Bali’s top 10 most charming vegan and organic cafes

If you’re vegan or a lover of all things organic, Bali is your haven.

From vibrant gypsy style cafes serving luscious raw chocolates, to Bistros with imitation meat and  Lasagna that taste so real, even the most devoted meat-eaters, won’t spot the difference. Bali has become a paradise for those seeking ultimate health and a cleaner, healthier way of enjoying food. It boasts a large and extensive selection of  organic health foods and has something for everyone.

This is a comprehensive list of the top places in Bali to get your veggie fix or treat yourself, absolutely guilt free.

Zula Vegetarian Paradise -Seminyak

Price Range: 18,000-75,000 RP ($1.80- 7.50)

The sister of Down to Earth Cafe, this sweet little restaurant is a great intimate escape  from the crowded Seminyak scene.
An oasis for  vegans and vegetarian alike, the menu is bursting with various wholesome health food creations and,  like all good cafes it always  takes a while to pick what you want (because everything looks so good!)

As you enter the restaurant  a burst of  spice aromas engulf the nose. The earthy warm, washed tone of the walls, paired with the with the vibrant pillows and wooden chairs , feel like an instant invitation to relax and slow down your pace. You feel as though you’re entering the home of a longtime friend and about to share a  hot cooked meal together. Comfortable is the word that best describes this café,  it has great vibes and a  homey feel about it.

Zula puts a lot of effort  into the presentation of the food and those with an artistic eye and appreciation for attention to detail will be pleased. They serve  smoothies and cold juices in adorable gypsy style glass jars, beautifully rich in color and absolutely divine in taste.You can really taste the quality of the ingredients.

The marinated veggie burgers are a favorite amongst many. Hearty and satisfying,the homemade whole meal bread bun is both crunchy and thick and overflowing with delicious salad (wheat free available).They also come with a side of hot sweet potato fries. There is a choice of Chickpea or veggie Pattie.

Another classic on the menu  is  The Dragon Bowl. An assortment of freshly grated organic vegetables, pomelo (a citric fruit native to southeast Asia), Tempe, alfalfa sprouts and Avacado.Served on Buckwheat noodles, with Nori  and toasted sesame dressing. Along with the Sobu Salad, these are must tries.

You’ll  find cute little pepper shakers on the table filled with various seeds and aromatic spices which will enhance your meal and add massive flavor.

At the back of the restaurant, sits a vegan cake counter fridge with gorgeously crafted and gluten free delights. Try the tofu lemon cheese cake or the pie with succulent drizzling blueberry sauce, both are to die for.

If you enjoy a fine wine with your meal, there is a small collection of both red and white wines sold by the bottle, a great accompaniment to any of the delicious desserts. Or if a cold beer is more your thing, choose from a glass of Belgium’s famous Stella Artois or Hoegaarden even grab a long Neck of Indonesia’s very own Bintang.

Have you just finished a hard workout? Well don’t sweat it, Zula Vegetarian Paradise has you covered. Refuel with a “Potassium Magnesium” smoothie blend, a mix of banana, Fig and flax seed. Or perhaps a Energy booster “Lift on a difficult day” with sweet strawberry, soymilk and carob Molasses, It’s sure to get you up and running again in no time!

There is also a organic health food grocery store, with products spread throughout the restaurant. They sell everything From vegan  protein powders, to all natural peanut butters and animal cruelty free shampoos. They also stock homemade  muesli bars, organic raisins and lots of grains and mixed nuts. The variety here is impressive  and even  those who are gluten intolerant are catered for.

You will find Zula Vegetarian Paradise Restaurant on Jalan Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak.

Verdict: Even heavy meat eaters will adore this place, with it’s satisfying portion sizes and irresistible flavor kick. You’ll leave feeling satisfied and healthier than when you first strolled in.


Price Range: 45,000-95,000 ($4.50-$9.5)

A cute Raw vegan café for the Eco driven food enthusiast and avid vegan.It attracts the young and  hip and is a favorite among Ubud’s locals.

The food is of very high quality, clean and fresh. They offer vibrant health juices (try the “antioxidant blast ) and amazing raw chocolates and vegan desserts. The Live Pad Thai and the raw pizza are hits here and both absolutely loaded with healthy veg and salad. It should be noted though, that portions sizes are a little smaller than average (they make up for it in taste).

Very gregarious staff with happy faces, always ready to help. If you enjoy a friendly chat and uplifting vibes, this is your place! There are comfy bean bags to lounge on and the room although small, is very tranquil. Soma continues to offer amazing, down to earth hospitality and unique vegan cuisine, despite the heavy competition in the Ubud area. If you’re passing by, make sure to check them out. Verdict: Most certainty a joint that has mastered the vegan health movement and understands it’s customers down to an art. Drop in for some vegan health delights!

Yellow Flower Café

Price Range: From roughly 30,000 ($3)

The Yellow Flower Café makes you feel like you’ve entered another world. It’s like you’ve suddenly woken up and found yourself dining in a mystical and enchanting jungle.

An Indonesian alternative organic cafe for those bored with western food and keen to dig into Balinese culture. Although not all the meals are vegetarian, everything is organic and a whole lot of tender love goes into the  meals, and you can really taste it.

They have great juice and smoothies (try Papaya or Pineapple) and  tasty wheat free pancakes. And keeping up with the raw food trend in Ubud, they bake mouthwatering raw desserts. Get your hands dirty with some raw chocolates (listed as choc fruits on the menu), or calm down with a hot Latte.  They offer a bargain buffet on Sundays for 65,000.

Verdict: Nutritious, delicious and organic, need we say more? Pay them a visit.

Fresh Ingredients at Yellow Flower, Bali Fresh Ingredients at Yellow Flower Cafe

Green Ginger Noodle House

Price Range: 36,000-119,000RP ($3.60-$19)

Don’t be mislead by how small the place is because The green Ginger Noodle House is exceptionally good and perfectly styled.

Cozy and simple, they offer raw healthy soul food, lots of succulent fresh greens and vegetables and lots of variety in their menu.  Portions are big and satisfying. Popular for it’s well brewed hot chai, crunchy corn fritters and veg friendly tofu larb.

Service is great here and the staff are friendly. The atmosphere is eclectic and they have well decorated, vintage sheik designed seating in their cute courtyard. It is the ultimate place to enjoy some of their delicious mains and take in the beautiful view. Under the same ownership as  The Elephant in Ubud, The Green Ginger Noodle House is an absolute gem. Find them  located in the middle of Brawa , near Canggu club on 46 Jalan Pantai Berawa

Verdict: The only thing that you’ll be disappointed by, is that you taste it sooner!

Sari Organik 

Price Range: 60,000-80,000 ($6-8)

From Middle Eastern spicy Curries to fresh Indonesian Gago-Gado, this place has it all. Not 100% vegetarian but they have  many vegan and vegetarian dishes and it is all vegan.

Cushioned up amongst Ubud’s famously lush rice paddies, with a killer view and a fresh breeze as you eat. Although quite a hike to reach the restaurant (15-20 minutes through the fields), the journey is enchanting, soothing to the soul and highly therapeutic. All the food is grown right there in the fields next door on a model farm. They only serve the best, 100% Organic and sustainable produce.

The atmosphere is tranquil and very natural  and it puts you in a  peaceful dreamy state as you gaze out upon the scenery.

Tip: Come at Sunset! The restaurant is bright and open spaced  but simple.  True to Balinese style, you can choose to sit on the floor to eat your meal, propped up with some comfy cushions or on the cute little wooden chairs.The Food is wholesome, fresh and comforting, albeit slightly pricy if you’re watching how you spend. Favorites include: The wood oven pizza and Indian curry burrito. They also have great organic smoothies and Black and red rice available.

Second Location: Penestanan:Restaurant with connected  grocery store, featuring an array of organic produce all grown locally on their farm in Kintamani.

Verdict: Food may be slightly plain or tasteless to those not accustomed to organic wholefoods but it’s reassuring to know, it’s like this because there are no additives like MSG in the meals. it’s defiantly a health conscious person’s first choice though.

Earth Cafe

Price Range: 50,000-130,000 RP ($5-$13)

Under the same  ownership as Zula Vegetarian Paradise and Down To Earth, this  raw vegetarian restaurant is defiantly no exception in quality and boasts one of the largest health food grocery shops in Bali.

Shaped like a hut, this cute wooden paradise is a gem to  all health conscious eaters. They have a fridge stocked full with one hundred percent organic vegetables, a fantastic collection of health and holistic healing books for sale and cute yoga and gypsy style clothing adorn the walls. The restaurant is large and spacy. The tables are laden with comfy cushions and the sunshine shines brightly into the restaurant.  It has Amazing Ambience, Earth Café have certaintly done a great job creating atmosphere.

Their juices are fresh and vibrant, served in cute mason jars and leave you feeling uplifted and energized. You can select your own contents for the Salads  and the dressings are delicious. From falafal wraps to scrambled tofu with organic sweet potatoes to Seitan Schnitzels, when it comes to fine food, this Café doesn’t miss a beat. The Ginger beer is served with  edible straws made from sugar cane; The Raw desserts actually contribute to your health and to top it off, they have excellent coffee. You will find Earth Café next to  Guardian pharmacy on Jalan Lesmana, Oberoi, Seminyak.

Verdict: Always delivers in terms of taste and high quality vegetarian food. Can’t speak highly enough of this restaurant. Service sometimes a little slow but a great place to indulge in delicious gourmet food, completely and utterly guilt free.

Earth Cafe couches in Bali Earth Cafe via Eat Green Cake

Divine Earth

Price Range: 50,000 RP up ($5)

A new addition to Bali’s ever-growing vegan health food scene, Divine Earth serves 100% raw organic vegan and dehydrated fine cuisine. You can smell the freshness  as you walk in the door, this place is the dictionary definition of health.

Cold pressed juices and smoothies that will keep you coming back for more and your body thanking you, dining here is a  Truly divine experience. Feeling like something sweet? Try their vegan ice-cream or “cheese cakecake”. Favourite Main meals to dig into include the delicious pastas with Tempe “meatballs” and the Eggplant and Zucchini Moussaka stack with cashew cheese melt.

They have a sandwich and salad bar and serve thick soup to warm the soul in Bali’s dreary wet season. Appetizers include homemade almond bread with Garlic Pili Nut Butter or even Guacamole with veggie sticks. The variety is large and packs a huge taste punch. They offer free delivery in Seminyak area,. You can find them on Jalan Raya Basangkasa 1200A, Seminyak.

Verdict: Although pricy, perhaps a litle small and compact,Divine Earth offers something truly different. A cute little café to enjoy food in it’s most pure and healthy form, Raw and vegan! Give it a visit on your next trip through Seminyak!


Price Range: 85,000-130,000 RP ($8.50-$13)

A gorgeous bistro style café that is worth your visit! This double story health food hot spot, located right in the heart of Ubud is well know for its Classic Charm and hospitable service. Their menu is organic and they offer fresh flavorful whole food that keeps the crowds rolling in. The coffee is great and the pottery mugs that they serve it in, are a masterpiece on their own.

Kafe offers Yummy and healthy brekkies for the early risers including delicious pancakes. Must tries include blueberry served with a side of ice-cream and  buckwheat with pear and ginger.

The veggie burgers are made with love and come with a tasty Salsa in a adorable ceramic glazed bowl . The raw organic Cake and pastries are presented in a beautiful fridge cabinet, try the Raw keylime Pie, a heavenly tangy sensation, but be warned; one is never enough. Favorite mains on the menu  include: The vegetarian “Tuna steak”, The raw ravioli and any of their awesome salads or hot soups. All the food has unique combinations of flavors and great texture.

The Vibe in Kafe is very relaxed and new age. Humorous picture frames line the walls; “Unattended children will be given espresso and free kitten”. There’s a  clock with cute reminders such as “time to nap” at 4.30pm and the beautiful red feature wall will catch your eye. Kafe sells a large collection of postcards and a whole shelf full of books. Combine that with the home-style wooden chairs outside, (positioned so perfectly to catch the breeze), add a coffee or juice, and you’ve found yourself the perfect spot to dig into your favorite novel that you’ve been meaning to read for so long. Their catch phrase “Great Music, healthy foods, yummy desserts and true espresso” is a great overview of all this place has to offer.

Kafe’s Location is very easy to find. Just head on down to Jalan Hanoman 44B, one of the main roads in Ubud.

Verdict: The food tastes as good as It looks. if you want to eat well and enjoy the atmosphere of Ubud , all at the same time, Kafe is the place to do it.

The Elephant restaurant and Bar

Price Range: 50,000-110,000 ($5-$11)

A highly recommended vegetarian restaurant that consistently lives up to it’s good name. Tucked back off the main road ,looking above  the beautiful Campuhan Ridge river valley. It has magical green scenery and a view that will take your breathe away. Featuring a gorgeous serene little garden, this place is truly a glorious find.

Plenty of variety on the menu, with local healthy ingredients. Myriad juices, crunchy greens and hearty mains to satisfy even the biggest hunger. Portions sizes are also very generous at The Elephant. Favorites  on the menu  include The Potato Rosti. Pad Thai is also a winner here. With amazing raw vegan chocolate cake and banana caramel cake, if you’re a sweet lover, you will be spoilt for choice. Grab a  hot Chai Latte with Cashew milk or a frothed Café Macchiato  or even  a crepe with fruit salad. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

Verdict: With Swinging seats to rest your tired legs up on and and vegetarian cuisine that will make you feel like you’ve been to heaven and back; this is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down and ponder life and how great it is!

Vego heaven at Elephant Restaurant via Award Travel Wisdom

The Seeds of Life

Price Range: Roughly 50,000-115,000 ($5-$15)

Very popular for it’s raw vegan desserts, this place is off the  charts for food innovation and attention to detail. The ambiance of this place makes it an awesome hangout spot to enjoy with friends or even a haven to enjoy  on your own (think Raw Tiramisu and your favorite book).

Favorites on the menu include: The pesto raw pizza with amazing fillings and taste ,the Sushi and the Better than Beef Lasagna. It’s crazy how much some of their meals taste and resemble real meat (great for non-veg friends tagging along) but you can be reassured in knowing  everything here is 100% vegetarian or vegan friendly. Finish your meal with some Banana crème pie or a slice of Lavender Ice cream Cake and  life will feel complete.

Seeds of Life also  have a Taoist Tonic bar serving  soothing Tonics and Elixirs to heal and cleanse the body.

Verdict:We love it for it’s uniqueness and creativity. A place of passion and love for food,  Vegans and vegetarians, you know where to go!

Top reasons to move to Bali: everything you need to know to live in Paradise

As well as being a cultural, spiritual and culinary hub to over 3.2 million tourists each year, Bali has a certain ‘permanent residency appeal’ to it. While many find the step from occasional traveller to full-time paradise resident a big one, we’re here to tell you it’s time to take the next step and say ‘yes’ to Bali. So book that one-way flight and get to your new island home.

Top reasons to move to Bali: the food

Bali’s humid climate and volcanic soil are the perfect conditions for growing and unearthing tropical fruit. You will never be too far from the sweet taste of a fresh coconut which will make Bali’s intense heat completely tolerable.

Mothers and grandmothers, the world’s favourite cooks, are scattered around the island as food vendors. Using recipes that have either been newly crafted or handed-down from past generations, they create comfort food that warms the stomach and can soothe even the most homesick soul.

Top reasons to move to Bali: the food

For green thumbs and those who love creating meals with ingredients sourced directly from growers, Bali will delight. The island’s pasars (local markets in Bali) allow you to handpick ingredients and chat to growers about their produce. This recent transition from supermarket shelves to produce market stalls allows for an interactive culinary experience.

Make the most of Bali’s natural supermarket and visit Ubud’s Organic Market. Here you will find a range of fresh produce as well as medicines, ointments, nuts, wheat-grass, tea, coffee, seeds, raw chocolate, soy milk, cakes and warm bread straight from the oven. There’s even incense, mosquito repellents and cleaning and skincare products on offer.

Top reasons to move to Bali: the food

One of the best things about this organic food movement is that the products are sourced from local independent growers and businesses, and made either chemical-free or with as few chemicals as possible. Not only is it great for you, but you will be saving money as produce from supermarkets is more expensive. Think of the Balinese pasar as your one-stop shop that sells everything you’ve ever wanted from a health conscious store without the pretentious pricing and intimidating shopkeepers.

Top reasons to move to Bali: the people

Having been born in Australia and raised in a proud Filipino family, I have never been deprived of culture and warm hospitality. I feel the same way in Bali. Whether it’s your first or 100th visit, everything is familiar. It’s one of the many reasons why people fall so hard for the island and its people.

It hardly comes as a surprise that a recent study by global market research group Ipsos revealed that, out of the 23 countries surveyed, Indonesia was the happiest.

Top reasons to move to Bali: the people

Around 55% of the people surveyed said they were “very happy” compared to 41% in India who ranked just below. As well as being happy, Indonesians are some of the most welcoming and friendly people you will come across.

With over 20,000 temples in Bali  (that’s at least three in each village), it’s comforting to know that Bali embraces spirituality. The island is made up of a mix of Hindu and Animism followers, despite the majority of Indonesia practicing Islam.

Galungan, a 10-day feast honouring ancestors’ spirits and the creator of the universe, Ida Sang Hyang Widi, is a major event in the 210 day Balinese Pawukon Calendar. During this time, Balinese Hindus celebrate Dharma’s (‘good’) victory over Adharma (‘evil’). Long bamboo poles are placed at the front right side of every home and decorated with colourful fruits, rice, coconut leaves and flowers. Similarly, temples are filled with food and flower offerings from families as a way to show gratitude and pray for protection. Many locals use the day before religious events to prepare, so keep in mind some businesses may be closed on this day too. On the final day (‘Kuningan’), the festive fever rises and streets are coloured with special performances, sacred rituals and pilgrims hailing from all over the island.

Tip: Sakenan Temple on Serangan Island Denpasar’s south is definitely the place to be during this time.

Top reasons to move to Bali: lifestyle and staff

So, how exactly do you turn a chance meeting with Bali into a long-term commitment? A move anywhere, laid-back Bali included, can attract a rather large upfront price tag. But trust us, once you’re settled in to island life, there will be so many perks and cost-savings that you will find it hard to leave.

Top reasons to move to Bali: lifestyle and staff

Domestic staff

Personal chefs, on-call chauffeurs and secluded luxury villas are not just for the rich and famous. Having a domestic staff is actually quite common in Indonesia but be sure to do your research. A good rule to follow is to be clear, respectful and always have a getaway plan. Be straightforward when you outline the salary, expectations and period of time you need the person to work. Check every reference and get a backup contact (in addition to the agency) who will be able to contact the person should you not be able to. Be clear on what you need and when you need it, but also respect their requests to have holiday leave. Catching the flu or needing a day off is part of being human so create hypothetical situations and prepare realistic solutions. Is there a day-care centre or school offering a drop-in program nearby? Can you have groceries delivered to your home? Is there a friend or colleague who can help with carpooling?

Staff usually either stay in your house with you (live-in) or work as if it was like any other job where they arrive at a certain hour and leave at the end of the day (live-out).

Drivers (sopir or supir) are incredibly useful when it comes to navigating the island and minimising stress. Many companies often provide expat workers with their own driver, but there are also agencies available to give you a helping hand.

Aside from driving, a sopir will be responsible for performing routine checks and maintenance on your vehicle, and anything else you both agree on. Be sure to do your research to determine if they are a safe driver. Ask where they travel on a regular basis and what kind of vehicle they usually drive. If their car tail is broken and their front door has fallen off, it’s usually a good indication that safe driving isn’t their strong point.

If you don’t want a driver, be sure to get an international driver’s license to avoid fines. While the cost to use public transport is cheap, journeys can be quite lengthy and uncomfortable.

security guard (satpam) may also be a comforting option for anyone living in Bali alone or for those who would like to feel more secure. Similarly, a jaga is available to screen and deal with unwanted guests and any visitors. Remember, you can be as strict as you like when creating and marking your checklist. You are hiring workers who will be responsible for your safety, health, family and belongings. Like with many services in Bali, English-speaking workers will tend to cost more.

Top reasons to move to Bali: lifestyle and staff


The price tag for most houses, serviced apartments and villas in Bali is,  on average, IDR23,000,000 per year. There’s also the option of finding a room in a luxury villa and prices for this normally range from IDR5,000,000 to IDR6,000,000 per month. Otherwise, you can choose to stay in a terima kos which is essentially just an empty room. Price range from IDR1,000,000 to IDR4,000,000 per month. While a private bathroom will be included in every kos, a kitchen isn’t a given and will slightly bump up the price.

For great living options, Ray White Paradise Property Group has everything you can expect from a popular and familiar real estate name. Their website is easy to navigate and includes detailed information with quality images. Some of the properties are also priced in USD to help compare costs.

Bali Reality is another great real estate company made up of both Western and Indonesian real estate experts with a love and focus for Bali living. The company provides other services such as investment sales and project marketing and development. If you’re dreaming of a fresh start and looking to build your company or home from the ground up, it might be useful to spend time searching for land to make your long-term plan more worthwhile.

Here are some hints on finding the best accommodation to suit you:

  1. Narrow the area to somewhere you have experienced a connection with and have stayed at for a decent amount of time. When you return home ask yourself, “was it just a really great holiday or the final piece of motivation I needed to start the next chapter of my life?”
  2. Read every single review and dig deeper into the negative and positive aspects of each comment.
  3. Find photos that show every angle of the property to ensure you get the most realistic, not just pretty, overview of the place. This will help to show exactly what’s included and how well it has been maintained.
  4. Use the little yellow man in Google Maps to get a street view. Make sure you’re comfortable with the location and how far you have to travel to get to other places as well as what’s available in the area.
  5. Research the source and ask questions. How reliable is the company you’re using to search for a home? What checks and procedures are done to make sure the place meets certain standards? How accountable and easily contactable are the hosts?

If you’re just wanting to dip your toes into Balinese living before committing to anything serious, try renting a self-contained villa offering similar features to what you want in your own home on your next holiday. Consider things such as what kind of access you need to the villa, how many and what kind of staff you’re looking for and what sort of extras you’re wanting.

Top reasons to move to Bali: employment

When it comes to employment Bali is a great place for creatives, self-starters and anyone looking to head in a new direction. Just look at Ben and Blair who took a serendipitous flight to Bali and ended up staying to create Big Tree Farms (aka the largest organic farm on the island). Or there’s our own Britain-to-Bali expert and success story, Liam.

Before arriving in Bali, confirm you have everything you need with the local embassy. Ensure you have a work permit rather than a business visa. A business visa will only allow you to remain in Bali for 60 days and is given strictly to those who can show a letter from their employer stating that the employee will be doing business in Indonesia, as well as a written guarantee to prove costs will be covered.

If you don’t qualify for either of these visas you will need to apply for a tourist visa, which will limit your stay to a maximum of 30 days. But who wants to sort documents when you can dig your feet deep into the sand, rest back on a mushy beach towel and sip margaritas? Not me.

Top reasons to move to Bali: employment

Similar to anywhere else in the world, job hunting in Bali can be tough.  Some Indonesian companies may prefer to employ local workers. There might be other challenges such as applying for a visa and making sure that you and the company have a work permit. So secure a job in Bali or hire an immigration agent before heading on the plane to complete the final stages of your life-changing transition.

If you’ve already arrived in Bali and are looking for work, the most effective way to secure a job is to network. Building relationships and rapport through a more relaxed setting, such as a work lunch, will allow you to get a better insight and to see where you stand. Make yourself known and keep a few resumes on you at all times. Who knows, you might just bump into someone who could become a mentor, employer or client. Joining social groups and becoming involved with charities and organisations are also great ways to meet like-minded people who might lead you to fantastic opportunities.

For up-to-date job listings, check out Bali Times and Indeed.

Fortunately, recent changes to health insurance means that things just got a whole lot more secure for those living in Bali. From January 2014, Indonesia’s own citizens as well as foreigners living in the country, are covered under the Indonesian National Social Health Insurance (JKN) led by Indonesia’s Social Security Organising Body (BPJS). Anyone working as an employer, independent entrepreneur (someone hired to work but is not an employee or agent for that person) and informal workers (those who work without an official contract arrangement) must apply as an individual and pay premiums directly to the BPJS. No more than five members of a foreign employee’s family can be covered under the healthcare program, and employers are responsible for paying employees’ premiums.

Top reasons to move to Bali: retirement

For silver foxes looking to relax, what could be better than a glass of red wine at sunset on Lovina Beach? I may be a few decades away from retirement, but there are still a couple of tips hidden under the wings of this spring chicken.

Retirement visas are available to anyone 55 and over. The visa allows you to get a driving license and buy a vehicle under your own name, open a bank account and essentially have more freedom with fewer legal risks. It’s a good idea to seek advice from an agency such as Visa Bali before applying.

Travel registration is an important thing to check off your list before leaving for overseas. Register your name through the government website to receive important notifications and become easily contactable and identifiable in an emergency.

Australia http://www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au/blli/home.html

United States https://step.state.gov/step/

United Kingdom https://www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/travel-abroad

Sentosa Residence Umalas, a new affordable and secure 6.5-hectare residential space housing 113 homes, is Bali retirement at its best. The exclusive resort has a range of features that will make any family member envious, including several international restaurants, a clubhouse, an outdoor cinema and specialised spas offering a range of treatments from massages to anti-ageing procedures.

Keen golfers will enjoy teeing off at the Greg Norman designed Nirwana Bali Golf Club where many professionals go to play. If golfing is your thing then be sure to enjoy an afternoon game at the New Kuta Golf on the edge of Nusa Dua Island. With awe-inspiring views, it’s the perfect place to improve your handicap.

Top reasons to move to Bali: family values

Family life in Bali is everything you’d expect from a Hallmark card. Family values are a huge part of Balinese life and this makes it a great place to raise children.

There are plenty of opportunities for children to take part in the same clubs and groups as they would in other places around the world, as well as to engage in Balinese traditions and culture.

There are many international schools in Bali. Since most of the students that attend these schools are not Indonesian, teachers strive to help students transition into Balinese life and also foster multiculturalism through interaction. Of course, thanks to Bali’s rich culture and heritage, learning continues outside of classroom

Top reasons to move to Bali: family values

International Schools in Bali:

Australian International School 

Bali International School 

Canggu Community School

Sanur Independent School

Asian International School (Bali)

Pelangi Community School 

Around 15 minutes from Seminyak is the Canggu Club, a family-oriented club where expat families can meet like-minded people. A day pass costs approximately IDR 240,000 for adults and IDR 120,000 for children, while membership costs vary depending on the length of subscription. Family packages are also available. The club has a range of facilities including Cubby House Kids Club which caters to children aged 2 to 12 years. Children will be entertained for hours, learning different skills such as reading. The club also provides healthy meals for the children. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy spa treatments and personal training sessions, or simply hang out with other members at the club’s restaurant and bar.

Jalan Canggu Club

JL Pantai Berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul


Bali 80361, Indonesia 

On the weekends, families may enjoy learning about Balinese history and culture by visiting a local village. It’s a great way for children to be exposed to a mix of traditions and beliefs and also to see a different part of the island.

Watching television and reading a menu in a restaurant can be an easy way to learn and practice the local language, Bahasa Indonesia.

Finding a family doctor and dentist is an important part of getting settled in a new place. Try to avoid clinics where prices are ‘too good to be true’. Normally they are. Be clear on what type of procedure you need and how you want it done.

The BIMC Hospital Dental Centre in Nusa Dua and Kuta has a good reputation and upfront pricing.

BIMC Hospital (Kuta)

Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai

100 X Kuta 80361, Bali

(+62 361) 761263 

BIMC Hospital (Nusa Dua)

Kawasan BTDC Blok D

Nusa Dua 80363, Bali

(+62 631) 3000 911

For more tips on making the most of your new island home, check out the article ‘moving to Bali‘.

Keepin’ it real with the Balinese

So, are you ready to live in Bali? Here are four  reality-checks to keep in mind:

  1. Remember, heading overseas isn’t like moving to another state. You’re also transitioning into a different culture and set of norms, a new language, an unfamiliar road system and a situation where visiting family and friends back home takes a few hours by plane.
  2. Consider the possible changes to your current budget. How much are you prepared to invest and what are some management strategies if something unexpected were to happen?
  3. Compare the lifestyle you want to the lifestyle you have now. Are you ready for long-term change? Does Bali help you fulfil your goals in a way you need it to (e.g. If you’re a regular traveller, does the move make it more convenient to see more places? Are the type of opportunities you want easily available?)
  4. A big move involves investing a lot of time, money, and mental and emotional energy. It’s a full-time commitment.

Bali has a reputation for its abundance of fumbling backpackers in Bintang singlets, stunning beaches, cheap beer and ability to sweep travellers away from all that is boring and predictable. In fact, some get so swept away that it becomes one endless, life-changing vacation.