Written by Dionne Lee
Co-written by Cisca Lim
Have you always wanted to travel to beautiful locations like Italy and Spain with your significant other? Make sure you travel to Bali.
It’s not only equally (if not, more) beautiful, and you get to not only live in villas with gorgeous views, but also enjoy many exciting activities (such as these 48 things to do that prove that Bali is the craziest) – that are sure to inject more passion and adventure in your relationship.
There are plenty of hidden gems to be enjoyed together within Bali, and one romantic thing to do as a couple especially – is to dine at an uber romantic location
Without further ado, check out these 18 ultra romantic restaurants that allow you to gaze endlessly into the sparkling ocean (and also into the eyes of your special someone, of course).
1. 500 Feet-high clifftop bar with a glass-bottomed infinity pool – One Eighty
What’s bringing clifftop infinity pools to a different level?
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A crystal blue glass-bottomed infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, that stretches all the way out from the cliff 500 feet high, creating a gravity-defying concrete-encased lagoon with a million-dollar view – the highlight of One Eighty, a new sophisticated bar and restaurant that’s a recent addition to The Edge Villas at Uluwatu.
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Before you know it, you’ll be floating in mid-air with the sweeping waves crashing beneath you.
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The pool is not the only gorgeous thing about One Eighty. The menu is also superbly designed by Bali’s own Chef Nyoman – the globetrotting chef who is the mastermind behind Seminyak’s famous Bambu Restaurant, well-known for its Indonesian cuisine.
Inspired by the same opulence and luxury of The Edge’s beach culture, One Eighty brings you the amazing sensation of perched on the very edge of the world.
Expect a classic beachside food selection such as Deluxe Shrimp Po’boy with a side of salmon roe, tabasco, fries and more, Giant Papuan Prawns drenched in kemangi butter, Baby Back Ribs soaked in rosemary honey butter with coleslaw, and Baja Fish Tacos.
So chill in the VIP deck and order up a watermelon cooler or other cocktails for the summer. There’s also a high tea menu for your clifftop oasis enjoyment. Just know that everything is going to be served with a view here!
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One Eighty is expected to open in late 2017.
Joining the premiere destination of Nusa Dua, Tamarind Restaurant Bali (also known as Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge), is a brand new masterpiece packed with a grand dining experience for its distinguished guests.
Located right at the renowned panoramic beachfront, the spectacular thatched roof Bamboo structure pavilion is set to be Bali’s next iconic eatery.
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Stepping into the elegant restaurant, every detail of its sophisticated and sustainable bamboo architecture is simply stunning. Decked in tasteful designs and dazzling furnishing along the main hall, lounge, and table settings – the 2-floor restaurant invites you to enjoy a soothing ocean breeze and more, under one roof.
While the idyllic seashore entrances with its beauty, the chef’s creation of delightful culinary pleasures will keep you spellbound. Serving lunch and dinner of world-class standards – Tamarind’s chef and kitchen team sure know their way well around all the most indulging yet healthy creations of International and Indonesian cuisine.
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The fascinating Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge doesn’t stop at it’s fantastic design, ambiance, menu, and service. It continues to go beyond expectations with its affordable pricing that leaves everyone in further appreciation.
3. “The art, soul, and romance of Indonesia” – Wantilan Agung at Hotel Tugu Bali
With a slogan like that, and an incredible story behind Hotel Tugu Bali – those with a penchant for romance and culture will not want to miss this.
For a quaint and romantic dinner date, head down to Wantilan Agung. Reverently lit by candles, get seated in the grand hall suitable for Balinese Kings and Queens of old, or by the tropical gardens.
Otherwise, there’s the other (maybe even better) option of having a private gourmet picnic under the moonlight in bed, yes, in a bed by the sea – only in Hotel Tugu Bali.
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There’s nothing quite like it, and it’s the stuff out of dreams. Laying in the 18th century antique bed with the ocean as your ‘bedroom’, surrounded by candlelight, and the glowing moon casting a dreamy filter on your date night… It’d be perfect for a proposal, or even to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries!
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For your moonlit picnic in bed by the sea, choose from a wide variety of cuisines from traditional Balinese, Javanese, Chinese Peranakan, seafood or gourmet continental cuisine – whatever you’re craving, you can be sure to have a good old hearty meal!
Oozing history, culture and a special undescribable something, Hotel Tugu’s fascinating ancient vibes will leave you mesmerised and falling in love all over again.
PS: All dining experiences at Hotel Tugu are open to non-staying guests, simply make a booking, head down, and enjoy a wonderful night.
4. Built for lovebirds to nest & feast – Prama Sanur Bamboo Bar & Lounge
Sanur is synonymous with the laidback and cruisy vibes of Bali.
Being the renowned resort in East Bali, Prama Sanur Bamboo Bar & Lounge promises a sublime setting during the day for that lazy seaside afternoon, and a sassy beachfront lounge during sunset.
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Unfolding onto the vast white sands of Mertasari Beach, the newly expanded bar & lounge has quickly become one of the most stylish and coolest hangout places with cozy bamboo swings perfect for lovebirds.
The swinging cocoon-like chairs are the best seats in the house that strategically surround the island bar, where flows of fruity cocktails accompany tasty snacks and wood-fired pizzas.
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The casual yet classy bamboo architecture and uninterrupted sea views epitomise the most ideal romance, from daylight until the stars speckle the night sky. In the cozy and intimate ambience that carries an air of quiet romance, lovers can chat in peace while snuggling and lounging in style.
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5. A satisfying feast for both the belly and the eyes – Arwana Restaurant
Arwana is designed in such spectacular ways that you can call the place a feast for the eyes itself.
Overlooking the vast ocean with the sound of lapping waves (as all of the restaurants in this list) – this exclusive table arrangement welcomes you to take a few steps down into a private area, with large seaters among dimly lit lanterns and wood decorations.
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As you enjoy the breeze and panorama of Nusa Dua Beach and the sparkling ocean making for a gorgeous date atmosphere – be prepared to tantalise your tastebuds with the huge selections of creative lunch and dinner dishes.
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Enjoy fresh local seafood, including lobsters, oysters and sushi bars, that have been brilliantly prepared by the hands of professional chefs. The chef recommendations are phenomenally delicious with commendable service by the ever helpful and attentive staff too.
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Other than the beachfront terrace, Arwana can also generously host diners in the warm indoor dining rooms. With an open-air kitchen that instantly relaxes you with the passion of their humming kitchen – relax under the tropical roof where a laidback soundtrack accompanies your night, just as splendidly as the flow of Laguna signature luxury cocktails.
6. Catch the most perfect sunsets – Ju-Ma-Na
If you’re trying to impress your special someone with an indulgent night out, Ju-Ma-Na is the place to be. Perched on the Bali’s southernmost cliff, Ju-Ma-Na is the perfect vantage point for sunsets.
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Be prepared for a dining experience that will heighten your senses, especially if you choose to sit on their spacious wooden deck. Feel the salty ocean breeze and hear the waves crash against the shore, while the two of you enjoy a delicious Arabian-influenced meal. Now this is what we call a gastronomical romance!
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And with the restaurant’s seamless floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, your view of the scenery will not be compromised even if you choose to sit indoors.
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To match up to the beauty of the restaurant’s surroundings, every dish in Ju-Ma-Na is impeccably plated. The result? These French-Japanese fusion food dishes that look like mini masterpieces you could display in a museum!
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If you’re there for dinner, remember to try their famous Lobster Risotto and Tuna Nicois Salad. And for drinks, look out for the bubbly Ju-Ma-Na Royale – a champagne infused with Yuzu essence and a single floating rose petal on the surface. Yum!
7. Enjoy a sophisticated night out at a rooftop restaurant – MoonLite Kitchen and Bar
An iconic rooftop destination with panoramic views of the Indian ocean, MoonLite is definitely the place you want to be for a romantic night out.
Using wood, iron and neutral colors, the restaurant makes for a relaxing, cosy, and tranquil dining area. There are plenty of seating options – from indoor under the beautiful glass roofs, to outdoor with the cosy sofas, perfect for cuddling up to the view too!
Just imagine chatting over nice cold cocktails, as you enjoy each other’s company while watching the sky rearrange itself into enchanting streaks of purple, pink and orange.
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If that sounds like a dream come true, you’ll definitely be glad to know that cocktails are 2-for-1 after 7pm.
As dusk falls, you will realize how easily a day can pass. Time to leave? No way, it simply means it’s time to order dinner for two, or select a bottle of wine from their well-stocked wine cellar.
And when we say well-stocked, we mean well-stocked. Just look at this! You’ll be spoilt for choice. Thankfully, MoonLite Kitchen & Bar even has a resident Wine Guru to help you select the finest wines to accompany your meal.
Here, they serve up only the most enchanting Asian flavours with a strong influence of Peranakan cuisine! You should definitely try the grilled BBQ platter, and some pork buns as well as the Curry Snapper!
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Another unique part of this restaurant – there’s always great music to set the mood for your special night out. From 4.30 to 7pm, a live DJ plays groovy beats as you watch the sun descend into the horizon (with fantastic Mojito promotion!). And to end the night, there’ll be a lineup of musicians playing live jazzy music as you unwind.
If you’re already dreaming of that uber romantic night out with your partner, feel free to make your reservations today – and enjoy a rooftop feast that will delight your senses in every way! (Prices are actually quite affordable too considering the ambience and level of service you are getting, with mains from Rp. 85k – approximately 6.5 USD)
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8. Be transported back to ‘Old Bali’ while dining – La Lucciola
Fancy having a meal at one of the most scenic stretches of Bali?
Bring your sweetheart over to La Lucciola (affectionately known as La Looch by its regulars), one of Seminyak’s most popular brunch places for a nice Mediterranean-Asian meal in an open, breezy location.
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It’s guaranteed you’ll enjoy a magnificent view, no matter the time of the day.
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If you’re the couple who loves a good brunch, kickstart your day with La Lucciola’s wholesome brunch (you have to try the double baked pancakes with mango compote and omelette!).
Otherwise, you could always wind down to the ambience of the restaurant in the evening.
La Lucciola means Firefly in Italian. And as the sun begins to set, the warm glow of the restaurant will remind you of the magnificent sight of fireflies lighting up the night sky.
And this view doesn’t hurt, either…
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If you feel a food coma coming on, after a delicious meal of prawn and avocado frittata or ravioli, there’s no need to worry. Sit back, relax and unwind to glorious views together – it’s what you came to Bali to do.
9. Dine on the edge of glory – Di Mare Restaurant
Perched on a cliff, you’ll be served in a stunning cliff-top setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. It’s easy to see why Di Mare is an award-winning Mediterranean restaurant – this view itself is such a feast for the eyes!
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Decorated in the perfect shades of blue and white, you’ll soon forget you’re still in Southeast Asia, and instead start to believe that yes, you truly are having a tasty meal on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini. (No need to travel all the way to Santorini for honeymoon!)
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Of course, having been voted by Tatler Indonesia as one of the best restaurants in Bali, the food served here will definitely match the world-class view too.
10. Fairytale romance in a serene paradise – Hilton Bali Resort
The understated elegance of Hilton Bali Resort remains one of the best and most romantic luxurious experiences Bali has to offer. Boasting contemporary tastes and stylish ambiance, The Shore Restaurant at Hilton Bali Resort is simply picture perfection, for a truly magical dinner in this serene paradise.
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If you’d prefer all that, but better ambiance and even greater privacy – Hilton Bali Resort has a romantic dining package which allows you to have a super intimate dinner for two, under the starry sky on the beach, and accompanied by the sound of the waves.
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Picture yourself and that special someone walking down the aisle of carefully decorated wooden planks on Hilton Bali Resort’s Serenity Beach, where the elegant table for two beckons.
With the glowing Nusa Dua ocean and majestic sunset in the distance as the backdrop, your private romantic escapade begins as the ornate lanterns and decor shower you with a glimmeringly sophisticated atmosphere.
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This real life fairytale also includes a perfectly executed full-course meal and divine desserts that are beautifully served. As the candles flicker and waves serenade your wonderful evening, this beach romance package can only end on a sweet note with a memory that lasts for a lifetime.
PS: Make your reservation before heading down!
11. Enjoy a cosy date night out – Mozzarella by the Sea
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the beach, you’ll be able to share an intimate date with your romantic partner in this cosy restaurant. It’s also a great place to enjoy a leisurely meal away from all the hustle and bustle!
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The laidback ambience coupled with a stunning ocean view makes for a delightful time, no matter when you arrive. Be it in the day, where you get to witness the Indian Ocean in its full-blown beauty….
Or at night, where the ocean view is romantically illuminated by the orange glow of candlelight…
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Serving up a fine selection of both Western and Indonesian food, the two of you will be spoilt for choice when you dine at Mozzarella by the Sea!
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And if you’re there on a Saturday, you’ll be in for a treat! A popular band named Quartet Facebeat will be there to serenade you with all your favourite classic Beatles songs.
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Hey Jude, Let it be, Strawberry Fields Forever – you name it and they’ll perform it to make your date night simply perfect.
12. The Rustic and Romantic Gypsy Life – La Laguna
Almost completely off the radar, La Laguna will definitely make the journey worth your while.
With a rustic and charming bridge as its main signature decor, La Laguna feels like something out of a whimsical story book, complete with wooden tree and an enchanting carriage.
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Get lost in this delightful restaurant, along with its wonder of wildlife in the form of a small petting zoo where peacocks, geese and ducks roam free along the sandy beach.
As young as it is new, La Laguna serves culinary options like an old pro. Enjoy savory light bites like croquettas to main courses accompanied with potent Long island tea and other exotic drinks.
La Laguna is sure to delight the gypsy nomad in you.
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13. Great for relaxing after a long day at the beach – Zanzibar Beachfront Restaurant
Hot and hungry after a long day of fun on the beach? Not in the mood to travel to a secluded spot for an ocean view? Look no further, kick back and relax at a local favourite – Zanzibar Beachfront Restaurant.
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We love that it’s conveniently located just a few steps from the sandy beach! And while the spacious outdoor terrace is usually always packed, they also have an upstairs lounge where you can look out into the Indian Ocean – which might be more preferable for couples out on a date.
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The brainchild of a group of Italians, you can be sure that the pizzas and pastas Zanzibar serves, ooze with authentic Italian goodness. But of course, there’s also local Indonesian cuisine if you like!
When the sun starts to set, the restaurant also begins to set up a free flow finger food buffet to go with your chilled bottle of beer or glass of cocktail. Watch the sun transform the sky into an array of different colors while you soak up the relaxing atmosphere together.
Free flow finger food, your favourite drinks, and a gorgeous view – who wouldn’t love it?
14. A Grand Dining Experience – Breeze at Samaya
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.
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Twinkling sprawl of balmy evening lights, check.
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Grand dining experience and accommodating staff, check.
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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.
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Have a go at their extra rich vegetarian & indonesian menu. And lastly, take a stroll with your loved ones under the starry night.
Special Mention: Eat like a king in a “water-palace” – Bambu Restaurant
While this particular restaurant doesn’t provide views of the shimmering ocean, you definitely have to have at least one date night here.
Walk into Bambu Restaurant, and the architecture transports you back to a time of rustic grandeur. Surrounded by water, simply walk over the stepping stones to dine in one of the two glamorous-looking pavilions in the restaurant.
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Touted as one of the must-try restaurants in Bali, Bambu serves high quality Indonesian food with a modern twist. Their signature dishes include the Mee Goreng, as well as the Double Baked Chocolate Tart served with Rum and Raisin ice-cream.
If you’re lucky, there might even be a live band performing, or a cultural performance taking place! Bambu Restaurant is a great low-key place for some quality intimate time with your loved one.
15) Seafood under a starry starry night sky: Menega Cafe at Jimbaran Bay
Upon a cursory glance, dinner at Jimbaran Bay doesn’t seem overly romantic – you choose uncooked seafood at beachfront stalls that cook it for you on outdoor grills, so there’s lots of smoke and smells.
Yet on the other hand it doesn’t get more personal – you get to hear the waves lapping up on the sand, choose exactly what to eat and watch it crisp up.
Digging in to fresh honest seafood under a starry sky, with sand beneath your feet – how much more romantic can it get?
Explore the stalls, but if you eat at Menega try its lobster set: 1 lobster, 1 fish, clams, calamari and a choice of soda, juice or beer for USD 45.