Overlooking Impossibles surf break this premium property offers a perfect base from which to explore The Bukit Peninsula, writes Karen Donald.
Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu is a leader in the hospitality industry, with its distinctive style and reputation for excellence. The hotel resides on a dramatically beautiful hill with a view of white sand beaches secluded by limestone cliffs that line the rugged coastline of the southern Bukit Peninsula.
The five-star hotel is well positioned close to Bali’s biggest attractions, best social hubs and most popular surf spots. Featuring 111 deluxe rooms complete with private balconies, plus 14 suites including a rooftop terrace, the resort boasts two restaurants, three bars, SpaESC, fitness centre and five event spaces hosting up to 240 guests. With stylish aesthetics, ocean views, poolside cabanas and romantic dinners for two, it caters to everyone’s needs.
Radisson Blu attracts a wide range of people from chic honeymooners to surfers, and although the resort is located next to advanced surf breaks such as Impossibles, the area is blessed with idyllic white sand beaches including Padang-Padang, where calm water is safe for families to swim and relax – plus the steps back to the road are a great cardio workout.
From the minute guests arrive at the newly opened Radisson Blu Uluwatu they are treated like royalty. Gorgeous rooms exceed expectations in every way, from their enormous size to the high-tech amenities and, of course, the fabulous levels of comfort, with 400 thread-count bed linen. Rooms are fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, beautiful walk-in showers with rain head, separate bathtub, coffee capsule machine, and attractive garden views.
Radisson Blu has some eco friendly features including open corridors outside the guest rooms that deliver delightful fresh air and sea breezes. Grey water is used for landscaping the pink bougainvillea flowers and palms in the gardens. Air conditioning goes off automatically when opening the French doors, revealing the sound of nature including songbirds in the distance.
To keep up with workout routines guests can go for a jog in the fully equipped fitness center, or join a twice-daily, free yoga session on the lawn. The large and inviting pool is always just the correct temperature with lots of access points, loungers, cabanas and sofas – well appointed for all-day sunshine and sunbathing too. Swim in silky smooth water and enjoy the calm atmosphere.
Radisson Blu’s two poolside bars allow holidaymakers to dip their toes in and relax with a drink in hand. Choka and Lucid Liquids offer ice-cold thirst quenchers and are convenient spots for fresh juices, herbal teas, traditional remedies, and cocktails. For visitors and locals alike, there’s no better way to cool off than sipping a chilled drink while relaxing by the pool.
When fully stress-free, there are plenty of options to fill up on fresh and flavoursome cuisine available throughout the resort. After all, it wouldn’t be a holiday without at least a little indulgence!
Artichoke is one of two on-site eateries serving delicious Indonesian-inspired meals and a selection of wines. It is home to Radisson Blu’s signature Super Breakfast where the barista-made coffee is spot on. In the evenings, Filini Italian Bar & Restaurant offers not only a fabulous contemporary Italian dining experience, but also an unbelievable setting under the Balinese moonlight. Plan a memorable outdoor evening to wine and dine in the ambient light of a stunning water-fire fountain on the gorgeous garden terrace.
The path to Impossibles Beach is situated right next to the hotel – only 10 minutes’ walk down several steps to a secluded sandy beach. It’s ideal for sunbathing, checking out hidden caves and exploring rock pools.
While the free shuttle ride transports surfers to Padang Padang, non-surfers can visit the 122-meter tall statue located in Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park or check out Uluwatu Temple, considered Bali’s shrine to the sea gods, situated high on a cliff with a commanding view of the ocean. After exploring the temple and watching a stunning sunset, guests can experience Bali’s most famous cultural performance, the Kecak fire dance.
Radisson Blu’s world-class Spa ESC and Fitness Centre is ideal for those looking for relaxation, pampering and fitness within the grounds. Boasting a modern Zen-like design, Spa ESC uses Babor beauty products for facial treatments, focusing on their natural and innovative, active ingredients. The spa features seven private treatment rooms including two express rooms for those on the go. The spa also has a fully equipped fitness centre with beauty salon, yoga room, and boutique. Try their 60-minute Blu Signature stress relieving massage, using a blend of local products including aromatic cempaka, frangipani and sandalwood oils.
Boasting warm hospitality and attentive staff, Radisson Blu is the perfect choice for visitors looking to take a break in peaceful surroundings–combined with a solid base from which to explore Uluwatu, and the Bukit Peninsula.