Don't get your tinsel in a tangle - here are Bali's best brunches, buffets & free-flow feasts this Christmas. Bring on the stretchy pants!
So, you’re spending Christmas in Bali this year (high five!). Whether you’re stuck here because of the pesky pandemic or you’re celebrating a Bali Christmas by choice, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s plenty of festive happenings taking place this year (all with strict health protocols in place, of course).
And while there may not be glittering lights lining Bali’s streets or Christmas trees in every window, 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 2020 gift from us…
Happy holidays, Honeys!
WHERE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS DAY 2020 IN BALI
The best buffets, free-flow brunches & festive dinners
Best for brunch & beats: Two Super Brunches at W Bali – Seminyak
The Christmas feast: At W Bali – Seminyak, you can choose from two supercharged gourmet brunches that Santa and his elves would be proud of. At Starfish Bloo, there’ll be seafood on ice and a seemingly never-ending Christmas carvery station. Don’t miss the Canadian lobster bisque either, best enjoyed alongside Seminyak’s sea breeze! Then at Fire, feast on a smokehouse BBQ brunch, plus seafood and European charcuterie. YUM.
The trimmings: The brunches will be paired with pumped-up beats, W-style. Then by night, the festive feasting will continue into the evening with a Pre Fixe Dinner menu at Starfish Bloo and a Night Market at Fire.
Time: 25th December 2020, 12pm – 4pm for both brunches, then 6pm – 10pm for the evening dinners.
Price: From IDR 1,200,000++ per person for each Super Brunch. For the Pre Fixe Dinner at Starfish Bloo, prices start from IDR 700,000++, and IDR 600,000++ for the Fire Night Market.
Starfish Bloo at W Bali – Seminyak, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 3000 106
Best for scrummy seafood: Christmas Day at Hippie Fish
The Christmas feast: A luscious and festive seafood feast prepared in true Mediterranean-style. This special festive menu will feature the very best the ocean has to offer: think tuna crudo and grilled clams to start, followed by charred lobster for main, plus sides of spinach and house bread. And to toast to the occasion, you’ll also receive a complimentary glass of red, white or rose wine.
The trimmings: An acoustic band will be bringing the festive vibes, alongside a complete menu of wine and cocktails.
Time: 25th December 2020, from 4pm.
Price: IDR 400,000++ per person for food including a glass of wine.
Best for Christmas night: Christmas Dinner at Pizzaria
The Christmas feast: A laidback, heartwarming Christmas dinner at Pizzaria overlooking Sanur’s calming beach. The menu will feature classic Christmas dishes and comforting international flavours, served a la carte for utmost hygiene.
The trimmings: The evening will be topped off with a vast selection of desserts, while the little ones play with Santa and Santarina, and live jazz musicians serenade the evening.
Time: 25th December 2020, from 6.30pm.
Price: IDR 588,000++ per adult, and IDR 255,000++ for children aged 6-12 years old. The dinner includes free-flow food and non-alcoholic drinks, or add on free-flow wines and cocktails for an additional IDR 400,000++.
Best for a vegan feast: KYND Cafe
The Christmas feast: A vegan roast Christmas dinner, 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 2020, from 2pm – 10pm.
Price: IDR 150,000++ per person including a glass of wine.
Kynd Cafe, Jl Petitenget No.12, Seminyak, p. +62 859 3112 0209.
Best for Christmassy vibes: Christmas 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 from Lydia Rose and all of our fave bites from Seasalt’s seafood Sunday brunch.
Time: 25th December 2020, 12pm – 4pm
Price: IDR 685,000++ per person for food only, or IDR 1,300,000 with free-flow beverages.
Seasalt, Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 3021 888 / +62 361 3021 889
Best for family vibes: KU DE TA Christmas Family Lunch
The Christmas feast: Bring the whole family for a holly-jolly tropical Christmas at KU DE TA, where a a playful yet traditional Christmas family lunch will be served up across multiple courses. Think duck samosas, buttermilk-poached turkey, roasted lamb and Christmas pud for dessert. Best paired with festive cocktails and live entertainment to add to the Christmas magic!
The trimmings: The kids can get stuck into a bucket load of Christmas activities, including a much-anticipated visit from Santa! All beside the Seminyak seaside…
Time: 25th December 2020, from 11am.
Price: IDR 850,000++.
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. At Soleil, there’ll be amazing delicacies from the Mediterranean and Pan-Asia, topped off with a free-flow beverage packages. While at The Cafe, feast on all-you-can-order traditional Christmas classics alongside a selection of signature dishes.
The trimmings: Fine food, opulent surroundings and lavish Christmas decorations to add to the decadent vibes.
Time: 11am – 3pm at Soleil, and 12pm – 3pm at The Cafe.
Price: IDR 1,075,690 nett per adult and IDR 422,290 nett for children (3-8 years) for the non-alcoholic package, or IDR 1,571,790 nett with free-flow alcohol. At The Cafe, it’s IDR 773,190 nett per adult and IDR 385,990 nett for children for food and non-alcoholic drinks.
The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 36 1301 7777
Best for a buffet brunch: Christmas Day Brunch at Cucina
The Christmas feast: Sofitel Bali’s legendary Sunday brunch at Cucina will be getting a festive makeover this Christmas. Joining the always-epic spread of Mediterranean brunch classics, you’ll be invited to feast on roast meats and home-style dishes, alongside a roast turkey and all the Christmassy sides.
The trimmings: There’ll be a live acoustic band playing Christmas classics, plus a children’s choir singing carols, a magician’s performance, and the chance to have your photo taken with Santa.
Time: 25th December 2020, 11am – 3pm.
Price: IDR 899,000++ per person for food only, or IDR 1,299,000++ for the food and free-flow alcohol package.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata ITDC Lot N5, Nusa Dua, p. +62 +62 361 849 2888
Best for the kids: Fun Christmas Brunch at Prego
The Christmas feast: Make your way to Prego for a Fun Christmas Brunch featuring all of your favourite festive treats that make the holidays so special. A selection of Italian fare will feature a live grill and much more from the Prego chefs, plus plenty of interactive activities for the kiddos.
The trimmings: Lots of fun and games in the festive atmosphere of the Prego garden. There will be a magician, a balloonist, photo opportunities with Santa and live music.
Time: 25th December 2020, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Price: IDR 695,000++ per adult and IDR 350,000++ for kids aged 6-12.
Prego at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 771906
BONUS: CHRISTMAS STAYCATIONS IN BALI WITH FESTIVE FEASTS INCLUDED!
An Exceptional Festive Season Stay at Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Spa
The festive staycation: For a Christmas like no other, at a destination like no where you’ve ever been, check in to the breathtakingly beautiful Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Spa for its exclusive festive season stay package. As part of the staycation, you’ll not only be on the doorstep of nature’s playground on Nusa Lembongan’s most popular ocean stretch, you’ll also receive breakfast for two guests and two cocktails at the ever-popular The Deck Cafe & Bar. And psst – if you stay over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you’ll also get a very special Christmas Lunch included, right beside the Lembongan seaside.
The trimmings: Part of Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Spa, The Howff Whisky Gin & Wine Bar will be open from 5pm on Christmas Eve for a special evening of cocktails before the big day!
Dates: Available from 22nd December 2020 – January 2nd 2021.
Price: From IDR 1,500,000 nett per villa per night.
A relaxing Christmas break at Hyatt Regency Bali
The festive staycation: End this challenging year with a relaxing break by the sea at Hyatt Regency Bali in Sanur this Christmas. Situated in the heart of charming Sanur, the resort fuses traditional Balinese design with modern amenities, with strict hygiene standards in place and plenty of outdoor space. Relax in one of the three swimming pools, wander around the tropical garden, or treat yourself to a spa treatment at luxurious Shankha Spa.
The trimmings: As part of the two-night stay, you’ll also get breakfast for two, Christmas dinner on the 24th or 25th December for two, plus 50% off on massage treatments at Shankha Spa.
Date: 24th December – 26th December 2020.
Price: IDR 2,950,000++ for two people for a two-night stay.