Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Pia Vuolteenaho and Kristyna Schonova
Truth is, there are so many beaches around Bali but you surely have so little time to see them all, right? If most of the beaches in Uluwatu, Kuta, and Canggu attract a good crowd of beautiful bodies and hot surfers, we absolutely love the coastline spanning South Bali’s top resort spot – Nusa Dua, which is also known for its luxury resorts and lovely manicured lawns and gardens.
In fact, the area features some naturally immaculate beaches that are nowhere to be found around the island – think turquoise shallow waters to dip your feet and white-sand beaches to throw your towel.
And what better way to enjoy Bali’s best beaches than by staying very close to them? There’s an extensive stable of accommodation in Nusa Dua, some of which we’ve tried and tested and options are for every taste and budget (despite the area being known for exclusive resorts housing more affluent tourists).
Whether it’s the sea, the sun or the sand that brings you, here are some super affordable, mid-range and high-end stays in Nusa Dua to enjoy, relax and make the best of Bali’s most stunning beaches!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Families’ favourite pick! – Meliá Bali
Checking into Meliá Bali is a bit of a tricky decision and let me tell you why – you won’t ever want to leave!
Located smack bang on the beach and in Bali’s most family-friendly coastal town, Nusa Dua (20 minutes’ drive from the airport), the hotel possesses an air of tropical luxury like no other – lush tropical gardens surround the property and their stunning lagoon pool sits right in the middle, making you feel like you’ve just stepped into a little sanctuary that’s also absolutely worry-free when it comes to health and safety!
As part of their ‘Stay Safe by Meliá’ initiative, a series of preventive measures have been put in place to ensure you’re living the ultimate tropical paradise experience. Daily health monitoring and disinfection are conducted, while the staff has been trained and certified by the Bali International Medical Centre. Besides, guests are also kept informed about the situation in Bali prior to their arrival and the hotel’s facilities have also been altered to meet health and safety standards – protective screens in the reception, digitalized systems and more!
Now coming to the best part – you can actually jump from your bed to the lagoon pool when staying at their Lagoon Access Junior Suite which has direct access to the cooling waters! No longer will you ever have to wake up extra early to be the first one fighting for some space at the pool!
And the spectrum of things to do within the resort makes it particularly compelling for families who often mix marine activities with other life enriching cultural programs taking place during their stay – Balinese offering workshops, Balinese dance class and so much more. Of course, that is when the kids aren’t at the exciting kids’ club that runs all day long from 9am to 9pm!
Not to forget, Meliá Bali boasts a collection of exceptional theme restaurants and bars with world-class cuisine that will blow you off your feet with a tantalizing gastronomic fantasy. There’s definitely something for everyone – from Sakura, their Japanese Restaurant which features its own sushi bar and teppanyaki tables, to the delectable Sorrento Spanish Restaurant and Tapas cuisine serving paellas and seafood dishes at the Sateria Beachside Restaurant as well as their own versions of Asian cuisine at the Lotus Restaurant, while the International Restaurant and Coffee Shop available 24 hours!
If you’re looking for a stress-free vacation, Melia Bali offers an all-inclusive holiday service. This means that all of your food and drinks are included in the price of your stay, so you can relax and enjoy your time at the resort without worrying about additional expenses.2. A worry-free all-inclusive getaway – Bali Tropic Resort & Spa (For couples)
Come right here if you fancy a holiday where you don’t have to sign a bill at every turn, and where everything is taken care of (being all-inclusive) while you simply bliss out!
With traditional Balinese vibes that abound and seclusion as their main selling point, Bali Tropic Resort & Spa checks all the boxes. You’ll have a hard time deciding where to dip into – the oceanfront pool or the blue sea that lies just beyond.
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Spend your day plunging in and out of both before enjoying the open-air restaurants that are complimented for their natural sea breeze (but of course for their delicious dishes too!).
Now what’s even better is that you won’t have to fight over sun loungers as there are plenty of them around the pool and right on the beach so you sure will enjoy these for a nap after a heavy meal.
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Make the most of your kid-free moments right in their rooms. These even come with a romantic bathtub for guaranteed relaxing and quiet intimate times to unwind blissfully.
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What’s even more romantic? The spa – quietly tucked away and giving the best of both worlds – a calm and intimate ambience where you lovebirds can rejuvenate.
3. Experience life in a village – MERUSAKA Nusa Dua (For couples)
The architects of MERUSAKA Nusa Dua created a unique project inspired by the Penglipuran Village, a traditional Balinese countryside village. ‘The Village’ consists of 19 villas, all with private access to the 130-metre-long river-style pool.
Each villa has its portion of the river pool separated by walls, so guests can have some privacy.
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For a more budget option, you can opt for the Deluxe Pool Access room, which gives you direct access to the communal lagoon pool.
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The design of the rest of the complex is also worth noticing, as it represents a part of the Balinese culture and mythology. Look carefully and you will be able to find signs of several Balinese goddesses such as Rukmini (Goddess of Beauty and Grace) or Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge, Art, Spirituality and Music).
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If you’ve always wanted to experience living in a Balinese village in comfort, you won’t be disappointed here!
4. Splendid ocean views from a cliff top – Hilton Bali Resort Nusa Dua (For families)
Who else also thinks that it doesn’t matter how awesome a hotel is if it lacks one very important element — a good view?! There are also four pools including a 30-metre waterslide for unlimited fun!
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Well, it’s never too late to squeeze in a beach vacation, especially if you can do it at an incredible resort located atop a 40-metre cliff overlooking the glimmering grand Indian Ocean! Even though you are located high up, the resort feels like it’s in the heart of the ocean.
If you’re a summer-loving vacationer who is considering the sound of waves as your only vacation partner, what’s better than lounging oceanside and feeling the breeze?
While every room, suite, and villa at the Hilton Bali Resort features a private balcony or terrace overlooking the ocean or lush tropical gardens, our ultimate pick is their Cliff Tower Ocean View Room that introduced balcony goals we never knew we had.
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As you enter the newly-refurbished oceanview room, slide the balcony door and you’ll be greeted by unobstructed infinity views of the horizon; yes the kind that will swoon you away with salt-aired relaxing times! Not only can you see the water from the expansive balcony, but inside, sitting on your bed provides a similar feel.
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The resort, wedged between palm-fringed gardens and the ocean, features 388 rooms and suites and 19 luxurious villas but its pièce de résistance sure is the common area with its six restaurants serving Japanese, Balinese, Italian and Western cuisines, along with the latest dining spot that sits right in front of the ocean “The Shore Restaurant & Bar” and masters the art of seafood.
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5. This hotel has welcomed kings and queens, presidents and other dignitaries – Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa (For couples and families)
Prepare for nothing less than full immersion in nature’s wonders at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. Lush green tropical trees and well-manicured gardens surround the property, but you’re also set smack-bang on the beach and get to enjoy views of the ocean from some of their stunning room as well, so waking up on a Monday gets a tad easier here!
The resort is a tropical Balinese paradise for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of other crowded areas like frenzy Kuta and Seminyak. Plus, we see no wrong in being set by the beach so your little ones can set free and enjoy the beautiful stretch of sand.
The highlight here is their Palace Club room which has perks like access to a private lagoon pool and lounge. One exclusive experience!
But if you were to ask me, it is their Tamarind Restaurant that has me drooling – the all-bamboo venue is ideally set on the beach with toes-in-the-sand seating options and serves delicious Meditteranean dishes. You’ll find a total of five restaurants and four bars at the hotel, so there’s never quite a reason to ever leave.
Whether you’re here with family or your lover, you’ll enjoy the on-site activities and facilities. I mean, three pools and still not fun enough? Come on now!
6. A whole week of fun and varied activities for the kids – Novotel Nusa Dua (For families)
From Monday to Sunday, Novotel Nusa Dua has arts and craft days, green days, sports and education days, and wet-sweat and outdoor fun days.
From 8:30 am to 6 pm, the little ones have a wide range of activities to entertain themselves with. You can plan their days in the Kids’ Club according to their preferences as well.
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If you and your children find these interesting, they may join the cultural day and dive right into Balinese culture. Learn how to make flower arrangements, do wood carving, play traditional Balinese games, weave coconut leaves, and even have fun with costume dress up, dance lessons, and temple-visiting.
Activities like baking lessons are held in different areas within the hotel, and not only at the kids club.
On some days they will be going to the pool, and other days they will go to the garden, or take a 5-minute walk to the beach!
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The girls can even have a girly beauty spa day at the Junior InBalance Spa. There, they will get their nails beautifully done with colourful and nice manicures, as well as fun hair braiding. (There is even a Princess and Barbie package!) After the Junior spa massage and treatments, they’ll get to dig into yummy ice cream too!
P.S. The Deluxe Suite with 2 double beds comes with a balcony with a lovely pool view and is suitable for up to 4 adults! It’s a pretty good deal if this is what you’re looking for. 🙂
7. In the lap of luxury – The Laguna Bali (For families)
The Laguna Bali might be a luxury hotel that will cost slightly more, but the holiday experience that your family will get there is also one that you’ll remember forever. So, if you have the money, why not go for it?
Daily activities include kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and many more. Kids will also have fun with kid-oriented activities, such as kite-flying and canang sari-making.
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Actually, even walking around the resort is an experience in itself. Join in the Destination Discovery tour to explore and understand all the unique and precious artefacts that are scattered all around the hotel.
You’ll even get to enjoy a fire dance performance – what could be a better way to learn about Bali?
You can also enjoy the beauty of Bali’s nature right within The Laguna. The resort’s large infinity lagoon pool is surrounded by tropical greenery and stretches right from the lobby to the beach.
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Yes, there are even waterfalls – you’ll hardly feel like you’re in a manmade establishment at all!
While you’re lounging around or surfing up the waves, your little ones can also have a ball of a time at the Children’s Learning Centre in St. Regis Bali, The Laguna’s sister resort.
Simply arrange beforehand for a free transfer, and send your kids off for a fun day of cooking, Balinese craft and music lessons, and many other exciting activities!
While the young’uns are making some memories they’ll never forget, you can unwind at the award-winning Lagoon Spa, or arrange for a romantic dinner on the beach with your loved one.
Oh yes, you’ll get to choose from luxurious rooms with a garden or lagoon view. Excuse us while we empty our bank accounts.
8. All you could possibly need for fantastic family fun – Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali (For families)
On top of being one of Bali’s best family beach resorts, you should know that Grand Mirage Resort also has one of the best resort kids’ clubs in Bali. This means you get the best of both worlds – family bonding with your kids, and quality alone time with your other half.
For accommodation, make your choice between garden view, ocean view, or even a family ocean suite. Regardless, you’re sure to enjoy a clean, beautiful, comfortable and spacious cocoon.
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There’s a wide variety of things to do for both the kids and adults to ensure that everyone thoroughly enjoys their time in Bali – and parents will have the freedom to steal away for some quality me-time, or spend time having fun with the little ones.
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With a focus on family fun and bonding, Grand Mirage Resort’s Bamboo Kids’ Fun Club not only provides a wide variety of activities to keep the kids occupied – they even facilitate family bonding activities such as family soccer!
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When you’re hungry, head to any of the 8 restaurants available. Whether you’re hankering after some good grills from Jukung Grill Restaurant, or Italian/Mediterranean from the al fresco La Cascata, you won’t go hungry for sure.
Finally, make your already-perfect vacation better with some well-deserved rejuvenation at the in-house Thalasso Bali. Thalassotherapy is one spa treatment that will not only leave your body feeling pampered and refreshed – but is also well known for being an amazing healing therapy.
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And before we forget, opt for the all-inclusive package to make your time at Grand Mirage Resort even sweeter! If you’re unsure what activities to go for, the all-inclusive package will provide a plethora of fun things to do. And best of all? This will make budget planning for your family vacation even easier!
9. This is where kids have their own happy hour – Ayodya Resort Bali
As soon as you walk into Ayodya, you’ll be amazed at the way this gorgeous resort is designed. Featuring all the elements of traditional Balinese architecture, and made to resemble a magnificent water palace, both you and the kids will feel as though you’ve been transported to another realm!
Despite its grandiose look, you need not worry about about the resort being all boring and uptight, Ayodya absolutely love kids! In fact, Camp Ananda is their very own kids club, that runs extensive daily activities to make sure the little ones don’t get bored, and more importantly to make sure you get a little relaxation!
If lunch after the beach and swimming pool demand some restful afternoon activities, the kids might like to cuddle into movie time, with movies available every day at 12 noon in the Kids’ Club. You know that relaxing nap while watching some film after lunch? That’s what we mean!
Ready for more? Kids can also feed the fish and ducks near the lagoon close to Lagoona Restaurant, or make real Balinese costumes, masks, offerings, or a beautiful flower arrangement.
And as the kids are busy having fun, parents get to chill out at the poolside bar, at the gorgeous infinity pool by the beach! And thanks to its beachfront location, you’ll be able to easily enjoy days at the beach just a short walk from your rooms.
10. Did we hear aquarium restaurant?!: The Apurva Kempinski Bali (For couples)
With Bali’s best beaches being right at your doorstep, The Apurva Kempinski Bali makes it for the ideal romantic getaway in Nusa Dua. But besides its clifftop beachfront location, the hotel is also utterly unforgettable for its spectacular suites and decent dining venues that you are bound to remember for the rest of your life.
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The hotel’s inimitable style lies in its mystical architectural design that is meant to transport you back to the traditional Balinese era, with exclusive palatial looks centred by their iconic 250-step Grand Staircase that mimics Bali’s sacred Pura Besakih water temple.
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You’ll find every excuse to not make the bed in the morning. Your oversized room will give you ultimate Bali feels. If we were you, we’d gladly settle for their Cliff Private Pool Ocean Junior Suite, which comes with complimentary ocean views as well as a private plunge pool and an appealing outdoor bath. How about that?!
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There’s also a dreamy spa overlooking the endless Indian Ocean. Sign up for their indulging body treatments that are bound to bring you to seventh heaven with traditional Javanese and Balinese practices.
You’ll find no end to the food options at the hotel as it features six glorious restaurants that bring to life cuisines from around Indonesia and Asia. One we would be excited about is their Koral restaurant which is set to be Bali’s first-ever aquarium restaurant!
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11. A little jewel on the white sand beach – Samabe Bali Suites & Villas (For couples)
Iconic for sitting on a stretch of white sand beach, outlined by an azure ocean, this property is one of the closest to paradise.
If like us, you yearn for magnificent ocean views and it comes out looking this good while adorned with a magnificent infinity pool, you know Samabe Bali Suites & Villas is definitely a keeper.
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Attention to all beach babes – you’ll be happy to know that collecting tan lines has never been easier; you get to decide between sun loungers, the white sand beach or the lavish infinity pool (this one is our favourite, but tough choice!).
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Nomads like us will really get excited about their complimentary beachside yoga sessions. And how about that trendy Instagrammable breakfast in the pool?
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Dinner on the beach? Easy! But how about dinner in a cave on the beach? Don’t miss the exclusive private romantic fine dining in a cave, especially if you’re coming with your special someone. With roses and wine, you might just succeed in putting that ring on her finger 😉
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And if you’re planning your big day, the oceanfront glass chapel at Samabe is the perfect place to exchange your vows with the Indian Ocean as your witness.
12. One for the foodies!: The Mulia Bali (For couples)
We’ve been to The Mulia and couldn’t leave with an empty stomach. Located in the luxe neighbourhood of Nusa Dua, Mulia Bali is a gorgeous five-star resort where the restaurants will seriously tempt your tastebuds. There’ll be no reason for you to leave your stay to hunt for food as you’ll have an array of options here – from fresh sushi to endless dim sum and an entire room dedicated just to desserts – Mulia is guaranteed to deliver you into a heavenly food coma.
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When it comes to choosing your abode, Mulia is in fact three destinations wrapped into one exquisite package: The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Mulia Villas.
The Mulia offers all-suite accommodation, while the Mulia Resort has exquisite suites and rooms. Tucked into the hills surrounding the resort, Mulia Villas is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a bit of added privacy or simply want the added option of luxuriating in your own private pool.
All rooms and suites feature dream-soft beds, lavish bathtubs and impeccable five-star design. That being said, we also have a soft spot for the Lagoon Rooms, where you have direct poolside access from your very own private terrace!
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To add, there are a whopping six swimming pools at Mulia and each one of them is so photogenic that if you’re visiting the resort just for brunch or dinner, it’s worth it to arrive early just so you can walk around and snap some photos!
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In addition to the beautiful pools, Mulia boasts an absolute beachfront location. The resort’s stunning stretch of beach has fine white sand and gentle waters perfect splashing around safely. Facing east, the beach is ideally positioned for taking in a stunning sunrise over the ocean as local fishermen wade in the shallow waters.
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13. Fall in love with ocean vistas and French decadence – Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort (For couples)
Starting your day at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is pretty much the closest thing you can get to waking up in heaven – especially if you’re staying in their magnificent Luxury Room complete with stunning views of the ocean and direct access to a pristine stretch of white sandy beach.
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With its trademark and exclusively designed plush king-sized bed and sleek French interior, the spacious room is chic as can be. And to top it all off, you can even enjoy your morning coffee out on the lavish balcony, which opens out to deep-blue ocean vistas that embellish the pristine and secluded Nusa Dua coastline.
Your room also comes with an elegant bathroom comprising of a separate bathtub and rain shower, with French designer bathroom amenities.
If breathing in all that fresh sea air should make you feel hungry, Sofitel offers some seriously delicious dining options. The resort’s Kwee Zeen restaurant treats guests to a sumptuous feast of Pan-Asian flavours, while Cut Catch Cucina is renowned for offering one of the best weekend brunches on the island.
The signature restaurant offers premium meat cuts, whether it’s top-quality wagyu, Angus or Kurobuta, processed by a Diamond Wood fired oven with a broiler and antique rotisserie. Or then again, you could just settle for enjoying a royal breakfast in bed.
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And you’ll love the L’Oh Pool Bar too. Let’s face it – nothing really beats enjoying spectacular evening sunsets amidst pristine beachfront landscapes, and sipping cocktails while luxuriating in the pool, right?
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Don’t forget to finish your day off with a stint at Sofitel’s glamorous SoSPA that’s tucked away in a secluded corner of the resort, where you can indulge in a multi-treatment package or simply opt for a soothing massage in peace and privacy.
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14. Enjoy magical views without splurging! – Mahogany Hotel (For couples and families)
If just like us, you consider good views as important as comfortable beds while choosing a stay in Nusa Dua, Mahogany Hotel might be one that hurts the hip-pocket the least. To add, the hotel has a strong reputation for providing excellent guest service, with their overly-appraised staff, but also for all their comfortable amenities and facilities.
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It takes you a short 20-minute drive from the airport to check into comfortable rooms that will feel like home away from home, with bed options for families too (family rooms and interconnecting rooms are available)!
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With its ideal location, you will also have access to the nearby convenience store where you can stock up on snacks while the hotel features various options to defeat your hunger – you’ll find a restaurant by the pool, a sports cafe, as well as their very own lounge bar with magical views of the endless ocean to grab a few drinks when the sun sets.
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We’re sure you’ll love the fact that this unbeatable budget option even has a swimming pool with plenty of seating around. And when you’re ready to head out, simply drop by the lobby and request for a free drop-off (available for various locations around the area)!
15. Bring a splash of colour to your stay! – POP! Hotel Nusa Dua (For couples and families)
Try this bold and bright stay to leave you feeling perky, bright and cheery while on holiday in Nusa Dua! Bright splashes of colour are found everywhere throughout the hotel’s décor, bringing the interior to life.
Nothing fancy in here but POP! Hotel is your comfortable budget stay in Nusa Dua. We’d say it is a good option for when you’ve finally managed to make it to Bali but don’t have deep enough pockets to fulfil your posh hotel dreams.
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In fact, if you’re planning to spend most of your time exploring around the island and enjoy Nusa Dua’s best beaches, we’d totally recommend you to book a room here. What’s more, they have a convenience store, a cafe and a rooftop bar to enjoy views of the nearby Benoa Bay and even Mount Agung (in the early morning).
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We are also comfortable with the fact that it is located only 15-20 minutes from the airport so you can simply drop bags after landing before hitting the nearest beach.
Rooms are equally welcoming, with quirky interiors, comfy beds and clean bathrooms. We’re talking budget stay here so do not expect luxury amenities, but all of what you really need is there. You can also always stock up from the convenience store or nearby shops too!