Friends in Island

Many people may think that Bali is only suitable for love birds, however the truth is that it is even more perfect for an island getaway with friends! You will find excellent spots for partying, dining and visiting all in one island—think: one-stop-shop for all your sojourn needs. 

SWING

Bali is known for its glittering nightlife complete with a picturesque sunset backdrop. For a fun evening out dancing the night away, make sure you don’t miss these places:

Jenja

Jenja
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For a fancier Balinese nightlife experience, have a go on Jenja Bar & Club. Located just a stone’s throw away from Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, this bar-cum-club opens its doors on Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 9pm pm to 5 am, for the music-loving, cocktail-sipping and high-heeled crowd.

Spread across its two levels, Jenja presents its cosmopolitan take on Bali’s island life. The upper level–known as Jenja Foyer–offers a more atmospheric scene with curated tunes spun by various different international and local DJs every night. Going down from Jenja Foyer is Jenja’s mainroom which wall adorns a dragon-scale-like mosaic decor made up of hexagonal cut natural stones. The downstairs mainroom also features state-of-the-art lighting and sound system to liven up the scene as the DJs rev up the night.

SugarSand

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Within the chic and new Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, you will get to enjoy mouthwatering Japanese-style treats crafted using the freshest local ingredients and international beats whilst basking in the beauty of Seminyak’s illustrious sunset. Open from morning until midnight and beyond, you can indulge in various fares and refreshments by the pool on chic sunken sun beds and loungers all day.

You will not miss the sun slowly moving towards the horizon with SugarSand‘s poolside daybeds and terrace. Don’t forget to complement your evening with the bar’s inventive BALIXOLOGY™ cocktails—the one and only mixology on the island which incorporates the finest herbs and organic ingredients from Bali’s soil and uniquely presented in strikingly fancy Martin Jakobsen glassware.

Sky Garden

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Looking for something more raving night out? Sky Garden would be it. This iconic club is actually more like a dancing complex rather than just a club. Located right in the epicentre of Kuta’s thumping nightlife street–Jalan Legian–this four-level club is the place to experience an unforgettable night out with your friends.

Comprising of eight venues–which includes restaurants, lounges, an irish pub, VIP private suites, and three main dance floors: Skydome, Bang Bang and Rooftop Garden Lounge–Sky Garden is sure to cater to all of yours and your friends’ party needs. Additionally, Sky Garden is also known fro bringin some of the world’s best DJs–on weekly basis no less! Big dance music names like Yellow Claw, Steve Aoki and Afrojack are amongst the long list of Top 100 DJs who have graced Sky Garden’s deck.

With all that glitz and glitters Sky Garden offers, nothing really beats our own favourite thing about this particular nightlife spot: its famous and amazingly-priced afternoon all-you-can-eat BBQ with free flow beer and chilled out music being spun by the DJ–all comes for just IDR 50,000!

SAVOUR

Good food always taste better when it is shared, especially with good company. In Bali, where dining options are endless, you and your friends might find it hard to make a decision. So, here are three excellent dining spots for your group.

Salon Bali

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Presenting an intimate atmosphere perfect for that fancy catch-up sessions with your closest ones, Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach’s Salon Bali serves delectable 8 and 12-course menus featuring an elevated version of Bali’s iconic delicacy—babi guling or suckling pig. Step into its off-white and dark-wood interiors where the tantalising aroma of from the live suckling pig station fill up the room intentionally to tickle your appetite. Adding to the scrumptious fancy menus, is Salon Bali’s unique BALIXOLOGY™ menu pairing. This special pairing replaces the ubiquitous wine pairing with Hotel Indigo Bali’s bespoke array BALIXOLOGY™ cocktails that incorporate infusions of finest organic and locally-sourced herbs with Balinese traditional Arak liquor—making your evening dine out with friends a memorable one.

Nook

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Looking for a more peaceful brunch, but couldn’t be bothered travelling far out to the highlands of Ubud? Nook is your answer! Situated in the pastoral patch of Umalas neighbourhood, this casual eatery is pretty much a Seminyak crowd’s best kept secret (which hopefully this post won’t ruin its title). Offering panoramic views of lush rice fields and plenty of fresh breeze wafting through its rusctic-chic semi-al fresco space, Nook presents a laid back yet stylish atmosphere that will have you and your friends to linger for hours. Apart from its utterly good vibes, Nook also serves a wide range of cuisines mixing options of local and international favourites from the likes of nasi campur—or mixed rice—which you get to choose your meal from the food display counter, to hearty burgers and scrumptious pastas that will surely tickle your palette.

Kilo

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For a fancier dining option with your closest ones, Kilo Bali would be the place to go. Kilo Bali is Singapore Kilo’s first overseas endeavour, which sits along the back streets of Seminyak on Jalan Drupadi presenting chic dining space in Seminyak’s quieter area. Enclaved within its edgy minimalistic shapes, huge clear glass windows and concrete walls, this stylish restaurant serves the restaurant chain’s signature dishes whilst also offer specials that are created with local ingredients. Savour on the tapas-style dishes like their Wasabi Tuna Tartare, which features refreshing combination of avocado, sesame seeds and flour chips, or their hearty Lamb Shank Rendang, which comes with crispy wing bean salad. While you’re on it, why don’t you also place an order for their tippling signature cocktails like the Kilo Mojito or, our favourite, Rosemary Gin and Tonic.

SIGHTS

What is a trip to Bali without exploring its gorgeous natural surroundings and learning a thing or two about its rich culture? So, here are the three places you ought to go during your time here on the island.

Uluwatu Temple

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Sitting atop the limestone cliff of the southernmost point of the island, Uluwatu Temple is considered one of the most significant Balinese Hindu temples in Bali. Visiting this temple is a must as you and your friends will get to see the magnificent elevated views of the expansive and sparkling Indian Ocean, whilst also getting a chance to learn about Bali’s colourful and rich traditions. Another thing that makes this spot a must-see is their daily traditional Kecak dance performance. The enchanting a capella men-only chants and a fire dance ritual will leave you mesmerised especially by the fact that the dance is performed with Bali’s illustrious sunset in the background.

Bali Bird Park

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Part of the Bali eco-tourism scene, the Bali Bird Park offers you and your friends the opportunity to interact with not just Indonesia’s exotic birds but also birds from other regions. You and your friends will travel through the several regions that imitate the birds’ natural habitats, complete with indigenous plants. In order to learn more about these avian creatures, the park also has a 4D air-conditioned cinema where you can watch bird-related surround-sound films.

 

Aling-Aling Waterfall

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For a more adventurous sojourn in the heart of Bali, go on a trekking trip to Aling-Aling Waterfall where you and your friends will bee rewarded wit refreshing swim in the freshwater natural pools or—for the adrenaline-seekers—jump off the rock formations surrounding the waterfall. Below the steep waterfall surrounded by lush trees is a basin pond 4 metres in depth for you to swim or get soaked in. There are also several smaller nearby waterfalls such as the Pucuk waterfall, Twin waterfall, Cemara waterfall, Canging waterfall, Dedari waterfall, and Kroya waterfall, where many people do free jumping from the top.

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