1. Beach Days .. Sun, Sand, Salt & Sea
The Bukit (or hilly) Peninsula with its rugged limestone cliffs and abundant sunset vistas has some alluring beaches and coves, hidden in the most unlikely of places. Known more for its abundance of good waves than its beaches, the Bingin area is home to some real gems if you dare to explore. If it be palm fronged, long deserted stretches of sand you are after or shimmering, turquoise coloured coves, there are secrets to be discovered daily. You will need a mode of transport to venture forth be it a driver, rental car or scooter, however some of the discoveries are right under Bingin’s nose. Come to stay with us at Melali and we will happily divulge our treasure chest of locations.
For those who surf the Bukit Peninsula is virtually unrivalled for its quality and variety of breaks. From Balangan to Bingin, Padang Padang to Uluwatu and everywhere in between this is surfing heaven. Steady trade winds groom consistent, powerful Indian Ocean swells which unfurl their energy on abundant reefs and beaches. World class is to be said an understatement.
If Bingin, Padang Padang or the surrounding beaches happen to be your learn to surf destination, there are plenty of respected schools and guides to help you on your surfing journey. TNT Surf School down on Bingin Beach is a great place to start. Run by a leading and respected local Bingin Boardriders member, the guides here offer professional and safe instruction for people of all ages. Nyoman Artaka more widely known as ‘Steamy’ also provides a surfing lessons service. Another Bingin local and gifted surfer, he will happily teach anything from an hour to a day of surf instruction or a week or two of surf guiding if that’s what you require.
From those wanting their very first lesson to the many visiting professional surfers there is something here for everyone.
3. Explore / Wander /Get Lost
Part of the fun of being on the Bukit is the adventure had by scooter. Getting lost amongst the myriad of laneways and back roads around the beaches of Bingin, Balangan, Dreamland, Padang Padang and Uluwatu is a rich experience. The locals are a friendly bunch and the Balinese culture makes for some amazing photography. So get out there and explore!
Often encouraged is an adventure by scooter. The surrounding Bingin farmland and hills are a warren of laneways dotted with traditional Balinese homes and local people going about their daily lives. A folk of friendly smiles getting lost is essential. Hidden temples, cliff-top sunset spots and panoramic view points abound. Secluded sandy beaches are out there waiting for your discovery. So rent a bike get out there and explore
For yogis or the yoga inspired Bingin and neighbouring Uluwatu are blessed with a number of great studios. Mu, Temple Lodge and Cashew Tree in Bingin and Morning Light and Yoga Searcher in Uluwatu all offer daily classes at various times throughout the morning and afternoon. The teachers here are very knowledgeable and have many years of instructing experience. Additionally most of the studios have adjoining cafes or eateries which offer fabulous food, juices, smoothies. So start your holiday in the Bingin area on the right foot, be good to yourself. Your body, mind and spirit will love you for it.
5. Pamper Sessions
There are a number of day spas in and around Bingin Beach, Padang Padang and Uluwatu. Some of which are perched on the cliff edge, gazing outward over a turquoise ocean. In Bingin Village you will find spas at Mick's Place, Acacia, Mu & Temple Lodge - all within a short stroll from Melali. Further afield you'll find Esthetic, Laniakea & Yoga Searcher. All offer extensive treatments from facials and pedicures to foot and full body traditional Balinese massages. In the busier months (May - September) it is highly recommended that reservations be made in advance to avoid the disappointment of missing out.
6. Beach Clubs
If the thought of a secluded, private beach at the base of towering limestone cliffs accessible only by gondola sounds like your cup of tea, look no further than the beach clubs at Karma Kandara and Sundays (formally known as Finns Beach Club). Located on the southern coast of the Bukit Peninsula - a mere twenty minutes from Bingin Beach - both provide a dreamy, island beach experience. The food and beverage lists are extensive. Wood fired pizzas, smokey grilled fish, freshly baked baguettes, salads and sandwiches are just some of the cuisine on offer. With the use of sun loungers, bean bags, SUP’s, kayaks and snorkeling equipment all included in your entry fee, there’s plenty to do if that’s your persuasion. Otherwise simply lounge about on the sandy shores, frolic in the alluring ocean or beat the heat in the shade with a book and Bintang.
7. Take in a Sunset
The sweeping cliffs of the south western Bukit Peninsula provide for some of the best sunset views in all of Bali. It's the perfect spot to watch the sun go down into the shimmering Indian Ocean. Grab a sarong and some "travellers" (take away drinks), find a cliff edge and take it all in. Alternatively, there are numerous warungs, bars, restaurants and cafes perched atop the towering cliffs. Kick back, settle in and watch the sun go down to the beat of your drum, in luxury or local style.
8. Temple Visit
The temple at Uluwatu - Pura Luhur - is an important religious symbol for the Balinese people. One of Bali’s nine key directional temples, it’s cliff top location is indeed impressive. Peering out over the vast Indian Ocean can feel like one is sitting on the throne of Bali. Facing west, Pura Luhur is a great place to view the days sunset followed by the nightly Kecak (fire} dance performance.
9. Hit some balls
New Kuta Golf is a five minute scooter ride from Melali. Tucked away behind Bingin and Dreamland beaches the 18 hole links course is a pleasure to play. The design is wide and open with holes winding through residential villa complexes to the ocean cliff top. A caddy service is included in the green fees and their knowledge is invaluable for those playing here for the first time. For the golfers it’s well worth a visit.