During our recent stay in Bali, we chose to stay in the Nusa Dua area. With a toddler on-board, we did not have very tight schedule to explore the island and hence chose to camp in the secluded gated region of Nusa Dua. After much deliberation and research, we finalized our stay at the Westin hotel as it pretty much ticked all our requirements.

 

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Entrance to Westin in Nusa Dua

Bali, undoubtedly has to be one of the most tourist friendly places that we have visited in a very long time. It seems as though the entire place is designed keeping in mind the excited visitors who would be exploring the island. Right from the immigration desks to the facilities at the resorts, one can see how welcoming this place is.

 

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After a very long 12 hours journey from Bangalore, it was so refreshing to see that there was no queue at immigration and taxi stands. It took us hardly 15 mins to grab our luggage and head out of the airport in the Taxi that we had pre-booked through the resort. The drive from airport to Nusa Dua will take around 30-40 minutes based on the traffic that you will find during the day. The freeway (Mandara toll road) which has come up over the sea significantly reduces the drive time from Airport to Nusa Dua. It was indeed a beautiful sight to be cruising on high seas 🙂

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The Nusa Dua Airport in the backdrop. The roads are in great condition and the drive was amazing

 

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The neatly maintained roads leading from the Airport to Nusa Dua

 

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The freeway (Mandara toll road) has cut down the drive time from Airport to Nusa Dua significantly.

 

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Another view of the toll road. There is a separate lane for Bikers

Nusa Dua

As mentioned in my previous post, Nusa Dua is located in the Southern most tip of Bali and has become an enclave for all the high end resorts that you can think of. It is home to a wonderful convention center, golf course and one of the best white sand shorelines in Bali. The waters here are very calm, warm and safe for swimming. The beach during low tide was so low and calm that we were able to float our toddler, who had a great time exploring the sea for the first time. If you are not staying in Nusa Dua and intent to visit the beaches here, you can venture to the Geger beach, which is very neat and clean.

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The gate that you need to cross to enter the gated Nusa Dua area.

 

So coming back to our stay, we managed to reach the resort in around 30 minutes from the airport and it was were given a traditional Balinese welcome. We were tired after a long flight from Bangalore and were dying to get to our rooms – my daughter though seemed to be in high spirits, thanks to all the nap that she managed to catch in the flight. Check-in was a breeze and was a pleasant surprise to see that our rooms were upgraded. Not sure if the upgrade was due to us visiting during off season or me in a SPG member – anyways I was not complaining 🙂

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The roads in Nusa Dua are in impeccable condition. The entire area is very clean and well maintained.

The Resort

The Westin Resort – Nusa Dua Bali in Nusa Dua, is connected to the convention center and minutes from Bali International Convention Center and Nusa Dua Beach. The resort is also very close to the Pasifika Museum.  The resort is a huge property having direct access to the white sand beaches having wonderful views of the mighty Indian Ocean.

 

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The lobby is huge and is very airy.

The resort has in total 433 air-conditioned modern rooms and was an ideal setting during the off season. I am sure the place would be buzzing with activity during peak season when all these rooms are occupied. Since we were visiting in the month of April (generally considered off season for Bali), we the resort did not feel crowded and there was ample space in the pool area, Beach and beach to hang out.

The Room:

The room that were were upgraded was on the lower level with a private sit out area facing the pool. The room was very well maintained and had all the amenities that one would expect from a luxury hotel. We loved the huge bathing tub and bathroom which had ample amount of natural light. The bed comes with down comforters, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds.

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The king size bed that we had in our room. The bedding was pretty comfortable.

 

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Another view of the room.

 

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The bathroom had a huge bathing tub and had frosted glasses to allow natural sun light. Make the bathroom that much more airy and comfortable.

 

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The sit-out area that we had outside our room.

 

Dining options available in the resort:

There is no dearth for dining options at the Westin Nusa Dua. From Continental to Japanese, you will find an amazing variety of food that you can explore during your stay. We managed to explore all the restaurants and below are my recommendations (in the order of preference)

1. Prego

  • The cuisine is Italian and this place makes some of the most delicious pastas and pizzas.
  • The restaurant is in the new wing and is very modern and lively
  • Hours: 11:30AM to 11PM

2. Ikan Restaurant and Bar

  • The beach side restaurant is just few feet away from the glorious white sand beach and was our favorite dining area. The view of the beautiful blue Indian Ocean along with the authentic Balinese specialties, island-fresh seafood, and Western cuisine makes it the perfect place to chill out
  • Hours: 11AM to 11PM; Bar open daily from 11AM to 1AM
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The view of the Indian ocean from Ikan Restaurant & Bar. Time just flies by..

 

3.   Velada Tapas Bar & Kitchen

  • The restaurant serves Spanish cuisine and also serves some amazing cocktails. Do make use of their happy hours and try out their signature Margarita – was out of this world 🙂
  • Hours: 5PM to 12:30AM, 7PM to 9PM (Happy Hours)
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Velada is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day . The board calls out the day’s special.

 

4. Hamabe Japanese Restaurant

  • The restaurant serves some amazing Japanese cuisine and features a robata grill. Would definitely recommend you to try out sushi and sashimi counter.
  • Hours: 5:30PM to 10PM, 5:30PM to 8PM (family dining), 8PM to 10PM (adult only)
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Hamabe is an open kitchen and bar which serves the very best of Japanese Cuisine.

 

The other restaurants that are available in the resort are “Seasonal Tastes” – which is a multi cuisine restaurant. It serves Asian, seafood and western delicacies is open only during the mornings (6:30AM to 10:30AM ). We usually had our breakfast here as this restaurant has a kids dining area 🙂

 

The Kids Club

Couple of years back we would have not even ventured into the Kids club, but with the toddler this place was a gift to us 🙂 . The Westin Kids club makes this resort one of the most family friendly resorts in Bali. The kids club caters to children between the ages of 4 and 12. The club has outdoor activities for elder kids and for the younger ones there are activities such as face painting, kite making, fishing, movie night etc.

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Westin Kids club – the toddlers room which is air-conditioned

 

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The outdoor playing area for the kids.

 

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Rock climbing and trampoline for the kids..

 

The Heavenly Spa @ Westin

The highlight of our stay was the therapy that we got at the Heavenly Spa. This undoubtedly has to be one of the best Spas that we have been till date. The ambiance and treatment were simply out of the world. During peak season please ensure that you book your slot well in advance. We both got their Heavenly Signature massage and would recommend this any-day.

 

We had a great stay at Westin – Nusa Dua and would recommend this resort to everyone. The resort has to be one of the most family friendly resort that you can find in Bali. Kids in the resort were having a great time at the club. If you are planning a trip to Bali and are looking out for a family friendly resort, look no further, Westin is the ideal resort for you.

 

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