Bali is still one of my favourite places to visit for a holiday. I have travelled there three times now and each time the holiday has been very different. You can visit with friends, family or tackle it alone and each time you will be relaxed and refreshed when you arrive home. Below are just a few of my recommendations – the list could go on for days.
It is forever getting new hot spots, restaurants, hotels & villas. There is always something new to explore.
WHERE TO STAY:
If you are visiting for longer than a couple of days I would recommend splitting your time between Seminyak, Uluwatu and Ubud. All places have different things to offer and are all equally amazing.
Seminyak: This the best spot if you want to party and eat at different places every day. The beach here is good but it is the busy area so it can get a little dirty. It is also really close to Kuta if you want to hit the clubs and are into the party scene. The shopping here is the best on the island by far, do not leave Seminyak off your itinerary. You could spend 10 days here and still not be bored. Accommodation is plentiful and villas are a great option for families and groups.
Ubud: For all you healthy, yoga and nature lovers. Ubud is up in the hills and is the place with all the rice paddy fields you see in photos. There are some amazing luxury hotels up there and also many of the yoga retreats are held in Ubud with a great healthy and vegetarian food scene. A couple of nights here would be enough for most.
Uluwatu/Canggu: Surfers and ocean babies paradise. Uluwatu and Canggu are the new up and coming areas. The resorts out this way are amazing, sitting up on the cliff with the most amazing views. I have never stayed out there but when I go back it will be my choice for sure. It is much quieter and the beaches are beautiful. AYANA resort and spa in Jimbaran bay would have to be at the top of the wish list.
WHERE TO GO:
Potato Head Beach Club – No visit to Bali would be complete without a visit here. Amazing food and cocktails and a beach front infinity pool are huge draw cards. You can rent a day bed for $50 USD (was this cost in 2015) but you may spend this on food and cocktails so you spend this amount easily! Get here early as a que forms about 30 minutes before opening to nab the best spots and they will be full within 10 minutes of opening. You wont regret a visit here. Visit: https://www.ptthead.com/ for more information.
Finn’s beach club – Another beach club out on the cliffs/beach of Canguu. You can do similar arrangements here for day beds or loungers. Here you will spend more time on the beach and in the ocean than you would at Potato Head. The best part of Finn’s is getting the lift down to the club. You can also stay here in villas and other accommodation. Visit http://www.finnsbeachclub.com/ for more information.
Ku De Ta – One of Bali’s original beach clubs, famous for the red umbrellas. They have recently added an infinity pool much like potato head’s so head here for the day. Food at breakfast, lunch and dinner is all amazing. Cocktails for days. Visit https://www.kudeta.com/
La Plancha – One of the best places to watch the sunset in Bali, you sit on bean bags on the beach and order whatever drink you like. Get here early before sunset to get a seat.
Rock Bar Bali – Sunset and Drinks on an amazing cliff top. A bit of a fancy scene but amazing outlook with great cocktails.
Single Fin – Uluwatu spot. Head here on a Sunday afternoon where they have massive sunday sessions. Good vibes, awesome music, great drinks and a stunning place to watch the sun go down. Things can get quite wild here later in the night so get ready to party.
Spring Spa – Best place to visit to be pampered while you are on holiday. Must book to get in here. http://www.springspa.com/treatments/bali/petitenget
WHERE TO EAT:
As well as all of the places mentioned above here are some more great restaurant suggestions. There are new places popping up everyday so best to check the bali bible before you make the trip.
La Lucciola – Italian fine dining right on the beach, amazing food and a great place to have a drink and watch the sun go down. Pantai Petitenget, Jalan Kayu Aya, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Sisterfields – Best place for brunch in Bali in my opinion, and maybe the world. Miss this place every dam day. Australian run brunch and lunch spot with prices that leave NZ and Australia to shame. The juices and smashed avocado cannot be missed. Jl. Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Sea Circus Bali – Oldie but a goodie. Tacos and other Mexican food for dinner. Also have a brunch menu. Great colourful and delicious spot to visit in Seminyak. Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Motel Mexicola – One of the most amazing Restaurants in terms of atmosphere. Great Mexican food and a very cool Mexican decor. Things start of reasonable slow but a couple of hours into the night the hosts will be pouring tequila shots straight into your mouth while your dancing on tables. Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Ginger Moon – The place to go for your asian food fix while in Seminyak. Duck, spring rolls, dumplings, noodles – they have it all and it is all delicious. Almost needs more than one visit. Jalan Kayu Aya No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia