When we were looking for a resort in Bali, we had only had a few requirements….
- Must be near to the beach – Tick.
- Must have a kids club – Tick.
That’s was it!!
So after some deliberation, we found the wonderful Sofitel Hotel in Nusa Dua.
As a family we really enjoyed our time at the Sofitel Nusa Dua, so let me tell you a little about it.
We stayed here for or 4 nights in total, the resort itself was every bit as luxurious as the 5-star resort they promise in the brochure. We anticipated time spent as a family by the pool and for those quieter moments away from the kids, sipping cocktails on the beach.
Upon arrival, we walked into the amazing circular lobby area with a short walk to check-in, where we enjoyed complimentary drinks and a seat in the tastefully decorated reception.
As our room wasn’t quite yet ready we decided to take a stroll around the wonderfully landscaped pool and gardens. These were equally as stunning and we had most definitely arrived!
Walking in amongst the lush greenery, we took in all the available facilities dotted around the resort from the poolside bar, the to the beach restaurants. Strolling around the grounds knowing this was going to be our home for the next few days was a great feeling.
30 mins over the advertised check-in time we got the keys to our rooms. We had to book two interconnecting rooms as the hotel did not allow more than 3 persons to one room.
Given the hotel caters for families, not having family type room options is a disappointment, not forgetting this is also fairly expensive too.
Upon entering the rooms, were indulged with moderns and tastefully decorated studio rooms. We very much fell in love with everything from the soft bed, the plump luxurious pillows to the full-size ‘stone’ bath and quality Sofitel branded toiletries.
Everything in these rooms well thought out for guests, from coffee machines to USB charging points. The TV selection was okay, but the hotel should really start to move towards a ‘Netflix’ on-demand TV type option.
We were on level 3 with a great view, however, you can also book rooms on the ground floor with direct access from your room to the lagoon so you can swim straight out from your room, how awesome!
One of our favourite nights was staying in ordering from the amazing room service menu and taking a bath, then watching the fireworks from our balcony in the evening.
So after quite a bit of research when looking for a hotel in Nusa Dua, the hardest requirement to find was Kids Club that could take my youngest child Leo who was two years old at the time. Many of the kid’s clubs we found wouldn’t take young children without parent or guardian supervision.
The Kids club had a shaded outside area and a few play areas on the inside with a sleeping room. They would do two different types of events each day such as face painting or kite making, this was almost always an additional cost.
As previously mentioned, one of the main reasons we booked the Sofitel Nusa Dua was for the Kids Club, Leo was only two and was able to be in here with a nanny costing only $9 NZ dollars an hour (2-hour minimum stay). For Mila aged 4, she was entitled to four hours free per day which we made the most of.
As a family we all loved walking from our room to the lagoon pools/kids club/restaurants or beach through the leafy pathways and over bridges ”playing troll games”, it’s nice not to feel like your at a busy resort when in fact you are!
Being a French Hotel, the food is superb, it is a mix of French cuisine and local dishes. There are two restaurants and three bars, one of the bars around the lobby area overlooks the resort which was lovely to sit and have a few glasses of wine at sunset. The other bar, which was a favourite of ours, is located directly in the main swimming pool.
It was great sitting in the pool at happy hour having some delicious snacks followed by the buy one get one free cocktails!
The two main restaurants Cucina, and Kwee Zeen offer a range of European, fusion and traditional dishes.
Breakfast has a great variety of foods will set you back around $20 NZ Dollars, kids under 12 eat free.
If you are here on a Sunday its a must to have the famous Sunday Brunch, it will set you back about $45 NZ Dollars and kids under 12 again eat free.
This is a must when staying or visiting Sofitel Nusa Dua, if you want to know more about the Sunday Brunch, go check out Mark Wien’s superb video here.
Adjacent to the kids club is the children’s pool area which the kids loved. There was a water slide, shooting water jets a sandy beach area. To walk up to the main pool you walked under beautiful trees to the main adult’s pool.
There are plenty of relaxing sunbeds around the kid’s pool area and you can order happy hour drinks/food here too.
After you pass this Kids Club, you walk onto a lovely open grass area just before you hit the beach. Here you can hire bikes, play badminton, archery and much more.
There’s a lovely restaurant on the beach front which also looks upon the beach cabanas and sunbeds, just one push of a button and they come over to serve you food and drinks.
You can walk along the beach front area with prams and take a stroll to the other resorts in the area. There are vendors selling kites on the beach which will keep the kids entertained until your husband gets the kite stuck in a tree!
One last great thing about the Sofitel is that they spray for mosquitos so you don’t get bitten alive as we’ve experienced in other reports.
So, as you would expect, this little slice of paradise comes with a price tag, but would I stay here again…… absolutely yes.
Overall opinion on this luxury resort:
• Location: 8/10
• Family-friendly 9/10
• Rooms: 9/10
• Food: 8/10
• Service: 8/10
• Overall experience: very good: 9/10
Check out this link to see prices/available dates.
If you do decide to stay here from this review please let me know how you found it?