Stayed at Sal's Secret Spot on our last day in Bali, and I wish we had spent a couple of days there! The claim to privacy makes it a little tricky to find as the sign is somewhat hidden, almost at the end of the road towards Uluwatu Beach.
Nestled in Uluwatu just beside Uluwatu Beach, it was the perfect little resort to chill and unwind, small and intimate (there were probably less than 20 villas) and a gorgeous two level pool with sundecks.
We were greeted by friendly hotel staff and a refreshing welcome drink. I usually book through Expedia, and it was pretty standard. After taking a photocopy of our passports, the concierge ran us through a quick brief of the property rules and then a staff member whisked away our bags to our rooms.
The interior is very white, reminiscent of a Santorini and decorated tastefully here within wooden touches and greenery. Beds were comfortable with our queen bed feeling very luxurious, and the nighttime lighting was pretty romantic. Attached outdoor bathrooms were lovely, responsive hot water and good water pressure. Toilets flushed well and there was adequate toilet paper.
Breakfasts were fantastic (although not buffet - a choice from an ala carte menu), fresh fruits with an option of a couple of things from their menu with toast and juice and jams. You could also order from the bar as you lounge at the pool, which is a bit of bliss! The pool was probably one of the prettiest pools I've seen, decked out with large circular sundecks which were great to lounge on.
We did experience a blackout for a couple of hours during our stay there, but power eventually kicked in and it wasn't too much of an issue since we went out for dinner.
The hotel can help arrange for transport to certain areas at a fixed price as they pair with local drivers. It can be a bit pricier, but it's a standard price so there's no worry about being cheated. There's also a scooter rental right outside the property which I think most visitors probably took advantage of. Staff were always polite and lovely and always attentive to our questions.
- Stairs to the beach are pretty steep!
- Transport is paired with local taxis (which is a bit pricey).
- Nearby shops are about a 20-minute walk.
Asides from those minor issues, I would definitely stay again! Perfect if you want somewhere with a bit of peace and quiet, away from the bustle of Seminyak or Kuta.