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Bali is a large island, so if you only have one day to see it, you’ll probably want to hit the beach. Seminyak is by far the best spot for beaches, shopping and food. (Ubud and the outer mountainous regions are perfect for hiking among the rice paddies.) In Seminyak, start your day with breakfast and an oceanside view at Ku De Ta. Take it easy and go for a stroll along the beach prior to hitting up the shopping along the main drag. Follow up a casual lunch at Café Bali with a visit to a temple — Petitenget, Tanah and Uluwatu are good options. Finish your day with dinner at one of Forbes Travel Guide’s recommended restaurants, topped off by a cocktail at Ku De Ta, which doubles as an evening hotspot.
Make sure you have a taxi organised prior to your arrival in Dempasar that will take you to your hotel, the airport scene is pretty intense, so you want to avoid last minute haggling. Book one night's accommodation in a villa off Seminyak - this will ensure you're living quite central and still not part of the madness.
Head out for a traditional Indonesian-style breakfast at cafes on the main street of Seminyak; there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from along the main road.
Stroll along the beach road to check out the local shops and experience the Bali culture. Then take a taxi to Potato Head to spend the afternoon in the pool, overlooking the ocean, with a cocktail in hand. The vibe here is really great and will make you feel like you're truly on a holiday. Make sure you don't wear flip-flops to this place, because you might be denied entry.
Around 4pm, take a taxi down south to Ayana Resort and Spa, located at Jimbarin beach. You don't have to be a hotel guest here to visit their famous and stunning Rocks Bar. Have a meal at the Italian restaurant, located outside in the garden area and watch the sky change its colour as the sun goes down. After sunset, head down to the Rocks Bar which is literally located on a rock, adjacent to the ocean. Expect some seawater splashes every now and then. Their cocktails are some of the best in Bali, and the views make every sip worth the money.