Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
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Good thing Sue insisted on setting the alarm on the iPhone as our 6:30 wake up call never happened. But our driver was at our door at 6:45 to whisk us to the airport. By 7 we were checking in (after paying $100 in airport tax levied on those who stay less than 24 hours in Bangkok). Duty free for some rum and gin and we are on our way. A short 4 …
Welcome to Bali. Exhausted, everyone slept well past 7. Sue got up at 8 to do yoga on a platform overlooking the sea while the kids and Tom went to the breakfast buffet. Ahhh, omlets, chocolate croissants, yoghurt and muesli, bacon, miso soup, dal, vegatable curry, and all the elements you expect from an international breakfast buffet. Of course, …
Tom set off early (6am) to go on his surf safari. His guide (Leo) has lived in Bali since '97 and has been coming to Bali since '92, originally from huntington beach California and lived on Maui between Bali and LA. He is quite the character, but boy does he know his surf. We set off for a famous spot named Dreamlands, which only works on low tides …
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Great hotel ,Great staff,great managment
This is my 6th time in Bali,I used to stay at the Nikko but wanted a change this time so I stayed at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and I did not regret it.I was with my wife and daughter aged 7 months.The room was excellent with cot for the baby.The hotel grounds are a dream.The staff were really friendly and a big thank you to Ray Clark the assistant mgr who was allways helpfull and very proffesional,he is allways on the go to see that the guests are happy and the hotel is running smoothly.
The equal of any in Bali.
We stayed in the Palace section at the end of February 2005, our second time in Bali. This is a wonderful hotel, with great food, a fine beach, very good location. The staff are excellent, always smiling and eager to assist, it obvious they enjoy working here.
Rooms are spacious, with top-level hand-carved wood furnishings, everything finished to an exceptionally high standard, and spotlessly clean - as was the entire resort, everywhere you looked.
However, most importantly, at least to us, is that this property is not a western-style antiseptic, cooky-cutter resort that could have been dropped into Milwaukee or San Diego or Toronto, but rather possesses the fragrant flavor of the place you are in, beautiful Bali, one of the most special and relaxing places on earth.
One day we took a long drive around the island with a hotel-approved driver named Ari, whose english is flawless. Ari has a wife and new daughter to support, and so welcomes the business, including transfers to and from the airport at discount rates. His cell number is (---)
Beautiful, good value
This hotel was quite nice for the price. I imagine it would have been top class about 10 years ago. We stayed in a standard room which was just ok, great if you don't mind rooms being a bit old, personally, I prefer ultra modern, but all the faciitlies were there! The lobby and entrance is particularly pretty at night and it was really nice that it was right on the beach. We did, however visit the Westin when we were Nusa Dua, and if you don't mind paying a bit more, this is defintalty the best place to stay at Nusa Dua, in my opinion (mainly because it seemed to be the newest in Feb 2004). We went to the Nightclub at Nusa Dua Beach hotel, which was kind of tacky, but definatly a laugh! :) Breakfast here was lovely too, but we didn't eat at any of the other restaurants. I would recommend this hotel for families, but if you are looking for nightlife, I would stick to Legian/Kuta.
Wonderful place to stay!!!!
My wife and I spent our 10 year anniversary in Bali. The hotel was beautifully decorated. The lobby was impressive, and the staff were very friendly. We took advantage of the spa and we both received a great couple' s spa treatment. The hotel is situated away from the city center. I Highly recommend staying at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa!!!!
Fantastic holiday and will be back
My family have just returned from the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and absolutely loved it. Everything from the fantastic buffet breakfast (absolutely unbelievable), the beautiful grounds and the spa treatments was first class.
Having 2 children, we booked a Family room for 4, which has two interconnecting rooms and two bathrooms but is designed exclusively for families. It gave us plenty of room to move and was of a very high standard.
The hotel is only a short 5 minute walk to the village for a whole range of great restaurants, and 10 minutes by taxi to Kuta (for a total of AU$5). You really can't go past this hotel for a fantastic holiday.
It doesn't getter better than this
I have stayed at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa three times in four years, and have never been dissapointed. It is in an excellent location, with great facilities, wonderful staff, beautiful rooms, gorgeous grounds. Being an ex travel agent, I highly recommend this resort to anyone. The spa/health centre is one of the best in Bali, with it's own beautiful 25 metre pool. The rooms have been recently refurbished, and look & feel fantastic. All the restaurants are of a high standard, with possibly the best breakfast available in Bali, within a wonderful lake/garden setting. I recommend to not pay the extra money to stay at the well known high profile hotels, as this hotel actually undercharges. Upon leaving, you will want to return.( I know this sounds like an advertisement, however, its all true).I have stayed at many 'resorts' in & around Bali and found this to be the best.
my husband and i spent our honeymoon in the ocean suite service was great and the staff were wonderful it was truly unforgetable(may2004) are checking out prices now to retun in march and we cant wait it was relaxation plus
Feel like a king in the Palace Lounge
My wife and I have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa. This was our second trip, the first was our honeymoon 4 years ago, so we knew that the hotel was a great place to stay.
This time we decided to upgrade to a Place Room and I would recommend this to anyone as it was excellent value for money. Complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea with pastries, sandwiches and scones and 2 hours of complimentary drinks each evening with a range of tapas provided. You may even be able to negotiate a complimentary spa treatment, (the spa was voted number one in the world by Conde-Naste readers in 2000 and it has lost none of its appeal).
The room itself was larger with a whirlpool bath, DVD player and stereo. Not that you spend much time in the room but it is nice to have the added extras for that special feeling. Palace Room guests have their own lounge area and seperate check-in with 24 hour butler service also available.
All in all a great experience and well worth that bit extra. Enjoy your trip!
My partner and I spent one week at this great resort. We like small places, which are hardly found in that part of Bali, so we booked ourselves in the Executive section, called Palace Club, at an extra charge which included additionnally to the secluded lounge, free breakfast, free High Tea, free Cocktail Time (incl. alcohol), and free soft drinks round the clock. All the food, choice and quality were absolutely amazing, and really, one could have dinner upon the cocktail dishes (prawns, scallops, ...), which some of the guests did. It really is a hotel within the hotel (private check-in, concierge, ...), which kept us away from the big crowd most of the time.
The rooms are large, pristinely kept, utterly clean, furnished in a kind of balinese style, very qualitative, and come with a furnished private terrace or balcony, with a view upon lush gardens or pool or the sea.
The spa is rated the best outside Europe by CondéNast. The atmosphere is great, rooms and suites are nice, treatments are really top notch, and come at the third of the European price. This explains thats is very busy, all the time, and your treatment planning should be made right on arrival, to avoid disappointment. We were there ... often. Though the reception could be improved : as it is quite large and busy, you feel the staff could be more caring. I have seen better in the Maldives, for example.
Huge swimming-pool area, with a lot of loungers, and it is not too difficult to get a pair of available ones when you turn-up at the peak hour.
As the previous review explain, the resort is isolated in Nusa Dua. I did not mind, as I had been touring Java and bali extensively, and got a bit bored by the local crowd -so friendly, but still, too friendly.
If you want to have dinner outside (highly recommandable), Jimbaran Bay beach and fishermen restaurants are a cheap and short drive away. We got a 7 pound lobster for just $30, fully inclusive. Don't miss it there.
So there is paradise on Earth!
Although I am a student and thus a major budget traveller, I booked with the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa through a great air/land package. I have stayed at many hotels throughout the world and none of them can even come close to this hotel. The first thing you see after driving down the quiet streets of Nusa Dua's resort enclave is the beautiful front gate and fountain of the hotel. After getting out of the van, the open air lobby is so beautiful and just a taste of things to come. We booked a "superior" room which was not notably impressive (I guess after seeing the lobby, nothing was really going to live up to it!) although it was extremely clean, fresh smelling, and tastefully decorated. The hotel offers almost every amenity you would need, they even offer electricity adapters in case you need one. There are two beautiful pools- one made to look like a lagoon and one large pool. The large pool has a bar built into it so you can sit on little stone stools in the water and sip coconut mixed drinks right there in the pool. I thought that was pretty nice. The pools are very clean and there are many loungers around if you want to just lie down and enjoy the sun. The beach is just a short walk away but if you are going to Bali and expecting pristine aqua water, then you will be disappointed. Although the beaches at Nusa Dua are kept very clean, there is A LOT of seaweed and other things floating in the water. If you don't like things touching you while you swim, then your best bet is to just get one of the cushy towels the hotel provides and sit on a lounger. The undertow is nasty too, so watch your small children (or yourself for that matter).
Additionally, the buffet breakfast served at the hotel is phonomenal. You will actually want to wake up at the crack of dawn to get first picking!
The spa is unlike any other you have seen before. Once you walk into the realm of the spa area, all you can smell is the sweet fragrance of frangiapani eminating through the air. All guests have free use of the steam room, sauna, hot tub, and cold dip pool. The hot tub is located under an open roof, so if you use it at night, you can sit in there and watch the stars above. I did not do any spa treatments but guests that I talked to around the hotel just raved about them. You have to book early though (and they have early-bird specials) because everyone wants these spa treatments. Oh... and make sure you swing by the spa lap pool at night for a swim if you have time. The lighting is beautiful and it is very romantic with the quiet background sounds of gamelin music.
Lastly, the service, on a whole, was outstanding. Everyone was great, and to me, service is something that either makes or breaks a trip.
Although this hotel was like paradise on earth to me, there are some negatives. If you are a budget traveller, this hotel is not for you. We had a hard time finding things to eat because we couldn't afford continuously eating at the on-site restaurants, which all had above western prices. A grilled cheese sandwich was something like $6 US. We found a great restaurant outside the Nusa Dua gates where we were able to have a 6 course meal for under $10 US. There are options if you are willing to look and walk.
Also, the resort area (which I am sure you've read countless times in each travel guide) is entirely closed off from the entire rest of Bali. If you come to Nusa Dua, it's almost like there is a wall put up around you. Some people, that's the way they would prefer to travel and this resort is absolutely perfect for them. If you would like to see more of Bali, however, it may be a bit more difficult if you want to set things up yourself. The best option is to find a driver and set things up with him. We were so fortunate to find a driver named Ketut and found out he had a sponsor in America. His website is Bali Driver if you want to book him. Along with our wonderful hotel, Ketut was the reason our trip to Bali was so amazing.
I hope this review of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa was helpful. And if you decide to go... I'm jealous :) .