Dreams of Bali
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort overlooks Impossible Beach and the Indian Ocean. On some days, the Bali sky is painted with dusky shades of purple and pink as gentle waves lap the shore. Many folks might say that it the kind of place they’d dream about if they were dreaming about tropical beach resorts. But this is a very real place, and we’ve been there. Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon hideaway or a retreat from the hustle and bustle, this Indonesia hotel provides a welcoming place to experience the island and its hospitality. The staff were always smiling, friendly, and attentive, and they’ll surely remain as eager to welcome you.
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort Location
Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa is located at Jl. Pemutih, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu - Bali, 80364, Indonesia. Here, the luxury hotel set is upon cliff, all a part of the Bukit Peninsula on the southern coast of the island. Before this area became a hotbed of surfing, the locals named their town on the peninsula Uluwatu, which means rock at the land’s end. The resort is less than a half hour from the Ngurah Rai International Airport and about a 45-minute trip from the town of Kuta. Its ocean villas, offering a modern design with touches of Balinese culture, plus the pools and lush landscapes, are just steps away from its private beach.
When we stayed at the resort, we enjoyed a spacious modern room with soaking tub on the deck. The resort offers a number of choices of where to stay from the smaller rooms in the main building to the spacious ocean-view villas, making a total of 74 suites and villas.
Every room is well equipped with king-sized beds, top-shelf sound systems, mini-bars, and whirlpool tubs. The complimentary WiFi and international satellite TV are always available, but with Bali’s beaches right at hand, you might not want to spend too much time in front of the screen. There is air conditioning at the rooms and the other indoor spaces, although there were issues with dripping water in our room and the restaurant from the AC.
The highlight of the hotel, however, was the food. The buffet breakfast was exceptional. No matter the meal, menus are crafted from global recipes with a twist of local food. The main rooftop restaurant, 360 Degree, is one of the best places to watch the sunset and enjoy views of the Indian Ocean. At Sono Teppanyaki, Japanese food is on the menu as are cooking demonstrations an ocean views. Casual meals are served up at the poolside eatery, which specializes in a blend of Mediterranean and Asian flavors. Food is turned into an adventure with the Spice Spoons Cooking School, a perfect activity after a trip to one of the nearby markets, and afternoon tea is served in grand style.
Uluwatu Bali Surfing
Just as the breakfast was a highlight of the stay, so is the stunning infinity pool which overlooks ocean. When they’re not taking a dip, guests can stretch their cares away at a yoga class, learn the art of Balinese dance, or relax in one of the lounge chairs underneath a palm tree. Then there’s the beach, where the water is an inviting setting for diving and surfing— after all, it is named Impossible Beach for its beauty and clean waters. The Surf Elevator to Impossible Beach is a highlight for surfers. Don’t miss the Anantara Spa—the spa and its staff are excellent. It was the best couples massage while we were in Bali.
Must-Sees Beyond the Resort
Away the environs of the resort, there’s sea caves to explore, white-water rafting to enjoy, and volcanoes to tour. The Bukit Peninsula has an unusual landscape, one that will set nature lovers' hearts soaring. The resort has a free shuttle to Padang Padang Beach along with the Uluwatu Temple. The sunset here will take your breath away. After the sun sets, the locals put on a fire dance show that needs to be seen. Surfers can ride the waves at the nearby beaches of Dreamland and Bingin.