Indonesia remains the number 1 leisure location for Australian travellers with more than 1,2 million visits annually, and while the appeal is obvious, it’s not uncommon to think Bali is just a stereotypical Aussie holiday destination filled with, well, let’s just say an often less desirable crowd. While this is true in certain areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, the outskirts of Bali, like Uluwatu, is where the real magic happens. It’s where you experience the best that Bali has to offer from arguably the world’s best clifftop sunsets to authentic cultural experiences. It’s here where you get the best Indonesian food, meet the most amazing local people and where you truly relax, like to the core relax.
The Renaissance Resort & Spa in Uluwatu perfectly encapsulates what a real Bali holiday should look like as it provides unprecedented luxury and service but still manages to co-exist harmoniously with its environment as they embrace the local culture. Plainly said, this is what makes a good hotel great.
We’ve broken down 10 reasons why your next island escape should be at the Renaissance in Uluwatu:
From the moment you arrive you feel at ease, and we’re not just referring to arrival at the hotel, we’re referring to your arrival at Bali airport (Denpasar). The Bali airport can be very overwhelming when you arrive with 100’s of taxi drivers approaching you, asking if you need a taxi and as is standard, they will try to squeeze the most money possible from you. As a guest of the Renaissance, let them take care of your airport pick up with a designated driver awaiting your arrival holding a sign with your name on. Anxiety be gone.
Incredible Rooms (Junior Suite)
If ever there was a moment in your life where you’d opt for the slightly better, slightly more expensive option just to treat yo’self, this is it fellas! The junior suite is just remarkable with breathtaking views; it’s easy to see that this large open plan room was designed with absolute enjoyment and relaxation in mind. A large king bed with the fluffiest duvet and pillows, a private balcony, a stylish kitchenette island and a bathroom to die for. These are just the main features, wait till you see the stand-alone bath overlooking lush greenery through its floor to ceiling windows. That’s some jaw-dropping stuff.
Location! Location! Location!
Uluwatu is famous for many things, but it has to be the cliffs that take the crown. The Renaissance Resort and Spa is situated on top of one of these beautiful inland clifftops complete with an infinity pool to ensure your better half gets that perfect holiday ‘gram. The hotel is conveniently located to be close enough to the things that matter, but far enough from the sometimes-overwhelming Bali crowds. As a bonus, you’ll struggle to find a better sunset in Bali than right by the Renaissance pool bar, cocktail in hand of course.
Have you even been on holiday if you haven’t gone for a spa treatment? We’d suggest going for the 60 or 90-minute traditional Balinese massage and we can almost guarantee that you will walk out of there feeling like you’ve slept for days. Then tomorrow, do it again… because for a world-class spa treatment at less than half the price it would cost you in Sydney, why the hell not?
Ever heard of a Hotel Navigator? It’s a new concept introduced by the Renaissance group and basically, it’s a concierge with super-powers. This guy can do everything and organize anything for you. Anything. You want to go on a fishing trip with a local? He’ll organize that plus have the hotel restaurant cook your catch for dinner. Want to have breakfast on a private beach with someone playing the guitar in the background just for you? No worries. Want to go to an organic farm to pick your own bok choy? You get the picture.
You’d have to search far and wide to find a hotel that can match the facilities of the Renaissance in Uluwatu. Other than the expected, the following facilities really stood out for us: The infinity pool, the pool lounge area, the pool bar (really, the whole pool area is amazing) the in-house pottery classes, the on-site chapel, the resort departure lounge and the fitness centre on the edge of the hotel cliff with floor to ceiling windows.
They Have Their Own Beach Club; The Roosterfish
Beach clubs are a genuine good time and as you probably already know, Bali is famous for having some of the best in the world. Now welcoming another to this elite list is the Renaissance’s very own Roosterfish Beach Club that’s only a short drive from the hotel. Hotel guests also receive a complimentary shuttle service to and from the Roosterfish Beach Club because, well, they’re absolute legends.
The Renaissance Hotel has made a conscious decision to be eco-friendly with various initiatives to help the environment flourish.
Friendliest Staff Ever
Where do I even begin? Every single person working at the Renaissance in Uluwatu genuinely wants to make sure you have the time of your life. Your happiness is their happiness.
Value For Money
Remember that Junior Suite I mentioned earlier? You can stay in this little piece of heaven for less than $250 a night…and that includes a breakfast buffet fit for royals. Everything you could possibly want to kick-start your day including an Asian style breakfast, a traditional breakfast, an endless amount of pastries, Nutella cornflake crepes (highly recommended), fresh juices, barista coffees (yes, you can get your flat white), booster smoothies, frittatas, dumplings and the list goes on. Welcome to paradise. (P.S. right now the hotel is having opening special rates on all rooms, so better get booking ASAP)
There you have it. An absolute no-brainer for your next trip to Bali. Just sit back, relax and let the good times roll.
Man of Many travelled to Bali as a guest of The Renaissance Resort & Spa in Uluwatu. All photos credited to Marriot International.