First Time in Bali - What to Do - 7 Days in Bali

When dreaming of Asian adventures, who doesn't think of Bali?

The island of Gods captures the hearts of many travelers, most of them returning a few times a year to soak in the island paradise's energizing vibe. Whether you are a Bali regular on the hunt for inspiration outside your well known and beloved paths or planning your first trip to one of Indonesia's most famous islands

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Borobudur Temple is sunrise, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia.


Welcome to Ubud! Bali's jungle paradise promises an exciting mix of all things relaxing and outdoorsy. Whether you are the active type whose perfect holiday exists of hiking, cycling and water rafting or if you just want to leave the world behind and sink in a bathtub filled with flower petals - Ubud has you covered.
Once you're settled in your hotel, go for a stroll around the city center - simply follow Jalan Monkey Forest, to soak in Bali's enchanting smells for first impressions. Visit the 'Monkey Forest' located in a jungle setting with monkeys freely running around. Watch your belongings while venturing around or the jungle creatures will be the new owners of your beloved sunnies and jewels and quickly empty your water bottle.
Venture further to Ubud's magical Tegallang rice terrace to soak in the calming and mesmerizing views overlooking the jungle. To complete your first day you can't miss out on venturing down the Campuhan ridge walk!
LUNCH: Folk Kitchen & Espresso
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud Contact: +62 361 9080 888 Instagram: @folkubud
When in Ubud, lunching at one of Bali's best cafés, Folk Kitchen & Espresso, is mandatory! Think an Indonesian head chef with a passion for organic food, interior based on Balinese heritage pieces and a menu overflowing with mouth-watering goodness!
DINNER: Bird's Nest at Kupu Kupu Barong Address: Jalan Kedewatan, Ubud
Spoil your loved one with this outstanding dining experience overlooking the lush rainforest of Northern Bali. 'Bird's Nest' is sitting on the edge, making you feel like you are floating over the Ayung River Valley. Treat yourself to the mouth-wathering dinner menu featuring their famed salmon & sea scallops carpaccio, but also including plenty of vegetarian options.
Budget: Sri Ratih Cottages, Prices start from 77US$ per night for a double room including breakfast.

Elaborate bridge at the Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali

DAY 2 - UBUD  

After a night of blissful sleep to the sounds of the jungle, an action-packed day awaits you! Chasing waterfalls is a must-do while staying in Ubud. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to go but we have you covered. Browse this travel guide to Southeast Asia's most stunning waterfalls and have fun picking your favourite Bali ones!
A visit to Ubud wouldn't be complete without taking part in a yoga class. The calming jungle surroundings and highly certified teachers coming to Ubud from all over the world make sure that passionate yogis but also beginners will have an unforgettable experience. If you're after an experience off the beaten tracks, you should treat yourself to high tea at the luxury tents from Escape Nomade. Being a showroom for their unique products (imagine being able to take one with you on your travels!), they also offer Picnic Lunch and Dining Within Tent experiences!
Never will you have felt more like a true explorer on a jungle safari!
Address: Jl. Subak Sok Wayah, Ubud, Bookings: +62 361 972087, Opening Hours: Daily, 8am - 8pm
Right next to Café Pomegranate you can find another Ubud must-visit, Sari Organik. Head towards Campuhan bridge when coming from Ubud Palace. Just before the road turns into a green oasis with huge trees hanging over the road, you turn right up a road that looks more like a driveway.
Whether you're a salad addict (there more than 10 different variations to be found in their extensive menu) or want to share a table loaded with tapa-like dishes, one of the best organic cafés in Bali will have you covered.
DINNER: Kubu at Mandapa - a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Address: Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, Contact: [email protected]

Named after the traditional huts used by Balinese rice farmers, Mandapa's signature dinner-only venue Kubu is a must-visit if you're looking for a dreamy setting next to the soothing Ayung river combined with state-of-the-art fine dining Mediterranean-European cuisine. You can choose between sophisticated a-la-carte options or specially tailored degustation menus. A must-try: their Wagyu beef rib eye with braised tongue, celeriac and truffle jus. Book a table early when you're after being seated in one of their signature cocoons.
Budget:  Calma Ubud, Address: Jl Tirta Tawar, Br Kutuh Kaje, Ubud, Contact: [email protected]

Situated near a tranquil Balinese village only a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, this unique private resort sits effortlessly amongst nature, overlooking a lush valley, emerald green rice terraces and spectacular sunsets. Calma Ubud's ten individually styled guest rooms and suites deliver a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Contemporary tropical architectural features combined with Balinese craftsmanship and a careful attention to detail, make it your blissful home away from home!
"    Prices start from 107US$ per night for a double room including breakfast.

Local people during performed Melasti Ritual

Skip a busy night out and get an early night's sleep - as you will have to get up at 2am the next morning!
It's almost unforgivable to skip climbing one of Bali's volcanoes. You can book a fully guided tour  including hotel pick up and drop-off, breakfast, flash lights and a dedicated personal tour guide. The ascent at  Mount Batur only takes between 1.5 and 2 hours and happens during the night - think fresh mountain air so don't forget to bring along warm clothing. Greet the new day with sunrise and a sparkle in your eyes!
Enjoy the scenic ride back to your hotel and take a well-deserved nap before venturing to hip and buzzing coastal town Seminyak.

Leave the quietness of the jungle behind and venture to Seminyak - one of Asia's hippest food and shopping meccas located along Bali's west coast.
Whether you decide to play it low and spend the day at one of Bali's Best Beach Clubs or you shop up a storm along Jalan Oberoi and Jalan Raya Seminyak - the buzzing coastal town will have you covered.
Our MUST-DO's on an afternoon in Seminyak:
1. It would be a crime to not go café hopping in Seminyak
2. A Bali holiday would also not be complete without shopping up a storm at the amazing Bali-based and brands the island has to offer.
BEACHGOLD, Address: Jl. Laksmana 54, Seminyak, Opening Hours: Daily, 9.30am - 9.30pm


This family-run resort wear brand with a garment history of over 25 years in Indonesia and focus on responsible, ethical and socially conscious practices, creates all designs and the pieces itself in Bali, supporting local garment and textile artisans. It's very likely you might find yourself leaving the store with packed bags - as their chic yet casual pieces are easy-to-wear everyday wardrobe staples. Take the Bali holiday feeling home with you with their soft flowing hand printed voiles, crepes and locally spun fabrics which form the basis for all of their collections.
Address: Jalan Seminyak 2A (Corner of Kunti), Jalan Kayu Jati 2A (close to Grocer & Grind) and Jalan Batu Belig (next to Watercress), Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00am - 9.00pm

Sancerre brings the spirit of international, bohemian wanderlust into every day style, inspired by the creative and beautiful tropical lifestyle of their island home, Bali. Sancerre, which was born from a journey through France and a gift of a medallion, and offers high-quality but affordable style essentials - all using only the best materials showcasing the unique artistry of Indonesian craftsmanship. Their bright Seminyak shops provide a romantic setting to spend some time trying on hand embroidered kaftans or embellished dresses and tops perfect for casual wear or for dressing up on a night out. A must buy for many visitors are the bright and colourful Sancerre original Chandi bracelets sterling silver charms - the original Sancerre product and where the story begun.
Address: Jl. Munduk Catu No. 1, Canggu (next to Gypsy Bali)
Opening hours: Daily, 10am - 9pm

If you're after a more sophisticated and trendy Bali souvenir than the usual, you cannot go past Les Basics store in Canggu. Founded by the Bali-based, French-Canadian babe Frédérique Lessard, you'll find plain wardrobe staples (think linen, super soft cotton and bamboo fabric) and the iconic "The Sunday Life" print you'll surely have come across when venturing around Canggu. Also stocking the island's finest bikini, leather and jewellery brands, it's a one-stop destination for stepping up your holiday wardrobe game.
Get a massage at SPRING SPA
Address: Jl. Kayu Jati No.8, Seminyak
Contact: Click here to book an appointment.
Voted Asia's Best Day Spa in the 2016 World Spa Awards, you can cannot go past this pamper paradise with its airy above-the-clouds feeling! Bring your best friend and take your mani-and-pedi appointment to the next level whilst indulging in one of their detoxing juices. You won't help but Instagram the experience in their clean yet sophisticated interior!

Grab a sunset drink at THE LAWN CANGGU
Contact: [email protected]
When venturing around the Gu, sunsets on The Lawn cannot be missed. Recently re-opened, it still has its signature beanbags and outdoor carpets on - well, the lawn - making it the perfect go-to place for a boho picnic, or simply lounging gracefully with a coconut in your hand.
Enjoy their delicious selection of lunch and dinner options (our favourite: truffled Mac'n'Cheese balls!) in their seated dining area or score a front row seat on their rooftop - prime views of the surf guaranteed!
LUNCH: Milk & Madu
Address: Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No.52, Canggu

Super Brekky Bowl for breakfast, Mexican Salad for lunch and a wood-oven fired pizza for dinner? Milk & Madu makes sure to deliver the goods for every meal of the day and has you covered with their savoury and generous plates made from the heart. Located in central Berawa it's only a short drive from both Canggu and Seminyak.
Grab your friends and head to their newly opened venue Ulekan to indulge in mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine in a stunning interior setting just off Jalan Pantai Berawa in Canggu.
DINNER:  Barbacoa
Address: Jalan Petitenget 14, Seminyak, Contact: [email protected], Instagram: @barbacoabali
As soon as you step into this spacious warehouse setting, you will be inspired by its unique mosaic tiled floors and loft-style design. Try stopping in for lunch to enjoy the beautiful green backyard views! Located on Jalan Petitenget, Barbacoa specialises in BBQ wood fired and charcoal meats with a Mexican influence.  We advise to book a table in advance if you don't want to miss out on an amazing dinner in a lively atmosphere!
Budget: Uma Karan
Address: Jalan Bidadari III / 8, Seminyak
Contact: [email protected]

If a friend asked you to describe the unique boutique hotel Uma Karan in four words they would be chic, affordable, friendly and location. Earthy, natural materials blend in seamlessly with calming colours used around the property. A sun drenched bathroom with skylight roof, wide living spaces and a bed with high quality bedding and linen, make sure you have a blissful retreat in the heart of busy Seminyak.
"    Prices start from 75US$ per night for a double room.
Luxe: One Eleven Bali
"    Prices start from 440US$ per night for a one bedroom villa with private pool including breakfast.

Tropical beach. Padangbai, Bali, Indonesia


After indulging in breakfast - most likely consisting of mouthwatering smoothie bowls with a fresh coconut - discover the adventurous side in you and rent a scooter to beat traffic. Don't worry - it looks more hectic than it actually is, think 'organised chaos'.
The perfect day around Seminyak has to include:
1.    Relaxing at one of Bali's famed beach clubs treating yourself to afternoon beachfront cocktails or retreat to your own private villa pool to get lost in your latest novel.
2.    Venturing to the hip neighbouring surfer town Canggu offering a plethora of healthy cafés, beach bars and sunset spots.
3.    Joining a yoga lesson - from Ashtanga to Bikram, Seminyak's has some of the island's best yoga studios waiting for you to get bendy.
4.    Taking a beginners surfing lesson. Most of Bali's west coast beaches along Seminyak and Legian offer great conditions for surf newbies. Simply ask a local surfboard rental to help you out!
BREAKFAST: Elgin Avenue
Address: Jalan Mertanadi, Kerobokan, Instagram: @elginavenue

Hop on your scooter and treat yourself to a meal at Elgin Avenue Café, just around the corner from famed Jalan Petitenget. Be prepared to find a well-thought-out menu with brunch classics as well as their signature Crispy Eggs Benedict (you'll be spoilt for life) along with some of the best coffee you'll have during your Bali holiday!
LUNCH: Saigon Street Bali
Address: Jalan Petitenget No. 77X, Seminyak
Instagram: @saigonstreetbali
Situated in the heart of dining street Petitenget, Saigon Street Bali serves traditional Vietnamese dishes from the streets of Saigon and Hue with a never-seen-before twist. The healthy and light to-be-shared dishes will excite your taste buds whilst you soak up the 80ies vibe surrounded by the photogenic settings of the bright Saigon lights.
DINNER: Urchin Raw & Grill
Address: Jalan Laksmana 22, Seminyak
Contact: [email protected]
Instagram: @urchin_bali
Located in the front of Seminyak institution The Colony Hotel, Urchin offers an innovative seafood menu (note: lobster roll), with beautifully crafted raw dishes. Its grilled meats are also sensational in appearance and on the palate. The restaurant features an inviting open kitchen, allowing you to sit back sipping your personal sommelier recommended wine while watching the master chefs in action.
Budget: Brown Feather
Address: Jalan Batu Belig No.100, Seminyak
Instagram: @thegalahotels
This unique, eco-friendly designed boutique hotel is located on up and coming shopping and dining strip Jalan Batu Belig, just around the corner from downtown Petitenget. Retreat from Seminyak's hustle and bustle into the tranquil environment of this exotic location even while relaxing in your room. Take your relaxation to the next level with a warm bubble bath using the Brown Feather house-range amenities! A sandy brownstone exterior adorned with lush greenery and hints of vivid local flora welcomes you to this private boutique oasis in Seminyak.
"    Prices start from 50US$ per night for a double room.
Luxe:  The Colony Hotel
"    Prices start from 140US$ per night for a superior room.

Pay a visit to your favorite Bali café on your last morning in Seminyak - your body and mind will thank you later! Haul a registered BlueBird taxi or order your usual #Uber to venture down south to Bali's Bukit peninsula. Beach paradise awaits!
Spend the rest of the day soaking in the dazzling clifftop views and watch the sun set on the endless horizon - find our two favourites for Bali's best views below!
Coco & Poké at Single Fins
Address: Single Fin, Pantai Suluban, Jl. Labuan Sait, Uluwatu
Instagram: @cocopokebali
Located within iconic Single Fin, this newly added yumminess outlet serves traditional poke bowls, salad bowls and the world's first vegan and bio-fermented coconut soft serve, CocoWhip. Grab your lunchtime favourite and enjoy the insane views over the soaring cliffs and blue waters of Uluwatu, pro surfers included!
El Kabron
Address: Jl. Pantai Cemongkak, Uluwatu
Contact: +62 85100803416
Instagram: @elkabronbali
Perched 50 meters above sea level on the cliffs of Uluwatu, El Kabron Spanish Restaurant Cliff Club has one of the most secluded sunsets on the island of gods. Get ready to experience a truly Spanish atmosphere including Ibiza house music vibes and delicious seafood, paella and tapas dishes as well as a breathtaking 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean. With 365 days of astonishing sunsets, you cannot miss out on this exquisite Spanish dinner experience in one of Bali's prime locations, and chill till late to international tunes.
Budget: Melali Bingin
Address: Jalan Melali, Gang Pirta, Bingin
Contact: [email protected]
Instagram: @melalibingin+
This hidden gem is only a short walk from beautiful Bingin Beach and offers two unique sunset suites as well as one private pool villa. When entering the boutique stay through its large Balinese wooden door, a lush tropical garden, an inviting pool and the warm smiles of their friendly staff awaits you. You shouldn't miss their breakfast: with a large variety from smoothie bowls to smashed avocado. This will be one of your best Bali meals!
Tucked away on a local street, it's the perfect place to relax, unwind and feel at home away from home.
"    Prices start from 105US$ per night for a sunset suite.
Luxe: Uluwatu Surf Villas
Address: Jalan Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu
Contact: [email protected]
Instagram: @uluwatusurfvillas
"    Prices start from 150US$ per night for a suite room.

Sundays Beach Club


Be prepared for a full day of beach hopping, feasting and exploring! Hop on your scooter (don't forget to wear a helmet!) and discover Bali's white sandy beaches with glistening blue waters.
1. Spend the day at Sundays Beach Club. Dreaming of Bali evokes pictures of white sandy beaches and glistening waters - at one of Bali's best beach clubs this dream becomes reality. The luxury beach front oasis offers the most picturesque backdrop for the perfect day out in Bali with a food menu to-die-for!
2. Go sun baking and for a swim at Thomas Beach for the 'hidden gem' feel and its picturesque shot from above.
3. Take a beginners surf lesson at Bingin Beach - for the non-surfers, rent snorkelling gear or a stand up paddle board.
4. Visit the ancient Hindu Uluwatu Temple. Watch out for the cheeky monkeys!
5. Join the crowd at hip surfer hangout Single Fin's for the incredible view and treat yourself to a cocktail while watching the sun set over the horizon.
Budget: Le Yanandra Bali
Address: Jalan Pantai Balangan, Uluwatu
Contact: [email protected]
Instagram: @le_yandandra_bali
Located a mere 300 metres from pictures Balangan beach, lies this bungalow accommodation paradise. Built with typically Balinese materials combined with a French touch, you'll quickly feel at home when lounging on your private terrace over looking the pool. Their luxury bungalows accommodates up to 4 people, making it the perfect choice for a friends getaway! Sit back, relax and enjoy the prime sunset views from their lounge!
"    Prices start from 113US$ per night for a bungalow.

Address: Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau. Ungasan 80362 Bali, Indonesia
Bookings: [email protected]
Instagram: @theungasan
"    Prices start from 550US$ per night for a one bedroom garden villa.

Time flies when you are having fun! On your last day in Bali it's all about soaking in the island's best before bidding farewell!
1.    Treat yourself to a spa treatment at Senses Spa at La Joya Biu Biu. Must-Do and one of the most iconic Bali photo opps: book 30mins in their stunning and famous jaccuzi atop the cliff.
2.    Go for a last dip in the ocean at picturesque Balangan beach with its photogenic row of palm trees offering the perfect backdrop for a last nostalgic snap.
3.    Have a smoothie, coffee or ice cold Bintang and watch the surfing at Blue Point Beach.
4.    Treat yourself to one last Bali dinner at Di Mare restaurant at Karma Kandara.

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