'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the island there were dinners, gifts and festive events aplenty...
Because there’s no such thing as too much holiday cheer, here’s a roundup of the best Christmas Eve dinners, party ideas and festive events to get your island celebrations started.
And psst! If you haven’t wrapped up the rest of your festive plans just yet, here’s our top picks for the best Christmas Day feasts in Bali, as well as the hottest New Year’s Eve parties for ringing in 2019 in style…
Happy Holidays Honeys!
What: At W Bali – Seminyak’s oh-so stylish signature restaurants, you can feast your way through bustling gourmet night markets to kick off your festive foodie marathons. At FIRE, there’ll be a live carving station, a smokehouse barbecue, a Christmas sweet cave and sooo much more, while at the Bali beachfront fave, Starfish Bloo, you’ll find a Pan-Asian feast of fruits de mer with a bountiful selection of the freshest fish and seafood.
Where: W Bali – Seminyak – Jl Petitenget, Seminyak.
When: 6pm – 10pm
Price: From IDR 800,000++ per person.
What: On the night before Christmas on the Alila Seminyak beachfront, you and your loved ones can reunite for a four-course Coastal Christmas feast by the beach – traditional eggnog included! The Seasalt chefs will be dishing up this very special degustation dinner to the sultry sounds of live Christmas carols with a backing track of the waves out yonder. Santa will also be making an appearance to up the holly-jolly spirit, along with plenty of other surprises and Christmas Eve treats.
Where: Seasalt – Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Seminyak.
When: From 6pm
Price: IDR 750.000++ per person, or half-off for kids under 12.
What: The Christmas presents have been wrapped and Santa has earned himself a surf before his deliveries, so join him for a paddle in the gentle waters of Jimbaran Bay. An annual Christmas Eve tradition, the Big Man in Red will be catching waves with the TropicSurf team, courtesy of Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay.
Where: Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay – Jimbaran.
When: 2pm onwards.
Price: Free for in-house guests, charge applies for non-resident guests.
What: A magnificent six-course dinner with optional wine pairing at The Restaurant by The Legian, enjoyed alongside captivating beachfront views and the sweet sounds of Christmas carols performed by a live children’s choir. The menu features lavish delicacies from near and far, including French foie gras, seared duck and sticky date pudding.
Where: The Restaurant by The Legian at The Legian Seminyak Bali – Jl Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach.
When: 7pm onwards
Price: IDR 1,250,000 per person for dinner only, or IDR 1,950,000 with wine pairing.
What: A 5-course Christmas feast in the jungly surrounds of Alila Ubud, featuring lobster and barramundi against a backdrop of verdant mountains. This enchanting scene will be serenaded by the sounds of the jungle at night and Christmas carols performed live and acoustic.
Where: Cabana Lounge at Alila Ubud – Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar.
When: 7pm – 10.30pm
Price: 650,000++ per person
What: A very special 5-course menu at Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant to help you celebrate in the most extravagant way possible. Overlooking Banyan Tree Ungasan’s breathtaking ocean view, a live acoustic performance and children’s choir will add some sparkle to this Christmassy occasion, while a complimentary welcome drink will give you even more reason to raise a glass to the festive season.
Where: Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant at Banyan Tree Ungasan – Jl Melasti Banjar Kelod, Ungasan.
When: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Price: IDR 1,700,000++ per person
What: Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit quite like a festive shopping spree, so grab those final pressies and festive gifts for the families from Bali’s best shopping districts.
Where: Nab tropical garbs from trendy Seminyak and Canggu, or browse Bali’s homewares stores and furniture shops for home decor staples and cute island trinkets.
Price: You decide!
What: A five-course menu from Bvlgari Bali’s award-winning culinary team, featuring traditional Christmas offerings such as roasted turkey and plum pudding.
Where: Sangkar Restaurant
When: Available for both lunch & dinner.
Price: IDR 1,300,000++ per person.
What: A stunning gourmet buffet in the jungly surrounds of Ayung Terrace at Four Seasons Sayan, with fine delicacies like salmon millefeuille and caviar, fresh seafood and sushi, classic roast turkey and beef wellington. Choose from more than a dozen items grilled-to-order at the live cooking station, and save room for the chocolate fountain and fresh crepes.
Where: Ayung Terrace at Four Seasons Sayan – Jl Raya Sayan, Ubud.
When: 7 pm – 10 pm.
Price: 2,300,000++ including a glass of Champagne and free-flow soft drinks. Half-off for kids aged 5-12.
What: It’s not only on New Year’s Eve that the skies come alive with technicolored fireworks. Any special occasion here in Bali is often accompanied by our favourite twilight spectacle, and the best place to catch them? On the beach of course.
Where: Try anywhere overlooking the water, from The Lawn in Canggu, to KU DE TA in Seminyak, and even to Uluwatu’s cliff edges at OMNIA Dayclub or Sundays Beach Club – you can rest assured these prime-view oceanfront bars will deliver the sparkly goods.
Price: Free to watch!
What: A traditional European Christmas Eve buffet with all of your favourite festive fare. There’ll be a live carving station serving up roast turkey, beef and ham with all the trimmings, wrapped up with elaborate table decorations, Christmas crackers, and even a visit from Santa Claus and his helpers with a sack full of gifts.
Where: Anarasa Restaurant at Mövenpick Resort & Spa ‐ Jl Wanagiri No.1, Jimbaran.
When: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Price: IDR 559,000++ per person with free-flow mocktails or IDR 879,000++ with free-flow local draught beer, local wine and seasonal cocktails. Half off for children aged 6-12.
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