four larger adults in a Yaris! You'll notice I left out the word 'comfortably'! Serious traffic problems around Denpasar on this day! We were informed later that his excellency the president of Indonesia (the man with the many syllabled name that sounds like a mixture of a Neil Diamond song title and a ...
... close to Bali. Two equally bad choices. Either we take an even longer fast boat ride with the least reliable and only fast boat operator or take a flight with Lion Air that only 3 weeks prior had a plane, at the same airport, miss the runway. The passengers had to evacuate the plane which split in half, half on the rock wall and half in the ocean. We decided on the latter. Since we are writing this blog, we made it!!! Crazy the decisions we make when travelling which we would ...
So I have had a bit of a holiday from blog. I am now working on getting it up to date as much as possible. Internet connectivity is a somewhat hit-and-miss affair at the moment. Drops out are common and when it is working it is awfully slow.
Today, I am again in Nusa Dua and staying at the Swiss Belhotel. As mentioned in my previous blog, it is a bit away from any of the action in Kuta and the free shuttle can either take me there or to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nikko Bali Resort & Spa Nusa Dua
Wonderful vacation that we will never forget!!!
Tommy at pool bar is wonderful, he is great employee.
Thank you for a wonderful vacation that we will never forget!!!. We felt very welcome here. All staf were very friendly and nice. The best customer service I have ever encountered in my life. We would tell all our friends how great nikko bali and the staff. ( Ms. Shelley Humphrey # 3401, 2 - 9 July 2006)
My husband and I had 4 nights at the Nikko in Bali, and let me tell you...4 nights is not enough time!!!! We chose to stay at the Nikko since it was not in the tourist/shopping area (trying to avoid staying where the Kuta bombings had been occuring in the past.) Honestly, i had some reservations on going to a country that was having terrorist attacks, but my husband made a valid point - would we avoid ever going to New York again since there was the World Trade Center bombing? I have to say, I don't feel scared to go to New York. But, i still wanted to take precautions in Bali. So we stayed at the Nikko, it's about 30 minutes from Kuta on a private beach and security at the entrance of the hotel (they check the cars for bombs before any car can enter). The view of the ocean from the lobby is absolutely breathtaking! The weather was great during the time we were there. The pizza at the poolside restaurant is SO YUMMY! The staff at the hotel was very attentive and pleasant. The room was nice and clean (the bed was HUGE - I think it was 2 queen beds stuck together) We spent our days as such: an hour at the breakfast buffett, then having an hour massage at the spa, then spending a couple of hours at the pool, then lunch poolside, then showering/changing to head out to Kuta for dinner, shopping and then 2 more hours of massage (at 8 American dollars an hour for full body, and $6 for an hour of reflexology, we could NOT resist!). By the time we were done with the massages (usually around midnight or 1am), all the other shops were closed (they close by 10pm, the bars stay open much later, but we never went to any of the bars/pubs - again, i was nervous about the bombings). Keep in mind that you lose an hour a day for travel to/from Kuta (half hour each way) This was our routine for all of the days except for the day we took our excursion! i HIGHLY recomend doing the white water rafting!!!! It was VERY fun, and shows you a different side of Indonesia. You see the beautiful, green jungle (I felt like i was on a Disneyland ride because it seemed so perfectly beautiful - only thing missing was the safety mechanisms!). The white water rafting was quite an adventure - lots of bumps and near flips. You also have to look out for the LOW bridges (lean waaaaaaay back, otherwise you're head will get hit!) and low hanging trees that will whip you as you fly by. We paid $30 each for this excursion and it includes transportation to/from (pick up was 8:30am, drop off at 4:30pm - long day), equipment, guide, buffet lunch. BEWARE: at the end of the rafting you have to walk back up to the top of the mountain...up these HUGE rock steps that are carved into the mountain side, and there must have been hundreds and hundreds of steps! I'm talking MAJOR STAIR MASTER (on a good note, helps your legs and butt look fabulous when done!) I recommend purchasing the excursions from the street vendors, not the hotel (hotel was about $25 more). LOOK OUT FOR: money changers on the streets who will try to rip you off while exchanging your money!!!! We encountered 4 in a row who tried to trick us. You will give them your money, they will count out the Rupiah, then they will stack it back up for you, while "palming" some of the money without you seeing. Of course my husband would recount the Rupiah before leaving the table, and there would be much less then what they orginally counted! Since they were then caught, they would then say they are exchanging at a different rate then what is on the board. At that point we would take back our own money and leave for the next one. (good thing was that they never tried to keep you from taking back your money) ALSO LOOK OUT FOR: money changers who have calculators that are rigged to calculate wrong! One money changer used his calculator and I thought that the numbers looked awfully lower then should be. So when i took another calculator, he freaked out, and i saw why! TIP: bring your own calculator. All in all, the vacation was great! If it weren't for my fear of the bombings, i would have liked to stay in a hotel in Kuta because it was more central to the restaurants and shopping and cheap massages! If you are looking to stay away from the hub bub, then Nikko is great. VERY private beach and quite, relaxing hotel, isolated in it's own space. My husband's opinion is that he wants to stay somewhere away from the busy areas, with the option to drive there when he wants. That is exactly what we had!!
Stayed for 9 nights. Due to it being the off-season we got an upgrade to an ocean view room (but I would probably pay extra and go to the pool room if I went back again) Service is 5 star so no complaints about that.
When my parents an I went to Bali in July 2003, I had no idea that we were going to stay in Nikko. But as we arrived, I could see the ocean right from where I got out of the car. As I went to the lobby, the view of the Indian Ocean was just breathtaking. I have never seen such a landscape. What's even more fascinating was that the room is huge, they used wood flooring instead of carpet, the bathroom (I think) is covered with marbles, the bed and sheets (oh.. the bed) are comfortable and soft, the beds are twins but in a full size. What suprises me the most is the beach; bluish turquoise and white sand. I decided to sit on the sand for 3 hours to enjoy the sound of waves and colors of the beach. What more can you expect from a resort.
A lovely 7night stay Feb10-Feb17. Best reserved for special celebrations as this is priced above the average resort.
In may 05 I visited the Nikko Bali,the holiday was a joy from the minute we landed at the airport! When we arrived at the airport we were greeted with neclaces made from fresh flowers and greeters dressed in traditional balonise outfits. In the coach on the way to the hotel the rep told us a lot about bali and its culture it was veryinteresting.
Situated in the South East corner of Bali, the Nikko Bali occupies an exclusive and secluded spot all on its own. No other hotel neighbours it - and from the observation tower above the hotel you can see the Nusa Dua complex and hotels (starting with the Hilton) over a mile away.
Pool is great!!
We didn't stay here, we stayed at the Niksoma, which was fantastic. However, we did drive here and were shown the rooms and the grounds. The pool looked fantastic and the staff were very friendly and willing to show us around. We will stay here next time we go to Bali. It's perfect if you don't mind being too far away from Kuta / Nusa Dua.