Spend the Day and Night
Overlooking Kuta’s famous sunset beach with their seductive red interior, Rosso Vivo is by far the hottest place in Bali. A modern Italian restaurant and lounge bar that accompanies the Kuta sea view boutique resort, Rosso is my all-time favourite place to kick back and relax from morning till night. The fruit smoothies here are incredible and ideal for kicking off the day to a healthy start. The Toblerone cocktail is out of this world and perfect for an after dinner treat. First class meals are served from morning to night from the passionate chefs, and guests can take advantage of the swimming pool and facilities throughout.
Dinner with a View
As the beach is flooded with tourists and locals awaiting the sunset, grab yourself a relaxing beach front pod at Oceans 27 and enjoy dinner with a view. The restaurant boasts a lengthy cocktail menu and international cuisine, and you can take a moment to watch the burning sun sink into the ocean whilst you eat. The pizzas here are knock out, and you can’t beat a stroll down the beach afterwards to burn off those calories!
For lunch, the club sandwich is not to be missed – delicious and packed full of flavor. Take a seat and soak your feet in their unique tables in the water, which are ideal for keeping cool in the soaring heat. The best thing about Oceans 27 is it feels like pure luxury, but you won’t be stumped with a hefty bill as everything here is easily affordable.
Dulang Café & Bakery
Cheap and Cheerful
A favourite spot for lunch, Dulang café is simply fantastic. Low priced meals that keep you feeling full all day, conveniently located in central Kuta, just a stone’s throw away from beach walk. For as little as IDR30,000 (around £1.50) expect a plate brimming full. Try the double-decker toastie stuffed with a choice of fillings, side salad and a mountain of fries, and you will not be disappointed.
The Coffee Bean
Coffee in Bali (better known as Kopi) is a true passion for the Balinese people. Luwak Coffee is locally farmed and creates a lot of work on the island. There are numerous coffee plantations local to Ubud, offering free guided walks through the plantation to educate people on the making of the famous coffee bean. It is a wonderful experience to see with your own eyes the hard work and commitment that goes into the farming and processing of something the majority of the western world rely on and take for granted daily. Take advantage of the complimentary coffee tasting where you can learn the health benefits of many local teas and coffees and purchase your favourite to take home with you.
The traditional restaurants offer Balinese coffee, which can be very strong and has a particular taste that may not be for everyone, however is a great experience and taste of culture. Where as The Coffee Bean offers the silkiest frothy coffees in Bali, and the ideal first stop ahead of a busy day exploring. Coffee here is made to perfection and as this is a global brand you can ensure your order will hit the spot just like your favourite coffee-house back home.
Jamie Oliver’s Restaurant
Romantic Dinner/Splash the Cash
The service and atmosphere here is impeccable. Jamie Oliver will certainly be pleased. There are plenty of local affordable eateries in Kuta that make this place seem expensive. However, if you compare the prices to what you would pay in the UK, it really does not break the bank. My recommendation is to save this place for a romantic dinner or farewell supper and make the most of the local places whilst you can.
Mega Boutique Hotel
Mega Boutique hotel offers modern luxury with a touch of traditional Balinese influence. A deluxe double with balcony costs as little as £40 per room per night and offers well-appointed comfort. The roof top pool is perfect to laze around all day with a cocktail in hand. Fresh juices such as my new-found favourite papaya juice, an array of cocktails and frappes, and delicious dishes offering an abundance of flavors are all available for room service. Complimentary breakfast was a treat, serving everything from cereals to pancakes, full English to Nasi Goreng. Having initially booked one night, we decided to extend our stay for the full weekend and was delighted with our free upgrade. Located on the outskirts of Kuta’s main stretch of bars with multiple convenience stores less than 50 yards away, mega boutique offers a pleasant stay, perfect for lounging about the hotel all day.
Bali Sandy Resort
Bali Sandy Resort is conveniently located a short stroll from Kuta’s beach walk. Rooms are as little as £9pppn for a spacious, clean double room with balcony, private bathroom and complimentary breakfast. This is not a modern complex, but it offers wonderful, traditional dark oak furnishings and tiled floors throughout. The beds are comfortable but we did not miss the squeakiness at our every move. Local staff are delightful, as are the masseur by the pool, who offer the best massage for as little as £1 per 15 minutes. The restaurant is easily affordable and they offer room service too, but the language barrier proved slightly difficult at times. For breakfast is a delicious choice of fresh juices, pastries, Balinese dishes and cereals. The restaurant food is very low-priced and tasty, as are the milkshakes and cocktails. The price and location make Bali Sandy Resort a convenient and affordable stay and I would definitely recommend the resort for the budget traveller looking for more comfort than a shared dorm.