Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
What We Love
- It’s family-friendly, with a separate kids pool, kids club, videogame room and babysitting services
- Bicycles are available (for an additional fee) to cycle around the resort and along the path by the beach
- Free WiFi
- There's a Nikki Beach located within the resort
- The L’oh pool bar features sunken seating
What To Know
- The resort opened on December 20, 2013
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The resort is located in Nusa Dua, an exclusive gated community that feels a little set apart from the rest of the island
- Kwee Zeen restaurant is open 24 hours
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The most striking feature of this mammoth 415-room beach retreat in the exclusive enclave of Nusa Dua is its soaring lobby and open-air reception area, which combines French style and Balinese elegance. Under an impressive wooden dome, large wraparound windows overlook the lush, mazelike grounds and the sparkling sea beyond. An expansive carved wood panel depicting key moments in Bali’s history encircles the entrance. With its huge room count, this isn’t exactly an intimate property, but the sprawling layout ensures that it doesn’t feel cramped. Landscaped grounds surround an enormous pool, and a complex waterway feeds into it from some of the luxury rooms’ private pools. Architecturally, it all blends subtly together without feeling like a five-star water park. Chunky daybeds and gazebos are scattered around the pool and on the beach, which is directly in front of the resort.
Bed and Bath
The interiors, designed by Wilson & Associates, are comfortably chic. Suites are mostly white, bright and airy, whereas the Luxury Rooms have a more sultry look in darker shades. Even rooms set back from the water’s edges have terraces with a view of the Bali Sea, and a traditional wooden statue on every desktop creates a further sense of place. Sofitel’s signature MyBeds are exceptional, a combination of a quality mattress, featherbed, down duvet and crisp, cool linens, plus a variety of pillow sizes to choose from. A sliding wood partition separates the bedroom from the bathrooms, which are done in sparkling marble. All feature huge stand-alone stone tubs and separate showers, and wooden amenities boxes are stocked with anything you might have forgotten, including nail files, loofahs and shaving cream with razors.
The family-friendly resort has a separate kids pool, kids club, videogame area and babysitting services. There are spacious venues for parties, meetings and weddings, but it never feels overrun with groups or conferences. The main restaurant, Kwee Zeen, has an indoor street market feel, with stalls set up offering a stunning selection of pan-Asian cuisine: sushi, steamed dumplings, grilled fish and dishes cooked over a firepit. The So Spa features his and hers steam rooms and saunas, a fitness center and Vietura Bali offers services spanning nutritional counseling, cosmetic dentistry and life coaching.
In the Area
Nusa Dua is a gated enclave that houses five-star resort hotels. It’s pristine and safe, if a little sterile, but the beach is stunning. The crowd is grown-up and family-oriented, so if you’re looking for a livelier atmosphere, you’ll need to travel to Seminyak or Kuta, about a 20-minute drive away. There you’ll find bars, clubs, trendy restaurants and a younger crowd. Also about 20 minutes away is Uluwatu, one of Bali’s most famous temples and a popular surfing destination.
How to Get There
In September we were delighted to stay in a Sofitel suite, complete with its own plunge pool. Our room was stunning! The room itself was very, very large and divided into different zones for living and eating, sleeping, dressing and showering/bathing. A small lounge area led us out to a courtyard complete with a daybed facing the plunge pool and a beautiful garden area. Literally, I cannot fault the room, it's probably one of the best rooms I have ever stayed in. The staff at the Sofitel were so kind and always greeted us with friendly smiles, nothing was too much trouble. The gentleman that serviced our room was amazing, we loved all the towel animals! Our butlers were very accomodating. The resort, it's pools, restaurants and location - all truly amazing - it's a Bali paradise. The club is perfect for a glass of Indonesian sparkling at 5.00 pm before you wander off to enjoy dinner at one of the Sofitels lovely, high quality restaurants. And it would have been a perfect holiday except for the unfortunate loud music that flooded our room each night over the weekend. The only thing that drowned out the noise was our noise cancelling headphones. Our room faced the bar/area where the very loud techno music was playing, so if you decided to stay at the Sofitel, ask for a room well away from the beach area or don't stay over the weekend where they have large public functions. I do acknowledge the Sofitel did try to appease the noise concerns by moving us to another suite (which was equally noisy) and then finally offering us a complimentary dinner. It wasn't for all the noise, I would have given this resort an excellent.
The resort is impressive with beautiful decor, gardens, private beach, large pool with bar, beach club and 3 restaurants. The rooms are tastefully fitted out with great service.
We enjoyed our stay however would avoid dining at the Kheezeen buffet. Food Quality not good. The other resort restaurants recommended...
From the moment we were received for the check in to the saying our final goodbyes, this hotel, it’s staff and location had made this trip restful, relaxing and re-energizing. From the spa, the groomer, the walks along the beach, laying by the pool and oh my, the room was magnificent. In the timeless words of Gen Douglas MacArthur ..... ‘I shall return’!! Thanks to all the team at the Sofitel Nusa Dua