Don't get your tinsel in a tangle - here are Bali's best brunches, buffets & free-flow feasts this Christmas 2021. Bring on the stretchy pants!
So, you’re spending Christmas 2021 in Bali (high five!). Whether you’re a local Bali resident or you’re flying in from overseas now that the international borders have reopened, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s plenty of festive happenings taking place this year (all with strict health protocols and correct local regulations, of course).
Yep, luckily for us festive folk, the island’s best restaurants, bars and beach clubs sure know how to celebrate with plenty of yuletide spirit. So, to help you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, here’s our pick of what to do and where to feast this Christmas in Bali – the best free-flow Champagne brunches and Christmas dinners with visits from the Big Man in Red himself. Consider this your Christmas 2021 gift from us!
CHRISTMAS DAY 2021 IN BALI
The best buffets, free-flow brunches & festive dinners
1. Best for all-day grazing: Two Super Brunches, a Seafood Market and a Night Market at W Bali – Seminyak
The Christmas feast: At W Bali – Seminyak, choose from two supercharged daytime brunches at Starfish Bloo or Fire, followed by two gourmet markets that even Santa and his elves would be proud of. At Starfish Bloo’s Super Brunch, there’ll be seafood on ice, a seemingly never-ending Christmas carvery station and Balinese Pork Sam Sam. By night, don’t miss the Seafood Market featuring shucked Lombok Oysters, Dim Sum and a Christmas Croquembouche! Over at Fire, feast on a smokehouse BBQ Super Brunch with seafood and European charcuterie, then tuck into Spanish Mackerel tartare, baked swordfish and roasted Peking Duck at the Night Market. YUM!
The trimmings: The Super Brunches and markets will be paired with pumped-up beats, W-style, together with plenty of festive goodies like Stollen, Christmas pudding and a very special white chocolate yule log!
Time: 25th December 2021, 12pm – 4pm for both brunches, then 6pm – 10pm for the markets
Place: W Bali – Seminyak, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak.
Price: From IDR 1,300,000++ per person for each Super Brunch. Add on a Bubbles Package for IDR 1,900,000. For the markets, prices start from IDR 700,000 per person, with the optional Bubbles Package at IDR 1,200,000. For all the info you need, head here.
2. Best for Christmas village vibes: Christmas Wonderland at Andaz Bali
The Christmas feast: A community-style feast at Village Square – Andaz Bali’s culinary hub that’s home to four delicious dining destinations. All four restaurants will be open without borders to create a village-style experience, with plenty of distance between guests of course! As for the feast? It’ll be a four-course menu of family-style starters, plated second and main courses, and all-you-can-eat desserts. Yes please!
The trimmings: It takes a village to really ignite the festive spirit, so expect plenty of Christmas cheer, a community atmosphere, and the option to pair your dinner with Christmas-themed artisan cocktails!
Time: 25th December 2021, from 6pm.
Place: Andaz Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan No.89A, Sanur.
Price: From IDR 790,000++ per person for dinner, and an additional IDR 360,000++ per person for the paired Christmas cocktails.
3. Best for a laidback celebration by the sea: La La Land Christmas at Hyatt Regency Bali
The Christmas feast: A laidback La La Land themed Christmas dinner at Pizzaria, AKA Hyatt Regency Bali‘s dazzling seaside restaurant. The dinner will be dished up buffet-style featuring classic Christmas dishes from around the world – think honey-glazed ham, roast turkey with stuffing, and Australian beef with herbs and garlic.
The trimmings: A live pianist will keep the Christmas spirit alive, whilst Santa will be making a visit to meet little elves…
Time: 25th December 2021, from 6pm.
Place: Hyatt Regency Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan 89, Sanur.
Price: IDR 750,000++ per adult including a welcome sparkling cocktail and soft drinks. Or, top up to IDR 1,400,000++ per adult to enjoy the buffet plus alcoholic drinks. Children aged 6 to 12 years-old can dine at 50% off, while children under 6 years-old can dine for free.
4. Best for fine food and valley views: Christmas Day Lunch at Cascades
The Christmas feast: A sumptuous Christmas Day lunch at the breathtaking Cascades restaurant, with an extravagant menu of both a la carte canapés, starters and desserts, plus a gourmet spread of traditional roasts and salads served up buffet-style at the carvery station. Think glazed roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, honey smoked ham and roasted prime ribs too.
The trimmings: All this will be merrily served up with a warm Christmas vibe, overlooking the lush jungle valley…
Time: 25th December 2021, 11.30am until 2pm.
Place: Cascades – Jl Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud.
Price: IDR 850,000++ per person and IDR 425,000++ per child (under 12 years).
5. Best for festive foodies: Nusantara by Locavore at The Warung, Alila Villas Uluwatu
The Christmas feast: Settle in for a magical gastronomic feast cooked up by two local icons in Bali’s luxury dining scene: Nusantara by Locavore and The Warung at Alila Villas Uluwatu. The culinary masterminds behind these gourmet trailblazers will be joining forces to create the very best of Nusantara’s set menu and a la carte delights. Foodies, this one’s for you!
The trimmings: From 4.30pm, a Sunset Sax session will set the scene for a spectacular sundown at the Sunset Cabana Bar, serenaded by jazz saxophone soloist, Sammy Sax. And from 5pm – 6pm, there’ll also be free-flow sparkling wines for the ladies!
Time: 25th – 30th December 2021, 12pm – 4pm for lunch, 6pm – 10pm for dinner.
Place: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu.
Price: From IDR 100,000 per dish from an a la carte menu.
6. Best for an Indonesian twist: A Long Table Holiday Feast at John Hardy Boutique & Gallery
The Christmas feast: A local twist to your typical Christmas Day fare, John Hardy Seminyak will be dishing up a nine-course Indonesian feast at its iconic Long Table. The multi-course menu will see Indonesian specialties served family-style, including chicken marinated with Bumbu Bali, BBQ Sumatran beef short ribs braised in sweet soy and Balinese spices, and Balinese roasted jackfruit with long beans and smoked mushroom. Enak!
The trimmings: To really add to the festive cheer, there’ll be a “Tropical Holiday” cocktail with Kintamani orange, fresh coconut water, lime, cucumber syrup plus Aperol and 1800 coconut tequila. And for added Christmas sprit, you can also opt for a cocktail-paired menu too!
Time: 25th December 2021, 12pm – 9pm (also available daily throughout the month of December!).
Place: John Hardy Boutique & Gallery – Jl Petitenget, Seminyak.
Price: IDR 495,000++ per person for lunch or dinner including the “Tropical Holiday” cocktail, or IDR 595,000++ per person including cocktail pairings and a glass of New Zealand wine.
7. Best for a holiday in the highlands: Christmas Day Lunch at Samanvaya Luxury Resort & Spa
The Christmas feast: This Christmas, head to the Sidemen hills for a cosy Christmas Day buffet lunch at Samanvaya Luxury Resort & Spa. The five-star gourmet spread will be laid out at Samanvaya’s gorgeous garden bar, featuring all of your Christmas favourites. Think roast ham, chicken, a vegan nut roast and plenty of roasted smashed potatoes, stuffing, salads and other yummy delicacies. You’ll even get to tuck into a traditional New Zealand dessert: the pavlova!
The trimmings: You’ll be welcomed by a glass of bubbles and sophisticated Christmassy vibes.
Time: 25th December 2021, from 1pm.
Place: Samanvaya Luxury Resort & Spa, Banjar Tabola, Telaga Tawang, Sidemen.
Price: IDR 550,000++ per person.
8. Best for gourmet bites: A multi-course Christmas menu at Cuca
The Christmas feast: A sparkling and delicious Christmas menu cooked up by Santa and his elves, AKA Chef Kevin and Cuca’s unstoppable kitchen team! Chopped, boiled, sautéed and barbecued, the menu features a multi-course feast of snacks and tapas with surprising and innovative twists on typical festive fare. Think freshly shucked Java oysters with an edible lemon-scented pearl, spicy pulled beef with crispy potato strings, and the Lobster Roll with warm buttered lobster chunks, a just-made sesame bun and a lemony mayonnaise. Yum!
The trimmings: Dine beside the bustling open kitchen to watch Santa and his epicurean elves at work, or feast beneath the stars in the magical topical garden, complete with twinkling lights and festive feels all around.
Time: 25th December 2021, available all day from 12pm – 10pm.
Place: Cuca, Jl Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran.
Price: IDR 750,000++ per person.
9. Best for sunset grazing: Christmas Dinner at The Lawn
The Christmas feast: Dishing up a family-style Christmas spread beside the Canggu seaside, this year The Lawn is putting on a gourmet feast for two to share from sunset onwards. The spread features delish dishes like slow-roasted lamb shank, smoked salmon tartine, baked seabass and all the trimmings, including roast potatoes, glazed carrots and gruyere cauliflower. And for our veggie friends, there’s an entire vegetarian menu too!
The trimmings: No matter which gourmet menu you choose, each one comes with a bottle of sparkling wine for two to share. Cheers!
Time: 25th December 2021, 6pm – 10pm.
Place: The Lawn – Jl Pura Dalem, Canggu.
Price: IDR 700,000++ per person or IDR 600,000++ per person for the vegetarian option. Price includes a bottle of bubbles for two to share.
10. Best for everything: Christmas Day at Mulia Bali
The Christmas feast: Get ready for one helluva Christmas banquet at two of Mulia Bali’s five-star dining destinations: Soleil and The Cafe. At Soleil, it’s a seaside Christmas brunch with amazing delicacies from the Mediterranean and across Asia, topped off with free-flow beverage packages. Meanwhile at The Cafe, feast on all-you-can-order traditional Christmas classics, theatrical live stations and a selection of fine signature dishes from around the world. Psst – don’t miss the dessert wonderland!
The trimmings: Fine food, opulent surroundings and lavish Christmas decorations to add to the decadent vibes.
Time: 25th December 2021, 11am – 3pm at Soleil, and 12pm – 3pm at The Cafe.
Place: The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua.
Price: Soleil Brunch: IDR 999,000++ per adult for food only (non-alcoholic package) or IDR 1,529,000++ for the alcohol package. The Cafe: IDR 759,000++ per adult for food and non-alcoholic drinks.
11. Best for free-flow bubbles: Christmas Chandon Brunch at Seasalt
The Christmas feast: A sumptuous Christmas Chandon Brunch at Seasalt with an extravagant menu of traditional specialties and gourmet treats galore (think roasted turkey and spiced pork belly). All this will be merrily served up with a warm Christmas vibe, special festive cocktails and plenty of bubbly Chandon to raise a glass with.
The trimmings: The brunch will come with stunning ocean views, plenty of Christmas cheer, live music and all of our fave bites from Seasalt’s seafood Sunday brunch. Oh, and Santa and his Lady Elf will be making an appearance too!
Time: 25th December 2021, 12pm – 4pm
Place: Seasalt – Jl Taman Ganesha No.9, Petitenget, Seminyak.
Price: IDR 850,000++ per person for food only, or IDR 1,500,000++ per person including free-flow Chandon and other alcoholic beverages.
12. Best for fine jazzy vibes: Christmas Day Dinner at The Restaurant
The Christmas feast: Get ready to wine and dine on the Seminyak beachfront for a three-course family-style sharing menu at The Restaurant. Just a few of the menu highlights include the grilled octopus, a slow roasted leg of lamb served with green pear salad, roasted Cilembu sweet potatoes and charred asparagus. Yum! There’ll even be a Sommelier on hand to help you select and pair your wines and cocktails.
The trimmings: The Christmassy vibes will come alive with the help of a live jazz performance and bottles of Taittinger NV Brut Champagne.
Time: 25th December 2021, 6pm onwards.
Place: The Restaurant at The Legian Bali Seminyak, Jl Kayu Aya, Seminyak.
Price: IDR 780,000++ per person for dinner only, or IDR 3,300,000 for two people with a bottle of Taittinger NV Brut Champagne.
13. Best for five-star indulgence: Sparkling Christmas at Mozaic Ubud
The Christmas feast: This Christmas at Mozaic Ubud, acclaimed chef Chris Salans is doing what he does best by presenting a spectacular degustation lunch or dinner with all the bells and whistles. Choose between six-or eight-courses from the table d’hôte menu, featuring fine ingredients par excellence. Think baked oysters, 21 day dry-aged duck and foie gras, lobster tail, venison tenderloin and Valrhona chocolate. Ooh la la!
The trimmings: Both degustation menus come with optional wine pairing, and both feature festive specialities such as smoked salmon and Eggnog ice cream.
Time: 25th December 2021, 12pm – 2.30pm for lunch, or 6pm – 9pm for dinner.
Place: Mozaic Ubud – Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Price: IDR 1,000,000++ for the six-course menu or IDR 1,350,000++ for the eight-course menu. Add on IDR 800,000++ for six-course wine pairing or IDR 1,200,000++ for eight-course wine pairing.
14. Best for a vegan feast: Christmas Lunch at KYND Cafe
The Christmas feast: A three-course Christmas lunch, KYND-style! There’ll be plant-based ‘chicken’, ‘beef’ wellington and all the trimmings, including veggies, smashed spuds and roast beetroot!
The trimmings: Expect cocktail specials, Christmas bon bons, live acoustic music and plenty of KYND Christmas cheer!
Time: 25th December 2021, 12pm – 3pm.
Place: Kynd Cafe, Jl Petitenget No.12, Seminyak
Price: IDR 250,000++.
15. Best for a Christmas in the jungle: All You Can Eat BBQ Brunch at Jungle Fish
The Christmas feast: Surrounded by Ubud’s lush rainforest and a glittering pool club, an All You Can Eat BBQ Brunch will be served up this Christmas in the heart of the jungle. Taking place at Jungle Fish Pool Bar, feast, sip and dip your way through Christmas Day, and don’t forget the festive cocktails!
The trimmings: To add to the jungle festivities, there’ll be a Christmas choir serenading the afternoon with a traditional Angklung instrument. Then, from 3pm a live DJ will take you through sunset and into the evening.
Time: 25th December 2021, 11am – 3pm for brunch, then a live DJ from 3pm til sunset.
Place: Jungle Fish – Jl Raya Sebali, Ubud
Price: IDR 450,000++ per person.
16. Best for a Latin American feast: Santa’s Lunch at Santanera
The Christmas feast: A nine-course sharing set lunch at one of Canggu’s very best new restaurants. This Christmas Day, Santanera is serving up delish dishes like Jamon Iberico, chargrilled duck skewers, giant king prawns and slow-cooked black suckling pig.
Time: 25th December 2021, from midday onwards.
Place: Santanera – Jl Tanah Barak No.55-57, Canggu.
Price: IDR 950,000++ per person.
17. Best for a Lebanese feast: Christmas Lunch at Zali
The Christmas feast: A Lebanese-inspired spread featuring five courses of starters and mains, plus two delicious desserts. Graze on hummus with fried eggplant, gigot (lamb) with pomegranate molasses, and Fassouliabi zeit (white beans in tomato and olive oil) before tucking into a traditional Christmas Bûche.
Time: 25th December 2021, from midday onwards.
Place: Zali – Jl Pantai Pererenan No.152, Pererenan
Price: IDR 320,000++ per person.
Keep your eyes peeled for more Christmas dinners & announcements – more to be announced right here!