This review is written by and based on the experiences of us as two younger travellers (aged 24).
We stayed at The Westin Nusa Dua with my parents and sister (+ her baby). The resort is very large, and seems to have endless rooms. This is likely due to the huge conference centre found at the front of the hotel.
The hotel grounds and pool area are very nice and well kept. The pool area is nice, however when laying by the pool you might as well be in any lareg resort anywhere in the world.
The beach the hotel rests on is nice, though if you are from Australia do not expect beaches similar to ours at home. The beach the hotel rests on is very peaceful, with many other resorts backing onto it. Unlike the beach at Kuta that is littered with people (and rubbish).
Where The Westin loses marks with us is with its prepackaged feel where all the food (though to an okay standard) tasted and felt like mass produced food. Things such as the vegetables in the meals that were clearly packaged frozen veggies.
The buffet breakfast was decent, with a large variety of foods to choose from (however all flavours of juice had a funny taste).
The rooms in the hotel were nice, with a very large bathroom and bathtub (we were in 4100) - however again there was nothing to really differentiate it or help it stand out as a luxurious hotel to us.
The other issue we had was the pricing we encountered at The Westin. Although it was still reasonable in comparison to Australian pricing, when comparing the prices of meals and drinks to those at restaurants in Kuta/Legian etc it was almost twice as much. For example a Mojito at The Westin would cost $15-17 Australian dollars, whereas in restaurants in Legian they would be $7 (and often you might even find happy hours where you get two for the price of one).
I do not fully blame The Westin for this, clearly Nusa Dua is a more pricey (touristy area) - though does that really mean you must charge so much. Also - Charging us as guests of the hotel to use the covered lounges on the beach - when there was no one else around and all were free.
Whilst most of my dissatisfaction came down to Nusa Dua, and its lack of anything authentic, or anything but large resorts with expensive food and drink, The Westin to us remain an unremarkable resort, one we needn't of flown 8 hours to get to.
My tips would be to stay in Legian or Seminyak which actually have alternative places to eat and drink (cheaply!!) and much more to do, even for families. Forget the Kuta stigma, its not that bad. And its the real Bali.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is a rejuvenating haven complete with everything you need to help you relax, from 5 star facilities to personalized service. With our signature Heavenly Spa, Westin Family Kids Club, beachfront dining and streamlined meeting venues, our luxury resort is indeed the perfect fit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali Hotel Nusa Dua
- Westin Nusa Dua
- Westin Bali
- Nusa Dua Westin
- Westin Resort Bali