After countless hours, days, weeks or should I say months of investigating and compiling all the best of Bali, I finally have put together a comprehensive guide of making a trip to the land of the gods a treat and a half! A trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the the The Spicy Coconut, Ku De Ta Beach Club, or the Away Spa at the W Retreat which is on a whole level of its own. So if a Bali trip is on the cards, read on, as I have you covered from start to finish! And if not on the cards, I hope to sway it to be.
Honestly, go minimal. When travelling to the islands I ALWAYS (without fail) end up living in 3 or 4 of my items, and spend the rest of my time in bikinis or a robe. So seriously, pack light. Not to mention Bali’s obscene shopping options (think jewellery and loose throw-overs). You will definitely shop so pack smart and leave room for more. Essentials include:
- 1-2 Beach throw-overs
- Flip flops
- Insect Repellent
- A few nice dresses or outfits for hitting a beach club or a nice restaurant
- Camera (#gramlife)
As I am sure you are all aware, there are couuuuntlesss options for accommodation in Bali. Villas, homes, hotels, resorts, beach bungalows. Bali really has it all. So below is a list of my absolute favourites. Picking any of the below, you are bound to be overly pleased, so take your pick! I will let the images do most of the talking this time around.
The W Bali
Rimba Jimbaran by Ayana
One Eleven Seminyak
Pantai Indah Villas
Fairmont Sanur Beach
Hidden Hills Villa
The Royal Beach Seminyak
Lifestyle Retreats – The Bale
The Ubud Village Resort and Spa
Five Elements Ubud
Now I understand I have a long list here. I even had to cut down the list. A lot. However better more for options you to choose from than not enough. A typical Bali trip is for over two weeks long so this sure should keep you going! These are in various areas around Bali, so depending on where you are staying and where you are heading, take your pick! Don’t forget to hashtag the relevant restaurant so we can all see.
Nalu Bowls, Seminyak: For all the acai and health freaks out there (myself included), Nalu Bowls should be on the top of your must-visit list when in bali. Creating possibly the most aesthetically pleasing and gram worthy acai bowls in the world, these bowls have been turning heads for years. Not only that, but they sure as heck give the traditional bowls in brazil a run for their money in the taste department! Topped with tasty almond flakes, garnished with beautiful fresh fruits such as strawberries, banana, dragonfruit, and papaya, and drizzled with honey on top, one of these mouthwatering bowls will not be enough!
Revolver, Kuta: You know the saying “but coffee first”? Revolver will meet all of your caffeine needs and more. Think of this hidden gem as your daily “go to” coffee joint. Great chilled out, low key environment for getting things done or relaxing before an adventurous day ahead.
Sisterfields Cafe, Seminyak: Another must-see for the gram family! This modern Australian cafe has fast become one of Bali’s hotspots for breakfast and lunch, offering a hugeee range of mouthwatering, aesthetically pleasing healthy meals guaranteed to impress. How does fresh honeycomb, saffron poached pear & hung yoghurt topped with pistachios and bee pollen sound? Or what about chilled coconut sago pudding? This is the type of delish meals you can expect at Sisterfields. The decor is absolutely stunning with an outdoor patio filled with luscious greenery, and a modern and fresh indoor area.
Oh and ladies have no fear – for the men accompanying you to Sisterfields with a somewhat larger appetite and aptitude to complain when it comes to the healthy cafes, Sisterfields sure does have you covered with plenty of filling options including the beloved eggs Benedict, and chicken schnitzel burgers and subs.
The Spicy Coconut, Seminyak: Similar to Sisterfields and a well known aesthetically pleasing favourite. This is a MUST visit! Think fresh fruit, and a long menu full of beautiful and insanely delicious dishes! Acai bowls, vegan pancakes, and fresh salad platters! Yummmo!
La Lucciola, Kuta: If ambiance is top of your priorities list, and Italian food gets your taste buds excited, then La Lucciola on the Beach is the way to go. This spacious restaurant is beneath an enormous open-air thatched roof and offers magnificent views of the ocean. All you have to do is check the reviews to see why this is a must-visit in Bali! Try to book in at sunset and you will not be disappointed.
Mama San, Kerobokan: I am a sure sucker for Asian and Mama San is a non-negotiable MUST for those that enjoy a bit of asian. Hands down, notoriously known as, the best Asian dining in Bali. Food, service, atmosphere are all 10’s. Don’t be shocked if you find yourself ordering over 15 dishes, because boy is the selection tastehhh.
Bambu Restaurant, Seminyak: Right down my alley and another MUST VISIT for the gram family after a luxurious and picture perfect evening. With fresh cuisine full of flavour (hello tuna ceviche) and an atmosphere that one can only dream of, Bambu is perfect for a special occasion or just a night to treat yourself. Whip out your finest frock and ditch the flip flops and shorts for this exclusive open air restaurant surrounded by a number of relaxing aqua pools. Bookings are highly recommended.
Pettingnet, Seminyak: A restaurant that will soon become one of your favourites. Fresh vibes and a killer menu with substantial serving sizes, I would definitely suggest heading in for lunch or dinner. Even a great place to pop by for a drink, and conveniently located right near the W and Alila!
Bridges, Ubud: Create magical moments at this beautifully ambient restaurant. Tucked under an old Balinese bridge, this gem offers killer views of the jungle and gully, putting a real island vibe to your meal. Specialising in wine, head here for lunch or dinner for something a little more formal.
Seaside Cafe, Jimbaran: Think fresh seaside seafood! A definite must-do and an experience that will be lifechanging – book dinner in advance and enjoy your meal under the sunset on the sand. Known as the best dinner in Jimbaran, this gem will NOT disappoint. Exactly what you think of when you think of a fresh Balinese dinner! Also men take note, great for a romantic dinner.
Sarong, Kuta: Try for a table in the beautiful garden area. For some spice to your tastebuds, Sarong is the place to be. Indonesian fusion. Great cocktails and a nice and cosy place to spend your time.
Cafe Organic, Seminyak: Another fresh local favourite notoriously known for its beautiful brunch. Think to die for smoothie bowls set in fresh coconuts and topped with bright fresh fruit, unique raw quinoa salads, and killer juices. Yummo!
Kayaputi, Nusa Dua: Beachfront fine dining at its best at the St. Regis. With breathtaking views, this is a definite romantic spot for the lovers out there. Perfect for a nice warm night out, the exquisite cuisine will leave you pleased in all aspects. The culinary staff is animated with a great passion for culinary excellence and attention to details, leaving this a five star experience. If romance isn’t on the cards, do yourself a favour and book in for a 3 hour Sunday brunch.
Metis, Seminyak: Another divine fine dining restaurant amongst the backdrop of the rice fields, Metis provides another unique experience with tables overlooking a candlelit array of lilipad topped pools, with lush green hanging vines surrounding. This is another romance favourite, and with divine French Mediterranean cuisine and a shot of Balinese influence, is one to pop on the list.
Things to Do
Mount Bakur Hike
Potato Head Beach Club
Cocoon Beach Club
Rock Bar Bali
Jungle Fish Pool Bar, Ubud
Ku De Ta Beach Club
A meal at the Ubud Birds Nest
Morning yoga at Uluwatu Surf Villas
El Cabron Beach Club and Restaurant
Away Spa at the W Retreat
Finally, the shopping. What is a destination blog post without a quick touch on the shopping options. Bali is home to several designer superstars that are a must visit. Think Gooseberry intimates, Mister Zimi and Magali Pascal.