Bali is no longer just the land of endless left-handers, right?

Back in the day, surfers would land at Denpasar and head straight out to the Bukit Peninsula in search of endless, hollow lefts at Uluwatu, Padang or Bingin. The only rights anyone spoke of were Canggu or Airport Rights. Nowadays, everyone mixes it up.

Sure, Keramas is usually crowded, but there are a bunch of kinda semi-secret right-handers on the east coast that are pretty fun. Yes, you can get shacked on some of them, but you can also cutback, power hack and air if you are equipped.

I still totally rate Bali right up there as both a surf holiday destination, and a family surf holiday destination.

Bali’s lefts and rights… – Ben Horvath’s personal archive

Like thousands of Australian surfers, I’ve holidayed in Bali at least 10 times. It was the venue for my first “Rite of passage” end of high school surf trip back in the mid 80’s with all my buddies.

Like so many thousands before and since, we partied all night every night, and surfed all day every day. My last trip was in 2001, the year before the Sari Club bombing, and we swore off the political vibe then and wondered whether the magic may have gone.

However, last year I got diverted on the way home from a Mentawai trip and scored 2 incredible days of waves on the east coast and the Bukit, and my love for Bali was rekindled. This year, we went on a family trip and wow! Did we have a blast.

We found a secret place to stay away from all the Kuta/Seminyak hoopla, called Hidden Valley Resort.

It turns out that it is perfectly positioned for dawn raids on either the Bukit or east coast.

Hidden Valley is a gem.. The entire family loved it

Staying at the Hidden Valley ensured we missed all the traffic, my son’s surfing improved thanks to some great surf lessons with the experienced resident surf instructors, and my partner raved about the daily yoga sessions.

Hidden Valley seamlessly organized shopping day trips for us to Seminyak, a day trip to Bali Safari and Marine Park, as well as trips to Ubud, cool eateries like Earth Café and social drinks at the nearby Single Fin Bar at Uluwatu.

At day’s end, we could retreat and enjoy a cocktail by the amazing pool to enjoy the peace and tranquility and highly affordable luxury offered at Hidden Valley Resort.

I highly recommend it.


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Ben Horvath

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