Indonesia’s first Radisson Blu resort offers a relaxing stay with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and winding trails to white-sand beaches.
Fresh from its first anniversary celebrations in July, Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu now attracts well-heeled guests to its luxurious grounds. Perched on a cliff-top in Bali’s southern peninsula, the five-star resort celebrates native craftsmanship via its design. Paying homage to Tenganan Village, it features guest rooms and social spaces inspired by traditional Balinese homes, with interiors that follow the ornate patterns of the Indonesian island’s Lontar manuscripts. Clad in earthy tones, wooden detailing, and blue accents, the property blends beautifully with its surrounds of golden beaches, volcanic mountains, and coral reefs.
Divided into eight pavilions, the resort offers 111 deluxe rooms, which come with private balconies on upper floors and sundecks on the lower floors. Meanwhile, 14 junior suites feature rooftop terraces that boast splendid ocean view, the pool, or both in full panorama. I stayed in the deluxe panoramic view room, which had a high gabled ceiling to create a spacious feel. The interiors, embellished with ornate patterns, is a wonderful backdrop for high-tech amenities, artisan coffee facilities, as well as a comfortable bed featuring 400 thread-count cotton bedding. Finally, a thoughtfully-placed lavender scented pillow mist encourages a good night’s rest.
Home to two signature restaurants and three bars, the resort offers plenty for gourmands. Artichoke, the all-day dining restaurant and home of Radisson Blu’s signature Super Breakfast, serves cuisine with local and global flavors. For starters, enjoy the tuna tataki or chicken quesadilla, before digging into the hearty Moroccan lamb kofta. For surf-inspired bites and thirst-quenchers, head to poolside dining concept Choka. As the night falls, make a beeline for Italian restaurant Fillini—the perfect spot for home-style pasta dishes such as the arancini and pappardelle.
Located near the pool, Spa Esc offers spa treatments using natural ingredients sourced locally. I recommend the 60-minute Blu Signature Massage, which helped to relieve muscle tension and increase blood circulation. Altogether, a great pre-flight treat. Other wellness facilities for those seeking rejuvenation, include a yoga room, gym, a beauty salon, as well as a relaxation room.
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