As far as year end goes, there is no place like Bali to kick back, relax and reflect on the passing year. Or if partying is more up your alley, then you’ve also come to the right island. Offering the best of both worlds, Bali makes for a perfect destination for couples, families, group of friends, as well as solo travellers.
Here, we round up the 6 resorts to celebrate the festive season in Bali.
The Great Escape at Four Seasons Resort
Offering a stress-free holiday, Four Seasons are arranging an array of year-end activities at Sayan, Ubud and Jimbaran Bay. Stay at Sayan during the festivity period and enjoy a 30 percent off regular suite and villa rates, inclusive of gourmet breakfast among the treetops. Families can enjoy anti-gravity yoga classes and New Year’s meditation among the rice fields at Dharma Shanti Bale and star-gazing dinner at the rooftop lotus pond. For a Bali twist to Christmas, the resort presents Santa on a river raft and Christmas Day magic show.
Meanwhile, Jimbaran Bay hosts beach-inspired celebrations at its newly-renovated villas. From sufring with Santa to celebrating the New Year with a sunset cruise, guests are never far from the Indian Ocean. To feast, Sundara beach club and restaurant offers Bali’s Longest Christmas Brunch on Boxing Day, starting at 11AM. For reservations, visit fourseasons.com/sayan and fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay
Magnifique Festive Season Journey at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua
Sofitel Bali is making a grand gesture at their New Year’s Eve gala dinner, with an intimate acoustic performance from Anggun. The evening will start with a cocktail, followed by a 5-course dinner at the Gamelan Grand Ballroom at 8PM. Ticket to the gala starts at IDR3,000,000++ per person. The night continues with New Year’s Eve party and countdown at Nikki Beach, where the sky will be lit up with fireworks.
New Year, No Rules at W Bali Seminyak
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Jack Yoss (W’s Director of Cuisine) puts together comfort food featuring at Fire, while Chef Ash Garvey goes Pan-Asian at Starfish Bloo. Price starts from IDR950,000++ per person.
To ring in the new year, guests may start with a buffet feast at Fire or Starfish Bloo (IDR2,400,000++ per person) and continue to W Lounge or Woo Bar, where London’s female DJ duo Eli & Fur will be entertaining the crowd. Party w on with UK-based producer Sevendoors and W Bali’s resident DJs all night long. The countdown will feature a firework showdown. Pre-sale entrance ticket to W Lounge and Woo Bar is IDR1,000,000 per person. For reservations, visit wbaliseminyak.com/festive.
New Year Indulgence at The Legian Bali
For a glamorous New Year’s celebration, The Legian is offering a special package inclusive of entry to a Silk Road, Voyage of a Lifetime, a themed dinner for two. Guests will stay at the Studio Suite or One Bedroom Deluxe Suite.
If you’re travelling in groups, the property’s new two-bedroom villas might be a good option. Guests can choose from three types of villa: Sunrise Club, a 317 sqm space with direct pool access, Kayu Aya Club, a 482 sqm space with 10-meter private pool en suite and Joglo Club, a 670 sqm Javanese-style space. For reservations, visit lhm-hotels.com/legian-bali/
Festive Traditions at St. Regis Bali
Arguably one of Bali’s most famous brunch spots, Boneka at St. Regis Bali hosts a Christmas brunch, featuring its well-loved obster omelet, pan seared duck foie gras, Wagyu beef steak and egg, and Valrhona chocolate fountain. The brunch experience will be elevated with live jazz set and Christmas choir. The brunch is priced at IDR1,000,000 net per person.
Another highlight is New Year’s Eve Degustation Dinner at Kayuputi. On the menu are caviar, Hiramasa king fish, lobster tail, foie gras, Kiwami wagyu beef, accompanied by an array of wine to pair with your dinner. The dinner is priced at IDR4,300,000 net per person (excluding wine and champagne pairing). For reservations, visit stregisbali.com/new-year-eve-celebration-in-bali
Inspiring Celebrations at The Laguna
Among the resort’s festivity activities is 6-course Christmas dinner at Arwana. On the menu are Pacific salmon confit, Hokkaido scallop, wild bear consommé, roast turkey and Black Angus beef short ribs. The dinner is priced at IDR950,000 net for adults and IDR475,000 net for children aged 4 – 12 (prices exclude drinks). For reservations, visit thelagunabali.com/festive-celebration