In keeping with our sightseeing plans Bali, after our day exploring temples and waterfalls, we decided to have one day off just spent relaxing! On this one day off, I decided we had to spend that day on the beach. The others took some convincing, however.
See beaches in Bali can be hit or miss, if you get the right place, it is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect place to spend a day. Get it wrong and you’ll be on a dirty, grimy spot being hassled to buy souvenirs you neither want nor need.
Based on a recommendation, we decided to head over to Sundays Beach club. Being in Ubud, we were probably 1 – 2 hours away (depending on traffic) and our original plan was to get a taxi there and a taxi back but one we considered the price, it just made sense to get our villa driver for the day.
(*He insisted on sticking around the area but we were more than happy for him to just leave us there and spend the rest of the time in-between then and picking us up back at home).
Sundays Beach club is first of all – not open only on Sundays but secondly one of the few spots where you have to pay an entry fee into. It’s part of a hotel and so is more cut off than some of the other beaches.
In the past, the entry fee used to be given to you as credit to have at the bar/restaurant but now, half of it goes towards watersports (stand up paddling boards, snorkelling equipment…etc) and the other half towards credit at the bar/restaurant.
After dragging everyone all the way across Bali here, I was a tad antsy at having overhyped the place but as soon as we caught glimpse of it, I knew it was exactly what we were looking for.
We settled in very quickly with cocktails (actually that was just for Georgia and I – Lloyd and Chris decided to have beers though Lloyd quickly changed his mind and joined in). Initially, we thought the cocktails were delicious but not particularly strong (*despite our barman having said he’d added extra shots in it).
It wasn’t until we stood up to get lunch that we realised he was very right indeed – they were strong!
Wobbling to the lunch table, we soon sobered up over more food than we really should admit to having eaten in one sitting.
The rest of the afternoon, I put the camera away and we pretty much spent it splashing around on the beach, drinking more cocktails (though we did switch to wine after a while) and generally having the best time in the sunshine!
A little while before sunset, well and truly tipsy, we decided to try the stand-up paddleboarding – which pretty much resulted in fits of giggles as we tried to get one person on board, then 2 at a time, then 3 (we never quite got 3 on properly).
Oh and then that sunset came – that glorious Balinese sunsets. It may have been the wine talking at this point but my goodness it looked absolutely gorgeous! It was the perfect farewell to a gorgeous day and a fantastic hello to a brilliant evening.
Sundays Beach club doesn’t shut down with the sunset, dinner’s just getting started here and when you leave is entirely up to you.
We kicked back and made the most of every single moment before eventually deciding to call it a day here and finish off the party in our own infinity pool over-looking the jungle (not that you could tell by the time we arrived back).
Days like this are what Bali is about. I love when trips are all balanced out like this one had been so far… a bit of culture/sightseeing and a whole lot of relaxing! 😀