Uluwatu, Bali – Secret beaches and food spots

After a day snoozing around the pool, recovering from that monster journey, we were ready to go and hunt out some sand and surf. After all, that’s what you come to Uluwatu for…

I miraculously managed to drag Mr Kelly out of bed for a morning yoga class at Uluwatu Surf Villas. What a way to wake up. Classes take place on a wooden pavilion overlooking the sea. With an hour and half’s class costing less than a Pret lunch, you can’t go wrong. No need to book, just rock up, stretch out and head home sipping your fresh coconut water and feeling on top of the world.

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After a quick pitt stop at our hotel, we hopped on our scooter and headed for breakfast.

The food in Bali was unbelievable and just writing this post is making my mouth water. What we loved is the focus on healthy, nutritious food that tastes delicious. And anyone with any food intolerances, Bali is the place for you. It would actually be a challenge to find anything that contains gluten, sugar and dairy on this island!

One place that had been flashing up on my Instagram for months was Nalu Bowls, so we tracked down the cafe in Uluwatu…

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Smoothies, served up in coconut bowls, topped with homemade granola, shredded coconut and anything else that takes your fancy…

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Delicious!

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Fuelled up for the day, we set off to explore the beaches.

Uluwatu beaches – so many to choose from, so little time…

There are four main beaches. The first and most famous is Padang-Padang Beach, otherwise known as the Julia Roberts beach as it featured in the film Eat Pray Love. Here it is at 10am…

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But by midday it’s swarming with people fighting for a patch of sand to lay their towel. My advice would be to get down there before breakfast, enjoy it whilst you’ve got it to yourself and then scarper before the crowds descend.

Then there’s Bingin Beach at the other end of Uluwatu. This is definitely a surfing beach and not much of a sunbathing spot. At high tide there’s the tiniest strip of sand and no sun loungers to rent. But the surf vibe is great and our favourite lunch spot, Cashew Tree, is just around the corner.

Now Uluwatu Beach is where you go to watch the pro surfers. With waves as big as houses and masses of spikey coral we didn’t even dare get in the water. But listed as one of the top surf spots in the world, it attracts some serious talent. We watched them for hours from Single Finn (more on that later) and that was close enough.

Last up, is Thomas Beach. Also known as the “secret beach”. We had to beg a local for quite some time to reveal its location. Pass Padang-Padang beach on your right and keep going. Go down the dirt track on the right, opposite Baracca. You’ll think you’re lost, you’re not, keep going. Eventually you’ll get to a small cluster of scooters. Hop off and  you’ll spot some steps and this view…

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Paradise. And this is as busy as it gets.

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There are sun loungers to rent for less than £5 a day.

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And a handful of beach shacks that serve up the tastiest nasi goreng and freshly-squeezed watermelon juice. What more do you need?

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If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a surfboard…

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And hit those waves…

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If you fancy something a little lighter for lunch then head up to Single Finn where you’ll find a cluster of bars, cafés and surf shops overlooking Uluwatu Beach.

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Pop in to Coco & Poké, build your own poké bowl and enjoy the view…

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And don’t miss Paletas Wey on your way out.

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The fanciest ice-lollies you’ll ever find. Jam-packed with fruit or, if you’re feeling a big more decadent, Nutella or salted caramel.

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We got into the most blissful routine of days spent at Thomas Beach, lunches at Single Finn and cocktails at our lovely hotel (see my last post) as the sun set.

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One night we slipped in a visit to Uluwatu Temple and watched a traditional Balinese dance as the sun set in the distance. A bit touristy but it’s a magical setting and worth the short scoot up the hill.

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Where to head for dinner in Uluwatu?

I think it’s safe to say you can’t go wrong. We were very pleasantly surprised to find that amongst the healthy food spots (Bukit Cafe and Cashew Tree being our favourites) there were a number of Italian restaurants serving up some of the most amazing fresh pasta. Our favourites were the Rolling Fork

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And La Baracca (which we also spied later in Seminyak)…

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Now tell me, where were your favourite spots in Uluwatu?

 

 

 

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London-based foodie with a shopping addiction, a love for swanky interiors and an obsession with white sandy beaches.

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