The 50,000ft² clifftop playground nestled in Uluwatu, Bali, is set to shake things up for the island’s beach club offerings with its launch.
With direct access to the beach, Ulu’s clifftop playground showcases a 25-metre infinity pool, a music recording studio, an art space and food and drinks – from its open-air restaurant to cliff side rock bar hanging provocatively over the waves. Tipping its hat to the surfers’ paradise location in Uluwatu, Ulu Cliffhouse also features a resident surfboard shaper.
Commanding jaw-dropping views of the ocean, Ulu Cliffhouse is set to be home to Bali’s creative crowd, as well as being a space for wanderlusters to unwind or let loose. Designed by Shed London and Bali’s Design Assembly, the beach club draws on the iconic 1950’s Palm Springs aesthetic, enhancing its raw environment with modern edges, effortless chic and youthful cheek.
Headed by world-renowned Peruvian Chef Diego Muñoz, who led Astrid & Gaston to #14 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and now free rider chef, Ulu Cliffhouse’s culinary offering goes beyond the typical beach club menu by incorporating the influence of Diego’s travels around the world and Bali’s local environment at the same time.
The fresh, fun and locally sourced offerings reflect Chef Diego’s ability to integrate culturally diverse flavours, resulting in a menu that includes a raw bar showcasing his personal take on ceviches, tiraditos, and an array of other culinary delights – all created tastefully to complement Uluwatu’s laidback lifestyle.
The restaurant and the bar, with a capacity of 80 and 100 respectively, house timber and rattan pavilions that provide a soft dappled shade, offering tiered dining with a no-filter-necessary view of the Indian Ocean. Against the backdrop of handcrafted furniture layered with bold tropical prints and soft pastel colours, guests can opt to unwind over Ulu Cliffhouse’s delicious menu with two cantilevered terraces that flank the cliff edge with shaded deep sun loungers.
For poolside gazing and serious people watching, the centerpiece of Ulu Cliffhouse’s upper level is the 25m infinity pool. With a capacity of over 300 and its clean lines, geometric motifs and pastel furniture, revelers are invited to bask in loungers arranged in sets around the pool, with hammocks strung between palms and beds of lush greenery.
After taking a dip in Ulu Cliffhouse’s pool, guests can choose from a formidable menu of beverages. Ulu Cliffhouse’s drink makers have spared no expense to ensure every tipple is set to quench the thirst of both casual drinkers and aficionados. From in-house cold pressed juices including herbs and vegetables from the area, body tonics, kombucha and Jamu made locally in the Bukit peninsula, there is something for everyone.
Tucked out of sight is the jewel of Ulu Cliffhouse – the rock bar, half way down the cliff face accessible via a winding stairway. Situated above the ocean front, the bar with a capacity of 100 offers a secret hideaway where guests can sip on tiki-style cocktails as they revel in the best sundowner the island has to offer. When the tide is low, patrons will also have unbridled access to bar’s very own private beach cove where turquoise seawater meets a fine, sandy shoreline.
Music plays a key role at Ulu Cliffhouse, blending Ulu Cliffhouse’s varying elements into a cohesive theme. The dynamic musical team, led by legendary music producer, mixer and composer Neil McLellan, brings together Bali’s most experienced and eclectic DJs – curating a custom soundtrack that provides daytime vibes to upbeat tunes for a spectacular sundown.
Ulu Cliffhouse will also be home to a state-of-the-art music recording studio. The studio plays host to live shows that will be streamed, while also providing a next level creative workspace for international artists and DJs.
As McLellan aptly describes – “My reason for choosing Ulu Cliffhouse over other locations in the world is quite simple, it is simply the best creative environment around. The fact that now I can offer the facilities of a world class beach club in partnership with Ulu Cliffhouse, combined with privacy and the beauty of nature is awesome. This is, to my knowledge, a unique set up and once people visit, they just want to stay forever!”
Besides offering its own recording studio, Ulu Cliffhouse will also be home to a rotating art space and lifestyle boutique.
Ulu Cliffhouse is created and developed by F&B entrepreneurs – Out & Out Hospitality whose operations span Singapore (Operation Dagger, Oxwell & Co) and Bali (KILN on Petitenget and the new Mandala House).
Published In Issue 44 of GCMAG - Feb 2018