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The waters of Nusa Dua, Indonesia. (photo: Getty)

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With a name that translates to “two islands,” Nusa Dua, a coastal area in the south of Bali, is distinguished first by its two headlands. Only second to this is its reputation as one of the most upscale stretches of coast on the island. The tropical area features an enclave of lavish resorts, spas and golf courses amid lush foliage overlooking white-sand shores and the azure sea.

Here are the most luxurious resorts in Nusa Dua:

The St. Regis Bali Resort

Located along a stretch of Nusa Dua beach, The St. Regis Bali Resort sits between the water’s edge and a sprawling expanse of greenery. Prominent designer Bill Bensley landscaped the verdant retreat, adding installations and sculptures to an area where thatched villas and private gardens lie among groves of palm trees around an inviting central lagoon. Many of the huge villas come with private pools and each is decorated with opulent furnishings, ornate rugs, chandeliers and Balinese artwork. Spend your time unwinding in the thalassotherapy spa and dining in beachside fine dining restaurant Kayuputi before trying the cocktails in Vista Bar.

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The Ritz-Carlton Bali

You’ll arrive at this beachfront hotel via a cliff-top lobby before taking a glass elevator down to the rest of the resort. Here at sea level, the villas, spa, restaurants and pools benefit from the privacy provided by lush tropical gardens. Choose between spacious suites with terraces and pools, and villas with garden or ocean views—all come with modern décor incorporating Balinese touches. The restaurants, which specialize is culinary styles ranging from Indonesian cuisine and grilled seafood to tapas with cocktails, come with either cliff-top or beachside ocean views, the garden-enclosed spa draws inspiration from its close proximity to the sea, and the Ritz Kids program means families are well catered for.

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The Mulia, Mulia Villas and Mulia Resort

Unwind in the beachfront pool of The Mulia, Nusa Dua.

The Mulia

The beachfront Mulia retreat brings together three separate resort experiences. The first, Mulia Resort, is a five-star complex with a collection of rooms and suites overlooking the gardens or central lagoon and an abundance of dining, recreational and business amenities including Mulia Spa, a tennis center and four swimming pools. The second area, named The Mulia, is an all-suite beachfront hideaway with butler service and Bali’s longest infinity pool. And the third, Mulia Villas, is a sanctuary for guests who want complete privacy—the villas here come with a hydrotherapy pool, day bed and spacious terrace as well as 24-hour butler service.

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The Laguna

This celebrated oceanfront retreat sits within 17 acres of tropical gardens and lagoon pools. From the high-ceilinged lobby to the restaurants and villas, contemporary design is fused with Balinese aesthetics from the artwork in each room to the gardens’ stone statues. Rooms, suites and villas at the Laguna come with garden or lagoon views and the restaurants overlook the ocean. Dine at Arwana for fresh seafood and lagoon-side restaurant Banyubiru for pan-Asian cuisine, catch a fire performance at outdoor bar Cascade, and try the cocktails at ocean-facing bar Kul Kul. The indoor-outdoor Lagoon Spa offers a range of holistic treatments.

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Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort combines the hotel brand’s French identity with inspiration taken from Bali. As another of Nusa Dua’s most exclusive beachfront resorts, it is made up of lush landscaped gardens and a central lagoon pool overlooking a stretch of white sand and the sea. Leafy pathways lead you between the resort’s three restaurants, two bars and wellness facilities including SoSPA, an aesthetic clinic and fitness center. Most of the restaurants are tucked into the garden or by the lagoon, with the exception of Manarai Beach House, which combines a beach club vibe with restaurant and cocktail bar.

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The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

On a private section of Nusa Dua Beach, the Westin Resort combines beachfront lawns, foliage-filled gardens and a network of freshwater and saltwater pools with areas for dining, relaxing and family activity. Restaurants span Indonesian, Spanish, Japanese and Italian cuisine in a variety of different settings, with the Sunday brunch at Prego proving especially popular. Stop by Heavenly Spa by Westin to use the thermal facilities and try out Balinese treatments, and make the most of this private stretch of coast by taking to the water with a variety of water sports.

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