Uluwatu is one of my favourite places in Bali. Every time I have visited I’ve headed to Uluwatu for the Sunday Sessions, to watch the sun go down and enjoy a cocktail while watching the surfers. Until my most recent trip to Bali, I had never stayed in the area, always travelling in from another part of the island. This time, however, I spent a night at Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort.
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Anantara is further up the coast from Single Fin and the main bars and has incredible uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and the impressive waves that Uluwatu is known for. My main reason for wanting to stay there was the gorgeous swimming pool and cliffside views.
After checking in, we headed straight to our room. Anantara has eleven different room options, including villas and a Penthouse. We stayed in an Ocean View Suite, located in the main hotel building. It was huge! The main room had a living area with a big corner sofa, as well as two very comfy beds. The bathroom was also enormous with a rain shower and his and hers sinks (or hers and hers in our case!).
My favourite part of the rooms is the balconies, complete with a hot tub! Sitting in the tub with a glass of wine, admiring the gorgeous view was definitely one of the highlights of my stay!
I like the way they have grown grass on the roofs of the other rooms below, making the view a lovely combination of green and blue.
Another great addition to the rooms are Bose speakers, so we could enjoy some background music while in the hot tub!
I absolutely loved the pool at Anantara Uluwatu; a multi-level infinity pool on a cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by Frangipani trees. Heaven!
Next to the pool is the Sea, Fire, Salt bar and restaurant. There is a sunset happy hour, which I would highly recommend! The restaurant offers a fusion lunch menu and hosts regular seafood nights in the evening.
Below the cliff is Impossible Beach, which can be accessed by an elevator next to the pool! This is a great beach for surfing, although it’s a spot for the more experienced surfer rather than beginners (e.g. Me!).
We ate at the 360 Restaurant, located on the 5th floor of the main hotel building. Named because of the 360 degree views of the ocean and cliffs. The menu offers four sections; Western, Indonesian, Asian and Vegetarian. As well as a great dessert selection.
I had Soto Ayam, an Indonesian-style spiced chicken broth and Vick had Tuna Sambal Matah, which is grilled tuna with shallot lemongrass sambal, bean sprouts and white cabbage salad in a yellow paste. Both were delicious. We also ate breakfast at 360 Restaurant, which has a huge buffet of hot and cold options.
Activities at Anantara Uluwatu
Anantara offers a variety of activities including Balinese dance classes, yoga and surfing lessons. They also offer a shuttle to the Uluwatu Temple, which I would definitely recommend!
I had a great stay at Anantara Uluwatu. The pool really is incredible and I loved having the hotel tub on the balcony. Uluwatu is such an amazing place, and Anatara is the perfect base for a holiday in Bali.
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