Uluwatu is a gorgeous part of Southern Bali that is renowned as being one of the best surfing destinations in Indonesia. Its name literally translates to mean ‘land’s end’ and ‘rock’, so you know that you’re going to be greeted by stunningly rugged coastline if you choose Uluwatu as your next vacation destination.
Uluwatu most notably leapt to notoriety among the surfing crowd following its feature in the 1971 surfing film Morning of the Earth. After being featured so prominently in this cult favorite surfer flick, Uluwatu has attracted surf tourism from all over the world ever since. If you’re looking for somewhere iconic to catch some waves, Uluwatu is the place to go!
We have curated a list of seven of the very best Uluwatu hotels so you can enjoy the ultimate surfing getaway in Bali. Our list features highly-rated hotels near multiple different beaches in the vicinity of Uluwatu, so you can see for yourself which beaches appeal to you most. From luxury hotels right on the beachfront, to waveside accommodation that perfectly encapsulates the surfing spirit, Journeying The Globe has found the best places for your next surfing vacation.
1. Pinkcoco Bali – for Cool Adults Only
Pinkcoco Bali is a pure paradise for keen surfers looking to spend their trip to Uluwatu in comfort and surrounded by the coolest beachside décor. It is a mere 200 yards from Padang Padang Beach, one of Uluwatu’s most popular surf sports. Obviously, it is the location that really sets Pinkcoco Bali apart from other surfing hotels because you will barely have left the comfort of your cozy bed in your groovy room before you can feel the salty spray of the ocean on your face. Attracting as many surf tourists as it does, Pinkcoco Bali also offers special surfing tours and lessons, as well as a whole host of other watersports that you can enjoy on Padang Padang Beach.
Better still, Pinkcoco Bali is a great place to relax and unwind when you’re taking a break from the surf. It has its own on-site bars and restaurants where you can dine on delicious tapas-style snacks and grills, and try some refreshingly fun cocktails. There’s also a pool for when you’re craving a more serene aquatic experience. To top it all off, Pinkcoco Bali is only a mere 10-minute drive from the famous Uluwatu Temple, too. A stay at Pinkcoco Bali means you get to experience all the culture and tranquility of Bali without missing out on some of the world’s most exquisite surf.
Address: Padang – Padang Beach, Jl. Labuansait, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Best For: People in search of an utterly surf-centric vacation
2. Rasasvada Cottages
Rasasvada Cottages are the perfect option for surfers who want to take control of the waves and their vacation. This complex comes complete with a number of different cottages, from bungalows that are perfect for couples or surfing duos, to larger house-style cottages that can home your entire family as you teach your little ones how to ride the waves in Uluwatu. There is a swimming pool on-site, as well as free wifi throughout the resort and tea and coffee-making facilities in every cottage. This means that you have all the amenities of a hotel at your disposal, including airport transfers, air conditioning, and even a bar. And, with all of this, you also have the freedom of an apartment or villa, meaning you can make your vacation your own.
In terms of its proximity to the surf, Rasasvada Cottages is one of the most well-equipped places you can stay in Uluwatu. Less than a five-minute walk away from your cottage is the beach of Bingin, where you can surf to your heart’s content without having to stray too far from your comfortable base. However, if you want to explore multiple different beaches, including some of the best surfer beaches in Uluwatu, then you’re also in luck. Rasasvada Cottages is also a short car ride away from the always popular Padang Padang Beach and Dreamland Beach, so you are never too far away from some of the best waves in Bali.
Address: Jalan suara ombak Bingin, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Best For: Surfers who want to do their vacation in their own way
3. Jumana Bali Ungasan Resort
The Jumana Bali Ungasan Resort is really something special that will appeal to avid surfers with highly discerning tastes. Catering not exclusively for the surfing crowd, this resort is a five-star complex comprising ultra-luxurious villas, each with its own private pool, to give you an incredibly indulgent surfing sojourn in Uluwatu. You have unmatched views of the majestic Indian Ocean from the resort’s incredible infinity pool, as well as access to some world-class fine dining in the restaurants of the Jumana Bali Ungasan Resort. Choose from laidback elegance in the sumptuous Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant that overlooks the sea, or be enthralled and entertained with traditional performance art and cuisine at the Bambu Restaurant.
The resort itself has magnificent beach views, and you are only a short drive away from Jimbaran Bay. Jimbaran Bay is one of the more high-end surf spots in Uluwatu, but it offers waves that can rival any other part of Bali when the surf season is in full swing. This makes the Jumana Bali Ungasan Resort something really special in Uluwatu: a spot where you don’t have to compromise on luxury or thrills. Pamper yourself in your private villa when you are in the mood to unwind, and then head down to the bay when you’re ready to immerse yourself in the surf.
Address: Jl. Melasti, Ungasan, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Best For: Vacationers who want their surf with a side of five-star elegance
4. The Room Padang-Padang
The Room Padang-Padang offers keen surfers enviable access to one of the most highly coveted surfing beaches in all of Uluwatu: Padang Padang Beach. Not only are you able to sleep practically right on Padang Padang Beach, but you are also less than two miles away from Balangan Beach – another hotspot for surfing aficionados in Bali. This is a fantastic place to choose to stay if easy beach access is at the top of your vacation list.
The Room Padang-Padang may well be in a prime location, but it is also a fantastic hotel in and of itself, offering guests incredible service in a beautiful setting. When you’re not preoccupied with the surf or finding the best beaches, you can utterly unwind and relax in the stunning grounds of The Room Padang-Padang. Home to a gorgeous garden and an outdoor swimming pool, you will also find yourself connected to free wifi all throughout the property and be able to enjoy some exquisite cuisine at the on-site restaurant too. Light, airy, laidback, and modern, this hotel makes a great base for keen surfers who like to have somewhere comfortable and clean to come home to after a long day at the beach.
Address: Jl. Labuansait No.73, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Best For: People who want to stay as close to the beach as physically possible
5. Dreamsea Bali
Dreamsea Bali does exactly what it says on the tin: it really is a dream by the sea for surfing experts and downright novices alike. In fact, Dreamsea Bali offers sumptuously fresh beachfront living right on Impossible Beach, boasting spectacular sea views from all over the resort. On top of that, Dreamsea Bali is also only a stone’s throw away from some of the other beach gems of Uluwatu, such as Thomas Beach and the ever-popular Padang Padang Beach. With so many spectacular beaches within arm’s reach of this hotel, this is one place that will suit enthusiastic surfers equally as well as avid sunbathers.
On top of its unparalleled views and wonderful location, Dreamsea Bali also has its own on-site bar and restaurant, so you never have to leave the positive vibes and comfort of your own dreamy slice of Uluwatu if you don’t want to. There is also free wifi throughout the hotel and it’s pet-friendly! So, even if you don’t bring a furry little friend of your own on vacation, there is a good chance that you will be able to meet some of your other guests’. In particular, this hotel really suits families and groups of people who might have differing surfing abilities: there is great access to the surf, but this hotel is so much more than just a surfing identity.
Address: Jl. Labuansait No.432, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Best For: People of all surfing abilities who want to fit as much beach into their vacation as possible
6. Le Cliff Bali
Le Cliff Bali is right next door to Dreamsea Bali, so you already know that this hotel is in a fantastic location for a vacation in a surfer’s paradise. Le Cliff Bali offers the same spectacular views, the same wonderful sound of the sea lapping outside your hotel room, and the same fantastic proximity to some of the best surfing beaches in Uluwatu, and in Bali! Less than two miles away from Nunggalan Beach, Le Cliff Bali is in a fantastic spot if you’re looking to try your surfing skills out all over the different beaches of Uluwatu.
As well as being right on the beach, the rooms at Le Cliff Bali all come complete with its own terraced sitting area, so you can unwind and relax to the soothing sounds of the sea in the privacy of your own room when you are in need of some alone time. In fact, this hotel offers an impressive balance between tranquility and energy, offering access to incredible Uluwatu nightlife as well as peaceful private rooms and yoga sessions. Le Cliff Bali is really a fantastic hotel to choose if you like your vacations to have a lot of variety.
Address: Jl. Labuansait, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Best For: Holidaymakers in search of surf, scenery, and socialising
7. Rock ‘n Reef
Rock ‘n Reef in Uluwatu is a great place to stay if you prefer stopping somewhere smaller, with fewer guests, but that still boasts all the same amenities as a busy hotel. And, in terms of the surfing opportunities at Rock ‘n Reef, you really can’t get much better! This accommodation is located right on the beach front, giving you incredibly easy access to some of the best waves in Uluwatu. Not only is it right there on Padang Padang Beach, but Rock ‘n Reef is only a mere stone’s throw away from Balangan Beach, too, so once again you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the perfect surfing beach.
Not only is Rock ‘n Reef a really cool place to lay your head after a long day riding the waves, but it is also a fantastic place to simply chill out, mingle in peace with your fellow guests, and enjoy the gorgeous climate of Bali. Plus, breakfast is included in the price of your stay and available everyday of the week, so you know that you can go out and enjoy a full day of surfing after a delicious, fresh, and nourishing start to your day. As well as being able to surf right in front of your hotel room, but you can also benefit from a whole host of other activities at Rock ‘n Reef, such as billiards, snorkeling, canoeing, and even full use of the on-site hot tub. So, even when you’ve had your fill of surfing for the day, you will never be bored at Rock ‘n Reef.
Address: Jl. Pemutih, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Best For: Surfers who love laidback vibes and a chance to try new things