Let’s go out and put the sand in your toes, strolling barefoot on the beach to feel the breeze of tropical air. While waiting for the sun creates spectacular colours when it dips below the horizon, you need a place to chill-out. The good news is some of the beach clubs are opening their doors to greet you with the right music and light bites. However, an advance reservation is strongly advised.
Sitting comfy on a cosy lounge, enjoying the vivid blue of the water, languid hands on your frozen drinks with the sizzle of shellfish over a wood fire, the next thing you need is to simply live in the moment with laughter and chatters around your mates. This sounds pretty damn good, doesn’t it?
Starting in Nusa Dua, offering the latest gastronomic venture with casual elegance and seaside charm, Reef Beach Club heavily emphasises on the refined charm of Javanese artistry. Wooden carvings and engraved furniture decorate the interior of the indoor dining area, while a 42-metre infinity pool with cabanas stimulates a laid-back vibe for those who are keen to enjoy the casual beachfront escapade. As for the menu, the talented team of chefs came up with a wide selection of international dishes, without forgetting the familiar touch of Indonesian flavours. They currently have a new shisha and cigar menu as well as Cuban Nights every Thursday with special menu and entertainment. kempinski.com/bali
Just next to it, Canna Bali comprises otherworldly beauty creating an unparalleled day-to-night experience. Taking inspiration from postcards of idyllic villages in Europe to Canna Sky for the guests to enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean without sandy toes and salty hair, from Canna Lodge; a laid-back yet stylish and fabulous dining experience by the sea to Canna Deck where one could enjoy countless tropical parties with talented DJs, from Canna Pool overlooking the sparkling ocean to Canna Shade for parents and their children as well as their furry friends and Canna Sand where guests can indulge in the most dreamy ocean-side picnics. Canna Bali ultimately offers everything for everyone. cannabali.id
Driving up to Ungasan area, Le Club 22 embraces the nostalgia of California’s beach club culture, the design aesthetic is retro-1950s chic, influenced by the resurgence of mid-century tropical design. This is a laid-back lounging spot on the private beach with a five-star hippie vibe. The fact that the venue can only be reached by a hill tram that travels 85 metres down of cliff face makes the exclusivity of the place. Perfect for either friend, family with kids or couples, all can enjoy the nuances of a secluded Karma Beach while relaxing in the whimsical, cosy surroundings. karmagroup.com
Next to it, Mȉnoo Beach Club is offering the Bohemian-inspired beachside concept on the idyllic Melasti Beach. Choose your best seat to cool off and enjoy the ocean breeze; whether it be at the sun loungers, in the alfresco dining area, or even on the Jukung boat. In the kitchen, the experienced culinary team sculpts a speciality menu which merges classic Western flavours with those of Asia. In terms of the dining experience, the beach club takes ample inspiration from the local fishing industry. Mȉnoo’s food speciality is seafood, as space on which the beach club sits was once a fishing village. That is where the inspirations for most of the menu are taking from. minoobeachclub.com
Further up in Pecatu, Ulu Cliffhouse is a beach club on the cliff between the cliffs of Uluwatu and Padang Padang. Ulu Cliffhouse exudes elegance and embraces the natural beauty of the cliffs and views with its charming location and sophisticated design to complement it perfectly. You can choose a seat on the luxurious sunbeds or in the swimming pool where fat boys float on the water. The menu offers a range of culinary delights on the ocean deck. ulucliffhouse.com
Far down to the south, the beach clubs carry a pack of cosy, warm air from the Indian Ocean. In Legian, AZUL Beach Club is the ultimate social elites’ getaway in the Legian area. Over three levels of unique discoveries, the place is perfect to unwind during the day or night, chilling out in a lounge with DJ music boosting up your mood. Having a solid concept on the architecture, it’s not easy to look away from the ocean blue colour as the main focus of the interiors. From the kitchen, the chef has experience in a diverse menu, serving a combination of dishes from all over the world in the global coastal cuisine concept. The cocktails are nicely done in the presentation and designed in a bold mixture to meet your epicurean experience. azulbali.com
Move a bit to Seminyak, Sunset on Seminyak (S.O.S) provides a large space around the pool for a better beachfront experience in Seminyak. By all means to lounge yourselves on the beanbags while waiting for the stunning sunset with the sand between your toes and a fresh cocktail between your fingers. Alternatively, stay indoor in the airy dining room overlooking the pool and Seminyak Beach. Either way, you can discover an equal beach club experience in this casual-chic venue. sunsetsonseminyak.com
A cosy waltz to the west, Potato Head has become the best-known and most popular beach club on the island. The unusual building around is a must-see. It looks like a colosseum built from old window panels. The interior is styled with Balinese copies of retro designs from the 50s. Potato Head’s menu features dishes from the two different restaurants; one based on Western cuisine, and one based on Indonesian cuisine. Both during the day and at night, the music mostly consists of lounge techno and deep-house. There are many well-known and large parties with great artists that you don’t want to miss! potatohead.co
Next stop is Canggu! As this area is developing pretty fast in the last 2 years, beach clubs are popping up sporadically. At the famous surf beach of Berawa, Finns Beach Club invites you to laze the whole afternoon away under the sun on a white-sand beach or in an infinity pool with cocktails on hand from the swim-up pool bar, allowing anyone to have a guaranteed ocean view from any spot of the venue. Experience their new lagoon pool and the swim-up bar across the dance floor. finnsbeachclub.com
A nice 15 minutes’ drive will take you to The Lawn. This venue started as a hidden lawn (as the name already reveals) where Coconut Mojitos were sold in an old Volkswagen van. In a short time, this place has grown into one of the most famous beach clubs in Bali, in which the lawn is still preserved. While lying under an umbrella beside the pool or lounging in the pool, visitors enjoy a direct view of the beach and its best surf spots. Besides, this view is the best spot to watch the sunset in Canggu. The Lawn is unquestionably trending, but it exudes a very relaxed and casual atmosphere and is not over the top. Many visitors come for their unique cocktails and drinks, but also the food on the menu is delicious. There is a wide selection of mostly western smaller snacks, salads, and pizzas and burgers for the bigger appetite. thelawncanggu.com
If you drive all the way to the north in the eastern coastline, you’ll find Jivva Beach Club. This beach club is adding colour to the island’s vibrant holiday destination. Located on the gorgeous black-sand of Lepang Beach, this new chilling spot comes with a refreshing swimming pool, complete with lush daybeds, outdoor lounge chairs and bright-coloured parasols – all in a charming palette of fuchsia and turquoise. Unwinding under the sun or stars, sipping the bar’s signature cocktails whilst the DJ or live music sets the mood for both socialising and relaxation, anything can happen with the perfect sundowner playlist. jivvabeachclub.com