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Celebrating Christmas in Bali or the Gili Islands | Why not?

Celebrating Christmas in Bali? Is that a thing? Shiny Christmas baubles, the man with a white beard and the oh-so-cozy Christmas tree. Obligatory visits to family, tables piled high with way too much food and of course in the background the fantastic sing-along roars of Mariah Carey and Wham! Didn't see you? Didn't see me! Because Christmas is only really fun if you can enjoy it while relaxing on an air mattress in your swimming trunks with the warm Asian sun on your knees. That's why we take the plane to Bali, Indonesia† The following spots in Bali are especially for travelers who love Christmas, as long as they are far away from The Netherlands .

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Gili Islands

Okay, they secretly belong to the island of Lombok, but let's start with the most beautiful islands near Bali: the Gili islands. Walking around here makes you feel like you Robinson Crusoe who happened to end up on a bounty island. Life can be so beautiful... The Gili Islands are small paradises northwest of Lombok and are all ideal travel destinations for those who love to escape the Christmas scenes.

Fantastic price/quality ratio
Cheap holidays to Bali
10 days from From 799 euros | 14 days from 926 euros

A holiday to Bali does not have to be expensive. Various discounters such as TUI and D-Reizen regularly offer significant discounts.

D-Travel has a separate Bali page where you can find all cheap trips to Bali from various discount airlines. TUI has an extremely popular 14-day tour (Bali Complete) that is often booked. Click on the buttons to view the current offer.

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You will celebrate Christmas here in one of the fragrant restaurants, where you will hear a Christmas carol. What you will mainly see and experience is the heavenly peace in a truly beautiful environment. The deep blue sea, the laidback atmosphere and the friendly locals are more than worth the flight of about 16 hours. Gili Trawangan is the busiest island of the three, where you can also have a party. Gili Air is slightly quieter, but certainly no less pleasant, followed by Gili Meno where you will find the most peace. Don't forget to take the opportunity to dive around these islands. Wearing a Santa hat if necessary!

Also read: Itinerary Bali 2 to 4 weeks | Hints and Highlights

Celebrating Christmas on the Gili Islands
Celebrating Christmas on the Gili Islands

Uluwatu

Uluwatu and especially the Uluwatu temple is an absolute must in Indonesia. You will find the Uluwatu temple on the Bukit Badung peninsula, south of Sanur. The temple is very special. Because the temple is built on a very steep and high rock of about 250 m, it offers an amazing view. The perfect place in Bali to celebrate Christmas. The sunset here is simply stunning. Very few other sunsets can match that! The temple consists of coral stone and is one of the most important temples on the island. Near the temple is the beach which is ideal for surfers. The raging waves here are an exciting challenge for any seasoned surfer. Ho ho ho!

Bali
Bali

Seminyak

Just north of the well-known Kuta is the always sunny Seminyak, an absolute hotspot in Bali to celebrate Christmas. Although an overnight stay here can be a bit more expensive than in most other places in Bali, Seminyak is a rising star among the world travelers† The seaside resort offers everything for a wonderful stay without Christmas worries. The food here is superb, especially the local Balinese cuisine. Don't know the dishes? Then it is time to try Bakso or Lontong. You can also do some Christmas shopping here in one of the many boutiques where you will find just that one Christmas dress that you did not know you were looking for. Also visit the sea temple Pura Petitenget which protects the coastline from evil spirits. Because Seminyak is close to Kuta, a day trip to Kuta is of course a great choice. End the day with a nice dinner on the beach at one of the popular lounge clubs such as KuDeTa or Potato Head, remembering the Dutch trying to get their last ingredients for their Christmas dinner in crowded supermarkets… And oh yes, bring your wallet!

Seminyak
Seminyak

Ubud

Ubud is something completely different, which is located in the center of Bali, amidst beautiful rice fields. Since the success of the bestseller Eat Pray Love, which partly takes place in Ubud, tourists can no longer be ignored. If you celebrate Christmas in Bali and end up in Ubud, you will find many people who had the same great idea! Ubud is best known as a cultural center and is an artistic town in the middle of the Balinese jungle. Just walk along Monkey Forrest Road where at the end you will find the jungle full of macaques. You will encounter the real Indonesian culture here every day. Colorful religious ceremonies, dance performances and events make Ubud an exuberant place where you can completely disappear. No snowballs and pine needles for a while, but orange robes, painting and a very pleasant climate. In the evening, dive into one of the cozy bars or cafes for a nice cold Bali Hai or Bintang. cheers!

Ubud
Ubud

Amed

Amed is our last Christmas-less paradise in Bali. No crowded beaches and crowded restaurants and bars here. Until recently, Amed did not even have asphalted roads and is an unknown among the seaside resorts of Indonesia. Take advantage of that! Expansive beaches on the edge of the dense jungle give you every opportunity to recover from the busy Netherlands. From the volcanic island you have a perfect view of Lombok. A day on Amed looks like this: sleep in one of the thatched beach huts on the beach and then score a breakfast at the small eateries. You start the day with a meditation session on the beach and then dive into the lukewarm sea. In the afternoon, try freediving before heading into the evening with a refreshing cocktail on the beach. Christmas has never been so soothing and heartwarming… Merry Christmas!

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Also read: Itinerary Bali 2 to 4 weeks | Hints and Highlights

Fantastic price/quality ratio
Cheap holidays to Bali
10 days from From 799 euros | 14 days from 926 euros

A holiday to Bali does not have to be expensive. Various discounters such as TUI and D-Reizen regularly offer significant discounts.

D-Travel has a separate Bali page where you can find all cheap trips to Bali from various discount airlines. TUI has an extremely popular 14-day tour (Bali Complete) that is often booked. Click on the buttons to view the current offer.

Pros:
  • Cheapest providers for Bali
  • Including flights, hotels & transfers
  • Fantastic price/quality ratio
View D-Reizen offer View TUI offer
Want to support us? We earn a small commission if you make a purchase via our link(s), at no additional cost to you. Win win!

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