My husband and I are wondering if anyone stayed at Nusa Dua before and give any good reviews for recommended $* or 5* hotels? We are thinking of Hotel Nikko because of it's hilltop views and it's given the thumbs up for best security.
We are celebrating our 23rdwedding anniversary on Valentine's Day and hope to stay for about 7nights. A quiet relaxing stay away from the hustle and bustle.
We read some reviews about the Intercontinental but some comments on their rooms weren't too positive whereas Nikko had great comments all round. Just doing our "homework" but deciding.
My husband and I are wondering if anyone stayed at Nusa Dua before and give any good reviews for recommended $* or 5* hotels?
Sorry, we meant 4* or 5* star hotels with great views, nice pools and spacious rooms.
I think Nikko Hotel in Nusa Dua is a nice place. If you're looking for a place to enjoy the beach while relaxing, I think Nikko is a good choice. It is located a bit secluded, far from hustle and bustle. There are some rooms with pool access. They also have a swimming pool with sand floors, which is interesting. You can also enjoy the beach.
We've stayed at Nikko Bali on our last two wedding anniversaries, and I can safely say that there's really nowhere else I'd rather be. It's gorgeous in every way. In a place like Bali, which has only low-rise hotels, Nikko stands out because it's built on a cliff, and there are spectacular view from its rooms (as long as they're not the garden view ones). There's a viewing area on the highest floor (climb up the spiral staircase), where you get unblocked views of the island, and it's also a great place to starwatch at night.
The pools are beautiful, and there are always enough sunchairs for everybody. In the daytime, there are deckchairs on the beach, and even staff on-hand to guide you to the nearest available deckchair!
The buffet breakfast is fantastic - we always stuff ourselves silly because there is SO much to eat. There is also a Japanese set breakfast in the Japanese restaurant, if you'd prefer that.
We've stayed in the ocean view rooms and also the oceanfront room (they might upgrade you if you tell them you're having an anniversary). The rooms are spacious, with big bathrooms (separate tub and shower area), a comfy king-sized bed, 32 tv channels and a balcony with a great view.
The staff at Nikko have always been lovely to us - even though we check in with our bike helmets and backpacks. Not once have we been made to feel like we're lower-class, just because we're young and don't look as rich as some of the other guests. All the staff will smile and greet you, and the days I spend there are always some of the happiest ones in Bali.
The only drawback to Nikko is that it's pretty far out from anything else (except the beach). There aren't any cafes of shops nearby. You'll have to take a taxi out (they'll call a reliable one for you at the counter) about 10 minutes to the Nusa Dua area, and it's about a 20 minute drive to Kuta, and a 15 minute drive to Jimbaran (for a nice seafood dinner at sunset).
If taking taxis everywhere (and being a quiet spot) isn't a problem, then I think Nikko would be the perfect place to stay. Enjoy your holiday and have a wonderful anniversary!
Thanks so much for the positive feedback. We are booked at Nikko for 7 nights mid February at the Ocean View Room. Looking forward to celebrating our 23rd anniversary and away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a while. No problems with the hotel being secluded - that's pretty ideal for both of us since we only want to walk along the beach and catch up with our reading and swimming at the pool. We did request for a good ocean view and they took note of our wedding anniversary.
Looking forward to trying out the restaurants at the hotel although it may cost quite a bit - as long as the food quality is good, we don't mind. Will post our feedback when we return.
Regards and thanks again.
For quite and romantic time, I agree, Nikko Bali is the place your looking for happy anniversary and enjoy.
Hubby and I returned from a lovely 7night stay Feb10-Feb17 at Nikko Bali . They were so kind as to upgrade us to the Deluxe Beach Front room which is situated at the Cliff Tower. The views from the lift lobby at the Cliff Tower and our room is very nice - you get to see the great pools below,the beach and then the sea.
We originally booked the Ocean Front which was US163 nett incl breakfast and transfer. THe Deluxe Beach Front is much more - so it was so nice to be upgraded! They did a lovely white chocolate wedding anniversary cake for us as well.
This is an upmarket pricey resort and the 7 nights accomodation, food, transport (ValuAir) costs us S$3,100. Quite a hefty sum but no regrets. Guess we are very particular about rooms and location - so this hotel didnt disappoint. Service staff esp F & B were up to our expectations. The pools were really nice.
Only couples who like a more secluded upmarket resort, with nice rooms, clean beach and sea and great pools will like this place. Those who want more adventure and shopping will find it a little way out.
Since our 23rd aniversary fell on Valentine's, they had a special dinner set out on the garden - with a very good singing quartet. We had the full moon that night and the rays made the sea shimmer so beautifully, together with the light breeze, it was a very beautiful setting.
That evening with a 6 course (I think..) western meal - main was lobster medallion and veal with 2 glasses of sparkling wine. They brought the complimentary the white chocolate cake to our room as we were too full to try it that night. Tried it the next day - mmmm...
The only downside to the hotel is the food prices. Rather steep and unfortunately, the menu selection isnt something to rave about. We were hoping for great tasting food but found it was just average on the whole. For those kind of prices, they can do much better. The prices are higher or comparable to those we find in our 5 star hotels in Singapore. Our japanese restaurants give better value for money I feel. Benkay Jap restaurant was nice but way too expensive.
For breakfast you have a choice of western or japanese daily. The western spread is pretty wide but the normal fare. Breakfast is up till 10.30am.
The hotel is situated on a beautiful location and the beach is very clean, so is the sea. The place is wellkept, huge grounds with well maintained gardens and surroundings. The architecture is not ostentatious and blends in quite well. There's the gamelan music played by a trio in the lobby - the sound permeates to many areas, rather pleasant because it gives a nice Balinese ambience.
Bear in mind, we didn't venture out to town to shop or go to the many restaurants in kuta or jimbaran. However, we did take a shuttle to DFS in kuta to buy some drinking water and cans of tonic water. There isn't a supermart or sundry shop in the hotel and if you rely on drinks in the hotel, it can make a deep dent in your wallet. The 1 litre mineral water bottles cost about S$6 each.
At the supermart next to DFS, it was about S$2 plus. Apparently the whole island drinks purified water - you cant boil the tap water - not even in the hotel. You can ask for a flask of hot water though. They give two small complimentary mineral water bottles each day.
The shuttle is provided by DFS and not NikkoBali, so if you want to take the shuttle back to the hotel, you have to purchase something from DFS but there is no price on what you must buy. So we just bought a couple of beers. If you buy anything "local", you can bring it back to the hotel. Anything that's international like overseas branded clothes or cosmetics, you can only collect it at the airport on your departure.
We flew ValueAir - much better than I expected. Great leg room for a discounted airline. Found it more comfortable than Tiger and it was great to have seat numbers instead of free seating.
We were very fortunate to stay during the nonpeak season. However, the driver who took us to the airport mentioned that next month, they are expecting 400delegates from China and the month after that, a very big group from Italy. Suffice to say we are thankful we werent smack in the middle of those groups!
So these comments are from a couple who enjoy swimming, resting, reading, peace and quiet. The TV channels are pretty wide - good international choices with BBC, CNN, National Geogr, Disc, Disc Travel, Star Movies, Cinemax, HBO, Star World....
Well, that was a really good break in Nikko Bali.
Regards to all and thanks for those who gave us some advice on the resort before we left.
We stayed in Conrad in Tanjung Benoa in Nusa Dua area - FANTASTIC hotel fabulous time!!
Thanks Eileen. It was fanatastic reading about your Nikko experience. I'm glad you liked it (except for the overpriced and not so spectacular food). I miss the place already, but we are booked to go there for 2 nights in May, so I'm looking forward to that. Thank you for that detailed JBR (just back report) - I really enjoyed reading it!