Thursday, January 6, 2011
WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO: Bali, part 4, Bulgari
BALINESE STYLE LUXURY AT LAND'S END
Bulgari Resort gives a dramatic impression. It has a wonderful location in Uluwatu, with a stunning reception area made from hand-hewn exotic stone. And the sunsets are spectacular.
A village theme prevails at the resort, with 59 villas between 300 and 500 sqm in size combining indoor bedroom, (huge) bathroom and closet area, and outdoor living space with infinity edge plunge pools. Interiors are rich, dark mahogany, very elegant.
But beware of the monkeys! They can be very cheeky, indeed the resort changed the fridges (located in the outdoor living area) because they could actually open the original models!
Bulgari is a good choice for young, affluent Europeans who set store by indigenous culture. Set apart by its design and interiors, Bulgari is very evidently Bali. Another plus is that it has a private beach club, reached via funicular. It is not possible to swim in the sea, but this is still a lovely spot for lunch and sunbathing and should be experienced.
Fine dining at the Italian restaurant is excellent, in a very stylish and romantic setting. Indonesian cuisine also available at Sangkar, which we preferred to in-villa food.
At night the resort looks stunning, with hundreds of hurricane lamps twinkling, adding to the sense of tranquillity and romance.
Special mention must go to the Spa, which is an antique Joglo house (transported piece by piece from central Java) and commanding views overlooking the Indian Ocean. Would recommend pre-booking.
Main pool Bulgari