Bali, an Australian’s idea of a boozy, relaxing paradise. This might be true, but there is so much more to Bali than drinking out of buckets at a Full Moon Party and stumbling through Kuta. The Balinese culture is so vibrant, their nasi goreng is delicious and the people are so friendly and accommodating.
Balinese beach club culture is thriving and gaining an impressive reputation and for good reason. It’s the best way to have a good time without the night ending in a drunken motorbike accident or vomiting in a ditch with a stray dog staring at you. Their attention to detail in the decor, service, food and drinks is on another level! These beach clubs exude luxury, not sleaze.
If you’re going to Bali anytime soon, these are the places you’ll want to go. And if you’re not, this is the list that’ll make you book that trip.
Potato Head is at the top of the list for most visitors. It’s not just a beach club but it’s a cultural centre too. They showcase art exhibits throughout the year that celebrate Balinese and Indonesian culture. The restaurant supports local, organic farmers serving a range of traditional and international dishes. We recommend the beer battered market fish and the jackfruit nachos. If you’re in the mood for a drink, try the Volcano Agung and Bali Pimm’s and thank us later.
A colourful extravaganza! From the people that brought us Motel Mexicola, this beach club is the definition of PARTY! If you could describe this venue just in emojis, it would be 🌴🍉☀️.
On the premises, there are three bars, two giant pools, an open, wood fire kitchen and an expanse of comfortable beach chairs, daybeds and lounges. Their menu is absolutely scrumptious, their banana split is a must-have indulgence and their cocktails will leave you spinning in happiness. Reservations are accepted for the dining area only and daybeds operate on a first come, first serve basis. Get there early-ish if you want a daybed for your group.
Ku De Ta
Ku De Ta is considered one of the original beach clubs in Bali. It’s beautiful and elegant but they still know how to throw an amazing party. Head here for brunch before spending the afternoon sipping cocktails relaxing by the infinity pool. If you stay for the sunset, you might as well head to their incredible modern fusion degustation restaurant Mejekawi.
Woobar at W Hotel
Woobar at the W Hotel is the place to be seen in Bali. They throw amazing events with international DJs and the sunset sessions are an experience not to be missed. They’ve got a team of ‘Mixologists In Action’ aka MIA who will have your taste buds in overdrive! You can also take part in a cocktail making class where you will learn the secrets of how to mix, match and shake up your own signature cocktail.
Finns Beach Club
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This is a venue where it’s totally acceptable to be sipping cocktails before lunchtime and well into the night. Located on Berawa beach, it’s the place to go for travellers, partygoers and luxury lovers alike. It’s famous for its bamboo interior, impressive DJ’s and mouth-watering, jaw-dropping cocktails.
Calling dibs on a single day bed requires a minimum spend of $100 and if you’re visiting as a group, it’ll set you back around $400. The great thing about this is that the cost to reserve a daybed is used as credit for food and drinks.
A beachfront, tropical paradise located along Echo Beach, La Brisa is your ultimate boho getaway. Imagine sipping delicious cocktails and smoking fruity flavoured shisha as you watch the sunset and surfers catching some amazing waves. It is best to reserve a table or day bed so you are guaranteed an incredible experience at this beach club. There is no minimum spend for a table but if you want to reserve a day bed or a kubu (a hut), the minimum spend is approximately $100, definitely worth it if you are travelling as a group.
At Batu Bolong beach, The Lawn is another open-air beach club where you can spend the day eating gourmet bites and drinking fruity cocktails. The entertainment will not disappoint with live music during the week like Jazz Tuesdays and big party tunes as the weekend rolls around. The ocean views are spectacular so daybeds and beach chairs are given away on a first come, first serve basis.
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Inspired by Spanish gypsy heritage, the design of this beach club is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The artistry and detail are beautiful and meticulous. They even have a gypsy market every Sunday selling product from organic farms and unique handcrafted creations from local vendors. La Laguna is closed for renovation for the entirety of 2019 but they are sure to put on a show for the grand opening that is not to be missed.
Sundays Beach Club
Tucked away at the bottom of the Uluwatu cliffs is Sundays Beach Club, the ultimate tropical paradise. You can soak up all the sun rays with your very own beach chair and dance barefoot on the sand. After sunset, you can hang out on comfy beanbags and even toast some marshmallows over their beach bonfire. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Sunday or any day of the week for that matter.
Your first reaction to walking through Omnia will be something along the lines of ‘holy shit’. Actually, even the photos of this place will leave you in awe. Modern and luxurious, this is the place to go if you want to splurge. They have million dollar views and award-winning DJs that’ll make you never want to leave the dance floor.
The natural landscape of the Uluwatu cliffs is absolutely breathtaking and Ulu Cliffhouse is the place to take it all in. On a recent trip to Bali, my friends and I were speechless when we gradually noticed the outline of Mount Agung making an appearance through the clouds. They have regular reggae nights and the cocktail list is extensive. We recommend their spiced mango daiquiri and their smoked pineapple margarita.
Holiday plans by Tamara Bose