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Hotel Melia: A second home and family on Nusa Dua
by: Emma Kwee

The Melia Bali Indonesia is one of the longer established hotels in the Nusa Dua hotel strip. It's part of a Spanish chain that comprises of 350 hotels worldwide, and the Bali branch was the first to be opened internationally, 21 years ago.

The lounge is buzzing with activity, heaps of luggage near the entrance, bell boys running around, touring vans dropping of guests or picking them up for snorkeling trips. The hotel's 500 rooms are all fully booked. Remarkable considering the fall back Bali tourism took after the unfortunate bombing incident that destroyed the Balinese picture of tranquil paradise. Now, one year after, things are starting to pick up, and here in the Melia, it is as if nothing has ever changed.

At first glance, the Melia, with its dazzling 500 rooms divided over 4 blocks and a separated villa section, seems too massive in scale. There's no intimate atmosphere, or delicate charm, that appeals to the guest craving for some privacy in a secluded surrounding. Everything is big and functional, from the dining areas, to the ballrooms, to the lobby, to the swimming pool.

After a while though, a certain sense of cheerfulness comes naturally. This cheeriness is not ushered by the design of the hotel, which is Balinese and pretty dated, nor from the facilities, which are more than complete, but from its staff. It is apparent that much of the staff has been working together in the Melia for a long time. The way they treat each other and the guests is truly remarkable. For every guest a warm smile will welcome you and not one of those that disappears as soon as you walk away. Cindy the PR manager states not without pride: 'We have so many regulars here, guests who have been coming here for 15 years or more and keep coming back'.

When strolling around in the huge garden that borders the ocean and makes up 60 percent of the hotel's total area, one can not help but smile too. Life feels good and it's no surprise that many guests regard the Melia as their second home, and the staff as their second family. Even though the hotel itself doesn't stand out from others in the area, and the scale of the place seems to be more suitable for large groups, than individual travelers or couples. The unique welcoming atmosphere provides a homely feel that will make you forget about those postcards you were planning to send back.


 
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Emma Kwee
Emma is a Dutch born and bred Indonesia lover who after years of traveling stranded and lost her heart to the same country her father was born in. She studied anthropology and wrote her thesis about punk in Indonesia. Currently living the good life in Bandung, writing for streetdirectory.com while sipping fresh coconut juice under a palmtree, she's planning on staying put for a while.