Michael Taylor is currently in Bali, Indonesia, where he is spending three weeks exploring the sights, sampling the food, learning about the culture, and checking out what’s hot and what’s not in one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting travel destinations.
Michael is staying at several hotels and resorts at various price points during his stay. The first hotel on his itinerary is the Grand Mirage Resort, which is located in Nusa Dua, Bali, but not within the gated community. He spent three nights there, checking out on 5 November 2012.
The second hotel on his itinerary is the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, which is located in Nusa Dusa, WITHIN the gated community. He spent two nights there, checking out on 7 November 2012.
What’s in a Name?
Most resorts now have spas as do a growing number of hotels. But when a hotel or a resort includes the word “spa” in its name, your expectations of the spa tend to be a bit higher. Such was the case of the second property on my itinerary, the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, where I recently spent three days and two nights.
A stop at the Nusa Dua Spa was, in fact, the first item on the itinerary proposed by my hosts at the the, and it’s a good thing. It gave me the chance to see what, exactly, the spa had to offer, and it was more than massages, facials, and other kinds of spa treatments.
Within an hour of checking into the resort, I was pointed in the direction of the Nusa Dua Spa, which is an exclusive enclave tucked away near the hotel’s entrance.
90 Minute Nusa Dua Massage
First on the agenda was a 90 minute Nusa Dua Massage. The first question you get folllowing a massage is always, “How was your massage?”
Since I slept through most of my massage, I can’t honestly answer that question because I can’t remember! But that is usually the sign of a good massage! All I can says is, I felt very relaxed when the massage was over.
With a pedigree of 30 years, the hotel was the first five star resort in Nusa Dua and the first hotel in Bali to open a spa.
But the hotel has also taken the spa experience to a new level, incorporating fitness into the mix, and this is what sets the Nusa Dua Spa apart from most of the other spas that I have experienced in my travels over the years.
25 Metre Lap Pool
Treatment rooms and changing rooms complete with saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzi pools, and cold dips are housed in a building overlooking one of the best lap pools I have come across.
Twenty-five metres in length, the lap pool is situated under some leafy trees so sunshine filters through the leaves of trees throughout most of the day.
As a result, the water is a comfortable temperature – not too warm, and not too cool.
I have stayed at many hotels where the swimming pools were in perpetual shade, which meant that the water was too cold for comfort. In others, which were in direct sunshine from early morning until late afternoon, the water was too warm for serious swimming.
The water temperature at the Nusa Dua Spa was just right. I swam laps for an hour without skipping a beat.
There are tennis and squash courts, a basketball ring, an aerobics studio, a games room, and a fully equipped gym. A spa café with healthful lunches, juices, and herbal teas rounds out the facilities.
Daily activities run from a cycling tour of the neighborhood to power walks to yoga to aerobics. I did the one hour cycling tour of the neighborhood on my first morning. Too bad I overslept on my second morning, missing the power walk. I had been really looking forward to it.
But I did manage the 11 am aquarobics classes on both of my mornings at the hotel. They were held in the hotel’s main swimming pool. They were the highlight of my stay.
If I have any regrets, it’s only that I never made it to the gym. I met a charming Australian couple in the lap pool. We struck up a conversation. We enjoyed each other’s company so much that we decided to have dinner together.