Pure Luxury at The Conrad, Nusa Dua, Bali

Review of our stay at the splendiferous Conrad Bali, Nusa Dua

If you’re heading to Bali and you think you deserve a treat (I’m sure you most probably do) then I cannot recommend highly enough including this family-friendly hotel in your itinerary!  (By the way this is an independent review and we paid for our holiday in full).  The Conrad Nusa Dua, while feeling slightly out in the middle of nowhere, is a wonderful place where you and your family can spend a few days (4 in our case) and rest assured that your every need will be catered to.  What attracted me to the hotel when I initially did my holiday research (which I invariably do these days, now that my backpacking days are let’s say, just a few years behind me…) is the enormous meandering swimming pool.  My daughter loves to swim, and this pool did not disappoint her.  It also had a “beach style” gradual sloping entry at the end closest to our hotel room, which started with a sandy area that was ideal for our son (age 20 months at the time).  He was able to wander into the pool from the sandy area, and the pool itself was sandy at the bottom, so there was no worry that he was constantly tracking sand in and out as he paddled.  Bliss.

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We treated ourselves since it was the end of our stay, to 4 nights in a Conrad Suite.  Specifically it is called “Conrad Suite King”.  This is hands down THE best hotel room we have ever stayed in, IN OUR LIVES.

Why?  Because of its sheer size (110 sq. metres), its separate areas (one large room with a king size bed, a dressing room, a bathroom, and a kitchenette/dining room/living room containing a sofa bed), which enabled us to stay very comfortably as a family of 4, and the perks that came with staying in a Conrad Suite.  In priority order these were: daily afternoon tea with a wide selection of complementary teas or cocktails, and free evening cocktails and canapes which could be enjoyed at an adults-only lounge which was ultra-relaxing, or at the bar overlooking the swimming pool, and…wait for it…unlimited free laundry and dry-cleaning!

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Needless to say I took full advantage of this.  I sent them a pile of dirty laundry and it came back all neatly folded satisfyingly wrapped in crepe paper. I don’t think I’ve ever returned home from a holiday with all my laundry clean!?

When we first arrived in our Conrad suite we were also met by this lovely complimentary welcome tray and monkey soft toy for our toddler, which was a really nice touch.  The pack on the left contains nappies.  There was another monkey in the cot (which was all set up with bedding included).  Our daughter quickly adopted that monkey as her own.

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The kitchenette had a proper coffee machine, with lots of those little inserts that you could put in to make espresso based coffees, which gave us a great start to each day.  The bathroom was huge with dual vanities.  Housekeeping kept the suite spotless.

Breakfast was included, and although it was incredibly busy the food was plentiful and great, with all the usual offerings plus things like congee and noodles.  There was also a quieter, smaller restaurant which we discovered toward the end of our stay, where we were able to enjoy our lovely breakfast.  The food at the Conrad in general was all completely delicious.  One of my favourite meals was at the Japanese restaurant, where one night we had an amazing buffet dinner, and I ate an absolute ton of sushi!

I enjoyed a wonderful treatment at Jiwa Spa, which has its own pool you can relax in afterwards.

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And a further pool which is adults-only, which was near the Conrad Suites, complete with “bed” areas to lounge upon.

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Here is the main pool view from the lobby bar area, where we enjoyed cocktails.

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The hotel also has a kids club at one end of the pool area, which we visited but didn’t really use, as my sister and parents were with us and our son was too little, and our daughter was too busy in the pool!  It looked like a good programme of activities was available and there was a large outdoor space for playing.

The beach itself is directly behind the hotel and easy to access.  Beautiful and clean.

Stay at the Conrad Nusa Dua!  You won’t regret it.

If you’d like to book through booking.com, which is what we normally use, you can click on the link(s) in the text above or the one below which will take you through to their website.  I will get paid a very small token amount if you book through the link, but at no additional cost to you.  Wishing you and your family very happy travels!

 





 

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Does it have a spa and a kids club? Right! We’re going there – our first family holiday to Cyprus


If like me, you’re a parent in the UK, you may well be feeling what I’m feeling now.  Both slightly relieved that the kids are back to school soon, and yet a little wistful that the long summer break has come to an end.  And perhaps you’ll be dreaming just a little about future holidays, possibly even researching where to go already.  If that’s the case, I want to introduce you to a fantastic place we just visited, on our first family holiday abroad as a fivesome, on the off chance you’d like to go there one day.

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This is the view from our hotel room balcony at the Azia Resort and Spa , near Paphos in Cyprus.  I’m not even sure how I first found this hotel, but I was doing a lot of online holiday research when I stumbled upon it.  And I am so glad I did, as it really did have a little of everything we needed, and some additional luxuries that we…ahem…required.  Such as a jacuzzi on the balcony.  And a full breakfast buffet, with a nice man cooking omelettes to order every morning.  Did I mention it also boasts a world-class spa?

We arrived by night, and as it was only a 20 minute drive from Paphos airport to the hotel, we were really there in no time at all.

Kids club from age 2.5 years

We spent 10 nights at the hotel, with some lovely friends of ours and their two children. One of the biggest successes was discovering that our middle child was crazy about the kids club.  This was a pleasant surprise indeed.  And I think this was all down to the warm welcome and genuine wonderfulness (is that a word?) of the woman who ran the place.  You’re given a buzzer while the kids are at the club, which vibrates and flashes if you’re needed.  So you’re free to roam around the hotel grounds as you like…free as a bird…well except for the small but important matter of the one-year old, who kindly had a nap on a few occasions so we could enjoy a cool drink by the sea.

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Beautiful clifftop views of the sea from the hotel grounds

Swimming pool with pool bar, wonderful spa, beautiful beaches

Of course, it would be wrong to have you believe the kids spent all their time at kids club!  On the contrary, they had the time of their lives splashing and diving about in the child-friendly swimming pool, which has a separate yet adjacent shallow section for babies and toddlers.  There is a swim-up pool bar, and fresh towels to be used by the pool can be acquired for free from the spa when you need them, meaning there was no need to pack any.  The spa itself is wonderful, and I truly wished I could have had a treatment there every day!  Or at least more than one!  But mustn’t be greedy 😉 They do a 10-minute children’s massage as well, which was a highlight for our daughter.

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There is also a beach right by the hotel, which you can reach via a 120m-long path.  It does end with a lot of rocks, so be aware that you would not be able to push a buggy all the way down there.  We just parked our buggy on the rocks and brought the supplies that we needed down to the beach itself.  There was a lovely shallow stream here, which our little ones just loved messing around in for hours!  The sunset was amazing as well.

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Beach by the hotel

We also made a couple trips out to nearby beaches.  One was just a short stroll away.  Being August it was incredibly hot, so it was essential for us not to have to walk far!  There was a convenient path along the seafront that is completely buggy-friendly.  The other beach, Coral Bay, was a 15-minute bus ride away.  The sea here was beautiful, warm and with calmer waves than the beach near Azia.  The bus, which is air-conditioned, stops directly outside the hotel and costs 1.50 euros for adults and 75 cents for older children.  At the beach there are umbrellas and sunbeds here for hire, which cost 7.50 euros per umbrella, including 2 sunbeds.  There is also a lovely cafe here, where the children enjoyed enormous ice creams and there are toilet facilities including showers.

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Coral Bay Beach

There was no need for us to hire a car, but if we had wanted one it would have been simple to do, and there seemed to be many interesting places nearby to visit such as ancient Greek ruins.  I did venture to a rather splendid shopping centre by bus (under the pretext of buying nappies).

 

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Jacuzzi on the (very spacious) balcony

Food, drinks and entertainment

The food was very good as well, and there was a huge array of it at each mealtime.  There was a different theme each night.  One of my favourite dishes was coconut chicken with tropical rice, on “Jamaican night”.  Not quite Cypriot but delicious nonetheless!  I ate far too much!  The Cava bar was brilliant too for some pre-dinner drinks. And the kids enjoyed dancing at the baby disco, face-painting, and watching the evening entertainment including fire shows, stilt-walkers and acrobats.  A Michael Jackson impersonator was a surprise hit with our 3 year old!  He drew this the next day at kids club.

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Picture by our eldest, age 7
Picture by our eldest, age 7

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Stunning bougainvillea at the front of the hotel
Stunning bougainvillea at the front of the hotel
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Sunset view from the balcony

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All too soon it was time to leave!  Goodbye Cyprus…still missing you.

We booked our accommodation at Azia Resort and Spa through Booking.com UK.

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