Katie Truman investigates the island’s most inspiring day clubs in which to sun-bask, cocktail-sip, cool-off and basically fritter away the day. This is Sundays. Oh!
Meanwhile, down south in Uluwatu, along the Bukit Peninsula, Finn’s Beach Club has transformed into Sundays Beach Club, now part of rebranded The Ungasan Clifftop Resort, taking over from the former Semara Luxury Villas, perched on Ungasan’s cliff tops.
The all-new “Sundays” name deftly sets the scene, inspired by the official ‘day of rest’ – although any day of the week is fine to chill at this now well-established, ultimate beach getaway. For those unaccustomed, Sundays Beach Club rests at the base of the cliffs accessed 150-metres down via the resort’s inclinator: here you’re greeted with a secluded, white sand cove lapped by transparent, emerald-hued water and a Robinson Crusoe-style, thatched beach bar and restaurant. All yours for a day pass costing IDR300,000 (kids aged 3 to 11 years, IDR50,000) with IDR150,000 F&B credit back, water sports equipment, beach club facilities, towels and Wi-Fi.
The remaining in-house management is focused on upgrading service levels and enhancing facilities, so far, upgrades include new bathroom amenities, sunset-events deck and retail store, but from 9am to 10pm daily, Sundays pretty much carries on the same idyllic scenario as before. So here’s what you do: stand-up paddle, swim or snorkel in the shallow reefs and magical, “Peeping Lagoon;” but if that’s all too exhausting, diffuse at the Spa Bale or on one of countless bean bags and sun beds, armed with a Low or High-Tide Cocktail (watch out for those “Rogue Waves” – AKA pitchers of Sangria).
Rustic beach shack charm, check, but the restaurant-bar dishes-up surprisingly good gourmet nosh, complete with a well-stocked wine cellar: the diverse menu covers gourmet pizzas fresh from the stone oven and Sundays Cliff Edge Burger (with grilled Australian pure beef and smoked cheddar), almost as mountainous as the resort cliffs. Kids under three go free, have their own dedicated menu and should go overboard exploring low-tide rock pools and toasting marshmallows at dusk around the bonfire. It’s a bit of a trek down here, so make a blissful sun-day of it.