Bali at Jimbaran Bay
We asked Sri Kartini, Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—not just her own, but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Resort. A picturesque paradise on the sparkling Indian Ocean, Bali is home to cultural attractions, adventure destinations and tree-lined beaches that span for miles.
Bali is home to more than 1,000 temples—a condition that has earned it the moniker “Island of the Gods.” And one of its most important sacred spaces is the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple. One of the island’s nine directional temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu stands as a guardian against evil spirits from its position on a steep cliff, nearly 200 feet (60 metres) above the Indian Ocean, on the island’s southwestern coast. For anyone looking to get close to Bali’s spiritual side, a visit to the awe-inspiring temple complex is a must. Time your visit for dusk, and you can witness a traditional kecak fire dance, when 30 or so sarong-wearing men circled around a coconut fire chant and sway together as the sun sets behind them.
You can enjoy freshly caught seafood and beautiful water views at Jimbaran Bay’s waterfront Menega Café, which serves some of the best traditional food on Bali. Bumbu Bali is another local favourite for its menu full of Balinese delicacies like braised squid with lime basil and seafood soup. The restaurant also runs a cooking school for those who want to learn the art of Indonesian cooking.
Those looking for a more creative take on local eats would do well to book at table at Chandi in Seminyak. Indonesian-born chef and owner Agung Nugroho spent years in New York (he was one of the forces behind Buddakan and Nobu 57 in Manhattan) before returning to his native country to open the stylish spot. The menu presents his updated takes on several classic dishes: the ubiquitous fried rice dish of nasi goreng is dressed up with red and black rice, and his interpretation of beef rendang involves delicious pockets of phyllo crust stuffed with braised beef in a complex rendang sauce and topped with a cucumber-cilantro-chili crème fraîche.
Nestled among exotic trees and flowers, the cosy fishing village of Coconut Grove offers the most spectacular sea views in Jimbaran Bay. Welcome the sunrise with a walk along the pristine beaches before trying your hand at one of the many water sports offered in the area. The gentle waves here are a dream for beginning surfers, while kayakers, paddlers and sailors can enjoy clear views to the ocean floor.