Located on a private island, Misool is an exclusive dive resort and conservation centre. It's the ultimate tropical holiday hideaway.
Our clifftop home has been inspired by our multicultural family and the wealth of traditions and craftsmen from Bali and Java.
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
In case of official travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, guests can cancel free of charge to receive a full refund.
Stunning eight villa suites over 5500 sq meters, infinity pool with the most spectacular view over the Indian ocean.
Twenty staff in residence 24/7, including a professional host, private chef, driver, mixologist and 24-hour security.
The family's local connections are second to none. You are in for a treat!
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.
The estate is made up of 8 independent villas and rooms plus a large living and dining room, a bar, a large professional kitchen, a multi-media lounge, a gym and a spa. The total built up number is 1,800 sqm on 5,500 sqm of land. But the buildings are across the entire land so the 5,500 sqm pretty much constitutes the entire living space as the pool and landscape surroundings are configured within the 5,500 sqm.
The estate can be divided into two parts — the original four-bedroom residence and a new compound behind that was designed later. At the front of the property overlooking the ocean is the infinity pool and behind that the main living/dining area and bar. Two suites on either side mirror one another, with a well-equipped gym on one side and a multi-media room on the other.
A garden leads from the dining area and past a kitchen on your left before you arrive at the newer compound’s four suites. These are my favourites and all unique, with local stone used in their design and carefully selected pieces of decor. In addition to the spa, there’s also a self-contained apartment at the back of the property where my concierge or guests’ staff members can stay.
The accommodation is as follows:
4 Independent Villas (75 m2 to 135 m2): The villas each come with a king-size bed, indoor and outdoor bathrooms with a rain shower and bathtub and a private garden. The villas are located in the upper terraced gardens.
2 Master Suites (78 m2): The Master Suites come with a king-size bed and indoor and outdoor bathrooms with rain shower and bathtub. They are located in the main estate gardens, closest to the Indian Ocean.
2 Family Suites (45 m2): The Family Suites come with a twin or king-size bed and indoor and outdoor bathrooms with rain shower. They are located in the main estate gardens, next to the Master Suites.
A stay at Uluwatu Retreat includes all you need for an incredible stay — a private concierge, an estate manager, 20 staff and an exceptionally artistic chef. He is able to do everything from degustation menus to local cuisine and when we’re at full capacity, he has a team of six that he can call on. Our bartender is full of personality and also very creative, mixing unique drinks for guests based on their preferred tastes.
There’s a gym with high-tech equipment and a spa offering massages, manicures/pedicures, facials and acupuncture, as well as yoga classes, boxing and personal training. We can also organise Balinese cleansing rituals and authentic traditional performances featuring the personal dance troupe and orchestra of the “Denpasar King”. In the past, we’ve had rock bands, magicians, fireworks — almost anything is possible!
Laundry is included in the rates (and is all done on-site) and the estate is staffed 24/7 by a team of 20. They are at the heart of the operation and will go above and beyond to meet guests’ needs and requests.
Guests have exclusive use of:
There is also 24/7 service from our twenty staff. Our loyal and trusted staff have been with the family for many years. The drivers will dutifully look after teenagers who may be at clubs till the early morning hours. Our resident host/concierge can organise all VIP required services, police escorts to avoid traffic if called for, bookings of VIP tables at beach clubs and other venues. The family's local connections are second to none.
Of course, there is always the option of doing absolutely nothing and lazing by the pool with your book. And having a massage, overlooking the lapping waves ahead. But if you do want to venture out, there is so much to see and do:
We can arrange for you to visit colourful Hindu temples, go diving and spearfishing at Nusa Lembongan, discover secret beaches with crystal clear snorkeling, take to the waves and surf Bali’s famous beaches, jump into the blue with Mario’s colourful paragliding team, discover the hidden trails up and down the cliffs, explore the local markets or shop till you drop in the myriad of artisan, antique, boho crazy world of Bali shopping.
Bali is also Indonesia’s surfing mecca, with Uluwatu its most famous, and host to world-class surfing waves and World Tour surfing competitions. The steep cliffs of the Bukit also provide the perfect take-off point for Paragliding. You can go fishing with glass-bottom boats or for more serious spearfishing in the Nusa Lembongan area – a small island off the southeast coast.
There are various golf courses within a short drive, you can also play tennis or go horseback riding along Nyang Nyang Beach, directly below the Estate.
One of the oldest temples in Bali is just around the corner, dating from the 11th century. It is perched high on the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Every evening at sunset the temple stages a traditional Kecak fire dance overlooking the ocean. The ancient story of the Ramayana is recreated with hundreds of Balinese dancers in wonderful costumes and Hanoman, the white monkey joining the crowd for selfies.
Other places to visit include Ubud, the artistic and holistic centre of Bali, the Bali Safari Marine Park with more than 100 species of animals including the endangered Komodo dragon and Orang Utan, the Bali Elephant Park, a dedicated elephant rescue reserve set in 3.5 hectares with herds of more than 30 Sumatran elephants or the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
And if you just want to stay at the estate, if you must there is so much to keep you busy as well:
Uluwatu Retreat is on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern tip of Bali, which is where the cleanest and most unspoiled beaches in Bali can be found. It’s in an area that’s famed for its surf and attracts a more refined clientele than the highly-developed Kuta-Seminyak area. We’re near the beach that featured in the Julia Roberts film “Eat, Pray, Love”, as well as the Uluwatu Temple, an incredible 13th-century temple that rises atop a cliff. In around 30 minutes, you can be at Ngurah Rai International Airport or in the heart of Denpasar.
The closest beach is Nyang Nyang beach which is a 7-minute walk away and overlooked by the estate. The beautiful soft sands and rolling waves of Nyang Nyang are only accessible by foot. However, it is a beautiful walk from the estate, down steep steps through junglelike terrain, past tiny shrines and greenery, arriving on a deserted, golden sandy beach. Reefs, shells, a few excellent surfers and rolling waves crashing onto the beach. You need to watch out for the tide. And then there are many other incredibly beautiful beaches within a 10-15 minutes drive away.
The best time to visit is during the Southern Hemisphere winter from late May to October, which is when Bali isn’t quite so hot. The peak season, however, is at the hottest time of the year over the Christmas/New Year holidays. This used to coincide with the monsoon months of December and January. But this has changed in recent years and now you’re more likely to experience some rainfall followed by clear skies if you visit during this period.
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