Old Sep 28, 16, 8:56 am
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jamienbaker
 
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Originally Posted by rdlmitedu View Post
Westin Nusa Dua is overrun with children. I left after one night.

The Laguna Nusa Dua (LC) is probably my favorite "resort" starwood anywhere in the world. I also went to the St. Regis for a drink during my stay; I'd consider staying there.

(all of the Starwood properties treat platinums well; got suite upgrades everywhere)

Kuta = aussie backpacker/surfer/drunkard douche land.

Le Meridien is actually pretty nice, and is a lovely/well managed property, and is on a beach with other things. For "romantic" I'd definitely go Laguna or St. Regis.

I didn't try the W Retreat (wasn't finished when I was there). I don't think I tried either of the Four Points.

Ubud is actually probably more interesting/authentic/local than any of the other places. I stayed in a local/vrbo place up there at the end of my stay, and it was great. There are a few Starwood properties still under construction. Personally I'd split my time between LC/St.R and something in Ubud if I had >5 days.
Agree with characterization of Kuta.

However, as a fan of the W, I'd note that Seminyak is home to the best restaurants and reasonably upscale shopping/clubs. I found Nusa Dua to be too stale for my tastes (love the SR, but the entire area is simply Western mega-hotels and lacks any "local" feel). Ubud also worth it, I'd stay on the outskirts of town rather than the city centre, as it gets pretty jammed with day-trippers during the day.

For those with time, Menjangan area is great, that's the upper northwest corner of the island. Reminds me of Bali back in the 1990s.

Good luck - Jamie
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