On the Indonesian isle of Bali, Six Senses Uluwatu is a stylish but sustainable cliff-edge stay overlooking the surf breaks of the Bukit Peninsula. Indian Ocean views abound at every corner, and each villa has its own butler who'll do all the hard work for you (read: book spa treatments and surfing lessons). Resident restaurants include a Japanese-inspired barbecue and lots of farm-to-table fare. And you can enjoy it all without a shred of guilt, since the eco-friendly hotel group is looking after the environment for you.
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Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.
Double rooms from $420.32 (IDR5,919,281), excluding tax at 21 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The Eat with Six Senses programme lets you tuck in without a guilty conscience (and probably with fewer calories) – expect ingredients from local farmers and produce plucked straight from the resort’s garden.
No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 25 March, 2020, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence). Bali’s airport also closes for the day.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, gym, kids’ club. In rooms: air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea and coffee, flatscreen TV and Republic of Soap bath products.
Our favourite rooms
If a private pool to cool off in is a dealbreaker, avoid the Sky Suites, which are the only category that don’t include one. The cliff-edge villas are perfect for families – there are one-, two- and three-bedroom options, each with an outdoor deck and alfresco shower (some also have a sea-facing Jacuzzi). Blow the budget on the regal Retreat, which has palatial proportions, a wine cellar, four bedrooms, three pools and endless Indian Ocean views.
The two pools (one infinity style, the other usually packed with children and inflatables) are staggered across two tiers that follow the face of the cliff.
The spa has a steam room, sauna and 10 treatment rooms – including two that are almost open air – for Ila facials, holistic massages and reflexology. There’s a resident wellness practitioner on hand who can dole out all sorts of advice, including nutritional tips, and personal trainers for exercise encouragement. Pilates and yoga classes are held regularly.
You’ll be spending a lot of time in a bathing suit – but don’t forget some cover-ups for temple-hopping and some tie-dye if you want to connect with Bali’s hippie side.
There are specially adapted rooms for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to all rooms. Babysitting can be arranged with two days’ notice for 70,000 rupiahs an hour (minimum three hours), plus the sitter’s travel costs.
Babies and up.
Cots and extra beds can be added to all rooms.
There’s a kids’ club to enrol little Smiths at.
Playground, organic gardens.
Children are allowed in two of the resort’s three pools.
Children are welcome in both bars and all three restaurants, which have suitable menu options and highchairs.
Babysitting can be arranged with two days’ notice for 70,000 rupiahs an hour (minimum three hours), plus the sitter’s travel costs.
No need to pack
Buggies, bottle-sterilising kit, play mats, toiletries.
Local connections are a big deal here: many of the staff grew up within two kilometres of the hotel, and the restaurant uses organic ingredients that are either grown on-site or sourced nearby. Even the bath products are made in Indonesia (leftovers are donated to the local community). Energy-saving practices include the use of heat-absorbing lava rock in roofing, which will reduce the need for air-conditioning.
On the terrace at Crudo and outside at Rocka. If you’ve made it to the tiny terrace at Rocka Edge, feel the privilege.
Rocka and Rocka Edge are slightly smarter than Crudo.
There are three: Crudo, Rocka and Rocka Edge. Breakfast is served in Rocka; expect the usual suspects with a few curveballs (coconut curd, sprouts and Bali-made cheese). Crudo transforms from a Japanese barbecue, sushi and nikkei destination by day, to a bustling Balinese marketplace at night. Rocka stays true to farm-to-table fare, championing in-season, Indonesian ingredients. Rocka Edge is the most intimate, set as you may well have guessed on the edge of a cliff, with a chef’s table that seats six couples for a daily changing menu.
There are two: Cliff Bar for poolside pizzas and house-made kombucha, and the Bar at Rocka for reimagined classics, such as chipotle-enhanced margaritas and banana coladas (which sounds better, anyway).
Rocka’s hours are 6.30am to 11am; noon to 4pm; 6pm to 11pm. Crudo’s are noon to 6pm; 6.30pm to 10pm. Rocka Edge is open from 7pm to 10pm. The bar at Rocka opens at 5pm until midnight. The Cliff Bar is open from 11am to 7pm.
An elaborate menu (avo on toast, roast chicken, Indonesian-style noodles) is available, whether you need something vegan, gluten-free or detox-friendly.
This Six Senses outpost is on the southernmost tip of the Indonesian isle of Bali.
The island’s international airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel; transfers for up to three guests are US$40 each way.
The nearest big town is Kuta, a 50-minute drive north. There’s free parking at the hotel… but driving on Bali is for the brave.
Ferries link up the archipelago’s assorted landmasses, including Lombok and the Gili Islands.
Worth getting out of bed for
Let the Six Senses crew guide you on how to spend your days:they arrange everything from sustainability tours to low-calorie-cookie making and cookery classes at Crudo… or head out and hit up some of those famous Balinese beaches. Crane your neck taking in the super-size Vishna at Garuda Wisnu Kencana – at 120 metres high, it’s one of the highest statues in the world. Grab your snorkel and head to the secluded, white-sanded Gunung Payung beach, which has looming cliffs and a Hindu temple for neighbours. If it’s your first time in Bali, don’t miss the Uluwatu Temple in Pecatu (and stick around for the kecak dance at sunset).
Surf’s up at Bali’s beach clubs: grab a lounger and watch the wetsuited, wave-riding ones at play at Sundays, Omnia and Single Fin, all of which are helpfully in Uluwatu. Or join them in the queue for smoothies at Nalu Bowls in Pecatu. Mayfair’s favourite Japanese restaurantSake No Hana has made the journey to the craggy cliffs of Uluwatu. Fifty metres above sea level on yet another dramatic Uluwatu cliff edge, El Kabron serves up Spanish classics, including croquetas, paella and gazpacho.
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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury hotel in Indonesia and unpacked their swimwear and sarongs, a full account of their sun-soaked break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Six Senses Uluwatu in Bali…
For its first Indonesian outing, the Six Senses group has decided to go in with a bang, bringing its signature mix of stylish, spa-enhanced sustainability to Bali’s Uluwatu. The cliff-edge setting means Indian Ocean vistas at every turn, with two tiered pools and various terraces to stop and soak it in at. The rooms have high ceilings, with lots of local wood, handcrafted rattan furniture and outdoor decks to showcase (you’ve guessed it) those stellar sea views. The resort may have 103 rooms, but it treads lightly on its environment: the buildings are designed to harness natural light, with roofs that help to minimise the use of air-conditioning (clever). The villas stay true to the principles of Balinese architecture and are all butler-enhanced, which may make them hard to leave, but Uluwatu – and its golden beaches, surfer-frequented shores and buzzy bars – awaits.
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