Whether you are headed to Bali for a honeymoon trip, a surfing trip or a “Do it for the ‘gram” trip, you are sure in for a treat! Bali is one of the most picturesque islands and it is so hard to not fall in love with it. I have been to Bali 3 times and every time I go, I fall in love with the island over and over again. It is not called “The Islands of the Gods” for no reason!
First things first, you need to know what you are after. Are you after the sleepless party scene with your clique? If so,“Kuta” is the place for you. I would compare Kuta to Kaosan in Bangkok. In Kuta, you will find a bunch of different clubs on both sides of the road and Indonesian men harassing you and trying to sell you illegal substances, as if there were no death penalty in Indonesia. If you have a short temper like me, you will lose it, because really, how many times do you have to say “no” before they leave you alone?
If you are looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other, “Jimbaran Beach” is the place for you! Jimbaran is located on Bali’s southwest coast, which means it is more secluded and tucked away from the busy areas. When you are in Jimbaran, you cannot leave without having dinner at one of the Jimbaran Seafood cafes on the beach. The area is famous for its big selection of longstanding barbecue and seafood dining, which is a seafood heaven for seafood lovers but with a twist of local flavors.
Bali surprisingly has a tremendous food scene – it is almost like you are in Australia (except for the local food)! With inviting cafes and great coffee shops (and they actually know how to make good coffee) all over the place, you are nowhere near starvation or disappointment. There, you can go from the local tempeh and nasi goreng to mashed avocado on toast, and from a juicy burger to a Balinese seafood platter.
If you are obsessed with sunsets like I am, make sure you check out some of the best beach clubs with views that are to die for. Let’s start off with the infamous “La Plancha” in the Seminyak region. La Plancha is a Spanish beach bar full of vibrant colored umbrellas and bean bags. You cannot walk pass it without wanting to chill on one of the colorful bean bags and sip on a Bintang…or maybe “just do it for the ‘gram.”
Address: Jalan Mesari Beach, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Hours: Open today · 9AM–12AM
Phone: +62 878-6141-6310
Next is “Single Fin” in Uluwatu – it is all about spectacular views and a cool chill surf vibe. Trust me that you will be surrounded by beautiful people…especially surfer boys. Sold yet? Stop by for a drink or two and enjoy the live DJ sets and watch the sun go down!
Address: Pantai Suluban, Jl. Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Bali, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 769941
Last but not least, no sunset lover should miss out on an “El Kabron” experience. A Spanish beach club and restaurant located on a cliff,50 meters above sea level, giving you one of the best views of the Indian Ocean! One thing that you need to know about El Kabron is that you MUST reserve a table. They also have a pre-payment policy – they will ask you to choose where you want to be seated: inside at a dining table, out on the terrace or by the pool. The venue is unreal, the view is spectacular and the food is amazing.
Address: Jl. Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu
Phone: +62 85100803416
Bali may have received a bad reputation over the past few years but I am here to tell you that the island is absolutely incredible. It is filled with culture and spirituality and the sort of beauty that always exceeds my expectations. It is tropical, the landscape is filled with so much greenery and the ocean is crystal clear. You really have to go see for yourself what the hype is all about. So, what are you waiting for?