Bulgari Resort Bali
What We Love
- The resort’s private beach, reached by a funicular
- Famous Bvlgari toiletries (and lots of them)
- Glass-walled fitness center offers personalized regimens from a trainer
- Balinese organic farms supply the restaurants
- Bulgari Spa’s open-air treatment rooms offer the ultimate soundtrack: crashing waves on the cliffs below
What To Know
- Villas aren’t entirely private; depending on elevation, neighbors can peek into your garden
- There’s not much the Leisure Concierge or team of butlers won’t handle
- Only the eight Ocean Cliff Villas offer completely unobstructed views of the horizon
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This Italian-Balinese love affair on the southernmost point of the island has 59 free-standing, bamboo-and-coconut-thatch-roofed villas that are the embodiment of international luxury. Each is constructed of hand-chiseled volcanic stone and rare bangkiray hardwood with a private plunge pool, dining area, locally-woven fabrics and dramatic black basalt bathroom. But it’s really all about the view: end-of-the-world sunrises and sunsets over the Indian Ocean, whether guests find themselves in bed, the two-person infinity pools at the spa, or dining in either award-winning restaurant, split, naturally, between Italian and Indonesian cuisine.
In the Area
Where the Balinese royal family once hunted wild boar, surfers now hunt the perfect break: advanced spots include Padang-Padang, Suluban, Bingin and the Impossibles, all explorable by motorbike. No surprise, sun-seekers have followed, proclaiming the still-uncrowded Balangan one of Bali’s best beaches. Top-side, the precariously perched Uluwatu Temple offers not-to-be-missed sunset views and traditional Kecak fire dance performances 70 meters above the roaring waves. Just protect your belongings from particularly bold monkeys. Nearby Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park trumps what will eventually be the world’s largest statue: a 150-meter tall Lord Wisnu riding his Garuda bird.
How to Get There
The Best Hotel in Bali for the people who like the ocean, my room was a villa ocean villa and plunge pool and was an amazing experience , the bathroom, the bed , the BVLGARI amenities. I really enjoy this hotel , it’s people always friendly and with a smile every time. The breakfast variety of fruits , breads juices , Benedict eggs was heaven in earth and Balinese pork with noodles wow. Thanks so much for everything.
Nice villa on the cliff with ocean view...clean room but a bit small private pool...maybe its depend on the room type...tasty food...overally good...but when calling for buggy, need some time to wait as its a bit far from the main entrance
Bulgari Bali is a great resort.
It boast a unique position atop a cliff facing the Indian Ocean, its villas are built exclusively of local stone, it is sufficiently small (circa 60 villas) to be pure luxury, but large enough to afford a state of the art service.
It even built last year a cable-car system (fairly spectacular indeed), taking guests from the villas to the beach, located some 200 metres vertically below.
The SPA is top notch (special mention to Ninti, who was my therapist two days in a row, and who is a star), the pool is ideally located and never crowded.
So, why do I not give it a full 5 star?
Because the food & beverage offering is not at par with the level of this resort, and in a resort where the majority of guests come to relax and spend time away from it all for a few days (and hence have three meals a day in the resort), this is a major fault.
Quality of food is average to mediocre at Sangkar (the main restaurant), in any of the three meals of the day: limited choice, poor taste, in general you feel that the cuisine is not where it should be in this magnificent resort.
Food prices also tend to be on the high side (compared to similar luxury resorts in Bali), but this, in itself, would not be a problem if the quality was top notch.
Wine offering is also quite poor, and unrealistically expensive: to mention a comparison, the same wine costed 50% less at Mandapa Ritz Carlton in Ubud as it did at Bulgari (and while I did not have the two lists one in fron of the other, it seemed this 50% difference was common throughout for comparable wines), and the Mandapa is a top-end 5-star luxury resort just as much as Bulgari, so there is no rationale for this, as all resorts have to go through the same taxation systems on wines.
I have to admit that, when raising this fair concerns with the Operations Manager, Antonio Bruno, he was very nice and acknowledged that some improvements are needed and foreseen in the short term.
I am hopeful (and actually trust his reassurance) that these issues will be tackled and that on a future stay I can place this review on a 5-star basis, where it really deserves to be on all other counts.