Travel: Melanie de Lacy Staunton is blown away by a unique Balinese location – the Ungasan Clifftop Resort.
There are a few places in this world, so extraordinary; that you genuinely feel your life has forever been changed by the experience. The Ungasan Clifftop Resort is one of those places. Perched on the edge of Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia, the sensational setting of The Ungasan is truly what sets it apart.
The elite service starts from before you arrive, with complimentary transfers included in your stay. After entering the beautifully manicured driveway, we pulled up outside our villa and I was in awe. Staring back at me was the most striking colonial style villa, reminiscent of a glamorous Hamptons residence. I couldn’t quite believe this spectacular place was going to be my home for the next few days.
After managing to catch our breath, we ventured into the villa and with each step exuded unabashed excitement. Entering the hallway, you see an impossibly spacious living room, with fans twirling overhead and an open view that leads out to the perfect blue ocean. Every villa comes with a butler, who looks after your every need throughout your stay. Putra and Eka were our wonderful butlers and they were there to greet us on arrival, offer us bespoke Ungasan coconuts and give us a thorough rundown of everything at the resort. Our check-in was completed in the comfort of the villa, which was a lovely touch.
The Ungasan is very unique, in the fact that it is a resort made up exclusively of villas. We were staying in Villa Tamarama, which had a beautiful old-world aesthetic. It had an outdoor porch perfect for afternoon reading, five charming bedrooms including a master bedroom in the main hub of the villa and four bedrooms that lined a path to the clifftop. Two bedrooms directly face the ocean and have glass doors that open out towards the endless blue sea. Each bedroom has a four- poster bed, flat screen TV, his and her sinks, a bath, an indoor shower and an amazing outdoor shower. Details such as scented room spray and a personal preferences menu in each room are what elevate The Ungasan Clifftop Resort to the next level.
The rest of the villa is truly out of this world. As if having a private bar and cinema room wasn’t impressive enough, Villa Tamarama has not one, but two swimming pools! The first is a huge pool directly outside the villa, ideal for anyone who likes to get in their laps on holiday. The second pool sits perfectly in front of the garden bale, overlooking the Indian Ocean. This was one of my favourite spots in the whole villa. Lounging in the pool, whilst looking out at the view, was without a doubt one of the most magnificent sights I have ever witnessed.
My other favourite spot was in Villa Tamarama’s garden. It was gigantic! Perfect for morning yoga or an impromptu picnic. Simply to feel the grass beneath your feet, the wind kissing your face and hear the soundtrack of soothing ocean waves was pure heaven.