The Nikko Bali Resort-
Whilst it is an amazing option for a family vacation because of it's many features, it is important to note that it is quite a drive out of central Bali. I cannot remember as it was a while ago, but I do remember the one complaint we had was that it wasn't very central and 'next time we would stay in a different area'. This however, does depend on what you plan on doing on your vacation. As it was our first time to Bali we wanted to explore the area and get a lot done and see a lot, experience Bali as it truly is, but as the tourists would see it too. (We were travelling as a family, three teenage girls and an adult.)
That was our only negative though. Although if you were to be going to simply lie down, relax by the pool and have a peaceful vacation whilst being able to bring your kids along, this would be a great option. As would it be if you were on a honeymoon- although I would recommend staying in the Nikko Suite, Royal Suite or Presidential suite, as you will have access to the Nikko Club Pool (adults only). I would recommend the same for seniors travelling to Bali. In fact, for seniors I would say this is the best area of Bali to stay in as it is the quietest, and it has clean beaches. There are no tourists coming here looking for the cheapest weekend away to party and get drunk.
The reason for this hotel being such an amazing option for families is the many pools, dining areas, kids activities and so much more.
Pools; From memory there are about four or five large interconnected pools as well as a Jacuzzi, there may have been two, I don't remember. Of these pools, one of them is almost like a beach, with built in natural sand and two basketball hoops. One of them has a really fun, relatively big waterslide. Another is built and carved into caves. All of which either have built in bars or as soon as you step out of the pool there is a cafe/restaurant right there. The pools are all built around one big cafe/casual restaurant by day, restaurant by night. There is also a kids only pool, right next to the pool with sand. As well as this, if you stay in the Nikko Suite, Royal Suite or Presidential Suite, there are two adults only pools (12+).
There are many restaurants, cafes and bars too. There is an Italian restaurant, an Asian restaurant, a bar, a little deli with cakes, fresh sandwiches and yummy foods for on the go, there's a big restaurant where breakfast is served every morning as well as a restaurant by the pool. There may be more than what I'm remembering, but one things assured; you'll never be hungry.
The service and staff are all great too. They do whatever they can to accommodate your needs and are friendly whilst doing so. I don't know if it was specifically the staff at this hotel, or if it is how the Balinese in the service industry have been trained everywhere, but they are very friendly and helpful.
As we weren't travelling with any young kids we never used the services offered for taking care of kids, but by the looks of their website there are many services they offer to keep your kids entertained for the day. They offer babysitting as well.
Although we did not hold any function whilst on holiday here, if you're planning on having a wedding, throwing a party or any celebration they have the facilities to do so. Whilst there is an area on a cliff of grass (and of course it'd be up to you), I personally wouldn't wed there as it isn't all that private. They do though have another beautiful, and much larger location where they hold celebrations, look at their website for more information if you want to.
Although as I mentioned earlier, it is quite far from central Bali (Kuta, Legian, Seminyak), there is still plenty to do that is near by. If you're looking for some shopping or a nice place to eat out, 'Bali Collection' is an outside shopping mall, filled with interesting, different, Balinese restaurants too. I think their is also a Balinese Temple nearby and a few other things to do. Do not be put off by what I have said about the distance, it is not that far, maybe half an hour. Neither is there nothing to do near by. It is not in the middle of nowhere, so don't worry.
Overall I'd say it's an amazing resort, by far my favorite out of the three I have stayed in. It's location is not the best if you plan on being busy all the time, although if you were to leave you could always come back that night. But it isn't great if you plan on leaving, coming back, going out again, coming back, going out a third time... as that would be a lot of driving. It's a peaceful and clean location. Great for honeymooners and seniors who plan on relaxing the whole time. Great for families who plan on only going out once a day, even if that is for the majority of the day.
I'd definitely recommend the hotel. By far my favorite.
- Also Known As:
- Nikko Bali Hotel Nusa Dua
- Nikko Bali Resort And Spa
- Nikko Bali Resort
- Nikko Bali Hotel
- Nikko Bali
- Grand Nikko Bali Nusa Dua
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a world of personal hospitality at the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa in Nusa Dua. This 5-star resort hotel offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean from its position atop a 40-metre cliff. Traditional Balinese warmth combined with attentive and refined service makes it an ideal choice for a serene getaway. ... more less
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