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#PerthGirl Birthday in Bali El Kabron
Bali is Australia’s most popular tourist destination. Why? Because it’s cheap and close – and even closer for us Perth people (it’s only a 3 hour flight!).
I went to Bali in mid June to celebrate a friends’ and my own birthday. This was my third time going, and my boyfriends’ first. I was a bit apprehensive about going again, namely because the last two times I went was when I was young, and I stayed at the Bounty Hotel in Kuta. I guess I just thought eh, Bali, over that, been there, done that, but alas, no – there was still so much more to explore of Bali and I’m glad I got to experience the beautiful country and coastal side this time round!
Rather than have one extremely long blog detailing everywhere I went (with all my recommendations), I’ll just separate them into a #PerthGirl in Bali series. Look for my Bali experiences in ‘Travel’.
El Kabron is a Spanish Restaurant Cliff Club that is perched 50 meters above sea level on the cliffs of Uluwatu in Bali. Here you will experience a Spanish atmosphere with a surreal 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean. Come for the sun, stay for the Spanish dinner experience and chill till late at this hidden gem of Bali.
I came here for my birthday and I just absolutely loved it, what can I say – it’s worth the extra penny. It’s very unique and I thought their perched location on top of the cliff is what sets El Kabron uniquely apart from other ordinary, unnecessarily pretentious beach clubs in Bali. It’s definitely not pretentious at El Kabron, just really relaxing and authentic vibes.
To go in there, there is an entrance fee of either $350,000 to sit in the restaurant area or $550,000IRP to sit in the pool area that over looks the cliff edge. You get most of the money in credit to spend on food and drink as you like (see attached photos). Once sunset has finished, anyone is allowed into the pool area (it’s just premium to be in there for sunset photos).
When we went, they had a live DJ who played some seriously deep bass beats, and it set the mood just right.
I loved the deck, poolside, bar and lounge terrace and everyone there was super nice – no show offs, no superficial vibes – it was all good!
The exquisite combination between the breathtaking panoramas of the Indian Ocean from the cliff top venue with the delicacy of Spanish and Mediterranean food made me infatuated with this place.
There’s my boyfriend – hi boyfriend!
Obligatory couples photo basking in paradise on top of cliffside, infinity pool looking over the Indian Ocean…. – Check.
Beautiful, crystal clear blue water. What a view, right!?
Bit late with the SPF in some areas there…
Views from our couch. Can’t complain, right?
We redeemed our entry fee with some delicious cocktails. Don’t mind if I do!
Obligatory couples photo basking in paradise again – check. Seriously we (along with other customers here) felt like absolute royalty in this place, great customer service.
It is recommended to visit El Kabron for the sunset – unfortunately we didn’t, because we had my birthday dinner booked at Sardine Restaurant back in Seminyak (which by the way – so delicious, but that’s for another blog), and you do need to allow an hour or so to travel back. Simply book your taxi an hour in advance at El Kabron – they’ll happily assist you with that. As you can see from these photos, the scene is getting darker and it’s all looking so ambient and tranquil.
Travelling here was a bit of a mission from Uluwatu Beach though, which was our first stop (if you’re looking for transport, be prepared to pay extra, as locals do jack up the price for fancy venues they take you too. Plus, you’re in the countryside and beggars can’t be choosers. We got rejected a few times for lowering the price when negotiating, so we did have to pay a little extra, like 100,000IRP – but hey – it’s still cheap to us!).
Check out our GoPro Footage:
Seriously though, what more could I ask for – spending my birthday at El Kabron with my loving boyfriend. I’m a grateful girl. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to check it out next time you’re back in Bali too!
El Kabron, Pecatu
Address: Jl. Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu Bali 80361, Indonesia