For the chocolate addicts and all of the families with kids coming to Bali, it is of utter importance to know that this very island is home to several amazing cocoa farms and chocolate factories. These are the places where chocolate is grown and handcrafted by local chocolate artisans. Moreover, you can visit these chocolate paradises of Bali with day-trips from Seminyak, learning all about the process from cocoa bean to chocolate bar. You can even make your own chocolate, munch a whole lot of it and take some home with you to enjoy later back at your private villa in Seminyak. This article is all about where to go for the best chocolate in Seminyak and where to take those tours. Find out now!
Indonesia is one of the world’s top cocoa producers after Ghana and the Ivory Coast. However, all of the cacao is exported, making it actually quite hard to find some real top quality chocolate in Bali. In the last couple of years, some entrepreneurs have opened up chocolate factories, right at Bali’s cacao farms. This way the carbon footprint is lowered; the quality is guaranteed; the local cacao bean farmers are supported, and visitors can be sure of an amazing day out. The cacao beans are sourced straight from the organic Balinese cacao farms just before the beans are dried, roasted, grounded and melted into those mouthwatering delights that make all kids and most parents go wild.
A day-trip to the coolest chocolate farms of Bali
Learn everything there is to know about chocolate at these two amazing Balinese chocolate farms and boutique factories in Bali:
Pod chocolate opened its doors back in 2013 and produces handmade organic chocolate. The Pod chocolate farm is located at the Bali Elephant Camp in the village of Carangsari, close to Ubud. Here, you can experience a real Charlie-in-the-Chocolate-Factory experience! The tour starts with a chocolate shot, continues with a trip to the chocolate farm and factory and it ends with an amazing chocolate tasting session. You also get to make your own chocolate elephant. Kids will love it! The full tour costs Rp. 300,000 for kids and Rp. 400,000 for adults, including transport from your private villa. Don’t forget to take some photos with one of the elephants and remember to hug the bear (don’t worry, you won’t lose your head!).
Big Tree Farms
Big Tree Farms is the biggest organic cacao & coconut sugar exporter in Indonesia, opening its doors back in 2013. Today, there are over 14,000 Indonesian farmers working here, including 400 cacao producers. This organic food paradise is also located near Ubud and it is tucked in the world’s largest commercial bamboo structure. Big Tree Farms Chocolate is sweetened with organic coconut palm sugar, making it not only delicious but also healthy. Go on a 1-hour chocolate tour with the whole family! The tour starts with a delicious Coco Mojo drink, followed by an insider’s look into how these delicious treats are made. The tour is held Monday to Friday at 2 PM, costing Rp. 40,000 per person with reservation. You can also book a private tour for Rp. 120,000 per person.
POD cafe – Chocolate heaven in Seminyak
For those who loved the chocolate tours and are now craving to get some more of these treats of goodness, no worries! On Sunset Road in Kuta, very close to central Seminyak, awaits an authentic Pod Café. Here, you can drink the hot chocolate of your dreams with marshmallows on top and choco chip cookies on the side, eat chocolate cakes and yummy chocolate dessert, anything to warm the heart of a chocolate addict!
Amazing Chocolate in Seminyak at Gusto Gelato
Make sure to stop by at Gusto Gelato, the most popular ice cream café located just outside of Seminyak, on Jalan Mertanadi in Kerobokan. They got a nice little patio at the back where you and the family can sit to enjoy your cup or cone of ice cream. Gusto Gelato deserves a mention in this chocolate article because they feature one amazing home-made ice cream flavour that chocolate lovers should not miss out: Chocolate Chilli! Delicious chocolate infused with an Indonesian all-time favourite – the good old chilli. Let the kids get the regular chocolate, vanilla or strawberry flavour, parents will get the hang of this spicy chocolate ice cream. Try it out for yourself!
Chocolate spa treatments
While you are at it, why not go for a chocolate-themed family spa treatment? surely, the kids will love it as well! At Spa Bali, you can indulge a wonderful treatment called ‘chocolate dreams’. The treatment starts with a relaxing massage, using natural cacao cream, followed by a cacao/cinnamon body scrub and it finishes with a personal chocolate bath. The treatment takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and it costs Rp. 500,000++ per person. Go spoil yourself!
Looking for a different treatment? Find the best spas and salons in Seminyak here!
A chocolate stay in Seminyak
Yes indeed, Seminyak is home to some amazing ‘Chocolat Villas‘, conveniently located in the chic and trendy Oberoi district of Seminyak, so you can conveniently explore this happening beach town on foot. The Chocolat Villas comprise 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 5-bedroom, 6-bedroom and 8-bedroom holiday retreats, suiting all kinds of travelling parties. Indulge modern luxury facilities, peaceful private gardens, tropical open-sided living spaces and a superb location. Just the perfect finishing touch to your chocolate holiday in Seminyak, Bali!