This is the third Anantara property I have stayed at and it matched the others in some respects but not in others. The rooms are big, airy and well-appointed. The setting on top of the cliffs in Uluwatu is spectacular, especially at sunset. The food is very good, without being mind-blowing and the service is friendly and attentive, always with a smile, as you would expect.
Where it falls down is some of the quality of the finishing, with cracks in walls, areas needing a good lick of paint, and just a few other things that make it fall short of being a genuine 5-star property.
We had an ocean view room with its own pool, which was great, though these pools are all interconnected to your neighbours so you won't much privacy if others are out swimming. Also, they don't really catch the sunlight, so it's not as warm out there as it otherwise might be.
As others have said, the resort isn't really close to anything that you can walk to, but this is true of most places in this part of Bali. Stay in Seminyak if you want to be able to walk everywhere (we split our time on this trip between Uluwatu and Seminyak). If you can, find a driver you can deal with directly, as this will be cheaper than booking through the hotel.
Very much enjoyed our stay, but there is room for improvement.More
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