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NUSA DUA GUIDE – Bali

Nusa Dua is known for…

  • 5-star Accommodation
  • Fancy restaurants
  • Watersports
  • Golf
  • Family-friendly
  • Surf spots
  • Spa

How is Nusa Dua in general?

Think of only class and elegance when it comes to Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is positioned on the eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula and is considered the island’s most luxurious location. Most of the area is taken up by international hotels, resorts, and private villa complexes where the VVIPs come to stay and play. Come hang out on this side of the island, the beaches are open to the public, even if you aren’t staying in one of the beachfront properties. Prices here are slightly elevated, so don’t be surprised if a beach chair and an umbrella or a fresh coconut water costs a dollar or two more.

A wonderful setting of the 18-hole golf course, the Bali National Golf Club is one of the most favourite destinations for golfers on the island. Nusa Dua is the perfect place for travellers to pamper themselves, or to simply just have a staycation in one of the fantastic resorts.

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Nusa Dua - Where to stay

The name of the game here is luxury. While some homestay and budget hotel options are available in Nusa Dua and Benoa, most of the prime beachfront properties are taken up by 5* hotel complexes. However the white-sand beaches are still open to the public, even if you aren’t staying at one of these high-end places. Private villas are also available around the area. Don’t disregard the Tanjung Benoa peninsula as you’ll find affordable hotels to stay close to Nusa Dua beach.

Hotel & Resorts
Accommodation

Nusa Dua offers only the deluxe and opulent for those who are looking for that 5* VIP treatment. The hotels and resorts are prime beachfront properties that offer white-sand beaches, gorgeous gardens, multiple swimming pools, and world-class dining. From names such as St Regis, Hilton, Marriott, and Ritz Carlton, you can imagine the kind of services provided from staying at such upscale places especially in this high-end area of the island. Their facilities are nothing short of the best for your pleasure and enjoyment during your time in Bali.

Accommodation
Culinary

Nusa Dua has a few excellent stand-alone restaurants, but most of the best dining options are found in the luxury hotels. Hotel restaurants are usually open to outside guests. It is also an easy drive to Jimbaran Beach, where seafood barbecue dinners can be enjoyed at tables set on the sands. Hotels like Mulia, Sofitel and Kempinski offer a nice Sunday brunch package for those who want to try a fancy all-you-can-eat dining experience.

Going Out
Nightlife

Most of the hotels in Nusa Dua and Benoa have bars that stay open fairly late, and some offer live music. Though the nightlife here is fairly tame, and thus, many guests staying in Nusa Dua prefer going to Seminyak to enjoy their weekend nights. On this side of the island, the nights are as tranquil as the beach waves and are best for a calm and relaxing time in the comfort of your hotel room.

Going Out
Beaches and Surf

A long stretch of white sandy beaches. Great place to swim for the family, and even for very small children. The sand is almost white contrary to the black volcanic sand beaches in the north of Bali. Further out, there are several popular surf spots here, including Black Stone, Mushroom Rock, and Sri Lanka, but the main attraction is Geger Beach. Surfers who want to give Nusa Dua a try should be prepared for some of Bali’s biggest waves, best ridden in sunrise, which can be reached by a long paddle or a short boat ride. There are no lifeguards here, so those inexperienced should practice in less dangerous spots. Many surfing schools around the island offer lessons for beginners.

Beaches
Activities

Some parts of Nusa Dua also offer fun water sports for the family, such as jet-skiing and banana boating. The beachside restaurants here are speckless, and the food is scrumptious, especially the ones in Nusa Dua’s luxury hotels, even if you do not stay the night. Some properties will charge visitors who aren’t guests to use their pool complexes and beach clubs for the day.
If you are looking for a clean, safe beach area that is fun and not too crowded, then Nusa Dua is a great option for the whole family! Full day packages included an unlimited flow of meals and drinks, a wide range of activities for kids and adults can be found in ClubMed Bali and comes very recommended. Experience the wonderful performances of contemporary dances presented on the Devdan stage of the Nusa Dua Theatre, it’s one of the must-dos in Bali.

Culture/History

Nusa Dua was a sparsely populated area for much of its history. This area was home mainly to seaweed farmers who lived in basic huts as Geger Beach has the calmest waves, which was perfect to grow the seaweed. With the boom in Bali tourism, it has become an enclave of luxury hotels and villas, and new properties continue to be developed at a rapid pace. Built into the resort area that it is in the 1970s, Nusa Dua has since brought on luxury travellers that gave it the prestige it holds today.

Transportation

Most of the hotels offer free airport-shuttle for the guests staying in their property. Commonly, they would also have excellent programs to be able to tour beautiful places around the island with extensive car options from the regular ones to luxurious cars.
Hotels also work together with local taxis such as BlueBird. If you prefer more affordable options, but still able to deliver outstanding service, you can check out our car rental package that includes a private driver here. Though travellers usually rent scooters in Bali, getting one while staying in Nusa Dua is not recommended as some properties set their scooter parking farther away, so you would need to walk quite a distance to your hotel.

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