Uluwatu, Bali

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If it’s beauty you want, you will find it in abundance here in Uluwatu on the South-Western tip of the Bukit Peninsula in Bali. It is one of the top 5 surfing spots in the world, and you can see all those little dots in the sunset surf in the picture above, are surfers. All coming to play a beautiful and sometimes very dangerous dance with Mother Nature’s powerful ocean.

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Unlike Canggu, the beaches down here are pure soft white sands, sprawling and wrapping around this part of the island, there are stretches of it where few people go yet a local will pop up and sell you a coconut. It’s heaven.

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the famous view from Pura Uluwatu temple, set on the cliff

Let’s discuss the night life, and the famous cliff top bar Single Fin.

Being THE place to go, we went. Sweet baby Jesus, this was a cliff top bar that loved itself just a bit too much.

‘No miss, you cannot stand there, that is VIP.’ What? ‘Yes it has minimum spend’

Are you joking? No, said the un-fussed face staring back at us. That was a first, a Balinese person who wasn’t ridiculously kind.

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The view, from VIP at Single Finn. Shortly before we were asked to move along.

The pleb seats around the sides with the view of the sunset were packed, probably from about 2pm, so no chance sitting unless you settle in for the afternoon.

There’s a little secret to just as good a view, with less drama and less wall to wall bodies – go down the stone steps from Single Fin, find the bars below it, they have a more relaxed vibe. Evidence of the views right here….

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We stayed at Bali Bule (let’s pretend that doesn’t translate to White Tourist shall we?). It was absolutely stunning. A beautiful homestay in typical Balinese style, a pool surrounded by gorgeous well kept villas in tropical gardens.  Just off the main road and within walking distance to the beach or Single Fin. Luxury for just over £30 a night with much needed air con. Lush! You can go cheaper, or spoil yourself for more, everything doesn’t have to cost the earth.

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Pura Uluwatu Temple view

We did yoga at Yoga Searcher across the road from our homestay, in a beautiful shala over looking the villas. The teacher was Balinese and that was interesting…but it was a wonderful experience none the less.

Eats and Drinks: We ate at The Station (yummy burgers), Outside Corner (organic Cafe) and enjoyed them both.

We partied at The Mango Tree Cafe, after we came from The Cashew Tree (I kid you not).

RATINGS

3/5 on solo-able and the eye-candy status.

You need a scooter to get around on this part of the island, things are spread further out making it more of a mates trip than a solo mission unless you really just want to escape solo. Should you wish to find an international hottie, either of the ‘Trees’ is a good bet, and social heaven.