Our flight to Sydney was at 11:00pm so we had a whole day to fill. There is a little teardrop shaped piece at the bottom of Bali, home to Nusa Dua (the right side of the teardrop where many of the luxury beach resorts are) and Uluwatu (on the left, with cliffs hiding beaches and good waves for surfing).
I’d read about Finn’s Beach Club and since we needed to head south to go to the airport, I thought we’d pack up and spend the day at the club before leaving for the airport late that night. Finn’s is open from 9:00am – 11:00pm, and we got there right at opening. The beach club is part of the Semara Resort, which is a seriously stunning cliff side retreat with one of the best infinity pools I’ve ever seen. Tell them why you’re there and they’ll point you down the stairs to Finn’s.
The entrance fee is Rp.250,000 ($18.50) per person, and includes a towel, a sun lounger, an umbrella, use of all activities equipment, and Rp.150,000 food and beverage credit. (At this point, I was so happy to have found a clean, white sand beach in Bali that I would have paid twice that.) Get your vouchers and head into the little roller coaster like car that takes you down the hill. Out of nowhere you’ll spot a break in the cliffs and a stretch of blinding white sand and turquoise water. Basically jog down the last remaining steps white trying not to hyperventilate from excitement. There are chairs right in front of you, but I recommend turning to your left and going up to the sun deck for a little more privacy.
We lounged in the sun, swam in the sea, attempted stand up paddle boarding, kayaked, and explored each little cove.
Once many of the people cleared out, there were bean bags and s’mores around a bonfire while we watching the sky turn pink and the sun slip behind the cliffs. We shared a prosciutto pizza for dinner and headed back up to the hotel where the staff graciously let us shower and change for our late flight.
Overall, I’d call our full day at Finn’s my favorite in Bali. They had a 4th of July party (US citizens got in free!) with fireworks and Budweiser and I was pretty devastated to miss it. We’d go back to Finn’s over and over and over again.