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How would you describe Uluwatu Retreat in a nutshell?
Uluwatu Retreat perches on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, surrounded by the surf beaches of the Bukit Peninsula. Once a tea estate, it’s in an area of Bali that’s quite secluded and well away from the noise of the island’s more developed tourist resorts. The staff at the estate have been with us for years and their exceptional service is a special part of the experience.
What’s the story behind Uluwatu Retreat, how did it all start?
We first came across the property in 2002 and thought it was rare to find such a large piece of land (5000 square metres) in such a spectacular location. But we took our time to build, starting with a four-bedroom family home that gradually expanded. Eventually, it became a mini-resort and we decided to rent it out when we weren’t using it.
How would you describe the architecture and atmosphere of Uluwatu Retreat?
The architect of Uluwatu Retreat is a friend of ours and worked on other properties we have in Singapore, Switzerland and London. They have a great eye and could see what it was we wanted to create. I’d describe the architecture as modern and chic while incorporating local traditions and materials sourced throughout Indonesia. We have marble from Borneo and teak from Java, as well as some international designer elements that you can’t find in the archipelago. When I travel, I look carefully at the architecture and furnishings, so finding bespoke and personal details was important. That being said, the atmosphere is still casual and comfortable.
To you personally, what is so special about Uluwatu Retreat?
The view alone! There is really nothing like it in the world and I miss it when I’m not there. It’s also incredibly serene and peaceful, with everything you need for a memorable holiday. You can forget the world or you can stay connected to work thanks to the high-speed internet.
Is Uluwatu Retreat good for families?
It’s perfect for everyone, particularly multi-generational families. We have high chairs and everything you need to accommodate young and old.