Best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Bali

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest celebrations in Bali! Even though it is not an official Hindu celebration, people are excited, waiting to embrace the new year to come. Prepare for lots and lots of fireworks, music, and parties. Wash away the sins of 2017 off and get ready for a fresh, healthy and happy year. Bali is the place to be!

Whether you want to be where the city explodes with liveliness so you can dance until the sun comes up or you seek a quieter place to retreat to in nature, Bali’s has it all! SOUTH BALI is where it all happens! Tonnes of New Year’s Eve parties, fireworks, DJ’s and dinner feasts. Definitely, the place to be for those seeking action! Especially KUTA, LEGIAN, and SEMINYAK are the most explosive and trending and it is wise to book your tickets up front. The wide beach that spreads out from Kuta to Seminyak is a busy place where people gather to celebrate New year together and watch the big carnival. For families staying in the south of Bali but wanting to avoid the party scene, visit the annual Puputan carnival on BADUNG SQUARE. It starts right after the midnight fireworks and the giant handmade puppets are truly im- pressive. SANUR is the beach to watch Bali’s magical sunrise on the first day of 2017, enchanting indeed! Far away in the mountains and jungle-fringed rivers of central Bali, you can make a perfect start of the new year. For those seeking a peaceful and quiet place, the Botani- cal Gardens of BEDUGUL make a won- derful place to retreat to. It is a stunning tropical garden in the Bedugul area of Bali, close to Beratan Lake and Ulun Danu Temple. Breathing in the fresh mountain air while surrounded by the magical nature of Bali island is a great way to a healthy start. For those seeking culture and a party, go the UBUD. The cultural heart of Bali is alive and happening this New Year’s Eve.

Tip for party goers:
On the actual night of New Year’s Eve, roads in popular party spots – in particular, Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak – are super congested, with traffic coming to an absolute standstill. Forget about being over ambitious by party-hopping from Seminyak to Kuta; keep it simple and avoid spending the final seconds of 2014 in a cab. It is strongly advised to find accommodation that is within walking distance from your chosen party location.■

Bali Pocket Magazine