Having been to Bali a few times, it’s easy to understand why it was voted as the number one tourist destination on Earth. Whether you’re looking for adventure or in need of a relaxing vacation, this island of Indonesia will have something for every traveller. This guide focuses more on Seminyak, located on the west coast of Bali just north of Kuta. It is also home to many excellent restaurants and beautiful beaches, and slightly more upmarket than Kuta.
1. Where to relax
Head down to La Plancha along the Double Six beach and catch the beautiful sunset. Grab yourself a beanbag and an ice cold Bintang beer and just kick back and relax! Remember to get there early as it can get really crowded – you will want to be in the best spot to capture the gorgeous sunset.
2. Where to eat
Avoid the tourist traps and go where the locals eat at. Warung Kolega offers delicious Javanese cooking at very affordable prices. Pick from a wide variety of dishes to go with your fluffy white rice and top it off with some aromatic coconut curry.
If you’re in the mood for something fancier, there are plenty of hipster cafes offering all-day brunch and great specialty coffee. Revolver Coffee and Pison Coffee are amongst some of the most well-known cafes in the area. Make sure you ask the friendly baristas what the seasonal coffees are! Indonesia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and you’re in for a treat if they have single origin coffees from Sumatra or Sulawesi, which typically have a fuller body and lower acidity with notes of spice, cocoa and cedar wood.
Where to visit
Climb to the top of Uluwatu Temple to enjoy the magnificent views of the sea and coastline. It can get packed with tourists during peak hours as everyone would be trying to capture the sunrise or sunset, so plan your time wisely. There are plenty of good vantage points for aspiring photographers and you will want to do some exploring before deciding on the best spot. Don’t forget to take a few panoramic shots too!