The Laguna Resort & Spa Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 3, 2019

Review of The Laguna Nusa Dua in Bali.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – Faultless luxury among vast tropical gardens in a superb location.

The beautiful grounds, which are substantial enough for guests to require buggies and maps, feature several lotus-filled lagoons that dominate the views from across the resort. All rooms and suites are spacious and superbly furnished with subtle Balinese touches, and some are angled towards the sea. The balconies and patios overlook the shady gardens and/or extensive lagoons, while those at ground level have direct access to one of the main pools. Some of the seven pools even feature islands, waterfalls, and beaches, while the real beach is perfectly curved and immaculately groomed. Plenty of family activities are offered, such as tennis, yoga, and water-sports, and the young ones would also adore the kids club, children’s pool, and games room. And The Laguna is within walking distance of the mall, headlands (after which Nusa Dua is named), and worthwhile Museum Pasifika.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – 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. Very convenient for beaches, shops, cafés, and 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 20 minutes (12km via the tollway), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Bali Collection mall. Café/bars at The Bay Bali. Museum Pasifika. Headland with temples and views.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – The Basics

  • Guests: Less of a family vibe than most rival resorts nearby. Children are welcome, but many guests are couples of all ages.
  • Kids Club: The only facilities are at the neighboring (and associated) Westin resort, 100m to the north. Unusually, the Westin Family Kids Club accepts children from 0 to 4 in a separate area (which is basically babysitting). Large, secure, indoors and outside, it’s one of the best in Nusa Dua.
  • Beach: Perfect beach: wide, spotlessly clean, immaculately raked, and lined with lounge chairs, umbrellas, and gazebos.
  • Views: Mostly views of the gardens, ponds, pools, and/or lawns. Some rooms are angled towards the beach, but any promised ‘sea views’ may disappoint.
  • Kitchen: All suites and villas and some standard rooms feature modest kitchenettes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Many suites at ground level have access to the main pool from the patios, while some villas feature private pools.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure spots at the reception area, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 771 327
  • Email: Send a message through the resort website marriott.com
  • Website: marriott.com

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – Amenities

  • Pool: Remarkably, there are 7 pools. Some are large enough to feature islands, waterfalls, and beaches, and a substantial one is especially for children.
  • Spa: The Lagoon Spa offers a wonderful range of treatments in its opulent building, and massages are also offered at gazebos along the beach. Special therapies for men and children, as well as a steam room, sauna, and fitness classes.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24 hours, featuring all the latest equipment.
  • For Families: Anyone can use the facilities at the Westin resort next door, including the Games Room and Kids Club there. Cots.
  • Activities: Plenty offered: tennis, yoga, water-sports, snorkeling, and lessons in traditional arts/crafts, dance, cooking, language, and music. Jogging track. Bicycle rentals.
  • Other Facilities: Hairdressing salon. Florist. Cash machine. Gift shop. Barbeque area. Business Center.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Banyubiru – Buffets for breakfast and themed buffets at dinner (but no lunch). Pan-Asian and international cuisines. Alongside the main pool. • Cornerstone – Tempting array of tasty treats at this delicatessen-cum-café. Homemade ice-cream and wine shop. • Arwana Restaurant – Winner of numerous awards for contemporary cuisine, with a focus on seafood. Adorable beachfront position, almost on the sand.
  • Bars: Kul Kul – Beachside bar offering a casual setting, light meals, and curated cocktails. • Cascade – Lounge bar for all-day tapas, signature cocktails, and imported champagne.
  • Breakfast: Not included. Pay extra when booking or on the day.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7. Also, a butler service all day/night for some suites and villas.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Garden View • Deluxe Lagoon View • Deluxe Studios • Deluxe Lagoon Access • Studio Lagoon Access • 1 Bedroom Executive Suites • Lagoon Access Suites • Deluxe Executive Suites • Ocean View Suites • Deluxe Ocean View Suites • Grande Lagoon Suites • Hibiscus Villas • 1 Bedroom Villas • 2 Bedroom Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Hibiscus Villas are extremely large and feature separate living/dining areas, kitchenettes, substantial pools with cabanas, and butler service.
  • For Families: Many rooms have connecting doors and some villas have 2 bedrooms, as well as kitchenettes and private pools.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – 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, making it 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 also a great way to reach other resorts, beaches, and facilities in Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

At the Bali Collection mall, 600m south (8-minute walk) via the beach, road, or shuttle bus, are:

Among several choices at The Bay Bali, facing the sea about 400m south via the beach (14-minute walk via the road, 1km), are:

Shops

  • Bali Collection is a delightful outdoor mall in Nusa Dua, with department stores, cavernous souvenir shops, and abundant cafés/bars. About 600m south via the road or beach. The mall also offers a free hourly shuttle bus. 8-minute walk.

Attractions

  • In the grounds of the Laguna resort, Museum Pasifika is more impressive than the outside might suggest. Definitely worth visiting for the vast selection of arts and crafts from across Asia and the Pacific region. 5-minute walk (350m).

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua – The Hotel

The Laguna is located in an excellent area hosting several luxury resorts.

The Laguna is in an excellent position within Nusa Dua, a gated complex of 4 and 5-star resorts in southern Bali.

The resort faces a glorious stretch of beach.

The resort faces a glorious stretch of beach that blends into one of the twin headlands that lends Nusa Dua its name.

There are plenty of lounge chairs under palm trees for guests to relax in.

The resort offers plenty of shade and lounge chairs to guests.

Nusa Dua is well-connected via a lovely beachside path.

A lovely beachside path connects the resort with the rest of Nusa Dua.

The huge resort grounds offer plenty of natural shade.

The resort grounds are huge and provide plenty of shade all over.

Sea-facing gazebos are often used for massages.

Massages can be arranged at gazebos on the lawns facing the sea.

The Kul Kul bar has an excellent beachside setting.

At the resort, the Kul Kul bar offers a faultless beachfront position.

The Arwana Restaurant is renowned for its seafood and views.

The Arwana Restaurant at the resort has won awards for its seafood and picturesque setting.

The Arwana offers outside seating on a shady terrace.

Tables and chairs at the Arwana spread across the shady terrace.

The resort has 7 excellent pools.

Amazingly, the Laguna is home to 7 pools, all inviting and shady.

Some of the pools have shallow sandy areas for children.

Some pools at The Laguna feature sandy and shallow areas for children.

The poolside gazebos are great for relaxing.

Gazebos alongside some of the resort pools are perfect for relaxing.

The huge main pool features islands of palms.

The main pool is vast enough to feature islands.

Some of the suites are too far from the beach for good sea views.

Some suites are in smallish buildings and too distant from the beach for decent sea views.

Much of the accommodations faces the main pool, and the ground floor rooms offer direct pool access.

Many rooms and suites face the main pool, with those at ground level providing direct access from the patio.

The spacious accommodations feature a modern decor.

All rooms and suites are spacious and feature a modern décor that offers hints of Bali.

The suite balconies are fairly large.

Some suites don’t feature full-length windows but the balconies are substantial.

The ground floor suites have direct access to one of the pools.

One of the 7 resort pools meanders alongside the suites with direct access to those at ground level.

The Meliã resort offers great eating and drinking options.

The neighboring Meliã resort offers many fabulous places to eat and drink.

Bali Collection nearby is a delightful outdoor mall.

Only 600m south of The Laguna is the delightful outdoor mall called Bali Collection.

The Frangipani is a terrific cafe/bar with a shady setting.

One of many terrific cafés/bars at Bali Collection is the Frangipani, with its shady setting.

Verdant Organic & True Food Kitchen is known for its healthy menu.

Also at the Bali Collection mall, Verdant Organic & True Food Kitchen offers healthy meals from across Indonesia.

Agendaz Beach Club is accessible via the beachside path.

About 400m south of the resort via the beachside path is the trendy Agendaz Beach Club.

The Bebek Bengil restaurant at The Bay Bali specializes in crispy duck.

Also part of The Bay Bali, and alongside the Agendaz, the renowned Bebek Bengil restaurant specializes in crispy duck.

The Pirates Bay Bali cafe is popular with families.

Next to Bebek Bengil, the likeable café, Pirates Bay Bali, is popular with families.

Surf & Turf beach club at The Bay Bali is family-friendly.

Yet another tempting place within The Bay Bali, only a few minutes’ walk south of the resort, Surf & Turf is a family-friendly beach club.

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

Within the grounds of The Laguna, Museum Pasifika is home to a fascinating selection of artifacts from across Asia and the Pacific.

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