Hotel review: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

Sunset at Sofitel Nusa Dua

In collaboration with Luxury Escapes

Bali is one of those places that does resorts extremely well and, of the six I’ve now stayed in, I can’t fault a single one. But, though we’d been told by several extremely discerning friends that the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua was the absolute best of the best, we planned on reserving judgement on our luxury escape until we’d seen it for ourselves.

It ended up taking about 30 seconds for the resort to prove our friends right. In fact, the kids are sold from the second they hop in the resort’s limo at the airport, stocked as it is with a plate of waiting macarons, just for them.

When we arrive, we are greeted like rock stars by a ferocious Balinese figure and the resort’s waiting staff in the hotel’s open-air lobby.

This dude! At Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

Once I spy its soaring ceiling and expansive carved wood panel depicting the Balinese Circle of Life, I too am as smitten as the kids. This place is ridiculously pretty.

The soaring lobby of the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

Even more so when we are ushered out of the main reception past incredible artworks and installations to Club Millésime.

Pretty installations at SOfitel Bali Nusa Dua

The stylish lounge boasts its own indoor and outdoor lounge areas and pool, where suite and villa guests can luxuriate in style, or in our case lack of.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort Club Millésime

We loll on the comfy lounges, the kids sipping on fruit drinks while I inhale a cheeky chilled rose as we are checked in.

The rooms

Now, by the time we checked in to our adjoining rooms I admit that I am wearing wine goggles, but damned if  these rooms aren’t sexy!  Think dark timber finishes, a terrace with a swing overlooking the resort and the sparkling sea. Then there are the enormous bathrooms with standalone marble tubs and separate rain showers.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

But the kids haven’t spotted those yet as they’re too distracted with the inexplicably pretty table load of treats that is here to greet us. There is a trio of freeform chocolate towers propping up cakes, more macarons and handmade chocolates, a platter of fresh strawberries and tropical fruits.

CHocolates await in our room at SOfitel Bali Nusa Dua

But there’s more, on the bed a tray awaits with a travel diary for the kids, an edible chocolate teddy bear, a cuddly one for a keepsake and the most adorable cupcake I’ve ever seen.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids: super cupcakes to greet the kids

I tear them away from their haul to grab a meal downstairs at the incredible Kwee-Zeen buffet where Sugarpuff dives straight into the chocolate fountain, but not before calling our butler to organise a wee surprise.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids: CHocolate fountain at Kwee-Zeen

When we return from feasting, two decadent bubble baths await the kids and they dive in, using the cleverly designed bath trays to prop up their towers of sweet treats, getting so sugared up in the process that sleeping is not even a remote option. But we’re on holidays, so what the heck.

Bathtime at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

The kids have twin beds in their room, while I have a glorious king-sized Sofitel signature MyBed all to myself. Well, that’s the plan. When we finally retire for the night it takes about 10 seconds for my farting, snuffling offspring to invade my heavenly bed and start shoving their toes into my nostrils. But the bed is so huge, I manage to find a comfortable kid-free corner to sleep.

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The food

The following morning, we return to Kwee-Zeen, a buffet restaurant inspired by the street-side hawker markets of Asia, for what is quite possibly the best resort breakfast I have ever come across. There are quite literally rooms of food from noodle dishes, breakfast curries and freshly made masala dosa to an Indonesian breakfast selection and an egg station whipping up eggs every conceivable way imaginable.

Kwee-Zeen at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

But that’s just the start as there’s also a room laden with pastries, donuts and fresh breads, another with cold cuts and sushi and a station for pressing fresh designer juices.

Fresh juice at Kwee-Zeen, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

Naturally, we stuff ourselves silly.

We repeat the gorging at lunch at Toya Beach Bar & Grill. There are kids’ menus available but the kids opt to dive into a delicious feast of Indonesian delights, Raffles attempting to break the world record for most Indonesian food consumed by a single nine-year old boy in one sitting.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids: Toya Beach Grill

Dinner at Cucina, an Italian Al Fresco continues the theme of over indulgence. Sugarpuff dines on pizza from the kids’ menu while Raffles and I devour a sublime squid ink pasta topped with seafood and some delightfully fluffy gnocchi spiked with truffles, only coming up for air to watch a mesmerising performance by Balinese dancers.

There’s also a Lobby Bar serving snack items where the kids liked to sit and watch the sun set and rise.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids: Lobby bar and views

One of the best things about the dining establishments at the resort, is that each and every one of them has a kids area so you can dine at leisure while the kids play.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids: Sugarpuff snuggled up in a play room

The Spa

The Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort has two different spas. Vietura offers non-invasive aesthetic treatments, nutritional counselling and cosmetic dentistry while the The So Spa is an otherworldly oasis of soaring ceilings, mood lighting and trickling water that looks and feels like a temple. It is here, while Raffles heads back to the kids’ club to become one with an X-Box, that Sugarpuff and I enjoy a mother and daughter spa session.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids: SUgarpuff kicking back at So Spa

She beams as the ping of a singing bowl signals the commencement of our simultaneous head to toe massages, both of us falling into a relaxed sleep under the expertise of our masseurs.  By the time she has her toes filed, polished and bedazzled with glittery purple polish she reaches six-year old nirvana.

The activities

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua knocks it out of the park for kids with some of the best cultural, creative and just plain fun activities and facilities for children I’ve come across in a resort. We make time to loll on the day beds on the golden beach, and splash about in the clean clear waters.

Bwachside, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids

We head for the enormous landscaped lagoon pool that snakes off under humpbacked bridges from one end of the resort to the other.

Time for fun at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids

The kids swim and play happily for hours, while I happily indulge in a few delicious lychee-infused gin cocktails at the swim up bar.

Time for fun at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids

There’s also a family swimming pool complete with slides, splash pads and a man-made beach, but its lack of bar for mama renders our visit short lived.

Time for fun at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids

Sofitel’s Cheeky Monkeys Kids’ Club turns my kids’ club hating offspring into raving fans with an incredible array of supervised daily activities. My wee dirt girl adores the organic gardening programme, aerating the earth, learning about the vegetables and herbs she collects, and picking watermelons straight from the vine.

Organic gardening is one of the kids activities at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with Kids

They take their haul of freshly picked fruits and vegetables to Cucina to meet the lovely Isep, one of the Sofitel’s talented chefs who cook up cakes and pizza with kids during twice-weekly cooking lessons. On this occasion though, he teaches my kids how to whip up seafood we’d picked on an early morning trip to the fish markets at Jimbaran Bay.

Cooking lessons are one of the kids activities kids at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua's

He teaches them to chop and pound the ingredients into pastes before wrapping the fish in banana leaves and placing it into an oven. Raffles even helps prepare a delicious seafood infused noodle soup made from the river prawns, topping it with a handful of chilies for a little added fire. It is nothing short of sublime.

Raffles shows off his seafood noodle soup at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

Sugarpuff and Raffles both get in touch with the local culture through dance lessons at the onsite temple, my little dancing queen learnt to (gracefully) shake her booty Balinese style.

SUgarpuff learns Balinese dance: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids

The kids rock a fetching Balinese ensemble for an audience with Pak Mangku, the temple priest entrusted with the spiritual wellbeing of the staff and guests of the resort.

Raffles at the temple; Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua with kids

Pak Mangku graciously explains the five elements of the Balinese Hindu faith to my enthralled and appreciative kids before teaching them how to make offerings to Bali’s Hindu deities.They weave canang baskets from banana leaves then fill them with tiny treats, flowers and smoldering incense before silently making a wish and placing them on the altar of the temple.

SUgarpuff making an offering for the temple at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

It is moments of cultural immersion like these, combined with the incredible warmth of the staff, that prove to be the highlight of our stay and take our holiday to a level we’ve never experienced before in Bali.

Indeed, it proves so very hard to say goodbye to the people who have gone above and beyond to make our stay at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua so special, that instead the kids say “see you next time,” because they are resolute that we will be returning.

And I’m not arguing, I’ll be booking another Luxury Escape at Sofitel here.

Discolsure: BoyEatsWorld were guests of Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua. This post is sponsored by Luxury Escapes but all opinions remain our own.

16 Comments on Hotel review: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

  1. Elena
    September 16, 2017 at 9:55 am (4 weeks ago)

    This place looks incredible! Take me there now

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  2. BOYEATSWORLD
    September 16, 2017 at 10:21 am (4 weeks ago)

    You should check out the awesome deal on Luxury Escapes!

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  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 17, 2017 at 5:27 am (4 weeks ago)

    That looks great! I didn’t know that there was a Sofitel in Bali. I love the bath in particular. At the end of a hot, sticky day, a bath is so welcoming! 😀

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm (4 weeks ago)

      IT is is a gorgeous bath and a gorgeous resort

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  4. oliviajones
    September 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Wow!! The place and pictures is so good; they two are so cute and prettier,
    Great share !!!!

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  5. Himanshu
    September 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I have always find Sofitel properties awesome and this Bali property is not different. they everything for a great stay. A nice and well written review.

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  6. Gokul Raj
    September 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Look like the kids had a great time there. Nice detailed review. Would love to visit this place when traveling with family.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm (3 weeks ago)

      They certainly did. It is superb for families

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  7. Cathy
    September 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm (3 weeks ago)

    First of all, the kids are super adorable and I love how curly their hair is! And while reading your review at Sofitel, I was telling my boyfriend that Sofitel should be our next hotel! This seriously makes me miss to stay at a luxury hotel resort. Sofitel properties are world class indeed. It’s also nice to do other activities like cooking and dancing the Balinese traditional one. Your little girl is so pretty!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thats very sweet. Sofitel is great and this Sofitel property has to be one of their best. We can’t speak highly enough of it.

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  8. Emma McKay
    September 25, 2017 at 12:28 am (3 weeks ago)

    What an awesome hotel!! I’ve been wanting to get down to Nusa Dua and will for sure look into the Sofitel. Looks like the kids had so much fun but I bet it was just as good for you! Enjoy the rest of Bali!

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  9. Megan Jerrard
    September 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Bali is definitely an island which knows how do a luxury hotel! Usually even if you employ the tactic “enie menie minie moe” you’ll land on a good one! Great to know though that the Sofitel is a step above the rest. DEFINITELY a stylish space throughout both the public areas and the rooms – love the dark timber!

    Between the spa, the food, and the activities, it sounds like the perfect retreat – I love that they take such great care of the kids and focus on cultural immersion for them in a way which is fun. What a stellar experience – thanks for the luxury escapes discount link!

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  10. Anna Johnston
    September 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Bali is great isn’t it, especially to drink in a good dose of luxury and have service staff genuinely enjoy serving. Sounds like it’s perfect to keep the little tackers happy too.

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  11. Eve Kay
    September 27, 2017 at 1:20 am (3 weeks ago)

    This is a lovely hotel! The chocolate desserts are to die for! I wasn’t 100% convinced about Bali originally but resorts like this might just change my mind.

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  12. Nancy
    September 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I haven’t been to Bali, but I have stayed in a couple Sofitel properties and they were excellent. The special kid’s amenities like macarons in the limo at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua are world-class – this sounds like a perfect spot for a family vacation! I love that your kids aren’t prepared to say good-bye 🙂 I expect mine would feel the same.

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