There are 3 gates that lead into Nusa Dua compound. The South Gate is accessible from either Jalan Nusa Dua Selatan or Jalan Srikandi. Overall, most points in Nusa Dua can be reached on foot. Do check in advance about walking distance, or you are better off taking a local taxi.
On the first glance, Nusa Dua is superficially sterile. Everything seems to be overly organized. Nusa Dua is probably not what people would imagine about the legendary island of Bali. Tourists who jump right into a comfortable Blue Cab (of Toyota Vios to boot) from Ngurah Rai International Airport and head directly to Nusa Dua might be sorely misled into thinking what this resort island has to offer.
There are actually 3 gates to get into Nusa Dua. The South Gate that I passed through was guarded by a number of security officers. I am quite sure the other two gates - North Gate and Main Gate - are guarded as well.
Before entering the South Gate from Jalan Nusa Dua Selatan, one will pass by a local pura, often seen having morning ritual ceremonies. Also there are a number of non-pretentious gift shops and street cafés on this street. To me, this is probably one of the surviving remnant of the old Nusa Dua before the current Western-inspired development takes into precedence.
There are plenty of resorts in Nusa Dua, most are privileged enough to be facing the beautiful ocean of Badung Straits, such as Bali Hilton, Putri Bali Resort as well as Grand Hyatt Bali. Others have to settle for slightly inland locations, especially around the beautiful golf course, for example, the Swiss Belhotel Bali Aga.
Well within the tourist belt area, the hedges are trimmed probably once or twice per week, and generously watered down, judging from the exceptional lush greenery that I encountered. There is a popular Japanese eatery called Matsuri Restaurant as well as a grass-lawn tennis court nearby.
A tad farcical but why not? Everyone loves nice things in life and Nusa Dua offers you just that.