Recently, I was lucky enough to visit Bali with my daughters. One of the things I really loved most about Bali was the Nusa Dua Bali luxury hotels we stayed at. We had five nights at Peppers Sentosa in Seminyak and five nights at Sofitel Bali in Nusa Dua. Both properties were unique and amazing.
It made it really hard for me to want to leave the hotels to get out and explore. But of course the photographer in me wasn’t going to miss any opportunity to capture as many experiences as possible.
Peppers Sentosa Villas
If you’re wondering where to stay in Bali, you’ll have too many amazing resorts to choose from. Our first five days in Bali were spent at the gorgeous Peppers Sentosa Villas in Seminyak, right in the heart of Bali.
It’s a convenient location if you want to just chill out at Kuta beach or Legian beach and have daily massages, flowers painted on your toes and braids in your hair.
Then there’s your Bali shopping fix brought to you while you laze on a beanbag watching the people go by.
We had lunch at Sardine, which had an elegant setting. The rice field backdrop really takes your breath away the first time you visit. Sardine is not too far at all from the heart of Seminyak.
The menu is delicious yet simple. We had fish and other seafood dishes combined with organic vegetables sourced from their own garden. The scallops were amazing. Dinner was at Mamasan.
There were so many amazing Asian-Influenced dishes to choose from, including Thai, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese. I had the most incredible Crispy Pork Rib salad and salt and pepper crab! Mmm Yum!
Bali luxury hotels
Our three-room villa at Sentosa had a private pool that was dreamier than we had possibly imagined.
We each had our own outdoor shower, huge spa bath, a walk in robe and king size bed fit for a princess!
To be honest, if my itinerary hadn’t been so jam-packed with sights to see, we would never have left the villa at all.
As it was school holidays, in January, Bali was fairly busy with tourists. January is also the wet season, and the weather can be a little off if you want to just chill by the pool or beach. But I’ll have to say we had enough great weather too.
It allowed us to fit almost everything in that we had planned to do. If I was to recommend a time of year, it would probably be June, July or August. I’d say the weather would be perfect then.
W Spa & Retreat
Whilst we didn’t have time to visit this amazing property, I couldn’t resist asking our driver to pull over and let me take a few snaps of the bamboo canopied entrance.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua
Our final five days in Bali were spent at the sublime Sofitel Bali, in Nusa Dua.
This is the kind of property that has everything you need and more for a complete resort holiday.
The grounds are to die for, the pool area exquisite and the private beach access is bliss.
If I wanted a holiday where I didn’t have to leave the resort, and could just totally relax, this would be the place.
The So Spa is perfect, Nikki Beach Club is uber chic and the menu at Cut Catch Cucina is mouthwatering.
Rated by Conde Nast Traveller’s as one of the top 10 brunches in the world, the Sofitel Bali’s famous Brunch a la Francaise has become a regular weekend event.
The food is seriously some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. My daughters were in heaven. It was so delicious I’d go out of my way to go there for a meal, even if I wasn’t staying at Sofitel Bali.
They are regularly booked out and what started as only one day a week has now become an all-weekend affair due to the popularity of this brunch.
The Nikki Beach Club is the newest addition to Sofitel Bali, and really is a relaxing place to spend a day.
Jewels Lynch was a guest of Flight Centre, Peppers Sentosa and Sofitel Bali.