TEXT: Sari Kusumaningrum; PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Renaissance Bali and Roosterfish Beach Club; ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: Sari Kusumaningrum.
Renaissance Hotels, the brand synonymous with helping the next generation of travellers discover unexpected experiences, opened its first hotel in Indonesia on the beautiful island of Bali. Owned by PT. Alam Bali International, Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa is set to be the ultimate retreat for guests looking to embrace a holistic lifestyle experience from rejuvenation to play.
The hotel is in the area of Bukit, a large limestone peninsula Uluwatu known for its famous surf beaches, and the locale’s iconic Uluwatu Temple. The area is also known for one of the best sunset experiences in Asia with its magnificent cliffs. The name Uluwatu comes from Ulu meaning “Lands end” and Watu meaning “Rock”.
The Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa’s 207 rooms and suites feature locally inspired art, natural wood and earth tones with oversized chic bathrooms that include freestanding tubs. All rooms have balconies overlooking either the ocean or the lush lands of the Bukit (hill). Guests will love the main infinity pool with views over the ocean and Balinese coastline, the saltwater pool and a separate pool for the little ones.
The roof design of the resort can be seen for miles and is inspired by the leatherback turtle that has come to nest on the Bukit for centuries. The design allows the sea breeze off the Indian Ocean to flow seamlessly through the lobby and all areas of the resort. The lobby features a rugged rock wall which signifies the windswept limestone cliffs of the peninsula and seating representing the famous tiered rice paddies of Bali. Views from the lobby are dream-worthy, a discovery upon entry.
Culinary venues at Renaissance Bali Uluwatu are set to become dining destinations. Clay Craft Restaurant, slated to be the ultimate breakfast experience with pottery studio in Bali with views over the pool deck and the Indian Ocean, buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The adjoining PoolBar is the perfect place to grab a drink and enjoy one of the multiple pools overlooking the ocean. Locals and guests alike have the perfect place to unwind in R Bar - located in the hotel’s lobby with some of Bali’s best views including sunsets, a chic and energetic evening gathering place that offers live music, high tea, a variety of canapés, cocktails, craft beers and fresh juices. Double Ikat Restaurant offers delicious authentic Indonesian cuisine and is served in a chic and inviting interior with a sheer room divider from Double Ikat with two private dining rooms and an outdoor dining area.
Additionally, the hotel also manages Roosterfish Beach Club, located near the hotel. Guests can access the beach club by complimentary shuttle. Touted as Bali’s most playful beach club, it features large beachside pools, a restaurant and a bar with fun cocktails.
For guests looking to rejuvenate, the hotel’s Spa will offer eleven treatment rooms and a number of private relaxation areas. The Spa will specialize in combining local treatments and ingredients while delivering state of the art skilled therapists. The hotel's fitness centre overlooks the island of Bali with floor to ceiling windows.
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa features meeting and event facilities slated to be the largest on Bali’s Southern Peninsula with outdoor spaces including the Uluwatu Deck; an impressive venue overlooking the coastline of Bali where Discoverer can meet or party under the stars. The Ballroom size of 680 sqm can accommodate 500 seated; Ren Meetings showcasing locally inspired breaks, creative room setups, private excursions and events will all be delivered by a dedicated team.