by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 2, 2019
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Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – Tasteful and traditional, with loads of Balinese style.
The reminders of Bali around the hotel grounds are numerous: carvings, tropical gardens of swaying palms, dragon spouts among ponds of lilies and goldfish, ancient Banyan tree, and a stone amphitheater with performances of traditional dance/music most nights. All rooms face the shady gardens which are sprinkled with thatched bale huts; all include extra seating, decent-sized balconies/patios, and subtle but pleasing Balinese décor. The pool is particularly inviting, with extensive sheltered decking and a fabulous bar in the middle. The beach is lengthy, curved, and immaculately groomed. Ideal for families, with two children’s pools and the colorful and airy Gecko Kids Club offering many activities.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – The Location
- Address: Inside the gated complex of 4 and 5-star resorts at 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. Reasonably convenient to the beach, shops, cafés, and other facilities and attractions in Nusa Dua and neighboring Tanjung Benoa.
- How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 20 minutes (12km via the tollway), depending on traffic.
- Handy to: Facilities (including water-sports) at Tanjung Benoa. Museum Pasifika.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – The Basics
- Guests: Family-focused, but also caters well to those without children.
- Kids Club: The bright and spacious Gecko Kids Club is adjacent to both children’s pools. Plenty of activities each day (e.g. origami and language/cooking classes) that are more engaging than those at rival resorts. Also, movie nights, temple visits, and fish-feeding. Separate shaded playground on the sand.
- Beach: Particularly inviting and well-groomed, it’s long, curved, and scenic as it stretches towards the headland.
- Views: Varied views but mostly of the pools, gardens, and/or lawns. Only rooms on the upper 2 floors could provide any possible glimpses of the sea.
- Kitchen: The single Royal Residence suite contains a fully-equipped kitchen.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Nusa Dua Suites and the single Royal Residence suite feature private pools.
- Extras: Afternoon tea is served in lovely traditional bale huts in the shady gardens.
- 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)361 771 210
- Email: Send a message through the hotel website nusaduahotel.com.
- Website: nusaduahotel.com
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: Gorgeous lagoon-shaped pool with a bar in the middle and an extensive shady deck. Also, 2 pools for children.
- Spa: As one of Bali’s first resorts to offer a spa, the treatments and facilities here remain world-class. Rooms for couples, sauna, steam room, lap pool, and plunge pools.
- Fitness Center: Attached to the spa and alongside the tennis and squash courts, it’s fully-equipped and open almost 24 hours a day.
- For Families: Excellent kids club. 2 children’s pools. Children’s menus. Baby-sitting. Playground.
- Activities: Balinese dance/music most nights at the traditional stage. Sports center, with tennis and squash courts and yoga classes. Cultural tours. Classes in Balinese dance, weaving, and fruit-carving. Water-sports counter. Giant chessboard.
- Other Facilities: Shopping arcade with gift shop and minimart.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie – Striking twin-level traditional hut with bamboo spiral staircase and vast sea views. Open all day and closes late. • Wedang Jahe Restaurant – Surrounded by lotus ponds. For buffet breakfast only. • Maguro Asian Bistro – Alongside the main pool. Popular for the range of meals from across the continent (especially Japan and Korea), long wine list, and abundance of tempting desserts. • Raja’s Balinese Restaurant – Some of the island’s finest Balinese cuisine. Cute and open-air setting. Dress up but dinner only.
- Bars: Chess Beachfront Bar – Faultless position between the beach and pool. Cocktails, beers, juices, and light meals until late. • Pool Bar – One of the largest on Bali, featuring 2 areas and swim-up seating. In the middle of the main pool. • Lobby Bar – Comfortable and inviting, terrace setting, and lounge chairs inside. Closes at midnight.
- Breakfast: Not included; pay extra when booking or day-by-day. Buffet breakfast served in Wedang Jahe restaurant from 6:30 to 10:30am.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Plus • Premier Rooms • Family Rooms • Agung Suites • Nusa Dua Suites • Royal Residence (1 only)
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but permitted at most other places.
- Best Room: The one-off Royal Residence is one of the most graceful and spacious suites anywhere in Bali. This former private mansion features 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, and décor fit for royalty across 2 floors, along with a huge private pool.
- For Families: Some Deluxe Rooms are specially designed for 3 people (i.e. a double and single in one room) or 4 (i.e. connecting doors between 2 Deluxe Rooms). More affordable, the Family Rooms have twin bunk beds in the main bedroom. Some suites have 2 bedrooms and plenty of space.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – 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). This is a great way to reach other resorts, beaches, and facilities in Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
All places listed below are best accessed on foot via the lovely beachside path.
- Within the neighboring Sofitel resort (100m north) are Cucina (classy Italian), Kwee Zeen (contemporary Chinese), and Toya Beach Bar & Grill (buffets and barbeques). 1-minute walk.
- At the Westin, 100m south, are Velada Tapas Bar & Kitchen (dinner only, with live jazz nightly), Ikan Beachfront Restaurant & Bar (seafood on a shady terrace), and Prego (popular and family-focused Italian bistro).
At the Bali Collection mall, accessible via the road (1km), beach (700m), or shuttle bus, are many choices, including:
- The Paon Restaurant (0)361 771 662 – Happy hours, seafood, and shady setting. 14-minute walk (1km).
- Coco Bistro – One in a popular chain, with an extended menu offering a multitude of desserts and Chinese food. Pleasant courtyard setting. 14-minute walk (1km).
- Bemo Corner – Casual meals in a pleasant position opposite the playground. 18-minute walk (1.4km)