Bali's best spots to celebrate Chinese New Year
Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
Welcome the year of the Dog with some good deeds that are bound to bring you lots of good karma, at the beautiful Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. The resort is hosting a charity program called 99 Project, where 99 ‘lucky cat’ or Maneki-Neko figurines will be sold, with all proceeds going towards animal welfare organisation Bali Rumah Singgah Satwa (Bali Russ), who are currently handling all the abandoned animals who were left during the chaos caused by Mount Agung. Bali Russ has a base camp in Padang Bai, from which they coordinate their Mount Agunt rescue activities, as well as a small shelter to accommodate cats and dogs.
In addition to doing good, you can celebrate your reunion dinner at the beachside MoonLite Kitchen and Bar, with your choice of a three-course (Rp395,000 per person) or six-course set menu (Rp595,000 per person) inspired by the very best of Chinese traditional Chinese New Year cuisines. Available from 15 February to 2 March.
Jl. Abimanyu, Dhyana Pura, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 737 773.
The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali
A Yee Sang lunar noodle toss ceremony, Chinese High Tea, and a memorable Lion Dance performance are some of the highlights you can expect to see at The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali’s Chinese New Year celebration. From 12 to 18 February, their award-winning all-day dining Kunyit Restaurant offers a traditional Chinese High Tea package with a selection of delicate dim sum, available at Rp125,000 per person. You can also opt for to have a majestic ocean view as your backdrop while you enjoy the tea ceremony at the breezy Sands Restaurant for Rp155,000 per person. On 16 February, enjoy an exquisite Chinese New Year buffet accompanied by traditional Barong Sai (Indonesian lion dance) and Barong Dance performances. At Rp399,000, you can enjoy some of the seasonal festive favourites, such as Peking duck, a fresh seafood corner, and a heavenly selection of dim sum.
Jl. Kartika Plaza, Tuban. Tel: +62 361 759 991.
AYANA Resort and Spa and RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA, Bali
Entertainment is the name of the game on the eve of the Lunar New Year at the luxurious AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali, which combines the age-old Indonesian-Chinese Barong Sai lion dance with modern DJ sessions, live entertainment and fireworks at their Red Party at their famous Rock Bar on 15 February. Guests can enjoy a lively and colourful Asian Spice Buffet (Rp450,000 per person) driven by bountiful flavours of the Indonesian archipelago accompanied by live Balinese Rindik musicians and Legong dance.
At sister resort, RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA, on the 15 and 16th, the world-famous Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant is serving up Cantonese classics with their Good Fortune set menu (starting from Rp998,000 per person) coupled with a Lion Dance performance. For a more traditional Balinese touch, head to Kampoeng Bali, set amidst lush paddyfields and a lake, for a blend of traditional performances with the finest Balinese and Chinese cuisine crafted only on the 15, 17 and 19th of February (Rp650,000 per person).
Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran. Tel: +62 361 702 222/+62 361 846 8468.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Rock out this Chinese New Year in Bali at Hard Rock Hotel Bali ,located at one of the liveliest beachfront streets in the party district of Kuta. For a limited time during this holiday season, the hotel is offering a room package of Rp1,600,000 per room per night for a Deluxe Room, with a minimum stay of three nights, that also includes complimentary scrumptious buffet dinner on one evening for two adults and two children under 12 years old at The Starz Diner.
Outside of the room package, the lavish buffet spread is available at Rp395,000 per person, inclusive of free-flow soft drink and juices, and Rp475,000 per person for the bottomless alcoholic package, including beer and selected cocktails. In addition to traditional Chinese New year cuisine, guests can enjoy chowing down on popular international cuisine.
Jl. Pantai, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta. Tel: +62 361 761 869.
W Bali Seminyak
Located in the hip W Bali Seminyak are Fire and Starfish Bloo, arguably two of Bali’s most popular modern restaurants. The hotel's two F&B outlets invite guests to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year with an explosion of culinary delights. For Rp650,000 per person, guests can choose from a plethora of a la carte or buffet selections with a charming oriental festive backdrop at both restaurants. Some of the must-tries from the a la carte selection include Swordfish Hot Rock, Lombok Oysters, Slipper Lobster Tempura, Salmon & Scallop Dumpling, and a choice of ravishing side dishes, such as briyani rice, rujak salad, and papaya mango salad. As for the buffet selection, treat your palate with Norwegian Salmon Maki Roll or Yellowfin Tuna from the live sushi and sashimi station, or Baby Red Snapper and Mahi Mahi Tuna from the grilled seafood station. Don’t miss your share on a selection of fresh marine bounties such as king prawns, mussels, crabs and clams from the seafood on ice section.
Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 3000 106.