Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Westin Nusa Dua, Bali

This is our 2nd resort in Bali – the Westin Nusa Dua Resort. It’s located within the secluded Nusa Dua enclave of luxury hotels and great beaches! Security is tight due to the bombings in Bali so at the Nusa Dua checkpoint, security checks are conducted before our car is allowed to drive in. At the entrance to the hotel, we had to go through another security check with sniff dogs. Once we’re dropped at the lobby, we had to go through a security scanner. Phew! 3 checks just to get into the resort. We definitely could not complain about lack of security!

The lobby at the Westin Nusa Dua is expansive and brightly lit. There is an elixir counter where specially made drinks are available to soothe away the stress and refresh and re-energize the guests.

Our deluxe room comes with a view of the ocean! Every Westin room is fitted with their signature Heavenly beds and bath. The beds are so comfortable it feels like we were sleeping on a cloud. It makes waking up so much harder in the morning. And then there’s the shower. The shower heads alternate between massage and rain showers. If that’s not good enough, Heavenly coffee powder are also available in the room so we had our very own cups of freshly brewed heavenly coffee. Ah! It was sheer indulgence!

The pools are the best part of the Westin Nusa Dua. Westin has a free-form freshwater pool with water slides and saltwater pool. The area surrounding the pools were beautifully landscaped with waterfalls, grottoes and lotus ponds.

Nusa Dua has one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali and the Westin’s stretch has white sandy beaches dotted with very comfortable beach cocoons.

There are many activities for guests at the resort such as Westin Kids Club, traditional handicraft making, aquacise and pool volleyball. Our daughter loves the Kids Club activities. One of her favourite Kids Club activity is fishing. The minders take the kids fishing at one of the ponds surrounding the pools and boy, do they have a lot of fun!

However, the best part is the daily procession that takes place during Westin’s Unwind evening ritual. We got to witness a procession to the temple which was both colorful and interesting. Lovely Balinese maidens dressed in traditional costumes balancing offerings on their heads and local musicians took part in the procession from the lobby to the beach. For the shopping addicts, there’s an open-air shopping mall 10 minutes walk away from the resort called Bali Collection. Another security scan and bag check is conducted before we’re allowed into the mall! Traditional Balinese dances by elaborately clad Balinese dancers are performed nightly in the mall. The mall is especially popular at night with diners due to the many restaurants.

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