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In the late 1960s, as the young Republic Indonesia began to address the task of economic development, Nusa Dua was an obscure strip of coast on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula. To the rare visitor, the area was striking for its white sand beaches and was tourism was the ideal soft-impact industry for developing nations to earn foreign currency. Tourism was less destructive to the natural environment than mining or manufacturing; it would bring useful skills and infrastructures into the host countries; and it was considered to promote understanding between nations.
In 1970, the government engaged a French firm of consultants, the Societé Centrale pour I’equipement Touristique Outre-Mer (SCETO), to devise a master plan for the development of tourism on Bali. The SCETO plan proposed a self-contained resort complex by the sea, removed from the main population centers to minimize the impact of tourism on Balinese culture, and Nusa Dua was their recommended site.
The Nusa Dua Master Plan, developed by Pacific Consultants International, was delivered in 1973; and on November 12th that same year, the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) was formed to bring the plan to fruition.
The project would be the largest ever carried out on Bali. Some 300 hectares would be developed, starting from scratch. An entire complex of infrastructure facilities had to be built firts: plant nurseries for landscaping, a water supply system; an electrical power supply system; sewage treatment and waste disposal plants; storm drainage and irrigation systems; telecommunications; and roads.
To minimize the project’s disruptive effects, these infrastructures were shared with the local population. The BTDC also set out design guidelines to assure that all buildings would be low-rise, low density, and in harmony with Balinese architectural practices.
In 1974, the nurseries were inaugurated, electricity and running water were brought in, and cultural ceremonies were conducted for the land. Official groundbreaking took place 1976. Bay 1978, the Hotel and Tourism Management Training Centre opened with 120 students, 90 percent of whom were from the Nusa Dua area. Nonetheless, for several years the construction program lagged behind schedule. The building of the supporting infrastructure proceeded more slowly than was first anticipated; and financial shifts in the early 1980s somewhat clouded the investment climate. First investor to commit to developing a resort was the national airline, Garuda Indonesia Airways, through Hotel Aerowisata in May 1983.
In the early 1980s, then-President Suharto, his wife, and Minister of Tourism Joop Ave made an state visit to Spain. During this trip, Minister Ave met with Gabriel Escarrer and the two discussed the potential for the Meliá Group to open a resort in the up- and- coming area of Nusa Dua. Around the same time, Indonesian investor William Suriadjaja was interested to develop a resort in the neighboring islands of Nusa Kecil and Nusa Gede, but was refused by the BTDC as the islands were considered sacred by the Balinese. Until today, there has been no development on these islands.
As fate would have it, Mr. Escarrer and Mr. Suriadjaja joined forces and began development of the Bali Sol in 1983 and was officially opened by then- the former President of Republic Indonesia President Suharto and his wife on 2 December 1985. The Bali Sol, as it was originally known, was the first resort with a foreign investor in the entire Nusa Dua complex. Today, there are no less than twelve, and represented by the finest hotel management groups in the world.
Secluded on Bali’ southern coast, Set amidst 26 acres of lush parkland, lakes, lotus ponds, fountains, stone carvings and tropical gardens, the resort looks over Nusa Dua’s half moon of white sand beach. From here, guests can walk instantly to Bali Collection Shopping Center and International Convention Center.
Two large stone goddesses and lotus blossom fountain greet newcomers at the porte-cochere entry. The resort’s main lobby sets the Balinese tone with polished floors, high-pitched ceilings, and gleaming teak furniture. Guests stroll to their rooms under towering palms, gardens lush with tropical flora and accented by koi ponds and carved stone bridges.
The Meliá Bali is the first property of Meliá Hotels International outside Spain, built on 26 acres of land in Nusa Dua, southern Bali. Its unique architecture was created by Mr. Emilio Nadal from Spain, who dedicated a full year to the research and study of Balinese architecture and lifestyle prior to taking the assignment.
Set on the beautiful, gleaming white Nusa Dua beach, the hotel faces a tranquil lagoon, fringed as far as the eye can see, by a coral reef. Melia Bali's 26 acres of wonderfully lush tropical gardens are the reflection of paradise. Meliá Bali has developed a great tradition in caring for their friends and working together as a family, a great resort to work for and to come back to. What distinguish this resort from other competitors is we always continue to create the “Meliá moment”, which makes people come back home to the resort. We now have second generation guests being served by second generation employees. The entire stay experience for the guest is personalized by the staff in their daily service. It is the reflection of paradise, a masterpiece of the work of nature matched by the works of man. The resort integrates nature and holiday-making pleasure in a glorious fusion of greenery and smiles.
The resort’s main lobby sets the Balinese tone with polished floors, high-pitched ceilings, and gleaming teak furniture. On the ceiling, guests can witness the seat of Hindu Dharma, a unique form of Hinduism, which its philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, a balance and harmonious relationship between men with environment, other human being and God, crafted in three different tiers of the lobby. In the early evening a Balinese "Gamelan" orchestra plays traditional music accompanying 2 Balinese maidens dancing to welcome the night glory.
Balinese furniture and furnishings give an authentic native touch to the hotel. After undergoing a renovation in 1996, 2004 and 2010 the touch of Bali is enhanced with more comfort and luxury amenities such as new set of television, international satellite program, Wi-Fi internet access throughout the resort while the life and beauty of the hotel's grounds is kept alive even in the rooms.