Surfari at Anantara Uluwatu: Gourmet Chick in Bali

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There are not many hotel lifts like the one at Anantara Uluwatu. The glass lift here runs down the face of sheer cliff to access the hotel’s “Surfari” deck which sits at the edge of Bali’s famous Impossibles surf break. Now that’s a ride with a view. It’s just one of the clever touches at this design focused hotel in Bali’s Uluwatu region.

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Uluwatu is a part of Bali beloved by surfers but now others are catching on that the beaches here are the best on the island and the vibe is more chilled than Kuta and Seminyak. I was invited to review the hotel on my recent holiday to Bali and just standing at the check in desk the view of the hotel cascading down to the edge of the cliff desk really took away my breath.

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The rooms here are huge – bigger than most people’s apartments in New York. There’s a large living area, King size bed and desk in case you need to get some work done. The sleek bathroom has a large rainwater shower but if you’re looking for the bath you need to head for the balcony instead where there’s a huge spa bath perfect for a soak with a view.

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What a view it is. Every room at Anantara Uluwatu looks out over the surf break and ocean. There’s hours of entertainment watching the surfers and as the sun sets seeing the tiny fleet of fishing boats head out from Jimbaran Bay.

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Sunset drinks are best consumed at the bar which sits alongside Anantara Uluwatu’s sensational two level infinity pool. Even better have your happy hour cocktail in the pool!

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There are a few different dining options at the hotel which is helpful as Uluwatu doesn’t have as many alternatives as Seminyak. By the pool in the evenings the hotel’s Splash restaurant alternates between seafood and meat barbecues depending on the night. You go and pick your seafood out and then it is cooked to order on a huge charcoal drum. It’s hard to beat fresh lobster and prawns simply grilled with a great smoky taste to the flesh.

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Chicken satay over the charcoal grill at Anantara Ulawatu

We also experienced the hotel’s “Dining by Design” option which offers several romantic settings for dinner – perfect for a proposal or honeymooners. It’s pretty special to eat on your own private balcony area with the walkway lined with rose petals and candles. The chefs at Anantara Uluwatu really turns it on for these dinners using really luxurious ingredients from truffles to oysters.   

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So good – freshly grilled seafood at Anantra Uluwatu

The quality of the food continues through to Anantara Uluwatu’s breakfast buffet. There’s a freshly squeezed juice station, tiny pots of Bircher muesli and yoghurt and eggs cooked to order.  

Bircher muesli at Anantara Uluwatu
Bircher muesli at Anantara Uluwatu

This is one hotel which really delivers on the jaw dropping first impression.

Gourmet Chick was invited to review Anantara Uluwatu. 

Gourmet Travel Tips

  • I flew to Bali with JetStar and my flight was $800 return from Melbourne to Denpasar.
  • Remember to have $35 USD in cash with you at the airport for your visa for entry to Bali.
  • Anantara Uluwatu is about 30 minutes drive from the airport.  
  • I spent my time there relaxing by the pool, getting a massage at the hotel’s excellent spa and checking out the nearby beaches and temple which is home to a resident tribe of monkeys.  


Essentials
Details: Anantara Uluwatu, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. 
Damage: Budget breaking.  Rates start at around $600 a night. 
Kids: While Anantara Ulawatu is aimed more at surfers and honey mooners the staff make a real effort with kids. The hotel supplied a welcome pack with colouring books, cots, high chairs, pool toys and a kids menu ready to go.
9/10

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