Eat Do Sleep Bali

Bali, an island where every traveller finds their paradise, is not just a destination—it’s an experience cloaked in the completely unique culture of Balinese Hinduism. From the world-class waves of Uluwatu and the ancient temples and waterfalls of Ubud to the pristine beaches that line its shores, Bali captivates with its diversity. Beyond its beaches, the island – like all of Indonesia – boasts stunning coral reefs, especially in less-trodden locales like Lembongan Island, Amed, or Northwest Bali. Of course, it’s perhaps most known as a haven for wellness enthusiasts, offering yoga and meditation retreats that tap into the island’s spiritual roots. But what makes Bali unlike any other tropical getaway, is how it can blend experiences of remote serenity with culinary options on par with any global city.



Tucked away in Ubud, Room4Dessert offers an enchanting escape into culinary innovation under the guidance of chef Will Goldfarb, a veteran of the famed El Bulli and Tetsuya’s. This unique place offers way more than just desserts, but as the name suggests you’ll want to leave room for that too. Guests are immersed in a setting of terracotta-coloured drapes and round windows overlooking a lush kitchen garden. The jungle ambiance is complemented by a zen soundtrack and aromatic tinctures made from fresh herbs and flowers. Indulge in a capricious tasting menu that explores the boundaries of taste, texture, and presentation. Signature dishes such as the Garden Nori Cone, made with black cabbage and jicama “rice”, and the Not-A-Matcha, featuring green Moringa (not matcha) “bread” with lemon and pomelo, showcase Goldfarb’s mastery in transforming ingredients into avant-garde creations.

The Cave at The Edge

Experience dining like never before at The Cave at The Edge, where history meets modern culinary expertise inside a 25,000-year-old cave. Led by the innovative Chef Ryan Clift, this subterranean venue offers an exclusive seven-course menu that captures the essence of modern gastronomy. Each dish is a work of art, starting with the Spring Pea and Mint Soup, enriched with squid and a soft-boiled quail egg, and moving through complex creations like Foie Gras Miele Feuille paired with kumquat and blood orange cream. The dramatic backdrop of ancient rock formations and the intimate setting of just 22 seats create a truly spectacular dining affair, further enhanced by optional pairings of fine wines and crafted cocktails.

Merlin’s Magic

Step into the mystical world of Merlin’s Magic in Ubud, where dining becomes an interactive, theatrical performance. This restaurant redefines the dining experience by combining the arts of magic and culinary expertise. Guests may choose from the a la carte menu featuring botanical dishes or embark on the Food Oracle Experience, where selections are inspired by tarot-style card readings. Each dish integrates locally sourced ingredients, promising both sustainability and a story with every bite. The venue itself, situated above the magical artefact shop, provides a captivating backdrop to a meal that is as unpredictable as it is delicious, making Merlin’s Magic a must-visit for those seeking mystery and exceptional cuisine in Bali.


Snorkeling Around Bali

Embark on a snorkelling adventure in Bali, where the marine life is as vibrant as the culture above water. The crystal-clear waters of Lembongan Island are perfect for swimming alongside majestic manta rays at Manta Point, or drifting with the gentle current over its beautiful reefs. In Amed, discover the underwater wonders at the Japanese wreck, a hotspot for snorkelers thanks to the wreck’s shallow perch. For those seeking more solitude, the remote reefs of Northwest Bali near Menjangan Island offer a peaceful escape into an aquatic paradise. These locations boast some of the island’s most protected corals teeming with an array of tropical fish, sharks, turtles and more. 

Exploring Ancient Temples

Bali’s ancient temples offer a profound glimpse into the island’s spiritual heritage. Lempuyang Temple, known as “Heaven’s Gate,” sits majestically at a high elevation, framing Mount Agung through its iconic gateway (on a cloudless, dry-season day of course). The journey to Lempuyang can be strenuous but provides a scenic trek past other sacred sites. Alternatively, the serene Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali’s mountainous, central region appears to float on Lake Bratan when the waters rise. This 17th-century marvel is surrounded by mountains and often shrouded in mist, creating a surreal atmosphere ideal for photography. Both temples not only offer a chance for spiritual connection but also stunning landscapes that embody the tranquillity and beauty of Balinese culture.

Visit Bali’s Most Under-The-Radar Beach

Virgin Beach in Karangasem, also known as White Sand Beach, is a pristine retreat away from Bali’s more crowded, and sometimes trash-strewn spots. Located on the eastern coast, this beach is accessible from nearby tourist hubs like Candidasa and Amed. With its sparkling turquoise waters and stretches of soft white sand, Virgin Beach offers a tranquil setting ideal for sunbathing and splashing in the waves. The traditional jukung canoes lining the shore add a picturesque touch to the scenic views, making it a perfect destination for those looking to experience the quieter side of Bali’s spectacular coastline. 


COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud

Nestled in the lush landscapes of Ubud, the COMO Shambhala Estate is more than just a luxury resort—it’s a holistic wellness sanctuary. Integrating local healing traditions with the opulence expected of high-end accommodations, the estate offers a range of residential-style rooms with private pools and panoramic jungle vistas. Each villa is a haven of tranquillity, with interiors reflecting the calm and healing ethos of the estate. The Umabona Suite is especially stunning, with a central courtyard pool that spills out to an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the surrounding jungle. The wellness programs at COMO Shambhala are tailored to individual health goals, blending modern science with ancient Eastern wisdom through treatments like Hindu water blessings and chakra healers. Guests can also indulge in healthy, flavour-rich cooking classes and guided nature walks, making COMO Shambhala the ultimate retreat for those seeking to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul amidst Bali’s natural beauty.

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Lago Beach House, Lembongan Island

Perched on the cliffs of Lembongan Island, Lago Beach House promises an exclusive seaside retreat. This luxurious property features five well-appointed bedrooms, each offering stunning views of the Playgrounds surf break and surrounded by lush tropical greenery. A unique feature of the Beach House is its access to a nearly secluded white sand beach via a stone staircase. The onsite Beach Cafe serves thoughtful, nutritious meals and superb coffee, complementing days spent lounging or swimming. For a more lively scene, the Pontoon—a floating, solar-powered bar just a short swim or boat ride away—provides guests with unforgettable sunsets and the option to dive into the clear waters below. Lago Beach House is a perfect blend of natural beauty and refined comfort, offering privacy and peace in one of Bali’s most serene locations.

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Ayana Resort Bali, Jimbaran

Ayana Resort Bali in Jimbaran is a sprawling cultural haven that epitomises luxury on the island’s southern coast. Renowned for its breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and lush tropical gardens, the resort offers a diverse range of accommodations designed to maximize comfort and elegance. The newly renovated rooms and suites are adorned with rich textiles and traditional Balinese wood carvings, reflecting the local artisan culture. Ayana’s standout feature is its Spa on the Rocks, set atop natural sea rocks and offering exclusive spa treatments that combine ancient Balinese healing techniques and modern therapies. The estate includes several other resorts, creating a vast retreat where guests can experience unparalleled service and amenities. Whether it’s relaxing in one of the infinity pools, enjoying a romantic dinner at one of their many fine dining options, or exploring the cultural fabric of the estate, Ayana provides a sublime getaway.

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Bali is a blend of spirituality, natural beauty, and culinary excellence, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a holistic getaway. Whether you’re indulging in the innovative dishes at its top restaurants, immersing yourself in the tranquil waters of its beaches, or unwinding in the luxurious settings of its high-end hotels, Bali offers a seamless mix of adventure and relaxation. The island invites you to embrace its charming culture, vibrant ecosystems, and the serene rhythm of its everyday life, ensuring every visitor leaves with memories to last a lifetime.

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