Review: The Laguna, a Luxury Collection, Nusa Dua, Bali (1 Bedroom Villa)

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Nightly rate
(that was booked)
IDR 2.2m nett (S$209)
Package inclusions
(Marriott STARS)
USD 100 (S$133) credit per stay, breakfast
Nightly rate
(after 15% off Marriott eGiftCard)
IDR 1.9m nett (S$177)
Length of stay1 night
Date of stayMay 2021
Membership levelTitanium Elite

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali opened in 1991 with 287 guest rooms and was last renovated in 2006.

It is a Category 5 Marriott Bonvoy property requiring 30,000 to 40,000 points per night for award stays.

The lowest room category available to book a Marriott STARS rate is the Executive Suite.

Photo credit: marriott.com
Resort map

Location

The hotel is located in Nusa Dua, a quiet area in south-eastern Bali. The long stretch of beach in this area is mostly connected to 5-star hotels like Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel, Hilton and Apurva Kempinski. It is less crowded (as compared to Seminyak beach) as it faces East (no sunset view). That’s not a bad thing as it is usually very quiet; perfect for evening walks/runs/cycles.

The hotel is located right next to The Westin Nusa Dua, Bali. I was staying at that hotel right before this stay, and both properties were able to communicate for my seamless transfer.

  • 20 mins drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
  • 1 hr 10 mins drive to Ubud Town

Arrival

The hotel offered a complimentary pick-up from the sister property next door and dropped us off at the separate lobby for guests staying in villas.

I had booked the Executive Suite and was upgraded to the 1 Bedroom Villa as a Titanium member.

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Entrance to the villa. Main lobby on the right, villa lobby on the left.
Villa lobby
Walkway to the villa
Welcome drinks
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Titanium member benefits

The room (1 Bedroom Villa)

Villa 504 is 530sqm / 5703sqft in size. As the numbers suggests, it is massive! The high ceiling added to the grand ‘feel’ of the villa. Furnishing in the villa was great and there wasn’t any visible wear and tear despite its age.

The private pool was larger than average.

Floor plan of the 1 bedroom villa
Entrance to the villa
Welcome amenities
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Living room
Reversed angle of the living room
Sanitization kit
Minibar
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Kitchen
Drip coffee and tea
Bedroom
Reversed angle of the bedroom
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Make-up table
Bathroom
Reversed angle of the bathroom
Shower
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Massage table outside the bathroom
Area outside the bathroom
Outdoor area
Outdoor area
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Outdoor area
The villa
Another angle of the villa

In-room dining

Unlike most other Marriott Bonvoy properties, this hotel offers 20% discount for in-room dining as well. And I could use the US$100 credit to cover my expenditure after the discount has been applied.

Although there is an In-Room Dining menu, I was allowed to place orders from Arwana restaurant’s dining menu.

1.-Arwana-Lunch-Dinner-Menu
Local butterfish carpaccio
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Satay campur
Nasi bali
Flame grilled jumbo prawns and roasted young barramundi fillet

Breakfast

Breakfast is complimentary for Platinum members and above, and also guests who booked the Marriott STARS rate. It is held at Arwana restaurant from 7 to 11am. Villa guests can request for a buggy to go to the restaurant.

I asked if breakfast could be had in the room and they said yes!

Breakfast was ordered from Arwana restaurant’s à la carte breakfast menu. Food quality was very good.

2.-Arwana-Breakfast-Menu
My breakfast

Other facilities

The villa area is located near the road entrance of the resort and is about 7 minutes’ walk away from the beach. Here’s what you will see when you take that walk.

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ATM near the road entrance
Tennis courts
Drop-off area of the main lobby
Main lobby
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Lounging area near the lobby
Stairs connecting the lobby and the swimming pool
Gym
Back end of the gym

As seen in the resort map above, there are a number of swimming pools that run from the gym, all the way to Arwana restaurant near the beach.

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Swimming pool
Huts around the pools
Pool access rooms
Sandy entrance to the pool
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Entrance to Banyubiru restaurant
Pool beside Arwana restaurant
Arwana restaurant
Outdoor seats at Arwana restaurant
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Lounging huts near the beach
Beach chairs
Photo spot

My ratings

Breakfast9/10
Service10/10
Location10/10
Room furnishing9/10
View9/10
Peace & Quiet10/10
Facilities10/10
Elite member recognition10/10
Value (for what I paid)10/10

Bottom line

Like The Westin next door, I was reluctant to stay in this property because of its age. I can’t speak for the condition of the guest rooms or suites, but the villa was very well-maintained!

The Marriott STARS resort credit and generous upgrade made my stay feel like a complete steal.

I am loving the Nusa Dua area because of the peaceful and clean beach.

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