Review: Anantara Uluwatu Bali (Ocean Front Suite)

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Nightly rateIDR 4.6m nett (S$434)
Nightly rate (after BRG)IDR 1.3m nett (S$121)
Length of stay1 night
Date of stayAugust 2021
Membership levelTitanium

What benefits to expect when you stay at Anantara Uluwatu Bali as a GHA Discovery Titanium member?

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort opened in 2012 with a total of 75 rooms.

Location

The hotel is located in Uluwatu.

  • 15 mins drive to Uluwatu Temple
  • 35 mins drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
  • 1 hr 25 mins drive to Ubud Town
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Arrival

A few days before my stay, the hotel had wrongfully denied Black member benefits as my booking included a Best Rate Guarantee discount. It took a few emails to the BRG team to get it sorted out. Always frustrating to have to fight for your loyalty benefits.

Upon arrival, we had our temperatures taken and were assisted with our luggages before being directed to the reception. There is a two-storey flight of stairs to get to the lobby. There are also ramps (beside the stairs) for wheelchair access.

I had booked the base room (Ocean View Suite) and was upgraded to the Ocean Front Suite as a GHA Discovery Black member.

Stairs to the lobby
View of the drop-off area from the lobby
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Lobby
Stairs to the lobby from other parts of the resort
Corridor
Welcome letter

The suite (Ocean Front Suite)

Room 533 is 84sqm / 904sqft in size. This suite is of the same size as the entry-level Ocean View Suite but offers a much better view of the ocean, as the name suggests. Although, I was unlucky to have bad weather for most of my stay.

Bathroom amenities were very weak. The unbranded shampoo and bath gel smelt so bad (sour) that it lingered in my nose for hours!

Privacy between the Ocean Front Suites were poor. Guests from neighbouring suites could see directly into mine and I could look into theirs.

Here’s a quick video tour posted on our Instagram page:

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Living area and bed
Storage area and television
Reversed angle of the suite
GHA Black welcome amenity
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Beverage area
Bathroom
Bathroom amenities
Unbranded soaps
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Unbranded soaps
Shower area
Tub at the balcony
View from the balcony
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The balcony (and neighbouring suite)
The balcony (and neighbouring suite)

Sunset cocktail

Complimentary cocktail voucher for 2 drinks
Botol Biru Bar
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View from the bar
Drinks menu
Our picks

Breakfast

Unlike other, more rewarding hotel loyalty programs, GHA Discovery‘s top-tier members are not automatically entitled to complimentary breakfast. However, the rate that I booked had breakfast included.

Breakfast was served as à la carte buffet at 360 Rooftop restaurant from 7am to 11am. The restaurant offers a fantastic view of the ocean.

The hot food quality was good but pastries were cold and stale.

I had ordered an Americano but was given a Cappuccino instead. It’s perfectly acceptable to make human errors like that but when pointed out, the staff insisted that it was an Americano. I found it strange that an F&B staff couldn’t differentiate between the two types of coffee.

Indoor area
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Outdoor area
View from our table
Our picks

Here’s the breakfast menu:

360-BREAKFAST-MENU

Other facilities

Main pool
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Ocean Front Suites to the left
View from the main pool
Pool chairs near the main pool
Stairs to main pool and lower grounds
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Gym
Chapel
Chapel
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Ratings

Breakfast8/10
Service7/10
Location9/10
Room
(hardware & cleanliness)
5/10
View
(from the room)
10/10
Peace & privacy7/10
Facilities9/10
Elite member recognition5/10
Value7/10

Bottom line

Other than the beautiful ocean view, this property was a disappointment. I was lucky to have gotten a huge discount with the Best Rate Guarantee. There is absolutely no way a night in this property is worth the pre-pandemic rate upwards of US$300.

2 thoughts on “Review: Anantara Uluwatu Bali (Ocean Front Suite)”

  1. hi do you mind share with me. when you get Best Rate Guarantee discount. which website do you compare with. btw thankyou for the review is great as always ^^

    Reply
    • Hi Raymond, I compare with as many websites as possible. Most of them were matched against popular third party websites.

      Reply

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