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Wining and dining in Bali has never been more exciting, and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas on this Island of the Gods, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to brunch and dinner celebrations: from traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, to seafood spectaculars, sushi platters, barbecue buffets and foie gras to die for, there’s treats for every taste bud. The only likely problem is narrowing down the options. So, to help you, here are our top tips for fabulous festive feasts on the 25th December.
W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK
Super Christmas Brunch at FIRE
FIRE brings together the best dishes from east and west. Asian delights complemented with salads, soups, chilled seafood, prime meat and mouth-watering desserts. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30pm. IDR 900,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.
Christmas Brunch at STARFISH BLOO
It’s not just the views that will keep you here. There are endless options of sushi & oysters; dim sum, BBQ lobster, salmon and carvings of ham or turkey with all the accompaniments and then some. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30. IDR 1,000,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
Tel +62 361 3000106
MÉTIS – SEMINYAK
MÉTIS is offering a divine Christmas selection to complement their a la carte menu. Highlights include Sturia caviar, rabbit, hazelnut terrine, foie gras, cannelloni, roast turkey from the US, roast duck roulade, honey ginger glazed pork knuckle and sweets such as chestnut crème brulé. Have we got you drooling yet? Book now to avoid the disappointment. Check the website for the latest pricing.
Jalan Petitenget no. 6, Seminyak
Tel +62 361 4737888
MOZAIC – UBUD
Staying in Ubud? Treat yourself and book a table at the famous Mozaic Restaurant. Priced at IDR 1,350,000++ the dinner menu highlights include Canadian lobster tail with Balinese lemon-basil and Jerusalem artichokes, Atlantic cod with winter black truffle, duo of chilled and seared foie gras with pomelo and kaffir lime and much more. You can also add a wine pairing option at IDR 880,000++.
Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Tel +62 361 975768
KU DE TA – SEMINYAK
Carols by the Sea,
Will Meyrick’s outstanding Balinese portfolio of dining establishments such as Sarong, Mama San and Ubud’s Hujan Locale are always bustling with expat residents and visitors alike, signaling this Scottish chef’s tremendous popularity. His latest addition, Tiger Palm, has just opened its doors in the brand new Seminyak Village shopping mall. The eclectic décor of Tiger Palm transports you to the ‘Palm Court’ of the famous Eastern and Orient Hotel in Penang, Malaysia, presenting a mixture of tropical mid-century modernism and vintage Malay and Tiki-pop, creating a lovely colonial charm.
The menu presents the historic influences of Nyonya, Thai and Peranakan Jawi cuisines, of the Chinese traders and self-starting businessmen from Southern India. You can see that in the richness of the cultures from the dishes, such as the famous Nasi Kandar. Open from early morning, serving Kopitiam-style breakfast with dim sum, such as chee cheong fun, chicken balls rice, coddled eggs, nasi lemak, apam with fish curry, char kuay teow, nyonya laksa, wan tan mee and Penang hokien mee followed by all-day dining and then dinner, continuing into the night with after-dinner drinks.
Malaysian street stall favourites are amongst the most popular starters and food court heroes dominate the mains.
Wash everything down with fresh juices, smoothies, traditional Malaysian lassies or something stronger – let the experienced bartenders surprise you.
A stylish hideaway in the heart of Seminyak, Lakshmi Villas is just 100 metres from the beach and a four minute stroll from Tiger Palm. Elegant design highlights contemporary tropical living, with private swimming pools encircled by neat walled gardens, atmospheric open-plan living areas and spacious bedrooms with courtyard bathrooms. Experienced and professional villa staff, including a manager, chef and villa attendants, are on hand to take care of every need. These four luxury one- and two-bedroom villas can be rented in combination to provide from one to seven bedrooms sleeping a total of 14 adults. www.lakshmivillas.com
Bali holidays present us with so many chances to indulge – outdoor recreation, luxurious spa treatments, dining at fancy restaurants. All are well worth satiating, considering the lower cost of things in Bali.
A surf lesson in Bali’s famous beach breaks with all the gear and instruction is about the same price as renting a boogie board in Hawaii and relishing in a Balinese massage is so delightful, you may find that you have one every day.
Food prices in Bali are an especially good value. A lovely breakfast set at a cutesy café asks $5 per person – a breakfast set with egg, toast and a European espresso drink, all for the same price as a bowl of granola elsewhere. Or get a $5 tropical granola. Special occasion? Gather your group for an in-villa dinner party or slip away (from your little ones in the safe hands of an affordable professional nanny) for delish east-meets-west-fusion fine dining.
Whatever you choose to do in Bali, however you spend your leisure time… when you spend a dollar in Bali, chances are you’ll get so much more than if you spend it at home.
Seminyak knows how to throw a sensational New Year’s Eve party.
From chic Petitenget to the sizzling centre of town, this corner of Bali will be overflowing with celebratory shindigs – from divine dining and all-night dancing for sassy singles, to festive feasts for gastronomes and fun events for families welcoming in 2016.
Kick the evening off at Seminyak beach, watching the sun sink below the horizon for the last time this year. A raft of vibrant venues are sprinkled along the sands here, delivering icy beers, sodas, superb fresh juices and classic cocktails as well as plenty of uber-chilled dining choices. Families can stay and play while party peeps head home to glam up for a swanky Seminyak club night.
Seminyak’s buzzing beach clubs, gorgeous restaurants and coolest bars will all be competing to smash the island’s best party. Will it be a lascivious masked ball, a shimmering rooftop extravaganza or a daylong poolside party that morphs into evening champagne glamour while pumping to the tunes of a world class DJ? Most of these affairs have a sky-high ticket price but include delicious dining and free-flow wine, champagne and beer. These are mind-altering events.
Leading the party pack are Cocoon Beach Club, W Hotel, Potato Head, Mosaic Beach Club, Double Six Rooftop and Ku De Ta, who bring to the island some of the hottest DJ’s on the globe. To take it down a notch or two, head over to Metis or a beachfront hotel like the Oberoi for a night of classy calm.
If you’re totally ambivalent to cutting-edge clubbing then opt for the cool bars and impressive restaurants that will mete out an unforgettable NYE experience, without an overlay of frenetic flotsam. Go utterly upscale at Sarong, uniquely local at Merah Putih or hang with the expats at Petitenget Café and Restaurant.
Once darkness descends, fireworks start fizzing all over town. There’s an impressive panorama of the pyrotechnics from the beach, and from many of Bali’s favourite family friendly restaurants like La Lucciola, Seminyak Italian Food and Chez Gado Gado.
Many Seminyak streets will be closed for the night so aim to remain within walking distance of your villa.
Looking for a little romantic adventure? Jump on the scooter and explore some of Bali’s hidden, picture-perfect beaches.
Green Bowl Beach
Finding this secret gem is not easy, but trust me, it will be worth the effort. After you’ve paid your IDR2,000 entrance fee, you’re in for a serious cardio workout heading down the concrete steps until you reach the beach. Result – your very own private stretch of sand with world-class surf.
It may no longer be quite so hidden, but its stretch of white sand and turquoise waters make Pandawa Beach one of the most beautiful on the island and definitely not as crowded as Seminyak or Kuta. We know a picture speaks a thousand words, so take a look for yourself.
This well-kept, exclusive private beach is a perfect place to spend a romantic day together enjoying the stunning views and soothing sounds of the Indian Ocean. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine is also served here. Entrance fee applies.
Bordered by two cliffs, the skirt of Balangan beach stretches for about 1km. This also means that there are great swells for surfers. An amazing mixture of white and black sands on some spots of the beach, the unique green and dark brown musty stone texture on the shore, and the pond-like hollow spaces filled with clear water (and sometimes with little fish), are among the features you can expect to find in this paradise.
Geger Beach is famous for it’s seaweed. It’s worth peeking in on one of the many seaweed farms nearby after frolicking about in the crystal clear waters.
Nyang Nyang Beach
Another gem requiring some physical activity to reach, but totally worth it. Follow the dirt track close to Uluwatu Temple and keep a lookout for a sign saying “Nyang Nyang Surfing Beach” before alighting the flight of 500 steps that finally open up to the beach. This beach has amazing photo spots.