The Luxe List 2018: Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali

Elegant and airy, the villas—two of which are on the grandest of scales—pair tropical details such as muslin, rattan, and latticework with clean lines, ocean-facing bathtubs, and cool black slate.

Poolside at Bali’s Six Senses Uluwatu.

From an intimate tented camp in the green foothills of Bali to a converted 19th-century Jesuit retreat in Tamil Nadu, our editors and reviewers have roamed the Asia-Pacific region to bring together DestinAsian’s annual collection of the year’s top hotel openings. Read on to discover which new properties stood out from the rest in terms of service, setting, amenities, and a singular sense of style.

Water, water everywhere—Indonesia’s first Six Senses resort sits high above the Indian Ocean on the southern coast of Bali, its sloping cliff-top site cascading down to a spectacular infinity pool. Sharing the views are 38 suites and 63 villas, many with private pools of their own. Elegant and airy, the villas—two of which are on the grandest of scales—pair tropical details such as muslin, rattan, and latticework with clean lines, ocean-facing bathtubs, and cool black slate.

Local touches abound, from an outstanding cocktail influenced by jamu herbal medicine to the curated in-villa Indonesia reading list. Likewise, sustainability efforts span everything from water purification to an organic permaculture-style garden. A pair of restaurants—Nikkei-influenced Crudo and Indonesian-international Rocka—serve up dishes sometimes based on homegrown produce: Rocka’s binte biluhuta, a tangy seafood soup from Sulawesi, is not to be missed, while sambal prepared at the table adds a lovely touch of theater.

The wellness program combines Balinese signatures with a degree of rigor that can extend to blood pressure checks, while an open-air cinema adds magic. Butlers—here dubbed “guest experience makers”—come as standard, ensuring Six Senses’ place on the top rung of Uluwatu’s luxe resort scene.

62-361/209-0300; sixsenses.com; doubles from US$489.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali”).

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