Deck the halls with boughs of frangipani! As the year draws to a close, it’s time for another tropical Christmas on the Island of the Gods. From family friendly shindigs to trendy pool parties and delectable fine dining experiences, here’s how to spend Christmas in Bali in 2018.
S.O.S – Sunset on Seminyak
Enjoy all your Christmas favourites with a side of Indian Ocean views at Anantara Seminyak’s beautiful beachfront venue, Sunset on Seminyak. S.O.S’s Christmas brunch covers all the silly season classics, with a local choir and acoustic band adding to the ambiance. Kids’ activities and a visit from Mr and Mrs Claus make this decadent brunch a family friendly affair. As an added bonus, you also have free access to Anantara’s pool! If you’re really hungry, S.O.S is also offering a Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day buffet dinner.
Where: S.O.S – Sunset on Seminyak, Anantara Seminyak, Jalan Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak
When: December 25, 12 – 3pm
Price: IDR 456,789++ per person, beverage package from IDR 400,000++
W Bali’s Sunday brunch is epic on a regular old Sunday… so how about a Super Bruch, W style to celebrate Christmas in Bali? The W is hosting two Super Brunches on Christmas Day, one at their beachfront Starfish Bloo venue and one at the trendy Fire restaurant. Kids will be entertained with activities including face painting, arts and crafts, movies and more. A little elf tells us you can also expect a visit from Santa himself.
Where: Starfish Bloo and Fire restaurants, W Bali, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
When: December 25, 12 – 3:30pm
Price: From IDR 1,200,000++ per person
Milk & Madu
Known for their irresistible breakfasts, yummy pizzas and family friendly flair, Canggu staple Milk & Madu is hosting a sweet holiday bash for the whole family. On December 24, Milk & Madu will offer Christmas themed arts and crafts and face painting for the kiddos and live music (including holiday medleys!) by Valensia & The Bray. You can also pose for photos with Santa – make sure you’re there around 6:30pm for the photo ops!
Where: Milk & Madu, Jalan Pantai Berawa No. 52, Canggu
When: December 24, 5pm onwards
Sundays Beach Club
Have a very Bali Christmas – on the beach! Offering one of the most beautiful beachfront settings on the island, Sundays Beach Club is hosting a dreamy Christmas on the Beach event with a special Christmas menu and beats from DJ Kacir starting at 4pm. Kids station, free water sports and cosy sunset bonfires make this one of the best ways to spend Christmas in Bali with the family.
Where: Sundays Beach Club, Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Uluwatu
When: December 25, 9am – 10pm
Price: IDR 1,300,000++ per person, kids 350,000++
Finns Recreation Club
With its water park, bowling alley, multiple restaurants, spa and more, Finns Recreation Club is a real one-stop entertainment complex for families. On Christmas Day, the venue is hosting a hearty Christmas buffet lunch with the option of extending the merry making to the pool by purchasing a “Lunch and Splash” package. The menu includes all the holiday staples, including roasted turkey, old fashioned ham and a chocolatey Christmas log.
Where: Finns Recreation Club, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu
When: December 25, 11am – 5pm
Price: Lunch IDR 600,000 per person, kids IDR 250,000
Lunch and Splash IDR 950,000 per person, kids IDR 480,000
Ku De Ta
Ku De Ta’s annual Christmas bash is one of the highlights of the season. On Christmas Day, the iconic beach club is hosting a four-course Christmas Family Day Lunch with live entertainment and plenty of fun activities for the kids. Of course, Santa will also make an appearance. Live music and DJ sets from some of the best acts in Bali will help get the party started in style. This being one of the hottest tickets in town, lunch reservations are essential.
Where: Ku De Ta, Jalan Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak
When: December 25, 12 – 4pm
Price: IDR 950,000 per person, kids IDR 450,000
Xmas by the Pool
Azul Beach Club
Azul Beach Club’s Christmas BBQ Brunch will feature seasonal barbecue specials like coriander cured roasted lambs leg, roasted honey muster turkey, Christmas pudding… hungry yet? Besides the mouthwatering cuisine, beautiful bamboo architecture and poolside access, guests are treated to live entertainment and fun children’s activities.
Where: Azul Beach Club, Jalan Padma No. 2, Legian
When: December 25, 12 – 4pm
Price: IDR 499,000++ per person, kids IDR 249,500++
Recently ranked as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Travaller, Ulu Cliffhouse is putting on a five-day holiday fiesta to wrap up the year in style. Ulu’s Tropi Christmas will feature DJ sets and visits from Santa as well as hosting an artisanal market (December 22) and a poolside barbecue (December 26). If you’re bringing the kids, it’s best the head over between December 23-25 with a line up including kids crafts, Christmas movies, visits from Santa and a festive set menu.
Where: Ulu Cliffhouse, Jalan Labuansait No. 315, Uluwatu
When: December 21 – 26
Price: Set menu from IDR 600,000++ per person, kids menu IDR 200,000++
Cocoon Beach Club
Cocoon Beach Club is the perfect venue for celebrating a tropical poolside Christmas in Bali. Enjoy a special Christmas menu and work up an appetite with a leisurly dip in the pool. Lunch is a family friendly affair with fun activities and presents from the Cocoon elves. During dinner, you can groove along to DJs spinning at the decks. As is true for most Christmas events in Bali, booking ahead is essential.
Where: Cocoon Beach Club, Jalan Double Six No. 66, Seminyak
When: December 25, 11am – 10pm
Price: AUD 100 per person, kids AUD 39
Folk Pool & Gardens
Folk Pool & Gardens is home to one of the most photogenic pools on the island and come Christmas, the folks at Folk are hosting a laidback Christmas cookout by the pool. Chef Roy Qira and his crew will fire up the grill at live cooking stations with chilled cocktails to cool you off in the tropical heat. If you stick around till sunset, you might even catch Santa himself chilling by the pool.
Where: Folk Pool & Gardens, Jalan Monkey Forest Road, Ubud
When: December 25, 12 – 9pm
Manarai Beach House
Manarai Beach House, the most exciting new beach club on the island, is throwing a very beachy Christmas at their picture-perfect beachfront venue in Nusa Dua. Park yourself by the pool or laze on a daybed right on the sand and indulge in an innovative feast prepared by Manarai’s Michelin-trained chef Chef Stefan Poyet and ISMAYA’s Corporate Chef Philip Mimbimi. A mix of Christmas classics and fresh island flavours, the lavish menu includes roast turkey, grilled squid, paella and more.
Where: Manarai Beach House, Beachfront at Sofitel Nusa Dua, Lot N5, BTDC Nusa Dua
When: December 11 – 30
With its unique combination of diamonds and fine dining, Jemme offers a truly decadent setting for celebrating Christmas in Bali. To make the merry times last longer, Jemme is offering Christmas lunch and dinner from December 10 all the way to Boxing Day. The three-course menu includes all the classics, ranging from roasted chestnuts to roast turkey and all the way to Christmas pudding. A Christmas choir of carol singers will be present throughout the season, with Santa Claus making a special appearance on Christmas Day.
Where: Jemme, Jalan Petitenget No. 28, Seminyak
When: December 10 – 26
Price: Dec 10 -23 lunch IDR 375,000++ per person, dinner IDR 495,000++ per person
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day IDR 795,000++ per person
MoonLite Kitchen and Bar
MoonLite Kitchen and Bar is a sleek and stylish rooftop restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean – what better place to enjoy a Christmas in Bali? Enjoy a sophisticated Christmas dinner, à la carte style, with a live band and Christmas carols adding to the festive ambiance. You can even expect a visit from Mr and Mrs Claus!
Where: MoonLite Kitchen and Bar, Anantara Seminyak, Jalan Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak
When: December 25, 4 – 11pm
Price: From IDR 99,000++ per person
For a truly elevated dining experience this Christmas, book a table at Kayuputi. Located at the gorgeous St. Regis Resort in Nusa Dua, the beachfront venue offers exquisite fine dining by the sea. Come Christmas, guests are treated to a six-course Asian inspired degustation menu featuring tuna tartar, fresh scallops, foie gras… and so much more. The Christmas degustation dinner is offered both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Where: Kayuputi, The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata Lot S6, Nusa Dua
When: December 24 – 25, 6:30 – 11pm
Price: IDR 1,950,000 per person
Copper Kitchen & Bar
Copper is a beautiful rooftop restaurant surrounded by the lush jungles of Ubud, making this the perfect spot to celebrate a truly tropical Christmas in Bali. Copper’s Christmas Eve dinner will feature mouth-watering dishes like orange and rosemary roast chicken and warm salted chocolate tart. A kids Angklung choir set is guaranteed to lift your holiday spirits. Copper will also offer a Christmas lunch on Christmas Day.
Where: Copper Kitchen & Bar, Jalan Bisma, Ubud
When: December 24, 7 – 10pm
Price: IDR 850,000 per person
Celebrate the festive season in style at Alila Seminyak’s beautiful beachfront venue, Seasalt. This Coastal Christmas feast features a four-course set menu with a scrumptious wagyu striploin as the formidable main course. Naturally, the meal will finish with Christmas bread pudding and some eggnog. Local talent Thearosa will offer soulful interpretations of classic Christmas carols and Seasalt’s Santa is also set to make an appearance. If you prefer a relaxed brunch spread, Seasalt is also offering a sophisticated Christmas brunch on Christmas Day, starting from noon onwards.
Where: Seasalt, Alila Seminyak, Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 9, Seminyak
When: December 24, 6pm onwards
Price: IDR 750,000++ per person