A birthday on the beach – Komune Beach Club, Keramas Bali

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As I mentioned last year, I wasn’t expecting Made to do anything or even remember my birthday this year so I took things into my own hands and arranged to go out for lunch with friends. Now Ubud isn’t near a beach (despite what the Eat Pray Love movie would have you believe) – the closest touristy beach is Sanur. However if you drive through Gianyar for 20 minutes you will get to some black sand beaches, deserted except for locals on fishing boats and making sate.

Well these beaches have become popular with surfers in recent years and some clever developer has recognised the missed potential in these beaches and built a seminyak-style surf and beach club – Komune at Keramas beach.

I stayed away from the upscale beach clubs when we were in Seminyak because I’m not an upscale kind of person (ha!) but I think this place has got it just right. The food is on the pricey side but totally worth it as you get to hang out all day by the pool on huge comfy bed-like loungers and cushions on the grass. There were also loads of families there and I’ll definitely be heading back there with the kiddos one day.

We left before it started getting dark as we didn’t want to get lost on the way back (had a bit of an issue with directions on the way there and ended up past Klungkung, nearly Candi Dasa -oops!) but apparently at night they have special floodlights on the ocean and have night surfing displays. How cool is that? There’s also a hotel there for people who want to stay over night.

We spent the whole day eating, lounging and drinking beer watching the waves and the sun was setting before we knew it. Not a bad way to spend a birthday :)

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  1. Wow looks amazing. Bali is definitely in my must travel list. I love you’re blog!!!!

  2. Marichu says:

    Happy birthday! You deserved this beach break. Mothering two toddlers (plus being the breadwinner) is never an easy feat. Kudos! I wonder if I’ll have time to go for quick yet refreshing breaks, too, when my second babe comes out in April next year. Yay!

  3. Eszter says:

    Happy birthday! Did you eat some kind of dessert for your birthday?

    What did you think of the Eat Pray Love movie? I know you just mentioned it and that wasn’t the point…but I am curious…HAHA

    Is the black sand any different from white sand?

    I live on an island in Thailand but the postcard perfect beaches are not really around are area…

    You would have to get on a speed boat and make is a whole day trip to touch white sand… And with a 7 months old baby it is not on my list…

    xoxo, Eszter

  4. Nadya says:

    Happy bday and all the best! Congrats on your blog :-)

  5. Rachel says:

    Thanks Junette! I’m sure the Philippines has better beaches than Bali :)

  6. Rachel says:

    Congrats on having a 2nd! that’s great news :) I know soooo many people who are pregnant at the moment, crazy! I hope you have time for breaks :)

  7. Rachel says:

    Thanks Eszter!
    Funny I was just checking out your blog the other day! Think I found you through a comment you left on Erica’s (expatria baby) blog? I am a terrible commenter on other blogs though, haha!
    I thought the movie was pretty terrible but there are some very pretty scenes in Bali :) Everyone was trying to catch a glimpse of Julia Roberts when she was here, hehe. We drove past a filming location when she was in Ubud but of course they wouldn’t let us anywhere near!
    Sand is sand I guess! but the black sand feels more dirty and gets hotter I think!
    Yeah it is hard to get around when you have a baby but when he is bigger you can do day trips :) I love Thailand!

  8. Rachel says:

    Thanks Nadya!

  9. Kaho says:

    Sounds like a nice birthday. I visited Ubud this past May and I loved it. I came to you through Erica’s blog, Expatria Baby. I used to live in Jakarta, but now I’m in India. Nice to have found you!

  10. Rachel says:

    Hi Kaho! I’ve actually been reading your blog for a while but I am the World’s Worst Commenter (TM) so I never introduced myself properly. i’m looking forward to reading more posts about Mumbai :)

  11. Cho Zenwan says:

    Love the pictures. Bali looks like heaven on earth. I hope to travel there soon.Thanks for the blog!

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