Omnia Dayclub Bali. Image credit: Supplied
What is it about the Island of the Gods that makes Baliphiles out of the hardest-to-please travellers? Is it the soul searching retreats? The picturesque scenery that’s tailor made to make one stop and smell the salty air? Or the hand-painted sunsets accompanied by the year-round balmy climate? All of the above sounds just about right. If you’re headed to this tropical paradise to escape the bustle of city life, you’ll find a ready companion in Bali’s many beach bars and clifftop clubs. Whether you’re searching for a Bloody Mary to jump start your day, or a spot to guzzle espresso martinis and vodka-infused coolers until closing time; we guarantee good times ahead.
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Sundays Beach Club, Uluwatu
Leave the world behind and take a funicular ride down Bukit Peninsula’s lush cliffs to reach this secluded slice of heaven. Get there early to beat the queues and snag a top spot on the beach. Sip, swim and repeat until the sun sets, and then station yourself next to a bonfire and enjoy some cool tunes.
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Throwing it back to the ’80s, this colour-festooned new kid on the block (launched in August last year) by the folks behind Motel Mexicola is parked on Seminyak Beach’s golden mile, make it your playground for some beachfront hedonism with a retro splash.
Omnia Dayclub Bali, Uluwatu
If it’s a glamorous time you’re after, choose Bali’s first adults-only club, perched 100 metres atop the limestone cliffs of Uluwatu, as your mise en scène. The real MVP of this all-day party destination bursting with VIP cabanas, infinity pools and an on-site modern Japanese restaurant (London’s Sake no Hana)? The silver sparkling Cube — the gravity defying bar magically floating above the Indian Ocean.
Ulu Cliffhouse, Uluwatu
Adding to the charm of this clifftop oasis (fronted by the splendour of the Bukit Peninsula) is its 25-metre infinity pool and direct beach access. The clincher? The ocean deck which promises the best seats in the house to take in the sophisticated ambience.
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Finns Beach Club, Canggu
If its oceanfront location on Berawa Beach’s surf break (10 minutes from Seminyak) doesn’t lure you in, then the nine bars (including two swim-up pool bars) will. The perfect spot to hit with friends, we suggest a low-key start on the white sand beach’s day beds, and then moving the action to the lagoon pool’s party beds.
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Ku De Ta, Seminyak
Though almost a decade old, this beachfront hotspot in Seminyak continues to reign supreme as Bali’s original #SunsetWithAView destination. Head over for its sultry sundowners, and stay on for (multiple rounds of) their signature berry bellini, pink sangria and sugarcane mojito.
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La Brisa, Canggu
For a more easygoing vibe, make a beeline for this trendy and sustainable beach club on the shore of Echo Beach, centred around a private pool. Built using reclaimed wood from over 500 fisherman boats, La Brisa wins extra props for its eco-friendly mindset.
Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak
This Seminyak icon’s famous façade of colourful antique shutters is already the backdrop of many an Instagram post. The open air amphitheatre-style beach club houses four restaurants and bars, an infinity pool and a sprawling lawn overlooking the Indian Ocean — perfect to drink in the setting sun, with a pitcher of Bali Pimm’s for company.
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Rock Bar Bali, Jimbaran
A dramatic cliffside setting in Jimbaran’s Ayana Resort & Spa with is-this-for-real views, Rock Bar is a ’gram-worthy cocktail haunt that needs to top your must-visit list… worth the long wait for the elevator ride to get in and out!
Mrs Sippy, Seminyak
It’s always a party at this saltwater pool haven (also Bali’s largest) in the heart of Seminyak. The lagoon-inspired pool is a winner all by itself but the international DJ sets, pool swings, dive boards and signature cocktails (think Litchi Tiki, Sippy Frosé and free-flowing Aperol Spritz) don’t hurt either.
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El Kabron, Uluwatu
Another stylish gem tucked away on the cliffs of Uluwatu, El Kabron is slated to reopen its doors again after a complete overhaul. Blessed with chic and unassuming white interiors, the bar and restaurant owes a lot to its Spanish owner. Spend the day aimlessly floating around in the infinity pool that stands tall 50 metres above sea level and nibble on delicious tapas.
Café Del Mar Bali, Canggu
If you’ve ‘been there, done that’, consider this: come August, Café Del Mar Bali will transport a taste of Ibiza’s seductive sundowner scenes to Canggu’s beachscape. Expect inventive cocktails, a farm-to-table menu and world-class music acts.
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