Hotel Bualu – Nusa Dua, Bali Indonesia

by Nick on June 16, 2004

by Nick | June 16th, 2004  

Hotel Bualu
Nusa Dua, Bali Indonesia
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Hotel Bualu was the first hotel in Nusa Dua and offers tranquility and a relaxed style. Its proximity to the beaches of Nusa Dua and affordable rate make this a good choice for those wanting to escape the madhouse of Kuta.

Atmosphere:
The atmosphere is of a low key older hotel that is tucked away in a quiet place. The hotel actually felt deserted when I visited. Plenty of plants, grass and trees and the 2 pools give a relaxing feel outside.

The blocks of rooms maybe not be a lot of people’s image of Bali.

Location:
The hotel is opposite the Hilton and close to the golf course. Its also 300 meter from the beach. The shopping in Kuta is 25 minutes away and the Seminyak nightlife is 40 minutes. Nusa Dua Galleria is 2 minutes drive but has limited offerings.

Luxury Scale:
I wouldn’t call this place luxurious although it is tranquil, does have nice grounds, 2 pools, a restaurant and AC rooms that come with mini bar, IDD and cable TV.

Staff Friendliness:
The receptionist smiled at me and was polite. Mr Oka Dira the Front Office Manager was very nice too.

Weird Stuff:
This was the first hotel in Nusa Dua built before the construction of the ?Nusa Dua Resort Complex’ and isn’t a resort although it is surrounded by resorts. There are some weird dragon sculpture climbing up pillars at the entrance to the restaurant.

What makes this place unique?:
This hotel is unique because it is an affordable option in the heart of an expensive resort area. It has close access to the golf club, beach and provides a quiet place to relax.

Why would you stay here?:
I would stay here if I was looking to surf Nusa Dua everyday as the location is prime. Also for a family who likes a quiet, tranquil location, with some extras like the restaurant, pool, AC, TV, but doesn’t want to spend $200 a night.

Why would you stay somewhere else?:
I would stay somewhere else if relaxation wasn’t my prime motivation. Access to Balinese culture is limited and shopping and nightlife requires a 30-45 minutes ride.

For backpackers the price might be a little steep and for people wanting genuine luxury this might not fit the bill.

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Hotel Bualu – Nusa Dua, Bali Indonesia

by Nick on June 16, 2004

by Nick | June 16th, 2004  

Hotel Bualu –
Nusa Dua, Bali Indonesia

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Front office manager Salit Oka Dira from Kuta.

Baliblog: How long have you worked at Hotel Bualu?
Mr Dira: I have worked at the hotel for 20 years.

Baliblog: What was Nusa Dua like when you first opened?
Mr Dira: We were the first hotel in Nusa Dua and started in 1980. Back then access to Kuta wasn’t good. After 4 years they built Nusa Dua resort complex.

Baliblog: What was it like for guests at the Hotel Bualu back in 1980?
Mr Dira: The area was very quiet back then and we had no activities.

Baliblog: How many rooms do have currently?
Mr Dira: We have 50 rooms, all standard and all AC. Each room is equipped with Mini bar, IDD and cable TV with 20 channels.

Baliblog: How would you describe the layout and style of the hotel?
Mr Dira: Hotel lobby is in Balinese style with an open sided roof. We use natural material on the inside of the roofs but not alang alang as it catches fire very quickly. Rooms are in 2 story blocks and there are 5 blocks of 8-12 rooms. Six of the rooms are connected and are good for families.

Baliblog: What other hotel facilities do you have?
Mr Dira: We have 1 restaurant and 2 pools. We also have a small meeting room for maybe 15 people.

Baliblog: What is special about the location of Hotel Bualu?
Mr Dira: The hotel is close to the golf club area and the beach is just 300 meters away.

Baliblog: What is there to do for guests staying here?
Mr Dira: Our guests can enjoy para-sailing and surfing at the beach. We provide a free shuttle bus to the beach that runs from 8am-5.30pm. The hotel is only 5 minutes from golf club also.

Baliblog: If a guest wants to venture out to Kuta or Seminyak how easy is that?
Mr Dira: It is very easy to find taxis for Kuta and the ride takes only 25 minutes.

Baliblog: What kind of guest will likely enjoy staying at Hotel Bualu?
Mr Dira: Married people and older people would enjoy the hotel. Also surfers enjoy the close proximity to the surf at Nusa Dua. I think people who like something quieter than Kuta would enjoy the hotel.

Baliblog: Who are your customers?
Mr Dira: We used to have mostly Japanese people staying here, now domestic from Java and surfers. After the bombing we had 30% occupancy but now its getting better. We have low occupancy now but next month we have around 80%.

We get a lot of referrals and repeat guests. We also get people booking on the internet.

Baliblog: What would you say to someone thinking of staying at Hotel Buaru?
Mr Dira: Hotel Buaru is a perfect hotel for people who like to relax in a quiet place for a good price.

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The Hotel:
The Hotel Bualu is a tropical garden hotel, located in the superb prestigious area of Nusa Dua resort, walking distance to our private white sandy beach and one minutes to 18 holes golf course and 10 km from the International Airport.

Facilities
Two swimming pools, tennis court, volleyball, pony trap and horse-drawn carriage to transport you around the Nusa Dua area, horse riding, bicycles, table tennis, game, jogging tracks, children’s playground, library.

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