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