If we were running away from the world, you’d probably find us at W Retreat & Spa Bali. It is one of our all-time favourites in the Island of Gods, and there is no reason to not swing by for a resort getaway.
Well, if we really need to dig out one to justify our recent trip back to the property, it is because Starfish Bloo – a gorgeous restaurant and seaside beach club that serves Pan-Asian cuisine in a classy and stylish setting – has a new chef leading the team. That only means more yums for the tums, right?
Having worked in Beijing for two years, Chef Matthew McCool is no stranger to Asian food. That aside, he has an admirable resume working under world-renowned chefs such as Gordon Ramsay at his three-star Michelin restaurant in London, Tom Aikens and two-star Michelin restaurant Chez Bruce, and Altitude Restaurant at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel which earned three hats from the prestigious Gault&Millau Australia and won Restaurant of the Year at the Tourism Accommodation Awards in 2014.
Traveling to Bali is actually a lot cheaper than you think! It is not difficult to travel to Bali on a budget because you can get cheap air tickets via budget airlines, as well as plenty of options for affordable home stays listed on AirBnb.
We traveled to Ubud and spent less than S$280 in three days two nights per person. The amount includes round-trip plane tickets, return airport transfer, accommodation, activities and daily meals.
From riding a motorbike to dining at Anthony Bourdain’s favourite restaurant, we conquered 15 fun activities that you can do in Ubud during a long weekend. Here’s how you can travel to Ubud, Bali for a 3D2N Getaway with S$280 (all-inclusive).
A recent trip back to Bali saw us luxuriating at Conrad Bali, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the stay. Sure, there is no lack of luxurious resorts at The Island of Gods, and we have been to several beautiful ones. But Conrad Bali is one at Nusa Dua that left great impressions on us, and it was hard to say goodbye.
Sitting along the coast of Nusa Dua, Conrad Bali has a series of rooms and suites that cater to various preferences. Soak up in the gigantic pool that is surrounded by lush palm trees, or suntan on the sandy beach – just at the foot of the property – that spans across 350 metres.
It was a gloomy morning. Intermittent drizzles, dark skies and dampen spirits. But we were to rekindle our excitement to be in Bali with our first breakfast at Sisterfields Cafe.
Among the many new names to Seminyak’s dining scene, Sisterfields Cafe ranks the most popular and we knew it would be a cafe that we’d love.
Despite the rain, nothing and no one seemed bothered. The cafe was packed at 10am; the breakfast crowd was alive. Of salads, eggs, burgers and green juices, Sisterfields Cafe is the it place to be at for breakfast when in Seminyak, Bali.
Bali is one happening island to take a holiday at. We love that Indonesian island so much that we visit it at least thrice a year! It is a popular destination for nomads too, and we know of many who make Bali their base because it makes such a relaxing office – with good food and coffee on top of free wifi, of course.
So what is it like over at the Island of Gods? You might think they are pretty undeveloped, but the cafe scene is a booming one and there is always so much fanfare about the wondrous themes and incredible menus. A cup of quality flat white can be as cheap as S$2, and a generous stack of pancakes would surprise you with a S$4 price tag.
Let’s just say cafe-hopping at Bali is for all, because it is impossible to not fall in love with chic spaces, good food and coffee – all at unbeatable prices. In this guide, we let you in to our regular haunts and picks of the year, as well as some thematic restaurants that serves eclectic menus at cafe prices.
Here are 16 cafes in Bali that offer you unique dining experiences without breaking the bank.
Fancy restaurants, cool beach clubs, and chic lifestyle boutiques – that makes up Seminyak, perhaps one of the most popular destinations in Bali. But if you like partying or surfing, backpackers’ heaven in Kuta is the place for you. For those who are on a journey to seek solace and to hideaway in peace and calmness, the luxury 5-star beach resorts in Nusa Dua will be your cup of tea.
Couples on honeymoon should check out romantic villas in Jimbaran – a sleepy seaside village known for the freshest seafood and gorgeous sunsets. Ubud, the heart and soul of the real Bali, remains a popular spot for visitors who are seeking spiritual enlightenment and cultural realisations.
Here is our Bali’s destination travel guide where we cover the five different areas on the island of Gods.
With so many good restaurants and warungs (local eateries) in Ubud, we have barely scratched the tip of the iceberg. But we hope that this list will get you started during your next trip to Ubud, and hopefully, it will spark off your wanderlust in you and have you returning to the arts & cultural centre of Bali on many more adventures in the future. Here is our guide to Ubud’s 10 Best Places to Eat.
Bali is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the region, and if you are bringing your special half there to celebrate a important occasion, one great place that we highly recommend is Metis Restaurant in Jalan Petitenget, widely regarded as the culinary epicentre in Bali.
Metis Restaurant specialises in French cuisine, and it has a spectacular view overlooking the paddy fields. It is a venue that is suitable for all-day dining and any occasion.
It is the kind of place where you bring your date to impress, and a sure way to sweep her off her feet. The best part of it all? It is not expensive to dine at Metis. The 2-course set lunch is only Rp 90,000++, while most of the main courses on the lunch menu are between Rp 50,000 to Rp 100,000.