If you have been following our yoga, surf and foodie filled pre-retreat adventure on Insta you will have noticed we were back in our old stomping ground of beautiful Bali! We were almost three weeks into our pre-retreat adventure and we had spent a little time in Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud and settled for awhile in Uluwatu.

Wet salty hair pulled back in a loose bun, red eyes, sun kissed skin, soggy salty butts and sandy feet. WELCOME TO Bingin/ Padang Padang / Uluwatu

The mood - it’s slow subtle and open, breezy and light. It’s the place you ride your scooter before the sun rises with only your surf board in tow. The choice of what to wear no longer exist within your morning routine, you simply slip into your swimmers and oversized lazy tee - shoes optional. The surfing is of course the main draw here, with a glorious stretch of 5 miles that contains more quality waves than anywhere else on the planet.


  1. Staying at Uluwatu Surf Villas: Totally nailed the surfer + yoga couple requirements with yoga at 7.30 each morning and direct access to an amazing surf break just a short climb down the cliff face to your own beach side access. With brekkie included, in room massages and salt water pools to accompany the most specular sunsets - this was one of the best places we have stayed, feels just like home.
  2. Coffee at Suka Expresso: The coffee is strong and the internet is fast! Must try their chai and smoothie bowls and if your feeling a little daring the unicorn milkshake is just out of his world!
  3. Drifers Surf Shop: A cool surf shop with some of the best cosies a girl could ask for! It’s also part coffee shop with an outdoor grassy area for late night smooth acoustics. It has a cool feel, oozing that holiday feel.
  4. Thomas Beach: After your coffee at Suka, take the rocky white gravel road that is directly across the road down to Thomas Beach. Hire a beach lounge, grab a coconut and paddle board on the crystal clear waters. 
  5. The Cashew Tree: The desserts are just stupidly good - ask for extra Carmel ice-cream on the side! Don’t panic just next door is the Bali Training Centre. (For the Mums - there is a play ground attached to this coffee shop if your interested in finishing a conversation with your partner at dinner!)
  6. Staying at Bo Ho Bingin: I really love this place. Really simple but super cute and killer for a great Insta pic. Great pool and a short walk down to Bingin Beach!
  7. Walks down from Uluwattu Surf Villas to Wargung under Single Fin: A short walk down the road and stair case to one of the original local warung's to have some of the best banana pancakes ever! All while watching the morning surfers - nothing fancy just pure bliss!
  8. Afternoon at Sundays: Get in early or book your beanbag! Sit and watch the sunset while cooking mushmellows on the bomb fire and sipping cocktails between dips in the beach. It's a little pricing and touristy but well worth it!
  9. The Bukit Cafe Bali: Emanating the chilled-out Uluwatu scene, one of my absolute favourite places to hang out in Bali! Serving up healthy and delicious meals, juices and coffees, we were really impressed with this place!
  10. Laniakea: Just next door to Bukit Cafe Bali. Simple, Convenient and cheap!

Few extra suggestions:

  • I also hear the temple is a must - but I couldn’t be arsed with two kids, although I am sure at some point I’ll pop my nose in and check it out. 
  • Padang Padang beach - just avoid it, its way over crowded and super cheesy. 
  • Single Fin was okay, but it’s a scene and with kids total nightmare, but hey if your a couple on a holiday without kids I think it would be super fun!
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Casey Cordoba