The southern peninsula of Bali is where you’ll find an oasis within an oasis. A 300-hectare enclave with three manned gates you must first pass to enter, Nusa Dua is where people come for ultimate Indonesian indulgence. The area of Bali with the greatest concentration of 5-star resorts and villas, some of the other things Nusa Dua has in abundance is white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and international-standard restaurants. It’s not the surfer dude-frequented destination that many people expect in Bali, but if you value exclusivity and luxury over Bintang swilling, then Nusa Dua is definitely the place for you.
As with many other places in Bali, Nusa Dua’s appeal is very much its beach, particularly the main Geger Beach. Less crowded than nearby Kuta, Nusa Dua is more popular with those that favour laid-back watersports such as diving and snorkelling. You can also spend some time fly fishing, banana boating, jet skiing and parasailing on Tanjung Benoa. If you manage to pry yourself away from the sand, west of Nusa Dua is one of Bali’s main sites, the cliff-top Uluwatu Temple. A new bridge from Nusa Dua to Sanur has made it easier than ever to explore other parts of the island too, with Ubud, Kuta and Seminyak all easy day trips from Nusa Dua.
Eat And Drink
If you’re staying in one of the big resorts in Nusa Dua, chances are you’ll be so comfortable you won’t want to leave the hotel grounds. Most of the hotels employ top local or experienced Western chefs, ensuring both food and service in resort restaurants is more than exquisite. If you do have an urge to explore, you’ll find some more affordable warungs (local diners) located near Geger Beach and at the shopping mall. Not renowned for nightlife, hotel bars are where most of the evening activities are centred with the Nat King Cole Bar at the St. Regis the pick of the late-night options.
Where To Stay
There’s some good news and some bad news when it comes to deciding where to stay in Nusa Dua. The good news is that accommodation standards in Nusa Dua are excellent. The bad news is that you do have to pay for the privilege of staying in one of Bali’s most exclusive areas. One option if you want to visit Nusa Dua, but aren’t prepared to pay multi-star prices is to visit in low season when much of Bali is heavily discounted. You could also stay in nearby Tanjung Benoa and make day trips to Nusa Dua.
With a break from the hawkers at other tourist towns as one of the many reasons why people love Nusa Dua, the lack of shopping is more of an attraction in Nusa Dua than shopping. Located between the Grand Hyatt Bali and Melia Bali Sol, The Bali Collection Mall is one place you can go if you’re seeking a Starbucks or Baskin-Robbins fix. For serious shoppers, a much better idea is to put aside some time to explore other parts of Bali such as touristy Kuta and the furniture-filled towns surrounding Ubud.
Nusa Dua Like A Local
While there’s no denying that Nusa Dua is very much a tourist-oriented area of Bali, there’s still an opportunity to have some local Balinese experiences. Couples are particularly drawn to the area, with Nusa Dua growing in popularity as a place to have a non-traditional Western wedding, but very traditional Balinese wedding. Don’t worry – Nusa Dua isn’t a Las Vegas type of place, but if you do want to tie the knot or renew your vows, many of Nusa Dua’s hotels and resorts are prepared to help. Enquire with your Flight Centre travel agent about local wedding planners and packages that come complete with Balinese music, flower girls and a traditional beach procession.