If there is one thing I am a sucker for – it’s a sunset and Bali is known for having plenty of beautiful places where you can watch the sun disappear behind the horizon. Having just spent two weeks in Bali, drinking my fair share of sundowners, I’m giving you five of my favourites spots to witness the sunset in Bali.
Pura Luhur, Uluwatu
Pura Luhur Uluwatu or Uluwatu temple is one of six temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars. It is also famous for its incredible location, perched right on the edge of a cliff some 70m above sea level. At 6pm every day, a traditional Kecak Fire Dance takes place in the temple with a breathtaking backdrop of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean – a great place to see the sun go down whilst also experiencing some Balinese culture. I would recommend arriving at the temple by about 4/4.30pm to allow you enough time to look round and get to the ampitheatre early enough to get an ocean facing seat for the best views.
Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak
One of Bali’s most popular beach clubs, Potato Head, is found in Seminyak – known to be the fashion district of the island. This trendy spot has an infinity pool complete with a swim up bar right on the beach and also boasts a number of cosy day beds offering the ultimate place to chill out from day right through to evening. If you want to secure a day bed for one of the best sunsets in Bali, your best bet is to get there early and stay their for the day or you could do what we did and enjoy the sunset from the edge of the pool with a cocktail in hand and then grab a bed once all the day time guests have left.
Goya Boutique Hotel, Ubud
Known for its waterfalls and rice paddies more than its sunsets, you might be surprised to find somewhere in Ubud on this list. However the Goya Boutique Hotel with its AMAZING infinity pool overlooking the jungle was one of my favourite sunsets of our whole trip. If you are heading to Ubud, it is well worth thinking about staying here – but if that doesn’t fit into your trip you can still enjoy the view by booking a table at their restaurant for sunset, which is situated right next to the pool with the same stunning view.
Suluban Beach, Uluwatu
The second spot to be located in Uluwatu for witnessing a beautiful sunset in Bali is Suluban beach, a popular haunt for the area’s surfer crowd. This hidden beach can only by reached by descending a steep flight of concrete steps and making your way through a series of mini caves but it’s well worth the walk. Grab a few Bintangs from one of the local cafes on the journey down and take a seat on one of the protruding cliff faces to see the surfers catch the last of the day’s waves as the sun goes down.
Teba Mega Cafe, Jimbaran
Jimbaran Bay is renowned for its seafood restaurants that line the shore and is also renowned for being one of Bali’s most popular sunset spots. Most tourists will flock to the north of the bay to the restaurants close to the fish market, however in my experience the seafood here was almost double the price and nowhere near as good as at Teba Mega Cafe found in the south of the bay near the Four Seasons Resort. Arrive at around 5/5.30pm to get the best table for sunset and be sure to order one of their platters to sample the best selection of seafood on offer.
What was your favourite spot to witness sunset in Bali? Are there any I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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