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20 EXTRAORDINARY THINGS TO DO IN BALI

20Feb

1. Live life on the edge at One Eighty’s Cliffside infinity pool

What’s bringing cliff top infinity pools to a different level? A crystal blue glass-bottomed infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, that stretches all the way out from the cliff 500 feet high, creating a gravity-defying concrete-encased lagoon with a million-dollar view – the highlight of One Eighty, a new sophisticated bar and restaurant that’s a recent addition to The Edge Villas at Uluwatu. Before you know it, you’ll be floating in mid-air with the sweeping waves crashing beneath you.


These dramatic 180-degree ocean views extend all the way to your rooms. Isn’t it simply therapeutic to sip a cocktail while gazing out at the endless deep blue vistas ahead? Your villa comes with a private plunge pool and personalized butler service, so you will be pampered from head to toe!

2. Swim in the sky at Munduk Moding Plantation

Have you always dreamed of reaching out to touch the sky? It’s no longer impossible. At the edge of the 18-metre-long infinity pool at the Munduk Moding Plantation, you can almost feel heaven at your fingertips. Spread out in front of you is a sea of cloud, that partially shields the surrounding coffee plantation from your sight.

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This magic extends beyond its signature view. Designed by an award-winning Bali architect Popo Danes, the traditional Balinese interior has been dabbed with a blend of modernism in this secluded resort that only has nine villas and three suites. From your room, you can open the glass panel doors to take in the breathtaking view of the coffee plantation nestled in the lush foliage of the jungle.

3. Dive into dramatic views of volcanoes at Villa Sidemen

Bali is not only home to pristine beaches, but also to dramatic volcanoes – both active and extinct. And how indulging would it be to wake up to a climatic view of the volcano? You can do just that at Villa Sidemen, where guests are not only treated to the majestic view of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung, but also to a peaceful scene of its fertile foothills and rice paddies. With the large windows, you can be sure to be able to enjoy the view from the living room, or even while you’re still snuggling in bed!

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The majestic view of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung, and peaceful scenes of its fertile foothills and rice paddies awaits.

4. Swing above the lake at Puncak Danau Buyan Wanagiri

If the huge scenic swing at Zen Hideaway is not thrilling enough for you, you can challenge yourself at this huge one that brings you right over the treetops and Lake Buyan, one of the twin lakes in Bedugul.

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This whimsical swing hangs from a huge, sturdy tree, but swing out at your own risk! If you are light enough, two of you can go on it!
In case you are wondering how on earth to get up the swing, there’s actually a ledge where you can climb onto. If you are feeling less adventurous, simply chill and Instagram at this bamboo lookout spot right beside it! If you drive on for around five minutes, you’ll come by this giant Instagrammable bird’s nest! Now you know how it feels to be on the top of the world!

5. Daydream in a whimsical treehouse, Batu Molenteng

Located right smack on Nusa Penida and looking out at Atuh Beach – this beautiful treehouse is the latest unique addition to the island, providing stunning sights of the dramatic Balinese landscape. Once you’re up in the treehouse and looking out, you’ll be able to see glorious, glorious sights. From the pretty Atuh Beach and small surrounding islands like Raja Ampat in Papua, to the many cliffs, ravines and hills that paint Bali’s landscape – it’s a sight not to miss!

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Thankfully, the treehouse was built with a ladder, so you don’t have to literally climb the tree just to get to the treehouse! Just bring a picnic along and make it a stunning memory atop a tree, complete with crazy views and delicious food! How’s this for an Instagrammable moment?

6. Marigold fields forever at Desa Temukus

Desa Temukus (also known as ’Temukus Village’) is not green but orange. The place blossoms with pretty yellowish-orange flowers!

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If you’ve ever wondered, there’s one particular flower used in religious rituals in Bali – the marigold flower, or locally known as ‘Gemitir’. It’s easy to imagine how wonderful it could be to be in the middle of flower fields full of marigold! Desa Temukus is a quiet village in East Bali, close to the holiest (but sadly most commercial) temple in Bali. 
Another good news for travellers – the area also has a flower field of Kasna. And one crucial tip: it’s better to visit the place before the harvesting season, so you can see the lushest flower fields ever (usually before a major religious day, so do check with your local Balinese friends about the dates, as Bali uses a lunar calendar so the dates change every year).

7. Wake up to the zebras at Mara Safari Lodge

Ever wanted to dine with the rhinos?
Now you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to have an African safari adventure – you can get it at the Mara River Safari Lodge. Located in the heart of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, this resort will definitely make your stay a memorable and unforgettable one, with its quirks and unique activities. Not only will you get to feed carrots to zebras, rhinos and elephants right from the comfort of your own balcony…
You’ll even get to watch the rhinos and zebras graze together while you are dipping yourself in the pool.

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You can dine with lions at the in-house Tsavo Lion Restaurant too! From honeymoon to family-friendly getaways, this resort is suitable for all. Couples will enjoy the romantic atmosphere at the restaurant in the evenings, while thrill-seekers can quench their thirst for adventure at the night safari, where you can come into close contact with predatory animals.

8. Find whimsicality and romance at Love Anchor

Canggu is hipster enough and you know it. If you walk along Jalan Batu Balong after the sun sets, you can’t miss this exciting Instagrammable market made up of a complex of restaurants, bars and shops, decorated with dreamy fairy lights and illuminated with a cheery vibe as the crowd pours in for their after-dinner drinks.

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And on Sundays, the area is transformed into the most happening bazaar with pop-up stalls. Here, you can find trendy and whimsical island fashion, accessories, homeware, dreamcatchers, trinkets and even old school artwork. And if you keep an eye out enough, you can even discover some hidden gems for your kids. Or if you are here for a drink, don’t miss the daily Happy Hour!

One tip from us – although this is one of Canggu’s most photogenic markets, the shopping here may be a little overpriced, but it’s worth a look (and many snaps!) if you haven’t been to Bali’s weekend bazaars before

9. Gaze across countless candles on the river at Swept Away

Let’s bring it back to basics with this informal and fresh experience. A beautiful wooden deck by the riverside creates a relaxing and tranquil dining area at the heart of the Samaya Resort. Feel your stresses melt away as the soothing babble of the river washes over you. The tall palms and lush vegetation will truly make it feel like you are in a world of your own. Whether you visit for a cold beer or light lunch, you simply must try the Asian Tapas. These delicious little morsels set the scene for the rest of the tasty and adventurous menu. Only as dusk falls will you realize how easily the day slips by as you relax in the cool river breeze. Time to leave? No way, order another cocktail and take a look at the dinner menu!

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Swept Away comes alive in the evening with the 100-candle dinner service. The river transforms as 100 gently flickering candles are lit and create a truly special ambiance 

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Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the decking and the comfortable lounge furniture. Swept Away serves a varied, ambitious and totally eclectic menu suitable for all tastes. Sit back, unwind and let your worries get Swept Away.

10. Get spooky if you dare… at Frankenstein’s Laboratory

Are you a horror junkie? If so, you’ll love Frankenstein’s Laboratory, which not only has a unique theme but is also possibly the scariest bar in Bali. The Lab is where you can get your cocktails (we mean strange concoctions served in beakers, test tubes, syringes and IV bags).

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You can order off the menu, or if nothing suits your dark desires, you can even ask the mad scientists to cook something up for you. Get some Monster Bites at the restaurant or be entertained by the Dancing Dead Cabaret, which consists of comely blood-splattered undead women, Dracula, and of course Frankenstein himself.

11. Honey bears + awesome chocolate!: Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe

Yes, honey bears are predators and it sounds crazy to want to hug them, but this impossible feat is actually possible at the Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe. The factory was set up by Australian Toby Garritt, in pursuit of the way to create the best chocolate in the world. He’s slowly but surely approaching his goal, considering the raving reviews that his chocolates have received.

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If you visit the factory, located within an elephant camp, you’ll be brought on a tour detailing how cocoa beans are harvested, and later made into chocolate. If you want to, you can even try making your own chocolate! And yes, you get to hug one of the three honey bears that live on the premises after being rescued from hunters. No, you won’t lose your head, and it only costs US$10.

12. Run off to Bali’s Greek Isle at Morabito Art Cliff

The latest find we’re obsessing over, Morabito Art Cliff is here with their very own version of Santorini. Yes, there’s no need to pay a hefty price for a flight to Greece – all you have to do is head to Bali for a taste of Greece’s famed island! Laze the day away in a jacuzzi tub facing the sapphire oceans by day, and by night enjoy the cool tropical ocean breeze in the LED-lit tub.

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Great for couples who’re longing to truly get away, Morabito Art Cliff indulges your senses in every way. 

And just so you know, they also have accommodation that transports you to Marseille (France), and more!

13. Plunge into a water wonderland at Waterbom!

Waterbom is a must-go for any Bali traveller who’s also a theme park fan. From extreme water slides like the snake-themed Constrictor to gentle lazy rivers, both the young and old can spend a fun day at this water park.


So what if theme park ride aren’t really your thing? You can always sneak off for the park’s reflexology session, fish spa therapy, or go for a mani-pedi session

14. Play with lions and orangutans at Bali Safari and Marine Park

This adventure will guarantee that you are the coolest parents around. With over 60 species of wild animals, exciting animal and cultural shows, and getting to stay up way past their bedtime – it’s every kids’ dream and you won’t be bored either.

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If animal shows bore you, how about a night safari? Once darkness descends, go on a guided walk around the park when most of the animals really come to life. Watch the komodo dragons roam below you, visit the bat cave, and meet the owls and lemur in the Bali theatre. But the highlight of the night is the safari! You will be perfectly safe in a cage as you spend 20 minutes journeying through the African Savannah.

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Top off the evening with a traditional Balinese fire-dancing show, and a delicious BBQ in the N’kuchiro Bar & Grill. With this much excitement after bedtime, you are going to have some grumpy overtired little monkeys of your own the next day!

15. Find the gypsies at La Laguna

On that eclectic note, you’ve gotta check out this newly opened cafe that’s a 10 minute drive away from Seminyak, in Canggu. La Laguna is simply electric in its boheme decor and all around stunning backdrop. (Gypsy caravans, anyone?) Set right in front of the beach with its sapphire waters and white sands, this cafe has a cool mixture of quirky and organic – with bright pops of coloured plush fabric mixed with textured wood furnishings.

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It’s probably going to be the new ‘in’ place to get shots to meet your Instagram quota with beautifully quaint gypsy caravans available for you to explore and take photos with. Apart from the look and feel of this amazing new cafe, the food here will satisfy the foodie in you too. Treat yourselves to a yummy La Laguna Breeze Cocktail, and satisfy your hunger with tapas from the tapas menu!

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Lastly, there are peacocks roaming the area, so do be careful to stay safe around these beautiful wild birds.

16. Watch the sun rise over Mount Batur at Pinggan Village

Mount Batur (1,717m) is the most visited volcano in Bali, but most visitors usually join the tourist hordes at Kintamani village for views of the majestic fire-breather. For a view of Batur that’s arguably more spectacular, we suggest you head to the more isolated village of Pinggan.

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Here you can experience the fierce splendour of the active volcano in a more solitary, meditative setting. Batur is at its most photogenic at sunrise and sunset, and even makes for impressive night photography – with the lights of Pinggan village spread out at the foot of the mountain, and a sky full of stars twinkling above the peak.

17. Visit the oldest Hindu temple, Pura Lempuyang

As the oldest Hindu temple in Bali, Pura Luhur Lempuyang is an amazing pre-historic religious temple complex that shares similar significance to Pura Besakih – the largest, holiest and most important Hindu temple in the whole island. Perched on top of Bisbis Hill or Mount Lempuyang at Karangasem, this Hindu temple stands out due to its succession of 7 ascending temples along the mountain side.

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You will need to climb 1,700 steps to reach for the glorious views of valleys, a volcano, and the distant seas. This epic combination and the temple itself will put you at a loss of words. With the perfect bird’s eye view – fire shots from your camera and we guarantee any angle will give you the same stunning results!

18. Scooting across the seabed? Go for a ride with Bali Underwater Scooter

Have you ever seen or heard of an underwater scooter?! Before we stumbled on this, we definitely hadn’t heard of this ourselves. It looks super fun and looks almost like your personal one-man submarine. Imagine you and your friends all on your underwater scooters floating over the sea beds… Now wouldn’t that make an interesting photo for Instagram! The underwater scooter is perfect for those who want a good scuba diving experience that’s not as demanding (read: no certification, experience, or troublesome gear attached required) as when you actually scuba dive.


All you need to do is sit, and you’ll be able to breathe comfortably in your personal ‘head bubble’ that thankfully provides very clear visibility and distortion-free views! The underwater scooter travels at up to 2km/hour, and it can go down to 20m depth so you’re able to access the shallow reefs! And just like a standard motorbike, simply turn the handlebars to go where you want to go, and easily press the buttons for more speed or depth. For those who always wanted to scuba dive, but might’ve been scared off by the requirements – here’s your chance!

19. Uncover the Secret Gardens of Sambangan

Hidden away in the far north Bali is the village of Sambangan. Only the locals and a handful of savvy tourists have experienced the breathtaking splendour of the jungles and waterfalls near Sambangan, known as the Secret Gardens. The gardens are a chain of natural pools and cascading waterfalls hidden within the lush Balinese rainforest. There are seven falls in total and it takes a three hour trek deep into the jungle to explore most of them. Remote and unspoiled, the scenery here is among the most beautiful in Bali.

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The pools are filled with cold spring water, perfect for cooling off after the long jungle trek, and some of the waterfalls even serve as natural waterslides for the daring!

20. Go Greek at the Slippery Stone Bali

Find yourselves in Greece when you visit Slippery Stone, a “Greek oasis” where patrons are welcomed to sit back and lounge in elegant Grecian comfort. Its ethereal settings combine sculpted pillars reminiscent of old Greece, with a dash of greenery and modern comforts. There’s even a garden ceiling that provides the perfect mix of ‘picnic under the setting sun’ – every nook and cranny of the restaurant screams picture perfect! Moving on to the food, when in Greece, you can of course expect Greek cuisine! “Diverse and healthy”, enjoy an authentic taste of Greece as everything is homemade the traditional Greek way.

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If there’s one thing we love about Greek food, it’s how the simplest of ingredients can come together to create unexpectedly amazing flavours that explode on your tastebuds. From olive oil and olives, to lamb, beef and cheese, and homegrown greens, only quality ingredients are used! All you need to know is that at Slippery Stone, one can definitely expect a hearty and delicious dinner surrounded by the beauty of Greece.

PS: For the health/weight conscious, no butter or fat is used in the cooking, and all of the meats are trimmed, making them very low in fat!

PPS: Every Sunday, be entertained as you dine with belly dancers, fire dancers and drag queens performing live!