Stayed here for 2 weeks from Aug 7th 2014, travelled as a couple.
Location: The hotel is situated in Nusa Dua about 20 minute (35 minutes in traffic) taxi ride away from the main Denpasar airport. The hotel is situated away from the more busy areas of Bali (Kuta), to the South of the Island in a more quite section. Being a small island there is no train / tram / metro service...all public transport is by bus, but as taxi's are reasonably cheap tourist just use them. The whole Nusa Dua area is closed off to give a nice sense of security and seclusion. The beaches are wonderful, golden sand and clear water. There is a shopping centre about 10 mins walk from the hotel which has plenty of shops and eateries. Look out for the offers on massages...you can get a 1 hour foot massage for the equivalent of £7! The price of food in the shopping centre restaurants is slightly cheaper than the hotel...but in terms of choice, you don't have the variety IMHO. There is a shuttle bus to a shopping centre, however its only a short walk and the way the bus picks up and drops off at every hotel, by walking you can nearly beat it to the shopping centre on some occasions. There are also a few local shops around which are great for souvenirs such as wood carvings. I found these to be cheaper than the ones in more touristy areas of Ubud.
Food: We paid for the breakfast for our stay. The breakfast is very good. Some Danish pastries, pan au chocolat, muffins etc. The hot breakfast was average...Scrambled eggs, sausages, mushrooms, hash-browns, bacon, toast, beans. But not fried mushrooms....& not many veggie options such as veggie sausages. The cereal choice was poor though...only 3 choices rather than packets of the Kelloggs variety packs you normally get in good hotels. There were also lots of fresh juices, meats, fruit and yoghurt. We did have dinner a few times in the various restaurants in the hotel, the food is quite good, but a little pricey, in that is costs the same for as it would in the UK. I think the hotel realises this and supplies money off vouchers for every £10 you spend, however this only get you £2.50 off. The hotel restaurants do have good variety and sometimes entertainments such as singers and bands. Plus as you can walk down the beach path to other hotels, you are only a short walk away from lots of other restaurants, some better / cheaper than this hotels, some not.
Room: The room was an average size, clean and tidy with a small balcony, small bathroom, shower but no bath. The bed was large. The TV was flat screen however if it doesn't have any USB ports...which would have been nice as we bought a USB key along to watch some films. For English speakers, your limited to news channels and a few movie channels. There is a kettle for tea/coffee & you receive 2 bottles of water per day which is a nice touch. The room has a standard safe and mini-bar, iron and ironing-board & is air conditioned.
Spa & beach area: There's a Spa adjacent to the hotel, we never used this so can't comment on it. The hotel has 2 large pools and a few smaller ones. The is a bit of a rush of sunbeds between 11am - 2pm so sometimes you can end up on the beach without one. Easy to walk up the beach to other (and cheaper) restaurants.
Staff: Front desk staff are very good and were helpful, i.e. transport, attractions to see etc. They told us about the WIFI throughout the hotel which costs to use in your room or is free in the lobby where you can also use the hotels desktop computers. (maybe this could be included in the room rate as many other hotels offer Wifi for free???). There are about 4 people that are on the front desk and i can only say good things about them, Many as expected are multi-lingual, speaking English ...so no issues with asking for anything. I was very grateful to them when they helped out with questions about transport and local amenities.
Misc: Be warned that when you get off the flight and before collecting your luggage you have to pay $35 each for a enrty VISA and then queue for about hour through customs....a long time after a long flight. :( There is a taxi counter after baggage collection...a FAIR price for a taxi to the hotel is around 150,000 rupiah. Nearly EVERYWHERE in Bali you can haggle for the cost...so go ahead and try it....i think the sellers half expect it so always quote you a price double what they expect, knowing you will haggle some money off. Everywhere in Bali, you will get locals trying to sell you things. A quite "No Thanks" usually suffices and you are left alone. Never ever fall for some of the cons though where you get into a conversation and eventually asked "What is you program for tomorrow?". Basically the seller will offer a deal to take you to X, Y, Z....best to not do this even if it sounds cheap...make all bookings through your hotel. Another con we found in the shopping centre is being approached by sellers telling you about a new hotel (the best in Bali apparently ;) ) that they are advertising. You are handed 2 vouchers and after more advertising chatter are told to open the vouchers up and low-&-behold, you have won a FREE trip to the hotel for a 3 night stay and sometimes even a cash reward of $X. Nothing is free, its all a con..just walk away....they won't bother you again.
For the amount we paid and the facilities on offer at the hotel, i would recommend this hotel....
Mr and Mrs Patel, Room 2207.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is located on Bali’s southern peninsula, just 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport via the Bali Mandara toll road. The hotel has welcomed kings and queens, presidents and other dignitaries over the years. Each guestroom is decorated with authentic Balinese furnishing and offers stunning views of manicured tropical gardens or vistas of the ocean from the terrace or balcony. The 5-star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali features 3 outdoor pools and direct beach access. The resort resembles a Balinese palace with complete Spa facilities, 5 Restaurants and 4 Bars, meeting rooms and an outdoor theatre. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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