Resort

Indonesia,
Bali

Introduction

The allure of the Hindu island of Bali comes from its people as much as its intricate culture. Observe the Balinese immersed in their timeless rituals and succumb to a slower rhythm of life. Meander through temples perched on cliffs, hike through emerald paddy or relax on sweeping volcanic beaches.

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Essentials

  1. Live like the Balinese: rise early for the morning’s cool and take an afternoon nap when the searing sun is at its fiercest.
  2. Don't plan every minute of your holiday; part of the pleasure of Bali is an unexpected diversion down a pretty frangipani-flecked road.
  3. As well as delectable Balinese food, the world's cuisines are represented on the island, with an emphasis on seafood and fresh, local produce.
  4. Dress breezily. Stylish sarong and flip-flops are acceptable day-time wear and will complement your pedicure.
  5. Bali is a water-lover’s paradise, popular for surfing, snorkelling, kite surfing, stand-up paddling and white-water rafting.

Two-hour tour

  • Uluwatu Temple

  • Terraced rice paddies of Jatih Luwih

  • Big Tree Farms' chocolate factory

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    The Haven

    500 Jalan Raya Seminyak, Kuta

    +62 361 738 001

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  • Premium

    Bulgari

    Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu

    +62 361 847 1000

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  • Dependable chain

    W Retreat & Spa

    Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

    +62 361 473 8106

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    The Corner Store

    10A Jalan Laksmana Kerobokan

    +62 361 736 187

  • Lunch with friends

    Ku De Ta

    9 Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak

    +62 361 736 969

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Tutmak

    Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud

    +62 361 975 754

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  • Healthy raw food lunch

    Sakti at Fivelements

    Banjar Baturning, Mambal

    +62 361 469 206

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  • Dinner for two

    Mozaic

    Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud

    +62 361 975 768

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  • Dinner with friends

    Potatohead Beach Club

    Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

    +62 361 473 7979

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  • Best al fresco lunch

    Sari Organik

    Abangan, walking from Jalan Raya Ubud

    +62 361 972 087

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  • Late drinks

    Maccaroni

    Jalan Legian No. 52, Kuta

    +62 361 731 622

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  • Late bite

    JP's Warung Club

    Jalan Dhyana Pura No 6, Seminyak

    +62 361 731 622

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  • Leisurely breakfast

    Karma Beach Batubelig

    Jalan Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan

    +62 361 848 2202

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  • Lunch on your own

    Mak Beng

    Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur

  • Afternoon tea

    Biku

    Jalan Raya Petitenget 888

    +62 361 857 0888

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  • Sunset cocktail

    Rock Bar at Ayana Resort

    Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera

    +62 361 702 222

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  • Big dinner with friends

    Ultimo

    Jalan Kayu Aya 104x Oberoi-Seminyak, Kuta

    +62 361 738 720

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  • Drink after dinner

    Hu'u Bar

    Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

    +62 361 473 6576

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Reading

  • Standard books

    Periplus — Many locations

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  • Rarer finds

    Ganesha Bookshop — Also at Biku, listed under Afternoon tea.

    Jalan Raya, Ubud

    +62 361 970 320

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Thank yous

  • Jenggala Keramik — Ceramics from Jenggala Keramik

    Jalan Uluwatu II, Jimbaran

    +62 361 703 311

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Shopping

  • Something for the kids

    Kidsagogo — Clothes, soft toys and homewares at Kidsagogo

    Jalan Kayu Aya No. 29, Seminyak

    +1 62 361 735 648

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  • Something for someone you love

    Jewellery from John Hardy's

    Br. Baturning Mambal, Abiansemal

    +62 361 469 888

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Discovery Mall

    Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta

    +62 361 755 522

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  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Horn Emporium

    Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan

    +1 61 361 473 8330

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  • Something for yourself

    Drifter Surf Shop

    50 Jalan Oberoi, Seminyak

    +62 361 733 274

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Alternative diversion

  • Bali Bird Walk

    Tjampuhan Ubud

    +62 361 975 009

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  • Bali Asli cooking school

    Jalan Raya Gelumpang, Gelumpang village, Amlapura, Karangasem

    +62 812 381 6051

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  • Great massage

    Jari Menari

    Jalan Raya Basangkasa 47, Seminyak and Jalan Pratama 88X Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua

    +62 361 736 740

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Transport

  • — Hotels will happily order you a taxi or arrange for a car.

Limousine/car

  • Blue Bird Taxis

    +62 361 701 111

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Conrad Bali

    168 Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa

    +62 361 778 788

  • Good running route

    The boardwalk along Sanur beach

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