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
We came here for drinks and dinner. Beautiful view of the sunset while having cocktails by the bar. Followed by dinner at Sangkar. Can not fault anything about the food, quality & service. The only disappointment was that the hotel insisted on ordering us a taxi (instead of Gojek) and left us with a taxi which had no meter. The hotel was insistent that taxis are safer however I very much doubt this. The taxi had no meter and then required 100 Rupiah fee. The going rate for the distance was about 35 rupiah (ie $3.50 as a pose to $10). Although this is not a big difference in Australian currency, it’s disappointing and I was left feeling very unsafe when one of the basics of Bali travel is to not get into a taxi without a meter. I would have expected that if Bvlgari was ordering me a taxi, they would check this as part of their rigorous security checks. I was thankful to get back to my resort safely, irrespective of price.
We were there for our honeymoon and it was an excellent decision to do so. The service was good, the room was spacious and comfortable, with a scent that was comforting, and the food was tasty, even the Italian restaurant, were absolutely wonderful! Would highly consider a return trip for indulgence.
Echoing what others have said, my wife and I have stayed at a great many luxury resorts and hotels around the world. This is, hands down, our favorite. If you identify with the Garden of Eden, you're in it. We stayed in a cliffside villa, which was large and luxuriously appointed, with a beautiful pool and deck, offering spectacular views of the sunsets. I partuclarly enjoyed the second shower, which was outdoors and surrounded by a privacy wall within our compound. Sangkar and il Ristorante are both excellent restaurants. When in Sangkar, ask for table 30 - it's in the corner and is the best table from which to watch the sunset. And, although my wife has a gluten allergy, the kitchen accommodated her needs, even to the point of baking her gluten free bread and muffins daily. The general manager, Tessa Gorman, takes a special interest in every guest's stay and their individual needs. If your expectations are high, as mine were, she not only met but exceeded them. An example - my wife loved the grilled octopus she had at the beach restaurant, Spiaggia, and told Tessa, as we were leaving for the airport to go to HK, that she wished she had the recipe. It was a polite side comment rather than a request. When we got to our hotel in HK a printout of the recipe, along with a color photo of the finished dish, was waiting for us in our hotel room. We experienced this level of attentive service, by Tessa and her staff, throughout our stay. Most who come here are well-traveled and can afford stay at any resort or hotel in the world. But, if you're like my wife and I, after staying here you'll also book your return trip to this Garden of Eden.