This luxurious retreat is the dream escape you’ve been longing for – Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort Review.

There’s something very special about a stay at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua, Bali, and you’ll notice it as soon as you enter the lobby. The resort sprawls over several hectares of beachside land with four wings around lagoon pools. The luxury hotel is set within a lush tropical garden filled with the lush greenery that is so typically Balinese and boasts a prime beachfront location.  One of the great advantages of staying here is the direct access to the beautiful beaches of Nusa Dua.

Dining options include a fine-dining restaurant serving international cuisine, a beachside bar and grill, and a lounge serving light snacks and cocktails. The hotel also features a large outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and a spa offering a range of massages and beauty treatments. You can also enjoy massages under thatched roof canopies on the beach.

The resort has 413 rooms with 39 suites and villas.  It’s all five-star, but the Presidential Villa is very popular, especially with presidents!

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort Review

Where did I stay?

I stayed in a Luxury Room with a king-size bed, Club Millesime access and pool access. This 48 square metre room has direct access to the lagoon pool and a luxurious bathroom with a separate bath and rain shower.  It comes with complimentary internet too!

My swim-up room was a real treat. It’s a private enclave protected from passers-by with a wall of plants. I could have sat there for hours.  It’s also ideal for families with children. The kids can play in the water while parents watch from the comfort of their room or the verandah.

The lagoon swimming pool also links to the main swimming pool with a swim up bar. That means you don’t have to walk around in your swimmers to get a drink.

Staying in a pool access room also meant I could experience a floating breakfast.  This is a treat that I’ve seen splashed across other folk’s socials that I really wanted to try.

Just place your breakfast order by choosing the floating breakfast option, and it will be delivered to your room. Once it is placed into the pool outside your room, you can get in and eat it while sitting or standing in the pool. I took mine down the canal outside a friend’s room, and we had breakfast together.  It was so much fun.

Luxurious bathroom with a separate bath and rain shower.  Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort review

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort review luxury bath
Beach bure Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

This is the Bali beach holiday of your dreams.

So close to the beach

This room was just a few minutes walk from the beach, and even though I loved the pool, I loved the beach even more!

Buying on the beach is part of the holiday entertainment here. If you don’t want to buy, just don’t look at the sellers and they soon get the message. At Sofitel Nusa Dua, the beach sellers are all registered. It’s nice to chat with these real locals and learn a little about their lives while browsing through the wide selection of goods they have. I bought four dresses so I can share them with my close girlfriends, and we can have a Bali party!

I paid between $10 and $15 each. Although that is probably way too much in their minds, I would have paid much more for these dresses at home. I might have overpaid, but it’s not a lot of money for me, and for these people, it can make a real difference in their life.

Remember if you buy anything with plant or animal material in it, like woven bags, wooden ornaments or shell homewares, you will have to declare this at Australia Customs. I always pack these items last so they are easily accessible.

Also, remember to clean your shoes, as every little bit helps prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease from Bali to Australia.

Shopping on the beachfront at Nusa Dua

Buying on the beach at Nusa Dua

Don’t miss the spa

For me, a holiday is not completed without a session at the spa, and Sofitel’s So SPA does not disappoint.  You’ll be impressed by the serenity here from the moment you walk in the door.  There’s a range of treatments available, but I chose a massage. It was so relaxing I nearly fell asleep.

Just because I could, I also indulged in a beach massage.  Here you can listen to the waves while your body is given a real treat.

Sunday Brunch at Cucina

If your stay includes a Sunday, brunch is a must-do. This is how every buffet should be, with food that tastes as good as it looks and it looks amazing.  It’s the best buffet I have seen, with a wide selection of international and local dishes, live cooking stations, fresh seafood, and a dessert bar.

The buffet typically features a variety of dishes to suit all tastes, including a selection of salads, grilled meats and vegetables, soups, and main courses, such as pasta, rice dishes, and stir-fries. The live cooking stations offer the chance to see the chefs in action and to enjoy dishes made to order. There’s a focus on Indonesian produce with Indonesian coffee, Java oysters and chocolate.

My top picks are beef Wellington, porchetta and baba roasted pig, seafood spaghetti, sashimi and sushi.

You know how everyone has a separate stomach for dessert, here, there’s a separate chilled room for dessert. Inside there’s every sort of cake, a chocolate fountain, plus a cheese centre.  It’s so hard to pick just a few tastes, so you may have to go back for seconds.

Cucina is the main restaurant at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua, and it offers a range of dining options for guests, including the popular Sunday buffet.

Best tip – Go very hungry and try at least three new things.

You’ll love the floating breakfast

Floating breakfast at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

Getting to Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Denpasar International Airport, located in Bali’s capital city of Denpasar. From the airport to Nusa Dua by road usually takes around 30 to 40 minutes, but it depends on traffic conditions.

Several transportation options are available including taxis, shuttle buses, and private cars. Taxis are readily available outside the airport terminal and can be arranged for a fixed price or as a metered fare. Shuttle buses and private cars can be arranged in advance through the hotel or through travel agencies.

Traffic in Bali can be congested at times, especially during peak travel season, so it’s a good idea to allow extra time for your journey from the airport to Nusa Dua.

Have you booked your air travel to Bali?  I travelled with Batik Air and was pleasantly surprised by the comfort offered on this budget airline.

Nasi Goreng at Toya Beach Bar & Grill

Nasi Goreng at Toya Beach Bar & Grill

My favourite Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua highlights

  • Sunday Brunch at Cucina – one of the world’s top 10 brunches
  • Having the butler knock at my door with coffee and croissants for my breakfast
  • Floating breakfast outside my room
  • Beach massage with the surf as your soundtrack
  • Spa for blissful, calming relaxation
  • Beach bar for nasi goreng, Gado Gado and Sate
  • Noodles at
  • Sunset drinks at the swim-up bar
  • Morning walk along the beachfront
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort review lagoon pool

Lagoon pool, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort review 

Things to do around Nusa Dua

There are many exciting things to do and see in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.

Visit the beaches

Nusa Dua is known for its stunning white-sand beaches, such as Geger Beach and Sawangan Beach. The crystal-clear waters offer excellent swimming, sunbathing, and water sports opportunities.

Explore cultural attractions

Visit the Pura Wana Narara Temple to see traditional Balinese architecture and learn about the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Shop and dine

Nusa Dua is home to various shopping and dining options, from high-end boutiques and restaurants to street-side stalls selling traditional Indonesian street food. You can stroll along the board walk and find plenty of restaurants where you can dine.

Play golf

Nusa Dua is a popular destination for golfers, with several international-standard golf courses located nearby, including the Bali National Golf Club and the Bali Golf and Country Club.

Try water sports

Take advantage of the clear waters around Nusa Dua and try activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and surfing.

Visit theme parks

The Bali Theatre and the Bali Collection shopping centre offer a range of recreational activities, including indoor and outdoor performances, shopping, and dining.

Attend a traditional dance performance

Experience the rich cultural heritage of Bali by attending a traditional dance performance at one of the many local theatres or cultural centres.

Disclaimer: Ed+bK stayed as a guest of Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua.