Bali’s best beach clubs – why wait till the sun goes down?
Bali, The island of the gods could otherwise be known as ‘Island of the world’s best beach clubs’. With each offering their own individual take on the perfect poolside day in Bali, you (and let’s be honest, your Instagram followers) will be lavished with an experience to remember. We’re talking world-class cocktails, breathtaking views, food options that even Gordon Ramsey would applaud and some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment to serenade you and your friends. Our gift to you is a list of the top must-see Bali beach clubs! Your endless summer begins here:
With a calendar overflowing with renowned international artists, Omnia has fast earned its place as Bali’s first superclub, bringing a glittering nightclub ethos to this dazzling day club. Perched dramatically on the white craggy cliffs that overlook an endlessly blue horizon, Omnia plays to the beat. Whether you are dancing among the VIP cabanas, catching the sun on a daybed or cooling off in the spectacular infinity pools, there is something for everyone at Omnia. With three bars, exclusive VIP cabanas, the iconic ‘cube’ bar, and DJ-driven soundtracks, this dramatic clifftop pool club takes partying to a whole new level. Both Swim-up Saturdays and Phoenix Sundays at Omnia have become staple weekend must-dos as the venue marries serious beats with fabulous food such as fresh seafood platters, heavenly Japanese-inspired dishes, and beach club dishes to create the perfect recipe for a music-fuelled all-day party. Don’t be put off by the glamour, although it’s definitely on offer here, accessible luxury means everyone can afford to play ( we’re talking a day fuelled by nachos and beers). Keep your cool upstairs at Sake no Hana where contemporary dining takes its inspiration from Japan.
Need to know: Free Entry. 21+ years and over only. Reservations recommended. Minimum spend applies for day beds and VIP cabanas. Shuttle buses to venue available. World-class dining at Sake no Hana. Signature cocktails from IDR 150k.
Open daily 11 am – 10:30 pm
Cafe Del Mar
It feels like we waited for ages, making this one of the most anticipated beach clubs to open this year. It began with a soundtrack that defined a generation. From simple beginning as Ibiza’s first full-fledged beach club, built on dreams of cocktails, Balearic beats and good times, Cafe Del Mar has grown into an international phenomenon, a venue where music drives the ultimate day club experience. Food and drinks are inspired by the popular Spanish island and reborn in Bali, with all the tropical flair the island is famous for. Spread out over a massive beachfront property in the oh-so-trendy Canggu suburb of Berawa, Bali’s Cafe Del Mar Bali takes the DNA of the original and has reimagined it as a super day club (nightclub to come, so stay tuned). With a lagoon pool featuring two swim-up bars, pool pods for amazing parties, sunbeds, private pool pavilions for hosting special events, a massive stage and dance floor, a bistro that delivers food experiences a cut above many beach clubs and soon, a modern restaurant inspired by the food from Spain, Cafe Del Mar reaches into our hearts and takes a big bite. From day to night and all the hours in between, Cafe Del Mar Bali brings with it the generous hospitality of the original venue and a commitment to good times for good people.
Need to know: Minimum Spend from Rp500,000 for 2 with sunbed on a walk-in basis.
Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm, later for special events.
A trip to Karma Beach Club begins with breathtaking views of the cerulean Indian Ocean as you dramatically descend 85-meters down the face of a limestone cliff on a private inclinator. Bird’s eye views of the crystal clear waters populated with coral reefs and aquatic life are enough to get any avid beach lover’s heart pumping. Energized by music, food and the astounding location, days at Karma Beach Club can easily stretch into evenings. Karma has an ethos of balance, so slip into the ocean spa for a signature massage, book a yoga or tai chi session in the open-air bale or get active on a stand-up paddle-board or a sea kayak and venture a little further. The chic Mykonos-inspired beach club is a seamless blend of rustic charm and exclusive living with a fabulous new renovation that we absolutely love! With a fabulous renovation taking Karma into the future, expect bigger, better and more fabulous food and drinks Here, music is a hot drawcard with regular pop-up performances headlined by international acts with some chart-topping surprises, to delight guests and regulars.
Need to know: Well-stocked oyster bar and wood-fire pizzas. Water-sports equipment for rental. Regular entertainment events.
A: Karma Kandara Resort, Jl Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan | P: +62 361 848 2222 | E: [email protected]
Open daily 9 am – 10 pm
Ulu Cliffhouse was designed for fun and it’s almost impossible to resist the song of Bali’s most iconic waves as they roll relentlessly towards the cliffs below. This magical clifftop oasis enjoys panoramic ocean views as well as private access to a secret beach below. Born from a collaboration of cool creatives, it combines a love of music, good food, entertaining, surfing and chilling out, with an amazing location. The first thing you want to do when you arrive is throw off your shoes, order a cold beer or a frosty rose and let the breeze carry any worldly worries away. With a glistening 25 metre-pool, a stairway down to the rocks, spaces to dine, chill out, dance and party, it is not surprising that both the Bukit surf crowd and visiting globetrotters have made Ulu Cliffhouse their regular watering hole.
Need to know: On-site surfboard shaper, spa, and boutique. Half-off Friday nights. Signature cocktails from IDR 150k. No entrance fee, lounging facilities with a minimum spend.
A: Jl Labuan Sait No. 315, Padang-Padang | P: +62 81 338 812 502 | E: [email protected]
Open daily 11 am – 10 pm
By the sea:
Ku De Ta
She might be 20 years old but Ku De Ta has never lost her sparkle or her love for partying. Rated among the best food destinations on the island for everything from breakfast to lunch, all-day grazing, casual dinner or elegant degustation menus, the main kitchen keeps it delicious and real while upstairs, Mejekawi gives us romance and world-class dining. Then there is the bar, where an ever-evolving cocktail list keeps us coming back. With an in-house music director who can read a crowd better than most, we show up time and again for the magic, the sunsets, for special occasions and for long, hot days by the beach. It’s hard to beat.
Need to know: Free entry. Family-friendly. Sunset. Brunches. Dress up or keep it cool. Head upstairs for amazing degustation menus at Mejekawi. Curated music, legendary parties and headlining music.
Open daily 8 am – 2 am
If Motel Mexicola is the urban dream, overflowing with color, art, music, and bottomless margaritas, Tropicola is straight out of Hollywood, mingled with retro Miami tossed with a Bondi Beach kind of feeling. Decked out over multi-levels, painted in gleaming white, fashioned in primary colors; red, blue and yellow. At the heart of Tropicola is its central pool, lined with blue and white day beds. Tropicola’s menu has progressed into a seaside grazing affair with a focus on seafood, wood-fired grills, breezy classics like hot dogs and burgers and health-conscious favourites for savoring poolside. ‘This place must have existed in another time and in another place’, rings true as the venue conjures up nostalgic salty memories of summers past and present. The shoreline at Batu Belig just got a lot brighter and there is more to come promises this shiny, new venue.
Need to know: Innovative cocktail concoctions such as jackfruit Coladas and arak martinis, each infused with fresh fruit and vegetables. Daily sunset sessions.
A: Jl Pantai Batu Belig No.5, Seminyak | P: +62 361 9343636 | E: [email protected].
Open daily 11 am – 12 am
Design-driven and a hive of interesting activities, Potato Head Beach Club is part of the brand new Desa Potato Head, the sprawling complex that sees the beach club doubled in size, a new hotel, curated art galleries, more bars, dining experiences and a vast rooftop venue. Located on the beachfront where the endless beats float on fresh ocean breezes and incredible design drives every experience. Laid out over many levels, maximizing the incredible views framed by sparkling pools, Potato Head drives a distinctly Indonesian beat. From world-class parties to cultural events Desa Potato Head has become an entertainment precinct that offers something for everyone. From its lofty Indonesian restaurant, Kaum, at the top to its sustainable seafood grill, Ijen, a bistro menu, and a busy wood-fired pizzeria, Potato Head adds style and sustainability and invites everyone to share the experience.
Need to know: Free entry. Minimum spend applies on day beds. Ocean-side pool for sunset viewing. Check the party schedule for regular events. Innovative cultural and music events calendar.
A: Jl Petitenget No 51B, Seminyak | P: +62 361 473 7979 | E: [email protected]
Open daily 10 am – 2 am
Mano Beach House
When it comes to the art of chilling out, Mano has this one made in the shade. Carving out its own unique niche on the shores of Petitenget beach, Mano shows that size doesn’t matter. The redesign of Mano has created a picture-perfect beach bar and restaurant that incorporates tribal influences and the best of Balinese design. Open to the beach, with a shaded pool, the pretty pool deck is dotted with straw umbrellas, beanbags and sun lounges. A covered terrace is the perfect chill-out spot for casual meals and sunset sessions. The vibrant, modern menu offers healthy beach club classics, stylish Indonesian food, fabulous super salads, delicious grills and an all-day breakfast. Mano’s curated soundtrack plays perfectly in this intimate venue. Nightly happy hours from 7pm, Friday night groove sessions and regular entertainment, puts Mano on our top beach clubs list.
Need to know: Free entry, day beds on first come basis. Start the day with breakfast for Rp100,000. Sunset sessions with cool tunes. All-day menu and classic cocktails are a highlight. Oh, and the view.
Open daily 8 am – 11 pm
COMO Beach Club
Serving a generous dose of luxe while staying true to the surf culture ingrained in the Northern Canggu beaches, COMO Beach Club is a self-proclaimed modernized ‘surf shack’ that also encompasses a restaurant and a lagoon pool. COMO Uma Canggu was a long time coming but it makes a splash on this formerly laid back stretch of beach. As part of the hotel, COMO Beach Club gives guests first priority but there’s space to play and the airy restaurant is well worth a visit. Sitting directly on the beachfront, COMO Beach Club puts a little dazzle into the Echo Beach mix of sun, surf, and sunsets.
Need to know: Savour wood fire OX grills imported directly from London. Family-friendly with children minding services. Signature cocktails from IDR 160k. Minimum spend applies at IDR 500k++ pp.
Open daily 7 am- 11 pm
Ensconced on the coast of Echo Beach is La Brisa, which fittingly is Spanish for ‘sea breeze’. It is safe to say there is no place quite like this coastal bar and Spanish-inspired seafood restaurant. Inspiration has been drawn from a beautiful pairing of all things nautical with an eco-sustainable twist. La Brisa is built from the reclaimed wood from old fishing boats, prompting you to wonder how an adaptation of ‘Castaway’ could look so chic. Images gleaned from Hemmingway’s ‘Old Man and The Sea’ appear randomly in various mediums, creating a kind of oceanic wonderland. Gaze at the surf as you settle into colourful bean bags, choose a seat at the ocean-swept bar or head upstairs to enjoy the views, as you make the ‘tough’ choice of selecting a local seafood dish freshly caught earlier that day. As part of the La Familia group that includes La Laguna, La Favela, and La Plancha, these guys know how to party, but the quiet times are equally good.
Need to know: Signature cocktails from IDR 130k. regular party schedule. No minimum spend.
A: Jl Pantai Batu Mejan Gg. La Brisa, Echo Beach, Canggu | P: +62 81 139 466 66 | E: [email protected]
Open daily 10 am – 1 am
Finns Beach Club/ Finns VIP
Black and white are these two sister venues on the beach in the hipster capital of Berawa. Finns Beach Club, FBC, is massively popular from early morning surf breaks followed by breakfast to spectacular sunsets to music-filled nights. A host of bars and restaurants provide sustenance for the hungry and thirsty guests who line the day beds and fill the pool. Finns is all about having fun, no pretensions. Adjoining Finns is the new Finns VIP and it is as glamorous as FBC is young and energized. With a beautiful pool, surrounded by crisp white daybeds, a manicured lawn perfect for a picnic, a breezy restaurant, a rooftop vodka bar, a champagne lounge, an in-house spa and VIP sunbeds along the beachfront, Finns VIP is grown up and gorgeous. The restaurant offers a sophisticated and healthy approach to beach club classics. Think oysters and champagne, crisp, fresh salads, seafood, grills and French-inspired grazing packages on the endlessly green lawn.
Need to know: Free entry with a minimum spend for single day beds starting at Rp 500,000. Finns VIP is also free entry with a minimum spend for single day beds starting at Rp 750,000. Enjoy grazing on the lawn. Exclusive sunsets at Finns VIP. Check in to the Penthouse for the full rock star experience. Pre-book up to 24 hours ahead to be guaranteed a day bed.
A: Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu | P: +62 361 844 6327 | E: [email protected]
Open daily 9 am – 11 pm