Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort
What We Love
- Uluwatu is Bali’s southernmost point and home to some of the world’s best surf
- Rooms starts at a generous 904 square feet and have a terrace plunge pool
- Uluwatu sunsets are famed across Bali — head to Splash Bar for a sundowner
What To Know
- A secluded retreat; the nearest patrolled swimming beach is a 10-minute drive away
- In-room Bose sound systems, iPod docks and free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Cascading down a limestone cliff above the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, this breezy, contemporary retreat offers 74 suites and villas, with ocean views and terrace plunge pools. Open in early 2013 (with various facilities and villas still receiving their final touches), the resort has a “hanging garden” design that immerses its four-story reception area in pendulous tree roots and grass-planted rooftops. Tiered steps throughout the property connect an oceanfront swimming pool to the spacious suites and villas. Done with swaths of travertine and Balinese hardwoods, the contemporary interiors offer expansive views.
Bed and Bath
Starting at a generous 904 square feet, Ocean View Suites have a sleek and stylish design, with hand-cut marble and granite floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, carved Indonesian hardwoods and rectangular modern furnishings set with traditional batik accessories and colorful artwork. Just as swanky are the ocean views available from each airy retreat’s private terrace plunge pool. Spacious bathrooms come with a rain shower and Anantara bath products, including anti-aging creams and serums.
Sky and sea — that’s what you’ll see at nearly every turn throughout the cliffside resort and by the dual-level infinity pool. Equally striking are the views from the rooftop Splash bar, where evenings are spent sipping sundowners on a rocky promontory. The main restaurant, 360, is a long, wood-trimmed loft space at the highest point of the resort; it serves international and Asian specialties, including an assortment of tasty Indonesian dishes and a teppanyaki bar. What’s more, a four-piece cover band croons accompaniment most nights. Before the end of 2013 a swanky new spa will open its doors to offer such signature Anantara experiences as the Balinese coffee and chocolate body scrub, in intimate cliffside treatment rooms.
How to Get There
We leave here today after 5 nights staying in one of the most comfortable hotel suites we stayed in when at a resort. Our room 401 is on the fourth floor at the end and is so quiet and peaceful There is nothing to complain about at all. It is spotlessly clean, the bed is just so comfortable, the living area is huge and the bathroom is just fantastic, especially the huge bath towels. It is definitely a 5 star bedroom suite with a Jacuzzi on the balcony. Unfortunately, due to the resort facing west, it is impossible to sit outside on the balcony after 1pm as it is just too hot.
The hotel is built on a cliff top and it is very hard for anyone who is middle age and beyond to go up and down to the restaurant down by the sea and to the pool. We are a fit, elderly couple and we managed the trip twice a day but it was hard work. When we booked with Luxury Escapes, there was no mention of the amount of stairs needed to get down to the lower level.
The staff here are all excellent and have looked after us admirably from the room boys to the girls at reception to the waiters and waitresses and the boys who work around the pool and bring us the cool drinks and the lovely smoothies each morning. . I have also had a foot massage in the Spa and it was wonderful.
Unfortunately, we have felt that the food has let this lovely resort down. We have eaten both up at 360 and down at the restaurant by the sea and each night, there have only been 4 or 5 couples eating.. Where have the other 70 odd couples gone? That surely must be a warning to the management that the food is not to the liking of their guests I am not the only one who has mentioned this. We have felt the food to be very ordinary to say the least. My husband had the barbecued calamari the other night and asked our waitress if it would be tough. She said "yes". We thought she was joking but when it arrived, she was correct and he had to leave half of it. That is not good enough in a resort that is 5 star.
Other than the stairs and the food, our stay has been very relaxing and we are happy that we have stayed down in this part of our favourite island, Bali.
The most valuable & enjoyable experience in my life.. made me feel reborn again which I would never forget the whole life..
I feel I should share this to everyone..
Highly Recommend resort to enjoy my holiday in Bali..
This was a week long relaxing break after a wedding weekend - not ours! The plan was to do as little as possible, to relax, to read, to eat, and to sleep. First, the location is great. It sits on top of the cliff with cool breezes keeping the temperature down. The view over the limitless ocean is perfect, with the sound of the breakers crashing onto the beach. Just right.
There on in it’s a bit of a mixed story. The rooms are a bit tired, not bad, but could be better. Facilities are excellent with a good shower, big towels, two hand basins in our pool suite, a large and comfortable bed, and effective air conditioning.
The anti-mosquito (or some kind of biting insect) measures were inadequate. It’s clearly an issue since there was an aerosol can (empty), and a plug in vapour device (ineffective), and a spray was available from reception. There is much better plug in and fry electric kit available, and we saw this in another Bali destination. So in the latter I wasn’t bitten, and at the Anantara I was bitten to death.
Then there’s the wifi. I guess that this is a romantic hotel with honeymoon couples and a wedding chapel. However, I need WiFi, and it failed on a daily basis - it’s pretty slow too, at least in my room - even downloading my daily newspaper.
The other downside is the steps. Fine if you’re young - below sixty, that is. But from the second floor to the cliff top restaurant there are about 80 steps, and the only alternative is via steep ramps. Not ideal if you are challenged by age or infirmity.
The restaurants both served the same menus for the six nights that we stayed...
The good things? The spa. Very good indeed. The breakfast. Excellent. The general decor and cleanliness? Room cleaning was very good. The management should get out of the office and look into some of the less frequently visited corners. Try the recessed areas in the pools, for example.
This sounds a little harsh. This could so easily be an excellent hotel, but it makes only very good in my opinion - and that is largely based on the staff, especially those in reception who have to struggle with paper blowing away from the desks due to that very welcome breeze!
Would we come back? Probably not. Did we enjoy our stay. Yes.
This resort is perched atop a cliff with breathtaking views of the ocean and surfers. Staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are exquisite. The food is incredible. Make sure you watch the sunset from he infinity pool. Would definitely recommend!
This property is beautiful but has lot n lot of stairs, so can be an issue for people with limited mobility.
We booked an ocean front suite and it has a huge living area, big washroom, spacious balcony with jacuzzi overlooking ocean. Bose speakers added charm to our stay. Breakfast was served in 360 degree restaurant with both outdoor and indoor seating with beautiful ocean views. Infinity pool was beautiful. Service was great.