Travel advice to Bali – Nusa Dua
The Nusa Dua area was originally developed as a safe and peaceful resort location away from the crowded tourist areas to the north. Home to the Bali Golf and Country Club as well as the Bali Convention Centre, the manicured area of Nusa Dua is all about luxury hotels and fine dining.
Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world find their home in Bali in Nusa Dua. Unknown even to some of its most loyal visitors, Nusa Dua offers more than just five-star hotel ratings, upscale restaurants, and small shops. For example, many visitors staying at these luxury hotels are largely unaware of the pristine white-sand beach just five minutes away on the southern tip of the peninsula known to locals as Geger Beach.
The public beach in Geger is recommended for tourists. This beautiful, safe, and serene beach area is home to some of the best museums in Bali. Geger Beach is safe for swimming and experiencing cool ocean breezes as it is one of the few east facing beaches. Public transport is far from regular in the area but most hotels will help arrange taxis for tourists.
There are three manned gates leading into the Nusa Dua enclave and everyone entering the area is subjected to a security check which has the unfortunate effect of detracting from the relaxed atmosphere.
Just north of the Nusa Dua enclave is the Tanjung Benoa Peninsula which accommodates less exclusive hotels and Benoa Village. Noting that this is a multicultural area, visitors will see a mosque along with Hindu and Chinese temples.
Boat trips are available from Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua for excursions to Serangan Island (Turtle Island). They are usually glass bottomed allowing for excellent views of the marine life in the area. Serangan is a turtle sanctuary and protected area. Balinese help locals by keeping turtle eggs in purpose-built homes until they hatch by the time they are released into the waters around local beaches.
There are many water sports activities available in the Nusa Dua area, including banana boat rides, skydiving, fly fishing and jet skiing. Most of the tour operators in the region work in a co-operative type format to ensure that they maintain control over prices and unnecessary bartering.
Nusa Dua is home to some of Bali’s most exclusive spa facilities. Most hotels offer in-house spa treatments or will arrange for private operators to visit your villa or room.
A morning walk along the wide path facing the beach is highly recommended. The trail runs from the southern end of the enclave for about 7 kilometers and ends at the Grand Mirage Hotel on the Tanjung Benoa spit.
There is not a wide range of restaurants in the area outside of the luxury hotels. Not far from the entrance to the enclave on the road from Kuta and the airport, a number of Japanese and other Asian restaurants can be found. Since these restaurants primarily target mass markets, they have little ambience and are not recommended.
Where to stay in Nusa Dua:
Goodway Hotel: The best limited choice of budget accommodations Goodway offers a spa, large pool and jacuzzi, beauty salon, and fitness center. Room rates start at $75 per night. If you’re going to stay in Nusa Dua, I highly recommend being prepared to spend a little more.
Aman Noosa: A member of the Aman group of hotels, this is a truly first class property with all the bells and whistles. The restaurant is world famous and some of the areas offer the most stunning views. There is very little (if any) this property does not offer its guests. Rates start at $750 per night.
Conrad Paley: Always considered the best hotel on the Tanjung Benoa Peninsula, the Conrad is a massive property with the largest free-form pool in Bali. Over 300 rooms are available to guests and all the facilities you would expect from a five star hotel can be found here. Room rates start at $250 per night.
Heavenly Residence: If budget is not an issue this property comes highly recommended. These are private water view villas, ultra-luxurious 3 and 4-bedroom units with facilities such as 24-hour butler service. The property sits on a stunning cliff top and offers everything the discerning traveler would expect. Villas are available from $850 USD per night.
Nusa Dua is an artificial, sterile location that boasts the benefits of upscale accommodation and a calm, relaxing atmosphere. It’s definitely not my choice of locations in Bali but if you’re looking for a quiet, quiet, quality stay with very little else, this is probably exactly what you’re looking for.