One of the most serene and fun places for Sydneysiders to vacay, Bali provides a blissful haven to relax, unwind and enjoy some small world charm and tropical warmth alongside some of the most beautiful beaches, world class restaurants and nightlife. We visited this perfect mid-winter escape destination to bring you some of the best that Bali has to offer.
Luna2 is truly the most unique hotel in Bali and one of the coolest concept properties in the world! Located on the picturesque beachfront of Seminyak, this eclectic residence transports you into a futuristic world the moment you step through its doors. Luna2 offers all the luxuries of a five star hotel as well as an unforgettable experience of intergalactic proportions, boasting retro architecture and Pop Art décor all throughout the space. The hotel is modelled around a Monopoly board with accents of the iconic board game prevalent at every turn, Bond on Three and Picadilly on One are just two of the fourteen spacious suites that you will find at the property (all equipped with fully loaded iPads).
The studiotel staff are friendly and professional, providing impeccable service from the dining room to the pool, with no request too trying. The breakfast each morning comprises of a luxe smorgasbord of decadent canapes with an al a carte menu likened to that of a hatted restaurant, as well as an amazing freshly squeezed juice selection. If that wasn’t enough, Luna2 also features a plush 16 seat Lunaplex Cinema, a trendy rooftop bar as well as an underground nightclub complete with an illuminated dancefloor! The signature Luna2 design, super-star service and stellar standards of wining, dining, lounging and sleeping ensure an incredible stay, from families and couples to bridal parties and larger groups Luna2 is something that must be experienced, even if it’s just for a night or two!
MÉTIS is one of the hottest restaurants in Bali, encompassing a complete 360 degree evening experience which includes a fine dining French fusion restaurant overlooking the beautifully lit garden as well as a casual Lounge bar that starts to fill with a vibrant crowd after 10pm. There is an air of pure opulence throughout the venue with METIS Lounge setting a cool, laid-back vibe whilst providing a diverse menu of on-trend French and Japanese style tapas including foie gras and caviar. A more substantial selection is available for those who enjoy their meal in a more relaxed setting, such as Wagyu Sliders three ways and a lavish imported cheese platter which makes for the ideal accompaniment to their enviable list of wines and cocktails. This is the perfect post-dinner haunt, featuring the best local and international DJs that spin fresh tunes every night til’ the venue closes at 2am.
Serving some of the most attractive and delectable Italian fare, this new restaurant on the Bali scene hails from Singapore and offers a true fine dining experience. The modern Italian menu showcases some of Italy’s classic dishes with a contemporary twist as well as some completely unique items that will blow you away. Grilled Octopus with Nduja is a standout starter and crab linguine served Al dente demonstrates a classic Italian dish with soul and substance. A seriously impressive Snapper with fennel served over a beautiful beetroot puree is an absolute highlight and the Lamb Rack with Grilled Eggplant and Olive Jus makes for the most satisfying main. The list of wines here is exceptional, from European imports rarely seen in Bali to an extensive list of exclusive cocktails. The professional and hospitable staff are connoisseurs in providing matching wines to your meal and palette, ensuring your experience at Il Lido is one to remember.
Hands down the best massage in Bali! Jari Menari specialises in blending strong massage strokes, rocking, stretching, and palm pressure to create the perfect massage that has formed a cult following of local and international guests. The infamous dancing fingers massage is what this tranquil centre is renowned for and all of its male practitioners offer a bespoke experience that focuses on your individual needs to enhance relaxation and dispel any unwanted tension. The professionalism and intuition of the staff is fault-less with their specialised techniques used to release every knot and immerse you into a truly blissful state. Behind the serene setting of the massage rooms lies a training centre where all the staff are extensively trained and guided in the unique techniques used by Jari Menari, so you know you’re always in the best hands. You can also learn the art of massage with weekly classes available to the public. Clean, serene settings and a carefully crafted unforgettable experience is what you can expect at Jari Menari, which is conveniently located in both Seminyak and Nusa Dua so everyone can get their fix.
Honourable mentions: Bodyworks for spa treatments and AMO Spa for its signature Oxygen Facials
SPEND THE DAY
A real institution known and loved by everyone that graces the shores of Bali. Potato Head promises an experience like no other, from it’s unique décor made from 18th Century teak window shutters to the infinity pool that runs off the edge to overlook the glistening Indian Ocean. The infamous day club features two world acclaimed restaurants including Lilan, which serves some of the best authentic Indonesian cuisine as well as the poolside menu which includes gourmet pizzas, salads and other delicious western delights. Book a bed and spend the day grazing in the sun and sipping on some of the best cocktails in Bali or just swim up to the floating bar to order your cocktail, whatever floats your boat.
Honourable mentions: Finns Beach Club in Uluwatu
One of the most beautiful points to watch the sun set over Seminyak, this swanky rooftop bar sits atop the new Double Six Hotel and showcases incredible beach views in the area. The venue exudes a luxurious feel, with floating booths immersed in a pool that makes up its expansive terrace. Service is top notch with immaculate hosts manning the forte and providing a warm and friendly atmosphere. The bar peaks in the afternoon just in time for sunset and attracts a sophisticated and lively crowd. This is one of the most exclusive spots in Seminyak where you can find an array of delicious cocktails, stylish interiors, premium service and a setting that’s unmistakeably chic.
Situated in Seminyak’s premiere W Hotel, Woobar is the place to be for sublime tunes, a quaint setting and a great crowd to boot. The bar features an amazing food and cocktail selection with a buzzing vibe that spills over from the W pool and beachfront. This is another prime spot to watch the sun go down and bask in the ambiance. Woobar also plays host to Bali’s notorious SPF party, with the yearly celebration attracting a crowd from all over the world to see some of the top international DJ’s and huge fireworks displays on offer. The party starts from 1pm in the afternoon and the festitives continue all through the night until 4am. Held in late July each year, this is a must for avid partygoers.
Rock Bar will astound you with its picturesque view of the sun set, overlooking the crystal waters of Jimbaran Bay. The only way to get to this cliff side oasis is by inclinator of course, via the beautiful Ayana Resort. The cocktail and tapas selection here is absolutely phenomenal, with the staff providing spot on recommendations and treating all guests as VIPs. There’s a touch of magic in the air at sunset with the sky turning a deep pink hue that makes for the perfect Kodak moment. Heightening the mood even further is the music selection which is on point, with renowned international DJs playing each week. This is a truly special place that needs to make its way onto your Bali itinery!
Honourable mentions: La Favela, Seminyak