In smoothie-bowls-and-surf-chic Uluwatu, the adults-only Asa Maia is within strolling distance of some of Bali’s most hedonistic all-day beach clubs, and the dizzying Uluwatu Temple. Wooden walkways snake through palm-edged jungle greenery, connecting reclaimed century-old freestanding wooden suites that were once traditional Javanese homes. The design is elegantly simple, with hand-carved wood and curated Indonesian art and artefacts. Wellness is a focal point, with a full-service yoga and meditation shala, spa, Himalayan-salt infrared sauna, and subterranean hydrotherapy pools. Healing vibes run deep here: the resort is eco-conscious, its restaurant serving up exclusively vegan and pescatarian cuisine at its one long rustic communal table.
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A 90-minute massage each and a locally made sarong
12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. If availability permits, free early check-in from 12pm and late check-out until 3pm. Early arrivals can also use the wellness facilities pre-check-in.
Double rooms from £350.53 (IDR6,500,000), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 11% per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually include a breakfast of tropical fruit platters, a bread basket, tea and coffee.
At the hotel
Spa, salon, Himalayan salt infrared sauna, 24-hour gym, saltwater infinity pool, subterranean hot and cold outdoor plunge pools, stone-clad firepit, laundry service, yoga and meditation shala, on-site free parking and valet service, free WiFi. In rooms: Coffee machine, artisan tea, Bose speaker, fan and air conditioning, desk, hairdryer, safe, eco-friendly Sensatia Botanicals toiletries, minibar with free healthy snacks and Indonesian herbal drinks. Suites have linen bathrobes and turkish bath towels, a copper or reclaimed Belgian bluestone bathtub, outdoor and indoor showers, sofas and table seating.
Our favourite rooms
All of the free-standing guest suites are centuries-old traditional Javanese wooden homes called gladaks that have been reassembled by hand and restored on-site. The décor is tranquil and unfussy, there are indoor and outdoor rain showers, and each suite has a free-standing copper bath, or one made from Belgian bluestone salvaged from a Javanese rail station.
There’s a serene saltwater infinity pool, plus outdoor subterranean hot and cold plunge pools for contrast hydrotherapy.
The serene spa offers a full range of personalised therapies, including massages, facials and body wraps, polishes and masks, using Indonesian natural skincare brand Sensatia Botanicals. There are treatment rooms for singles and couples. The hotel also offers the Indonesian heritage bathing ritual Mandi Rempah – an aromatic bath with herbs, rose petals and frangipanis. There’s a salon with vegan toxin-free nail polish, and a Himalayan salt infrared sauna. Outdoors, there are ice and hot plunge pools. The yoga shala offers yoga, pilates and meditation classes, as well as breathwork sessions.
Chakra crystals and your best downward dog.
The Asa Maia’s airy wooden yoga shala has panoramic windows that flood the studio with natural light, but, crucially, it also has air conditioning. The hotel offers Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa classes, and yoga teachers adapt each session to your skill level.
Bliss out in peace here: the Asa Maia is an adults-only resort.
You'll find no single-use plastic here, and that includes from its local food suppliers, and restaurant menus are exclusively vegan and pescatarian, with a focus on reducing waste. Bathrooms come with washable cotton pads, wooden toothbrushes and eco-friendly botanical toiletries. Most of the wood used to create the hotel’s structure and furniture is reclaimed. The swimming pool deck is made from recycled iron from an old bridge in Borneo, and the ten guest suites are century-old wooden gladaks – traditional Javanese homes that have been reassembled by hand on site.
There’s just one long communal wooden table at this eatery, to encourage guests to mingle.
Polished poolside apparel.
The casual poolside restaurant serves exclusively vegan and pescatarian dishes, sourced locally with a focus on organic produce. The healthy menus are designed with nutritional wellness in mind, but dishes like the rich and coconutty vegan rendang are anything but unexciting.
The open-air bar is by the main saltwater infinity pool. Guests can sink into an outdoor sofa while sipping the resort’s signature drink: Bir Pletok, a non-alcoholic wholesome herbal ‘beer’ made from ginger, lemongrass, sappanwood and spices.
Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch from 12pm to 3pm, and dinner from 6pm to 9pm. There’s also afternoon tea at 4pm. The bar is open from 7am to 9pm.
The Asa Maia is in unspoiled Uluwatu on Bali’s southwest tip, flanked by pulse-quickening ocean vistas, boho beach bars, extravagantly verdant palm-fringed jungle, and the iconic clifftop Uluwatu temple.
The hotel is around a 30-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The resort can arrange airport transfers at $50 for a return trip for up to three guests.
While Bali doesn’t have a rail system, elsewhere in Indonesia you can take a train ride through Java as part of a bigger trip, followed by a ferry from Ketapang to Gilimanuk in Bali. The ferry port is a three-and-a-half-hour car journey from the Asa Maia.
The hotel is on Uluwatu’s gorgeous coastline, in prime position for road tripping – try beach bouncing through the fashionable seaside resorts of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu, or head inland to Ubud’s hippie cafes and rice terraces. The Asa Maia has a private car park with free parking for guests.
Bali’s favourite mode of transportation is the moped. Rent a scooter to dodge locals and yoga-mat-toting digital nomads alike though palm-lined streets. Compared with traffic-choked tourist hotspots like Kuta and Seminyak, Uluwatu’s coastal roads are quieter and less palpitation-provoking for moped virgins.
Worth getting out of bed for
Uluwatu’s golden beaches and swirling coastline mean that you can kickstart a scooter in any direction and pinball through some of Bali’s most photogenic shores. Within stumbling distance of the Asa Maia is Thomas Beach. One of the most unspoiled in the area and relatively unknown, it’s lined with a handful of rustic beach-bar shacks against a backdrop of tropical finery. Beach fiends can visit PadangPadang, Suluban, Bingin, Dreamland, TegalWangi and Balangan beaches. The photogenic viewpoint at the northern tip of Balangan Beach is a superb beauty spot, and Tegal Wangi Beach’s sea cave makes for a dramatic ocean-hewn natural photo frame. The region is ideal for paragliding and newbie surfers can hone their skills at one of the surfschools that line the coast. Off Bali’s northwest coast, the PemuteranBiorock project lets you dive the world’s biggest artificial reef and swim through underwater sculptures while supporting coral regeneration.
The halcyon archipelago of the Giliislands, with its icy-white sand beaches and ludicrously turquoise waters, is a 90-minute boat voyage from Padang Bai harbour.
UluwatuTemple is a Hindu sea temple that teeters on a cliff’s edge 230 metres above the ocean, inhabited by sunglasses-snatching Macaque monkeys. The daily touristy-yet-mesmerising traditional Kecak fire dance at the temple’s cliff-top outdoor amphitheatre is performed at sunset for maximum Uluwatan atmosphere. Further afield are scenic seafront Hindu pilgrimage site TanahLotTemple and Ubud’s PuraTamanSaraswati dedicated to the Hindu goddess of wisdom, with its dazzling lotus-blossom-blanketed moat.
For a bit more action, make for the glitzy kombucha-and-cocktails scene at Seminyak or the boho beach bars at slightly more laid-back surfer hangout Canggu. Or, head inland to Ubud for smoothie bowls and serious coffee, rice paddies, the gaping mouth of the ElephantCave, and the terrifying-but-in-a-good-way MonkeyForest.
Off the beaten track, the warehouse-style Ogoh-Ogoh Museum exhibits colossal devilish statues of Bali’s folkloric demons and monsters. The expressive 20-foot-high bamboo effigies wait here in eerie silence, before being paraded through the streets and cathartically set ablaze at the annual Nyepi festival.
Italian comfort food is served amid recycled metals, reclaimed wood and vintage furnishings at La Barraca, just a seven-minute stroll from the Asa Maia. There’s a vegan menu and gluten-free pizza, plus traditional Italian eats like burrata with grilled zucchini and crispy guanciale, gnocchi with Italian sausage, and artisanal Italian gelato.
Surf-chic ManaUluwatu has a jungle-topping infinity pool and an open-air wooden terrace that turns golden come sunset, with palm-fringed coastal views. The menu runs to Asian and Mexican flavours: Balinese chorizo breakfast tacos, dragon fruit-laced smoothie bowls, jackfruit enchiladas and seared mahi-mahi ramen noodles.
Scandi design meets traditional Balinese textures and handcrafts to create a bohemian atmosphere at Mediterranean eatery Ours. There are small plates such as truffle risotto croquettes, and salt and pepper squid, homemade pastas, just-caught seafood fresh from the Indian ocean, and vegan options such as ‘chorizo’ bolognese and vegan Swedish meatballs
Popular with beachbound wayfarers, airy green-tendrilled Suka Espresso roasts a mean coffee and serves up typical surf-side Bali breakfast foods (morning greens, chia puddings and smoothie bowls), including a full vegan and vegetarian menu. Even the drinks menu is quintessential modern Balinese, boasting matcha and turmeric lattes, kombucha, bulletproof coffee with butter and coconut oil, and an Avocado Affogato with espresso, ice cream, avocado and chocolate sauce.
Uluwatu’s surfside beach clubs are the place to be for glamorously grown-up daytime drinking. Ulu Cliffhouse is a party playground overlooking the dazzling Bukit Peninsula, featuring an infinity pool, squishy oversized day beds, DJ sets and live music just seven minutes from the hotel. A ten-minute walk away is Single Fin, a laid-back all-day beach club where you can start the day with coffee and a view of Uluwatu’s fabled surf break from the massive coast-adjacent balcony deck, take in sunset vistas over fish tacos and a jug of frozen margaritas, and party long after dark to live acts and international DJs.
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 tranquil wellness hotel in Uluwatu and unpacked their healing crystal collection and yoga mat, a full account of their restorative spa break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Asa Maia in Bali…
Bali’s uncrowded southern tip is a sinuous stretch of golden coastline edged by luminous green, palm-thronged jungle. Less traffic-choked than flashy Seminyak, hippie-haven and surfer haunt Uluwatu harbours secret beaches, a giddying clifftop temple where you can watch sunset fire dancing, boho beach shacks, an established café culture, and glittering beach clubs where you can pull up a day bed by the infinity pool and party to DJ sets from day to night. A short stumble from unspoilt Thomas Beach is the Asa Maia, an eco-conscious wellness retreat that fits right in. From the Belgian Bluestone bathtub that was salvaged from a Javanese rail station to the wooden gladaks that have literally been rebuilt by hand on site, there’s a bona fide commitment to tradition and sustainability here. The preconception-busting healthy vegan and pescatarian dishes would convert the most devout of carnivores, and the communal wooden dining table means you’ll actually get to know your fellow wellness seekers. Zen zealots will find much to love in the airy yoga shala, the tranquil spa, and the subterranean hot and cold plunge pools. Now, take a deep breath...