Uluwatu Bali is a breathtaking gem on Bali’s Bukit peninsula. It boasts of the arresting silhouette of the clifftop temple against the background of the fiery sunset sky. The 5-star luxury of the scenic villas overlooking the majestic waves of the Indian Ocean make up for a laidback honeymoon stay. It is not to say, however, that you can’t get some adrenaline rush here. The limestone region features a cliff-fringed coastline and hidden beaches where you can experience a traditional fire performance called the Kecak Dance as well as world-class surf breaks for adrenaline junkies and adventurous couples. In this issue, we list down 9 of the things you can do in Uluwatu Bali – whether it is for an ultimate romantic honeymoon or with a touch of spontaneous adventures.
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Where to Stay in Uluwatu Bali
Six Senses’ extensive buffet features a delectable spread of local delicacies, which includes freshly pressed juices, a whole rack of Jamon Serano, and legitimate honey straight from the honeycomb. We couldn’t get enough of the passion fruit, mangosteens, star fruit, and so much more from the seemingly endless station of tropical fruits offered. Situated atop a cliff at the southernmost tip of Bali, Six Senses Uluwatu is just a stone’s throw away from one of the island’s core spiritual pillars – the sacred temple of Pura Uluwatu. Every staff was incredibly generous, and I had one of the most relaxing, most pampered experiences ever during our stay. Waking up to the infinite ocean views from every angle is perfectly complemented by the scrumptious daily breakfast of champions.
The villa itself takes pride in its stunning view of the ever-expanding horizon, from the clear skies to the vast expanse of blue beneath it. The pristine beaches offer the perfect venue for meditation, yoga, and pilates sessions by Ivan, who will stop at nothing to help you shake all of your stress away.
If the sun and sand isn’t your thing, the pool is a welcoming lounge for those who just want to chill out on a lazy day (the free ice cream from 12:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m is a huge plus! Try the blueberry flavour for starters. When night falls, snuggle in for a movie under the stars called the Cinema Paradiso. I guarantee you that it’s an evening you won’t soon forget.
What to Do in Uluwatu Bali
1. Enjoy a full day at Sundays Beach Club
Marvel at the crystal clear lagoon and indulge in the fresh all-day dining that Sundays Beach Club has to offer. This luxurious beachfront paradise provides complimentary water sports in plain view of the scattered rock pools that will take your breath away—literally and figuratively! What makes this haven unique is the inclinator lift that provides you with the grandest entrance as you head down the cliff towards the powdery white sands of the beautiful beach. Here, you can chill out to your heart’s content with the cool tunes overlooking blue waters.
If you make it in time before 10AM, you get free entry with a minimum spend of IDR200000 (SGD20 discount right there!), all while you lounge around in one of the bean bag chairs and wait for the sun to go down. Happy hour starts at 4:00 p.m, with beer and pizzas at 50% off and a bonfire at 5:00 p.m.
Our tip: Book their VIP BALE SPA here.
2. Experience different water sports and activities
After taking your time on the Sundays Beach Club, you can take the next day to another level with some water adventures back at Six Senses Uluwatu.
Six Senses Uluwatu offers the ultimate surfing experience in Bali for beginners and pros alike. You can spend about four hours depending on the swell and the surf breaks, with return transfer from the resort as well.
If epic wipe-outs aren’t your thing, the Underwater World discovery experience is also an excellent honeymoon activity as the world’s richest marine biogeographic zones enchant you. The plankton-rich water in Bali is home to a diverse underwater ecosystem that you can fully immerse yourself in.
Bali Sailing and Tropical Yacht
The Bali Sailing package from Six Senses Uluwatu lets you brave the waters around Bali and East Indonesia with a catamaran. This can either be a half-day trip or a full-day trip and comes complete with fishing and snorkeling equipment.
Finally, the Tropical Yacht experience with Forever Rizzardi features two cabins, three baths, a kitchen, and a living room and can accommodate up to four people for an overnight trip. Day trips can serve twelve people, and the yacht comes with a dinghy, a floating mattress, and some paddle boards as well. It is perfect if you prefer to spend your honeymoon with your other couple friends!
3. Have a romantic dinner at Crudo Six Senses
One of the dining concepts that stood out the most for me was the beautifully blended fusion of Japanese and Latin-American styles over at Crudo. Located in the Square, Crudo offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience as it provides you with Japan’s culinary culture in traditional sashimi dishes infused with the Latin-American cooking style of Nikkei – that is not something you get to experience every day. The setting and overall ambiance really gives off a romantic atmosphere, too.
4. Plan a well-spent afternoon at Melasti Beach
Combine immaculate waters with stunning, towering limestone cliffs, and you’ve got the majesty of Melasti Beach in one spectacular package. This well-kept secret is the farthest in Uluwatu, so you can get your fill of peace and quiet as much as you like. Cliche, but perhaps, you would love some walk on the sand together – hand in hand?
For a unique experience, you can drive around the cliffs and marvel at the beach from a different perspective, or for a keepsake of your honeymoon trip, snap photos atop the limestone cliffs that you can print and display at home.
Our tip for the tummy: We had one of the most delicious plates of Mie Goreng ever at one of the warungs at Melasti Beach—a definite must-try!
5. Wait for the sunset at the Cliff Bar and enjoy cocktails
There is nothing quite like the luxury of hanging out at the Cliff Bar with a plate of oven-baked specialties on the table and a signature cocktail in one hand. Indulge in traditional pizzas and homemade pasta with a hint of Southeast Asian spices. When the sun goes down, gaze at the burning sunset while enjoying their house kombucha, chipotle margarita, or purpleroot snow. Don’t forget to have a toast for this very moment.
6. Visit the Uluwatu Temple
No trip to Uluwatu Bali is complete without a visit to Pura Luhur. Approximately 70 metres above sea level, the world-renowned Uluwatu Temple is a picturesque sanctuary perched on top of a steep cliff. Luhur means “something of divine origin”, and true enough, the historic tales about the sacred place will leave you with an ethereal feeling long after the sun has set and the journey is over.
7. Immerse yourself in the Kecak fire dance during sunset
Speaking of sacred origins, the clifftop amphitheatre near the Uluwatu Temple features the majestic Kecak fire dance at sunset. Make sure you get a good seat by being there before 5:00 p.m! This iconic art performance showcases the region’s rich cultural heritage with fire and human vocals for a dramatic, goosebumps-inducing effect.
Insider tip: If you want to visit the temple and watch the fire dance properly, make sure you get to the temple before 4:00 p.m so you can still roam around leisurely before settling in for the Kecak dance at the clifftop amphitheatre before 5:00 p.m. You wouldn’t want to miss this, so getting a good spot is a must.
8. Feast on a sumptuous seafood dinner by the beach at Jimbaran Bay
If you are both craving for authentic exotic seafood from Uluwatu Bali, Jimbaran Bay Beach is littered with quaint seafood cafes. The idyllic charm of this peaceful fisherman’s village has grown from small huts to authentic hubs of local seafood delicacies. We particularly enjoyed the scenery from the luxury villas perched on the cliffside with an unobstructed view of nature at its best.
9. Go back in time with the Vintage Joy Ride
The Vintage Joy Ride from Six Senses Uluwatu is a cultural discovery that’s definitely one for the books. Breathe in the crisp, fresh air and the cool breeze in your hair as you cruise down the roads in an authentic ww2 Kübelwagen. This private two-hour charter (minimum) takes you on a ride you won’t forget as you explore the beaches and cultural scenes that the region has to offer. It’s a low-key activity that lets you chill and de-stress while showing you the sights and sounds of beautiful Bali on your honeymoon.
Where to Eat in Uluwatu Bali
Single Fin Bali
The enchanting Single Fin Bali takes pride in its romantic terrace featuring unparalleled views of the epic cliffs and the renowned Uluwatu surf break. Starting the day with breakfast has never been this magical, as you go from a steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning to an icy cold Bintang in the late afternoon at sunset. Sip on a cocktail or two as Sunday Sessions serenade you with top-notch international DJs and live acts – it is one lively night of celebration.
Single Fin Uluwatu Bali
Location: Jl. Labuan Sait, Uluwatu Bali
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 10:00 a.m to 1o:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$39 for two *Cash and Cards
Not all gastronomic explorations in Uluwatu Bali are seated atop cliffs and oceans. The eccentric charm of Kelly’s is its location tucked under the bottom of the hills at Bingin. Spend lazy afternoons lounging about the place with simple food – bursting with local flavour and authenticity. The healthy and hearty meals coupled with invigorating drinks and ice-cold beers are the perfect touch to end a full day out around town. You should definitely try the Pitaya Bowl and the sumptuous wraps for an explosion of colours and tastes you won’t find anywhere else.
Location: Jl. Pantai Bingin, Uluwatu Bali
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$24 for two *Cash and Cards
Tantalise your taste buds with the soulful grub over at Mana Uluwatu. The scenery atop the cliffs of Uluwatu Surf Villas offers one of the most jaw-dropping views of crashing waves and the vibrant horizon, topped off with revitalizing bites. Surfer faves include Baja shrimp tacos, soft shell crab gazpachos, jackfruit enchiladas, and roasted chicken with turmeric-dill rice. Don’t forget to cap the day off with a Mana cocktail as you kick off your sandals and bask in the glory of the shimmering sunset beyond.
Location: Jl. Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu Bali 80364
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 7:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$35 for two *Cash and Cards
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