In the Spotlight: Nusa Dua, Bali

When you’re in Bali, head on over to Nusa Dua for a place where you’ll find luxury, beaches and art. Situated in Bali’s south-east, the area is well-developed but still has the charm of traditional Bali. Best of all, it is close to busy tourist areas like Kuta and Seminyak so you don’t miss all the action, but far enough from the hustle and bustle to let you completely unwind and enjoy one of the best beach promenade Bali has to offer.

Relaxing in luxury

The resorts here are absolutely luxurious. Make the most of the many activities or have the ultimate rest and relaxation. You’ll have access to secluded beaches, beautiful rooms, gardens with picturesque views and a whole array of facilities.

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa and Grand Hyatt are two popular resorts that have gained the reputation for quality and memorable experiences. The former was opened in 1983 and has since been a place where kings, queens, presidents and dignitaries alike have rested their heads. It’s a luxurious place to experience Balinese culture and the beauty of the land. Each of the rooms have views from a terrace or balcony of tropical gardens and and oceans.

The Grand Hyatt has a wide range of luxury rooms and suites throughout villas in four villages. These villages are surrounded by lakes, gardens, lagoons and river pools. It’s a tropical paradise where you can live in opulence. There are exotic activities like full spa treatments that focus on harmony, purity, energy and bliss. You’ll also have the opportunity to dine under the stars at Pasar Senggol, the contemporary Balinese night market that is one of the five onsite restaurants.

Adventuring outdoors

The beaches of Nusa Dua are arguably some of the best in the world. Beginning at the Bali Tourism Development Centre Complex, they are easy to access. Simply follow one of the three pathways – two of which begin near Bali Collection’s Gate C. These two will take you to a popular public beach where the shore is filled with locals and bamboo stalls selling tasty treats. Grab yourself a snack and relax on the white-golden sand. If you feel like exploring a bit more, there are jogging and biking trails. Take a look at the information map to go over your route and head off. Swimming is also a favourite here, with the temperate water.

Another favourite beach spot is Mengiat Beach. It’s a 10 minute walk from the public beach and is dominated by the resort Grand Hyatt Bali. Even if you aren’t staying there, you can enjoy the quiet and clean area with white sand, cobalt seas and a couple of places to grab a bite. You could rent a lounger to really relax, or frolic in the waves.

Discovering the culture

The art of this area is abundant and varied. Museum Pasifika is one place you can see a lot of Asia-Pacific art as well as that from around the world. Since its recent opening in 2006 by a small group of French and Indonesian art and antique lovers, the collection has expanded and is now a popular spot for travellers. The works of more than 200 artists over 25 countries are on display. There are more than 350 paintings and 250 historical objects throughout the museum. People who visit can see the works of art and the tools used to create them.

The works are dominated by themes, particularly that of Balinese life. Visitors learn about the island culture through art from people such as Balinese native painter Nyoman Gunarsa and Javanese artist Raden Saleh.

Permanent exhibitions are held in most of the 11 main rooms where the architecture itself is a work of art and created in this distinct Balinese style. Temporary exhibitions often take place in room six.

Whether you are travelling to Bali to engage in outdoor activities, get some rest and relaxation, or learn more about the culture, Nusa Dua has it all.

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