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Meet our new tropical modern villas. Experience an intimate journey through our six newly unveiled masterpieces from anywhere in the world. Get up close and personal with our latest villa video tours on Instagram.

Cliff Front 7

Ocean View 4

Our expansive, tropical modern villas designed by Alexis Dornier, Abbie Labrum and Tim Russo were completed in 2020, representing a resort expansion highlighting a lighter contemporary take on Bali’s beloved architecture.

Ocean View 6

Each villa has its own full-size swimming pool, plus a slew of luxurious amenities, fine finishes and bespoke furnishings, many crafted onsite by our talented team of in-house wood carvers hailing from Jepara, Central Java, a world-renowned furniture and woodworking village.

Ocean View 3

Welcome to our magnificent hand-built accommodations in reclaimed teak and ironwood, each singular in its design and uniquely unforgettable.

Ready for the real thing? CLICK HERE to stay with us in Bali.

Kai Lenny’s Bag of Tricks

We had the pleasure of hosting world-class waterman Kai Lenny for several wave-rich weeks in June. Kai arrived with two massive coffin board bags filled with every conceivable type of cutting edge surfing craft – from a SUP to a wing surfing kite to a hydrofoil board – all of which he put to good use along the fabled Uluwatu reef.

Kai and his titanic board bags were joined by his brother Ridge and one of our all-time favorite hi-fi performers, fellow Maui surfer Dusty Payne. Kai and the Maui crew enjoyed several weeks living the good life at two of our new luxury villas, Ocean View 3 and Ocean View 4. Kai and his partner, Molly, were also joined by our resident pooch Rocky, who was their welcome villa guest while they were away from their own Fenchie bulldogs back in Maui.

Rocky adopted Kai and crew

Dusty Payne enjoys the pool view in Ocean View 4

We look forward to welcoming Kai and crew back again soon, hopefully for a historic big swell in Uluwatu – and more tummy rubs for Rocky.

Check the video of Kai foiling circles around our Uluwatu front yard

Remembering Tommy Schultz

On Wednesday, June 16th, the Bali surfing community gathered at Balangan Beach for a memorial paddle-out to remember the amazing life, adventures and spirit of our beloved friend Thomas Arthur Schultz.

If you ever had the chance to meet Tommy, you know what a special person he was. An amazing photographer and even better human, Tommy was always there to document so many historic events and special moments here at Uluwatu Surf Villas, always with a smile and a good yarn to share.

The paddle-out at Balangan Beach to remember Tommy Schultz

Tommy swimming with whale sharks in Raja Ampat

Tommy, you will be dearly missed. But the memories of our travels, adventures and good times together will live on in the many lives you touched here in Uluwatu and beyond. Rest in peace, Tommy. We love you.

Artist in Residence Ricky Lee Gordon

South African artist Ricky Lee Gordon recently spent ten days in residency at Uluwatu Surf Villas. During his stay, Gordon produced a new series of waterscape paintings inspired by the ocean out front.

 

Guided on his maiden Uluwatu voyage by good friend and fellow artist Kristjen Sterjne – who calls the newly developed Residences at USV home – it was the perfect introduction to the historic and revered wave at Uluwatu, says Gordon, “A mystical experience to say the least.”

During his residency, Gordon took a boat out from nearby Thomas Beach at sunset to document the ocean and its intensity of movement playing in the evening light as it faded into darkness. “Every photo I took looked like a future painting,” recalls Gordon.

 

With his research complete, Gordon then worked on four paintings over the course of the next week inspired by these two experiences. “Taking that feeling of encountering the surf for the first time and the memory of light and mood from the boat, I painted with the intention of capturing a sense of memory, a nostalgia,” says Gordon.

 

Look for these four original pieces by Ricky Lee Gordon adorning the walls of one of your favorite villas soon.

Fresh Flavors and Musical Vibes at Mana

Fresh selections for your taste buds and your ears are now being served up at Mana Uluwatu. Fall in love all over again with our refreshed menu, with mouthwatering additions like the Garlic Butter Prawns with house-made polenta, parmesan, grilled corn and ranchero sauce; Ginger Shoyu Glazed Mahi Mahi, with Pahole salad and turmeric rice; Garlic Thyme Prawn & Calamari poached in olive oil with grilled sourdough; and the Tuna Taradito Ceviche with avocado, pomelo, kemangi, coconut lime, and Leche De Tigre. And don’t forget our homemade Mana Cinnamon Rolls – the best in Bali!

Likewise, your ears will feast on our newly launched Mana music experience, with curated playlists by Sonic Selections to keep the good vibes flowing through breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you can’t make it to Mana, you can still groove to our house playlists on Spotify HERE. Now playing poolside at Mana Uluwatu…

Streaming good vibes on our Mana Spotify channel

Our Uluwatu Cliff Front is Waiting for You

If you’re ready to join us at our luxurious Uluwatu cliff front, CLICK HERE for details on how we can arrange your international travel to visit us in Bali.

Sending good vibes from Uluwatu!

We are happy to bring you good news from Bali! Indonesian President Joko Widodo has declared that he expects to fully reopen Bali to foreign tourists by June or July of this year. The president made his statement while visiting Bali last week to check on the progress of the island’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

 

Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno echoed the president’s optimism this week, saying that if Bali’s current vaccination rates stay on track, June/July of this year is a realistic time frame to reopen international borders for tourism.

 

“If people comply with the protocols while testing and vaccination program goes smoothly, I’m sure that our border will be fully reopened in the near future.”

– Sandiaga Uno, Tourism Minister of Indonesia

 

In the meantime, we continue to process E-Visas for our international guests who continue to arrive on international flights via Jakarta. Contact us for details on how we can arrange your E-Visa to visit us in Bali today. Because you deserve to join us at our Uluwatu cliff front in 2021!

 

CLICK HERE for your E-Visa to visit Bali.

Surf Season is Here!

The blue skies and clean swells have returned here in Uluwatu. The ocean is smooth, the swell lines are reliably rolling in, and the only sign of the rainy season is the lush forest canopy and green grass on our Uluwatu cliff front. Those friendly light offshore trade winds are back and the swell forecast for the rest of March and into April is looking excellent.

 

Be among the first to get in on what is looking to be another historically uncrowded surf season here in Uluwatu!

A full house of guests joined us for Nyepi this year. We celebrated the Balinese New Year with peace, serenity and spiritual renewal on the cliffs above Uluwatu.

 

Our Nyepi guests explored our lush gardens, private beach access and temple tour in our vintage Land Rover (before & after Nyepi), practiced yoga from their cliff front villas beside private pools, or just lay in the hammock with a good book while the trade winds tickled their feet.

Kelly Slater puts on a show in front of USV along with Strider Wasilewski, Rizal Tandjung and Betet Merta.

Koa Smith’s Land Rover Adventure

In addition to Hamilton and Slater, 2020 also saw several of the best in their field come to stay with us at the villas, including Championship Tour surfers Kolohe Andino and Griffin Colapinto, Dutch footballer Marc Klok and award-winning Indonesian actress Raline Shah.

 

What did they all have in common? They all wanted to go for a spin in our vintage Land Rover Adventure Wagons! But the award for best USV Land Rover Adventure goes to world-class tube hunter and Surfer Poll Award winner Koa Smith. Koa and his friends loaded up our USV Land Rover and hit the road to discover one of the longest (and glassiest) barrels of the 2020 season in Indonesia. See Koa’s full score below…

Nyepi 2021 at Uluwatu Surf Villas

Guests enjoyed delicious and nutritious meals prepared and delivered to their villas from our Mana Uluwatu on-site restaurant, including an authentic Balinese Dinner on Nyepi Night. The evening brought a clear night sky and stellar light show as all light pollution on the island disappeared for this one special night.

Hand Shaped Gerry Lopez Single Fin – Last Chance!

We have a special opportunity for friends and family of USV to acquire one of our hand-shaped and signed single fins by Gerry Lopez We are pleased to offer our LAST of these extremely rare, exclusively-made Lightning Bolt Surfboards. About the board:

 

“The Pipeline” 7’ 6” – This pintail was developed by Gerry in the early 1970s to negotiate the steep drops of Pipeline. In forest green with dark green rails. This small batch masterpiece is made from original, dead-stock Clark Foam blanks, using Gerry’s original template and rocker – an exact replica of his original shape. Featuring unique opaque green lamination, glassed-on single fin, no leash cup.

 

This last remaining beauty is on display and available at Mana Uluwatu. Worldwide shipping is available. To reserve, please send us an email: mana@uluwatusurfvillas.com

Kids Swim Lessons at Mana Pool

For our Bali families, join us for weekly FRIDAY Little Fish Swim Class at the Mana Uluwatu Pool 🐠🐠🐠 Students will learn swimming fundamentals, build confidence in the water and have fun in the pool with our internationally certified instructor. Classes are limited to 8 students per class. Healthy snacks, refreshments and towels are provided.⁠ Every FRIDAY, 9am-10am. Drop off is possible for kids above 3 years old.⁠

8 lesson package / IDR 1,400,000⁠
1 drop in lesson / IDR 200,000⁠

To reserve a spot for your little fish or for more details please WhatsApp
+62 817 555 421 or email us at info@uluwatusurfvillas.com

Visit us in 2021

Make this the year you experience our amazing Uluwatu cliff front. All our villas are now available for long-term stay (3+ nights) specials! Through April 2021, SAVE up to 30% OFF our standard villa rates. The longer you stay, the more you save!

 

If you’re ready to join us for the luxury surf trip of a lifetime, CLICK HERE for details on how we can arrange your international travel to visit us in Bali.

 

Sending good vibes from Uluwatu!

It’s a new year filled with new opportunities here at our cliff-front paradise. While 2020 was obviously a challenging year, we were grateful to be able to keep our villa doors open, providing jobs for our amazing staff and a safe haven of good vibes and epic waves for all our valued guests in 2020.

 

Highlights of the year included: a historic season of incredible swells and uncrowded waves out front; unveiling our new tropical modern luxury villas to the world; and hosting so many of you who made it to Uluwatu for the vacation of a lifetime in spite of challenging circumstances.

 

This is the first January in years that we still have flexible availability for the upcoming season. Take advantage of this great opportunity to pick your preferred villa for your preferred dates in 2021.

 

We are also currently offering multiple discounts – book any villa for any dates through March 2021 and SAVE up to 30% OFF our standard villa rates. Because you deserve to join us at our Uluwatu cliff front in 2021 💫

CLICK HERE for your epic stay deal here in Bali.

Kelly Slater (left) reunited with his 1994 Pipe Masters trophy in Cliff Front 1; Lewis Hamilton (right) prepares to train in Cliff Front 6.

Home of Champions

Greatness recognizes greatness. In 2020 it was our honor to host two of the the sporting world’s Greatest Of All Time – 7-time Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton and 11-time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater.

 

Mr. Hamilton, a newly-stoked surfer when he’s not tearing up the F1 track, made himself at home in our new Cliff Front 6 5-bedroom luxury villa for over two months – surfing, training and eating healthy from our special plant-based menu at Mana Uluwatu while preparing for the F1 season to resume.

 

After a rejuvenating long-term stay in Cliff Front 6 – and A LOT of epic sessions at empty Uluwatu – Mr. Hamilton returned to the track, going on to claim his record-92nd career win with his victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix in October, surpassing racing legend Michael Schumacher for the all-time F1 wins record. Hamilton continued his amazing run by clinching the 2020 F1 Championship with yet another victory at the Turkish Grand Prix, tying Schumacher for the most championships in the sport’s history, with seven total.

 

Congrats, Champ! We look forward to celebrating your incredible accomplishment with more waves and good times on our cliff front soon!

Lewis Hamilton prepares to paddle out at Uluwatu during his stay at USV.

Slater, meanwhile, stayed with us for over three months beginning in August while the WSL Championship Tour was on hiatus, keeping his barrel form fresh by scoring countless spitting tubes out front and down the road at Padang Padang. During his stay with us, Slater was reunited with his original 1994 Pipe Masters Trophy, courtesy of our GM, Arrow Dunk. He also took advantage of our new speedboat surf charter service to make strike missions to G-Land, Lombok and West Sumbawa when the ideal swells lined up. In between all the perfect waves, Slater enjoyed jamming out in his villa.

 

After an epic stay on the cliff front, Slater headed off to Hawaii to compete in the WSL’s restart at the Pipeline Masters, where he nearly claimed a record eighth Pipe Masters. Our favorite 48-year-old WCT surfer fell to eventual 2020 champion John Florence in a Semifinals Super Heat watched around the world.

 

It was our great pleasure to provide some welcome R&R for two of the hardest working and inspirational athletes in the world while they trained and prepared to return to their respective arenas. Come back any time, gentlemen!

Kelly Slater puts on a show in front of USV along with Strider Wasilewski, Rizal Tandjung and Betet Merta.

Koa Smith’s Land Rover Adventure

In addition to Hamilton and Slater, 2020 also saw several of the best in their field come to stay with us at the villas, including Championship Tour surfers Kolohe Andino and Griffin Colapinto, Dutch footballer Marc Klok and award-winning Indonesian actress Raline Shah.

 

What did they all have in common? They all wanted to go for a spin in our vintage Land Rover Adventure Wagons! But the award for best USV Land Rover Adventure goes to world-class tube hunter and Surfer Poll Award winner Koa Smith. Koa and his friends loaded up our USV Land Rover and hit the road to discover one of the longest (and glassiest) barrels of the 2020 season in Indonesia. See Koa’s full score below…

Koa Smith’s USV Land Rover adventure score.

USV Featured in New Gestalten Book

We are honored to be featured among world-class architectural masterpieces in the new coffee table book from Gestalten“Out Of The Woods: Architecture and Interiors Built From Wood”. Pick up a copy from the venerable publisher’s website and find a cozy spot to enjoy our new favorite coffee table book and get inspired.

“Uluwatu Surf Villas are examples of what a successful dialogue between traditional craft and contemporary design can look like. Against a backdrop of the rolling hills of southern Bali, the resort overlooks the Indian Ocean and the big-wave surf breaks that have made Uluwatu famous.”

— Excerpt from Out Of The Woods: Architecture and Interiors Built From Wood by Gestalten Press

Mana Saturday BBQs

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our weekly Saturday BBQ Sessions at Mana Restaurant & Pool during November and December. We had an epic run of spectacular sunsets, delicious Balinese BBQ, and epic poolside sounds from some our favorite selectors, including Jef Dam and Ozlem and our very own DJ Kish. Thanks to all of you who made it such a special community event!

We are putting our Mana Saturday BBQs on hold for the start of the year, but plan to bring back the fun and community vibes later in the new year. We’ll be sure to keep you all posted. In the meantime, you can enjoy spectacular views at Mana Uluwatu every day from 8am – 9pm. Because the only thing better than an epic sunset is an epic sunset with friends ✨⁠

New Yoga Hours

Just a friendly reminder that class time at Morning Light Yoga has changed slightly. Join us for class every day from 7:30am – 8:45am at our Morning Light Yoga Studio overlooking the Indian Ocean. And don’t forget your complimentary chilled coconut after class, courtesy of Mana Uluwatu.

 

Our experienced instructors, including Jess, Sami and Khat, are always happy to help you find your flow to the rhythm of the waves and make sure you leave every class with an inward smile.

 

Mats are pre-sanitized. To ensure safe distancing, classes are limited to the first 15 students, so be sure to arrive on time. No need to book ahead. See you at Morning Light!

Ocean View Inspiration with Kristyan Stjerne

We are pleased to announce that USV Artist in Residence Kristyan Stjerne – better known around here as “Kish” – has been featured in the latest edition of The Surfer’s Journal. In addition to being a talented artist, Kish is a surfer, yogi, muse and purveyor of good vibes and kindness. If you’ve visited USV in recent years, you’ve no doubt had the pleasure of experiencing Kish’s welcoming good vibes.

 

Among Kish’s recent creative endeavors was helping to design one of our newest luxury villas, Ocean View 6. Kish helped us conceive Ocean View 6 with an artist’s dream retreat in mind, making it the ideal place for a creative escape and the perfect space to get inspired.

Ocean View 6

The Surfer’s Journal article explores Kish’s journey as an artist, surfer and human, and how the magic of Uluwatu has influenced his work and lifestyle. Featuring beautiful photography of Kish at work in his USV studio on his trademark pointillism paintings and surfing his favorite wave out front, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the latest TSJ to learn more about Kish’s unique journey.

 

Kish also recently recorded a captivating episode of the Terrible Happy Talkspodcast here at USV in which he looks for silver linings and shares his hopes that perhaps 2020 was a good year after all. You can listen to Kish’s podcast episode HERE.

 

So if you’re searching for the ideal haven for a creative retreat – be it writing, painting, manifesting or beyond – look no further than Ocean View 6. You can thank Kish after you’ve created your masterpiece.

New Year Specials!

Make this the year you experience our amazing Uluwatu cliff front. All our villas are now available for long-term stay (3+ nights) specials! Through March 2021, SAVE up to 30% OFF our standard villa rates. The longer you stay, the more you save!

 

If you’re ready to join us for the luxury surf trip of a lifetime, CLICK HERE for details on how we can arrange your international travel to visit us in Bali.

Much love from Uluwatu!

Still Pumping, Still Empty

We have exciting news to share from Uluwatu Surf Villas: It’s still pumping, and still empty. The Indian Ocean is enjoying a banner year for surf, with no end in sight, and our special stay deals have been extended through the end of 2020.

Our first wave of guests coming from outside Indonesia have already arrived to get in on this remarkably consistent – and uncrowded – surf season in Bali. As you can see, they are absolutely SCORING with just a few other surfers.

 

If you’re ready to experience perfect Uluwatu without the crowd, and the renowned barefoot luxury of our cliff front resort, CONTACT US to learn how we can arrange your epic stay deal here in Bali.

New Villas Grand Opening

 

We are thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of six new luxury villas at our cliff front resort. We officially christened our new villas with the traditional Balinese Ceremony of Melaspas Mecaru to ensure good vibes. With the blessings of the Balinese Mangku (priest) complete, these magnificent new spaces are now open and ready to host you for a dream stay.

Our new luxury villas range in size from 2 to 5 bedrooms. While each villa is unique in its design and floor plan, all feature modern, angular lines, generous indoor-outdoor spaces, private saltwater swimming pools and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

 

Relax inside an architectural masterpiece, just steps from Bali’s most iconic waves. You can explore our entire property and each of our unique new luxury villas HERE.

Good Vibes Giveaway Winner

 

Through our Good Vibes Giveaway Fundraiser we raised over IDR 15,000,000 in donations for Project Nasi, the humanitarian aid organization in Bali distributing food and basic necessities to families struggling with food insecurity during the current pandemic and associated economic slowdown.

 

Our winning donor is Hannan Harris of Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Ms. Harris and her partner will enjoy a luxury 3-day/2-night USV getaway in one of our 3-bedroom cliff front villas, dinner for two at Mana Restaurant and a Uluwatu Adventure Tour in our USV Adventure Mobile.

 

Terima kasih banyak to Ms. Harris and everyone who donated for their generosity. Together with Project Nasi we are helping to provide vital food and supplies distribution programs for local families here in Uluwatu.

Morning Light Yoga

 

Just a friendly reminder to breathe and stay loose. Join us for Vinyasa Flow class every day from 7:30am – 9am at our Morning Light Yoga Studio overlooking the Indian Ocean. And don’t forget your complimentary chilled coconut after class, courtesy of Mana Uluwatu.

 

Our experienced instructors, including JessSami and Khat, are always happy to help you find your flow to the rhythm of the waves and make sure you leave every class with an inward smile.

 

Mats are pre-sanitized. To ensure safe distancing, classes are limited to the first 15 students, so be sure to arrive on time. No need to book ahead. See you at Morning Light!

New Mana Specials

 

Be sure to check out our delicious new specials at Mana Restaurant & Pool. We are serving breakfast, lunch & dinner daily from 8am – 9pm. Come experience our epic view of Uluwatu and legendary good vibes, along with our mouthwatering new specials, including:

 

Our favorite everyday breakfast special: Chia Goji Berry Bowl + Coffee/Tea + Juice for just IDR 75k.

And don’t miss our new Taco Dinner Special: Choice of any 2 Tacos + Charred Corn + choice of Rice / Black Beans / Taco Salad + Guacamole & choice of fresh Salsa, all for just IDR 75k – add a beer for just +25k! (available 4 – 9 pm everyday).

Tables are spaced apart at safe distances, and all our staff are wearing masks and following the latest health and safety regulations. We look forward to hosting you at Mana for the best view in Uluwatu!

Still Pumping, Still Empty

 

The Indian Ocean continues to deliver the goods to Uluwatu, with plenty more on the way. We’ve never seen all five of the treasured surf spots at our front doorstep so empty – and we probably never will again.

 

If you’re ready to join us for this ongoing dream run, contact us for details on how we can arrange your international travel to visit us in Bali.

Blessings From Uluwatu

A lot has happened here at the end of the road since our last newsletter. Here's a little recap since our previous check in. As always a BIG THANK YOU to all our guests, friends and team members who made these days extra special. 

Our good friend, and California based artist, Andy Davis came east for a visit, and to work on a series of original paintings for his art show entitled "Suka Cita" at Drifter Surf Shop & Gallery. Andy is one of our favorite artists, and we were stoked to host him here while he let his creative juices loose.

Andy developed the show back home in San Diego collaborating with friend and legendary surfer Rob Machado. In addition to the works on canvas, Rob supplied a small quiver of his surfboards that Andy adorned with his iconic touch. Some of the characters portrayed in the paintings may or may not resemble Rob himself 😉 

Upon arrival Andy continued working on pieces he started in the states and began some new ones here. Of course, some Uluwatu surf sessions were shared between all the art making.  On the sprawling deck of
Cliff Front 7,  one of our new tropical modern villas, Andy further develops the body of work. Not coincidentally this villa houses a collection of his art.

Art being made in the stunning architecture of Ocean View 3.

Our incredible on-site woodworking team built handmade float frames from reclaimed teak. These are the same frames that adorn Andy's pieces throughout our property. 

Opening night was a blast!  Friends from near and far arrived to enjoy the festivities.  We saw a big turn out of folks from all over the island and a steady flow of travelers that caught word of the event. The vibes were turned up to level 11.  The Spacemonks spun tunes on the 1's & 2's to get the party going, while people frolicked about. RB's band, ASTAGA played a live set, whom Rob joined onstage for a few songs! 

This surf season was arguably the best this decade. Back-to-back swells graced our reefs nonstop. It seemed there was never a moment when the ocean wasn’t alive in full pounding force. The wave quality and consistency was unreal this year. 

Up top, these three Jay Nelson shade shacks are in full chill mode. Located at the Mana Uluwatu pool, where food & drink can be enjoyed with a sweeping view of the Indian Ocean, access is open to the public, so please come by for a visit!

Jay also designed a bedside lamp that we've made in-house for all the villas. They will also be available at our boutique at Mana Uluwatu soon. 

In June 2020, we're honored to have friend Tom Carroll with us to host
"A Journey Through Meditation"- a meditation & surf retreat with special guests.  Learn more and book your spot here

We've seen some great photography of Cliff Front 7 since our soft opening a couple months ago. 

Have a visit to our website for 2020 availability.
uluwatusurfvillas.com  
to inquire about weddings write to info@uluwatusurfvillas.com

Thank you for being a part of the family & best wishes from all of us at USV. Sampai Jumpa!

Photography included in this newsletter by Evan Schell, Melissa Gayle, Kane Skennar, Tommy Schultz, Nicole Mccurdy, Josh Brook, Sommer Swim & Adam Harteau

 

This Endless Summer's Winter

May & June were two action packed months in our corner of the world. It's hard to believe how many epic days were had - in and out - of the water. A BIG THANK YOU to all our guests, friends and team members who made these days extra special. 

A wonderful group of people traveled far and wide to gather here on the cliffs of Uluwatu to take part in our fourth "Yoga with Aloha" retreat with the legend and guru himself, Gerry Lopez.   

Gerry shared his infectious wisdom & philosophy learned from a life long path enlightened by surfing and yoga. He led daily yoga classes on the cliff and our Morning Light yoga shala. 

There was plenty of water time too. Guests joined Gerry on some excellent sessions out front, and some of our beginners headed down to Padang Padang throughout the week to give surfing a go.

Some of the Patagonia women's design team joined the retreat. They went on a little boat mission and scored!  Below designer, surfer & activist Belinda Baggs finds her flow.

"Relaxation is your fountain of youth. Relaxation is your evergreen" 
-Gerry Lopez

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us for this year's Yoga with Aloha retreat!

We've been busy expanding the property and are excited to announce the completion of two new tropical modern villas by architect Alexis Dornier. 

A new wave of architecturally inspired contemporary enclaves flow with modern, angular lines, generous indoor-outdoor spaces, and their own pools, maintaining a consistent palette of 100-plus year-old reclaimed Dutch teak from Java, reclaimed ironwood from Kalimantan, andesite, terrazzo, local stone, and plenty of glass. A distinct feeling of warmth and respect for craftsmanship pervades these new dwellings.

Cliff Front 7 has a 1970's retro feel with a modern twist. This 4 bedroom masterpiece is open for bookings now. For more details inquire here.

The tropical modern interiors of the new villas consistently include king beds, reclaimed teak furniture custom built onsite, hand-shaped replica teak Alaia surfboards,  and large terrazzo showers. Linen curtains throughout give privacy inside the sun-drenched villas, though when drawn back reveal mesmerizing views of ocean & jungle. Room service from our onsite restaurant, Mana Uluwatu, is available, and there is buggy service to and from the top of the resort.

Ocean View 3 with it's towering walls and sky high ceilings makes you feel like a kid in a castle. For more details on how to book this four bedroom wonder, inquire here.

We commissioned our friend, artist Andy Davis to make us these incredible oversized prints to hang throughout these two new villas. Our team of talented in-house woodworkers made the float frames using reclaimed teak.

In May, artist Jay Nelson and his family came out from San Francisco, CA and stayed with us on the property. Jay designed a series of shade shacks and other unique projects on-sight that we jumped right into building. 

We are building these interactive sculptures from reclaimed Javanese teak.

Two of the 3 capsules have been built, and have found their homes near the Mana Uluwatu pool. One more is in the works and once complete, all 3 will be fully cushioned for maximum relaxing.  These fun interactive sculptures are available for our guests lounging pleasure, and are the perfect place to chill out poolside with your cocktail or clubhouse lunch from our restaurant.

June saw epic surf in our front yard, and some of the worlds most legendary wave riders came through for a visit and enjoyed Uluwatu's famed waves.

Kelly Slater doing his thing right here at Ulu's.

June closed up with the biggest waves since the Big Wednesday swell in July '18, almost a year ago. This is the view from our cliff front lawn as a select few brave souls paddled into some of the heaviest waves Uluwatu has to offer. 

The property has been buzzing with love as wedding season is upon us. For 2020 wedding date availabilities, send us a note here

Thank you for being a part of the family & best wishes from all of us at USV. Sampai Jumpa!

uluwatusurfvillas.com

 

Photography included in this newsletter by Robyn Penn, Tommy Schultz, Margarita Salyak, Seewah Russo, Iker San Martin, Kane Skennar & Adam Harteau.

Making waves in Uluwatu

The waves have been on fire this past month here in Uluwatu. Three back to back swells welcomed us to the season in mid April, lighting up the playing field out front. Then even more rolled into May. Professionals, soul surfers and average Joe's and Jane's all came for a piece of the action. A hand full of solid days had the small community of big wave aficionados dusting off their guns.  A few took to the sea to test their courage for the chance of glory. Some succeeded. Some got smoked.

Hundreds, if not thousands of perfect tubes rolled over the reef in these fleeting days, most unridden. Some of them occupied beneath the curtain for thrilling brief moments of time before ending their journeys across the Indian Ocean. 

More swell is on the forecast!  Book your trip here and come and get a taste!

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We're stoked to have multifaceted artist Jay Nelson staying with us. He is designing a series of interactive structures around the property for you, our guests, to relax and play in. A grouping of open-air lounge capsules will compliment our new pool area, while a path from the deck will lead to a vibey massage den tucked into the jungle. He's also designing unique lighting fixtures for each villa which will also be available in our small boutique. The passenger buggy will be the cherry on top!

"I’m interested in architectural forms because of the weight they carry in our lives. On the most basic level, they provide us with a safe place to rest and think, but they also determine the way we interact with each other and create a frame for the outside world. Arranging the pieces of a structure is infinite and those arrangements make us who we are."

We use reclaimed wood wherever possible in most of our projects. All of the capsules are being built from reclaimed teak. 

Jay has been surfing his hand shaped asymmetrical boards he made in San Francisco.

We're excited to share more as Jay's projects progress in our next newsletter. You can see more of Jay's work on his website JayNelsonArt.com 

May 4th we hosted our first poolside event!

"Land & Sea" was a collaborative dinner with Chef Fernando De Souza of Mana Uluwatu and Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa of Kaum. Celebrating the culture of Bali, the meal was a tribute to the late Chef Agung Nugroho - who was both an inspiration to, and instrumental in, the careers of both chefs.

With a sustainable approach, Chefs Wayan and Fernando combined Chinese, Fijian, Vietnamese and Latin American influences to craft a memorable 6-course meal using the best and freshest local Balinese ingredients from Land and Sea. 

A short film about the chefs collaboration by Tiesbe can be seen here

We've made it as simple as a click of a button to make a reservation at our on-site restaurant Mana Uluwatu.  Groups of 6 or more can reserve a table on our website, Instagram, Facebook and Trip Advisor pages. Come on down for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Thank you for being a part of the family & best wishes from all of us at USV. Sampai Jumpa!

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Bali is calling!

Hello Friends,

Introducing Bali’s most irresistible infinity pool, high on the clifftop in Uluwatu, above the best surf breaks on the island, and in prime position to catch rays and epic sunsets that light up the sky. Once you set your gaze on the 12 x 15 meter new addition at Mana Uluwatu it’s impossible to break it.

In keeping with Mana’s artisanal Bali vibe, deck furniture is hand-crafted by our talented in-house woodworkers and carved in reclaimed teak from Java. A new poolside bar serves cocktails along with fresh juices and chilled coconuts, and the farm and sea fresh menu is available morning to evening. There’s no better place to idle a day sunbathing and swimming.

Surrounded by breathtaking views of waves and lush jungle, our yoga shala inspires a moving meditation unlike any other. We just added a daily afternoon class to the Morning Light Yoga schedule, so you can find you balance throughout the day, and still have time to catch the sunset.

Join one of our amazing instructors for either (or both!) of our classes:
7:30am - 9am
4pm - 5:30pm 

Click here to see all our upcoming yoga retreats.

Only a couple spots remain for our Gerry Lopez "Yoga with Aloha" retreat.

Join the guru from May 18 - 24th to get in tune on land and in the sea. The wisdom that Gerry passes along from a life of surfing and yoga is an inspiring dose you can carry with you throughout your journey. Whether you're new to yoga or surfing, it's sure to be an incredible week of mind and body expanding bliss.  

Click here for details on this all inclusive retreat

Thank you for being a part of the family & best wishes from all of us at USV. Sampai Jumpa!

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Come stay with use in Paradise!

Hello Friends,

The transformation of the south side of the land is well underway, and our vision of creating a refined multi-faceted resort is coming to fruition. We are introducing our latest creation early 2020 consisting of 7 next-level villas. 

"The Residency" at Uluwatu Surf Villas will feature modern lines & angular shapes while retaining the charm and warmth of the rest of our property. 100+ year old reclaimed Dutch teak from Java, reclaimed ironwood from bridges and roads in Kalimantan, andesite stone floor, and custom built teak furniture interiors are a few of the responsibly sourced materials we are using.

Inquire for more information and pre-booking HERE 

Part of our property expansion includes a sprawling grass lawn that will be available for 2020 weddings (see map above). Once completed there will be two cliff front locations to choose from to celebrate your union of love on that special day. 

Everything from sound and lighting, hair and makeup, scheduling and seating charts, rehearsal dinners and recovery BBQs will be a breeze with our experienced wedding planner guiding the way. 2020 wedding dates are booking fast, and we have only one available for 2019! 

Inquire for more info and pre-booking HERE

We have some really inspiring tropical yoga & meditation retreats coming up. Find your flow, and rebalance during a retreat in our open-air reclaimed teak yoga temple. Sessions in the shala are undeniably idyllic and the ultimate way to discover your Zen. We also have daily classes open to the public at Morning Light Yoga.

To view the roster for our current and upcoming retreats click HERE

To get info on hosting your own retreat with us click HERE

On Thursday March 7th, from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning is Nyepi, the Balinese day of silence. 

Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists are not exempt from the restrictions. Although they are free to do as they wish inside their hotel rooms, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. There will be no wifi available or TV, and we ask there to be no lights turned on after dark. Air conditioning will be available. This is a holiday of self-reflection. What better way to ponder the universe than to go outside and sit under the stars. This is THE best day of the year to view the night sky here in Bali.

Thank you for being a part of the family & best wishes from all of us at USV!
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Sampai Jumpa!

 

New Year, New Look

We have exciting news to share from Uluwatu Surf Villas: It's still pumping, and still empty. The Indian Ocean is enjoying a banner year for surf, with no end in sight, and our special stay deals have been extended through the end of 2020.

 

 

Our first wave of guests coming from outside Indonesia have already arrived to get in on this remarkably consistent - and uncrowded - surf season in Bali. As you can see, they are absolutely SCORING with just a few other surfers.

If you’re ready to experience perfect Uluwatu without the crowd, and the renowned barefoot luxury of our cliff front resort, CONTACT US to learn how we can arrange your epic stay deal here in Bali.

 

 

 

New Villas Grand Opening

We are thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of six new luxury villas at our cliff front resort. We officially christened our new villas with the traditional Balinese Ceremony of Melaspas Mecaru to ensure good vibes. With the blessings of the Balinese Mangku (priest) complete, these magnificent new spaces are now open and ready to host you for a dream stay.

 

 

 

Our new luxury villas range in size from 2 to 5 bedrooms. While each villa is unique in its design and floor plan, all feature modern, angular lines, generous indoor-outdoor spaces, private saltwater swimming pools and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

Relax inside an architectural masterpiece, just steps from Bali’s most iconic waves. You can explore our entire property and each of our unique new luxury villas HERE.

 

 

 Good Vibes Giveaway Winner

Through our Good Vibes Giveaway Fundraiser we raised over IDR 15,000,000 in donations for Project Nasi, the humanitarian aid organization in Bali distributing food and basic necessities to families struggling with food insecurity during the current pandemic and associated economic slowdown.

Our winning donor is Hannan Harris of Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Ms. Harris and her partner will enjoy a luxury 3-day/2-night USV getaway in one of our 3-bedroom cliff front villas, dinner for two at Mana Restaurant and a Uluwatu Adventure Tour in our USV Adventure Mobile.

Terima kasih banyak to Ms. Harris and everyone who donated for their generosity. Together with Project Nasi we are helping to provide vital food and supplies distribution programs for local families here in Uluwatu.

 

 Morning Light Yoga Just a friendly reminder to breathe and stay loose. Join us for Vinyasa Flow class every day from 7:30am – 9am at our Morning Light Yoga Studio overlooking the Indian Ocean. And don’t forget your complimentary chilled coconut after class, courtesy of Mana Uluwatu.

Our experienced instructors, including Jess, Sami and Khat, are always happy to help you find your flow to the rhythm of the waves and make sure you leave every class with an inward smile.

Mats are pre-sanitized. To ensure safe distancing, classes are limited to the first 15 students, sobe sure to arrive on time. No need to book ahead. See you at Morning Light!

 

 New Mana Specials

Be sure to check out our delicious new specials at Mana Restaurant & Pool. We are serving breakfast, lunch & dinner daily from 8am - 9pm. Come experience our epic view of Uluwatu and legendary good vibes, along with our mouthwatering new specials, including: Our favorite everyday breakfast special: Chia Goji Berry Bowl + Coffee/Tea + Juice for just IDR 75k.

 

 And don't miss our new Taco Dinner Special: Choice of any 2 Tacos + Charred Corn + choice of Rice / Black Beans / Taco Salad + Guacamole & choice of fresh Salsa, all for just IDR 75k - add a beer for just +25k! (available 4 - 9 pm everyday).

 

Tables are spaced apart at safe distances, and all our staff are wearing masks and following the latest health and safety regulations. We look forward to hosting you at Mana for the best view in Uluwatu!

 

Still Pumping, Still Empty

The Indian Ocean continues to deliver the goods to Uluwatu, with plenty more on the way. We’ve never seen all five of the treasured surf spots at our front doorstep so empty – and we probably never will again. If you’re ready to join us for this ongoing dream run, contact us for details on how we can arrange your international travel to visit us in Bali.