We were two weeks in Bali and one week we stayed at the Aston Bali. I must say that this hotel is absolutely beautiful and top value for money. The first week we stayed at Legian Beach Hotel in Kuta. That Hotel was very nice, too - although very busy with shops and bars around.
But if one is looking for a quite and relaxed place and neighborhood, then Nusa Dua is the place to go. I do recommend this beautiful hotel, because it has huge rooms of excellent quality, and we found that the room rates were much cheaper then in Kuta. Also this hotel is not so far from a whole range of restaurants nearby.
We reserved a deluxe ocean room. At first we did not get a room with an ocean view, although they said it would be an ocean view. But after we raised this issue to the reception (we had to go to the balcony of the room and only then could see the ocean), we were given a better room and that room was great! it was newly renovated deluxe ocean room with brand new furniture and BIG plasma screen TV. the room was nearer to the ocean with great view from window and balcony- so make sure to request a room closer to the beach, and a RENOVATED One if you book an ocean view! Also, the restaurant had always those amazing buffet nights, at prices which matched the normal restaurants outside. I would say not a lot of five star hotels offer prices that cheap! Also the private beach right in front of the hotel was very nice, although it had a lot of seaweed in it. another downfall was that if on low tide one can not swim there, whereas in Kuta one can swim both at low and high tide.
I also found that all of the staff of this hotel were super friendly, especially the housekeeping staff always had a big smile. There was one lady at their reception (the only one) , who every time we saw, had a grumpy face .
Also one definitely need to try their Italian Restaurant - the steak with that Italian mushrooms sauce was great!
Overall - I will definitely come back again to this hotel