Need to know
59 villas and five mansions.
12 noon; check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $692.54 (IDR9,240,000), excluding tax at 21 per cent.
Rates usually exclude breakfast.
Renovations to the roofs and wooden decking of the villas will be taking place between 9am and 5pm until winter 2017. These refurbishment works will only take place on one section of the villas at a time, so disruption to other villas will be minimal and only in the form of occasional noise; all public areas will remain open as usual.
No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 28 March 2017, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.
At the hotel
Spa, fitness centre, private beach, library, CD and DVD library, Bulgari boutique, arts and crafts store, butler service (on request), concierge, free WiFi throughout, free valet parking, concierge. In rooms: private plunge pool, flatscreen TV and DVD, CD player, iPod dock, minibar, Bulgari toiletries, free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
Strangely egalitarian for such a luxe retreat, every villa is created equal: private plunge pool in a lush garden, ocean-view bedroom decorated in minimalist Italian style, an enormous glass-walled bathroom with a huge tub dropped in the middle of seemingly acres of black terrazzo. For utter privacy and uninterrupted vistas, choose an Ocean Cliff Villa. For families and holidaying friends, there are a smattering of Two-Bedroom Villas and the ultimate beach house, the enormous two-storey Bulgari Villa with three bedrooms, kitchen and 20-metre pool.
The stunning infinity pool, perched high above the sea, is heavenly and its adjacent sunken lounging area is so divine you’ll never want to leave. For those who prefer sand and shallow splashing, the Bulgari Beach is a secluded stretch, protected by rocky outcrops and accessed by a glass-enclosed funicular.
Let the sight of undulating waves lull you into a sense of calm in the spa's ocean-facing treatment rooms. Set in a space enhanced by lacy woodwork panels from Java, contemporary Italian-style relaxation spaces and veiled pavilions, spa therapies include body wraps and scrubs, massages, hot-stone treatments and facials, using Espa products, and local ingredients (spices, yoghurt and spirulina). The signature Bulgari Balinese Lulur package (rice exfoliation followed by a moisturising wrap), is particularly indulgent. The gym is open 24 hours, with treadmills, cycles and free weights; there's an in-house personal trainer who can tailor a programme to your work-out needs.
Ensure you don’t stand out among the elegant couples who waft around the property: silk kaftans, linen shifts and trousers, chic swimwear… Somehow everyone manages cool, casual and classic.
Smoking is allowed in the open-air living areas of villas and in the hotel bar.
Small pets (around 15kg) can stay. They're not allowed in any of the restaurants and bars, and the pool area. See more pet-friendly hotels in Bali.
Welcome, although this is far more of an adults-only oasis. Cots can be added to rooms and small children can bunk down on existing furniture free of charge; families with older kids have to book villas with two bedrooms.
Older children who get that there are times when you need to turn it down.
Cots can be added to any room, and small children can sleep on the sofa, but for those travelling with older children a Two-Bedroom Villa is essential.
The stretch of beach, with its rocky outcrops, is a great place to go rockpooling and splashing. The property isn’t somewhere with vast amounts of entertainment for littlies, so it’s a smart idea to bring toys, books and games for them to play in the villa gardens. There is plenty of opportunity for day trips, though, to local beaches, temples and markets or out on boats to snorkel, fish and explore nearby islands.
Each of the villas has a plunge pool where kids can splash to their hearts’ content. They’ll need to rein in over-enthusiasm (and you are required to supervise them) at the main infinity pool, situated right near the bar.
Children are welcome in all the restaurants, which offer a kids’ menu.
Advise when you book – or at least before you arrive – when you’ll need someone to mind the sprogs and the hotel can organise it. Babysitting costs US$15 (plus taxes) an hour for each child.
No need to pack
The stone paths around Bulgari Resort are very steep, and many guests choose to call for a golf buggy to ferry them around. It’s not a place for prams or strollers at all.