Visiting one of the many beach clubs dotted along the coastline of Bali’s well known Uluwatu region is a must do experience for any holidaymaker. Choosing the best beach club to visit can be a difficult task, as there are several options, all with their merits. On our recent trip, we spent a day relaxing at the beautiful Karma Beach Club in Uluwatu. Having visited a few beach clubs during my time in Bali, this one had to be one of my favourites for many reasons – great food, great music, relaxed family-friendly atmosphere. It also happened to be one of the more intimate of the available choices.
You’re lounging on a private cabana at an intimate secluded beach cove, surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and coral reef. You order some freshly caught seafood for lunch while soaking up some rays. Maybe you want to have an oceanside massage or try a fun stand-up paddleboard yoga workout.
A fruity cocktail is served up by a friendly and attentive waiter as you while away the afternoon listening to laid-back tunes and soaking up some rays. And as the sun goes down, you dance the evening away under the stars to the chilled out beats mixed by a live DJ. This is the ultimate in chilled-out barefoot luxury!
Does this sound like your kind of experience?
Karma Beach Club in Uluwatu is located the furthest away from the popular tourist area of all the beach clubs. It’s situated at the exclusive and luxurious Karma Kandara Resort.
You don’t need to be staying at Karma Kandara Resort to access the beach club. If you do choose to stay at the resort, you’re in for a real treat. But many visitors choose to make a day trip here instead. The only requirement is that you must spend a certain amount of money on food and beverages in order to use the facility. Which is pretty easy to do if you plan to spend a whole day there.
The food and drinks served at Karma Beach Club are reasonably priced by western standard, a little on the expensive side by Balinese standard, but in my opinion well worth it for a private luxury beach club experience. They serve a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and Indonesian style cuisine and freshly-caught seafood, along with delicious hand-crafted cocktails, wine and local beers.
How to Get There
The Karma Beach Club in Uluwatu is approximately 1-hour drive from Seminyak on Bali’s remote Bukit Peninsula. I would recommend planning a full-day trip to make the drive worth it. Trust me, it is easy to spend a full day in this beautiful piece of paradise – we spent 5 hours there and didn’t want to leave.
It is not very easy to find and taxis generally don’t wait around the resort so consider hiring a driver for the day or hiring a car/motorcycle and driving there yourself. Just be aware of the risks involved with riding motorcycles in Bali. I don’t recommend doing this unless you have experience riding motorcycles.
The beach can be accessed via funicular from Karma Kandara Resort. The cost is IDR 500,000 Rupiah per person (approximately US$50) which includes IDR 200,000 entrance fee and IDR 300,000 food and beverage credit. You can also walk down the stairs if you’re up for some exercise.
It might be a good idea to check the tide times before you head there. The beach can become engulfed in water during high tide. At low tide, it can be difficult to swim and there is no paddle boarding due to the exposed reef.
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