There are two schools of thought when it comes to choosing your holiday hotel: The first says that they are simply a roof over your head and a place to crash at the end of the day. The second suggests that you should be aiming for a bit more, that the hotel itself becomes as important a part of the holiday as the destination. The Sofitel at Nusa Dua in Bali offers such immersive luxury with French elegance meeting Balinese charm that it could only fit into the second category. The hotel was your home away from the home, where you can experience world-class gastronomy, enjoy a blissful massage and retreat to the serenity of the beach.
Club Millesime is an exclusive lounge and bar unique to the Sofitel Hotel group. Available to all certain rooms, suites, and villas, it spans two floors, boasts a private pool and features a sumptuous breakfast buffet, all-day refreshments, evening canapés, and an extensive selection of wine, beer and cocktails.
It’s very easy to fall into a routine where you find yourself in Club Millesime first thing in the morning for breakfast (6:30am – 11am), popping back for the tempting selection of house made sandwiches and pastries (3pm – 5pm), before rounding off your day with a glass of wine and a canapé (5.30am – 7pm).
With the access to Club Millesime, you are never too far from nibbles or a drink. In addition, the club has a library of over two hundred books so it’s easy to grab a moment of tranquillity away from the hubbub of the main resort by losing yourself in a novel.
The Philosophy of Gastronomy
The French and Indonesian nations share a passion for gourmet food which can be witnessed throughout Sofitel Nusa Dua’s restaurants and bars.
Kwee Zeen features a pan-Asian menu but if you want a break from fried noodles, curry or chilli, then check out Cucina. This venue boasts three restaurants under one roof – a New York style steakhouse, a French seafood grill and a modern Italian Osteria with mozzarella bar and wood fired oven pizza.
Cucina is where you come to sample wines sourced from all over Italy and gorge on Caprese salad, pizza margherita, and panna cotta.
And for those who simply can’t tear themselves away from the swimming pool, L’OH Pool Bar serves local Bin Tang beer or classic cocktails while you are still in the water. How’s that for convenience?
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but nothing will prepare you for the epic buffet served in the Sofitel’s main restaurant every day. Rather than the normal egg station, pastry station or noodle station, the Sofitel has an entire rooms dedicated to each type of breakfast.
In the noodle room, for example, you choose your own type of noodle – rice, egg, vermicelli, to name but a few – as well as your your preferred toppings. The chef will then prepare them exactly to your liking – soup, fried or spicy – and within minutes you’re ready to go.
Further decisions await you in the pastry room where the enticing selection of bread, pastries, waffles, muffins and cakes is something to behold.
In the juice room, fruit and vegetables are squeezed on the spot for you by the friendly staff.
It seemed rude to not sample the traditional Indonesian breakfast of fried rice, shredded spicy chicken, soy bean and a spoonful of sambal. This was definitely spicier than the typical western breakfast, but when in Rome…
Overall this would be one of the best buffet breakfasts we have ever experienced with the quality and variety absolutely staggering.
Luxury in the Balinese Oasis
The resort has 415 well-appointed rooms with many ground floor apartments offering swim-up access via the swimming pools that flank the hotel blocks. These are connected to the main pool but are sheltered by the tropical gardens’ beautiful palm trees providing privacy and peace.
If you prefer the ocean for your aquatic pleasures then Sofitel Nusa Dua has direct access to Nusa Dua beach with its ultra-calm and shallow sea. The hotel even offers a massage service on the golden sands for those seeking total relaxation.
With such an abundance of natural beauty at Nusa Dua, it’s obvious why so many love birds have chosen to tie the knot right here on the beach. Dream weddings are made possible by the agreeable climate, heavenly setting and the exceptional level of service provided by Sofitel Nusa Dua.
Our stay was only too short. Seemingly trivial details such the personalised welcome card and dessert platter on arrival, the pillow menu offering your choice of firmness are signs that every aspect of the guest’s stay has been considered. When this attention to detail is combined with impeccable service from the friendly staff and outstanding international food, the Sofitel Nusa Dua is transformed from somewhere to merely rest your head to a holiday destination in itself.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
Kawasan Pariwisata ITDC Lot N5, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8492888