If you stay in Nusa Dua you can skip the grungy surf and nightlife city of Kuta, but you should absolutely plan at least a day trip to the inland arts village of Ubud. You can arrange an excursion there from Nusa Dua, and you should try to do it as early in your stay as possible because it may inspire you to see other worthwhile parts of Bali before you leave.
Where to stay in Nusa Dua
As mentioned above, the area is mostly a collection of resort hotels that range from nice to world-class. Don’t expect to find a budget hotel in this area, and if you are on a tight budget this is the worst part of the island to visit anyway. Accommodations in Bali tend to be generally affordable, with the exception of Nusa Dua.
You can get much more information on the Bali resorts page and also on the Bali hotels page.
Getting to Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is about 10 kilometers from the Bali International Airport. You can rent a car at the airport and drive in about 20 minutes, but hiring your own driver and van for island sightseeing may cost even less, believe it or not, and that way you don’t pay for a rental car on the days you plan on staying in Nusa Dua.
A taxi to or from the airport will cost under US$10 each way and will take around 20 minutes as well. You can prepay for a taxi at a special counter at the airport, which actually costs just a bit more than if you pay the driver, but at least you know you won’t be taken the long way and charged even more.