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Great times at Renaissance Uluwatu Bali Resort and Spa

Bali – the whole name just conjures up white beaches, smiling people and traditional thatched roof houses. However, there is another side to this beautiful island.

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The rugged hilly Renaissance Uluwatu Resort and Spa in the southern tip of Bali is arelaxed and off-the-beaten-path destination .With some of the best beaches – and waves for the surfers - limestone cliffs and temples, it is a must see part of the island.

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And if you want to see something to make your jaw drop, the Renaissance Uluwatu Resort and Spa is a good start. The roofs are inspired by the shape of the leatherback turtle shell – the turtles nest and breed along the Bukit peninsula – and the 208 room, architecturally impressive hotel soars above you as you drive up the hill.

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This is a destination in its own right and offers every service you could ever need or imagine. Weddings, conferences, private parties, groups and couples all flock to this beautiful Marriott resort with its impeccable standards and facilities.

With a range of fabulous restaurants, including the Double Ikat where we had one of the best Indonesian meals of our holiday, live music, spas, bars, swimming pools and even its own temple, the Renaissance is the perfect place to sit back and relax.

A shuttle service will whisk you down to the white sandy beaches, beachclubs and even into town if you really feel the need to leave wonderland for a short while.

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As you know, I love food and no holiday is complete without being able to indulge a little and enjoy things you may not be able to get at home. For me, the Renaissance was a wonderful experience as the range and quality of the food was impressive throughout. Not just the Double Ikat but breakfast, lunch, Dim Sum and dinner were all superb.

Choice, quality and service were excellent and the only issue was having room to fit it all in. Thankfully there are miles of swimming pools, long walks and bike rental which mean you can work up appetite for the next meal!

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There is no shortage of space in this enormous hotel; five floors on five wings means you can feel pretty private. The rooms are huge; the beds gigantic and the A/C very powerful as you would expect from a US five star hotel.

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The bathrooms are beautiful and the tiles all have the ikat pattern that the island is known for in its fabrics. Taking bath time to a new level with a petal strewn soak in a slipper bath was a wonderful experience.

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This is a new hotel and so everything is pristine: you can feel that there is great pride in this beautiful resort and that the staff are ready to go out of their way for you. A great resort if you are looking for a completely relaxing and effortless holiday in Bali.

Photo by Suzana Simijonovic

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