The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali

Prologue

In many of the world’s dynamic cities, wellness often takes a backseat in the daily lives of busy urbanites and vacation time taken to recharge. With this in-mind, Westin Hotels & Resorts aims to preserve wellness in travel. We took the opportunity to check-in to The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali for a weekend to experience the brand’s healthy-living philosophy.

 

Location / Accessibility

Located in the upmarket Nusa Dua district of Bali, the resort occupies prime beachfront real estate on the eastern shore of the island. The international airport is a quick 30 minute drive while convenient road links connect other popular districts (such as Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Uluwatu) with the property.

 

Arrival Experience

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We had arranged for a private car transfer and were met at the airport arrivals area by the hotel’s representative, who handed us over to our driver. For security purposes, unmarked cars were used and we were soon on the toll road towards the resort.

 

A traditional Balinese welcome greeted us at the resort. All guests were required to go through security screening, a measure implemented after past terrorist attacks on the island. Walking into the expansive lobby, we were met and ushered to the reception desk for check-in.

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The agents on-duty first offered a glass of  the lemon and ginger elixir, a much-needed refreshing drink to beat the tropical heat. Being a Friday afternoon, the property was beginning to wind down towards a relaxing weekend vibe and the welcoming associates handled the entire check-in process in a leisurely, yet highly professional manner to set the mood for the rest of our stay.

 

With the formalities completed, luggage assistance was offered and we were personally shown to our guestroom in the resort’s new wing. The walk took us past its lush greenery and several guest facilities, which our guide duly pointed out.

 

Guestrooms

   

For our stay, we were booked in one of the resort’s Premium Rooms, added in 2013 when it hosted the contestants of the Miss World beauty pageant. Featuring wider corridors and cleaner lines, the decor by design studio FBEYE International was more contemporary compared to the older accommodations.

   

At 48 square meters, the room was more akin in size and layout to a junior suite in most urban hotels. The sense of space is further accentuated by the neutral and wood colour tone, together with ample natural lighting streaming in from the poster window.

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Taking centrestage is the signature Westin Heavenly Bed, highly-rated by travellers for providing a rejuvenating sleep experience. Expectations set, we put it to the rest ourselves and were not disappointed, waking up refreshed every morning. A pillow set-up of hard and soft pillows were standard, with additional ones available on-request from the pillow menu.

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A L-shaped lounger and balcony provided plenty of space to relax over a good book (although we preferred the Heavenly Bed for lazing instead). The latter overlooked the adjacent Bali International Convention Centre and the resort’s main driveway, although some rooms enjoy a view of its lush gardens and pools.

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Like the living spaces, the bathroom is similarly oversized with the standalone bathtub, shower stall and water closet spaced apart to create a comfortable environment. While it lacks the fancy mood lighting and technology of urban hipster hotels, we like how the area is illuminated in the day by natural light from the frosted window, which also forms the back wall of the aforementioned balcony.

 

Accompanied by Westin’s white tea scent bath amenities, the rainforest shower was an especially rejuvenating experience. A full complement of accessories, including dental, shaving and sewing kits were readily available, comforting for travellers who may have left essential items out in their packing.

   

   

Every room has a large workdesk tucked between the television and balcony door. We appreciated how the connectivity panel was located on the wall at desk-level and the many electrical outlets, but wished the resort had installed more USB ports within the room given how most devices are USB-powered now. Points lost also for the fuzzy image on the flatscreen television, which remained throughout our stay.

   

   

While some hotels stock the minibar to the nines, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali takes the unconventional path in emptying it, choosing instead to offer guests a menu of items for purchase. We think this is a win-win for all, not only helping the hotel manage its inventory but also giving guests fresher products (or simply an empty mini refrigerator for use). Accompanying this is a standard refreshment center set-up with complimentary coffee and tea.

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Rounding out the guestroom fittings is a generously-sized walk-in closet where one can find the electronic safe, iron and board. The space also doubles as a luggage storage area, leaving the room clean and uncluttered.

 

Dining

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Breakfast is served at Seasonal Tastes, the signature restaurant found in Westins around the world. In Bali, the venue occupies a ground floor space steps from the resort pool and was packed with guests heartily enjoying the food on both mornings when we were there.

 

Eating well is a key brand proposition and the buffet does not disappoint with a diverse spread, including international, Asian and Indonesian items, many of which are prepared using the 24 superfoods. Starting with coffee, a mango smoothie and yoghurt, we loaded up on breakfast staples for a very satisfying first meal of the day.

   

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One of our favourite venues on-property is the beachfront Ikan Restaurant & Bar. Boasting a laid back atmosphere, it was an ideal spot to enjoy an Indonesian lunch to the cooling breeze and vistas of the sea. We had a light meal of a flavourful “sup buntut”, although bigger eaters will want to try its array of grilled seafood specialties, a popular choice in the evenings.

 

The venue also serves as the resort’s beach bar. During our stay, we enjoyed cooling off to Bintang beers while also getting up close to the local wildlife. Squirrels freely roam the grounds of the resort and have gained the adoration of guests intrigued by their inquisitive nature.

   

The aptly-named By the Water poolside bar is another convenient venue to grab drinks and light bites without leaving the swimming pool. Besides beverages and bar snacks, it also retails low fat ice creams and other frozen treats to help beat the heat.

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3 other restaurants – Prego, Hamabe and Velada – present Italian, Japanese and Spanish dining respectively, but unfortunately prior commitments meant we did not manage to try them on this stay. Finally, Kites Bar & Lounge serves a daily afternoon tea in the surrounds of the resort lobby, which SPG members were invited to partake in.

 

Facilities

   

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Clear blue water shimmering in the Balinese sun beckon guests to the resort’s many swimming pools. Although further from our room, we opted to utilise the larger, main free-form pool at the heart of the resort grounds as it offered more space to swim and relax. Landscaped grounds and fringe activities complemented its resort vibe over the secondary pool, added recently as part of the new wing expansion. That pool boasted a more contemporary landscape design, but the smaller space and numerous families using it meant it felt more crowded.

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No stay at a resort will be complete without time spent on the beach. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali offers guests one of the best on the island with its private beach boasting fine, powdery sand and relatively gentle waves. Deck chairs are plentiful and guests can also rent cabanas to simply spend the day basking in the sun and listening to the ocean while staff members come by with complimentary chilled fruit skewers and cold beverages to-order.

 

We spent most mornings working on our tan, observing our fellow guests engage in activities including jetskiing and stand-up paddle boarding. Like other beaches around the world, vendors will approach offering watersport packages and boat trips. However, they are not pushy and guests are not compelled to engage them unlike at other beaches in Bali, which makes for a more pleasant beach experience.

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Guests less inclined towards the water will find no shortage of activities and facilities. The award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin offers a menu of revitalising treatments and therapies in a tranquil setting, while the WestinWorkout studio is well-equipped with the latest gymnasium equipment. In addition, guests can partake in the guided RunWestin programme with the resort’s running concierge.

 

In case guests have forgot to pack their exercise gear, Westin offers New Balance exercise gear for loan, while mountain bikes can also be borrowed for a ride along the beachfront. Scattered around the property grounds are recreational facilities including badminton, table tennis and pool tables, with friendly games being organized for guests throughout the day.

   

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Being a family-friendly property, younger guests are very well taken-care of at the Westin Family Kids Club. Housed in a dedicated gated space near the main wing, childcare professionals engage them in activities and games, leaving parents time for some personal wellness or simply unwind at the Living Room, a lounge space available for guests. The brand has also recently partnered Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford to help guests seek calmness through a colouring activity for kids and adults alike.

 

Service / Staff

The famed Balinese hospitality was very much on-display during our stay at the resort. From the front desk to the restaurant servers and pool attendants, we noticed how every staff member were always smiling and had a genuinely friendly attitude towards guests. This was balanced with a non-intrusive service where the guest was the priority and everything else revolved around him/her.

 

Verdict

We highly recommend The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali. With its sandy beach, idyllic location and friendly service, the property makes for a great beach vacation for solo travellers, couples and families to seek wellness in travel. We particularly loved the various activities and programmes planned to engage guests, which afforded opportunities to interact with other travellers and also discover more about ourselves.

 

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua,

BTDC Lot N-3,

Bali 80363, Indonesia

+62 361 771 906

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