It’s no wonder Bali is a must-see destination: the food, the people, the culture and the beauty are magnetic (and we barely scraped the surface during out trip). There’s something for everyone – whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, girls’ weekend, family holiday or a spot to do some soul searching, Bali is the perfect place to kick back, relax and live the island life.
As mentioned in my Gili T post, getting to Bali is relatively straightforward and there are a range of airlines that fly to Denpasar from Hong Kong.
Where to stay
There’s no shortage of beautiful hotels in Bali. Catered to the Australian and Asian tourism markets, you’ll be able to find anything within your budget – you just need to work out where you want to stay. Personally, if you’re a first timer to Bali, I think staying in Seminyak is the way to go. You can easily get around (taxi, moped or hire a driver) and explore other parts of the island, but the area itself is catered to tourists and offers and incredible array of places to eat, shop and drink.
Ubud: find your inner hippy – spiritual, beautiful
Uluwatu: surf until your hearts content – high end, stunning
Canggu: rice paddy fields and private villa rentals – a little bit more local, breathtaking
We stayed at The Kayana Bali, which is ideally located in Seminyak – right next to Potato Head Beach Club and W Hotel Bali – and offers private pool villas and gardens in the heart of all the hustle and bustle.
Where to eat – Seminyak
*It’s worth noting that making a reservation in advance at all of these places is highly recommended! We couldn’t get into a couple of restaurants because they were fully booked.
An Instagrammer’s dream, Motel Mexicola is a funky Mexican restaurant with off the wall decor, delicious cocktails and tacos to boot.
Jl. Kayujati No. 9 X, Petitenget Beach, Seminyak, Badung, Bali 80361
My favorite spot of the holiday. Set on a rice paddy field, the food and service blew us away – no photo I took could justify quite how beautiful Sardine is. Dine in the restaurant before moving to the terrace for cocktails and dessert.
Jalan Petitenget No., Badung, Bali 80361
Sea Circus has laid back, beach house vibe serving yummy seafood and tacos!
22 Jalan Kayu Aya, Oberoi Rd, Seminyak, Bali
I would go back to Bali purely for the healthy, veggie Nasi Goreng served at Chandi! Elegant and sophisticated without the “look at me” vibe that other places in Bali have.
Jalan Laksmana 72, Seminyak, Bali 80361
If you’re looking for somewhere to while away the day, in the sunshine, eating and drinking, check out Potato Head Beach Club (get there before 11am to avoid disappointment!) or Mozaic Beach Club for something a little less flashy!
Where to drink
Ku De Ta
A place to see and be seen, Ku De Ta is considered to be one of Bali’s drinking (and eating hotspots). Worth popping in for a cocktail if you can nab a bed by the beach!
Jl. Kayu Aya no.9 Seminyak, Indonesia
Sunset drinks at Rock Bar. Get there early to avoid disappointment!
Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Sunset drinks in a more chilled out, vibrate setting. Colourful beach umbrellas, bean bags and scrummy cocktails.
Seminyak Beach, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Where to shop
There’s no shortage of incredible shops in Bali – from home wares to clothes to jewellery, put aside a little bit of time during your stay to check out the likes of Mister Zimi, HOBO, Drifter Surf Shop and Lulu Yasmine.