Despite travelling to Bali twice before we had never been to Uluwatu, or South Bali, but I’m glad to say it’s one of my favourite areas and I can’t wait to come back! Uluwatu is around an hour drive from the airport and is a quiet place surrounded by great beaches and lush jungle.
If you’re travelling to Bali I recommend visiting during the rainy season or off season, this is between October and April. Not only is it cheaper but the weather is much cooler and it’s not as crowded meaning less wait times! When it comes to flights be aware that when it comes to travelling to and from Bali Jetstar airways will almost always be delayed or cancelled, our first flight was cancelled and our flight back was delayed. We only stayed in Uluwatu for 2 days (it would’ve been three if it wasn’t for our delayed flight) and I honestly wish we spent more time there!
Uluwatu is around an hour drive from the airport and is a quiet location surrounded by great beaches and lush jungle. We stayed at S Resorts Hidden Valley, if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway this place is a great pick. Nestled deep in the jungle you can get a room for less than $100 a night with buffet breakfast a free shuttle to the most popular places. We booked a family room but was kindly upgraded to a Lumbung which is one of their cute villas made from bamboo and banana wood with views overlooking one of the pools.
Uluwatu has many incredible beach clubs, and it’s the perfect way to relax while working on your tan. There were so many to choose from but we ended up going with Sunday’s Beach Club because it opens early and has lots of inclusions. Entry free is $35 and includes $20 food credit and access to water activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking. Before taking the inclinator down to the beach there’s a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the jungle and beach! We spent almost all day here and took plenty of photos; if you stay into the evening Sunday’s has bonfires at night and you get full food credit! Some other beach clubs that were recommend but we didn’t get around to were El Kabron, Ulu Cliffhouse, and Omnia day club (minimum entry age 21)
Because we wanted to make the most out of our short stay in Uluwatu we left Sunday’s and drove to Tegal Wangi Beach to catch the sunset. On the way there we stopped for dinner and our driver took us to Fat Chow for dinner; also funny story, when he first told me the name of the restaurant I thought he said “fat cow” so I was worried that there wasn’t going to be any vegan options! It did end up having veg options and we really enjoyed the food. The interior is also super cute!
I had planned to recreate a photo of a sunset cave at Tegal Wangi Beach that I saw on Pinterest, but when we got there the tide was dangerously high and we couldn’t even get to the cave. We were pretty disappointed because we drove all the way just to get the shot but we ended up snapping this lovely photo on the cliff overlooking the ocean, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Nearby there’s a popular place called Rock Bar that is situated on the cliff, we didn’t end up going because they said “no backpacks” but we later realised that they probably meant “no backpackers”, and we regret not giving it a try!
Well that’s it for my Uluwatu Travel Diary! I wish we had more time to explore all the places I wanted to check out, nevertheless I had an amazing time.