Making its Indonesian brand debut, the Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa presents a powerful first impression. Perched atop a mountain in the heart of Uluwatu, the resort boasts spectacular views of the Bukit Peninsula stretching from the verdant hills to a far-off horizon.
On entering the cavernous lobby, the eye is drawn immediately to a huge chandelier that hangs from the ceiling spanning about 8 metres long; and the guest seating – taking inspiration from the tiered rice paddies of the surrounding countryside – is worthy of installation in an art gallery. The reception staff are friendly and attentive, ensuring that guests begin their stay on the right foot. Adjacent from the reception desk is R-Bar, where guests can relax and enjoy a drink if their room isn’t quite ready. It’s also one of the best vantage points for watching the sun go down, the other being right at the edge of the main infinity pool.
The hotel has three common-use pools: the Main Pool near the breakfast restaurant, the Kids Pool which runs alongside it, and the Lower Pool located at the foot of a hill. There’s always a nice beat playing on the Main Pool deck and you’ll have no trouble finding a place to settle in for the afternoon with an assortment of cone-shaped cabanas, swinging cradles and oversize floating bean bags available for use.
There are 12 room types at the hotel ranging from Deluxe Twin Rooms to Family Loft Suites which feature a private Jacuzzi. The crowning jewel of the property is the Presidential Villa; equipped with 3 self-contained suites, a private pool, games room and kitchen.
Even before officially opening, the resort received an award for excellence in their food and beverage offering. There are two restaurants available for dining: Clay Craft, an all-day restaurant offering a truly international selection of dishes from burgers and pasta to banh-mi and of course nasi-goreng; and Double-Ikat, a chic, modern restaurant which opens for dinner, serving up authentic Indonesian cuisine. The satay beef here is especially delectable.
A unique and notable feature of the Renaissance Bali is its penchant for pottery. Every saucer, plate, bowl and mug used in the restaurants is made in-house in a dedicated pottery area and guests have the option to book in for a lesson at the resort’s own Balinese pottery school. Don’t be fooled by the nimble-fingered demonstrations, though; however easy the professionals make the art form appear, it’s one that requires a lot of patience and practice.
Staying in the One Bedroom Executive Suite was a delight. The generously sized and decadently furnished suite could comfortably accommodate two people, featuring two bathroom sinks, two TV screens and a large lounge area – plus a huge bathtub which was surely built for two.
Leaving the comfort of the room with some difficulty to check out the rest of the resort, we discovered an enticing Spa Centre, although we didn’t get a chance to sample any treatments this time around. Unlike some hotels where the gym feels like a bit of an afterthought, the Renaissance Bali’s spacious fitness centre is a pleasant surprise, with amazing views that gym-goers can enjoy while working out. We would’ve loved to have spent some time here if it wasn’t for the extended buffet breakfast sessions.
Many people come to Bali for the ocean, the waves and the sand – it’s what the region is known for. While the Renaissance Bali Uluwatu is not located near any main beaches, they have their guests covered on this front. Coinciding with the resort’s opening, the Renaissance’s very own private beach club opened its doors, just fifteen minutes from the hotel. Sitting at the bottom of a limestone cliff, paragliders drifting overhead and waves lapping at the shore, RoosterFish opens up a whole new experience during your stay. A shuttle bus provides free transfers between the properties every hour, every day, making it a very convenient option for guests.
If you’re looking to avoid the busier parts of Bali such as Kuta and Seminyak, but don’t want to be trapped too far inland in Ubud, then this location offers the best of both worlds. Stunning views, incredible facilities and easy beach access make the Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa the perfect place for a short getaway. Book: Renaissance Bali Uluwatu