With this being the last stop on our trip, before heading back to the remainder of our working year of December 2019, we had all agreed as a family that when we got to Bali, the mandate was relaxation and unwinding. So when it came to looking for somewhere to stay, we decided that we really could not picture ourselves in the bustling and busy Seminyak region as we were all pretty sure that we wanted to wake up to hearing the waves of the ocean. So we ended up booking a resort in Nusa Dua, which is described as quiet and less busy than Seminyak by almost every blog I read, although I will admit, we did not go out exploring the area much, because we chose to on lay in days to stick to our hotel the Hilton Bali Resort.
Aesthetics and Character
As far as hotel resorts go, the Hilton Bali Resort, is exactly what you would expect from a resort owned by a large and reputable hotel group. With its four pools, tennis courts, pretty decent fitness center, three onsite restaurants, and Spa, it offers all the amenities and experiences that one would expect of a resort, which is why we booked it. The “character” of this resort, in my opinion, really is its location, which allows guests access to the resorts’ stretch of private beach, as well as epic views of the Indian Ocean due to the resorts’ cliff side location.
Again, this is what you would expect from a reputable hotel group in that the rooms were clean, decent sized and lovely. We did, however, make a point to book to make sure that we booked ocean-facing rooms in the newly renovated part of the hotel, because what’s the point of finding a hotel right by the ocean and not seeing the ocean when you wake up? I can certainly attest to the fact that waking in the morning to watch the sunrise over the ocean (even if that wake up call is jet lag induced) was truly something to behold.
Things to Experience or Do
Like most resorts, the Hilton Bali Resort has a few things to do on-site, such as:
- Swimming or lazing about at one of the four pools and sliding down the 30-metre water slide
- Playing tennis on one of the several tennis courts on the property
- Having a treatment at the Spa
- Gyming at the Fitness Centre (I did this everyday to try tire myself out, as my jetlag was really terrible).
- Dining at one of the three restaurant / bars on site
- Or simply enjoying a dip in the ocean and lazying about at the beach
According to a few travel blogs, Nusa Dua is known for its water sports, and we were able to find a place near by our hotel, thanks to Ketut, our driver, with various water-based activities from jet-skiing, parasailing, and flyboarding – which my brother did – to experience. I just watched and drank a beer. Haha.
A Final Word
The Hilton Bali Resort in Nusa Dua is exactly what one would expect from a resort owned by a big hotel group. From the amenities, to the service, cleanliness, views and food, the stay was, exactly what we needed for this leg of the trip, a place where we could relax and unwind near the ocean.