Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Junanto Xu, Dionne Lee and Nadia Crowe
Edited by Beverley Lennon
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 upper deck 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 300+-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. Catch sunset views from 14 meters above the Indian Ocean! – Rock Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI
Imagine looking out onto the ocean from a cliff, and feeling like you’re on the edge of the world. Imagine having that feeling be magnified thanks to the slowly setting of the sun across the dark blue waves. Imagine hearing the soothing sounds of waves crashing into the rocks below, and imagine seeing the sky turn a fiery shade of orange.
Rock Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI gives you the exact experience as described above. But first, to get here, you’ll have to hop onto a dramatic cliffside inclinator! Once you’ve reached, you’ll feel how the venue invigorates your senses, all while quenching your thirst with tantalizing cocktails, and filling your stomach with incredible tidbits.
Seafood lovers will go wild for their King Prawns Saganaki, combining the sweet flavour of tomatoes, and salty tang of feta cheese. For all the vegetarians out there, look no further than the Vegetarian “Pilafi” which features a combination of zucchini, rice, and the zestiness of lemon-dill sauce. You’re about to be transported to another world; one set above a cliff!
And since sunsets in Bali are truly a sight to behold; they’re sacred, and Rock Bar is one of the few places that allows you to experience a sunset the true Bali way, uninhibited, surrounded by good food, great music, and amazing service.
Once you’ve enjoyed everything on offer at this unique sunset vantage point, it is time to indulge – their DAVA Steak & Seafood restaurant serves up amazing grills; signature dishes include their Tomahawk Steak (rib steak served with Yorkshire pudding) but if you’re in for an absolute feast and keen for a grand affair, their mixed grill platter calls in! From day to night, AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI answers your every desire!