Located in a gated upscale area of the island, arrival to The Westin Resort Nusa Dua feels rather refined and peaceful. In direct contrast to the chaos and traffic filled streets that are unavoidable en route, the suburb has a distinct country club feel. Nusa Dua Golf and Country Club, the island’s main convention centre and, a multitude of high-end hotels (and with them fine restaurants and fancy spas) all make their home here. Tree lined walking paths, well groomed beaches and manicured gardens, leading up to our residence for the next few days, give us a sense of care and orderliness.
Hubby notes the security check as we enter one of the manned gates to the district and is notably cheerful. Somewhat a careful traveler, he appreciates the sense of safety, especially in light of recent acts of terrorism. Further security checks continue at the Westin grounds and lobby entrances too.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is large with 433 rooms. As such the lobby is grand and a hub of action when we arrive mid afternoon. Nevertheless a host of greeters welcome us individually and provide cool chilled towels and apple cinnamon infused water as we wait to check-in.
Our Premium Room features a glass-front balcony with serene views of the lush green gardens. It’s a peaceful spot and I use it to brew my morning coffee with the French press and ground beans provided. (Note: Double points for the Westin. One of my pet peeves is 5 star hotels that only provide instant coffee – blah! Thank you Westin for your good sense.)
|Premier Room Balcony|
A contemporary design is complemented with a splash of Bali in artwork and natural wood. The lines are clean with mirrors, pale floors and white bedding, keeping the mood airy and bright.
Our luggage is stored in a walk-in wardrobe, which pleases me to no end, tucking away our untidy bags and sealing the recess with sliding mirror doors. Inside are a safe, hangers, powerful hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Slippers, robes and umbrella add to the comforts.
|Daybeds in the Garden|
I find it easy to write with the well-equipped desk and high speed Internet connection. Multiple power points get our devices charging again and, a compendium of activities, restaurants and facilities encourages us to explore. An LED flat screen TV and multimedia hub with iPod, iPhone and iPad ports keeps hubby happy too.
King-size Heavenly Beds are indeed what dreams are made of. These beds have been so popular over the years that they are also available for retail sale in some locations. While purchasing the bed itself is beyond our budget, we feel so serenely snug in the linens that we do consider splurging on a set of sheets and pillows to take home with us.
A neutral palette of marble covers the bathroom and a frosted window lets in natural light. It’s spacious and continues with the uncluttered airy feel of the main living area. A free-standing tub centres the room and seems to be calling my name, as well as a good book and glass of red wine with it.
|Premier Room Bathroom|
Food and Beverage
Spoiled for dining choices, guests’ tummies will never suffer from more than a rumble or two at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua. Those possessing the SPG loyalty card will also find prices won’t hurt their pockets as one might expect is the case in a 5 star resort. Anywhere from 15% – 50% is discounted at most outlets.
Prego is Westin’s signature restaurant and where we dine the first night of our stay. Fondly familiar with Prego in Kuala Lumpur, we expect hearty Italian fare in a fun atmosphere. Bali’s Prego doesn’t disappoint. Tables set above ponds outside the main dining area and looking out onto manicured greens are our favourite spot. The bar though is rather attractive too and an aperitif, glass of wine or barista coffee, beg to be consumed here.
|Prego Outdoor Table|
More than a handful of other restaurants, cafes and bars provide Western and Asian fare in casual and more elegant dining settings. Ikan Restaurant and Bar, with its sweeping beach views, is the perfect all day dining location. In fact, time passes here so unhurriedly that you may find yourself lazing around for lunch, cocktails and dinner. The Verandah serves up Indian fare and Hanabe, Japanese cuisine. The relaxed setting of Capsicum Café is where many choose to kick off the day with a nutritious SuperFoods brekkie. By The Water is ideal for snacking and sipping poolside and, lastly Kites Bar and Lounge promises well-crafted cocktails and light international bites.
We love to eat and drink, but we’re also rather health conscious, so staying active is very important to us. The great thing about large hotels is the abundance of options for keeping fit. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua has more than we can possibly use in our short stay.
I’m grateful for custom running maps, outlining 3 and 5 mile jogging routes, and head off early for a sprint around the area. When hubby awakes I collect him and the long stretch of white sandy beach extending along the resort’s doorstep is our path together.
The beach is home to a number of other non-motorized (thank you!) sports too. Surfing, volleyball, wind surfing, snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving are all possibilities. Feeling satisfied that we’ve burned enough calories for one day, later our first evening, a laze on the dream beds on the beach, softly lit with warm orange lamps, turns out to be an appealing place to bring in the change from day to night.
|Westin Love Seat on Nusa Dua Beach|
A large saltwater pool lined with palm trees and day beds recreates the feel of swimming in the sea. A kids’ pool with a 12 metre water slide seems to provide hours of fun. Filled with fresh water it’s also soft on skin allowing kids endless splashing around without annoying rashes. A smaller adult pool is more private and the swim up bar is just as popular in this pond, as the slide is in the children’s lagoon. Daily recreation activities provide yet more opportunities to stay trim over the holidays with aqua aerobics and water volleyball being two popular sign-ups.
|Waterfall Into Pool|
While our preference for exercise is usually the great outdoors, a fully equipped gym with glassed walls and garden views is the perfect substitute in inclement weather. Open 24 hours a day it doesn’t matter from what time zone you’re coming from, a good sweat can help acclimatize any time of day or night. Both free weights and machines offer enough variety to maintain strength training and, sufficient cardio machines means we never have to wait for a treadmill.A fantastic service offered by Westin is that of providing a complete workout outfit, including socks, shoes and clothing for a mere $5 per stay. Packing light and not having to take home sweaty clothes, means no excuse for not taking care of your bod while on holidays.
Hubby is delighted with the offering of superbly maintained tennis courts. Of course in Bali’s warm weather, a morning or late evening hit is the best timing. Sadly for hubby, I have no hand-eye-racquet coordination so am not a potential volleying buddy. Westin has it all under control though and has an onsite coach, ready to train or just play with tennis enthusiasts.
The Living Room
No doubt Bali is a popular destination for travelers from around the globe, who don’t always arrive or depart ideally at check-in or check-out times. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua’s solution to this is The Living Room, providing basically a giant lounge room with TV, music, a kids’ corner, restroom and showering facilities. Knowing that there’s a shower and comfortable space to retire to, guests can truly make the most of the facilities and surrounding area and not worry about having an early or late flight. We didn’t have the need to use the room during our stay but it’s definitely something we’ll keep a look out for when planning future vacations when flights might not be so conveniently timed.
|Daybeds by the Pool|
Heavenly Spa by Westin
Pale woods, verdant views and state of the art facilities characterize the Westin’s signature spa experience. It’s best to arrive around 45 minutes before your appointment to take advantage of the herbal steam room, Himalayan salt-sauna or hydro pool to prepare your mind and body for treatment. We indulge in a massage and although I wouldn’t classify the price as a bargain, it is indeed excellent value if you allow additional time to luxuriate in the facilities. A daily schedule of activities such as meditation and yoga classes complement the wellness program, making a visit to the Heavenly Spa by Westin a complete health experience.
|Couple’s Treatment Room – Heavenly Spa by Westin|
Westin Kids’ Club
When on holidays, children are far from my mind. The Westin Kids Club however looks like such a phenomenal set up that I had to check it out for my friends who do have young ones. Boasting separate Toddler (0-3), Kids (4-12) and Teen zones, areas and staff are particularly well set up to cater for each distinct age group. A quick browse on the Internet too and I soon learn that it is one of the best-reviewed family resorts on the island. The special thought given to children is a huge contribution to its popularity.
|Kids are well taken care of. This is a special eating area designed especially for the young ones as part of the breakfast buffet restaurant.|
The location, facilities, excellent food and beverage options and lush manicured grounds, make The Westin Resort Nusa Dua a fantastic choice for a stay in Bali.
Reasons to visit: one of the cleanest beaches on the southern part of the island; contemporary Westin feel; abundance of recreational activities; Heavenly Spa by Westin; good value meals with the SPG card; excellent kids’ club facilities; exceptional deals and value for money in the low season.
The Westin Resort
Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua
BTDC Lot N-3
Nusa Dua 80363
+62 361 771 906