Forget about 2017 and welcome in 2018, in Bali style! With year round sunshine, epic waves, cultural festivities and some of the most incredible parties in the world this is where you want to be seeing the New Year in. Dance ‘til dawn on golden sand and watch Kuta’s infamous fireworks light up the sky. Believe us when we say Bali is the ULTIMATE New Year’s celebration.
Bali has a pretty warm climate year round with temperatures averaging around 27 degrees. December and January will be lovely and warm so you just can’t beat popping champagne bottles in the sunshine! Just keep in mind, it’s also rainy season so there may be a couple of afternoon showers – but when has a little rain stopped anybody from having a good time?!
When you’re travelling in holiday season there’s no better way to celebrate than with the locals. They’ll know all the good bars, hidden restaurants and where the most awesome festivities can be found. “Selamat tahun baru!” means Happy New Year! in Bahasa Indonesia and you’ll hear it a everywhere, especially if you decide to head to the Puputan Badung Square in Depensar on New Year’s Eve.
Puputan Badung Square is located near Bali’s biggest market Pasar Badung, right in the heart of Depensar city. Join locals as they gather around the Catur Muka (four faces statue) for the big countdown and INCREDIBLE fireworks. If you get down to the statue early enough you may catch a parade led by religious leaders and pupils from local schools, traditional and beautiful. You’ll feel like you celebrated New Year’s Eve like a true local. Just an FYI can get pretty crowded so it’s worth heading down early!
OH, AND THE PARTIES!
Legian and Seminyak are two areas where the party never stops. Legian is the party zone located in a beachy suburb west of Bali and just north of Kuta; it’s where loads of backpackers love to hang. Seminyak further north is the trendiest area on the island with sleek bars, clubs and awesome restaurants. Try to head out early to avoid hectic New Year’s Eve traffic as roads are usually shut for vehicles from about mid-afternoon.
POTATO HEAD NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
With two bars, an infinity pool and the best sunsets in Bali this is the perfect spot to see in the New Year. For Potato Head, one day is simply not enough for their New Year celebrations – these guys host a two day festival that will blow your mind. The party starts at 3pm on 31 December and runs all the way through ‘til 2am on 1 January. If you want somewhere to dance, drink and celebrate pretty hard then look no further. Ain’t no party like a Potato head party! …kind of works?
DOUBLE SIX ROOFTOP
If you want the ultimate panoramic snap, then you’ve come to the right place. Situated on the top of Double Six Luxury Hotel, 15 metres above sea level and spanning over 1700 square metres, this is one of the WORLD’S largest rooftop bars. It’s the most incredible spot to watch those legendary Seminyak beach New Year’s Eve fireworks, while sipping on a cocktail, listening to live DJs. Double Six is one of the most popular spots in Bali so you’re guaranteed a good night!
DEUS EX MACHINA
If you fancy stepping out of the hectic atmosphere and into something a little more chilled, head to the quieter yet still buzzing area of Canggu, a coastal village just 10km North of bustling Kuta. Try Deus Ex Machina for dinner and drinks; you’ll feast on a fusion of Indonesian and Western cuisine and taste some of the most delicious cocktails in Bali! If you can’t indulge at New Year, when can you? Chill out after a surf and enjoy the taste of fresh seafood with an amazing view of the fireworks from Kuta. Just a heads up – book early to avoid disappointment!
This post first appeared on http://www.statravel.co.uk/travel-blog/2016/12/why-bali-for-nye-is-a-great-idea/
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