Discover a lush and luxurious Balinese retreat. Located in the popular resort area of Nusa Dua on the southern peninsula of Bali, Centara Grand Villas Nusa Dua offers an abundance of experiences designed to thrill couples and families alike. Bali International Airport is a comfortable 15-minute journey in one of our Chrysler limousines, and the resort shuttle will whisk you effortlessly to our beach club. Nusa Dua beachfront is protected by extensive coral reefs, making it ideal for water sports and swimming. Additionally, the 18-hole Bali National Golf Club and Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre are to be found just a short distance from the resort.
Bali is known the world over as an exciting destination offering plenty of opportunities to immerse in a fascinatingly vibrant culture, experience local traditions, and discover mountainous landscapes and idyllic beaches. Our tour desk will be delighted to offer you a glimpse of it all by arranging activities such as trekking, cycling and sailing aboard luxurious catamarans, and excursions to popular places such as the Hindu temples of Besakih, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, and the rice paddies of Ubud and Tanah Lot, the latter being Bali’s most dramatically situated temple for it is perched on a rocky headland that becomes an island at high tide.
One of the great pleasures of spending time in Bali is the exploration of areas such as Kintamani, which has as its centre the active volcano of Mount Batur. Wonderful trekking country is to be found in this region, along with a number of important temples and friendly little villages. Mount Batur is famous for its hot springs and spas, and for the views to be had from the dizzying heights of the crater rim, where the cool, clear mountain air is invigorating and the sunrise and sunset awe-inspiring. The enormous crater of the volcano is 14 kilometres in diameter, and next to the towering crater walls are the calm waters of the crescent-shaped Batur Lake, a tranquil spot for boating, and for lazing on the shore.
Only 30 minutes away from the resort by road, Uluwatu is a Hindu temple set on a cliff high above the ocean, and is one of the nine directional temples of the island, guarding against evil spirits. Inside the inner sanctum is a statue of the founding priest Dwijendra who established the present form of Hindu-Dharma, and who chose this spot as his last earthly abode. Monkeys inhabit the rocks around the temple, looking for gifts of fruit from visitors. Uluwatu Beach is known for its surf and its full moon parties. The sunset views from here are magnificent.
Ubud is a traditional village that became popular as an artists’ colony in the 1920s, when European painters came here, attracted by the light, the clean air and the beauty of the highlands. Despite its subsequent popularity amongst visitors, Ubud retains this gentle, bohemian atmosphere, and wandering amongst its art galleries and little restaurants is a great pleasure. Ubud Market is the place to pick up some quality handicrafts in addition to artworks. Nearby places of interest include Ubud Palace, Ubud Monkey Forest, luxuriant rice terraces that are renowned for their stunning beauty and several Hindu temples and meditation temples that inspired the book-turned-film Eat, Pray, Love. Ubud is reached within one hour from the resort.
Trekking and cycling
Take a little time out to explore the region of Mount Batur by bicycle or on foot, with our programme that will allow you to immerse yourself in the local Balinese culture. We start with breakfast at the foot of Mount Batur, and then cycle or trek through the paddy fields and the plantations, passing along pathways where cars cannot go, and visiting tiny villages along the way. Our trip will include a visit to a traditional Balinese home.
Bali National Golf Club
Bali National Golf Club will delight guests with a love of golf, and is only a few minutes away by car. Recognised as one of Asia’s finest courses, this championship 18-hole course reopened in 2014 after a redesign by Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright. Set beside the ocean, the towering heights of Mount Agung form a spectacular backdrop.
Sailing in luxury catamarans
Sail in style in a luxury catamaran across Badung Strait to Nusa Lembongan or Lembongan Island. A wonderful lunch is served onboard and at your destination you can enjoy the white-sand beaches, snorkel in the crystal waters, and tour a local village before sailing back into the sunset, with a sundowner or two.
Taman Bhagawan Beach Club
Surrounded by traditional Javanese Joglo structures and wooden pergolas that overlook a wide stretch of fine sands, Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa is home to the resort’s beach club and provides a stunning setting to laze the day away. Taman Bhagawan has the capacity to host events for up to 2,000-seated guests in a beachfront garden setting and is one of Bali’s prime venues for music and cultural performances, and having its own chapel is a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Taman Bhagawan’s gardens host a wide range of trees and plants from across the archipelago to create a living encyclopaedia of species.
Tanjung Benoa Bay
A long and lazy day at Tanjung Benoa Bay is not to be missed, and getting there takes only a few minutes with our shuttle service. Spend the day on the beach, or enjoy water sports such as the exciting Sky Ski hydrofoil, jet skiing, wakeboarding, kite surfing and banana boat rides. There are trips for fishing and dolphin watching. PADI diving trips can be arranged, along with diving courses.
Jimbaran is a small town in South Bali, only 15 minutes away from the resort by road. Formerly a tiny fishing village with a daily market, Jimbaran, with its white sand beach and calm, clear waters, has become one of the island’s most visited destinations and a quality residential area. The old fish market is still there, the catch coming in every morning and including all manner of fish and shellfish. Much of this is destined for the seafood restaurants located along the beach, which provide the perfect spot to enjoy sunset.
Located within the resort area of Nusa Dua, Bali Collection is a huge open-air shopping mall set in garden surroundings and selling high quality items and brand name goods. There is a large department store and 150 boutiques and souvenir and handicraft shops to browse amongst, along with a selection of restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Indonesian and international fare. Very much the place to shop and eat in style, the shaded walkways and paths of Bali Collection are also pleasant simply to wander and window-shop.
Tanah Lot Temple
Built on a rock just off the coastline, and surrounded by sea at high tide, Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most venerated sea temples, of which there are seven strung along the coast. The name itself means “island in the sea”. Dating from the sixteenth century, Tanah Lot is dedicated to the spirit of the ocean. Poisonous sea snakes reputedly guard the rock. Sunset here is particularly spectacular, and the temple is one of Bali’s most popular sights for visitors. The drive to and from Tanah Lot Temple takes 45 minutes approximately.
Beratan Lake and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Bedugul is an area of great natural beauty in the central highlands of Bali, with Beratan Lake lying in a crater on a high plateau where the air is cool, and just over one hour of the resort. Leisure facilities on the lake include boating, parasailing, canoeing, water skiing and fishing. There are a number of traditional villages here, with the fruit and vegetable market at Candi Kuning being a popular stop for visitors. Set on the edge of Beratan Lake, Ulun Danu is a Hindu-Buddhist water temple dedicated to the lake and river goddess Dewi Danu. Built on a series of tiny islands, the temple is surrounded by water and has a large banyan tree at its entrance. The classic Balinese multi-level roof against the background of lake and mountain is one of the most famous images of Bali.