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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!

uluwatusurfvillas.com

 

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!

uluwatusurfvillas.com

 

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!
uluwatusurfvillas.com

Sampai Jumpa!

 

New Year, New Look

Hello Friends,

Uluwatu Surf Villas wishes you a bright 2019! Thank you for being part of our community. We've been busy creating a whole new look and feel for our brand. We just launched our updated website, and would love it if you had a look.  All February bookings receive 10% off using promo code FEBLOVE.  www.uluwatusurfvillas.com

We are excited to introduce our latest addition: Mana Uluwatu! 

Our open-air restaurant and bar is perched over the villas, with sweeping 180° views of the Indian Ocean. It's the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic meal with a legendary sunset. A refined yet laid-back setting in which to savor eclectic, nourishing, flavorful cuisine from the local land and sea. Come in and join us for a meal sometime. Click HERE for our menu. We recently created a special menu for group events as well. Inquire at mana@uluwatusurfvillas.com

The 2019 retreat season starts with our in house yoga teacher, Jess, who is partnering up with her Mom to lead a yoga and mediation retreat March 5-10th. This intimate retreat is happening over Nyepi—a full day of silence and meditation that is observed throughout Bali!  A truly remarkable experience, the island's "Day of Silence" can help you touch a stillness rarely accessible in this busy modern world. Jess will lead you through several types of asana practice, while Leslie then guides the mind through Buddhist meditation traditions. Come tap into the mind, body and spirit while experiencing Bali's unique culture atop Uluwatu's magical clifftops. Don't miss out!  Click HERE for more info.

Best wishes from all of us at USV

 
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