Make sure you land by 1230!
If coming from Singapore, I take the 0920 Air Asia flight and land in Bali by noon. The Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali is empty then and you can walk right through.
Wait a few more hours and you will be in living hell! The line is super crazy for all the long-haul Asian flights start to land, with 300 pax onboard. And then the Middle-East flights. And then the European flights. And then ...
I have landed at midnight and the line can still be maddening!
Otherwise, I recommend that you arrange for VIP service in advance. It will cost you some money, but well worth your time. Bali Fast Forward has all the details.
If you're going to try a Singapore Sling, then you may as well try it where it was invented. At the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Located on the second floor at the back of the Raffles Hotel, the feeling inside is like nothing has changed in 200 years! Same distinct bar smell, peanut shells all over the floor (for that's what you do - you eat your peanut and chuck the shell - it's actually a lot of fun!), people sipping their Slings and noise and banter coming from all sides.
This too is part of the Singapore story.
OK, it's not a rooftop bar ...
But it's a cool bar, hidden away, behind a library?
Located on 47 Keong Saik Road, originally, when this place opened up you entered through a small library, gave a password to the librarian and were let in through a secret door. Inside you could have the coolest cocktails that you can imagine.
Today you enter through a tailor's shop. But you still need a password, unless ... you are willing to do anything the seamstress says :-)
Grill & Bar. Burnt Ends.
Whoa, what an evening. By the time we left, they were laying out the plates for the next day!
All I can remember is: arrive. sat by the counter. chef decided what we were going to eat. sommelier/mixologist gave us awesome drinking advice. portion after portion of fantastic grilled cuisine kept arriving. was it burnt? crazy Londoners next to us. drinking whiskey shooters. laughing. chatting. very interactive evening. got up. head was swaying.
Big smile :-)
Burnt Ends: Brilliant dining concept and execution
Haven't been to Sanur in a long, long time. Totally forgot how beautiful it can be to have a drink on the beach.
Tandjung Sari Hotel gives you two options : round sitting table or day bed. You make the choice!
I have passed this restaurant in Seminyak countless times and finally today, we had lunch there.
I ordered zucchini pasta pesto thinking it's pasta with a pesto sauce accompanied with zucchini's. Instead I got a pasta made out of zucchini (ie. zucchini sliced into long thin noodles to make it look like pasta) in a pesto sauce. Not to my likening!
So I quickly ordered buckwheat pancakes ... Which I loved.
Earth Cafe has a very creative menu comprising many different tastes. All healthy options.
Who would have known that I would be trying my first cronut ... in Bali! I've been hearing about cronuts for so long, and even in the US I couldn't find them. But right there on Sunset Road is the newly opened The Harvest which has awesome desserts and yes, cronuts.
Well, at the end I wasn't that impressed with cronuts - but at least I can finally say that I tried them - but loved all the other desserts that we tried. Including my favourite a raisin Danish. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Another day, another lunch at an Aman hotel. I actually love going to the Aman hotels for lunch. The quality of the meals is superb, the price is not totally ridiculous and the setting is always unique.
Amanusa is situated on a hill in Nusa Dua with a great vantage point. You can imagine what this view looked like in the mid-90's, when the hotel opened - only virgin jungle and sea in front of you. Even though today there are a lot of big hotel structures dotting the landscape, the view is still magnificent.
Recently they also just re-opened the Bali National Golf & Country Club in Nusa Dua, which is sitatued right below Amanusa. I'm not a golf pro, but the grass certainly looks well manicured and inviting from the Amanusa terrace.
If you want Italian fine dining, Il Ristorante @ the Bulgari Hotel will for sure satisfy your needs! We took a 5-course degustazione menu which hit the spot for our Italian cravings. Don't forget to start with cocktails at the nearby bar.
If I was to change one thing though at this venue, I would make it a little lighter in design. What's up with all this black?!
Besides being a beautiful hotel, this is a great stop in east Bali for a delicious lunch with a gorgeous sea view. Pappardelle with lamb ragou anyone?
Amankila is located close to Candidasa.