Nusa Dua Travel Guide
The tiny Indonesian island of Bali sure does turn out the best of the best when it comes to super luxurious properties for travelers looking for the ultimate tropical retreat. The elegant Sofitel will once again grace its shores with a new hotel on the horizon.
Scheduled to open in September of 2013, the luxury resort will be on the shores of one of Bali's most affluent areas Nusa Dua, is home to one five-star resort after another. The Sofitel will join the likes of Westin, Hyatt and Hilton.
Boasting a considerable 398 rooms and 17 private villas, this property won't be 'small chips'. Built around a series of infinity pools (that's what Bali is about, right?), the entire hotel will be just steps away from the sandy beaches of the Bali Sea, yet far enough away from the busy entertainment districts of Kuta and Seminyak. The private villas will all feature sea-views--great to capture sunsets like the one above.
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Is anyone getting married soon? If so, might we gently (firmly, unequivocally) suggest you look into a destination wedding at the St. Regis Bali? You may not have heard about it yet since it just opened yesterday and all, but if you want to go ahead and book your nuptials here and invite us, the gesture would be much-appreciated.
The location is good: it's in Nusa Dua on an "elite beach enclave" on the Southern tip of the island. The resort has 79 suites, 42 private villas and two residences -- so, you know, plenty of room for us. There are two restaurants, a bar and a gourmet deli-type restaurant -- so we can keep ourselves nice and busy while you celebrate your wedding with your real family and friends, too.
Maybe Mother Nature isn't too happy that the climate conference participants in Bali, Indonesia couldn't arrange a video conference instead of flying across the world to let out a lot of hot air. A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Bali last Friday. There were no damages to the hotels where participants are staying though, so perhaps it was a warning shot.
According to this estimate from Bloomberg, the conference will generate as much pollution as 20,350 cars used for a year. So where are these people staying? At eco-lodges using gray water for irrigation of the landscaping? At bungalows made of bamboo and other natural materials, powered by solar? Ummm, no.
With some 15,000 delegates attending (some arriving by private jet), most are staying at the biggest, brashest hotels on the island, located in the Nusa Dua area. The names kind of give it away: Grand Mirage Resort, Swiss Grand Bali, Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort, Nikko Bali Resort & Spa, Grand Hyatt Bali, and others that certainly did not have the word "energy efficient" in their business plan. According to the Telegraph, they're not above a little price gouging either:
Hotels, many of which fall into the bracket of some of the most luxurious in the world, have spotted the chance to charge accordingly, with many saying accommodation is only available now at around £400 to £500 a night for a small single room.
The hotel where British ministers will stay, the Westin Resort Nusa Dua, describes the experience of staying there as "sheer indulgence."
[Photo: All lit up at the Swiss Grand Bali]
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven PBB dreams of an exotic golf getaway. Enjoy.
I was out of the cubicle the other day, chatting with some other drones when the talk turned to golf. That's when I realized it'd been ages since I'd hit the links. While the dudes talked about the local greens, I drifted off into Aman-fantasy land.
As in the Amanusa on Bali. Sure there are plenty of dope hotels with golf courses, but how many of those have thatched-roof suites with canopy beds and private pools overlooking the Indian Ocean? Exactly.
There's even a deal on right now, if you can call it that. Book a room and you get a free round at the Bali Golf and Country Club. Of course, that pool suite will cost you $1,100, a night but that's why we call it Cubicle Dreamin'.
While Bali's still recovering from the a few scary terrorist incidents, that hasn't stopped the Accor group from opening up a new hotel there--in fact, the first they've built there from the ground up. It's a Novotel in Nusa Dua, built in the middle of a golf course and 30 minutes away from Bali's international airport. As of March 15, the Novotel Nusa Dua Bali has been officially open for business, and opening rates have a few bargains if you meet their minimum stay requirements, getting down as cheap as $53 a night on a Deluxe room.
There are also apartments at the Novotel Nusa Dua complex, apparently in "modern Balinese style" with the bonus of a plunge pool for every ground floor apartment. There's even a wellness center for all called "My Spa" (although obviously it should be "Our Spa" if we have to share it with the other guests). Management is sure that travelers are regaining their confidence in Bali and expect to see a big surge in guests in the next six months. There are good deals to be had and as yet, no major teething problems with the new hotel.
· Novotel Nusa Dua Bali reviews [TripAdvisor]
· New Novotel Nusa Dua Bali forum [TripAdvisor]
· Accor To Open Novotel Nusa Dua Hotel and Residences [AsiaTravelTips]