Bulgari Resort Bali is located in one of the most exclusive destinations in the world.
A veritable emblem of the tropical exoticism of the Orient, combining the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled nature of Bali beach resorts with a sophisticated contemporary design born from the encounter between traditional Balinese forms and high Italian style.
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The Bulgari Resort is located near the village of Pecatu and the stunning cliff-top site of the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, on the island’s far southwestern tip. The Jimbaran Bay and the international airport lie approximately 20 kilometres north of the resort while Kuta, the touristy heart of Bali, is a 40 minute-drive. Uniquely positioned at more than 150 metres above the sea shore, the resort offers unrivalled views across the Indian Ocean. Nestled between the cliff and the ocean, a 1.5 kilometre long beach is accessible only through the resort’s inclined elevator.
The Bulgari Resort Bali is comprised of 59 villas including three 2-bedroom Villas and one Bulgari Villa as well as five Mansions ranging from three to five bedrooms. All accommodations offer a plunge pool and patio with secluded tropical garden, high technology features and an extensive range of amenities.
Designed by architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, the resort reflects a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Balinese design while conveying the distinctive Bulgari Italian style. The layout and overall design also incorporates the culture and natural elements of the location. The hotel has been built and furnished using hand-cut volcanic stones, rich exotic woods and refined fabrics. Natural lava and palimanan stone are used for the garden and interior walls, refined bangkiray hardwood in the villas, natural green-colored sukabumi stone to clad outdoor showers, plunge and swimming pools. A collection of exquisite Balinese antiques and exotic art pieces, including more than 90 examples, adorn the entire resort. Furniture and decorative details, such as stemware, flatware, ceramics and woven fabrics, were designed and produced in Bali by a team of local artists and designers in collaboration with the resort’s architects, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners.& Design:
The Bulgari Resort project has been carried out by reflecting the local building techniques with the construction yard located around a sawmill expressly created on site and stone work done by hand locally. The hotel has been built to fully respect the environment.
A contemporary design and international style is revealed by the fittings of the villa rooms and public spaces. The bedrooms and bathrooms in each villa, the restaurant and some pavilions have doors and windows made of mahogany and glass featuring sheer Western design, though the materials are indigenous and locally hand-crafted.
Just one material and a single colour shade have generally been used for the structures, fittings, floors, and details which are made of bangkiray, a tawny type of mahogany wood from Java - the domineering colour note in the resort. Solid mahogany wood has also been employed in its darkest hue - almost black - for the artifacts which have expressly been made for the place.
All the guestrooms in the retreat are villas totalling 55 units, each including two equally large spaces, one for the bedroom, and the other for the bathroom - very large - with black Terrazzo flooring, a bathtub and two showers, one located inside, the other one in the garden. The bathroom also includes a desk and an armchair placed in a sort of a “living room” created by means of glass panels and surrounded by a walled garden.
Curtains surround the bedroom, entirely enclosed with glass. The open-air living room, between the private garden and the small swimming pool, is located southwards opening to the cliff and the sea.
The larger 3 two-bedroom villas feature a large pool in the garden as well as a separate kitchen and a studio.
In the westernmost part of the resort, on a slightly higher position, stands the Bulgari Villa. This is a 1,300-sq.metre unit with three bedrooms, two living rooms, and a kitchen. Its garden hosts a 17-metre-long swimming pool surrounded by an extensive terrace and small pavilions where to eat and live in the open.
On top of the Sangkar restaurant on the cliff, characterized by an almost 10-metre-high ceiling with bamboo cages as lamps, the resort includes Il Ristorante serving a contemporary interpretation of Italian cuisine. The restaurant is located behind two roofs flanking the artificial pond. The Spa, at the heart of the resort, is built at the brim of the cliff placed at the foot of a narrow and verdant valley. The Spa includes a yoga pavilion, additional small pavilions open to the sea, a floating wooden bridge stretching over a pond with ocean view for relaxation.
The landscape has been designed with an eye to the traditional Balinese yards and gardens. The terraces have been created following the ground’s natural inclination. Typical plants have been selected and the original woods being kept and relocated in the new landscape. Frangipane trees, a ubiquitous presence in the Balinese culture, are scattered everywhere in the Bulgari Resort with their white blossoms spreading their fragrance around. The flamboyant trees, instead, provide extensive shadow and additional decoration when their leafage turns red in December. The landscape is also enhanced by huge vases carved out of boulders and ancient single-stone totems.
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Consistent with Bulgari’s Italian tradition, great attention has been given to the dining experience. An Italian inspired and locally influenced cuisine distinguishes the two-pool-side restaurants and the cliff-top bar.
Sangkar Restaurant, the Indonesian restaurant, offers authentic Balinese dishes with a selection of international specialties, while the Italian restaurant serves a contemporary interpretation of Italian cuisine in a suggestive and more formal atmosphere.
Superior quality of produce, refined techniques and creativity are the fundamental ingredients of the cuisine by Executive Chef Andrew Skinner, one of the greatest experts in the Asian culinary tradition.
Overlooking a reflection pool, the resort’s signature Italian restaurant, Il Ristorante, pays homage to classical Italian specialties in a seductive ambience enhanced by suggestive soft lighting. The pond surrounds the open-air bale style structure while the cool air is released from the floor.
Open only for dinner, the 36-seat restaurant features creative interpretations of classical Italian cuisine, perfectly blending the finest imported Italian ingredients with the islands’ organic produce. The result is a contemporary menu created by Italian Chef characterized by constant research for new colours, tastes and presentations. The restaurant offers a selection of over 200 wines, predominantly Italian labels and the finest selection of both new and old world wines, including exclusive collections of Champagne. Bars & Lounges:
Sophisticated and comfortable, the bar - characterized by a spectacular terraced lounge furnished with comfortable cushions - provides the ideal setting to enjoy breathtaking ocean views and magnificent sunsets.
The bar’s ellipse arch counter is meant to recall the black resin bar of the Bulgari Hotel in Milan, while a massive stone, entirely chiselled by nature, has been turned into a sculptural centrepiece. Shaped by the strong currents of a river, the art-piece was found after a huge earthquake in North Sulawesi. The bar menu offers a selection of wines as well as a variety of cocktails and appetizers, inspired by classical Italian flavours. Afternoon tea is also served daily.
Other dining facilities include the Poolside Bar and the Beach Club (La Spiaggia) - A haven of relaxation next to the infinity-edge pool, the poolside area is the perfect setting to enjoy a selection of refreshing juices and healthy potions. Nestled between the 150-metre cliff and the Indian Ocean, beneath a bamboo-clad bale, the beach side pavilion, La Spiaggia, is another mesmerising location and can only be accessed by staying guests exclusively.
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