Indonesia

Travel Guide: Uluwatu

Uluwatu was my favourite part of my trip. The area is so green and is much more natural, and less built up than other areas of Bali. It feels like your in a tropical jungle with the most insane cliffs hanging over stunning beaches with crystal clear water. Truly a dream. The way of life is chilled, the surf is amazing and the food is great too. I spent 11 days here, some would say that is too much, but I felt like a local afterwards. The views don’t get old either. There are loads of pictures for you!

Where to Stay?

The Ungasan

The Ungasan is a beautiful hotel in Uluwatu set right on the clifftops of one of the most stunning beaches in the area. It has 7 Villas, each of which you can rent as a whole if you are a big group, or you can book individual rooms within the villas. I loved this layout because instead of just having a hotel room, you also have an entire villa with all its amenities to enjoy! In my particular villa, Chintamani, there was a full size pool with beautiful views over the cliffs, a living room looking over the pool, an outdoor kitchen area, upstairs outdoor living room, a study, another kitchen where the butlers make your tea etc (yes you are assigned your own butler upon arrival), AND A CINEMA ROOM. Indeed they have thought of everything. The best part? 90% of the time no one is actually in the Villa so I had an entire villa to myself pretty much to enjoy and laze about. Heaven if I may say so myself.

I stayed in two rooms, the first room was the Ocean View Pool room. I stayed here for most of my 11 day stay, and thank god I did. It was amazing. This is the only room in the hotel that is set right on the cliff with its own very private views over the ocean (request it room 11o) and its own infinity pool, where I had my morning coffee every day with an entire family of monkeys, no joke (See pics below). It is completely private so is also perfect for couples who want to just hang out in the sun alone and not be bothered. The room itself was really big, with an entrance hall, a huge bathroom with 2 walk in wardrobes and the big bedroom with a very cosy armchair and a chaise longue, not to mention the big double bed outside with the most spectacular views. Still dreaming of it today.

The second room I stayed in only for 3 nights was a Garden Pool room which had an infinity pool over the gardens, but essentially although a bit smaller than the last room was pretty much the same just with different colours. I would recommend either type of room, but if there is availability for the Ocean View room through your stay then I HIGHLY recommend you get it, you won’t regret it.

The rest of the hotel comprises of tennis courts, a gym with fantastic views over the beach, and a beach with its own lift to go down (a great thing meaning you don’t have to walk down the cliff steps like at many other beaches).

The one thing I would like to let you know is, if you are expecting impeccable service at the beach restaurant, don’t be surprised at their more laid back attitude. If there is anything that bothers you speak to the General Manager, Melissa, and she will go out of her way to fix it for you. The in Villa service is amazing, you can not fault it there.

Check out the photos below to see some pics of the room, the views, the villa, and more of the views.

www.theungasan.com

Every morning I looked down at this view from my room whilst having my coffee and I, for some reason, am completely obsessed with it.

Where to Eat?

There are so many amazing restaurants in Uluwatu so I thought I would make two sections, one for more breakfast/lunch places and another for the evenings.

Daytime

Nalu Bowls
My absolute favourite place to have breakfast in Ulu. Get a seat with a view, watch the surf.

Bukit Cafe
Amazing Breakfast and Lunch, try their scrambled eggs and their fruit parfait.

Coco Poke 
No doubt best Poke I had in Bali (next-door to Nalu)

YumYum

Kellys Warung

Buddah Soul 

Cashew Tree

Evening

 Cire at The Alila 

El Kabron 
Go before sunset, stunning views from here!

Bulgari 

Dugong Restaurant 

For sunset check out:

Single Fin

Rock Bar

Where to do Yoga?

Mu

Temple Lodge

Uluwatu Surf Villa

Where to Beach?

Where to go to the beach is very easy, there are an array of stunning beaches to try, one for every day of the week! And if you are a surfer the waves are insane! (In order of preference)

Sundays Beach club

Thomas Beach

Uluwatu Beach (to watch the surfers/surf)

Karma Kandara

Bingin Beach (Make sure to check if the tide is in our out, if it is in there is no where to sit!)

Pdang Pdang

Make sure you go to Drifters Surf Shop near Bingin Beach, you can check out the bikinis, and also buy one of their really funky towels/beach throws to chill on, some of the beaches don’t have places to sit!

If you have any more questions please send me an email – Natalia@TheEditOfficial.com

Hope you enjoyed all these pics and deets!! N xxxx