After another delicious meal at Earth Cafe, we arranged for a taxi to take us out to Uluwatu where we planned to spend the day lapping up the surf and sunshine at Finns Beach Club. The drive out there was a great way to see more of Bali, since we were staying so central. We traveled on through the city centre, out through rural suburbs and soon we were passing only greenery and the odd scooter along some incredibly windy roads.
Driving through the main gates of the Semara Luxury Villa Resort, we were utterly lost for words apart from a couple of breathless ‘Wow!!!’s. Our taxi pulled up and we were greeted warmly right from our doors. The resort grounds are out of this world. With perfectly manicured landscaping, an array of facilities and stunning villas with endless ocean views it really is an incredible secluded oasis, that has just about everything you need right at your finger tips. We were shown around the public pool area, that offered an infinity pool, cafe for dining and a kids area as well as a day spa with lush treatments on offer. The views from up here absolutely took our breath away.
We walked past the pool and down a set of stairs to make our way down to the beach club. For around $25AUD each we gained access to the club, and received a $15AUD tab each to use at the bar for food or drinks – incredible value! As the beach sits at the bottom of steep cliff faces, the only way down is by using the inclinator that travels down slowly at almost 45 degrees. This gives you plenty of time to take in the beautiful glistening Indian Ocean waiting for you down below, and the endless green canopy of trees that spread out over the hillsides.
We had grand plans to try our hand at a few water sports down there, however on this particular day they were experiencing a very high tide and so conditions weren’t really suitable or safe to do so. So instead, we settled down at the bar to jugs of sangria and some of the most delicious share plates, looking out as the waves crashed up against the foundations.
After we’d had our fill and explored the beach, we traveled back up to the top to spend some time poolside, as the tide was raising higher and splashing in to the bar. I don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed before in my life – we danced underwater in the gorgeous pool, soaked up the crisp sun rays and all booked in at the day spa getting full body massages rubbed down in a delicious vanilla body scrub (so good Sarah fell asleep and I had to catch myself from dribbling…).
We returned to take in as much of the views as we could (wanting to firmly ingrain it in our memories forever), when all of a sudden we spotted two monkeys feasting up on the offering box. That number quickly grew, with a small family of monkeys eating, playing and swinging off the trees. We honestly have no idea where they came from, and can only put it down to the fact that they’re used to finding treats up there at a certain time each day and come along to help themselves. One of the larger males made his way from the statue, over the gardens and ran along the edge of the infinity pool, startling a few swimmers! Playful things that they are.
That afternoon the pool area was closed off for a wedding (what a magical location!) and so it was back down to the beach club for more cocktails, wood fired pizzas and lounge time on their large outdoor bean bags to watch the sun fade behind the cliffs surrounding us.
It was so hard to pull ourselves away at the end of the day. We could have spent weeks in this little piece of paradise, where we felt so welcome and were looked after like VIP’s.