20 Mar SUP IT UP WITH THESE SENSATIONAL SPOTS IN ULUWATU TO ENJOY A SUNDOWNER OR TWO
If it’s drop dead gorgeous scenery you’re after and a show-stopping view as the sun sets over the azure ocean, then you need to head to Uluwatu for sundowners. You won’t be alone, as this surfing mecca has many renowned sunset spots where the crowds like to flock, but that’s okay: the moment is golden enough to want to share, as you sip on a cocktail or ice cold Bintang beer and watch the surfers pulling off tricks in the waves before you.Relax on Padang Padang beach, which you can access by paying a small admission fee and then taking an adventurous (though easy) walk through a cave down the cliffs. This beach also featured in the movie Eat Pray Love! Alternatively, just a short walk back up the cliff you can visit the glamourous bar at the Suargu Eco Resort and lounge on one of their comfy day beds on the deck, or plunge into their invitingly refreshing swimming pool.Single Fin is another hugely popular Uluwatu restaurant and bar from which to enjoy the sunset, and it’s packed with surfers, families and backpackers, all enjoying the laid-back vibe. The great food coupled with huge balcony offering stunning expansive views makes this a must to sip on a Cosmpolitan while you watch the sun set on another perfect day. It’s also the place to stay after dark if you’re keen for a dance, as the venue hosts regular live acts and foot-stamping DJs.If you’re wanting a more reflective experience as the sun dips, head to Uluwatu Temple, an iconic temple set in the cliffs above the beach. This is a popular tourist spot and, while you may not be alone given everyone else is also looking to capture the perfect photograph, it’s still worth a visit – just watch out for the pesky monkeys who are nifty sunglasses thieves! There are also traditional dances held here as the sun goes down, which are wonderful to witness and only cost a nominal fee to watch.
Wherever you choose to celebrate the end of another blissful Balinese day, you can’t go wrong in Uluwatu – whether it’s for some relaxed feet-in-the-sand moments or more glamourous scenes filled with all the beautiful people.STAY: Make the most of the dramatic cliff top views available in this unique part of Bali when you stay at this villa (view home) on the Bukit Peninsula, which also includes the use of a personal butler and your own driver or explore our collection of luxury villas in Uluwatu and throughout Bali (view homes).
Native South African and mum-of-two, Belinda is a writer and world traveller who’s lived in the USA and the UK, but currently resides in beautiful Cape Town. You can read more of her travel and parenting adventures on her blog Making Mountains.