Staying in the Nusa Dua area of Bali

Location: Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

Date: 6th June 2017

Airline: Emirates

Departing Airport: London Heathrow

Flight time: 15 Hours ( Via Dubai)

Duration: 9 Days

Party: 2

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah

Travel Details

To celebrate an important day of the year, 14th June to be exact, My birthday ( hint hint) a new destination was definitely on the agenda. This year I carefully picked the island of Bali in Indonesia and had heard GREAT things about this destination. 

On 6th June, we set off from London Heathrow, Emirates on the A380 for the 6 hours 50 flight to DXB,  changing over at Dubai airport, its then roughly 9 hours to DPS Denpansar, Bali.

My trip was booked through Lauren at Best at Travel. She had also arranged my trips to Jamaica and Thailand and arranged for Sudarma from Destination Asia to pick us up from the airport. 

Nusa Dua Bali

We were staying at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel in the area of Nusa Dua. It’s in the South of the island which is roughly 30 mins from the airport. 

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The Nusa Dua area is palatial, quiet and seems to marry modern with Balinese seamlessly and is located on it’s own beach.  The area is home to many luxury hotels such as The Westin, Sofitel and Mulia to name a few. It’s also home to the Nusa Dua Convention Centre which was hosting the Bali and Beyond Travel Fair whilst we were there. 

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When we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly front of house staff and shown to our room which was a huge twin room with a separate area housing our wardrobes. Very useful for two women taking full advantage of Emirates generous 30KG weight allowance!  

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I hate arriving somewhere new in the dark, so we were excited to wake up and go and explore all the hotel had to offer and had our first day marked as “relaxation”. 

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We booked ourselves into the Spa at the hotel, for a head, back and shoulders massage combined with the pool and jacuzzi, we instantly felt relaxed. 

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The hotel is beachfront with numerous pools, and a variety of restaurants, Sandro’s the pizzeria, Tamarind, Raja’s and Maguro with an all important gelato stand beachside, it’s exactly what you want after lunch or dinner.

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Tamarind Restaurant
Tamarind Restaurant
Tamarind Restaurant
Tamarind Restaurant
Raja's Restaurant
Raja’s Restaurant

The only thing I’d say is, for a 5 star resort, service was slow at times, especially in the pool areas and a few areas that needed some slip resistant floor when wet near the pool! I won’t say I almost lost my life, but my life did flash past me when I almost went for a slip… 

The strangest thing whilst on-site at Nusa Dua? The large numbers of couples taking their pre wedding photos in a variety of wedding dresses across the complex. It became a daily occurrence which I became fascinated with just because of the sheer number of couples. I was told this was a very popular thing to do for visitors from China and would be shared with friends before their wedding takes place. 

We visited the beautiful modern Mulia hotel and attended their bar, ZJ’s lounge for a night called Connexions, with the international DJ’s playing the best in R&B and Hip hop.

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Beautiful massive bar, great DJ, service and cocktails just hardly anyone in there! With a crowd this place would be great, so bear it in mind if you happen to be in Nusa Dua on Friday nights, we met some very cool people in there And Kudos to DJMichaelis who did the damn thing on the decks! 

To see what else I got up to on my Bali Trip, Read How we spent our time exploring Bali

I think Nusa Dua is a great place when you want to mix relaxation with your trip, but I did feel like we visited a lot of places in Seminyak whether it was beach clubs, restaurants or bars, and although Seminyak was really busy, you may decide Seminyak is therefore a better location to stay if your full of energy! Seminyak is about 40 mins from Nusa Dua.

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