Located in the popular resort area of Nusa Dua on the southern peninsula of Bali, the brand new Centara Grand Nusa Dua Resort & Villas will appeal to families and couples looking for a luxurious Balinese retreat. While Bali International Airport is a comfortable 30-minute drive away, the resort shuttle will whisk you effortlessly to Nusa Dua Beach and its beach club. Nusa Dua beachfront is protected by extensive coral reefs making it ideal for water sports and swimming. Additionally, an 18-hole golf course and Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center are also 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 and excursions to popular places such as the Hindu temples of Besakih, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, 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.
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. 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. Bedugul Botanical Garden has a fascinating display of tropical flora. Two other crater lakes, Buyan and Tamblingan, are within easy reach of Beratan Lake.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Set on the edge of Beratan Lake, Ulun Danu is a Hindu-Buddhist water temple dedicated to the lake and river goddess Dewi Danu. Pilgrimages and ceremonies are held here to ensure there is a plentiful supply of water for farmers. 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. There is a small restaurant in the grounds serving Indonesian fare.
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. A market on the mainland sells souvenirs and food.
A glass-bottomed boat tour around Turtle Island, a sea turtle conservation area, departs from Tanjung Benoa Beach, near Nusa Dua. The view through the floor of the boat reveals beautiful tropical fish and coral, while on the island itself are turtles and turtle eggs, along with a wildlife collection that includes snakes, iguana, eagles, hawks and falcons. When turtle eggs are found in dangerous places, they are brought over to the island and incubated in safety. Visitors can hold the baby turtles and feed the larger ones, making this an experience that appeals to all ages.
Taman Bhagawan is an international meetings and events venue, surrounded by traditional Javanese Joglo structures and wooden pergolas, and having the capacity to host events of up to 2,000-seated guests in a beachfront garden setting. In addition to its corporate events, conventions and exhibitions, this 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.
Located in the south of Bali, 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 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 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.
Bali Galleria is a megamall at Kuta designed in a mix of Balinese and Western architectural styles and including along with its shops and restaurants a park and an amphitheatre to stage cultural performances and international shows. The mall is divided into 10 sectors, and enjoys the reputation of being Bali’s biggest shopping centre, with seemingly everything available. Restaurants provide a huge variety of cuisines and familiar fast food names, and the weekends are the times to catch live entertainment, with a mix of traditional and modern stage performances.
Jimbaran is a small town in South Bali, near to Kuta. Formerly a tiny fishing village with a daily market, Jimbaran has become home to a number of world-class hotels and is also a quality residential area. The bay has a white sand beach and with its calm, clear waters is very safe for swimming. 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 for a cool drink at sundown.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana
A cultural park on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of the island, Garuda Wisnu Kencana is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, and the mythical bird Garuda. Designed and built by Nyoman Nuarta, one of Indonesia’s foremost modern sculptors, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue stands in the centre of a park stretching for 240 hectares, that was originally an abandoned limestone quarry, and which now includes a festival park, amphitheatre, street theatre, exhibition hall, shops and restaurants. Indonesian traditional music and dance is presented here every day.
New Kuta Green Park
New Kuta Green Park is very much a venue for families, with its water park featuring thrilling water rides and tranquil floating attractions, all amid a lush natural landscape. Artful landscape design and advanced water-conservation technology has transformed the sun-baked foreshore here into a luxuriant forest oasis with minimal impact on the local environment. Kids of all ages will love the adrenaline rush from the flow rider, the trampoline, the wave pool, and the other rides, and there is a food court to replace all the energy that has been burned off.
Uluwatu is a Hindu temple set on a cliff high above the ocean in southern Bali, and is one of the nine directional temples of the island, guarding against evil spirits from the southwest. 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 countryside. Despite its subsequent popularity amongst visitors, Ubud retains this gentle 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, and the Tegalalang Rice Terraces.