Uluwatu in the South of Bali is one of my favorite places to visit while I’m in Indonesia. The beaches are beautiful, the people are friendly, and you can’t beat the views. It’s a perfect place to relax, unwind and catch up on some well-deserved YOU time.
Rent a scooter for the day and visit one of the many infinity pools at a resort, take a trek to a more secluded beach, go surfing, or visit the Uluwatu Temple, overlooking the ocean.
Things to do in Uluwatu:
Visit the Mu Bali pool
My first stop was Mu Bali, a resort with an infinity pool overlooking Bingin Beach. My friend and I spent the day there and watched one of the most beautiful sunsets from the cabana by the pool. Bali has some magical sunsets, and on this evening, the sky turned the most amazing colors.
Start your day with yoga
Since I was staying at Mu, I took the 9:30 am yoga class. The class costs 120K IDR, but it’s a great way to get your day started. Head over to the restaurant after yoga for breakfast at the pool.
Find a secluded beach
While Padang Padang is one of the most popular beaches in this area, I prefer to visit less busy sites. I did a little bit of research and decided to visit Nyang Nyang Beach since I had already been to Padang Padang my first time here. Nyang Nyang is a short scooter drive from the main road, and there are 2-3 restaurants/shops where you can buy water or snacks before the short trek down to the sand. It will take you about 10 minutes to get down to the beach, and I came across dozens of monkeys and butterflies along the route. It’s a bit steep but doable in flip-flops.
If you do decide to go to Padang Padang, arrive early so you can get a good spot and avoid the crowds.
Resort Life: Relax and unwind
My friend Kristina had suggested a visit to the Ungasan Resort so I could do some “research” since she had seen beautiful pictures of this place and was dreaming about staying there. I reached out to the resort via Instagram and learned that there was no fee to use the pool for the day. This place is luxury, and I’m happy to report it is 100% worth a visit.
Sundays Beach Club is located at the beach here, and you do have to pay an entrance fee for the visit. If you are looking for a more-quiet scene head to the pool.
As soon as you enter the Balinese temple grounds, you’ll be asked to either wear a sarong or sash to enter. Watch out for monkeys who like to take your sunglasses and whatever they can get their hands on. The entrance fee is 30K IDR.
I spent about an hour visiting the area and taking pictures of the breathtaking coastline. Most people visit the temple at sunset, but since I was leaving on that day, I was happy to visit in the morning.
Where to stay
The Ungasan – If money isn’t an issue, then treat yourself! I haven’t stayed here, but it’s a lush property overlooking the beach. If you stay in a villa, you’ll get your own private pool. I mean, who wouldn’t want that.
Mu Bungalows – Enjoy the spa, take some yoga and relax and enjoy the best part – the view. Watch out for monkeys who like to take over the pool from time to time. The room we stayed in was cozy, but I will say my favorite part of our stay was watching the sunset by the pool.
Maya Rustic – Budget friendly private rooms with a beautiful garden view. The highlight for me was meeting the family who owned this property. Ketut, the father, picked me up on a scooter after I decided to go for a walk and got caught in the rain.
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How to get here
From Canggu – I ordered a GoJeck car (a rideshare app in Indonesia) that cost 250K IDR and took a little over an hour. Once you are in Uluwatu, Gojeck rides are hard to come by. Rent a scooter, or get the number of a taxi from your hotel.
To Ubud – The taxi cost us 400K IDR and takes a little less than two hours. I split the cost between this couple I had just met who was also on their way to Ubud.
I hope you enjoy your visit to Uluwatu! It’s one of my favorite places to visit as a solo traveler. Until next time!
Have you been to Bali? What’s on your can’t miss travel list?
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