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October 24, 2023

Best beach clubs in Bali

You cannot come to Bali and not spend a day hanging out at a beach club. There’s a huge number to pick from – some are chill, beachy affairs with ocean views and sunset bonfires, some are popping with kids’ activities, some are arty, some double up at night as the hottest clubs on the island, with international DJs and live music. Whatever your vibe, you’ll find something here to suit you. Cheers!

Best for partying the night away

Café del Mar

Yes, the world famous Café del Mar has come to Bali, bringing its Ibiza vibes, sunset views and international DJ sets with it. Placed right on the beach at Batu Belig, Café del Mar gives you fabulous ocean views from its day beds, private luxury cabanas, pool booths, sunset booths and its infinity pool with swim up bars.  There’s also indoor dining and a cocktail lounge. What really shines out about this beach club though is its parties and big-name DJ events. If you’re around for Halloween or NYE, this is one party you cannot miss.

Savaya Bali

Set high up in the cliffs at Uluwatu with incredible views, Savaya is vying for Bali’s party crown with some of the biggest names booked to play here, and a great line up for every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. It’s luxe, it’s celeb-friendly, its views are stunning – but it comes at a price. For best value, grab a large group if you want to get a day bed to split the cost – otherwise, if you don’t want to pay an extra charge, head to the pool bar or behind the stage.

Atlas Beach Fest

Atlas Beach Fest is a monster of a beach club: it’s officially the biggest beach club in the world, as well as the longest beach bar in Asia. It’s not just got restaurants, bars and a giant swimming pool, it’s got department stores and even an enormous artificial waterfall. Get here for sunset cocktails and stay for the mind blowing entertainment: there’s Atlas Nightclub – the biggest in Bali – right next to the beach club boasting top international DJs. But the beachclub itself is also hot on entertainment – we’ve got top notch DJs here too as well as traditional kecak fire performances, Balinese dancers, magicians, you name it.

Potato Head

The original Queen of the beach club scene, Potato Head still has what it takes. Top international DJs are just par for the course here, but don’t wait until evening to arrive: come early and grab yourself a daybed in the sun by the infinity pool. While you’ll need to book if you want a daybed, there are also lots of walk in options with no minimum spend. Later on, head to Sunset Park, the rooftop terrace, for drinks and nibbles before the real party begins. Potato Head also gets five stars for its sustainability efforts, with zero waste initiatives across the restaurants and bars, and activities for you to get your hands dirty if you so wish, such as organised beach clean ups.

Finns Beach Club

You want fun? Go to Finns. It has everything, from oceanside lounging to floodlit surfing to nightclubbing. I mean, there’s FOUR pools. There’s also 9 bars, and that’s not counting the two swim up bars. I’ve lost count of how many restaurants, but plenty and some of them are casual, some are formal and some are…well, they’re crazy party places.  And it’s free to get in. It’s a no brainer really, if you like a party, and who doesn’t? Just go.

Best for kids

Flamingo

Most of Bali’s beach clubs are very much designed with adults at front of mind, but if you want to also entertain the kids, you need to try Flamingo Beach Club, out at Saba Beach. Face painting and foam parties for the children, a nice lie down and a cocktail for you. There’s a gorgeous infinity pool (with flamingo floaties!), good food and wholesome happy vibes all round.

Sundara

If you have kids in tow – and also if you don’t – it’s well worth taking the trip down to the south part of the island to pay a visit to Sundara. Elegant and upmarket, this chilled beachfront club nestled in the golden sands of Jimbaran Bay is a gem. You can drop the kids off at the kid’s club and have a peaceful day lying by the huge (57 metres!) infinity pool, eating and cocktailing to your heart’s content. It’s a great evening venue too: high end BBQ is the highlight at the main restaurant, or if you’ve already eaten enough, just hang out at the fire pit and enjoy the sunset.

Roosterfish

Located on Pandawa Beach in South Bali, Roosterfish is for everyone – but it’s definitely a good choice it you’re travelling as a family. There’s access to Pandawa Beach, there’s a beachside pool, there’s great food (especially the fish and seafood – try the oyster platters!), there’s entertainment. It’s a family friendly sort of a place, with sports for the kids (and shade!) and children’s foam parties on Sundays and even dancing mermaids on Saturdays.

Komune

Calling all surfers: Komune is a little off the beaten track, in East Bali, by the famous Keramas surf break, so once you’re done riding the waves, check in here for a little rest and relaxation. It’s perfect for little ones too: there’s plenty of activities on the water: try paddleboarding when the tide is high, and when its low, there’s rock pools and a crystal clear lagoon for swimming and snorkelling. Best of all, there’s a beachfront outdoor kids’ cinema so parents can enjoy a relaxed meal while the kids are safe under the watchful eye of Komune’s team watching latest release children’s movies.

Best for a real beachy experience

Sundays

Despite the name, not all of Bali’s beach clubs actually sit directly on the beach. If you want to feel the sand between your toes, take a trip over to Uluwatu and try out Sundays Beach Club. It’s tucked away, accessed by a cliff-side escalator that takes you down to the beautiful white sand beach and the ocean where you can work up an appetite through snorkelling, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding – and you’ll want to, because the food here is great, especially the fresh caught fish. If you want a bit of luxe, try the VIP experience in a beach bungalow with your very own butler. And it’s definitely worth sticking around for sundown, when the beach bonfires and marshmallows come out. Bliss.

Karma Beach

Tucked away under the cliffs of south Bali, Karma Beach is an absolute treasure. The setting is perfect: gorgeous white sand beaches, azure water. And the service is pretty excellent too. We love their beach cinema (it’s on every Monday evening), their Le Club 22 restaurant and the Tiki Bar (excellent wood fired pizza as well as great cocktails!). Book yourself a cabana, rent a sea kayak, stay to watch the sunset and enjoy a bonfire. There’s even a spa!

White Rock

Positioned right on the beach, under the cliffs, White Rock is the biggest of the South Bali beach clubs, combining laidback vibes, thanks to sofas and day beds that hug the shoreline or infinity pool, and a party style, thanks to the all day DJs. The party continues into the evening, with light shows and music. If you really want to go all out, hire a party suite: your own private room hooked up to all the sounds from the DJ, with balcony, food service, karaoke and much more.

Manarai

Head to elegant Nusa Dua for this paradise of a beachclub, where you can lounge and even dine right on the beach, with views over to Mount Agung. Or if you prefer, sit by one of the two gorgeous pools. The food is superb here, thanks to their Michelin-trained Executive Chef Stefan Poyet who has curated a menu celebrating modern Indonesian dishes (in addition to a range of international dishes and light bites), and the cocktails are pretty excellent too.

Best for elegant living

Finns VIP

Sure, we all know Finns Beach Club, who doesn’t? But have you tried its VIP sister beach club? It’s right next door. Finns VIP is a true celeb style, five star experience. It’s super glam.  There’s a champagne bar, there’s a sushi bar. There’s valet parking and even a surf valet service. There’s sunglasses cleaning! There’s a world class spa and you can even rent a private Penthouse. Lie by the pool, order mimosas and oysters and pretend you’re fancier than you are.

Ku De Ta

The original and, in my view, the best, Ku De Ta is the picture of class. Understated and elegant, this is a great place to spend the day, all the way from brunch to dinner. While away the afternoon by the gorgeous infinity pool that looks out over the ocean, before treating yourself to a delicious dinner at the decking restaurant. If you have kids, don’t miss Family Sundays – it’s different every week but expect fun, creative workshops and some great food.

Sugarsand

It’s the food that makes this beach club stand out from the rest. Sure, there’s poolside day beds and a bar right on the beach, but it’s the Japanese inspired menu, eaten with panoramic, unobstructed ocean views that draws us in (or see if you can reserve the sunken bed, a booth table set into the pool). Go for the gindara (sablefish) marinated in saikyo with yuzu miso sauce – you’re going to thank me! After dinner, head up to the open air rooftop lounge and work your way through a creative list of Japanese inspired cocktails (get the umegroni, a twist on a negroni using Japanese plum wine).

Best for chill vibes

Canna Bali

A little slice of beach heaven, Canna Bali has a bit of everything, all with a true laid back vibe. You’ve got Canna Sand right on the beach, with its teepees clustered around the sundown bonfire, you’ve got Canna Deck with sunbeds, DJs and pool, you’ve got restaurants – both casual and fine dining -, you’ve got a live music venue and you’ve got air con indoors with Canna Sky, which offers stunning views across the ocean. The perfect place to truly relax.

Reef Beach Club

Luxurious, relaxed and celebrating Indonesian heritage, Reef Beach Club in The Apurva Kempinski at Nusa Dua is one of our favourites for a lazy weekend. There’s a huge infinity pool with views over the ocean: take your pick out of the sun loungers and day beds that encircle it, or the cabanas and bean bags on the beach. It’s the evenings that are really special though: Reef’s beautiful bonfire sets the mood, with live music, top notch foods (try the Balinese style rotisserie), cocktails and an impressive wine list. You’re worth it!

COMO Beach Club

For a chilled experience that’s also eco-friendly, you need to try COMO Beach Club in Canggu. There’s a surf shack, with trained instructors ready to get you out into the ocean, and there’s also infused gin, so what more can you ask for?! Well: great food, a pool, sea views, and some fantastic cocktails if that’s your bag. There’s also live music and DJs in the evenings, but this is a place to relax more than to party wildly. Highly recommended.

The Lawn

A well-established classic on the Batu Bolong beach club scene, The Lawn is a good choice if you want a small club with tranquil vibes, amazing sunset views, an oceanfront pool and delicious food and drink options. Lounge around all day on day beds or bean bags, head up to the wonderful Skool Kitchen for a memorable dinner, and then pop back down for a night of DJ sessions. That’s how you make a great day.

Azul

What could be more chill than a tree house? With is own Tiki bar? Nothing, is what I say. Azul’s unique, quirky structure overlooks Padma Beach in Legian and is dotted with adorable spots to hang. Lounge around in top floor bar/restaurant with its balcony seating and 180 degree ocean view, or by the pool on a lounger, or on a swing in the garden. But whatever you do, don’t miss the ground floor restaurant (delicious seafood!) and Tiki Bar with its perfect cocktails.

VUE

This is a party place, but it’s a laid back one! Spend the day by one of Canggu’s most impressive infinity pools, in a poolside gazebo or maybe on floating daybed, working your way through their cocktail pitchers. And on weekend evenings, hang around for the DJ, watch the sun set, and dance the night away.

Best for beach boho

La Brisa

So laidback you have to be careful not to fall off your bean bag, La Brisa’s shabby chic is the pride of Echo Beach. Spend the day lazing under palm trees, sipping on great cocktails (you have to try the Mango Coriander Sour), tucking into fresh seafood, watching the waves and enjoying the music – DJs play a Sunset Session from 5-9pm every day. There’s even a market on Sundays for all you bargain hunters.

Palmilla

Head down to the beautiful Melasti Beach with its white sands to visit boho chic star, Palmilla Beach Club. Here you’ll find hammocks and shabby-chic swings (as well as the more standard daybeds and sunloungers) and the cabanas are bamboo. Hang out by the infinity pool, on the sand, by the ocean – your choice. Everything is designed for relaxed sharing: get your cocktails in jugs, your cold beers in a bucket, and your food on sharing platters.

Minoo

Also on Melasti Beach, Minoo (“heaven” in Persian) is as chill as it gets. Its 12 metre infinity pool stands out from the rest thanks to its traditional Jukung boat that sits above it, offering a new vantage point or space to lounge. Book a bean bag, a hammock, a lounger, a day bed or a cabana, order pizza and a cocktail, and let all your worries slip away.

Best for a true Balinese experience

Mari Beach Club

Mari Beach Club is not like other beach clubs. It’s Balinese through and through, from the architecture to the entertainment to the service. Tradition and design are threaded through the club: its bamboo dome represents Mount Agung, its wooden swings are intended to reference those in the Balinese village of Tenganan, its flowing pool symbolises the sacred river Ayung. Food is centred on local, homemade ingredients, entertainment includes Balinese fire dances and Menari performances (every Thursday). There’s Balinese dishes on the menu too, among the salads, seafood and sharing platters. Book a cabana and while away the day in this beautiful Little Bali.

Tropical Temptation

The newest addition to Melasti Beach, Tropical Temptation showcases its local, artisanal credentials even at first glance, with its complex bamboo structure designed by local artisans to preserve Balinese tradition.  Beyond this, expect daybeds, cabanas and sofas, two infinity pools, one strikingly made in glass with its own jacuzzi. For the VIP set, there’s private rooms, VIP cabanas or the VIP Deck for up to 10 people. Don’t miss the evening entertainment either: as well as Sea and She on Fridays and Saxofoam Sundays, there’s a Balinese inspired night on Thursdays. Balifornia showcases traditional dance and Balinese culture and heritage, with a spot of fire juggling to boot. Enjoy it all with a happy hour cocktail (5-7pm) and some delicious bites.

Best for the most stunning views

One Eighty

You seriously can’t miss this one, unless of course you’re afraid of heights….One Eighty’s signature is its glass bottomed infinity pool that hangs 500ft over a cliff with the Indian Ocean crashing below. It does take a bit of nerve to swim out to the end, so maybe grab one of their amazing craft cocktails to take with you. That’s not all:  there’s a cliffside VIP deck, a sand lounge with sunbeds, a sky lounge and, if you need to escape the heat, an indoor bar and restaurant too. The panorama is jaw dropping. Stay for sunset too: there’s fire pits and illuminated palm trees.

El Kabron

El Kabron claims that it has the best sunsets in the world, and, while I have yet to test every sunset in the world to compare, I think they might have a point. They make the absolute most of it too, with their sunset theatre – terraced seating, all facing the sunset. Book a table here for cocktails or dinner (they do excellent seafood), gazing over Dreamland Beach and over to Uluwatu, and enjoy the daily sunset DJ sessions. It’s not just about sunset either: get here in the late afternoon so you can enjoy their stunning infinity pool. Top tip: it’s adults only, so not one for the kids.

Ulu Cliff house

There’s no doubt that Uluwatu’s beach clubs have incredible views! Make sure you don’t miss Ulu Cliff house, built up on the cliffs of the Bukit peninsula, giving you a clear panorama right over the Indian Ocean. Whether you’re poolside or way up on the deck, the vista is astounding. There’s surf access from the Ocean Deck; there’s art; there’s an ever changing line up of live acts and DJs, there’s even a recording studio – this is one hell of a cool place to be.

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