Co-written by Jiayi Ng
Uluwatu is the place to be if you like to surf. You’ll find waves that are practically Polynesian in size, and great food at affordable prices in beachside warungs.
Another great thing? You’ll be excellently treated after a hard day of surfing by the masseuses who set up shop along Padang Padang, Bingin, Uluwatu and Dreamland.
That said it’s a great place for non-surfers too. There are places with very gentle surf, thriving coral reef to observe, dramatic cliffs to explore, and culture to soak up – from the surf culture described above, to the famed Uluwatu Temple.
In this article we highlight these brilliant and budget places to stay in Uluwatu while you explore the area for under $70!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1) Enjoy the peace and quiet with a poolside bar – Hidden Valley Resort Bali (From USD $55)
Hidden Valley is far from the bustle of town life as you might have guessed, which makes for very restful environs.
This means you get to enjoy the peace and quiet in this small personal resort with attentive staff and great food. There are also 4 small swimming pools including a particularly shallow one for children. (Did we mention there’s a poolside bar?)
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For an alternative to swimming pools, the biggest pool of all, the sea, is 5 minutes away by car. Whether you rent a car or not, worry not about getting around, as there is a free shuttle provided twice a day to the town center!
This bungalow is a 10 minute walk from Balangan on foot (the same beach we’ve been raving about this whole time) and is very close to the quieter Biu Biu beach.
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Wondering what the decor is like? Well, it’s fully decked out in a swooningly romantic style, has a beautiful private swimming pool, and an open air bathroom.
Yet perhaps the greatest thing about this property is the hot tub, a rare bird in Balinese hotel rooms, much less a whole beach side bungalow which goes for USD 100 a night.
With the whopping potential for romance, this one bedroom bungalow (and hot tub) would be absolutely perfect for couples looking for respite from the normal everyday dreariness.
3) Explore Suluban Cave and relax at the cliffside bar – De Sapphire Cliff Villa (From USD $60)
De Sapphire Cliff Villa has a wonderful location on the south cliffs of Bali.
Built in accordance to traditional Balinese principles, they resemble the rice and grain warehouses that can be found in Balinese villages. Coupled with gorgeous ocean views and a classy two tier pool, you’ll never want to leave.
You won’t have to anyway, since the resort includes a restaurant and bar that hugs the cliff edge, but you should.
Suluban beach is short walk away, so you can easily explore the waves, cave, warungs, surf shops and indulge in massages.
Once you’re done for the day, head back to your luxury wood cabin, make your way to the cliffside bar, and knock back a drink or two!
For those who can splurge a little more, their ocean view villa surely won’t disappoint!
4) Eat, Pray, Love fans, you’ll definitely want to see this – The Brothers Villas Padang Padang (From USD $69)
Perfect for Eat, Pray, Love fans, to get to the stretch of Padang Padang that made a cameo in the film – walk through a cave… that has monkeys. Now don’t you just love that?
But seriously, in addition to paying homage to a film that is close to your heart you can do a great deal of loving and eating here. And if you pray too that’s great since this is the island of the gods.
You will love the superb location of The Brothers Villas Padang Padang – within walking distance to local restaurants, the beach, convenience store, and even to get a massage.
For activities, the enormous waves will give experienced surfers tons of fun. The Brothers Villas Padang Padang is also great for travelers who like exploring off the beaten path.
Jaunt through the desolate, beautiful and picturesque beach, have motorbike rides through the teak forest, and adventure the ocean-side cliffs.
Come at the right time and you can also catch the annual Rip Curl International Surf Competition hosted at Padang Padang!
5) Recharge in near-seclusion: The Temple Lodge (From USD 70)
This Temple Suite is an ideal location for you to rest and recharge.
Tucked into a private corner, you don’t have to worry about being disturbed by other tourists or wayward animals.
In fact, you can indulge in your own private pool as long as you wish.
The lodge also provides soothing spa services, and you can even sign up for yoga classes to get that flexible body back!
The more expensive suites even boast of a cliffside location that provides you with breathtaking views of the ocean.
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And as a bonus, you may be visited by some curious long-tailed monkey neighbours. Just be sure not to feed them!
6) That quiet escapade: Kembang Kuning Ocean View Beach Bungalows (From USD $60)
If you’re looking for a more rustic getaway, you’ve found it.
Kembang Kuning apartments are decked in unique Balinese architecture, and are nestled in the the village of Bingin, which is directly connected to the beach.
Come enjoy the ocean breeze and magnificent view at one of these Balinese pavilions.
What better way to get away from the bustle of city life?
You can also take some time to explore the quaint beachside village, its tiny shops and eateries that overflow with their own unique charm.
7) Pina Coladas, surfing and the call of underground parties – Surfer Cottages by Uluwatu Beaches (From USD $49)
True to its name, Surfer Cottages are a stone’s throw from Suluban Beach which has truly excellent surfing.
The property includes an infinity pool overlooking a dry ravine, so expect a jaw dropping view as well as you sip your Pina Colada.
The hosts are friendly and willing to guide you off Bali’s beaten track: think secluded beaches, underground parties and other nomad-y things.
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8) Calling all hipsters – Mandala Bali (From USD $52)
This property is perfect for hipsters.
At the property’s cafe you can order organic, raw vegetarian food, smoothies and juices. And at the Mandala Bali yoga Shala you can work that off with a good yoga session.
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Styles offered include Hatha-Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Surfer’s. Relax on the hammock and watch the permaculture gardening project shape up. And last of all there’s free wifi so you can document your stay in real time.
Of course, it isn’t just for hipsters. Like it says in their webpage: these bungalows are seriously stunning. Each is built in the traditional lumbung style, surrounded by lush foliage and close to all of Bukit Peninsula’s beaches.
You’ll be able to explore Jimbaran. Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Dreamland and Bingin, not to mention the fabulous cliffs that overlook them.
9) Get great sleep after a day of surfing and temple-visiting – Lullaby Bungalows (From USD $60)
Lullaby is near Bingin, Padang Padang and Uluwatu, so you’ll have plenty of surfing to keep you busy, and lessons can even be arranged.
Take a break from surfing, and get some culture by paying a visit to the Uluwatu Temple. One of the 6 most important temples, the Uluwatu Temple boasts a spectacular sunset and Kecak dance make it well worth any traveler’s time.
Also there are monkeys, which depending on your inclinations may not be a great thing, but nevertheless make it an authentic Bali experience.
The rooms themselves have great ventilation due to their high ceilings and wonderful outdoor showers. And true to its name, the extremely quiet location ensure a great night’s sleep.
10) For a successful family vacation – South Kuta Bungalow (From USD $66)
With its 2 bedrooms that comfortably accommodate 4, this bungalow is perfect for family vacations.
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And with its convenient location just off the main road of Jalan Uluwatu, you can be anywhere on Bukit Peninsula within 20 minutes: simply take a taxi or rent a car.
There are loads of seafood restaurants around, and if you don’t quite know which to choose – the hosts highly recommend Padang Breeze. (Feel free to ask the hosts for suggestions or help with your daily itinerary!)
Aspiring surfers can also rent their boards and hire guides at the nearby Padang Padang beach.