11 Best Sunset Spots in Uluwatu

Surfer beach sunset
 
Bali’s Bukit Peninsula and her rugged coast line boast some of the best beaches, surf and jaw dropping sunsets spots in all of Bali. So it’s no surprise that on the top of everyones ‘What to do on the Bukit’ list includes a sunset session. Whether you like your sunsets with a touch of sophistication, a party atmosphere, casual local style or prefer a romantic vibe, there’s something on the Bukit for every sunset lover! Read on for our top tips. 
 
 

1. KELLY'S WARUNG

Bingin Beach

Sunset at Kelly's Warung Bingin beach
Photo by Kelly's Warung

Kelly’s Warung, an icon of Bingin Beach, sits right on the sand overlooking one of Bali’s best surf breaks. It’s chilled and unpretentious endless summer vibe attracts locals, expats and beach lovers alike and is a crowd favourite any time of day – but we highly recommend heading down for sunset. Grab a sofa downstairs or seat in their upstairs sunset deck, order an icy cold beer or cocktail of choice. If you prefer the beach, nestle yourself out front and have your drinks delivered to you… Not a bad way to end a Bali day.  Hungry? Their tacos, burgers & wraps, and snacks are absolutely delish! A must visit when in Bingin and Uluwatu. 

2. THE BEACH

Bingin / Padang Padang / Thomas beach / Uluwatu / Dreamland / Balangan

Beast Beaches in Bali by Melali Bingin

Up for keeping it casual? Grab a sarong and make your way to a beach – Bingin Beach, Padang Padang, Uluwatu, Balangan or Dreamland are the pick. Have a sunset dip and if the tide is low find a rock pool to float in. Thirsty? Grab a refresher at any warung and enjoy it with your feet in the sand. Bali life ain’t bad huh!

If you’re at our local Beach – Bingin – and in need of a snack with your sunset drink, we highly recommend Ibu Deborah’s BBQ corn on the cob! So good! If you’re after something more, the nightly Seafood BBQ offered by a couple of warungs are amazing. It’s a unique experience and one we highly recommend when in the area. 

3. SINGLE FIN

Uluwatu

Single Fin Uluwatu

Single Fin – the OG sunset spot of Uluwatu. From its inception as a modest warung back in 2008 to the bustling “it spot” of Uluwatu today, you’ll find this iconic bar on every sunset seekers must visit list. And for good reason – the view from their elevated cliff hugging terraces are simply spectacular. It’s popular and gets busy! So arrive early to secure a table or perch on a bar stool. Sip on a cocktail and watching surfers score the last waves of the day as the sun drops down into the dazzling Indian ocean. Have a crew? Pre-book a spot in their VIP lounge and experience great drinks, food, beats and views over the world famous waves of Uluwatu. 

FYI – Their Sunday sessions are something of legend and not for the faint hearted –  if you’re not into boozy crowds, choose another spot on a Sunday.

4. MANA

Uluwatu

The easy breezy style of Mana is a great choice if you like dazzling sunsets and a casual hipster/surfer vibe. Trendy t-shirts and flip flops are welcome here. They have a great drinks list – choose from craft beers on tap (Island Brewing & Kura Kura), local wines or indulge in one of their delectable cocktails. If you’re a non-drinker, they have you covered with a wonderful selection of smoothies, kombucha’s and mock-tails.  For seating poolside choose from an iconic timber framed cabana, a comfy sun lounger or the giant communal day bed. Too hot? Just slip into their infinity pool and enjoy that view! If you prefer a restaurant feel, wander upstairs and get a birds eye view. Here on a Friday? Pop down between 4-7pm for their vibrant and ever-popular happy hour.

5. MÛ

Bingin

Here’s one for the lovers out there. This lovely island bungalow cliff-edge resort opens their Abracadabra Restaurant & Bar to outside guests, and aren’t we lucky they do! Their kitchen prepares home-style seasonal dishes while their cliff edge BBQ grills up the freshest seafood dishes – mahi-mahi fillets, prawns and calamari – all served with delicious sides and balinese spices. For the vegans and vegetarians, they have an extensive plant based selection. Our tip –  leave room for desert, because their home-made pastries, cakes and tarts are to die for. Bookings essential! 

6. SUARGA HOTEL

Padang Padang

Sunset over Padang Padang Beach at Suarga

Dugong Lounge Bar and Restaurant at Suarga Padang Padang is one for the grown ups. A 5-star eco hotel consciously designed to blend modern luxury and island style and a magnificent example of sustainable architecture. As you walk through the entryway, you’ll experience bamboo craftsmanship at its finest. With captivating views over Padang Padang Beach and beyond, it’s a perfect place for a  sophisticated a pre-dinner sunset drink. Unlike a party beach club, this place offers a more refined and tranquil experience.

7. ULU CLIFF HOUSE

Uluwatu

Awe-inspiring locale, contemporary design, fantastic food and THAT VIEW. Since opening in 2017 Ulu Cliffhouse quickly rose to popularity, gracing the pages of every ‘Best of Bali’ list. You’ll find no Bintang singlets here. Instead expect a wonderful balance of island cool and international glamour with an international appeal. They have a plethora of options to perch yourself for sunset. Grab a day bed, float in their 25m pool, have a sunset dinner in their clifftop restaurant or, If you prefer to be closer to the beach, wander down their private stairs to the sunset bar for a chilled Robinson Caruso vibe. Mid week is pretty low key (if you’re a film buff you’ll love Tuesday movie nights under the stars), but on weekends, they up the tempo. Their epic dance parties draw in some of the best international DJs around – Carl Cox, Eric Powell, Fatboy Slim, Rudimental to name a few. Check their website for events and lineups. 

8. LA TERRAZZA

Uluwatu

Sunset cocktails and dinner in Uluwatu

Sip on cocktails and dine on authentic Italian in this hidden cliffside eatery. La Terrazza boasts spectacular views over Uluwatu and the best time to go is for sunset. Start with an Aperol spritz or Negroni, or opt for another of other carefully curated concoctions – alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Whatever you choose you’ll be happily satisfied because the bar tenders know their stuff. Up for a snack? Try one of their Tagliere – boards of cold cut meats, cheeses or vegetables are on offer. Happily drenched in a golden glow and your appetite nicely stimulated, why not stay for dinner. They offer a great selection of authentic Italian favourites – pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes. 

9. PURA ULUWATU

Uluwatu

Bali Sunset View Uluwatu Temple

70m above the roaring waves of Uluwatu, the cliff top location of this very sacred Balinese Temple is indeed impressive. Facing west, Pura Luhur is an incredibly special place to take in the sunset  and get a culture hit at the same time. Stick around for the nightly Kecak Fire Dance to get a glimpse into some Balinese culture and history. Just beware of the monkeys. Keep a tight grip on your belongings because these kids are cheeky and will take anything and everything! 

10. EL KABRON

Bingin / Dreamland

El Kabron Uluwatu | Best sunset spots in Uluwatu | 5 minutes from Melali Bingin

Perched atop the cliffs between Dreamland and Bingin Beach, El Kabron is an instragrammers dream, dazzling glamorous #sunsetlovers with spectacular views and Mediteranean beach club vibes. Crisp white adobe walls, pumping DJ beats, breezy alfresco feels, an extensive drink and tapas menu, and that million dollar view! It is a little bit snazzy, attracting a glamorous crowd, —so dress to impress! FYI, there’s a minimum spend: tables start from Rp 800,000 per person, and day beds range from Rp 1,500,000 to Rp 3,000,000 per person. 

11. SUNDARA

Jimbaran

Sunset Dining at Sundara, Four Seasons Resort, Jimbaran

If you’re heading to Cuca Jimbaran for dinner, we always recommend a pre-dinner drink at Sundara. It’s tucked away at the end of Jimbaran bay directly on the beach. Expect beach-side luxury, classy cocktails, stunning sunset views, world class cuisine and 5 star service that is synonymous with Four Seasons Hotels. It’s not a large space, so we’d recommend pre-booking or arrive a little early. 

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