Unveiling Bali's must-visit neighborhoods in 2023

A list of the top places to visit plus the best restaurants to dine in at this popular island tourist destination in Indonesia



Jul 6, 2023 - 7 min read

Unveiling Bali's must-visit neighborhoods in 2023

Also known as the Island of Gods, Bali is widely known for its natural beauty of volcanoes, beaches, and lush terraced rice fields that emanate peace and serenity. It is also a perfect spot for surfers. Bali proudly offers its enchanting traditional dances and ceremonies, unique arts and handmade crafts, intricately carved temples, luxurious resorts, exciting nightlife, and of course, legendary local goodness.

Along with its abundant incoming local and foreign tourists, the government invites all visitors to always respect and follow the rules, to keep the island safe and fun for everyone. Wear helmets while riding scooters, don't drink and drive, obey local traditions when visiting sacred places, and so on. It's common sense."With its exciting lineup of dreamlike coastline and heritage sites, creative culinary selections, and luxury resorts, it is no surprise that as of April 2023, Bali has welcomed back more than 1 million foreign tourists within its first quarter of the year.

Discovering the best of Bali

From the world-class one-for-all beach festivals to everlasting cultural sites like Tanah Lot and Uluwatu Temple, together with Insta-worthy brunch places and the traditional "babi guling" (suckling pig) and Balinese "base" spices, there is just a charming and magical atmosphere that makes travelers feel like being home away from home, from the very the moment they step on the island. The preserved heritage and cultural practices that the locals do daily are also ones to admire.

Moreover, with social media and online communities, it is getting even more exciting to explore the hidden gems the island has to offer. From visiting newly discovered beaches, eating homemade food, or exploring a rural yet surprisingly mesmerizing area that probably not even every Balinese local has ever visited before, such as Savana Tianyar, this dazzling yet graceful island just keeps growing and giving.

“On Bali.. where do I even begin? There is just something truly unique every time I visit the island. From watching the sunset, and riding an ATV into the jungle, to exploring legendary local foods; Bali is a place one must visit at least once in a lifetime. Not to mention, the unique culture and warm hospitality from the locals that you cannot find elsewhere – it's top-notch!

Yossy Mustari, Country Manager of TableCheck for Indonesia

In Bali, there are so many areas to discover, beauty to witness, and delicacies to explore. Here are some of the must-visit neighborhoods and TableCheck clients in Bali who are using the reservation system platform to provide extraordinary memories and drive guest loyalty – a reference for the next travel tropical escape to this beautiful island.

1. Seminyak

This very much loved neighborhood proudly serves everything that Kuta has but in the more upscale end. One will meet a wide spread of five-star resorts, a beautiful coastline for sundown-goers with hip bars and cozy bean bags, renowned designer boutiques, local street shops, lovely cafes with great coffee, and stunning beach clubs.

Life gets more exciting once you step into this eclectic beach resort area on the Southside of Bali. Below are our picks of the hottest spots in Seminyak:

Potato Head Beach Club

Already one of the favorites amongst local and foreign tourists, Potato Head Beach Club is a part of Desa Potato Head and was designed by the acclaimed Indonesian architect, Andra Matin. Potato Head Beach Club is open from 9 AM every day, and it welcomes everyone–families, sundowners, diners, and partygoers.

Whether it’s in the infinity pool, daybed, under the shade of swaying palms, or at one of the distinctive restaurants, the visitors are invited to swim, eat, sip, and relax here.

The chill atmosphere with iconic sundown spots welcomes the guests to soak in the vibrant atmosphere while enjoying an extensive offering of international comfort foods and cocktails, served with the finest ingredients, topped with warm hospitality and outstanding service of Potato Head Beach Club.

Seasalt at Alila Seminyak

Upon arrival at Seasalt in Alila Seminyak, guests will be welcomed by the stylish seaside residence complimented with ocean hues and cozy decor. Inspired by its oceanfront setting and the locally-harvested sea salt, Seasalt is a must-go seafood dining destination while in Seminyak.

The vibrant open kitchen and outdoor decks along with the gentle ocean breeze serve a remarkable feeling for a relaxed coastal dining experience. Seasalt is proud to offer a tantalizing seascape culinary journey with creative twists of Japanese infusion and fresh seafood selection.

2. Ubud

Widely known as the cultural and spiritual spot of Bali, Ubud is also a favorite amongst the locals and tourists. It’s the perfect destination to experience unique cultural and natural attractions such as temples, museums, restaurants, art workshops and galleries, hidden waterfalls, and lush greeneries along the sacred Ayung River.

For those seeking a soul-healing trip, Ubud is a must-go for its array of lifestyle and spiritual centers, wellness and yoga retreats, and healthy food selections. Aside from its already mesmerizing little streets, Ubud also exudes its charm for its traditional market and annual festivals, such as Bali Spirit Festival and Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

3. Canggu

Nestling between the hustle-bustle of Seminyak and the calm area of Pererenan, lies Canggu and its flourishing colorful beachfront bars, surfing spots, and hipster cafes with amazing brunch menus.

Canggu, also trendily called The "Gu", is where rice fields meet volcanic black sand beaches, and where visitors will be spoiled by its plentiful dining and nightlife scenes. This area is also an evolving spot for expat communities of the island, as well as a hotspot for local tourists for its quirky and flirty ambiance.

Canggu is so much more, but these are some views you’ll meet when strolling around the neighborhood; small streets filled with creative murals at every turn, eye-catching boutiques, people on scooters holding a surfboard, or beautiful tourists posing in front of a viral cafe.

Below are our top picks of beach clubs to visit, while in Canggu:

The Lawn Canggu

Located smack dab in the heart of Canggu, The Lawn Canggu has been known by the locals and expats as a hotspot to catch up, relax, and celebrate the island livin’.

Visitors are invited to lounge in the daybed and get that tempting summer tan from 11 AM onwards while watching the Canggu waves right in front of the premises. Slip into the sunset with bites and sips, and get the night started with some fine wine and dining.

With cordial hospitality and seriously good sangrias, this beach club has beautifully blended dazzling casualty with a comforting elegance. Life at The Lawn is easy and everything one would wish for; sunsets, surfing, chill tunes, and notable selections of cuisines and drinks.

St Tropez

Presenting a cool and coastal ambiance with ocean views, St Tropez takes the vibrant Mediterranean culinary experience to the next level.

With a team of internationally acclaimed culinary experts, this oceanfront dining presents a carefully curated selection of signature dishes, each one proudly created with a fusion of traditional and contemporary techniques to elevate the flavor and freshness of the finest products used.

Stop by to satisfy the palates with an enticing menu, from starters, mouthwatering mains, artisan pasta, and gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Stay ‘till the sun sets with its world-class dining, signature cocktails and liqueurs from all over the globe, or fresh craft beers.

Any choice you fancy for the day, St Tropez and its luxurious ambiance are ready to amplify anyone's culinary adventure in style.

Bon appetit!

4. Nusa Dua

Positioned on the eastern side of the southern area of Bali is Nusa Dua, with its glorious elegance and serenity.

Nusa Dua is a mesmerizing prestigious area with a sprawling enclave of international luxury hotels, fancy spas, exclusive golf courses, and world-class convention centers. This area is purposely built and acknowledged as one of the ideal integrated venues for international conventions and exhibitions, such as the recently held G20 Leaders’ Summit 2022 in Bali.

Nusa Dua presents the beauty of the island to the world, wrapped in luxurious touch and design.

However, beyond its exclusivity and great development, Nusa Dua is also known for its comforting white sandy beaches and exciting watersports, which are available to the public. This neighborhood also proudly serves some of the finest dining destinations and beach clubs, and the following are our top picks:

Koral at the Apurva Kempinski

Prestigiously located at The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Koral is spearheaded by award-winning Chef Andrea Astone. This unique culinary destination provides modern cuisine with a twist, locally sourced fine ingredients, and artisan dishes in the form of a set menu and signature degustation menu.

At Koral, guests are invited to experience the underwater world of bistronomic delights, with a dreamy aquarium dining atmosphere. Diners will feast on elegant and delectable dishes inspired by Indonesian coastal flavors, at a casual and refined venue, along with a hypnotic soundtrack representing the magic and mystery of ocean life.

Be ready for a mindblowing culinary journey, as all of the senses will be stimulated and spoiled simultaneously at Koral.

Manarai Beach Club – Managed by Ismaya and located at the Sofitel Nusa Dua

Established on the white sandy beachfront in Nusa Dua, Manarai Beach House at the Sofitel Nusa Dua Beach Resort excitingly adds more color to Bali’s culinary and social scene.

Having featured some of the big names in the entertainment industry such as A$AP Rocky, Jonas Blue, and Charlotte de Witte, Manarai has swiftly positioned itself as a top-tier lifestyle destination that also blends tradition and modernity.

With its commitment to delivering a lively summer ambiance and delicious dishes, Manarai and its expert culinary team have curated a unique menu that embodies comfort and delicacies. Along with the offerings of a solid cocktails lineup, diners can relax while enjoying the breathtaking ocean views and the ambiance of a perfect tropical vacation in the south of Bali.

Nampu at Grand Hyatt Bali

With its sushi bar, teppanyaki section, and open kitchen in a rustic Izakaya style, Nampu at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Bali warmly delivers authentic Japanese cuisine in a serene ambiance and tranquil environment.

Diners can indulge in various Nippon dining experiences, including a dedicated teppanyaki room, interactive sushi bar, and modern tatami seatings in the primary and private dining areas. Each menu at Nampu, from the fresh Sashimi Moriawase to Tofu Cheesecake, is crafted expertly by paying the closest attention to detail and artistry, staying true to Japan’s culinary traditions.

Enjoy a laid-back yet sophisticated authentic Japanese delicacy at Nampu, and complete it with their premium sake collection.

5. Sanur

Best known for its impressive sunrise and laid-back beach town, Sanur offers numerous family-friendly and couple activities. From cycling around the line of solace cafes, canoeing on its calm waters, to trekking and even signing up for surfing or diving lessons.

The waters of Sanur are bordered by long offshore reefs, creating large, warm, and shallow safe lagoons that are clear and excellent for swimming, snorkeling, or simply dipping and watching the world go by. Beyond the reefs, surfers can find consistent waves for their sessions.

Graced by the tranquil east-facing coastline of Bali, Sanur attracts visitors with beach resorts, ocean-front restaurants, legendary local food like Warung Mak Beng, art galleries like Le Mayeur Museum, and overall a charming yet calming ambiance. Not to mention, the unique annual festivals such as the Bali Kite Festival which usually runs around July or August.

Here is our culinary recommendation not to be missed, when visiting Sanur:

Pizzaria at Hyatt Regency Bali, Sanur

Comfortably sitting right on the beachfront of Hyatt Regency Bali, Pizzaria is one of Sanur’s most stunning seaside Italian restaurants. This dining spot invites patrons to savor authentic Italian flavors with antipasti, wood-fired-oven pizza, mouthwatering pasta, locally sourced fresh seafood, and meat while enjoying the calming sea view.

Drop by and relish in the unique Veal Osso Bucco, Burrata Cheese & Prosciutto Pizzas, and top it off with the addictive, ice cream-topped Crostata. Check out their weekly schedule of activities to make the most out of Sanur, a one-of-a-kind resto.

6. Uluwatu

The neighborhood of Uluwatu is the proud address to some of the sacred temples, crystal-clear beaches, and finest waves of the island. Strategically facing the west coastline of Bali, Uluwatu is also adored for its numerous sundown-watching spots along with the inviting nightlife.

For first-timers in Bali, watching the iconic Kecak Dance at the famous Uluwatu Temple while watching the sunset should make the list. Spare a day or two to visit wonderful beaches like Suluban Beach, Padang Padang Beach, Nyang-Nyang Beach, and Balangan Beach.

A day in Ulu would not be complete without chilling in one of the surfers’ cafes and restaurants, or even trying out the authentic luwak coffees on the plantation.

Rich in natural and cultural spots, Uluwatu is also home to many luxurious resorts and fine-dining restaurants, with a fantastic spread of archipelago views and infinity pools.

From managing online reservations to optimizing restaurant operations, these amazing restaurants and hotel properties in Bali and other parts of Indonesia use TableCheck as their reservation system to provide award-winning experiences to their guests and maximize their F&B revenue.

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