NUSA DUA – literally translating to “Two Islands” – in Bali is synonymous with luxury travel what with a range of five-star resorts scattered across an enclosed compound surrounded by pristine waters. Proof is in more than 20 exclusive hotels and resorts that reside on the secluded land, most of which embody the traditional Balinese spirit.
If you’re celebrating an anniversary or a honeymoon, it’s the ideal place for a bit of solitude with very little risk of bumping into drunken tourists on their gap years. Meanwhile, if you’re planning to get down on one knee to pop the question, the vast white sand beach leading out to the infinite blue coastlines will surely tip the odds in your favor.
Undoubtedly, one of the best resorts in Nusa Dua for a bit of romance is INAYA Putri Bali, a sprawling property overlooking the Indian Ocean, and inspired by the ways of Balinese culture. The hotel’s architecture takes from the beauty of the Penglipuran Village, a traditional village lifestyle woven with rich history and mythology that date back to a time before Hinduism was widely adopted in Bali.
The theme is apparent in the accommodation levels and local artistry within the property; for instance, Balinese goddesses such as Rukmini (the goddess of beauty and grace), Sri Lakshmi (the goddess of prosperity), and Saraswati (goddess of knowledge, art, spirituality, and music) are used as inspiration.
The entry-level Deluxe Rooms feature plenty of wooden accents in contemporary Balinese style, a marble bathroom with a deep-soaking tub, a private balcony, a coffee machine, and in-room Wifi connection. Meanwhile, the Deluxe Pool Access rooms offer the bonus of exclusive access to the hotel pool.
If you want to go all out to impress your partner, opt for the One Bedroom Suite Ocean View where your private balcony opens to vast views of the sea. If you’re a guest in this room, you and your partner also enjoy personalized butler service and Club benefits including in-room breakfast, daily afternoon tea, and evening cocktails.
Don’t forget about the 19 exclusive villas at The Village, a private sanctuary at the Nusa Dua villas compound. Both the one- and two-bedroom villas have their own plunge pools that connect to the 130-meter river-styled pool. If you’re willing to splurge a little bit extra for added privacy, this is the one for you.
Continue to spoil your partner by booking a session at Gaya Inaya Spa, or simply request for one of the well-trained masseuses for a session in the comfort of your room. The Gaya Ngipi Sutra Mecahya is a series of treatments that will help you achieve “ultimate restfulness”, while the Balinese Wellness Treatment uses high-pressured thumbs and long stokes to release muscle tension.
For a spot of dinner, head to Homaya Restaurant, a classic Indonesian restaurant that focuses on market-fresh local produce and encourages communal dining. Signature dishes here include kaki kambing Java, braised lamb shank in coconut gravy, and bebek betutu, Balinese slow-cooked duck with aromatic spices.
If you want to venture out a bit, the white sand of Mengiat Beach will provide many photo and tanning opportunities. Otherwise, the Bali Collection is a cluster of dining and shopping outlets, and the resort offers scheduled shuttle service to the complex. Museum Pasifika too will pique your curiosity about the lifestyles of different cultures throughout the ages.
Back at the resort, end the day with a dip in the pool, a lie-down beneath the stars, or a glass of wine with your partner in the comfort of a private balcony. At this point, all that’s left to do is wake up the next morning and do it all over again.
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