From November to March, the wet season in Bali can bring heavy showers and high humidity. Most of the rain occurs during the nights, although some days could bring bad luck and potentially rain non-stop throughout the day. If this happens, don’t worry! We have you covered with some ideas to fill your day!
1. Spa/Pamper Day
We can’t think of a better way to spend a wet day than to indulge the services of a local spa. It is well known Bali is home to many health and beauty centres offering a wide range of treatments. It also helps that they are so affordable making this is the perfect time to indulge in some guilt free pampering!
There a a handful of spas in Bingin, Padang Padang and Uluwatu offering treatments from Balinese to hot stone and slimming massages, Pedis and manicures to facials and body scrubs.
We love the Bambu Hut in Bingin (pictured below), and in Padang Padang - Laniakea and Esthetic. If you’re heading into town we love Cozy Spa on Sunset Road in Kuta, Spring Spa, Body Works, Prana Spa and Glo Day pa all in Seminyak. And for those wanting a treatment with an ocean view, check out Karma Kandara's spa in Uluwatu.
2. Yoga Class:
Why not start the day with a stretch out on the yoga mat? Uluwatu area is rapidly growing as a yogi's dream destination. There are a handful of studios/properties offering a great range of classes to suit every level of yoga enthusiast.
Our favourites are Mu and Temple Lodge (located in Bingin), Yoga Searcher and the beautiful Morning Light Yoga located at The Uluwatu Surf Villas. Check their websites for up to date class times.
4. Shopping Day
Head in to Seminyak or Kuta for some shopping at the beautiful boutiques of Seminyak or pick up some souvenirs on the laneways of Kuta.
There are also number of covered malls in the Kuta area which are a great way to spend a wet day shopping. Bali Galleria and Beachwalk are the two biggest with many designer shops, cafes, restaurants, spas and cinemas to peruse. A day just isn’t enough time.
Lippo Mall in Tuban (near the Airport) and Samasta Lifestyle Village in Jimbaran are two smaller shopping precincts closer in proximity to Melali Bingin. A 20-25 minute drive away, Samasta Lifestyle Village is more food and beverage focussed with a collection of restaurants, cafes and bars to keep you entertained. Lippo Mall a 30-35 minute drive from Melali Bingin has a greater range of shopping and its very own cinema complex. Both also have western style supermarkets.
5. Cut and Colour?
There are some world class salons here in Bali offering much cheaper prices than back home. Get a hair cut from Rp. 300,000 and colour from Rp.400,000. We love Robert Peetoom (they have salons in Seminyak and at Beachwalk Mall in Kuta), Luxe Hair Salon (Legian), Tony & Guy Hair Essentials (Seminyak) & Manik Hair (Seminyak).
6. Water Park Fun
We look at it this way, if it’s going to rain you may as well get wet anyway. There are two great water parks in the Kuta area, a 30-40 minute drive from Melali Bingin.
Waterbom the more famous of the two is rated Trip Advisors number one waterpark in Asia. Boasting world class rides and attractions more than 50% of the park is conserved as garden and green spaces. Not to be missed there are rides here for all young and old to enjoy.
Circus the smaller of the two offers a more family orientated experience. Located in Tuban close to Park23 Mall, Circus has rides specifically designed for adults, children and families together. It also offers a lap pool, a playground, garden, gazebos and sun loungers if a spot of sun bathing is what you prefer. Fun for everyone.
7. Popcorn & Movies:
Going to the movies is always a great way to pass the gloom of a rainy day. Offering many of the latest new release films there are a number of fantastic cinemas within a 30-45 minute drive of Melali.
Malls such as the Lippo Mall in Jl. Kartika, Beachwalk Mall on Kuta Beach or Galleria Mall on Sunset Rd show the latest blockbusters (in English!). They also have Premiere/Gold Class Cinemas where you can watch films in luxury with seat service including food and drinks, blankets and seriously comfortable reclining chairs. All this for around IDR 100,000 per person, with the standard theatre costing around IDR 50,000.
8. Cooking Class
Cooking classes are a great way to learn a little more about the food culture of Indonesia and Bali as well as get to taste great food.. Bumbu Bali based in Nusa Dua is the closest to us. Check their website for more details. Bookings are essential.