Bali, Indonesia

The Ungasan Clifftop Resort

Rates from (ex tax)$462.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD559.02), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Crisp whites and carved woods

Setting

Bukit peninsula clifftop

Perched atop a verdant cliff overlooking endless Indian Ocean, Ungasan Clifftop Resort is a cluster of secluded villas in one of Bali’s most spectacular settings – and Bali has pretty high standards. Each of the seven individually designed houses has its own beguiling pool as well as a unique architectural and interior charm, from the colonial grandeur of Villa Tamarama to the hand-carved Balinese timber at Villa Ambar. Facing the infinity edge of the main pool, the restaurant serves up Indonesian classics and kid-friendly favourites, and in a white-sand cove at the base of the cliff, Sundays Beach Club is the place for paddleboarding and kayaking by day, and a bonfire and barbecue at night. 

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A free 60-minute Balinese massage a room, each stay

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

35, including 10 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $462.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD559.02), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast at the Selatan Clifftop Restaurant.

Also

In 2016, Villa Tamarama was named Bali’s best villa by the island’s lifestyle magazine, Yak.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 17 April 2018, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, beach club, spa, gym, playground, tennis court, watersports equipment at Sundays Beach Club, laundry service, free WiFi. In rooms: TV and DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities. Villas with three or more bedrooms also have a kitchenette with an oven, a microwave, a dishwasher and a coffee machine.

Our favourite rooms

For one-bedroom suites, the pick of the villas are Pawana and Nora; in the Ocean View Villas, the infinity edge of your plunge pool satisfyingly meets open the sea. For three or more bedrooms, go for the crisp white interiors of Villa Tamarama, which comes with its own 28-metre pool, full-service private bar and wedding-party-ready open-air pavilion.

Poolside

The 28-metre turquoise-blue infinity pool stretches along the cliff edge, surrounded by fragrant tropical plants and delicately manicured lawns.

Spa

Book in for a top-to-toes health and beauty session at the Vela Spa; options range from a Balinese massage to a sandalwood body scrub, and all can be enjoyed either in the spa rooms or your own rooms.

Packing tips

Pack multiple swimming costumes – you’re not going to be wearing much else.

Also

For guests who book three or more bedrooms, a private driver and in-villa butler service is provided. Unfortunately the resort is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Pets aren’t allowed (break it to them gently). See more pet-friendly hotels in Bali.

Children

All ages are welcome; children (under-12s) can sleep in extra beds and baby cots, which can be added to all rooms free of charge.

Best for

Over-5s, especially ones who like to swim and swim and swim.

Recommended rooms

The handy interconnecting bedrooms at Villa Ambar set it apart for families with small children, while Villa Jamadara has a generous lawn for garden playtimes with a view.

Activities

The calm waters of the lagoon are a shallow and spectacular place to explore by kayak or paddleboard, and with a snorkel if/when they fall in. On dry land, there’s a playground to conquer and a flood-lit tennis court – ask the hotel to book a slot or a lesson, and check the schedule for other kids’ activities.

Swimming pool

The private pools at the three-to-five bedroom villas have generous shallow ends and more than enough space for a friendly game of ‘Shark!’ The communal 28-metre infinity pool is one to slip into rather than splash into, unless there’s no one looking…

Meals

Both Selatan and Sundays have highchairs, children’s menus, baby changing facilities, and colouring books. Tip: you’re going to need the blue and green crayons. 

Babysitting

The resort offers a free nanny service for up to four hours a day, with a limit of two children. After that, it’s approximately £15 an hour (IDR250,000). Be sure to book at least a day in advance.

No need to pack

The potty, or indeed crayons, paints, baby toiletries or a bath thermometer. There are toys aplenty for both outdoor play and in the bath. Beach bags and plug adaptors available on request.

Food and Drink

Photos The Ungasan Clifftop Resort food and drink

Top Table

The closer to the pool, the better.

Dress Code

No need for the Sunday best – flip flops and floaty maxi dresses fit right in, or loose linens for gents.

Hotel restaurant

Selatan is a relaxed, all-day and all-evening kind of restaurant, with woven reed chairs spilling out onto the shaded poolside terrace. The menu has everything from lighter bites like halloumi sourdough toast, Balinese pizza and king-prawn linguini, to the signature coconut chicken curry.

Hotel bar

At the base of the Ungasan cliff, Sundays Beach Club is as laid-back and lazy as thatch-roofed cocktail bars come, with beanbags strewn across the sand and an ocean-facing spa bale for soothing massage and reflexology treatments. Kayaks and paddleboards are the choice ways to explore the lagoon, and don’t forget your snorkel for a spot of reef-peeping. Beach bites vary from yellow-fin-tuna-filled rice-paper rolls to jimbaran seafood spaghettini, and each night as the sun dips in the sky, the beach-bonfire lights up; save some room for toasted marshmallows after dinner. Wear your sensible shoes – Sundays is accessed via a funicular elevator and quite a few stairs.

Last orders

Selatan is open from 7am until 10pm, with breakfast served until 11am. Sundays opens at 9am and closes at 10pm.

Room service

In-villa dining is available at any hour of the day or night.

Location

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Address
The Ungasan Clifftop Resort
Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma
Bali
80362
Bali
Indonesia

Planes

Ngurah Rai airport (www.baliairport.com) is served by major international carriers including Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airways; from the UK and Europe most routes go via a hub in the Middle East or Singapore. It takes 45 minutes by car to get from the airport to the resort; free transfers are available on request.

Automobiles

Ungasan is not the kind of place you’ll want to leave in a hurry, but if you do want to explore the island you’ll need a car. There are car hire merchants at the airport and ample parking at the resort, but it’s less stress to book a private driver through the hotel (included free of charge with three- to five- bedroom villas).

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s nothing like an early-morning swim, but don’t let that stop you going for a late-morning, afternoon, or sunset one too; take your pick from your private pool, the main pool, or the largest pool of all – the Indian Ocean. Fill up at Selatan restaurant or Sundays Beach Club, then grab a kayak or paddleboard and work it all off… or grab a beanbag or massage table and don’t.  Away from the resort, top of your Bukit list should be the 1,000-year-old Uluwatu Temple (Pecatu, South Kuta), perched on a cliff 70 metres above the ocean and packed with ancient architecture and a small army of monkeys; try to time your visit to see a traditional Kecak dance performance. For surfers and beach-bums, Padang Padang has the whole shebang: powdery white sand, sparkling blue water, and mighty waves rolling in from the horizon. Melasti Beach (Gang VIII No.8, Denpasar Utara) has soaring cliffs with especially spectacular views, and the tranquil beach itself is dotted with photogenic rock formations and is largely untrodden by tourists.  

Local restaurants

What the Bukit Peninsular lacks in dive bars and dance floors, it makes up for in damn fine dining and drinking in the most spectacular of settings. Sangkar, at the Bulgari Resort, holds true to local traditions with a menu of Balinese and Indonesian specialities flawlessly executed in a contemporary style. When they say ‘ultimate nasi goreng’, they mean it; it comes with wagyu beef and almost-still-wagging lobster tail. Cire is the pick of the cliff-top bunch at Alila Villas Uluwatu – next door to Ungasan Clifftop Resort – and you can choose to eat in a snug ocean-facing cabana if you’re that way inclined; bone-sucking-good short ribs and Bali’s own barramundi fish star on the menu of international gourmet comfort food. For diners that like lots of seating options, head to the tast-tapas restaurant, Cuca on the Jimbaran coast. Take your pick between the garden lounge lined with coconut trees, the intimate dining room, or the interactive food bar overlooking the kitchens for dinner and a show… 

Local cafés

Call into the Cashew Tree in Bingin for a bento box or one of their brightly-coloured smoothies, packed full of fresh fruit and veg: stay longer on Thursdays for their weekly live music concerts. 

Local bars

Ju-Ma-Na Bar, part of the Banyan Tree Hotel, has a sophisticated, Arabia-flavoured terrace overlooking the ocean; settle in with cocktails and apéritifs in time for sunset. Whether you like them shaken or stirred, the martinis at the Martini Bar at Ayana Resort won't disappoint. Nor will the view, the bar overlooks the hotel's garden and the Indian Ocean in the distance. 

Reviews

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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 Bali and unpacked their snorkel and swimming costume, a full account of their tropical break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Ungasan Clifftop Resort in Bali…

Bali, you git. That, presumably, is what all the other islands would say to this little droplet of paradise if they could. Bali’s like the kid at school who is not only devastatingly good looking but also brilliant at sports, so cute with animals and cultural enough to keep the parents happy. And now, to really twist the knife, it’s got a new head-turning accessory: Ungasan Clifftop Resort. With seven individually designed villas each with their own particular appeal, the only problem is choosing a favourite. A sweeping, cliff-edge infinity pool might seal it for Villa Pawana, but how can you ignore the meditation platform at Villa Nora, or the over-water decking at Villa Jamadara? At every one of them, the scent of lush tropical gardens mixes with the ocean breeze, and the Indonesian flavours of the Selatan restaurant are never more than a few flip-flops away. Just ask for a private chef, butler or driver to explore the island – although with a white-sand cove and sparkling blue lagoon down at super-chilled Sundays Beach Club, some days you might happily decide to stay put. 

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