While planning the Bali trip, I had planned on staying the majority of nights in a nice resort in Nusa Dua since I was just planning to laze on the beach and maybe get some water sports done. After all for a repeat visitor to Bali or even a first time visitor, the beaches have got to be a draw. On past occasions in Nusa Dua, I have stayed at the Grand Hyatt, Conrad and The Laguna. I enjoyed those stays but wanted to try something different this time and picked the Westin for the combination of a lower rate and larger resort feel since I am travelling with a friend who is visiting Bali for the first time.
The Westin is located just beside the Laguna, another Starwood property. This meant guests could essentially move around easily to get multiple stay opportunities. While it is technically not allowed for guests to use the other’s resort facilities and pool, the grounds are all open for guests of every resort to walk around. In this sector of Nusa Dua, Melia, The Laguna and Westin and Nusa Dua Beach Resort are connected easily by the beachfront access while the Sofitel is a bit of a longer trek.
Arriving on a taxi, there was a security checkpoint before a long driveway into the entrance porch. Upon getting out, guests were given flowers as a welcome greeting while all bags are sent through an x-ray screening. Definitely a very secure entry to prevent any unwanted threats. The Westin is a departure from the Four Points with a huge lobby. The large and relatively dark enclosed lobby does not give an inviting welcome nor a very nice tropical reception. This is perhaps the Westin’s achilles’ heel as it shows the age of this property even though they were renovated not too long ago.
Checking in the lobby was fast and I was assigned an upgrade to a suite. The receptionist mentioned a list of other benefits for SPG Platinum members and I chose free breakfast was in lieu of the 500 bonus points. Other perks includes afternoon tea served at the Kites Bar & Lounge daily from 3pm to 5:30pm, 20% discount on laundry, complimentary one day use of the Dream Bed per stay (Rp 150k value), and 15% discount for dining in resort restaurants. Our key cards to the suite was handed to us while a bellboy would help us with the luggage.
Room No: 3520 Category: Westin Suite
The hotel layout is like a ‘U’ shape with the main building connecting both ‘spines’ at the bottom, while the suites are located towards the end of each ‘spine’. On one hand, it makes it a trek from the reception but it makes it closer to the beach.
Inside the Westin suite, a small entrance foyer greets guest with a conveniently located console table. At the centre of the suite is a dining table for 4 with the main door leading out to the large balcony with deck chairs. There is even some partial ocean views from the balcony.
On the left of the suite lies a living room with a sofa, an armchair and an ottoman. There is a door leading to the balcony from here too. This section has a small study table as well along with a minibar and cabinet space behind. And come night time, guests could rent some DVDs from the concierge to play them inside the suite which is fitted with DVD players.
A small powder room with a toilet and vanity space completes the living space. Both the living and dining space certainly makes for a great suite for families. The addition of the powder room enhances it.
Over to the right side of the dining room lies the bedroom. This suite was unique in featuring 2 large double beds which can sleep up to 4, and easily 2 adults and 2 children to make the suite extra convenient for families. There is a desk along the wall with an armchair for more work space in the suite with their own separate flatscreen TV. Similar to the living room, there is a door leading out to the common balcony space. Due to the 2 beds configuration, the bedroom was a bit tighter on space though and it makes it feel less spacious even though it was a suite.
Beside one of the beds, there is a door leading to the spacious bathroom. Like the bathroom in The Laguna, the closet and luggage bench was inside the bathroom. There was a stand-alone bathtub and a glass-enclosed shower room.
A generous fruit platter with a variety of tropical fruits were on the table along with another welcome note and while it was not replenished for our short stay, I appreciated the amenity. There was also a small amenity of mixed nuts for guests which was placed inside the minibar fridge.
For the facilities of this resort, it was as complete as it could be. Let us start from the ancillary facilities like 2 billiard tables in the lobby for guests to use.
As there was some renovations to the fitness centre, a temporary setup was placed inside one of the meeting rooms. It was a respectable space with adequate equipments. Mineral water from the dispenser and cold towels were provided for guests to use though this space was empty when I visited in the afternoon.
Not many people come to a resort to have a workout, especially with the beautiful gardens and poolside setting here. The pool here is just a classic resort style with water slides for guests up to 17 years of age (not for adults obviously), a net for a pool volleyball game and a bar counter by the pool.
There are plenty of poolside deck chairs to go around for guests and the same goes for the amount of space in the pool. There is a table tennis setup by the poolside as well to entertain other guests who wants a break from swimming.
While the pool is a draw, an even nicer spot was the beachside. There are several dream beds pavilion in the shaded area with a good view of the beach for an additional Rp 250k (~US$19) per day or an extra Rp 100k for SPG Platinum guests in lieu of the Dream Beds on the beach. Alternatively some spa packages provide them for a couple of hours and these are definitely some nice spots for reading a book while enjoying the serenity of the waves lapping nearby.
The Nusa Dua resorts are nice for their wide beachfront access. The space directly in front of each resort have deck chairs reserved specially for them. And with the SPG Platinum benefit, I was provided the nice ‘Dream beds’ which are essentially a cabana for 2 along the beach with a thin curtain shade. They were a nice way to spend the afternoon lazing in the beach.
Due to the extensive facilities here, it was easy to spend a few days really just relaxing inside the resort. I would also post more on the resort dining experiences on a separate post including the complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea provided daily for SPG Platinum guests. The complete-ness of the facilities and beautiful setting certainly made this a great stay for a relaxing weekend. With the rate of Rp 1,900,000 (~$145) per night, it was a relatively good value. Topping it off, the suite upgrade makes this a recommended hotel for SPG loyalists and Platinum members who can expect wonderful service all around!