Who wants to spend Christmas slaving away over a hot stove on a hot day in Bali? Better to gather the friends and family and get yourself to one of these fab restaurants where you can indulge in turkey, stuffing, mince pies and cranberry sauce, along with other divine eats and fine wines in gorgeous settings. To help you narrow down the choices, we’ve put together a list of our top picks for Christmas dinners with all the fixings in Bali.
If you’ve ever indulged in one of Jemme’s famous weekend roasts, then you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of how great their Christmas lunch is going to be. Think slices of succulent roast turkey served with a warm steak winter salad with blue cheese, mini mince pies and roast chestnuts with portobello mushrooms. Be sure to save room for the Christmas pudding and a yule log dessert, and wash it all down with mulled wine and egg nog. Guests will also be treated to Christmas carols and an appearance by Santa Claus himself for the little ones.
Finn’s Beach Club
Get into the festive spirit with your feet in the sand at the Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at Finn’s Beach Club. The feast on offer includes fresh salads, chilled seafood, a carvery with a whole roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, a hot station with dishes like Balinese fried rice and roasted lamb leg, and desserts that include plum pudding and ginger brownies. Go all out and spring for the free-flow option that includes bellinis, sangria, beer, soft drinks and red and white wine, and groove to the beats of DJ Andre from 1pm onwards.
Boneka at the St. Regis
The St. Regis is renowned for its decadent buffets, and this Christmas will be no exception. On December 24th and 25th, Boneka will host sumptuous festive dinner buffets with honey roasted turkey, mustard glazed ham, Yule Log and other gourmet holiday fare. To complement the meal there will be a live jazz band and Christmas carolers. On Christmas morning and boxing day, Boneka will also treat guests to a lavish spread that includes their delicious breakfast specials like the Seared Foie Gras and Lobster Egg Omelette, as well as a Christmas carving station, fresh seafood and their to-die-for Valrhona chocolate fountain.
Cocoon Beach Club
If sipping cocktails by the pool and supping on fresh festive eats is your idea of the perfect Christmas day, Cocoon may be exactly what you’re looking for. The Christmas Day lunch and dinner will both feature a full spread of delicious traditional and contemporary holiday dishes, and there will be a full spread of activities for little ones and a complimentary gift for every child. Plus, you just can’t beat the location next to the golden sands of Double Six Beach.
Starfish Bloo at W Retreat & Spa Bali
Sleek and stylish Starfish Bloo is your go-to spot for a hip holiday feast with both a Christmas Eve Dinner and a Christmas Day Buffet Lunch. On December 24th, let Chef Kevin Chung tantalize your tastebuds with his exotic Pan-Asian degustation menu with a free-flow drink option. The following day, it’s all about indulging in fresh oysters, sushi, curries, dim sum, satay, roast duck and lamb while chilling out on plush chairs overlooking the beach and Indian Ocean.
Just as you would expect from elegant Metis, their Christmas Lunch is set to be a chic affair. Expect Fines de Claires no.3 oysters direct from France, Roasted Turkey served with braised cabbage and smoked pork belly, braised chestnuts, roasted potatoes and pork stuffing accompanied by traditional cranberry sauce and gravy. Pair your meal with a glass of crisp champagne or a bottle of divine wine from their private cellar.
Award-winning fine dining restaurant Mozaic will be pulling out all the stops this Christmas with their 6-course degustation menus on offer on December 24th and 25th. Guests can choose between two different menus, each with decadent dishes like the Poached Boston Lobster, Yabbies with Crispy Pork Belly in a Balinese Babi Guling broth, New Zealand Venison, Egg Nog Ice Cream and the Dark Valrhona Chocolate Fondant. You can also opt to have each course paired with an exquisite wine hand picked by the house sommelier.
Wining and dining is the name of the game at SIP all year round, and especially so at their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts. Foodies will love Chef Patrick Chauchereau’s traditional menu of French holiday fare, including the Terrine of Foie Gras, Oven-roasted Turkey with Foie Gras and mushroom stuffing, braised French chestnuts, stuffed green cabbage, Potato Maxim’s and fresh cranberry sauce. The team here can also help you choose the best wines to enhance the rich flavours of your meal.
Grand Nikko Bali
Variety is key this Christmas season at the Grand Nikko Bali, where there will be Christmas feasts to suit all tastes and styles. Go traditional with the Joy to the World Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve at the Shore Restaurant and Bar, where you will be treated to a Snowball welcome drink and a delicious carvery set accompanied by a Christmas choir. If all-you-can-eat is more your style, head to the Brasserie Terrace for a huge spread of seasonal goodies and a welcome Snowball drink, or indulge in the Japanese Teppanyaki Special Menu at the Benkay Japanese Restaurant. There will also be a Holiday Season BBQ at the beach garden on Christmas Day with a visit from Santa and gifts for the little ones.
Alila Villas Uluwatu
For a Christmas feast to remember, head to the Alila Villas Uluwatu for fine food and wine, elegant ambiance and stunning sunset views over the Indian Ocean. On December 24th, Alila will host their 6-course Christmas Eve dinner with mouthwatering specials like foie gras pate, Christmas ham and slow roasted beef. On Christmas Day, enjoy a relaxed 5-course family dinner accompanied by the sultry tunes of Athron, and indulge in marinated salmon, duck terrine, roast beef, and apple frangipanne with dried fig sorbet.