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Nusa Dua, Bali
Best for: Beach, Family, Honeymoon
On the shores of Bali’s prestigious enclave, Nusa Dua, Melia Bali is a large resort-style hotel set in exotic gardens with a lagoon swimming pool that snakes through the grounds, five restaurants, a lavish spa and a wealth of sports activities to enjoy.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
This large comfortable hotel located in spacious tropical gardens is in the gated compound of Nusa Dua, on the east coast of the Bukit Peninsula, at the southern tip of Bali. It is just 12-kilometres from the international airport and within walking distance to Bali Collection, a shopping, dining and entertainment centre. There is also an 18-hole golf course, Bali National Golf Club, nearby. The hotel is the first in Asia to be granted the Earth Check Platinum Award for its commitment to eco-friendly policies and sustainable tourism.
The interior décor here is a contemporary take on traditional Balinese styling, featuring rich teak wood, neutral colour schemes with jewel accents and spacious terraces or balconies to enjoy the lovely views of the garden. Basic guestrooms sleep two adults, but family rooms are also available. There are three grades of suite accommodation, which also include separate living and dining areas and the Lagoon Access Suites have private terraces and direct access to an exclusive pool. The Melia also offers private villas set apart from the main resort, with their own walled tropical garden, plunge pool and indoor and outdoor showers.
There is a 24-hour coffee shop and restaurant, El Patio, pool and lobby bars, as well as the Sakura Japanese, Lotus Asian, Sorrento Spanish and Sateria Beachside restaurants to choose from, so there is something to suit all palates. The Melia has three swimming pools and the main lagoon-style pool winds through the grounds, with plenty of loungers and shady palms on hand. There is also an adult-only pool and a private pool for those staying in the Lagoon Access suites. The YHI Spa has 10 indoor treatments rooms and four outdoor massage gazebos, there is a fully-equipped gym, tennis courts, badminton and basketball courts and a daily programme of activities, offering everything from yoga to Balinese cooking demonstrations.
When to go
Bali enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round, with a distinct wet and a dry season. Bali’s dry season spans from April to September, with the wet season starting in October and generally lasting until March. Characterised by hot temperatures and clear skies, the dry season is considered to be the best time to visit Bali. In particular, months at the start or the end of the dry season benefit from fewer crowds and slightly cooler temperatures than often present during July and August. Bali’s wet season is characterised by bursts of tropical downpours interspersed with sunny spells, as opposed to constant torrential rain. Those visiting Bali during the wet season can benefit from reduced crowds at major sites, as well as cooler temperatures and less humidity in the central highlands.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Central Bali by Bike and Foot
Enjoy a day of exploring the countryside around Ubud by bike and foot, seeing the incredible rice terraces of Tegalalang, visiting an artisan market, enjoying an exotic lunch and trekking through the green gasses of Campuhan Ridge.
Bali Street Food Experience
Discover the culinary delights of Bali on a guided tour where you will learn how to prepare and cook a local dish in a traditional Balinese house, visit a local warung and the Gianyar Night Market, before enjoying an authentic dining experience.
Fat Bike Volcano Ride
Explore the Mount Batur Caldera on a Fat Bike, a bike with oversized tires that allow for a more leisurely exploration of the difficult terrain.
Rainforest Trekking and Canoeing Lake Tamblingan
Enjoy a day exploring Bali’s central highlands and three caldera lakes, Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan. See the iconic ‘floating’ Ulun Danu Temple, trek through rainforest to the shores of Lake Tamblingan and travel in a traditional dugout canoe.
Paon Bali Cooking Class
Discover the art of traditional Balinese cuisine on this half day cooking class as you learn to cook a selection of sumptous local dishes.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Mount Bromo, Surabaya, Ijen, Menjangan, Ubud, Nusa Dua
This active itinerary is a great option for those wanting to explore the wild landscapes and cultural highlights of Bali and Java. Ascend smouldering volcanoes, explore ancient temples and experience some of the best sunrises Indonesia has to offer.