Upmarket Retreat – Nusa Dua – in Bali : A Cultural and Scenic Treat
It took about an hour’s drive to reach Nusa Dua area which was completely a different locality than Kuta from face itself. Broad roads, posh villas, gated community and upmarket restaurants was what marked stark difference to the streets of Kuta. As we drove through the high rise hotels and villas we could feel what was in store for our next destination.
The Nusa Dua which means “two islands” is South Bali area named after the two peninsulas along its coast. The area was actually developed by a consortium of major hotel chains and posh villa owners who wanted to provide the rich tourists with a safe gated area to absorb the culture and beauty of the island from within a safety net of walled society and security guards. The beaches in this area are mostly occupied as private zones by various resorts, though there are few areas left for public consumption. The beaches though are sandy and clean and provide perfect ambience for quite relaxation. The entrance road is lined with rows of statues and everyone entering the zone has to pass through a security picket.
After about an hour and half from when we left Kuta, we were right there on the porch of Hotel Santika. This was definitely a much different hotel then our previous one. Huge lobby, bigger restaurant, more professionalism of the staff is something that was quite evident. We were taken to our room after the relevant formalities which was again decorated beautifully on request. We had some time to rest and freshen up before our next set of excursions began.
Next day was at leisure and we had a late start. We had kept it for ourselves to spend time in various markets to pick souvenirs for friends and family. We spent a large part of the day at the Discovery Mall which was one of the biggest malls on the island. We spent quite a bit shopping through the day. We also visited a few other malls and street shops to absorb more of the city. We then spent the evening by the Semiyak beach before returning back to the hotel. Now, the only thing that was left out of long list of must do’s in Bali that we figured during preparatory research was a good Balinese Spa treatment. So when it is something to be done, why leave it if you can especially when the day long exertion has tired you out. We looked around for a good spa and enjoyed an hour long treatment. It was definitely a relaxing experience and the tiredness did wane away to a lot extent.
Next morning came with clouds of sadness of culmination of this great trip. It was a lazy morning which was followed up by more relaxation by the pool. A little after lunch, Anga picked us for transfer to the airport with which begun our return journey. We spent a couple of hours at the airport. To emphasize function over form, The Bali Airport in Denpasar (the Capital zone) is nothing fancy to say the least. This is not a big airport but provided all the functionalities. There are a few shops offering souvenirs and other branded goods available at most international airports. There is a modest immigration set up to support the departure formalities. And yes, most airlines (atleast the Thai) did charge the 200,000 IDR per head departure fees during the ticketing and hence we were left with extra 400,000 for shopping at the airport. After picking some more items at memories, we boarded the first leg of our flight. During our layover at Bangkok we picked all the stuff we settled on during the forward journey and boarded the final leg of our trip – flight to New Delhi.
Did you like the pictures or was there too much text? Little on knowledge or lacks the personal touch? Tempts you to visit the place or took it off your dream list? Whatever it is that you are feeling right now, do not forget to give put down in comments as your feedback and views – for or against :-)