Living in Bali would be the best thing, yes? But the next best thing is living close to Bali. Couldn't be more grateful that paradise is just 1.5 hours of flight away from home. We spent a quick weekend getaway last week and while a half chunk of it was occupied with the national rounds of Jessup moot court competition I had committed to (which was the primary reason we flew to Bali in the first place), the other half part of it was a much-deserved second (or eleventh) honeymoon for my boo and me.
Our stay was at Hilton Resort in Nusa Dua. Upon arrival it was easily a heart-throb. The lobby was overlooking the sea and it has a private beach and all the facilities that would make a weekend getaway so perfect. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, even though they did not do the real view justice. Other than that, here's a little review of the staycation.
ROOM: The room was comfortable and spacious. Our first room was garden view and to our surprise there were not one, not two, but three monkeys strolling around the garden! They were so cute. OK at first it was terrifying because we were not sure if they were friendly, but they never did any harm and come to think of it, the place probably used to be their home before someone went ahead and built the resort for human satisfaction.. so let's just say I'm happy enough we both felt like it was home.
Our second room was ocean view. We unfortunately did not get to spend much time there because we had to catch our flight. But still it was such a pleasant stay.
FOOD: We had one dinner opportunity and we kinda blew it. I took too long a nap and when I woke up The Shallows was playing and I couldn't resist not watching Blake Lively's survival action in an orange bikini at such a breathtaking paradise. So when we got to the restaurant (at 10.15 PM) we found out that we had missed the Balinese dinner which last order was at 10 PM.. even though the receptionist had informed us that dinner was available until 11. It kinda ruined the mood a little bit. Important to note that the dining venue was beautiful and romantic. We ended up having room-service fried noodle (which actually tasted good) and fried rice (which was alright).
The breakfast though, was fantastic. The venue was large and comprises of different sections, each of which had its own charm. We chose the patio because the view was simply breakfast goals and the warmth from the morning sun was called for for my nasal needs. The breakfast had a large variety and it was pleasant for me, but apparently not enough vegan variety because the person lining up behind me at the buffet section was asking the waiter which among all the food was vegan friendly and the waiter said there were only 2 dish, which was baked beans and baked potato.
FACILITIES: The hotel had a private beach, pools for adults and for kids with super-fun looking slides, a conservatory deck, spa, and everything a perfect weekend getaway needs. Every corner was instagrammable (I assume this is an important remark for nowadays generations). The staffs were as friendly as you'd expect them to be.
Overall I'd give the resort a 7.8 out of 10. The only major thing lacking for me was time.