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

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


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 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


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 »

The Stones

The Stones is an entertainment center where everything has been made to chill out and enjoy the moment. Located across the road from Legian and Kuta beach, The Stones the resort makes the difference with the surrounding buildings with its particular architecture in shape of a wave. The top floor bar is perfect for a sunset drink. Airy, design, it reminds of the most trendy bars. When the night has come, the lights dress up the bar in various colors. The cocktails are good and original even though the classics are also on the menu.

Price: IDR 75 000 for a cocktail


Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is, without a hesitation, the most famous temple in Bali. Visited by hundreds of people every day, Tanah lot has unfortunately been perverted by an ever increasing tourism and consumerism. As a matter of fact, one has to go along a street bordered by various shops to get to the holly temple. Though it is holly, there is no need to wear the traditional sarong  not cover your body (a simple short is tolerated). It’s a shame for such an important place for the Balinese. However, you need to visit it…

Puri Tanah Lot

Puri Tanah Lot hotel is located between the busy Kuta and the European Seminyak. Ideally located close to the market and the main road, it makes it easy to go everywhere walking or with a taxi. Only 200 meters away from the beach, Puri Tanah Lot is built around a nice swimming pool. The rooms are simple and let imagine the remains of a time when it must have been a high end hotel. It is now a bit old and the bathrooms deserve a renovation. However, it is an nice hotel to stay in.

Price: IDR 400 000 per night


Poppies restaurant

Poppies restaurant is a true reference in Bali. In fact, it even gave its name to the street on which it is located. Hidden in a luxuriant garden, Poppies’ tables are located is a little hideaway in the heart of a city that never sleeps. Far from the local buzz, Poppies serves a good Indonesian cuisine with surprising tastes. The place is perfect for a romantic dinner.

Price: IDR 150 000 for a fish, dessert and beverage