Even though Bali is only a small island in Indonesia, it does not stop the exotic island to be internationally admitted as one of the world’s best tourist destinations. In fact, the popularity of Bali is sometimes more than Indonesia itself. The island is rich with so much priceless beauty. There are many kinds of attractions that can be found anywhere throughout the island, such as beaches, lakes, rice fields, and still many more natural attractions.
Besides the charming natural scenery, Bali is also famous of the valuable cultural heritage. It has been successful in preserving the traditional practices in Balinese people’s life. In fact, it has become one of the purposes of the tourists. Almost all spots in Bali Island have grown into international tourist zones, including Nusa Dua Bali. The area is well known for the elite facilities provided not only for tourists, but also for many international events.
Location and History of Nusa Dua Bali
Nusa Dua Bali is located in Badung Regency, around 15 km from Ngurah Rai Airport, or 35 km from Denpasar. There are many public transportation modes to get there. They include taxi or rent cars or bikes. It will take around 20 to 30 minutes of drive from there. From Kuta, Nusa Dua can be reached in about 20 – 30 minutes. Whereas from Jimbaran, it takes around 15 minutes drive. Those are from the southern route of Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai or called as Jalan By Pass Nusa Dua.
The name Nusa Dua comes from the word ‘Nusa’, which means island, and ‘dua’, which means two. Therefore, it can be literally translated into two islands. This refers to two tiny islands at the south part of Bali that are separated by white sand. Both islands are barren with no human being living there. It is believed that the islands were the places to dump criminals long time ago.
At the early development of Nusa Dua as a tourist destination area, it the concept of this area development was an environment friendly tourist zone. In fact, it is the first tourist zone in Asia Pacific that has received the Green Globe, an award from the Evaluator Evaluate Communicate Evolve for tourist zones that care about the preservation of the environment.
At first, Nusa Dua was developed by BTDC (Bali Tourism and Development Council). It was a dry and barren area at the south of Bali Island, until being handled by the government in 1970. The government then developed the area into a giant tourist project to turn it into an elite tourist zone. The area has been planned to be a separated area from the local lives so that the presence will not disturb the original life of Balinese people with their culture.
The Luxury of Nusa Dua Bali as a Tourist Destination
Nusa Dua Bali, including Tanjung Benoa where the water sports are developed, is an elite international tourist zone. It covers about 350-acre area that becomes one of the prides in Balinese and Indonesian people because this zone is admitted as one of the tourist zones with the best high class hotels in the world. There are many exclusive facilities available in this area. The enclave consists of large tourist resorts with international standard and 5 stars hotels.
There are all about 25 high-class hotels in Nusa Dua, with a total of 4,000 rooms. Five starred hotels are standing along Nusa Dua beach, such as Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Ayodya Resort, Inna Putri Bali, Melia Bali, Grand Hyatt Bali, Conrad Bali Resort, Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dua, Nikko Bali, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali, Club Med, and Swiss Grand Bali. As an exclusive area, it is not as crowded as the other paces in Bali are. The atmosphere is calmer and very suitable for those who are looking for peace and comfort during the vacation. With the elite facilities offered in Nusa Dua, this place occasionally becomes the house of many international conventions and conferences.
The Activities and Attractions in Nusa Dua Bali
Nusa Dua beach has white sand and is usually chosen by visitors who really want to enjoy their holiday by relaxing in the luxurious hotels, resorts, or cottages along the Tanjung Benoa to Nusa Dua beach. There are neatly arranged parks along the way, very suitable to gather with the family, jogging, walking, or cycling. The combination of the fresh green park and the white sand on the beach creates very interesting scenery. Nusa Dua beach stretches for about 5 km and is the back part of the world-class hotels, such as Novotel Nusa Dua, Melia Bali Villas Spa Resort, and some others.
It is not complete if an exclusive tourist zone does not have a golf club. There are Nusa Dua Golf and Country Club. Besides that, there are also many world-class spas. Most of the luxurious hotels and resorts have in-house spas, beauty, and health treatment facilities. However, there are many more options offered by spa houses. They include as Alam Alang Bali Spa on Mahardika Street. Tamara Spa Bali and Spa Sekar Langit are to name some other spa houses.
Furthermore, there is Tanjung Benoa that becomes the centre of many other water sport activities. There is a walking path from Nusa Dua to Tanjung Benoa. Morning walk is a much recommended activity to start the day. There are many kinds of water sports that can be done in Tanjung Benoa, such as jet ski, boat, diving, parasailing, flying fish, and many more. Those activities can be directly booked before. Alternatively, the hotels can organize the booking for you.
Another special attraction in Nusa Dua Bali is the water blow. It is a giant splash of water created by natural rock wall with a certain formation that causes the water to blow up when colliding with the rocks. The water blow is located at Nusa Dua peninsula. The look of the water blow from distance is very interesting with the giant white foam of water blow up to the top. Nusa Dua Bali is an exclusive zone for tourists in Bali with the facilities that have high-class standard. It is a perfect destination to source for peaceful vacation with the family and friends.