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part from its war m weather,
its palm-fringed beaches and
its abundance of fine banana
lounges conveniently located next
to large swimming pools and
well-stocked bars, Bali is a shopper’s paradise,
boasting everything from traditionally handcrafted
treasures to market-stall bargains and beautiful
high-end products. Several high-quality spas also
make it a wonderful place to unwind.
Bali has also moved up a notch when it comes
to luxury accommodation but one of the real
treats of Bali these days is the range of dining
alternatives. The Seminyak area is now home to
many world-class restaurants, bars and hotels.
Simply wander along and make the most of all the
wonderful food offerings in divine settings.
Many restaurants are brilliant for breakfast and
lunch – especially the beach-side dining rooms and
bars which overlook the waves. There's a g ood
chance that a late lunch somehow morphs into
evening drinks and, well, why move for dinner?
Start your day with coffee at Grocer and Grind
(near Seminyak square). It has modern, delicious
food and great coffee. Eagle-eyed correspondents
spotted Kylie and Andres there recently! Hudson
coffee (on Seminyak Square) is also g ood.
You will hear people referring to “Hu, Ku
or Lu”, in reference to three Bali favourites.
And if you like, you could start your day at one
of them. For an indulgent breakfast, why not
make for La Lucciola (Lu), on the beachfront
at Seminyak? The food there is divine. Another
really special morning is to be spent at Ku De
Ta (on Jalan Oberoi) with its famous beachside
lounges. But more on these two later! (The third
in the trio is Hu’u Bar.)
Bali Deli (Jalan Kunti) offers casual lunches,
outside in huts or inside with air-conditioning. The
fabulous deli has many indulgences such as wine,
cheese and olives, if you feel the need to stock
up. Biku, a relocated original yoglo house with an
eclectic mix of chairs and tables (Jalan Petitinget) is a
charming place with books and antiques and is lovely
for lunch. Its famous high tea is ser ved from 1pm.
And if you are happy to venture further, take
a drive south to Bluepoint at Ulawatu where you
can watch surfers take on perfect breaks while
sipping a drink and enjoying lunch in the restaurant
perched on the cliff edge. Di Mare at Karma
resort in Jimbaran, with its rooftop bar, Temple, is
“wow” for lunch and dinner. Take the funicular ride
down the cliff for drinks at Nammos beach bar.
Blossom at Sentosa Villas and Spa is a gorgeous
restaurant featuring a 35m natural rock pool, and
Breeze (at Samaya Villas, Seminyak) is one of the
most romantic restaurants in Bali with wonderful
food and truly impressive attention to detail. The
venue’s attractions really come into their own as
evening comes and the sun sets over the sea.
And talking twilight, the place to be seen is Ku
De Ta for drinks and tapas (pizzas are g ood, too)
while enjoying sunset on the day beds. This place
sells 3000 cocktails a month and 1000 meals a
day so our advice is to get there by 4pm to secure
your spot. Dinner here is “the ultimate food
experience” (it recently won a Miele Award and
is ranked as one of the top restaurants in South
East Asia). Take your platinum credit card and get
It almost feels like part of the state, so close
is our relationship with our favourite tropical
paradise. Here's how to make the most of it
words Danielle Benda
Ku De Ta in Seminyak is
one of the top restaurants
in South East Asia.
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