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Where to eat and what to do for Christmas in Bali

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Where to eat and what to do for Christmas in Bali

If you’re used to a cold, winter Christmas with snowmen and hot cocoa around a log fire, it could be time to turn your holiday experience on its head. It’s hard to beat a trip to the warm tropical island of Bali in December. The shopping, beaches and lifestyle are world class, and it has a lovely blend of local and expats living in harmony. In Bali, many religions come together to celebrate the holidays in different ways. Over the Christmas period here all of the tourist spots remain open so you can expect to be entertained with a variety of relaxing activities.

December is the beginning of the rainy season, but there are still loads of sunny hours in the day – so don’t worry if you want to get out in nature and experience the jungle or beaches. You could also keep it urban and shop the streets of Seminyak in between flat whites at hip cafes. The girls will be thrilled to find that the affordable local prices mean you can hit the spa for literally days on end! In the Christmas period, there’s also usually an opportunity to attend a local ceremony and experience the beauty of the Balinese culture. And last but not least, many visitors to Bali use this time of year to reset themselves, clear their minds and unwind those tight muscles in one of the island’s many yoga classes.

Book your Bali Christmas lunch early!

Whatever you decide to do over the holiday period, book it early! December is fast approaching, so make sure you lock in your location before they all get taken. Choose one of Bali’s world renowned restaurants. If you take a look at Trip Advisor, you’ll see the sheer variety of venues is amazingly comprehensive, but we know from experience that not every restaurant can be trusted to put on a good Christmas lunch. As we write this, many restaurants are still in the menu planning stage but we’ve done our research anyway and compiled a top three spots so you can slip in early with a reservation. They were chosen for variety, high quality and atmosphere. These three Christmas lunch spots are sure to meet the standards of even the most seasoned traveller.

Three Epic

Christmas Day Lunch Recommendations

 

 
This spacious indoor restaurant is on one of Seminyak’s main streets, and they came in at number one because they’re famous for their roasts all year long. High quality imported meat and a divine mix of seasonings make for delicious roast dinners on both Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year so you can only imagine how good their Christmas offering will be! Jemme are putting on a special Christmas menu both day and night from the 10-26th December, and the vegetarians amongst you will be pleased to know that along with roast chicken and roast lamb, they also have a nut loaf made from nuts and grains and served with all the usual goodies.

 

 
Also in Seminyak, Sardine generally puts on a delicious and unique Christmas lunch that definitely requires a reservation. The bamboo structure of the restaurant is reminiscent of old -school Bali, but it also has world-class, wine, service and seafood. White lanterns hang above lily ponds, and the outdoor area overlooks endless rice paddies. The menu hasn’t been announced yet, but last year we loved the snapper which is caught daily and carefully selected from fish markets in Jimbaran. They didn’t call this restaurant Sardine without reason, and the chef is sure to offer some delightful seafood dishes with a side of organic vegetables grown in their Bedugul based farm.

 

 
Bali’s original beach club, Ku De Ta made the top three list this year because they do a great Christmas day for families who don’t want to sacrifice quality for comfort. Booking is essential, and the delicious food from their restaurant Mejekawi, will be presented by Chef Stephen Moore and his team in either the restaurant or the beach club depending on your needs. The name Mejekawi means sacred table, so it seems like the perfect place to spend Christmas Day. We like to say that this is fine dining which can also be adjusted to suit the palettes of little tongues, meaning you can confidently bring the kids as well as enjoy an excellent menu for yourself. What’s even better is the Christmas entertainers and crafting stations that will keep the children busy while you enjoy some fine wine and take in the views of the Indian Ocean.

Bali is the best place to celebrate

Whether you end up eating traditional roast at Jemme, fresh fish at Sardine or enjoying fine dining and family at Ku De Ta, we’re sure it will be epic! If you need any help planning your Bali Christmas holiday, remember that our villa managers are specialists in helping guests to enjoy this little island. There are still some stunning Bali villas available for December so if a laid-back living in the sunshine type of Christmas sounds better than warm socks and winter jackets, check out our properties here and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

10 January 2019

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