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Written by Nadia Crowe
Edited by Beverley Lennon

Most people imagine Christmas as white, snowy, and absolutely freezing. While some of you may find that perfectly ideal, others (more warm-blooded creatures) may dread it. If you find yourself bracing for the cold rather than embracing it, maybe it’s time you have a more tropical festive season!

Thanks to the hordes of tourists that come from near and far, Bali has become a hotspot destination for end-of-year celebrations. Safe to say that they know how to do it well too! So gear up, whether you want to party hard into the New Year, or want a nice family oriented Christmas, here’s all you need to know!

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What to do on Christmas and NY in Bali?

1. Enjoy a Christmassy Italian feast- Prego, Westin Resort

Though you might not expect Italian food to be a choice when it comes to Christmas dining that’s exactly what you can expect to find, and love at Prego Restaurant.

From seafood to pasta and everything in between, this little taste of Italy makes for a unique dining experience!

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Now, Italian food is also always a good option for your picky little ones too right?! There will be lots of fun and games for the kiddos and a visit from the big white-bearded guy too! Ho ho ho!!

Prego Restaurant, Westin Resort

Price: Rp. 650,000 (approximately USD $46.25) per adult; Rp. 325,000 (approximately USD 23.10) per child aged 6 – 12 years
Address: 4. Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua BTDC Lot N-3, Benoa, South Kuta, Bali, 80363, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 771 906
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11:30am – 10:30pm

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2. Let your family indulge in a memorable brunch – Cucina Restaurant, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort

Sofitel knows exactly how to raise the Christmas spirit in you, from Christmas carols, to visits from Santa, to their legendary Mediterranean Sunday brunch (Christmas style!).

You and your entire party will feel absolutely stuffed silly with roasted meats, sumptuous sides, and you can even choose their drinks’ package to keep you supplied with funky cocktails throughout the whole meal!

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Cucina Restaurant, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort

Price: Rp. 899,000 (approximately USD $64) per person
Address: Lot N5 ITDC Tourism Complex Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, 80363
Contact: +62 361 849 2888
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 6pm – 10:30pm

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3. Be spoiled for choice for your big NY dinner – The Mulia, Nusa Dua

The Mulia has four different restaurants with four different cuisines for you to choose from, and three different bars to party it up at after! It’s a buffet lover’s heaven, choose from authentic Indonesian cuisine, to Mediterranean food, Oriental food, or Japanese! Pick one at random and completely stuff yourself!

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The Mulia, Nusa Dua

Price: Rp. 2,899,000 (approximately USD $206.30) per adult; Rp. 1,399,000 (approximately USD $99.60) per child aged 3 – 8 years
Address: Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Kawasan Sawangan Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 301 7777
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 6pm – 11pm (Restaurants)

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4. Watch the last sunset of the year – Sunset on Seminyak, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort

Located right on the beach, Sunset on Seminyak is the perfect place to watch the last moments of the day disappear before the New Year comes in. Cosy bean bags make for the perfect dining spot, comfortable enough so that when you let your trousers loose after eating the buffet, nobody will notice! Finish up with a cocktail (or plenty) at their end of year party to ring in the New Year!

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Sunset on Seminyak, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort

Price: Rp. 3,000,000 (approximately USD $213.50) per person
Address: Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak, Bali
Contact: +62 361 737 773
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 11pm

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Party the way only Bali knows how – at the beach!

5. The masters of real parties!- Finn’s Beach Club

As one of the most exciting beach clubs in Bali, Finn’s always aims to prove itself as the top dog. Every year they outdo themselves and most of the others too by throwing a ridiculously large party featuring international Djs, tantalizing cocktails, and buckets of fun. No matter what you do in life, you’ll always be able to say “I spent New Year’s Eve at Finn’s” and be met with amazement!

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Finn’s Beach Club

Tickets: From Rp. 1,800,000 (approximately USD $128.10)
Address: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 844 6327 / +62 361 844 6328
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 11pm

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6. Where else to party than in Ibiza – Café Del Mar Bali

Hailing from Ibiza, the beach party capital of the world, Cafe Del Mar entered Bali’s beach club scene with what can be described as nothing less than a loud bang. Featuring an all white exterior that allows the gorgeous light blue swimming pool to pop, it makes for some striking photos! You can definitely count on a rager of a NYE party (with international DJs) here!

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Café Del Mar Bali

Tickets: From Rp. 600,000 (approximately USD $41.10)
Address: Jl Subak Sari, Canggu, Tibubeneng, North Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3941 4436 / +62 361 4471625
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 11am – 10pm
Note: Children below 18 years old are not allowed at the beach club area after 6pm for safety reasons.

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7. Hit the best beaches by yourself! – Double Six Beach, Berawa, Batu Bolong

If you’re not feeling like dropping a bomb on entrance fees or drinks, the best place to go is simply, the beach! In particular Berawa and Double Six are where some of Bali’s best beach clubs are located. Simply find a spot near them on the beach, watch the fireworks and listen to the music from afar, and have a great time! Just don’t go swimming!

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Double Six Beach

Address: Legian, Jl. Double Six, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia. Coordinates here.

Berawa Beach

Address: Jl. Pemelisan Agung, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia. Coordinates here.

Batu Bolong Beach

Address: Pantai Batu Bolong St, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia. Coordinates here.

Throw a private party at your own villa!

Sometimes things can get a little overwhelming to plan, especially when you have to take into consideration the traffic, transport, and cost. Why not invite all your friends and family over to your villa and have a little soiree of your own! No need to worry about food, music, drunk driving, or safety, you’ll be in the comfort of your own home!

8. Sit back, relax, and let the experts work – Bali Party Professionals/ Bali Catering Company/ Island Graze

To plan a perfect party is hard! Thankfully Bali has several options, from professional party planners that will take care of each and every thing to catering companies that will give you a traditional meal to die for! Ring up a few of your friends, and stay in a villa for a few days or just a night, plan a party that will be remembered for the next few decades!

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Bali Party Professionals 

Rates: Upon consultation
Contact: +62 821 4418 6756
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 9am – 5pm

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Bali Catering Company

Price: Turkey package from Rp. 2,750,000 (approximately USD $196)
Address: Jl. Petitenget 45, Seminyak, Bali
Contact: +62 361 473 2115 / +62 361 473 7324 / +62 878 6096 1088
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 5pm

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Island Graze

Price: From Rp. 600,000 (approximately USD $42.80)
Contact: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 8.30am – 6.30pm

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Where to stay during Christmas and NY in Bali?

9. If you are the one who likes to party from day to night- W Bali

There’s no party like a W party! From gourmet Christmas brunch spreads filled with endless amounts of seafood, meats and desserts, to their infamous New Year’s Eve countdown party at Woo Bar, to post hangover chill sessions in the pool. Spend your holidays here celebrating in style!

Read more about our W experience!

W Bali 

Rates: From USD $388 (approximately Rp. 5,440,000)
Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak
Contact: +62 361 3000106
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10. Party near Bali’s best hidden beaches!- Radisson Blu Bali

Radisson Blu is the definition of luxury on a budget. Feast on Christmas inspired italian food for dinner, party it up at their pool party (equipped with a live band!), and laze about in their pool all day on the 1st of January to bask in that New Year sunshine!

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Radisson Blu Bali 

Rates: From USD $200 (approximately Rp.2,800,000)
Address: Jl. Pemutih Bali Uluwatu, Bali,80364,Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 300 8888
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11. Pick a cool stay near Legian Beach! – Fashion Hotel Legian

This place is nothing short of being the fashionista of Bali’s hotel scene. The hotel is modernly and glamorously decorated to make you feel like a celebrity, complete with an amazing rooftop swimming pool – perfect for sunset chill outs instead of crowding with the hordes of tourists at Kuta Beach (which is a mere 20 minutes walk away!)

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Fashion Hotel Legian Bali

Rates: From USD $25 (approximately Rp. 350,000)
Address: Jalan Raya Legian No. 121, 80361 Legian, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 849 6688
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12. A budget option that will look pretty on your ‘gram– Tijili Seminyak Hotel

When it comes to creativity and design in Indonesia, you can expect much of it displayed in Bali’s hotels and cafes! If you’re one aesthetically conscious traveller looking for a budget option to please your eyes and soul, here’s where you should be heading to while in Seminyak because Tijili Seminyak Hotel feels and looks like an art exhibition with its colourful interiors and furnishings! Plus it’s only 12 minutes away from Double Six beach!

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Tijili Seminyak Hotel

Rates: From USD $42 (approximately Rp. 590,000)
Address: Jl. Drupadi No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 474 1888
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13. Enjoy a quiet celebration in the jungle– Padma Resort Ubud Bali

Padma Resort Ubud Bali is one of the most spectacular resorts you’ll see. It sprawls across the wide hills of Ubud, is nestled within the incredibly robust river valley, and overlooks endless lush greenery. End of year festivities are not taken lightly here, they always have something on, for the adults, the kids (read; Santa!), and the ones who like to party a little!

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Padma Resort Ubud Bali

Rates: From Rp.2,769,000 (approximately USD $196)
Address: Padma Resort Ubud, Banjar Carik, Desa Puhu Payangan, Ubud – Bali, 80572, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 752111/+62 361 3011111
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14. Throw your own party at a private pool villa – Villa Lisha

For those who crave space, luxury and self-indulgence, you won’t go wrong with Villa Lisha.

With fabulous decors, a gorgeous sun terrace, lush tropical garden and generous living space, this villa is all about high standards. You don’t know the meaning of being spoiled until you’ve experienced this luxurious and romantic stay! Plus, with it being only 7 minutes walk away from Batu Belig beach, it’s the perfect spot!

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More affordable private pool villas options here!

Villa Lisha

Rates: From USD $240 (Approximately Rp. 3,365,000)
Address: Jl. Pura Kayu Putih No.1 Kerobokan, Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 858 5821 8946
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Coming with the family? Some of these resorts have programmes specifically for kids! Yes, that includes meeting Mr Claus himself! Check out our family-friendly itinerary to the jungles and beaches too!

Where to buy your Christmas gifts in Bali?

Gifts are one of the most important aspects of Christmas, so finding the perfect present is often a topic of stress! In the spirit of giving back, why not buy your presents from some eco-friendly/ethical places?

Or better yet, donate to a charity on someone’s behalf! A great option is to Bali Children’s Project where they have several incredible causes to help young children in unbearable situations!

The truth behind volunteering in Bali:
Now, you might be wondering why donate when you could volunteer your time?! True, it is an admirable action, but there are several issues with it too. You can read more about the potential ethical problems faced in Bali’s voluntourism culture before committing to it!

15. Shop to turn your loved one’s homes into an eco-friendly paradise – Bali Zen

Sustainable, fair trade home decor is what awaits you as you enter this shop. Beautiful batik bedsheets, and outstanding woven placemats are just some of the wonderful things you can find to gift someone.

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Bali Zen

Prices: From Rp.77,000 (approximately USD $5.50)
Address: Jl. Raya Basangkasa #40, Seminyak, Bali
Contact: +62 361 738 816
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 7pm

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16. Buy gorgeous fabrics and support the local women – Threads of Life

Threads of Life supports thousands of women from 11 islands across the Indonesian archipelago. With a fair-trade business model, selling these fabrics empower these women to overcome poverty. With local materials, natural dyes and traditional methods, the most stunning ikat and traditional Batik fabrics are created, handwoven by these skillful Indonesian women.

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Threads of Life

Price: From Rp. 175,000 (approximately USD $12.45)
Address: Jl. Kajeng No.24, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 972 112 / +62 361 972 187
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 7pm

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17. Join in on the plastic free movement – Bye Bye Plastic Bags

For cute t-shirts, colourful and quirky tote bags, and a seriously incredible cause check out Bye Bye Plastic Bags. An NGO started by Bali’s youth who got sick and tired of all the destruction caused by single use plastic. Why not support their cause by buying some of their adorable products?

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Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Price: From Rp. 140,000 (approximately USD $9.95)

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Spend your days spreading Christmas cheer with these activities!

18. Meet Santa and tell him all of your Christmas wishes – Beachwalk Bali

Head on down to Beachwalk Bali for a quintessential Christmas experience. Meeting the big man in a red suit is every child’s dream! Make sure to give you and your little ones a chance to meet Santa and tell him your heart’s desire!

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Beachwalk Bali

Address: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta 80361
Contact: +62 361 8464888
When: Throughout December, check their Facebook page for more info

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19. Take an eco tour – The Green Village

Yes we know – all the villages in Bali are green with all those rice fields and tropical vegetation, but this one is super special. The Green Village was designed in 2006 by jewellery designer John Hardy, and later finished by his daughter. The result? A collection of bespoke, luxury bamboo homes all seamlessly integrated into the Ayung Valley nature.

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Photo Via Silvialyle, Zero_waste_voyage

Green Village

Price: From  Rp.440,000 (approximately USD $31.35) per person
Address: Jl. Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal – Badung (80352), Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 392 2254
Opening Hours: Reach here by 10:30am for the 10:45am tour. Weekdays only.

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20. Experience one day as a Balinese Rice Farmer – Four Seasons Sayan

Have you ever truly understood what goes behind each miniscule grain of rice? Now, you can – by being a rice farmer for a day! As part of Four Season Sayan’s Extraordinary Experiences Initiative, guests can sign up for the complete rice farmer experience, from a scenic meal amongst rice paddies, planting seeds to transplanting little shoots.

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Once you’re all worn out from working, head down to the cooling river where you’ll be able to see Santa arrive and perform a magic show!

Four Seasons Sayan

Price: Half Day: From Rp 2,700,000 (approximately USD $191.40) per person; Full Day: From Rp. 3,900,000++ (approximately USD $276.45) per person
How to join the rice farmer experience: Prior reservation necessary. Click here for more info. Hotel guests who are interested in having the one-day rice farmer experience can inform the front desk or activity desk.
Address: Jl. Raya Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 977577

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Note: Just remember to always drink responsibly, and source your drinks from reliable places while in Bali. Methanol poisoning is serious!

See, there are endless ways to celebrate Christmas and NYE in Bali! 

Tag your gang below and let them know what’s up this holiday season! Know of any more parties happening? Let us know below!

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