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ULUWATU INDULGENCE : The Ungasan Clifftop Resort

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Are you on Instagram and follow the bazillions of Bali bloggers taking pictures in paradise. Well if you are, I am sure you have seen the amazing shots, all with hash tags like #uluwatu #bluepoint #sulubanbeach #singlefin, etc, etc, and wished that it was you there on the cliff tops looking out at that big blue ocean holding a coconut in your hand. Uluwatu –  it truly is a magical spot, situated at the southernmost tip of south Bali and filled with the most picturesque luxury villas and resorts, nearly all of them sitting on the towering limestone cliffs facing the glistening waters of the Indian ocean.

With most of the islands 5 star property’s all situated in this region – the choice of which property to stay at can sometimes be hard. Let the Snobs step in and help you out here – just recently we decided a mini vacay to Uluwatu was in order – and (like you) had seen so many beautiful pictures, but liked what we saw of The Ungasan on Instagram and promptly decided this is where we wanted to be.

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Bags packed, blue bird taxi booked we were quietly excited to be heading to the Ungasan to see for ourselves this stunning picturesque place.

Pulling up to the entrance of this extremely impressive property, we were greeted by the gorgeous staff all welcoming us to the Ungasan – walking through to the reception area – it is then that you are overwhelmed by the beauty of this villa style resort. Nothing but green grass stretches out in front of you, then disappears down the cliff face and than you are greeted with the panoramic view of the big blue of the ocean.

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The Ungasan offers 7 unique villas, all architecturally designed tropical style and all overlooking the ocean. 5 of the villas can sleep up to 10 guests. We stayed in Villa Chintamani, which can sleep up to 14 guests – all bedrooms have a private plunge pool, bale and garden decking and a humungous but romantic master bedroom, a gorgeous bathroom with a bathtub big enough to swim in. The beauty of this property is even though Villa Chintamani offers 7 completely private bedrooms all separated by lush tropical gardens, it can be booked as a 1 bedroom, meaning you get to stay in a lux villa compound but only have to book 1 of the bedrooms. Brilliant! Villa Chintamani like the other 7 villas sits on the cliff top and faces the ocean – with a super long beautiful infinity pool which can be used by the other guests staying in Chintamani, dreamy comfy day beds, a million dollar view, and a butler to take care of your every need – you will have to pinch yourself to make sure you are not actually dreaming.

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Chintamani offers plenty,  boasting 24 hour room service, nanny service (need to book) private butler, full bar service, private chef (upon request) car and driver, Wi-Fi, garden and cliff edge bale’s. The luxury is really laid on, I found it so easy to do absolutely nothing but take in the beauty that surrounded this gorgeous Balinese compound.

The Ungasan offers everything you can imagine – so you might think about leaving to explore the area … but with everything there at your fingertips, or the butler’s fingertips, I doubt you will want to leave.

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Sundays Beach Club is a 3 minutes breathtaking inclinator ride down the cliff face and provides a stunning beach on par with anything I have seen anywhere in the world. White sand, crystal clear blue waters, cocktails, day beds, bean bags, a fantastic food menu, smiling staff to look after you, paddle boards, it literally has everything – and if you get bored of sitting around your private pool – well this makes an exciting and fun change. Even though Sunday’s is open to everyone, Resort guests get priority over day-trippers, which is fantastic.

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Sunsets here are spectacular as you literally have a front row seat to the nightly show – whether you decide to take it in from Sundays beach club or your villa – be assured – this is a must do for every evening you spend at the Ungasan.

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Dinner at Selatun is a great experience; this beautiful restaurant sits at the top of the cliff taking in the spectacular view. The chef does a great job with western and of course local cuisine and I can assure you the cocktails are shaken to perfection.

With a tennis court, putting green, spa, and restaurant – this place is pure perfection. Everything is there for you and if its not – speak to Indra, the ever helpful Guest Services Manager – he can make magic happen.

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Looking to spoil yourself at a Lust after cliff top resort (of course your are) Us snobs can highly upon highly recommend The Ungasan for that special sweet getaway and there is no better time to book as at Nov / Dec 2016 The Ungasan are celebrating their 5th birthday and offering 35% off all bookings when placed directly thru them.

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Get on it guys – this place is pure paradise.

 

Reservations at The Ungasan

reservations@theungasan.com
+62 811 833 1320

 

 

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Beach Club Beauty : Karma

 

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Waking up everyday in paradise is indeed a blessing – so much to see, so much to do, so much to eat, so much to (dare I say) drink. That is the beauty of Bali – every day is an adventure and you are never ever stuck for things to do, see, experience or explore.

Today we decided to take the windey road that leads to Uluwatu and spend a day at Karma Beach Club – I mean lets face it, who wouldn’t want to spend the day laying on sun loungers, soaking up the sun and watching those waves barrel in.

The drive there can sometimes be a pain in the butt, however once you arrive – it is worth every bit of it.

Positioned on what is known as the Bukit Peninsula, Karma Kandra also offers luxury cliff top villa accommodation, but the beach club is open to all – best you book a day bed in advance – especially in the high season. Be sure to join the Karma Club before you go – as you get (i think) 20% off all food and beverage when you visit – hello = thank you karma.

When you arrive you will be literally awestruck by the view that greets you! Situated on a cliff overlooking the spectacular Indian Ocean– you will no doubt be wondering how in the hell you are going to get down to the beach – don’t freak out, there are not 10,00o steps to tire you out,  but an inclinator that travels down the face of the cliff providing an awe-inspiring ride and stunning views of the ocean and the limestone cliffs that surround this impressive region. Get your camera out !!!

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Karma Beach is truly breathtaking, we can see why it was named one of the Worlds 50 best beach bars by CNN Travel – private and tucked away from everything – you feel like you have arrived at your own beachside oasis.

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The gorgeous staff will show you to your sun loungers, each with a beach towel and shaded by large umbrella’s, they will bring you a menu and the all important cocktail list – and from there your day will only get better.

The ocean is so blue – you will want to dive on in straight away – but please note – the waves and current here can be risky, and the rocks in some parts of this beach can be slippery and sharp – so be sure to maneuver you way thru safely. Or do what we do – bring those ugly reef walker shoes – not very flattering – but you will thank me later.

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The large open air, thatched roof beach hut style restaurant provides a tasty and generous asian & Mediterranean themed menu, and trust me the chefs here do it well. Pizzas, Pastas, Seafood, Sushi and Sashimi – there is so much on this menu that we wanted to try. We went for the seafood paella, which was scrumptious, the prawns fresh, large and delicious and the greek salad perfect.

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It wouldn’t be a day out if we didn’t participate in a few cocktails – and like their food menu there is so lots too chose from – and the barman didn’t disappoint, the frozen ginger martini, the karma spritz and the all time favourite espresso martinis are all to made to perfection.

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Lay back for the rest of the afternoon, perhaps get a massage under the shaded bales, or if the tide is out wander further up the beach and take in the beauty of this part of the island, if you have young children with you,  the Three Monkeys Kids Club will be happy to help, leaving you to enjoy some quiet time, or cocktail time.

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Don’t want to leave ? You can continue well into the evening, with dinner served on the beach (tide permitting) or dine at Di Mare their stunning restaurant at the top of the cliff overlooking their pool and views out onto the indian ocean – be sure to try their vanilla martini !

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And……there is always the luxe Karma Villas if your driver got tired of waiting for you and you need somewhere amazing to stay.

The Karma Group are currently expanding – and offering luxury accommodation and beach clubs at exotic locations all over the world. If your travelling further than bali – be sure to look out for them.

Everything – and I mean everything about Karma Beach Club is quite simply Magical – The sand is golden and the ocean is blue – this is your Karma – sit back and enjoy your day.

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Snob notes :

situated approx 45 minutes drive from seminyak

Entrance fee: IDR 350,000 including IDR 150.000 Food and Beverage credit.