A Year’s Worth of Bucket List Experiences to Discover in Uluwatu, Bali
From sea, sand and spectacular sunsets to sacred temples and a treasure trove of cultural, culinary and wellness traditions, Uluwatu encompasses all aspects of what makes Bali such a fascinating destination to experience and explore. Escape to this southernmost region of the island, a region of dramatic cliffs and gorgeous beaches, where the team at Alila Villas Uluwatu has curated a year’s worth of not-to-be-missed experiences to inspire your journey of discovery.
Party at Bali’s most eye-catching dayclub
Nestled between the wild paradise of the jungle and soaring limestone cliffs, Savaya is an enclave of luxury that has become a bucket list sensation for those seeking the most exclusive dayclub vibes. Swim, sip, dine and unwind as Savaya delivers the party mood with commercial to techno music spun by big names on the international DJ circuit.
Turn up the romance
Dinner for two surrounded by a sea of candles and mesmerising views sounds like the perfect recipe for romance. Sweep your Valentine off their feet with a memorable evening in a cliff-edge cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu, floating above the ocean on your own private cloud nine.
Shhhh… It’s Nyepi
For the ultimate quiet escape, retreat to Uluwatu during Nyepi when the whole island shuts down and goes silent for 24 hours. Enjoy the colourful ogoh-ogoh parade held on the eve of Nypei to banish evil spirits. Then, as the Balinese spend a day silently in prayer and introspection, experience your own path to inner peace and balance with activities such as yoga and meditation.
Watch the Kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple
Perched on top of a steep cliff, Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s most famous and spiritually important temples, known for its unique architecture, incredible views, and a nightly performance of the captivating Balinese Kecak fire dance against the dramatic backdrop of the sunset.
Indulge your inner foodie
Uluwatu is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes and bars, and is a great destination for sampling the diversity of Indonesian cuisine. Here your taste buds can journey around the archipelago as you enjoy authentic Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Padang, Balinese Babi Guling and Javanese Nasi Campur, whether dining at Uluwatu’s local warungs or in a casually sophisticated restaurant such as The Warung at Alila Villas Uluwatu.
Go beach hopping
If relaxing on a secluded white-sand beach with breathtaking ocean views is your idea of bliss, Uluwatu’s southern coast offers some real gems. Discover picture-perfect stretches of sand and hidden beauties such as Gunung Payung, Melasti, Pandawa, Balangan, and Nyang Nyang Beach, one of Uluwatu’s best-kept secrets.
Enjoy Jimbaran’s legendary seafood dinners
For seafood lovers, Jimbaran Beach is the place to go. Take a seat at any of the candlelit tables set up on the beach and savour the freshest seafood, marinated in Balinese spices and grilled over burning coconut husks, best paired with a drink of fresh coconut water. Perfect!
Ride world-class waves
While Bali is known for its surf, Uluwatu is renowned as Bali’s surfing paradise. Blue Point, Dreamland and Padang Padang are popular spots that offer a thrilling experience for experts and beginners alike. If you are lucky, dolphins will accompany you out on the waves. Feeling more adventurous? Rent a motorbike and follow the dirt roads to surf spots hidden around the Pecatu area.
Marvel at epic sunsets
Uluwatu is known for the most magical sunsets on the island. As the sun begins to dip and paint the sky with vivid colours, it’s time to get comfy, grab a drink and watch nature put on its best show. Savaya, El Kabron, Ulu Cliffhouse and Sunset Cabana Bar are among the many luxurious yet fun playgrounds for you to enjoy this eye-popping experience.
Retreat to one of Bali’s most eco-conscious resorts
Sustainability is the new luxury at Alila Villas Uluwatu. Perched on Uluwatu’s limestone cliffs 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, its 65 pool villas are environmentally designed and constructed in harmony with the surroundings, and feature contemporary interiors enhanced with touches of nature and traditional Balinese accents. Its zero waste to landfill commitment sees all waste reused or recycled for other functions and is among sustained environmental efforts that have made the resort the first in Indonesia to achieve the highest level of EarthCheck certification (Platinum).
Drift into spa bliss
Endless ocean vistas, a tranquil ambience and the soundtrack of nature make Uluwatu a relaxing place to switch off and nurture your well-being. Surrender yourself to rejuvenating treatments that combine modern and age-old spa techniques. Check out for a while in one of Uluwatu’s signature outdoor spas, such as the Cliff Edge Spa Cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu, offering spa indulgence in quiet seclusion above the waves.
Enjoy a season of festivities
From intimate Christmas dinners to dazzling New Year’s Eve parties, Uluwatu has all your year-end celebrations covered. Enjoy a spectacular night of music and dance as you count down to the new year at Savaya Dayclub, or celebrate with gourmet dining experiences at Alila Villas Uluwatu in simple yet surprising Alila style.
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