It has to be said, that I am a bit of a nervous traveller.
Although I like the *idea* of visiting other countries and cultures, the reality is I'm still relatively new to travelling, having devoted the past twenty odd years to raising a family rather than pleasure-seeking and taking holidays!
Bali was one of those destinations that I was hesitant about visiting. Combine the thought of terrorist attacks, volcanoes erupting, the infamous "Bali belly", and high profile drug smuggling cases and you can easily see why.
If you have been feeling the same, I have two words for you: Nusa Dua.
The good news is: it *is* possible to enjoy the delights of Bali, and your creature comforts as well.
Welcome to Nusa Dua, Bali
Nusa Dua is a gated community, and home to a number of resorts and hotels.
Yet despite being a 5-star tourist destination, the prices are surprisingly affordable.
All vehicles entering Nusa Dua must pass through a security checkpoint, which helped to allay our fears about terrorist activity.
We were also reassured by the presence of security guards patrolling both the private beach, and the hotel grounds.
You are also protected from the hawkers that pounce on you everywhere else, offering a "free meal" (don't be fooled, it's time share), tourist items, sightseeing trips, and even drugs. On our visit to Kuta, for example, one local hawker harrassed me so much that I tripped and hurt my knee, as I stepped backwards to get away from him.
Enjoy Your Creature Comforts
It is very hot and humid in Bali, so air conditioned accommodation is a must. This is practically a given in Nusa Dua.
The hotels cater to your every need, with room service, swimming pools, spas, gymnasiums, restaurants, bars, and various activities available.
Now, I am the first to admit that I am not very adventurous when it comes to trying different foods, and not being able to eat the food I like can have the potential to ruin my vacation.
So I was delighted to discover that most of the hotels and resorts in Nusa Dua provide a full buffet breakfast, featuring everything from bacon, eggs and toast, to waffles, toast, cereal and fruit.
You may have heard that it is important to be vigilant about what you put in your mouth, if you don't want to come down with Bali belly. This is a lot easier to do in a 5 star resort in Nusa Dua, where you are not only supplied with free bottled water everyday for teeth brushing purposes, but the ice is also made from bottled water.
Experiencing the Local Culture
Although you can be assured of all the creature comforts, one of the great things about staying in Nusa Dua is that you can still experience the local culture.
Many of the resorts host special meals or performances, to introduce you to Balinese cuisine, music and dance.
Having had such a positive experience in Bali, I am looking forward to spreading my travel wings and heading to other exotic detinations in the months and years to come!
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