Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Junanto Xu, Dionne Lee
Time to grab your lover, slip into something sexy and cuddle up as you watch the sun slowly slip below the horizon. If you’re in Bali with the right person, any experience is treasured, so just imagine how magical it would be to enjoy beautiful views of the sky turning red, pink and gold along with a frosty cocktail and delicious food to up the romance ante.
Below, we’ve selected romantic restaurants in prime locations that promise a special moment with guaranteed privacy (besides roses, champagne, candlelights and heart-shaped chocolate cakes). Just make sure you arrive early (or reserve a table) to secure the best seat in the front row for the majestic show.
Couples seeking a sense of peace and romance will embrace both at dusk, with the ocean or vast jungles lying in front. We’ve curated this lovey-dovey list and considered the setting, service and the flair from the kitchen that make them worth a punt for a special occasion!
1. Your all-day hangout spot in Seminyak – SugarSand at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
There sure are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants around Seminyak but SugarSand calls for a full-day of celebration with funky booze, a beautiful stretch of beach, an expansive pool, groovy music beats and an amazing collection of food.
There’s absolutely no reason to leave before sunset as SugarSand is located smack bang on Seminyak Beach. Perhaps, you would like to join in-the-know tourists who congregate at the oceanfront venue for lazy midday meals that can last until it’s nearly dinnertime!
And while beaches around Bali (especially Double Six Beach in Seminyak) can get overwhelming, the on-beach SugarSand lets you take in sunset with far fewer crowds (no more fighting for bean bags and long waiting hours for your drinks to come).
Slip off your shoes and sink your feet in the pool as your table gets decorated with sumptuous Japanese-inspired dishes. From land to sea, you can be sure that your food is freshly harvested and caught.
And with the salty breeze and gentle soothing sound of the waves crashing on the shore, we promise you’re in for a sensual dining experience. It is a venue that is all the while upscale, casual, convivial as well as romantic.
However if you ask us, their open-air rooftop lounge sets the bar way up high when it comes to endless views. Grab a few tropical cocktails from their toes-in-the-sand beach bar, order their special ceviche, sit back, relax and simply take in the stunning panorama lying before you!2. Sip a drink in a 312-year-old sacred temple! – Ji Terrace By The Sea at Ji Restaurant
Ji Terrace By The Sea at Hotel Tugu is a hidden treasure on the West coast of Bali. The perching spot had me booze in hand and face-to-face with some of the best views in Canggu – the island’s hipster neighbourhood.
I absolutely love the inspiration behind the interiors of this venue. The fact that you need to go through a restaurant, climb a set of stairs, and know to look for an exotic, tropical terrace makes it pretty cool. Inside, the drinks are made with a unique Asian precision that separates it from the rest of Bali’s sunset bar crowd.
As I settled into a roster of stunning cocktails, I also enjoyed a 180° view over the sparkling Indian Ocean. The exclusive venue did not fail to showcase the beauty of Asia – I saw it, felt it and even tasted it! There are alluring statues and artworks scattered all around while you’ll even find an antique museum on the hotel grounds. Talk about cultural immersion!
Now, if luck is on your side and you decide to pop by during the weekend, perhaps you’ll love to sign up for their Weekend at Ji (Friday to Sunday) with an eclectic programme including DJ sessions, Sunset Happy Hours and a memorable Sunday Brunch!
With their extremely well thought out concept, you’ll get to indulge in an all-you-can-eat a-la-carte menu with an extensive range of food items like sushi, sashimi, meat dishes, rice dishes, fresh salads and much more, all made fresh upon order.
With good food, expertly-made concoctions, postcard-perfect views and an entertaining kids’ corner for your little ones, you’re in for a complete treat at Ji Terrace. And if you’re here on a special occasion, book yourself a traditional Indonesian dinner at Tugu Bali Restaurant. Complemented with a romantic setting, you’ll also get to enjoy traditional dance performances on specific nights.
3. A venue that will bring you to seventh heaven – Sunset Cabana Bar at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
If you’ve planned a romantic trip to Bali, make sure you don’t miss out on the coastal town of Uluwatu. This has to be where you’ll find the island’s most beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets.
And while the area sees no shortage of bars that are surrounded by beautiful sceneries, Sunset Cabana Bar at Alila Villas Uluwatu serves up quite the spectacle when it comes to endless sunset ocean views in Bali.
Not only does this plush slice of high rise paradise serve artisanal cocktails that are all locally inspired with traditional ingredients (herbs and fruits), it also tops off the list as a great spot to sip a cocktail in the great outdoors as day turns to night and you get to ponder over a stunning, fiery backdrop.
This intimate venue is far from being like the typical noisy clubs and bars you’ll find in the south of Bali. In fact, you’ll love coming over for a romantic session over sunset drinks. Since the bar is nestled on its own quiet little piece of cliff, it is a respite from the hordes of tourists that flock to Uluwatu every evening.
It will surely set you in the mood for ultimate romance and seduction as you flirt with unparalleled oceanviews and waves crashing below you.
4. Come for the best combination of nature’s wonders – Waka Bar & Restaurant at WakaGangga Boutique Resort
Sunset is never a casual ritual at Waka Bar & Restaurant. Booking a table here lets you set your gastronomical groove to the beat of a gorgeous beach view.
There is nothing quite like the five-senses experience this restaurant guarantees. As you sit down to soak in the rosy glow of the evening illuminating the black sand beach, indulge in a glass of world-class wine and a glorious dinner as the ball of fire drops into the ocean, turning day into night, sights into flavours and scents.
You’re never quite sure what the spectacle will be like at Waka Bar & Restaurant but whatever colour the sky decides to turn into, you’re always in for an astonishment. Needless to say, things take an even better turn in the kitchen as the chef prepares to surprise you.
The culinary concoctions at this scenic restaurant are perfectly executed with a mix of local flair, fresh ingredients and an extensive choice of international dishes too.
If you’re here to impress, call up to reserve their candlelit dinner that is presented with a live lobster menu. The live lobsters you’ll indulge in are freshly caught off the resort’s beach by the fishermen from Yeh Gangga village, using centuries-old fishing techniques and bamboo traps!
5. Experience Indonesia on a plate – Dugong Restaurant at Suarga Padang Padang
Utilizing locally grown ingredients while being perfectly set in natural surroundings, Dugong Restaurant promises more than just an oceanfront dining experience. We simply love the fact that it aims at being an ethical eatery by sourcing ingredients within a 50-kilometre radius, thus contributing to local farmers and producers!
The restaurant is set in a sustainable, yet sophisticated open-air bamboo house where you get to enjoy a panoramic 220 metre-high cliff top ocean view.
Dugong Restaurant brings you on a journey of flavours as it artfully serves Indonesian delicacies with a modern twist.
The chef’s recommendations include their Steamed South-Asian Turbot with Soy Bouillon or the delectable Chicken wrapped in banana leaf, both highly praised by previous diners who would often put a sweet ending to their experience by ordering one of their heart-warming Chocolate Fondant.
Did you know? The name ‘Dugong’ is inspired by an endangered marine mammal found in the surrounding waters of the Bukit Peninsula – the sea cow!
6. Celebrate romance amidst nature – The Sayan House
This quaint little restaurant overlooking the Ayung River is a popular spot for private receptions, and we can really see why. On a day when you’re supposed to feel like you’re on top of the world, what could be better than literally being on top of the world?
Perched high above a scenic valley, The Sayan House will speak to the nature lover in you, with its signature view of forests, rice fields and the rushing waters of the sacred Ayung River below. Enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one while watching the sunset over the valley, or hang some fairy lights on the trees and watch the place come alive as a fairytale wedding setting.
Better yet, The Sayan House also has some pretty amazing contemporary and unique Asian dishes up for grabs. Try out their Crispy King Prawn & Avocado Maki, and the Salmon Carpaccio too! There are also fusion dishes like Babi Guling Sushi – if you’re fond of trying out new things, you won’t be disappointed.
7. A Grand Dining Experience – Breeze at The Samaya, Seminyak Bali
Breeze is the extension of the 5-star Samaya Beach Resort that has borne witness to many weddings, engagements, proposals and endless romantic occasions, with all the romantic factors:
An al fresco beachfront background, check.
Glorious sunset views with the serenade of crashing waves, check.
Twinkling sprawl of balmy evening lights, check.
Grand dining experience and accommodating staff, check.
Enjoy the free appetizers while settling in with refreshing drinks. Follow up with their selection of land and sea cooked ala western or infused with local taste.
Have a go at their extra rich vegetarian & Indonesian menu. And lastly, take a stroll with your loved ones under the starry night.
8. Dine with floating blossoms and in your love cages – La View Restaurant at Kupu Kupu Barong Villas, Ubud
La View Restaurant has a split-level setting with an outdoor terrace where you can wine and dine intimately with enchanting views. No matter where you sit, your sight is bound to rest on sweeping vistas of the majestic Ayung River Valley.
Located in the heart of Ubud, La View Restaurant of Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa offers an extensive menu that rejuvenates your palate, just like its legendary L’Occitane Mango Tree Spa.
Take your taste buds on a culinary journey when you try the gourmet Southeast Asian-French fusion cuisine.
And if that isn’t enough, ramp up the romance levels by customising a private dining experience:
a) Write your own twilight romance
Share a romantic meal with your loved one on a unique floating platform under a blanket of stars. Within your intimate dining area, you will find flickering candles and scattered flower blossoms surrounding you. While you stare into the eyes of your beloved, a five-course gourmet menu will be discreetly served.
b) Romance in the wilderness
Ever tried dining in a cage? Have your table laid exquisitely for you and your loved one within the signature Bird Nest enclave. You can escape into your own little world in your pretty cages, while you both feast in a unique natural setting.
9. Gastronomical groove to the beat of Bali’s most gorgeous sunset – Rock Bar, BALI at AYANA Resort & Spa, BALI