They call it the “Island of Gods’ and it’s not hard to see why: Bali makes you feel like you’re in heaven. Luckily for us, heaven is a place on earth — and just a three hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. Culture and tradition meet luxe modernity, which gives travellers an entire agenda of sights to see, places to visit, and food to eat. Be sure to check these five things you must do in Bali off your itinerary.
Start your trip with a stay in the vibrant area of Seminyak, where the town is dotted with some of Bali’s top restaurants and a heavy nightlife accent. Get a front row seat to Bali’s famous sunset at Potato Head Beach Club, then make a dash to the eccentric Motel Mexicola, before calling it a night at La Favela Bali.
Brunch it out (your hangover will need it) in the hipster hood known as Canggu. Once a surfer’s hidden paradise, Canggu is home to Bali’s modern cuisine: a mix of local delicacies like gado gado and nasi campur, to smoothie bowls, and healthy treats that’ll impressive even those with the strictest vegan, gluten-free diets. Don’t miss out on our personal favourites, Betelnut Cafe, Little Flinders, Crate and Gypsy Bali.
Some say the best souvenirs are memory, but who’s to say no to straw bags, Balinese home furnishings and macrame wall hangings? It’s a designers dream come true, Ubud, known as the art hub of Bali. Speaking of, it’s your chance to act out your favourite scenes from Eat, Pray Love, or at least find your heart centre with a yoga class at The Yoga Barn.
With no shortage of shores on the island, you’ll arguably find the most pristine beaches of all in Uluwatu. They’re clean, serene, the waters are crystal clear and as Uluwatu is a little further from the more popular areas like Seminyak and Canggu, they’re also free from big crowds. Make a day of it at Uluwatu’s best beach clubs — the new OMNIA Dayclub Bali, Sundays Beach Club, and Karma Beach Club.
There’s no better way to end a long day than with your feet in the sand, and seafood in your belly. Boasting the freshest catches of the day from its fishing villages, Jimbaran is lined with beachside restaurants serving mouth-watering grilled seafood. And to go with it? A glass of Riesling… or when in Bali, a Bintang beer!
What would a trip to Bali be without discovering its spiritual side? With a strong presence of Hinduism and Buddhism, the island honours temples over a thousand years old. Make a trip to Pura Besakih, the “Mother Temple”. It’s located around 3,000 feet on the slopes Gunung Agung, or the instantly (and Insta-ly) recognisable picture-perfect Tanah Lot which sits on a rock in the sea, among many others.