Moored boats at Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali

Moored boats at Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali

Moored boats at Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali


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East of Jimbaran on Bali's southern peninsula is the island's very own Shangri La. The history of the Nusa Dua gated hotel complex dates back to the early 1970s, when it was conceptualised and built by the Indonesian government-owned Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC). The idea was to insulate the local communities from the vagaries of foreign tourists and to insulate the foreign tourists from the vagaries of the local communities.

In many ways they were successful: Nusa Dua feels like a luxury bauble affixed with five-star bandaids to the rest of Bali. The lawns are manicured, the footpaths lack random holes, the roads are smooth and have curbing and guttering. Grandiose resorts overlook (imported) sandy beaches that are as free of roving merchants and hustlers as they are of natural shade. There's not a warung in sight and every bill comes with at least two pluses attached. All in all, the only thing remotely Indonesian about the whole ... Read our complete Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa travel guide

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