Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Barbecue fans should head straight for this restaurant in Ubud, named for owner “Grandma” Oka, who presides over the courtyard pits. Whole hogs are seasoned with a mix of chiles, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, and turmeric, then roasted over a wood fire on hand-turned spits. Once cooked, the pigs are carried to the open-air restaurant, where cleaver-wielding women dole out servings with fragrant rice and spicy long-bean salad. Come early for the crispiest skin.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Head to the westernmost point of the island’s southern Bukit Peninsula for one of Bali’s most sacred, spectacular temples. Thought to be built in the 11th century, the black coral structure sits on a commanding cliff above the surf. Traditional dancers perform at sunset.
Shopping in Ubud
In the low-rise mountains of southern Bali sits the village of Ubud, known for its textiles and art galleries. It’s also a shopping hub: pop into Threads of Life (24 Jalan Kajeng; 62-361/972-187; threadsoflife.com) for blankets and housewares made by local women’s weaving cooperatives. At Bali Spirit Café, you'll find regional foodstuffs, including sea salt and spices from nearby Big Tree Farms.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.