When dreaming of Asian adventures, who doesn’t think of Bali? The island of Gods captures the hearts of many travellers, most of them returning a few times a year to soak in the island paradise’s energising vibe. Whether you are a Bali regular on the hunt for inspiration outside your well known and beloved paths or planning your first trip to one of Indonesia’s most famous islands – you cannot miss our 6 NIGHTS IN BALI travel guide.
Time to get out your holiday notebook!
DAY 1 – UBUD
Welcome to Ubud! Bali’s jungle paradise promises an exciting mix of all things relaxing and outdoorsy. Whether you are the active type whose perfect holiday exists of hiking, cycling and water rafting or if you just want to leave the world behind and sink in a bathtub filled with flower petals – Ubud has you covered.
Once you’re settled in your hotel, go for a stroll around the city centre – simply follow Jalan Monkey Forest, to soak in Bali’s enchanting smells for first impressions. Visit the ‘Monkey Forest’ located in a jungle setting with monkeys freely running around. Watch your belongings while venturing around or the jungle creatures will be the new owners of your beloved sunnies and jewels and quickly empty your water bottle.
Venture further to Ubud’s magical Tegallang rice terrace to soak in the calming and mesmerizing views overlooking the jungle. To complete your first day you can’t miss out on venturing down the Campuhan ridge walk!
WHERE TO EAT:
LUNCH: Folk Kitchen & Espresso
When in Ubud, lunching at one of Bali’s best cafés, Folk Kitchen & Espresso, is mandatory! Think an Indonesian head chef with a passion for organic food, interior based on Balinese heritage pieces and a menu overflowing with mouth-watering goodness!
DINNER: Bird’s Nest at Kupu Kupu Barong
Spoil your loved one with this outstanding dining experience overlooking the lush rainforest of Northern Bali. ‘Bird’s Nest’ is sitting on the edge, making you feel like you are floating over the Ayung River Valley. Treat yourself to the mouth-wathering dinner menu featuring their famed salmon & sea scallops carpaccio, but also including plenty of vegetarian options.
WHERE TO SLEEP:
Budget: Sri Ratih Cottages
Address: Jl. Campuhan 1, Penestanan Kelod, Ubud
Nestled on the lush outskirts of jungle town Ubud lies Sri Ratih Cottages, a beautiful boutique hotel of 30 rooms with modern Balinese design, a surrounding calming rainforest atmosphere, and the warm hospitality of the staff. The spacious rooms are situated around the inviting waters of the swimming pool which sits at the centre of well-kept tropical gardens, offering a very welcome cool oasis in the tropical heat!
- Prices start from 77US$ per night for a double room including breakfast.
Luxe: Bisma Eight
The luxury boutique hotel is set within the natural and cultural heart of Ubud. Rooted in the artisan heritage of central Bali, Bisma Eight is not your usual image of hotels in Ubud. Modern aesthetics of its 38 suites blend in seamlessly with the jungle surroundings – choose between Garden, Canopy and Forest for your enchanted stay. Indulge in Bisma Eight’s fine cuisine with homegrown herbs, veggies and fruits on their rooftop and laze by one of the world’s most tantalising infinity pools.
In-house complimentary activities include amongst others yoga, Balinese dancing classes, leisure cycling and a traditional Balinese cooking class. If you wish to explore more of Bali’s jungle, join their bespoke ‘The Bedugul We Love’ tour!
- Prices start from 217US$ per night for a Garden Suite including breakfast.
DAY 2 – UBUD
After a night of blissful sleep to the sounds of the jungle, an action-packed day awaits you! Chasing waterfalls is a must-do while staying in Ubud. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to go but we have you covered. Browse this travel guide to Southeast Asia’s most stunning waterfalls and have fun picking your favourite Bali ones!
A visit to Ubud wouldn’t be complete without taking part in a yoga class. The calming jungle surroundings and highly certified teachers coming to Ubud from all over the world make sure that passionate yogis but also beginners will have an unforgettable experience. Click here to discover the best yoga studios in Ubud.
If you’re after an experience off the beaten tracks, you should treat yourself to high tea at the luxury tents from Escape Nomade. Being a showroom for their unique products (imagine being able to take one with you on your travels!), they also offer Picnic Lunch and Dining Within Tent experiences!
Never will you have felt more like a true explorer on a jungle safari!
WHERE TO EAT:
LUNCH: SARI ORGANIK
Right next to Café Pomegranate you can find another Ubud must-visit, Sari Organik. Head towards Campuhan bridge when coming from Ubud Palace. Just before the road turns into a green oasis with huge trees hanging over the road, you turn right up a road that looks more like a driveway.
Whether you’re a salad addict (there more than 10 different variations to be found in their extensive menu) or want to share a table loaded with tapa-like dishes, one of the best organic cafés in Bali will have you covered.
Named after the traditional huts used by Balinese rice farmers, Mandapa’s signature dinner-only venue Kubu is a must-visit if you’re looking for a dreamy setting next to the soothing Ayung river combined with state-of-the-art fine dining Mediterranean-European cuisine. You can choose between sophisticated a-la-carte options or specially tailored degustation menus. A must-try: their Wagyu beef rib eye with braised tongue, celeriac and truffle jus. Book a table early when you’re after being seated in one of their signature cocoons.
WHERE TO SLEEP:
Budget: Calma Ubud
Situated near a tranquil Balinese village only a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, this unique private resort sits effortlessly amongst nature, overlooking a lush valley, emerald green rice terraces and spectacular sunsets. Calma Ubud’s ten individually styled guest rooms and suites deliver a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Contemporary tropical architectural features combined with Balinese craftsmanship and a careful attention to detail, make it your blissful home away from home!
- Prices start from 107US$ per night for a double room including breakfast.
Luxe: Four Seasons Sayan
If you are looking to revitalize in a lush and intimate paradise in pure luxury, the resort’s 18 spacious suites and 42 private villas reflecting the island’s natural, serene beauty will have you covered. Each of Four Seasons Sayan’s suites and villas are a beautiful design blend of contemporary and traditional Balinese pieces. Get lost in their 7 hectare garden sanctuary where you can find up to 1,000 different bird species and join one of their Full moon yoga lessons – purnama is a sacred day in Bali, when Balinese-Hindus honor ancestral gods and thank them for their protection with offerings and ceremonies across the island.
- Prices start from 498US$ per night for a one bedroom suite.
Skip a busy night out and get an early night’s sleep – as you will have to get up at 2am the next morning!
It’s almost unforgivable to skip climbing one of Bali’s volcanoes. You can book a fully guided tour including hotel pick up and drop-off, breakfast, flash lights and a dedicated personal tour guide. The ascent at Mount Batur only takes between 1.5 and 2 hours and happens during the night – think fresh mountain air so don’t forget to bring along warm clothing. Greet the new day with sunrise and a sparkle in your eyes!
Enjoy the scenic ride back to your hotel and take a well-deserved nap before venturing to hip and buzzing coastal town Seminyak.
DAY 3 – SEMINYAK
Leave the quietness of the jungle behind and venture to Seminyak – one of Asia’s hippest food and shopping meccas located along Bali’s west coast.
Whether you decide to play it low and spend the day at one of Bali’s Best Beach Clubs or you shop up a storm along Jalan Oberoi and Jalan Raya Seminyak – the buzzing coastal town will have you covered.
Our MUST-DO’s on an afternoon in Seminyak:
2. A Bali holiday would also not be complete without shopping up a storm at the amazing Bali-based and brands the island has to offer.
This family-run resort wear brand with a garment history of over 25 years in Indonesia and focus on responsible, ethical and socially conscious practices, creates all designs and the pieces itself in Bali, supporting local garment and textile artisans. It’s very likely you might find yourself leaving the store with packed bags – as their chic yet casual pieces are easy-to-wear everyday wardrobe staples. Take the Bali holiday feeling home with you with their soft flowing hand printed voiles, crepes and locally spun fabrics which form the basis for all of their collections.
Sancerre brings the spirit of international, bohemian wanderlust into every day style, inspired by the creative and beautiful tropical lifestyle of their island home, Bali. Sancerre, which was born from a journey through France and a gift of a medallion, and offers high-quality but affordable style essentials – all using only the best materials showcasing the unique artistry of Indonesian craftsmanship. Their bright Seminyak shops provide a romantic setting to spend some time trying on hand embroidered kaftans or embellished dresses and tops perfect for casual wear or for dressing up on a night out. A must buy for many visitors are the bright and colourful Sancerre original Chandi bracelets sterling silver charms – the original Sancerre product and where the story begun.
Address: Jl. Munduk Catu No. 1, Canggu (next to Gypsy Bali)
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm
If you’re after a more sophisticated and trendy Bali souvenir than the usual, you cannot go past Les Basics store in Canggu. Founded by the Bali-based, French-Canadian babe Frédérique Lessard, you’ll find plain wardrobe staples (think linen, super soft cotton and bamboo fabric) and the iconic “The Sunday Life” print you’ll surely have come across when venturing around Canggu. Also stocking the island’s finest bikini, leather and jewellery brands, it’s a one-stop destination for stepping up your holiday wardrobe game.
3. Get a massage at Spring Spa at Seminyak Village.
Voted Asia’s Best Day Spa in the 2016 World Spa Awards, you can cannot go past this pamper paradise with its airy above-the-clouds feeling! Bring your best friend and take your mani-and-pedi appointment to the next level whilst indulging in one of their detoxing juices. You won’t help but Instagram the experience in their clean yet sophisticated interior!
4. Grab a sunset drink at The Lawn Canggu.
Address: Click here for the exact location on Batu Bolong beach.
When venturing around the Gu, sunsets on The Lawn cannot be missed. Recently re-opened, it still has its signature beanbags and outdoor carpets on – well, the lawn – making it the perfect go-to place for a boho picnic, or simply lounging gracefully with a coconut in your hand.
Enjoy their delicious selection of lunch and dinner options (our favourite: truffled Mac’n’Cheese balls!) in their seated dining area or score a front row seat on their rooftop – prime views of the surf guaranteed!
WHERE TO EAT
LUNCH: Milk & Madu
Super Brekky Bowl for breakfast, Mexican Salad for lunch and a wood-oven fired pizza for dinner? Milk & Madu makes sure to deliver the goods for every meal of the day and has you covered with their savoury and generous plates made from the heart. Located in central Berawa it’s only a short drive from both Canggu and Seminyak.
Grab your friends and head to their newly opened venue Ulekan to indulge in mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine in a stunning interior setting just off Jalan Pantai Berawa in Canggu.
As soon as you step into this spacious warehouse setting, you will be inspired by its unique mosaic tiled floors and loft-style design. Try stopping in for lunch to enjoy the beautiful green backyard views! Located on Jalan Petitenget, Barbacoa specialises in BBQ wood fired and charcoal meats with a Mexican influence. We advise to book a table in advance if you don’t want to miss out on an amazing dinner in a lively atmosphere!
WHERE TO SLEEP:
Budget: Uma Karan
If a friend asked you to describe the unique boutique hotel Uma Karan in four words they would be chic, affordable, friendly and location. Earthy, natural materials blend in seamlessly with calming colours used around the property. A sun drenched bathroom with skylight roof, wide living spaces and a bed with high quality bedding and linen, make sure you have a blissful retreat in the heart of busy Seminyak.
- Prices start from 75US$ per night for a double room.
Luxe: One Eleven Bali
Book yourself into one of these nine 1-bedroom villas located just off the main street in Seminyak at One Eleven Bali if you want to be close to all hotspots yet be able to retreat to your own spacious private villa with a pool and in-villa spa. Offering impeccable service in the surroundings of stunning interior design, you cannot go past One Eleven when looking for a place to stay with your loved one in downtown Seminyak.
- Prices start from 440US$ per night for a one bedroom villa with private pool including breakfast.
Browse more stunning villas in our 15 Best Seminyak Villas list!
DAY 4 – SEMINYAK
After indulging in breakfast – most likely consisting of mouthwatering smoothie bowls with a fresh coconut – discover the adventurous side in you and rent a scooter to beat traffic. Don’t worry – it looks more hectic than it actually is, think ‘organised chaos’.
The perfect day around Seminyak has to include:
- Relaxing at one of Bali’s famed beach clubs treating yourself to afternoon beachfront cocktails or retreat to your own private villa pool to get lost in your latest novel.
- Venturing to the hip neighbouring surfer town Canggu offering a plethora of healthy cafés, beach bars and sunset spots.
- Joining a yoga lesson – from Ashtanga to Bikram, Seminyak’s has some of the island’s best yoga studios waiting for you to get bendy.
- Taking a beginners surfing lesson. Most of Bali’s west coast beaches along Seminyak and Legian offer great conditions for surf newbies. Simply ask a local surfboard rental to help you out!
WHERE TO EAT:
BREAKFAST: Elgin Avenue
Hop on your scooter and treat yourself to a meal at Elgin Avenue Café, just around the corner from famed Jalan Petitenget. Be prepared to find a well-thought-out menu with brunch classics as well as their signature Crispy Eggs Benedict (you’ll be spoilt for life) along with some of the best coffee you’ll have during your Bali holiday!
LUNCH: Saigon Street Bali
Situated in the heart of dining street Petitenget, Saigon Street Bali serves traditional Vietnamese dishes from the streets of Saigon and Hue with a never-seen-before twist. The healthy and light to-be-shared dishes will excite your taste buds whilst you soak up the 80ies vibe surrounded by the photogenic settings of the bright Saigon lights.
DINNER: Urchin Raw & Grill
Located in the front of Seminyak institution The Colony Hotel, Urchin offers an innovative seafood menu (note: lobster roll), with beautifully crafted raw dishes. Its grilled meats are also sensational in appearance and on the palate. The restaurant features an inviting open kitchen, allowing you to sit back sipping your personal sommelier recommended wine while watching the master chefs in action.
WHERE TO SLEEP:
Budget: Brown Feather
This unique, eco-friendly designed boutique hotel is located on up and coming shopping and dining strip Jalan Batu Belig, just around the corner from downtown Petitenget. Retreat from Seminyak’s hustle and bustle into the tranquil environment of this exotic location even while relaxing in your room. Take your relaxation to the next level with a warm bubble bath using the Brown Feather house-range amenities! A sandy brown stone exterior adorned with lush greenery and hints of vivid local flora welcomes you to this private boutique oasis in Seminyak.
- Prices start from 50US$ per night for a double room.
Luxe: The Colony Hotel
Located in a prime Seminyak location, a mere 120metres from the beach and only around the corner from busy Oberoi street, make The Colony Hotel Bali the perfect place to stay. Whether you decide to explore beach-side or go shopping crazy (no one blames you, it’s Bali after all!), you can always retreat to your heavenly sanctuary within a few minutes walk or cab ride. Choose from a large selection of different room types such as Superior Room and Grand Suite and treat yourself to a famed ‘Dancing Fingers’ within the boutique hotel after a long day!
- Prices start from 140US$ per night for a superior room.
DAY 5 – ULUWATU
Pay a visit to your favourite Bali café on your last morning in Seminyak – your body and mind will thank you later! Haul a registered BlueBird taxi or order your usual #Uber to venture down south to Bali’s Bukit peninsula. Beach paradise awaits!
Spend the rest of the day soaking in the dazzling clifftop views and watch the sun set on the endless horizon – find our two favourites for Bali’s best views below!
Address: Single Fin, Pantai Suluban, Jl. Labuan Sait, Uluwatu
Located within iconic Single Fin, this newly added yumminess outlet serves traditional poke bowls, salad bowls and the world’s first vegan and bio-fermented coconut soft serve, CocoWhip. Grab your lunchtime favourite and enjoy the insane views over the soaring cliffs and blue waters of Uluwatu, pro surfers included!
Perched 50 meters above sea level on the cliffs of Uluwatu, El Kabron Spanish Restaurant Cliff Club has one of the most secluded sunsets on the island of gods. Get ready to experience a truly Spanish atmosphere including Ibiza house music vibes and delicious seafood, paella and tapas dishes as well as a breathtaking 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean. With 365 days of astonishing sunsets, you cannot miss out on this exquisite Spanish dinner experience in one of Bali’s prime locations, and chill till late to international tunes.
WHERE TO SLEEP:
Budget: Melali Bingin
This hidden gem is only a short walk from beautiful Bingin Beach and offers two unique sunset suites as well as one private pool villa. When entering the boutique stay through its large Balinese wooden door, a lush tropical garden, an inviting pool and the warm smiles of their friendly staff awaits you. You shouldn’t miss their breakfast: with a large variety from smoothie bowls to smashed avocado. This will be one of your best Bali meals!
Tucked away on a local street, it’s the perfect place to relax, unwind and feel at home away from home.
- Prices start from 105US$ per night for a sunset suite.
Luxe: Uluwatu Surf Villas
You have come to the right place if you’re after luxury Balinese style accommodation overlooking world class surf breaks and Indian ocean sunsets. The six villas (3- and 4-bedroom options) as well as their bungalow, loft room and two suit rooms leave plenty of choice for the perfect accommodation type – romantic getaway or surf trip with friends?
Treat yourself to delicious in-villa dining, hop in their salt water pools for a sunset swim after you climbed the private beach access back up, most likely with one of their free rental surfboards in hand. Must-Do: join their Morning Light Yoga class to fully relax and unwind.
- Prices start from 150US$ per night for a suite room.
DAY 6 – ULUWATU
Be prepared for a full day of beach hopping, feasting and exploring! Hop on your scooter (don’t forget to wear a helmet!) and discover Bali’s white sandy beaches with glistening blue waters – you will be spoilt for choice with our 10 BEST BEACHES IN BALI guide.
MUST-DO’S IN ULUWATU:
1. Spend the day at Sundays Beach Club. Dreaming of Bali evokes pictures of white sandy beaches and glistening waters – at one of Bali’s best beach clubs this dream becomes reality. The luxury beach front oasis offers the most picturesque backdrop for the perfect day out in Bali with a food menu to-die-for!
2. Go sun baking and for a swim at Thomas Beach for the ‘hidden gem’ feel and its picturesque shot from above.
3. Take a beginners surf lesson at Bingin Beach – for the non-surfers, rent snorkelling gear or a stand up paddle board.
4. Visit the ancient Hindu Uluwatu Temple. Watch out for the cheeky monkeys!
5. Join the crowd at hip surfer hangout Single Fin’s for the incredible view and treat yourself to a famed Nalu Bowls while watching the sun set over the horizon.
WHERE TO SLEEP:
Budget: Le Yanandra Bali
Located a mere 300 metres from pictures Balangan beach, lies this bungalow accommodation paradise. Built with typically Balinese materials combined with a French touch, you’ll quickly feel at home when lounging on your private terrace over looking the pool. Their luxury bungalows accommodates up to 4 people, making it the perfect choice for a friends getaway! Sit back, relax and enjoy the prime sunset views from their lounge!
- Prices start from 113US$ per night for a bungalow.
Address: Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau. Ungasan 80362 Bali, Indonesia
The Ungasan Clifftop Resort offers one of the most stunning, undisturbed views over Bali’s mesmerising coastline and beyond. Offering a selection of 7 unique villas, tennis court, putting green, helicopter pad, 2 amazing restaurants, gym with a view, Vela Spa as well as one of Bali’s best beach clubs Sunday’s Beach Club – this has to be your best choice when travelling to Bali’s south.
Get pampered by their dedicated personal service in a pure luxury setting within your private accommodation. Whether you are planning a family getaway, your wedding with the most stunning backdrop, or simply seek to unwind in discreet luxury by spoiling yourself with a stay in one of their 1-bedroom villas – The Ungasan will make sure your holiday in Bali will be unforgettable.
- Prices start from 550US$ per night for a one bedroom garden villa.
DAY 7 – ULUWATU
Time flies when you are having fun! On your last day in Bali it’s all about soaking in the island’s best before bidding farewell!
- Treat yourself to a spa treatment at Senses Spa at La Joya Biu Biu. Must-Do and one of the most iconic Bali photo opps: book 30mins in their stunning and famous jaccuzi atop the cliff.
- Go for a last dip in the ocean at picturesque Balangan beach with its photogenic row of palm trees offering the perfect backdrop for a last nostalgic snap.
- Have a smoothie, coffee or ice cold Bintang and watch the surfing at Blue Point Beach.
- Treat yourself to one last Bali dinner at Di Mare restaurant at Karma Kandara.