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Disappointment at the Anantara Uluwatu in Bali

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Perched on the secluded southern coast of Bali, the Anantara Uluwatu boasts stunning views over the rugged cliffside.

Unfortunately, apart from the views, the Anantara failed to impress us.

We stayed at the Anantara at the end of our Bali trip as a luxurious treat. To be completely honest, we had wanted to stay at the Alila but unfortunately, it was fully booked - so we decided the Anantara was the next best thing. Unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations at all. The Anantara is marketed as a 5-star hotel, with a price tag to match, but in all honesty, it felt more like a 3-star. Even without taking into account the cost of the hotel, compared to everywhere else we stayed in Bali this was by far the worst.

For a relatively new hotel (5 years old), it felt extremely dated and poorly maintained. The hotel had been designed in a way that has not taken into account the local area or weather and this showed throughout the hotel. In many parts of the hotel, there was huge areas of rust, damp and peeling paint, additionally, the use of marble whilst very pretty, was not at all functional, meaning the stairs (there's a lot of them) become very slippery when it rains.

The only redeeming feature of the hotel was the gorgeous views and the photogenic pool.

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THE ROOMS

The rooms were a fantastic size, very spacious with a large comfy bed, a large sofa area and (private) balcony with an outside bath. However, the private balconies actually look over the main pool, and offer very little privacy at all.  Luckily our room was relatively high, so we had a bit more privacy than some of the other rooms. Had we paid for a room with a private pool, I would have been extremely disappointed as they were completely open for everyone to see in.

The rooms unfortunately echoed the disappointing features of the rest of the hotel. The balcony was covered in rust, with peeling paint, an unpleasant damp smell that lingered throughout our stay, and many parts of the room were dusty. The bathroom drain was not working properly so the floor flooded every time we took a shower. Finally, there was a gap between the outside door and the floor, so when it rained water leaked into the room as well.

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THE FOOD

Admittedly we didn't eat much in the hotel, partly because we were so unimpressed with the hotel in general and mainly because we wanted to explore the surrounding area more.

The breakfast was served in the restaurant upstairs, which was uninspiring with no atmosphere whatsoever inside - although if you sat outside the view of the ocean was quite nice. It lacked any real finishings, and had peeling paintwork and cracks throughout. The food was fine, but nothing to write home about.

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OVERALL

Overall, every part of this hotel was overpriced - from the rooms, to the food and transportation. It was certainly not worth the $400+ a night cost. The photos on their site are not at all reflective of the current state of the hotel. I certainly won't be rushing back and would urge you to look at the other accommodation in Uluwatu. We visited the Alila which was absolutely stunning and incredibly welcoming and although it is older than the Anantara it looked brand new.
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