Set on Bali’s secluded southern coast, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort is a sanctuary far removed from the hustle and bustle of popular towns like Kuta and Seminyak.  From the moment I pulled up to the grand entrance of the resort I knew I was in for a luxurious treat.

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The view from the waiting area was equally as breathtaking with priceless views of the Indian Ocean and the 74 seaview suites, private pool villas and duplex penthouses cascading down the cliffside.

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My Ocean View Suite came with its own plunge pool (and a jacuzzi!) and like all the other rooms at the resort, combined both modern and indigenous Balinese 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.  Anantara Uluwatu also takes every chance to give you what you came to Bali for…views.  I could see the ocean and feel its breeze from every corner of the room and thank heavens for the free wifi because I probably used up all the bandwidth snapping photos to send to family and friends.

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When I was finally able to tear myself away from this ridiculously relaxing infinity pool….

…. I did manage to take a cooking class (remember how much I love these?) at the resort’s SONO Teppanyaki restaurant, one of three on the property.  I learned how to make traditional Balinese dishes from the amazing chef.  Definitely one of my favorites to date.

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As a note, as wonderful as it is to be away from the tourist center of the island, it does have a downside.  Make sure to plan in advance for offsite dining since local restaurants will be at least 20 minutes away.  Also, if you want to try any of the local beaches, that requires about a 10-minute drive.  Personally, I found the resort had all I needed during my short stay, but if you’re staying longer, you might want to take that into consideration.  On the plus side you’re near Uluwatu Temple and gorgeous views like this…balance.

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The spa was another one of my favorite features.  I live for a great massage or reflexology, and thankfully I was able to find that and more at Anantara Uluwatu. At the Anantara Spa I tried out the Island of Java Journey which was 165 minutes of pure heaven filled with floral foot rituals, a body scrub and a massage.  It’s one of the resort’s signature services and I highly recommend it! Also, what would a trip to Bali be without wellness experiences to rebalance your chi?  You can find yoga, Thai Chi and even Reiki workshops at the resort.

In a paradise like Bali there are definitely more than enough hotels, resorts and villas to choose from, but Anantara Uluwatu was one of my favorites because it felt like a paradise within a paradise, and that’s hard for a such a popular tourist destination.  Staff treated me like family and I left feeling like I had gotten a chance to experience a small piece of Bali that few get to see.

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort
Uluwatu Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 895 7555

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