The Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is a beautiful five-star beachfront property in the luxury enclave of Nusa Dua - it was a delight to visit for a little Mum and daughter getaway.
As a family of Francophiles, we adored the stylish Frenchie vibe, and thought all of the “Bonjour/ Selamat Pagi” greetings from the staff in the mornings was a gorgeous touch.
On arrival the little guests are warmly welcomed with little gifts - cupcakes, chocolates, an activity book designed in the theme of Le Petit Prince, and a kids club schedule so you can plan ahead.
The kids club here is fabulous and a step above many others in terms of the quality and the attention to detail of the activities on offer. It is managed by Cheeky Monkeys Learning Centre and all the staff were just excellent with an amazing array of extra activities available every day.
The Little Bali Love girls were lucky enough to experience two of the fabulous daily activities. First up was the Balinese Cultural Experience where they enjoyed the most beautiful afternoon of Balinese culture, colour and beauty. Such a lovely way to learn more about the culture, religion and rituals of the Island of the Gods in a fun and age-appropriate way.
The session included getting fully dressed up in traditional Balinese outfits with make-up and headpieces, learning the art of making offerings (canang) to the Gods, a Balinese dance class, a little parade through the resort en route to the on site temple, followed by placing their offerings to the Gods at the temple whilst making little wishes and giving thanks for what they have.
They also participated in the Kids Cooking Class where they donned their Chef whites, and joined Chef in the kitchen to make fresh handmade pasta - Italian food at a French resort in Bali - very multicultural! After they made the pasta, some dishes that had been prepared earlier were served up to the little chefs and they enjoyed lunch together back in the kids club.
Some of the other activities include a Mermaid Day with mermaid tails provided by our friends at Putri Siren, or an afternoon tea party.
The main pool is huge and stunning an runs the length of the resort, with swaying coconut palms and bales to relax in along either side. There are various nooks and sections to play and enjoy, bridges that cross over the pool, the obligatory pool bar for afternoon milkshakes and cocktails (and also many enjoying a sheesha here too!) and sunloungers - some even immersed in the shallows of the pool.
There is a separate kids pool area, with a shallow water play area and small waterslide, however this area is really geared towards much younger kids eg: toddlers and under 5’s.
The beach is right out the front, and there is a private section for resort guests with sunloungers on the sand under the shade of thatched umbrellas, daybeds, a lush canopy of green trees, and a few cheeky squirrels here and there too.
We never had a problem finding sunloungers by the pool, however twice I popped down to the beach on my own to enjoy a quiet moment with my book while the girls were in the kids club and both times all of the beach sunloungers were “occupied”.
The buffet breakfast is extensive, and is spread out into different sections which are in different rooms - bakery, deli, Asian, Indian etc. There is a lovely fresh juice bar area and the girls enjoyed choosing their different fruit combos each morning and adding mint and ginger, however we found the buffet lacked in actual fruit to eat which was a shame as we always love to finish off our indulgent buffet brekkies with a plate of colourful healthy tropical fruit.
In both onsite restaurants kids menus and highchairs are available, and there are kids areas with little tables and chairs, and a fun and colourful space to play and make new friends while Mum and Dad finish off their meal.
Buffet dinners are held in Kwe-Zeen, the same restaurant where breakfast is served, and Cucina is a lovely a la carte Mediterranean option with tables al fresco - a beautiful spot for a family poolside candlelit dinner and a glass of Prosecco for Mamma.
The cafe on the beach is a good spot for snacks and lunch and we enjoyed a nice meal there under the shade of the trees with the gentle ocean breeze. There is also sunlounger service for poolside snacks, drinks, coconuts and lunches.
As it was just me and the girls we stayed in the one room (Luxury room) with a king bed and an extra bed - it was spacious, stylish and luxurious.
Other options for families also include two interconnecting rooms, or a one or two bedroom pool villa. There are also ground floor pool access rooms with sliding doors directly opening onto the pool that winds its way around the resort, however this may not be the best option for families with little ones.
The resort is located within the gated compound of Nusa Dua. So although you can’t walk directly out of the resort onto the street and have shops and restaurants at your fingertips, it is only a short taxi ride to get out of the compound. Bali Collection, Nusa Dua Theatre, and The Bay complex which is home to the fun Pirates Bay, are all within about a 5 minute drive.
There is also a lovely path along the beach which is great for morning or afternoon walks with the pram/ stroller or a bike-ride, and makes it easy to visit neighbouring resorts too.
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