After arriving at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) , take a limousine to the upscale boutique Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Take away the hassle of a regular check-in process with the express in-limousine check-in, and then ask the concierge to book a half-day excursion to the famous Ubud area. Upon arrival, enjoy the resort’s indigenous welcome drink of Rosella tea and traditional boiled rice cakes stuffed with palm sugar, rolled in grated coconut.
After freshening up with breakfast and endless ocean views at the resort’s rooftop restaurant, it’s time to explore Bali’s romantic vibes, starting with a drive to Ubud, passing the legendary terrace rice fields, Tegalalang, Ubud Art Market, and Ubud Royal Palace. Along the way you will experience authentic Balinese culture, see Balinese offerings placed on each of the road’s intersections, and witness how Balinese pray at the various temples wearing unique traditional clothing.
If you would love to learn how to cook Balinese cuisine, book into Anantara’s signature cooking class, Spice Spoon, beginning with a guided local market tour and the option of trying a local coffee experience. Return to the resort for a step-by-step cooking class on the beach lawn deck, against the ocean views with Anantara’s master chef, where you will learn how to balance the flavours and textures of authentic Indonesian or Balinese recipes and savour your creations for lunch.
When your belly begins to rumble, enjoy your creations during Spice Spoon, such as the seafood and lemongrass satay, lemongrass and shallot salad or Balinese spiced spring chicken and fried finger bananas with palm sugar sauce. If you want to spend more time in Ubud, do not miss CasCades restaurant (Viceroy Bali, Jalan Lanyahan, Br. Nagi, Petulu, Ubud; +62 361 972111) an award-winning restaurant perfectly placed on the ridge overlooking the luscious Valley of the Kings. It provides an excellent dining experience with striking tropical valley views.
Seminyak is well known for its urban life, so happening activities will be shopping, dining and beach clubs. Don’t miss the sunset at Seminyak beach, and choose your beachfront restaurant/bar/beach club on the go. Nothing is better than sipping your cocktail while watching a Seminyak sunset. Potato Head Beach Club (+62 361 473 7979; Jl. Petitenget 51B) offers a unique mix of cocktails with unique presentation: in a nature-friendly shell or bamboo glass. If you are too lazy to venture out, visit Anantara latest addition, Sunset on Seminyak, a relaxed beach retreat with cosy beanbags set up on the soft sand. Chill out music blends with the sound of the surf and sets the perfect mood watching the sunset with signature cocktails and shisha.
Book rooftop bar and restaurant MoonLite Kitchen and Bar (Abimanyu Rd.; +62 361 737755) for a menu of contemporary Asian cuisine, and let your mood dictate where to sit. Within genial surroundings, foodies can enjoy the famous sunset views from the highest rooftop in Seminyak. Some must-try dishes are the mixed barbecue platter with roast duck, soy sauce chicken and char siew pork, and fish with calamansi and coconut oil, edamame and peanut cracker.
Toast the end of a wonderful day with a curated cocktail and beats from a DJ at Mirror Bali (Jl. Petitenget No.106; +811 3993 010), a hip lounge and party venue. The interiors and overall design is akin to a Gothic cathedral, but with glittery mosaic-like wall décor, stained-glass windows and towering ceilings that are matched with futuristic laser lighting systems give you one of the coolest and most immersive spaces to dance the night away to industrial, deep bass, house and hip-hop.
ANANTARA SEMINYAK BALI RESORT
+62 361 737773