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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!

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

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.