3 Hour Activities


ULUWATU TEMPLE
Jalan Pura Uluwatu

CATCH A FIERY SUNSET SHOW

  • Explore a sacred temple high on a cliff
  • Dodge monkeys in the wild
  • Be dazzled by an ancient fire dance

Chasing sunsets is a worthy pursuit in Bali—and the evening sky show at Uluwatu Temple is the one to track down. Arrive around 5 p.m. and pay your respects at the ancient stone shrine—one of six Sad Kahyangan temples on the island—towering high above the pounding surf below. Follow the footpath as it hugs the cliff’s edge, but be mindful of the sunglasses-stealing monkeys that roam freely (if one of the cheeky residents swipes something, offer food as a bribe in exchange). Grab a ticket (easily purchased on-site) for the nightly kecak (monkey) and fire dance based on Ramayana, an epic 24,000-verse Sanskrit poem. Score an ocean-facing seat and settle in for the trance-like orchestral performance by troop of three-dozen men dressed in elaborate costumes chanting against the melting sky backdrop. Have your camera ready for the climactic scene when the monkey king sets blaze to the castle. Pack a hand fan and a bottle of water to cool you down during the fiery spectacle.
Have a driver take you the 40-minutes to Ulutwatu Temple and back again.

ULUWATU TEMPLE
Jalan Pura Uluwatu

SINGLE FIN BALI
Jalan Mamo, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
+62-361-769941
singlefinbali.com

NALU BOWLS
Jalan Mamo, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
+62-812-36054019
nalubowls.com

SPEND SUNDAY LIKE A SURFER

  • Hang (or Hang Ten) with the locals
  • Taste a favorite surfer snack
  • Listen to DJs and live bands play beachy tunes

Whether winding down the week or kicking things off, locals mark it with the Sunday sessions at surf-inspired Single Finn. Avoid the crowds by showing up at this laid-back beachfront cafe mid-day. Energize with Nalu Bowls’ antioxidant-boosting jumble of fruit, juices, and house-made granola named for surf breaks around the world. Try the Pipeline—a creamy blend of coconut, banana, pineapple, and mango. With a fruit-filled bowl in hand, stroll down to the shore to the secluded Suluban Beach for a picnic. Afterwards, float in the turquoise-hued water as you watch surfers grab the last waves of the day. Dry off and hike back up to Single Finn to sip fresh fruit cocktails on one of the four ocean-ogling decks (top perch: the first or fourth tiers). Sway to sets from DJs spinning tunes or live bands as the sun takes its final bow.
​​Hire a car for half a day or take a taxi for the 45-minute trip to Single Finn.

SINGLE FIN BALI
Jalan Mamo, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
+62-361-769941
singlefinbali.com

NALU BOWLS
Jalan Mamo, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
+62-812-36054019
nalubowls.com

GANESHA
Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, Indonesia
+62–361-703532
ganeshacafe.com

FEAST ON FRESH SEAFOOD

  • Snack on charcoal grilled corn-on-the-cob
  • Pick your dinner right from the tank
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Dining on grilled fish a skip away from the sea with a Bintang in hand at Ganesha Cafe on Jimbaran Bay is Bali-by-the-books—in the best way possible. It’s all about taking it easy, starting with a lift from the hotel via the cafe’s complimentary car service. Time your arrival 30 minutes prior to sunset, and if you happen to see the vendors hawking charcoal-grilled corn-on-the cob, grab an ear as a pre-dinner snack. Ganesha’s beachfront setting is simple and the grilled-to-order seafood menu (choose your still-swimming entree from the wall of tanks) is straightforward—but all is spot on. Squid, lobster, or crab will be cooked in either a house-made garlic or Balinese sauce and served with steamed rice, vegetables, peanuts, and fruit. Even the wedding party-like band playing Top 40s hits somehow seems just right in this setting.
Have the concierge call ahead to make your reservation and arrange for the restaurant’s pick-up service. Ganesha is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

GANESHA
Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, Indonesia
+62–361-703532
ganeshacafe.com

JENGGALA
Jalan Uluwatu II, Bali, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
+62-361-703311
jenggala.com
Paint-a-Pot classes offered daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, last session at 4:00 pm

PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY

  • Score signature tableware from master ceramicists
  • Design your own keepsake mug or bowl
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If a hand-hammered porcelain serving bowl or mod ceramic and wood kendi (a traditional Indonesian pitcher) catches your eye, it’s most likely the handiwork of Jenggala. Venture to the fishing village of Jimbaran to the ceramics studio where artisans have been crafting distinctive tableware for three decades. Shop the signature Frangipani, Batik, and Pincuk (a nod to traditional serving dishes fashioned from banana leaves) collections for keepsake pieces. Or, drop in for a Paint-A-Pot class open to artists of all ages. Choose from unfinished mugs, bowls, plates, cups, and saucers and resident artists will instruct on sketching designs, selecting colors, and choosing glazes for the finished piece (note: it takes four days for masterpieces to bake and dry). After class, stop by Warung Keramik, the on-site cafe, for a fresh juice and a plate of sizzling satay served with traditional rice cakes and briney achar.
Jenggala is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Hire a taxi for the ride there, and hail one on the street for the return trip.

JENGGALA
Jalan Uluwatu II, Bali, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
+62-361-703311
jenggala.com
Paint-a-Pot classes offered daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, last session at 4:00 pm

PANDAWA BEACH
Darmawangsa Street, Kutuh Village, Kuta, Bali
15,000 rupiah entry fee

PADANG PADANG
Jalan Labuansait No.73, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
10,000 rupiah entry fee

BALI SURF CAMP
Jl Labuan Sait, Pecatu
+62-81-999-283549
balisurfingcamp.com

BALANGAN BEACH
Jalan Pantai Balangan, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
no entry fee

DO A BEACH HOP

  • Greet the day from a secret beach
  • Paddle out for a surf lesson
  • Laze the afternoon away in a beachfront lounger

Dotted with limestone cliffs, glittering beaches, and impossibly clear waters the Bukit Peninsula—where the Conrad Bali sits—begs to be explored. Set aside a few hours to beach hop. Start at Pandawa, an under-the-radar swath ideal for sunrises, swimming, and sandcastle building. Previously reached only by boat or steep hike, a road has recently been carved out of the mountain making it easier to access this “secret beach”. The five carved stone Hindu statues of the big brothers of the Mahabharata (after which the beach is named) however, are impossible to miss. Cruise 30 minutes across the island to the Western coast to reach surfer hotspot Padang Padang. Rent a stand up paddle board, or learn to surf with the pros (look into Bali Surf Camp for lessons). Need provisions? Swing by one of the bamboo warungs (Bali’s answer to the corner store). Hit this hotspot by 11 a.m. for a crowd-free frolick before the tour buses roll in. Finally, point the car north towards Balangan Beach, which draws surfers in for its long left-handed breaks. High tide is the best for swimmers, and this laid-back beach has no shortage of sun loungers for rent or warungs for snacks, so plan to set up camp.
Rent a car for half a day to reach all three beaches. Each beach is about 20 to 30 minutes drive from one another.

PANDAWA BEACH
Darmawangsa Street, Kutuh Village, Kuta, Bali
15,000 rupiah entry fee

PADANG PADANG
Jalan Labuansait No.73, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
10,000 rupiah entry fee

BALI SURF CAMP
Jl Labuan Sait, Pecatu
+62-81-999-283549
balisurfingcamp.com

BALANGAN BEACH
Jalan Pantai Balangan, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
no entry fee

MUSEUM PACIFIKA
Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area Block P
+62-361774935
museum-pasifika.com

BEBEK BENGIL
Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area
+62-361-894811

FILL UP ON LOCAL CULTURE

  • See Bali through the eyes of international artists
  • View works by local fine artists
  • Bite into a crispy classic dish

Explore Bali’s history through an artist’s lens as you wander the Museum Pacifika. Compact yet comprehensive, this building with high ceilings and Balé pavilion-style rooms is packed with nearly 600 pieces. The work of 200 artists from 25 countries depicts Bali’s history and its allure to the outside world. Don’t miss the rare collection of Pacific Island masks, weapons, and work from Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur, Theo Meier, Miguel Covarrubias, and Donald Friend. Admire the lively paintings of dancing women by local painter Nyoman Gunarsa and the portraits and oil paintings by Raden Saleh, considered the first modern Indonesian artist. Following your dose of culture, walk 10 minutes to fill up on another Balinese classic at Bebek Bengil. It’s affectionately known as the Dirty Duck Diner for its house specialty, the roast duck, which is steamed in aromatic Indonesian spices then deep-fried for a crispy finish. Dig in and dip it into the kecap manis (Indonesian-style sweet soy sauce) served on the side.
​​The Museum Pacifika is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and Bebek Bengil is a three-minute drive (or a 10-minute walk) from the museum.

MUSEUM PACIFIKA
Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area Block P
+62-361774935
museum-pasifika.com

BEBEK BENGIL
Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area
+62-361-894811