Renaissance Bali Uluwatu is a beautiful luxury resort located in an area of Bali where you will find some of Bali’s best beaches and laid-back vibes. Although it’s location is a little bit isolated, that’s also part of its charm with jungle surrounding you and ocean views in the distance. It seemed really popular amongst young families and young couples, with some great facilities on-site and access to transport for further venturing. Here is our Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa review.
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First Impressions Of Renaissance Bali Uluwatu
When you walk into the open-air lobby at Renaissance Bali Uluwatu, the first thing we felt was a beautiful breeze channelling through. You can look out over the pool area, jungle and see the ocean in the distance. The check-in process was easy and we loved the touch of the mini ice-block and cold towel. To get to our room they took us in a lift, then a golf buggy ride to our room. It made the resort feel huge, but in the coming days, we realised it was actually a nice size and still easy to get around. The first thing we noticed about our room was the generous size and how tranquil it felt looking out to the jungle.
Location, Location, Location
Uluwatu is a popular destination for surfing, some of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, and gorgeous cliff-top scenery. Uluwatu itself is quite spread out as a destination, so it can be difficult to get around if you don’t have your own transport. Renaissance Bali is also in a fairly isolated location, so it’s important to know that you won’t walk outside the hotel and have a plethora of restaurants and shops on your doorstep. Having said that, part of its charm is that it is surrounded by lush jungle which makes it easy to relax, yet it’s still possible to have an active holiday if that’s what you wish.
If you have your own transport then Renaissance Bali is in a fantastic location, with the closest beach being Balangan Beach. If you don’t have your own transport, the hotel can also organise a taxi or transport for you, which you will need to get to most restaurants, beaches and sights.
Another perk of the hotel is their beach club Roosterfish at Pandawa Beach. You can take their free shuttle bus which runs hourly between the hotel and Roosterfish, which is about 20 minutes away.
We stayed in a Junior Suite room which was located in the lower building. We loved the location of our room, which felt really private and tranquil near the jungle and lower pool. To get to the main pool and restaurants we could either get two lifts or a golf buggy.
We loved the size of the room with a king-sized bed and our balcony with table and chairs looking out towards the jungle. The bathroom was huge with a beautiful egg-shaped bathtub with a large glass window looking out to the jungle. There was also a large overhead shower and hand-held shower as well as his and her vanity areas. We loved the wooden ladder towel rack, which also easily accommodated your swimmers and felt really natural.
The Junior Suite came with a kitchen bench area complete with minibar fridge, coffee machine, sink and glassware. It also had two beautiful wooden stools to sit at the bench.
Beyond The Room
As mentioned, when we first arrived the resort felt massive, but actually, by the end of our stay, we realised it wasn’t as big as we first thought. There are a few buildings that you can get between by golf buggy service or walking and lifts.
There are two pools, the upper pool and the lower pool. The upper pool is the main pool and the largest of the two. It has an infinity-edge and ocean views. The upper pool is located right in front of Clay Craft, the restaurant where breakfast is served, and Double Ikat, their Indonesian restaurant. We loved that Clay Craft make their own plates and cups on-site, and you can have a look at the area they do this here too. If you’re lucky, you will be staying during a time you can actually do a little pottery class here too. Breakfast at Clay Craft was delicious, with a range of premade options and also some customised options you could ask for like avocado toast with poached eggs or smoothies.
The lower pool is located in front of the lowest building and has beautiful jungle views. It feels much more private and is the quiet, tranquil pool of the two. There is also a bar by the pool here too, and it’s next to the Renaissance Bali Uluwatu wedding venue.
We definitely recommend getting the golf buggy service between the upper and lower areas a few times because most of the greenery and gardens are along this route, as well as the temple. But because of the location of the resort, you will definitely still feel the jungle all around you, so that is a nice touch.
There are also bicycles to hire on-site, which you can actually use for two hours for free, once during your stay. We decided to use the bicycles to head to Mira’s Warung for lunch one day, which worked great. Afterwards, we then decided to ride downhill towards Balangan beach, but we turned back after a few minutes as it goes downhill quite steeply so we wanted to make sure we could make it back up! We definitely love that you can hire bicycles at the resort, but there are probably limitations in where you can actually ride them.
You will also find Renaissance Bali Spa and gym on-site, although we didn’t get a chance to try these out.
Roosterfish Beach Club
Although Renaissance Bali Uluwatu is not located by the beach, you can get a 20-minute free hourly shuttle to their beach club at Pandawa Beach, Roosterfish. We really enjoyed our afternoon here, lounging by the pool, enjoying some drinks and going for a swim. They have a swim-up pool bar which was the perfect place to enjoy a fresh young coconut. They also have a restaurant here and they are located right at the beach, so you can walk outside onto the sand and swim in the beach if you wish. A great addition to Renaissance Bali Uluwatu.
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Breakfast At Clay Craft
Golf Buggy Transport Around The Resort
Hotel: Renaissance Bali Uluwatu
Room Type: Junior Suite
Room Number: 6310
Location: Jalan Pantai Balangan 1, No 1, Ungasan, Uluwatu, Bali
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Our stay was courtesy of Renaissance Bali Uluwatu, but our experience and what we share with you is 100% Mandy + Chris
Wow, was looking for a spot to stay on my 5th trip to Bali, I think I found it, thanks for your information, loved your article.
Hi Grahame thanks for your comment :) So happy you loved the article and information. Have a great 5th trip to Bali!
Hi Mandy & Chris
If we wish to dine out how far are the restaurants from this hotel and are they easy to get to by scooter.
Which area of Uluwatu has the most shops and restaurants
Hi Helen thanks so much :) You can reach many restaurants and shops within 10-20 mins from Renaissance by scooter, taxi or private driver. One of the main areas for shops and restaurants is Jalan Labuan Sait. Hope this helps and have a great trip!