Kunis

It might seem strange to go all the way to Bali to eat Japanese… Maybe, but sometimes you need a change from nasi goreng… Kunis restaurant is an experience in itself. An upscale place where the delicacy of eating rules. The chef has created a menu with no real surprise (he didn’t fall for the trend of unexpected sushis and makis) but with traditional and little known dishes.
The menu is consequent but, in order to live the Kunis experience without ruining yourself, you should opt for the set menus. Furthermore, they’ll allow you to ty different tastes. You get out with the feeling of having spent a moment in Japan, just before Seminyak’s buzz catches up with you.


Price: about IDR 300,000
http://www.kunisbali.com/

Mingle

It is walking along the streets of Ubud looking for a restaurant that is still open that you come accross Mingle. Newcomer (2014) on jalan Dewi Sita, Mingle is trendy without going too far this way. The restaurant has two levels and makes you feel at home. The best tables are upstairs, on the balcony. The setting is a bit kitsch but it is all very charming.
On the menu, traditional Indonesian dishes. The vegetarian curry is excellent, the nasi goreng and mie goring as well. Over all, the prices are more than reasonable. However, the sweet tooth must think about ordering dessert as soon as they get there is it’s a bit late as the kitchen closes around 10.30pm.


Price: IDR 60 000 for a curry and an ice tea

La belle villa

La belle villa is a charming guesthouse located in Seminyak. A bit off Oberoi (the street with all the restaurants that can be reached within a 20 minutes’ walk), it offers small comfortable villas with a private garden and an outdoor bar. The greeting is warm and friendly and the staff always keen on helping you. For those who get up late, a very good thing is breakfast served until noon, a non-negligible characteristic if you end up in Ku De Ta or Cocoon…
If there were one disadvantage to list, it is the noise around the swimming-pool which is close to the road. However, it is a pleasure to lay on a sunbed and enjoy the sunshine or go for a swim. Note: from the room, you don’t hear the street’s noise, grandly appreciated in Seminyak.


Price: about IDR 800,000 per night
http://labellebali.com/

Villa Mandi

Ubud is the « capital of wellness » in Bali. However, tourism has banned tranquility and it is hard to find an accommodation offering both a nice swimming pool and calm for a reasonable budget. New hotel (2014), Villa Mandi is located a bit off Ubud, at about 10 minutes by car. The view over the rice paddies is there from breakfast (at the next-door warung) all the way to the swimming pool. A nice swimming pool in the back of the garden that gives the impression of having the world for yourself.
The only reproach that can be made to Villa Mandi is that the shuttles to the center only take place thrice a day (at 10am, 12pm and 4pm) and that only the transfer to Ubud is offered. To get back, you need to pay the same price as a taxi (IDR 50,000). It is not expensive but it would be nice to have shuttles at night as well as the return trip in the package. Finally, the staffs over-friendly and does everything to make your stay as good as possible.


Price: about IDR 500,000
http://villamandiubud.com/

Ryoshi

What makes Seminyak so particular is its variety of restaurants and flavors. Ultra-Europeanized district, Oberoi is the place where you can find the Ryoshi, a Japanese restaurant that helds the comparison with the best ones in big cities.

The setting is rather at odds with the Indonesian style and its quiet and peacefulness makes the difference with the noisy bars and restaurants around. You enter Ryoshi like a sanctuary to discover fine and delicate food. The menu is full of special dishes that will attract your attention. Fish is tasty, maki are surprising and barbecue is delicious. Sweet tooth will treat themselves with the cheesecake; not Japanese but so good…

Be careful: the Japanese-style tables in the back demand that you take off your shoes.

Price: about IDR 160 000 for sushi, maki, a cheesecake and green tea

Meriki

Meriki is an agreable and quiet guesthouse located on jalan Drupadi. With a nice swimming pool and wide rooms, the place is more than welcoming. There is even a spa to have energetic Balinese massages.

The rooms are large with exterior bathrooms. The beds are very comfortable and the large windows give an extra impression of space. It is better to choose a room with pool view as, the garden being not so big, the view from the rooms on it isn’t as nice.

The staff is very friendly and doesn’t hesitate to give you good tips (for example Forty Seven warung). They also come to pick you up at the airport on demand! Continue reading « Meriki »

Forty Seven warung

Warung Forty Seven is the most unexpected place. Located on jalan Drupadi, away from Seminyak’s restaurants and attractions, it offers a great choice of “healthy-style” dishes. Don’t get fooled by the unattractive entrance: beyond the cold façade is a not so tiny warung which tables are all occupied at lunch time.

On the menu: soy lasagna, fish and chicken curries, pumpkin and spinach croquettes, various salads… Pick up a rice basis and add what you feel according to your tastes and envies. Everything is good, with no exception.

 

Price : about IDR 35 000

Uyah spa

The spa of the Uyah hotel is not as luxurious as others can be but it definitely deserves a try as the treatments are very qualitative. The traditional Balinese massage is a real invitation to travelling. Best be done at the end of the day, after diving and enjoying the sunshine.

Price : one-hour traditional Balinese massage for IDR 80 000

Uyah hotel

The Uyah hotel is well-named : uyah means « salt » and the hotel is located near salt marshes from which the children from Amed will sell you the salt in nice baskets on the beach. Ecological, the Uyah hotel respects the environment and has created a specific air condition system that doesn’t pollute. Even the water is heated by the sun through an underground system. As for the bungalows, they’re spacious and comfortable, with four poster beds, a lovely bathroom and a small terrace.

Price: IDR 500 000

http://www.hoteluyah.com

 

Uluwatu

Uluwatu is one of the major temples in Bali. Located on the Bukit peninsula, at the South-West of Bali, it is also known as the monkey temple as there are plenty living there. Dominating the sea, perched on a cliff, the Uluwatu temple stands out on the clear sky. Specifically appreciated for the sunset, Uluwatu is for sure one of the beauties of Bali. Be careful of the monkeys, though, as they have become aggressive during the year 2011: they will most likely steal your sunglasses, camera or even sandals which end up torn and eaten here and there on the ground.

Tip: don’t forget to take a sarong in order to enter Uluwatu. Otherwise, you can still borrow one at the entrance. Continue reading « Uluwatu »