Proof that keeping it simple is a formula for lasting success brings us to La Lucciola. The building is a simple, timber two-storey, the view to the beach is barely interrupted by a sweeping green lawn and some perfectly positioned palm trees and the food ticks all the boxes, with modern Italian favourites topping the list. Breakfast here is legendary, with freshly baked bread and pastries, perfect eggs and lots of local fruit and juices. Lunch is also a delight with some great pasta dishes, grilled seafood and homemade focaccia. It’s the perfect seat for watching the sun sink into the blue ocean while sipping on something sophisticated and dinner guests can watch the floodlit ocean while enjoying fine wine and a tempting menu of mains and light meals. Sublime.
Tel: 0361 730838
If you have made your way to Karma Kandara you can easily feel as though you have arrived at the edge of the world. The views from Di Mare are the stuff of Instagram legends and the food keeps getting better. This is one of the best hotel breakfasts you will find anywhere, with a range of a la carte breakfast dishes that will slip you into jet set mode. At lunch it is almost impossible to look away from the sweeping ocean views but when you do you’re likely to find some sumptuous seafood, a gourmet salad or a main with Mediterranean flair. Dinner can almost be left up to the chef, as the Chef’s selection is a special event. The fading light of sunset and the moment when the lights begin to twinkle on the horizon is nothing short of spectacular.
Tel: 0361 8482200 www.karmakandara.com
We’re in the mood for fun when we arrive at Single Fin, which plays it down with a casual menu that sits perfectly on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Uluwatu surf breaks. Sunset is always an occasion at Single Fin but it’s worth getting here earlier to watch the surfers ride the waves below. Expect a menu filled with pizzas, fish and chips and Asian favourites. Nalu Bowls, the Seminyak smoothie-in-a-bowl trendsetter, has set up a little kiosk here and the bar is always lively with a full menu of cocktails and bar bites. Take your shoes off, get into the beats and hang with a surf crowd that covers the gamut of age groups. Most of all, head here to soak up the view from the deck, it’s worth it.
Tel: 0361 769941 Fb: SingleFin/Bali
If your idea of a sublime balcony view includes gazing across a tropical ravine, Jungle Fish is the place for you. Mixing it up with Greek, Swedish and Asian seems a queer fit but it works. Located at Chapung Se Bali villa resort, Jungle Fish is their pool club and literally hangs over the edge of the ravine and sports a full-length horizon pool that diners can enjoy. The restaurant upstairs offers incredible views as well. Jungle Fish is more of a pool club atmosphere but the bar and the food is casual yet delicious enough to make this a destination on the edge of Ubud.
Tel: 0361 8989 104 www.junglefishbali.com
Cascades at Viceroy
For grown up diners, this is the gourmet destination with a ravishing view. Viceroy’s incredible location has made it one of the most popular images on Instagram and Pinterest, Cascades has a gourmet menu that is masterminded by their Belgian chef, Nic Vanderbeeken, that includes gourmet goodies like foie gras and caviar, lobsters and wagyu steaks. A treat worthy of superlatives, the restaurant is positioned high above the river below and almost as far as the eye can see, lush rainforest extends. Cascades is supremely elegant and often hosts gourmet wine dinners with visiting celebrity chefs. The birdcage style bar boats an incredible variety of whisky, cognacs and the like while the wine list is a testament to some of the world’s great winemakers.
Tel: 0361 972 111
Hank’s Pizza & Liquor
It doesn’t get more urban, or urbane, than Hanks. A flight of stairs takes you to a funky pizza parlour balcony with a wide deck overlooking the lights of Oberoi Road below. Thin crust pizzas won’t break the bank, and toppings range from the humble margarita to a rocking seafood lovers delight. Cold beer, cool tunes, a little retro neon, some fresh salads for the herbivores and a compact wine list attracts a very cool crowd. Tables inside are made for sharing and a sweet wooden bar turns out a mean margarita or four.
Tel: 0361 4741096/081239298089