Melia Hotel Nusa Dua Bali Garden Villas Review

BALI : Stay at Melia Nusa Dua Garden Villas / REVIEW


Travellerczech rating : 9/10 

Location : 7/10

Melia’s location is far from hustle and bustle of Seminyak, about 30min drive from the airport in southern part of Bali, called Nusa Dua.

The area is known for its 5star resorts lined up all along of the peninsula coast. Ideal for luxury hideaway or family vacation.

Unfortunately, once you leave the resorts gates, there is not much to see, but Bali’s biggest shopping destination – Bali Collection Mall, with wide range of shopping and dining is only few minutes walk.

Style : 10/10

Melia Garden Villas offers the ultimate Balinese style luxury and I personally much prefer this traditional feel of Bali “long time gone”, instead of the new concrete and souless “designer” resorts.

Stone walls, natural materials, statues, wooden furniture and all the little details makes you feel like you really are on exotic vacation.

Villas : 10/10

Luxurious, spacious, comfortable and very private. Villas are set separately from the main resort, each measuring 350 square meters and surrounded by high walls of lush tropical gardens with a private plunge pool.

I have enjoyed the space and quietness so much, I have hardly left in 3 days  🙂

Each villa comes with :

  • private pool
  • sun loungers
  • outdoor dining patio
  • outdoor massage gazebo
  • private garden
  • indoor and outdoor shower
  • free Wi-Fi
  • 2 sinks in the bathroom
  • bathtube
  • wardrobe, safe, Illy coffee making facility, fridge…
  • aloe vera cooling gel 🙂
  • kimonos and slippers

The only down point were the Mosquitos…so take a good repellent and ask ask for daily fuming.

Service & Facilies : 10/10

Pampering starts immediately after entering your very own private check-in reception…welcoming hand carved coconut, fresh flower wreath and never ending list of benefits it’s just the beginning.

Benefits I have enjoyed the most :

  • separate huge pool ( plus private plunge pool at the villa )
  • free cocktails and canapés every day from 5-7pm
  • private restaurant for champagne breakfast ( + you can also use the buffet restaurant )
  • butler service

Food & Drinks : 10/10

Five restaurants with mix of international and local cuisine. Most enjoyable was the daily breakfast at the quite Sorrento restaurant and dinner at the outdoor Lotus Garden with a very impressive Balinese theatre show.

  • Sorrento – Mediterranean Restaurant  + private buffet breakfast
  • Sakura – Japanese Cuisine
  • Lotus Garden – Asian Restaurant
  • Sateria – Beach side restaurant – pizza, grill, cocktails
  • El Patio Coffee Shop 24hrs – buffet breakfast
  • Lobby bar


Value for money : 9/10

  • Starting from USD 500 p/n ( Aed 1836 )

Ok, at first it may look like a lot, but when you match the benefits, space, luxury, amenities and service ..this is more than a fair price compare other places. I would definitely stay in the Garden Villas again…treat yourself 🙂


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TRAVEL FIT : Workout in style at Melia BALI

Do you like to keep fit while “on the road” and choosing accommodation depending on the hotel fitness, or spa facilities ?

Have you been also wondering, why hotel booking sites and hotel pages contains so little or non-existent informations and photos from their fitness facilities?

Yes, you are not alone! I am not an olympic athlete by any means, but enjoy de-stressing cardio session or few lifts after long day at work or just little “top up” during beach vacation.

That’s why I have decided to review gyms in every hotel I am staying in and help you find and recommend ( or not ) a gym while travelling.

Bali is one of those places, you want to look your best. Beaches, pool-parties and surfing…
If you are looking for a good mixture of a beach, luxury and GYM, I would definitely recommend the Melia Resort Nusa Dua.

One of the resort pools

Overview :

Not too spacious, but fully equipped gym with adjacent class room. All machines are in a good shape and gym is very clean+air-conditioned.

Complimentary cold water, towels and apples. Staff on duty.

Gym is free to use for guests of the sprawling and beautiful Melia Resort in Nusa Dua / Bali.

Entrance to the hotel fitness

    8/10   Equipment :

Free weights up to 25kg, from Leg Extension to Smith machine + decent variety of equipment to satisfy even the most demanding gym addict.

Floor maths are available in the class room and the only equipment I was missing was the triceps dip station.

I really enjoyed the outdoor fitness trail,  which brought a nice change into my daily gym routine!

    9/10    Facilities :

  • fully quipped gym
  • outdoor fitness trail
  • spa + massage
  • class studio
  • tennis / basketball courts
  • water sport centre

    8/10    Verdict :

Excellent hotel facilities and definitely good quality hotel gym. You can easily continue your routine without much disruption. Bring your own music!

Melia Bali
Gym “testing” in progress 🙂

  • Melia Resort Nusa Dua       /      Kawasan Wisata Btdc Lot. 1, Nusa Dua      /      Melia Website 



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ADVICE : 10 frequent scams in Asia


Be a victim of a swindle in foreign country can ruin your holiday. Be aware of the most common scams you meet during your trip in South-East Asia and don’t get spoiled the time of your life…


  1. A Taxi driver in Thailand drops your money, then claims you gave him 10.000 Baht, not the 100.000  bill, now under his seat.

  2. While chatting with you, the cashier slips counterfeit bills into your change…

  3. A woman spills a drink on you. While sopping up the stain, she grabs your phone.

  4. A man steers you to a shop where he says “you will get a great deal”. Instead you pay inflated prices – perhaps for fake products – and he gets a cut.

  5. A woman warns you about pickpockets in the area. You pat your wallet, reassured it’s still there, unwittingly showing her partner in crime where you keep it!

  6. Your guide tells you the temple is closed and offers to take you on a cheap tuk-tuk tour. Instead he drives you to his friend’s shop.

  7. An agent tells you, your hotel is overbooked, then takes you to a “sister” hotel, which turns out to be more expensive and not nearly as nice, than the one you booked

  8. A cute kid comes up to you and ask in good english for few dollar to buy books for school.  As you refuse to give him the money, he will take you to the book store and there you will purchase the book for him. Few minutes after, the child returns to the store and sells the item back. The shop staff takes a cut, as does the cartel organising this scam all over the town. This encourages them to stay away of school and keep “stealing”.

  9. When visiting Bangkok, you may get approached by “local guide” who use’s King’s Birthday as an excuse for sight closures and will try to take you on a “shopping trip” instead. Thai King’s Birthday is only once a year on December the 5th!

  10. Avoid taxis without meters, or with “broken” meters. If you are left with no choice, negotiate the price before entering the vehicle or placing your luggage inside. Beware of the taxis in airports as well, as they cost more than taxis outside.
    Do not reveal too much personal details and definitely do NOT take any offers from the driver!

What to do

  • Use GPS in Google Maps in txt or tuk-tuk so you know which direction you going.  You don’t need a local SIM or Wifi. Business card or written address of your hotel is also handy to have.
  • Be firm and insist that your initial hotel reservation is valid as you original room is likely to be available. If not, find your own alternative
  • If you are uncomfortable, simply walk away. Your tout may follow you for a while. Ignore him and he will soon turn to easier targets
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are more likely to pick a helpful citizen from the crowd than to choose someone with criminal intent
  • If your belongines have one missing, you can report this to local tourist police. However, little can be done if you have no clear evidence if the theft or scam
  • Always check your money, esp. currency you are not familiar with and don’t carry too much cash with you.
  • Colour copy of you passport will become very helpful once you loose your passport.

BALI : The Oberoi, REVIEW *****

“ Time to treat yourself ”

Where : Seminyak /Bali / Indonesia

Overview : Oberoi is the first 5star hotel ever build in Seminyak.  Located in extensive, lush
and perfectly manicured “private jungle” garden, directly on quite stretch of the beach.

You won’t find here massive concrete building with hundreds of rooms like W, Legian or Seminyak Beach Resort.

Instead…cute little bungalows scattered all over the gardens.  You feel like the only person there, even if the hotel is fully booked…and that’s in my eyes what luxury is all about.

All buildings have authentic “Balinese” style with usage of local materials.

Location : quite area of Seminyak. Beach front, but only few minutes’ walk to shops, restaurants                  and the main street.

The popular beach club Ku-de-Ta it’s right next door. Click HERE to see Ku-de-Ta review

Rooms : they come as a bungalows ( 4 rooms ) or private villas with pool. The entire interior breaths Balinese traditional decor.

There are burning scented sticks the first time you enter and it smells amazing. Bed is comfortable, AC very quiet and you can make yourself lovely local tea and coffee.

There is also  enough sockets to re-charge your electronics.

Bathroom has a two sinks, complimentary water and toiletries, candles and private mini garden.

Different fresh fruit basket daily, weather forecast and next day “activity message” and flowers on you bed every evening adds a nice touch.

ServiceI must honestly say, one of the best, from all the numerous hotels I have ever stayed in.

It almost feels like they know what you need before you even ask for it. The staff is not intrusive or pushy but there, when you need them.

Dining  : amazing a ’la carte outdoor breakfast setting with fresh juices and made to order egg dishes. Luxury dinner restaurant (didn’t try) and a bar (good cocktails).

For lunch and dinner I have never stayed in the hotel as there is numerous options outside to try.

Especially loved the Beach Shacks for coconut water, beer and Nasi Goreng.

FacilitiesGym, Spa, Outdoor pool with controlled temperature (very pleasant), Tennis court

Who is it forcouples celebrating special occasion. But hey, I wasn’t any of those and had’d a     wonderful enjoyable time.

What makes it specialsprawling size of the entire complex and Balinese chic.

Every day a different presentation of traditional music or dance, performed by local school kids and with complimentary afternoon tea. Also live presentation of local artist

Not so good : Gym dated and small, food served by the pool is very generic and the huge wooden turtle     room key doesn’t fit anywhere.

The Best :  incredibly tasty welcome drink , quite location away from crowds and garden setting

PRACTICAL  INFO : Breakfast included, free and fast Wi-Fi, 40min transfer from Denpasar airport,  hotel library has a DVD’s you can borrow for a night in.

Tips for TripsPetitenget Temple 5min / Tanah Lot Temple 30min / Ubud – 60min

BALI : 10 TOP ( or NOT ) Restaurants

Here is a chart of 10 restaurants “tested and verified” during my last visit in Bali.

Check which one is the ultimate culinary dream and which give your taste buds nightmares…


10th : Velvet Club

Ok service, nice view from the roof top terrace but the food just terrible.

Seriously, it is better if you go to KFC downstairs. Velvet is more of a night venue so I assume, if you totally wasted, you don’t care anyway…and this is the concept I guess. My mistake I went during a leisurely walk in the afternoon.

Velvet is located on the rooftop of a Beachwalk mall near Kuta.

Good for: Having you very last beer of the night
Cuisine: International bar food


9th : Mosaic Beach Club Restaurant

Well…where to start…

Such a nice place, luxury private beach club, palm trees, swimming pools … but perhaps too high expectations.

Mosaic’s location is a bit remote but the full ocean views from the first floor restaurant just priceless especially during sunset. For me the experience is only memorable for two reasons…the amazing bread and the candles after the power went down.

Lousy service, food tasteless, disappointing and cold. It’s a real shame, as the place has so much potential.

Good for: the bread
Cuisine: a’ la minute creations from local ingredients

Total bill for 8 people


8th :Potato Head Beach Club

Soooo busy…

Potato Head was packed thru the roof during my visit and waiting over 10minutes for my cocktail put’s me off.

It does look very nice, beach front location, infinity pool overlooking the ocean, decent quality food but the amount of people on top of each other just doesn’t ring the right bells for me.

It attracts party crowd, so if you want to show off your newest tattoo, some muscles or fancy bikini, while listening the latest tunes, this is a place for you.

Good for: to find out the new best abs exercise
Cuisine: Asian inspired and bar food


7th :Sardines

On the list of the best culinary experiences in Seminyak, so the expectations were high.

To be honest, it was good but didn’t blow me away. I already forgot what was I eating, despite great service, lovely airy white table setting and very pretty rice field in the back yard.

You need to book a table as it is very popular and put bit of an effort in to your outfit selection. Crowd is mix of all ages and quite stylish looking.

I wouldn’t go back again but I have had a nice time.

Good for: To wear your fancy dress
Cuisine: Seafood


6th :Motel Mexicola

Fantastic concept and so much fun…

The music and Mexican décor is actually much better than the food itself.

Everything is served as a tapas menu and size. I felt the prices aren’t reflecting the food you actually get. All of it was also very very greasy.

I would recommend for drinks and atmosphere 100%. But for the food go elsewhere.

Good for: To see 50 shades of tequila
Cuisine : Mexican tapas


5th :Earth Café

Convenient, quick and healthy…

Its handy location in the middle of Laksamana street in Seminyak invites you into simple setting full of interesting free-spirited guests. Good prices and honest good food.

I especially enjoyed the huge variety of smoothies and fresh juices.

It’s not a venue for posh dinner but satisfying “guilt free” meal which makes you feel good during the day.

There is really lovely little shop inside with organic products and cosmetics just in case you need to stock up on some healthy nutrition.

Good for: Get back the dream beach body
Cuisine: Organic & healthy / vegetarian

Love the juice menu


4th :La Plancha beach shack

Very simple but very “feel good” place…

One of many bean bag beach shacks restaurant on the beach.

During the day just handy, cheap and cheerful Nasi Goreng place  to fill you up between surfing lessons and tanning.

In the evening, the best place to just casually watch the sunset, resting in comfy ( and bit dirty ) bean bags, sip Bintang, watch the sun goes down while someone trying to put together latest Ed Sheerans songs live.

You need to come at least half an hour before the sunset, as all bean bags fill quickly. Service is bit slow, but hey, you don’t rush anywhere so just sit, relax and enjoy one of the fantastically romantic Bali sunsets.

Good for: Decent food for good price, fresh coconut water and the most relaxing Bali evening
Cuisine: Mix of everyting


3rd :Vin+

For romantic dinner and very “ZEN” setting…

The bamboo structure is very stimulating and reminding you where you are. The restaurant is mostly outdoor and staff very attentive and pleasant.

Dishes are nicely presented and taste as nice as they look.

For some reason, this place never looked busy and it lacked on a good vibe, despite live music and good location.

I guess, sometimes you just need to escape from the noise of the Seminyak and this is certainly a very good escape option.

Good for: Candle lit romance
Cuisine: International bistro fare + 300+ types of wine


2nd: Biku

On Petitenget street and near Taman Ayu Cottage hotel.

I “tested” few times. Always busy. Always great. Staff always very helpful to find table for you. No need for reservation.

Food is a great quality and big portions. Former antique store turned restaurant offers cosy, living room like interior made of natural wood.

Happy, friendly crowd and feels like you can join in and start making you first vacation friends.

The best for re-fuelling before your big night out without spending a fortune.

Good for: To find new friends
Cuisine: Tropical comfort food

Antique store like interior


1st: Ku de ta

Next to Oberoi Bali and right on the beach, so you can watch the picture perfect sunsets directly from comfortable chair while sipping your favourite cocktail.

I visited without reservation (not recommended) and the only free table available was on the first floor which offers 3 or 5 course set menu, prepared directly by the chef.

I still remember taste of the food, that good it was. And not just the great menu, but friendly service and creative food presentation made a night to remember.

It is definitely not a “economy” place, but I think you get what you pay for, which doesn’t always apply for other similar places.

To make sure I wasn’t just lucky, visited once more and with no reservation again (and again, not recommended). This time got a table on the ground floor and… perfect food, drinks and service. You don’t need to wait too long for your food even the place is packed and the music is great too.

To my surprise, the manager is from the same country as me…so it maybe helped a bit ☺ and they opened new extension…so you go and try it yourself.

Goof for : Memorable food and service you deserve
Cuisine: International cuisine with a Mediterranean twist