In the next installment of our Photo Diary series, we’re revealing where to eat, stay and play on the exotic, verdant Indonesian island of Bali. Come explore this sun-filled paradise and immerse yourself in its authentic culture, countless infinity pools, rich Hindu traditions and all-things zen. The oasis offers a variety of experiences sure to satisfy any and every interest.
“Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word in their language for ‘artist’ or ‘art.’ Everyone is an artist.” – Anais Nin
WHERE TO EAT
Head to Locavore, located in the heart of Ubud, for a modern, casual dining experience built from an Indonesian ingredient-driven menu. Continue your night next door at their new bar, Night Rooster, where alchemist Raka is making his own bitters and exotic drink infusions.
A tropical oasis in itself, Seminyak’s Motel Mexicola is serving up tapas style Mexican dishes, like ceviche and tostadas, and deliciously funky Mexican cocktails with names like Coco Colado and Tropicosa Cooler. Stop in after a day of beach club lounging or make it the headliner of your Friday night.
Beyond its superb and shockingly inexpensive local fare, Ubud’s Fair Warung Bale continues to attract tons of visitors with its innovative philanthropic concept. For every meal devoured (and they all are) Fair Warung Bale provides two medical treatments to locals in need for free!
Representing the iconic Australian culture that is so prevalent in Seminyak, SISTERFIELDS serves up fresh, top quality food all day long. Pop in for brunch and try the Smashed Avocado or the Raw Cacao & Frozen Banana Smoothie Bowl. Or have a leisurely lunch by sipping on a Cold Presser paired with the signature Pulled Pork Charcoal Roll or indulge in the Panzanella Salad, House-Made Ricotta & Grilled Halloumi if that’s more your thing.
WHERE TO STAY
Set in lush rice paddy fields just outside of Ubud, The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah‘s 20 villas and suites are a magical retreat you must experience. Take a dip in your private pool, rinse off in your luxurious semi-outdoor bathroom and then walk through your private courtyard entrance to set out for a day filled with cultural activities. There’s a world of exploration right outside your door.
If you’re seeking to stay along the island’s coastline, The Legian Bali, situated among an impeccable garden just steps away from the refreshing Indian Ocean, is the place to stay. With its all-suite accommodations and neighboring private villas, this Indonesian hideaway is a haven for travelers who enjoy a tropical vacation that’s rich in history and culture.
WHERE TO PLAY
Treat yourself to a day spent lounging ocean-side in a daybed, exotic cocktail libation in hand, at the Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak – a “destination for good times.” With two restaurants, a swim-up bar and an infinity pool from which to view the breathtaking Bali sunset, we know you’ll have a hard time saying goodbye to their flagship location.
If you’re wowed by the Balinese sunsets, wait until you see the sun rise from the summit of Mount Agung, the highest peak in Bali! Set out early in the morning with your private guide for an unforgettable sunrise hike to the volcano’s crater. Oh, and don’t forget your head lamp, hiking shoes and camera.
Hire a driver to take you to the most photographed spot in Bali: the Tegallalang Rice Terrace. Snap your picture in front of this attraction just 30 minutes from Ubud’s city center, and you will be standing in front of three terraced landscapes showing off their impressive irrigation system known as the subak from the ninth century.
Lastly, you cannot leave this island paradise without enjoying a sunset drink and a few tapas from the Rock Bar in Jimbaran. Perched atop a unique rock formation above the Indian Ocean, this exclusive bar is widely respected as one of the world’s most popular sunset cocktail venues. Wait until you see the view!
– The JG Black Book Team