No stay in Uluwatu is complete without a day at Sundays Beach Club. Probably the most instagrammed beach club out there, Sundays is a place to see and be seen. If lying back on white sands, staring out at crystal blue waters and sipping frozen daiquiris sounds like heaven to you, you’ll love it here. Choose your fanciest kaftan, don your sunnies and pack your credit card. You’re in for some fun.
Days start early in Uluwatu. By 8am the roads are buzzing with surfers heading to the beach.
Ever wondered how you get a surfboard on a motorbike?
Before we headed over to Sundays, we spent our last morning in Uluwatu soaking up every little corner of this surfer village.
Before settling on Drifter Surf Shop and Cafe for a spot of breakfast. An achingly cool surf shop that wouldn’t look out of place in Malibu with a hipster café in the gardens.
And oh, what a beautiful breakfast it was. Hands down the best smoothie bowl we had in Bali. And that’s saying a lot. Mr Kelly had the chocolatey one (the Cacao Bowl) and it was unreal. Way too delicious to be healthy but I let him kid himself. Don’t miss their iced coffees too. Perfection.
Then it was time to head on over to Sundays. Now what a view…
Make sure you get there early if you want to secure a lounger on the front. You pay a “resort fee” but it’s partly redeemable against the food so it’s not too bad. The prices are steep for Bali but certainly not London scary. And of course, there’s a happy hour.
A little cart on a track takes you down the side of the cliff.
And this is what awaits…
With the whole beach to yourself, it’s definitely worth the early wake up call.
Kick off your flip flops and explore!
When it comes to lunch, head over to the restaurant early to avoid the crowds and request a table at the front. The pizzas are delicious and the chicken satay is pretty special too.
And don’t miss one of their insta-famous frozen daiquiris. My vote, passion fruit.
Come evening, people drag their bean bags to gather around the fire pit, watch the sun go down and toast marshmallows.
On your way home to Uluwatu, stop for dinner at the Alila Villas hotel. A beautiful hotel perched on a cliff overhanging the ocean.
The most magical place to watch the sun go down.
Sip a cocktail in the “cage” bar and listen to the waves crash beneath you.
Life doesn’t get much better than that.
I very rarely eat in hotel restaurants. They’re usually hugely over-priced and serve up very average food. After reading about this place everywhere, we decided to give it a shot and it was absolutely delicious.
Don’t miss the chicken satay (yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to have this for every meal whilst you’re in Bali)…
And the pancakes stuffed with shredded coconut were to die for.
A very special spot indeed.
Well that’s it on Uluwatu. Have you packed your bags yet?!
Exploring Ubud and swinging in the tree tops up next.