The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner, so start planning how you’ll be spending this Christmas in Bali, whether it’s a traditional turkey feast or brunch on the beach. Ho, ho, ho!
It’s that time of year again when Bali’s supermarkets play Mariah Carey on repeat and that dedicated Xmas Shop in Ubud finally opens its doors after 11 months of hibernation. There may not be glittering lights lining the streets or Christmas trees in every window here in Bali, but luckily for us jolly festive folk, the island’s restaurants, bars and beach clubs sure know how to celebrate with plenty of yuletide spirit. So here’s our pick of what to do and where to feast this Christmas in Bali. Happy holidays Honeys!
WHAT TO DO
Go Christmas shopping at Seminyak Village Shopping Mall
Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit quite like your first festive shopping spree, and Seminyak Village is ticking all the boxes this year with a Christmas Movie Club, a Shop & Win festive competition, Christmassy activities, carols, and of course, a plethora of retail stores with countless Christmas pressies awaiting. So shop ‘til you drop at Seminyak’s biggest fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores [hello Bamboo Blonde, Bonheur & the gift-packed Marketplace] then kick back with the kids for Christmas movies every Saturday, and plenty of arts and crafts to stuff your stockings with.
Seminyak Village, Jl Kayu Jati No.8, Seminyak, p. +62 361 4741838.
Sing carols with Santa and sip eggnog on the beach at Alila Seminyak
Twas the night before Christmas on Alila Seminyak’s beachfront, where chefs will be a’ stirring and bubbles will be a’ pouring! This Christmas Eve, a luscious 5-course dinner will be served at Seasalt, complete with Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and a live performance from gypsy songstress Lydia Rose and her band. And while you enjoy the welcome eggnog or mulled wine, the kiddos can escape the Champagne clinking with cupcake decorating, handicrafts, games, movies, storytelling and even a slumber party! And did we mention that Alila Spa is also treating you to a festive spa gift when you unwind with a relaxing aromatherapy massage?
Alila Seminyak, Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9 Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 3021 889
Throw a private party in your own luxury Bali villa
You’re in Bali, baby! So what better way to celebrate than with a luxury villa party for you and your holidaying besties, complete with all the island bash trimmings? We’re talking in-villa bars, giant infinity pools surrounded by tropical gardens, crowd-pleasing gourmet feasts, live DJs, and even a team of butlers to look after you and your guests from dawn until dusk, the whole festive season thru. And that’s before we mention the prime addresses just footsteps from Bali’s best beaches, boutiques, restaurants and after-dinner nightlife… Check out our 6 fave party villas in Seminyak and Canggu for your Christmas bash.
Watch the fireworks from a beachfront bar
It’s not only on New Year’s Eve that the skies come alive with technicoloured fireworks – many Asian cultures believe that fireworks ward away evil spirits, and so any special occasion is often accompanied by our favourite twilight spectacle. And the best place to catch them? On the beach of course. From The Rooftop Bar at Double Six in Seminyak, all the way down to cliff’s edge of Oneeighty in Uluwatu, you can rest assured these prime oceanfront spots will deliver the sparkly goods.
Cook up a homemade ham from Locavore
Think that award-winning, world-class Christmas cuisine can only be found inside a fancy restaurant? Think again. The Michelin-worthy Locavore [Indonesia’s highest ever ranking restaurant on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list] is giving you the gift of a perfect ham this Christmas from their very own butcher shop, Local Parts. Organic, local and prepped to perfection, grab yours before they’re gone, and don’t forget to invite the entire family round to wow them with your new-found culinary expertise!
Locavore, 10 Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud, Bali, p. +62 361 977733.
WHERE TO FEAST
Bubbles on the beach and a munching marathon in the sunshine? Seasalt’s sumptuous Christmas brunch had us at all-you-can-eat seafood, with delectable sharing platters of Christmas specialties, unlimited a la carte appetisers and desserts, an oh-so-sweet pastry display, surprises for the little ones from Santa, and of course, a glass of the good stuff to toast to the perfect Christmas!
Price: IDR 750,000++ per person [half off for kids under 12]
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Seasalt at Alila Seminyak, Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 3021 889
Sundays Beach Club
If a traditional crimbo lunch on the beach sounds like your kinda festive celebration, then whisk the whole family down to Sundays Beach Club for a festive buffet by the sea! An elaborate spread of ocean-caught seafood, roast turkey, whole roast pig, glazed ham and, of course, fabulously fresh salads plus all the trimmings will line the oceanfront, not to mention a dessert station with a burnt lemon curd pavlova as a solid fave!
Price: IDR 1,300,000++ per person
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Sundays Beach Club, Jl Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, p. + 62 361 848 2111
Double Six Hotel
It’s double the deliciousness at Double Six Hotel this Christmas, with two fabulous festive lunches at both Seminyak Italian Food and Plantation Grill Seminyak. Fit for all the fam, the Christmas lunches will see feasting menus with a choice of main courses and shared starters and desserts. At Seminyak Italian Food there’ll also be cotton candy, Christmas bon bons, treats from Santa and a live sax player, whilst at Plantation Grill Seminyak it’s a Madame Bellini on arrival and a five-piece jazz band to get the party started. Cheers!
Price for Seminyak Italian Food: IDR 650.000++ per person [first child free]
Price for Plantation Grill Seminyak: IDR 1,150,000++ per person [with special prices for children]
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Double-Six Luxury Hotel, No. 66, Double Six Beach, Seminyak, Bali, p. +62 361 734 300
KU DE TA
‘Tis the season to sparkle, eat, drink and be merry at KU DE TA! Spend Christmas Day beachside at this iconic oceanfront destination and you’ll get to enjoy a full day of feasting, sipping and celebrating with live music and the kind of star-studded DJ line up that you’ve come to expect from such an internationally acclaimed beach club. Not only for the adults, the Family Day at KU DE TA will see kids activities and gifts, and of course, Santa will most certainly be making an appearance. Not forgetting the main event, lunch will consist of a four-course feast at both KU DE TA and upstairs at Mejekawi for serious festive foodies.
Price for KU DE TA: Adults IDR 950.000 net & children IDR 400.000/net
Price for Mejekawi: Adults IDR 1.500.000 net & children IDR 550.000 net
Book your seats here: www.kudeta.com/christmas-family-day.html
KU DE TA, Jl Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak, p. +62 361 736 969.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the two fabulous gourmet destinations at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort will be dishing up culinary Christmas feasts to get you in the festive foodie spirit. At Kwee Zeen, it’s a Christmas Eve buffet dinner with a live acoustic band, whilst at Cucina it’s brunch and a five-course degustation dinner to tuck into. Then on the big day itself, both signature destinations will be treating guests to sumptuous brunches, with live acoustic bands, a children’s choir singing Christmas carols, a magician, and even the chance to meet Santa himself!
Price: From IDR 499,000 & IDR 899,000++ per person
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Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata BTDC, Lot N5, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 8492888
W Bali – Seminyak
In true W style, this swanky Seminyak resort is abandoning the expected this Christmas to instead present incredible dining experiences at its multiple venues for those who like to venture out late. You can sip, mix and mingle endlessly at the sophisticated bar spaces, from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Day. Director of Culinary Richard Bias will then be recreating the comforts of home on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at FIRE restaurant with a twist of seafood, prime meat, and hot dishes from both East & West, whilst at STARFISH BLOO, Chef de Cuisine Ash Garvey will be dishing up a Pan-Asian array of delicacies for more discerning palates – yum!
Price: From IDR 650,000++ per person.
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W Bali – Seminyak, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak Bali, p. +62 361 3000 106
The St. Regis Bali Resort
At both Boneka and Kayuputi, The St. Regis Bali Resort’s two ultra-fine dining signature restaurants, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are set to be seriously swanky affairs with Champagne brunches and degustation dinners on the menu. From the scrumptious buffet selections at Boneka, to the a la carte creations beachfront at Kayuputi, expect delicious delicacies like tuna tartar, fresh scallops, foie gras, lobster, duck, venison and lamb, served alongside plenty of bubbles in one of the most decadent atmospheres on the island.
Prices from IDR 1,100,000++ per person
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The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua, Lot S6, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 8478.
As one of Bali’s long standing culinary greats when it comes to unadulterated gourmet feasting, Mulia Bali is putting on one helluva Christmas banquet at each of its five-star dining destinations, both the night before Christmas and on the big day itself. There’ll be Japanese Teppanyaki dinners at Edogin, fine Cantonese and Szechuan buffets in the oh-so opulent Table8, and our faves – Soleil and The Cafe – will be putting on the most lavish foodie spreads complete with some deliciously Christmassy additions.
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The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 36 1301 7777
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
At Seminyak’s brand new and award-winning Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, Christmas this year is all about doing things differently – and deliciously! A lip-smacking lineup of festive feasts begins on Christmas Eve through to Christmas Day as you’re guided through the dining rooms of every cafe and bar within the hotel to experience Indigo’s full culinary repertoire. On Christmas Eve, drop the kids off at Pottery Cafe for gingerbread making and artsy activities while you sup and sample pre-dinner BALIXOLOGY cocktails and canapes at Tree Bar, before a scrumptious shared feast at Makase with Santa Claus and a three-piece acoustic band as company. Then on the big day itself, no expense is spared with a Christmas Day lunch that spans across all three dining outlets. From the artisanal pastries and coffees at Pottery Cafe, to Makase’s hearty buffet and the fresh and healthy treats of Tree Bar, you can munch to your tummies content. Cheers to that!
Price: IDR 550,000++ per person for food & soft drinks. Additional alcohol packages are available, and kids between 3 and 11 get 50% off.
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Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, Jl Camplung Tanduk No. 10, Seminyak, p. +62 361 209 9999.
It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without huge hunks of meat, dripping spuds, stuffing balls and a sticky Stollen – are we right? If that’s a resounding “yum”, then Salazon’s Christmas Lunch is where you’ll get your fix. A three-course sharing menu will see 12 different dishes grace the dining table, with scrummy festive treats like grilled oysters, honey glazed homemade ham, smoked chicken, giant prawns and drunken soaked fruit puddings – all washed down with a welcome cocktail and plenty of made-to-order craft Negronis for afters – shaken, stirred and burned at your tableside.
Price: 490,000++ per person
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Salazón, Jl Kayu Aya Oberoi, Seminyak, +62 361 9342100.
The Restaurant at The Legian
For a Christmas feast with a Balinese twist [we are in Bali, after all] then book your seat at The Legian’s The Restaurant for an intimate ambience, captivating beachfront views and an Indonesian Soiree Dinner cooked up by expert Executive Chef, Luke MacLeod and his team. You and the fam will get the chance to indulge in the distinct and flavorful tastes of Balinese cuisine, accompanied by a traditional showcase of Balinese Dance performances. And psst! Keep your eyes peeled for their unique and island-inspired Christmas tree…
Price: IDR 1,000,000++ per person
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The Legian Bali, Jl Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach, Seminyak, p. +62 361 730 622
Happy Holidays Honeys!