Meliã Bali Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 1, 2019

Review of Meliã Bali in Bali.

Meliã Bali – Perfect location, sublime beach, and world-class gardens.

Boasting one of the finest positions in Nusa Dua, the Meliã is within walking distance of the extensive Bali Collection mall, the worthwhile Museum Pasifika, and the twin headlands which lend Nusa Dua its name. Its curved beach is also glorious: shallow, shady, and sheltered, with a café right on the sand. Perhaps even more impressive are the landscaped tropical gardens of ponds and fountains with trickling water, reminiscent of the wonderful water-palace at Tirtagangga in eastern Bali. Although traditionally and tastefully designed, the outside of the buildings do need a facelift. All rooms and suites are comfortable and spacious, offering broad balconies/verandas with views of the gardens or lagoon-shaped pools which are large enough to feature ‘islands’. The convivial kids club offers plenty of games, and numerous activities are offered for the whole family.

Meliã Bali – The Location

  • Address: Midway along the gated complex of 4 and 5-star resorts in Nusa Dua, a very popular tourist region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Faces a glorious beach within the most spacious and tranquil part of southern Bali. Convenient for beaches, shops, cafés, and most other attractions.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes (13km via the tollway), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Bali Collection mall. Headland with views and temples. Museum Pasifika. Café/bars at The Bay Bali.

Meliã Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters very well to all, especially families, though there are also secluded areas and facilities for those without children.
  • Kids Club: Bright, airy, and secure. Outdoors area for futsal and trampolining, shady playground, and extra-long list of engaging and culturally-focused activities for those aged 4 to 7 and 8 to 12.
  • Beach: One of the finest in Nusa Dua. Shallow enough for swimming and flawless white sand. Blends into the headland with the public beach and temples.
  • Views: All rooms offer views of the gardens and/or pools. None face the sea.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some suites have a patio leading to an exclusive, but shared, pool; all villas feature a private pool.
  • Extras: Many activities are included free for guests, especially those who opt for the all-inclusive package deals.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: There are plenty of free and secure spots, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 771 510
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: melia.com

Meliã Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: Several huge lagoon-style pools with ‘islands’. Plenty of lounge chairs and shallow areas for the younger ones.
  • Spa: The large YHI Spa offers a wonderful selection of therapies for the body and soul. Family packages are available.
  • Fitness Center: Recently revamped with the latest equipment. Open 24 hours, personal trainers available.
  • For Families: Excellent kids club. Babysitting. Plenty of daily actives (often free) in the pool, on the beach, and elsewhere. Many focus on local culture, such as classes in fruit-carving, dancing, and cooking.
  • Activities: So much to choose from, including water aerobics, tennis, giant chess, ping pong, and basketball. Also, classes in yoga and Indonesian culture.
  • Other Facilities: Shopping arcade. Gift shop. Library. Lounge for guests who arrive before check-in or have a late flight home. Business Center.

Meliã Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Many guests take advantage of the all-inclusive packages, which include 3 meals (as well as some drinks and many activities) at 6 hotel restaurants: Sakura Japanese Restaurant – All types of sushi and sashimi, and a lively teppanyaki station. Cozy and authentic. Dinner only. • Lotus Garden Asian Restaurant – Casual, dinner only. Enchanting Balinese design with cuisine from across the continent. • Sorrento Spanish Restaurant and Tapas – Pretty garden setting. Breakfast venue for some guests and intimate dinners for anyone at night. • 24 Hour El Patio Restaurant and Coffee Shop – Buffets for breakfast, a la carte for lunch, and themed nights with all-you-can-eat. • Sateria Beachside Restaurant – Unbeatable open-air position facing the sea. Light meals at lunch; grills, Italian, and seafood for dinner. • Lobby Bar – Sophisticated spot for afternoon tea, cocktails, ice-cream, and snacks. Open until the wee hours.
  • Breakfast: All rates include breakfast. American buffet breakfast and Oriental breakfast buffet served at El Patio. Sorrento Restaurant serves daily breakfast for THE LEVEL guests.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

Meliã Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Meliã Guestrooms • Premium Rooms Garden View • Junior Suites • Premium Lagoon Access Suites • The Level Junior Suites • The Level Family Rooms • The Level Romance Suites • The Level Lagoon Access Suites • Family Suites • Presidential Suites • Villas The Level (1 and 2 bedrooms)
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms. Ask management where smoking is allowed.
  • Best Room: Secluded and offering extra benefits for guests are the Villas, with 1 or 2 bedrooms, and private pools.
  • For Families: Ask about connecting doors and/or squeezing in an extra single bed into the rooms and suites. Better are the Family Suites, large enough for 4, with a semi-separate second bedroom, while The Level Family Rooms are on 2 floors. Some villas also feature 2 bedrooms.

Meliã Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: It’s often a lot quicker – and certainly more scenic – to walk along the beachside path than the main road through Nusa Dua. This road is flat and comparatively quiet, so it’s ideal for cycling. Ask the reception about renting a bike.
  • Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport or shuttle buses around Bali, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Nusa Dua with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To go anywhere within southern Bali, metered taxis are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver for a negotiable fare. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali; however, motorbikes are a fun and easy way to get around Nusa Dua and neighboring Tanjung Benoa but not elsewhere in southern Bali. All transport options can be arranged at the resort.
  • Local Shuttle Buses: Free shuttle buses link major hotels in Nusa Dua with the Bali Collection mall (see below). And this is a great way to reach other resorts, beaches, and facilities in Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa.

Meliã Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

At The Bay Bali, a collection of cafés/bars facing the sea about 300m south along the beachside path (3-minute walk), are:

Among many options at the Bali Collection mall, only 200m via the road or beach, are:

Shops

  • Bali Collection is a delightful outdoor mall in Nusa Dua, with department stores, cavernous souvenir shops, and abundant cafés/bars. About 200m via the road or beach (the mall also offers a free hourly shuttle bus). 2-minute walk.

Attractions

  • In the grounds of the neighboring Laguna resort, Museum Pasifika is more impressive than the outside might suggest. Definitely worth visiting for the array of arts and crafts from across Asia and the Pacific region. 6-minute walk (550m).

Meliã Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located in the popular tourist region of Nusa Dua.

Meliã Bali resort is located in a very convenient part of Nusa Dua, one of the most popular tourist regions in Bali.

The large resort is away from the main road.

The Meliã is set back from the main road and has plenty of space all over the grounds.

Nusa Dua is accessible via a lovely beachside path.

A lovely beachside path runs past the resort and links the Meliã with the rest of Nusa Dua.

The beachside path hosts several stalls.

The beachside path just south towards the headlands is lined with stalls.

The vast resort grounds feature ponds, statues, palms, fountains.

The resort grounds are vast and packed with ponds, statues, palms, and fountains.

The many swimming pools are more than ample for the guests.

There are several pools with plenty of space for all guests.

The family-friendly resort organizes several games and activities in the pools.

The resort caters very well to families, with all sorts of games and pool activities.

The resort beach offers white sand, calm water, and excellent views.

The beach in front of the Meliã is perfect: white sand, calm water, and views of the headlands for which Nusa Dua is named.

Even though the beach is public, the lounge chairs are for resort guests only.

All beaches in Nusa Dua are open to the public but there are plenty of lounge chairs available to guests only.

The resort has a nice and shady playground.

A shaded playground is situated on the sand within the resort.

The resort grounds have several games for families.

With a genuine focus on families, the resort grounds are packed with games for all.

The all-inclusive packages with all meals at one of the 5 restaurants are very popular.

Many guests take all-inclusive packages that include all meals at one of the resort’s 5 restaurants.

The Sateria restaurant is very popular for its beachside setting.

Popular for the beachside setting at the resort is the Sateria restaurant.

The romantic Sateria restaurant is open through the day.

The Sateria is open all day and is particularly romantic at night.

The Balinese-style Lotus Garden Asian Restaurant is open for dinner only.

Open for dinner only is the Balinese-style Lotus Garden Asian Restaurant, also within the resort.

The accommodation complexes are connected via stone paths.

Stone paths throughout the vast grounds lead to the complexes housing the rooms and suites.

The accommodations are away from the sea and offer only garden or pool views.

Rooms and suites complexes are set back from the sea, so they only offer views of the gardens and/or pools.

Ground-level suites offer direct access to the pool via patios.

Some suites feature a patio that opens out to an offshoot of the main pool.

All accommodations have a good mix of traditional and modern decor.

Rooms and suites offer a likeable combination of modern furnishings and traditional décor.

Suites come with 4-poster beds.

Suites feature 4-poster beds.

The beachside path leads to shops and cafes in both directions.

The beachside path alongside the resort leads to plenty of places to eat and drink in both directions.

Pirates Bay Bali nearby is a fun place to eat for families.

A fun place for the family to eat is Pirates Bay Bali, on the beach only 200m south of the resort.

Next door, Surf & Turf is a family-friendly beach club.

Alongside Pirates Bay, Surf & Turf is a beach club and café popular with families.

The trendy Agendaz Beach Club is part of The Bay Bali collection.

Also part of The Bay Bali collection of clubs, cafés, and bars is the trendy Agendaz Beach Club.

Bebek Bengil is renowned for its crispy duck.

Another good restaurant at The Bay Bali is Bebek Bengil, part of a chain renowned across the island for crispy duck.

The neighboring Grand Hyatt resort has several dining options.

Guests at the Meliã can also try one of the many places to eat and drink at the neighboring Grand Hyatt resort.

Bali Collection mall is very popular with almost every one.

Almost everyone staying at Nusa Dua visits the Bali Collection mall at least once; sometimes every day. Only 300m south via the road or beach.

Coco Bistro offers a very large menu.

One of several fantastic cafés at Bali Collection, Coco Bistro offers an extensive menu.

Verdant Organic & True Food Kitchen is an excellent cafe serving healthy food from across Indonesia.

Also at Bali Collection, Verdant Organic & True Food Kitchen is particularly cute, and focuses on cuisine from across the Indonesian archipelago.

Museum Pasifika in the Laguna resort displays artifacts from across Asia and the Pacific.

Within the grounds of the neighboring Laguna resort, Museum Pasifika is worth visiting for its selection of arts and crafts from across Asia and the Pacific region.

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