La Lucciola has been a Seminyak institution since 1993, and for good reason. Its divine contemporary Italian cuisine (with a focus on seafood and fresh, organic ingredients) comes with impeccable service from a waitstaff clad in either sarongs or white dinner-jacket attire. Extensive all-day menus feature sunshine-filled light breakfasts and lunch; ever-popular weekend brunches highlight signature house-made Italian pastries. Gorgeous any time of day (drop by just for the yummy granitas and gelatos, also house-made), this Australian-owned epitome of beachfront refinement shines best as the sun sets.

The restaurant is housed in an open-sided, double-story thatched pavilion, with dining terraces facing manicured beachfront lawns studded with coconut palms, rolling out to Petitenget's wild surf. (Its neighbor is an ancient temple, one of Bali's most sacred, and you can catch colorful Hindu ceremonies on the quiet beach out front.) Indulge in a pre-dinner aperitif like a refreshing Venetian Julep at the refined Frangipani Lounge, then head to the breezy, candlelit upper terrace for an impossibly romantic sunset dinner. Signature dishes include barramundi al cartoccio (baked in parchment paper) and desserts such as coconut and ginger panna cotta. You can pair with fine Champagnes or a lychee, lemongrass, and ginger caipiroska. Portions err on the small side and it's not exactly cheap, but it all amounts to a fabulous time. Fellow diners have included David Bowie, Roman Polanski, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who declared this his "best Bali experience."