Ah, summertime in Bali. Lazy days by the pool, sunset cocktails on the beach and wait, whaat – rain clouds rolling in on the daily?! To say that the weather in Bali has been a little fickle as of late would be an understatement. But fear not – there’s plenty to do in Bali that doesn’t involve spending the day outdoors! Here are our picks for the best things to do in Bali when it rains.
Catch Great Live Music
Bali has thriving music scene and you can catch great live bands playing in venues across the island every night of the week. For epic jam sessions and gourmet pub grub, head The Orchard in Seminyak. If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated, check out Paris Cat Jazz Club on Jalan Petitenget. In Canggu, Old Man’s and Deus host epic live sets every Friday and Sunday. If you find yourself in Ubud, you can catch live tunes at Laughing Buddha Bar or Bar Luna. If you’re feeling really festive, head for some salsa dancing at Café Havana!
Eat Your Way Across the Island
Let’s face it – the amazing food is one of the reasons you travelled to Bali in the first place. Bali is a foodie heaven for sure with equal offerings of local treats and international favourites hailing from across the globe.
The heaviest concentration of culinary perfection in Bali is of course to be found in and around Seminyak. Here, you can start with craft cocktails at Akademi, followed by dinner at the chic-as-can-be Bikini Restaurant and finish it all off with dessert at the very Instagrammable Gelato Factory. In the hip neighbourhood of Canggu, you can treat yourself to some all-day breakfast at Milk & Madu, go vegan at The Shady Shack or opt for some yummy Chinese fare at Happy Chappy.
If you’re travelling with kids, check out our list of Bali restaurants where kids eat for free! We dare you to find yummier things to do in Bali when it rains.
Get Lost in a Good Movie
When it’s pouring outside, nothing feels quite as snuggly as curling up on a comfy seat and getting lost in some old-fashioned silver screen magic. The Beachwalk XXI cinema offers a lavish “Premier” option, where you can enjoy movies lounging on reclining seats. Moviegoers are also treated to a snuggly blanket and table for your food – which is served straight to your seat!
If you want to one-up those cushy reclining seats, why not watch movies in your own private theatre? More than a few villas in Bali feature their very own private cinema room where you can watch your favourite films in absolute air-conditioned privacy. Ministry of Villas team loved the soundproof cinema room at Villa Anam in Seminyak.
Spend the Day at Finns Recreation Club
If you’re looking for a one-stop destination for things to do in Bali when it rains, head right on over to Finns Recreation Club (formerly Canggu Club). With facilities including a trampoline centre, bowling alleys, multiple restaurants and more, both you and the kids will have plenty to do while waiting out the rain. The Finns Bali Super Fun Pass includes entrance to Splash Water Park and Finns Beach Club as well as a one-hour visit to both Bounce Trampoline and Strike Ten Pin Bowling.
Make Your Way Through an Escape Room
Escape room games have made their way to Bali and offer the perfect distraction from the rain pouring down outside. The best rated escape room in Bali is Pandora Experience Bali in Legian, which offers thrilling scenarios and incredible attention to detail. Groups of 2-10 people enter themed rooms and solve clues and riddles tying in with their chosen theme. The objective is to escape the room in 120 minutes or less, which should be more than enough for the rain to clear out. Without a doubt one of the most thrilling things to do in Bali when it rains!
Get Bendy with Yoga
Ever since Eat Pray Love hit our book shelves and then the big screen, people have been flocking to Bali in search of balance through yoga. Ubud in particular offers many a yoga studio where you can while away a rainy day. There are also plenty of reputable studios in Seminyak, Canggu and beyond. Ubud’s Yoga Barn is arguably the most famous studio on the island, while Sanur’s Power of Now Oasis boasts status as the only beachfront yoga studio in Bali. Whichever location you choose, this is bound to be one of the most soothing things to do in Bali when it rains.
If you’re not into yoga (and you have half a brain… ?) you can try Pilates at The Art of Body in Seminyak or test your limits with CrossFit Wanderlust in Canggu.
Splurge on a Spa Day
A rainy day is the perfect excuse to pamper yourself. Luckily, Bali is lousy with exquisite spas and there are more than a few affordable gems as well. Whether it’s a healing massage at the Roayl Kirana Spa in Ubud or an extravagant gold facial at Gold Dust Bali in Canggu, getting the royal treatment will make you forget about the rain in no time.
If the rain is really coming down hard and even sticking your nose outside the door seems like a chore, not to worry. You can also enjoy spa treatments in your own private villa. If you’re feeling really laz- – I mean despondent to the rain, why not follow up your in-house massage with a meal prepared by your very own personal chef? Having these luxurious services available right at your fingertips, rain or shine, is the inspiration behind our slogan: stay just one night in a villa and you’ll never stay in a hotel again.