by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 1, 2019
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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
- Many to choose from at neighborang resorts: Grand Hyatt, about 400m south via the beachside path (7-minute walk via the road), and The Laguna, only 100m north (4-minute walk via the road).
- Pirates Bay Bali – Eat among treehouses and an old boat. Fun for families. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Surf & Turf Nusa Dua Beach – Boasts an amusement park and wave machine. Delightful for kids. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Agendaz Beach Club – Trendy spot with a perfect seaside position. 3-minute walk (220m).
- Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner – Famed Ubud-based institution for crispy duck. 4-minute walk (350m).
Among many options at the Bali Collection mall, only 200m via the road or beach, are:
- Verdant Organic & True Food Kitchen – Charming décor and healthy cuisine from across Indonesia. 2-minute walk (200m).
- Frangipani Bali Restaurant – Quiet and colorful position for ribs, grills, and lobster. Also, a children’s menu. 10-minute walk (800m).
- Coco Bistro – Extended menu includes a multitude of desserts and Chinese food. Pleasant courtyard setting. 13-minute walk (1km).