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The very best beach clubs in Bali
Bali - the dream destination of surfers, yoga enthusiasts, party lovers and families. Bali is a small island, characterised by good vibes, beaches and jungle. There is therefore no shortage of cool beach clubs. Here are our top tips for how you and your group can enjoy yourselves just as you please.
Located in the southwestern corner of beautiful Bali, Seminyak is one of the hippest places on the island.
This is the place for cosy cafés, funky cocktail bars, elegant shops and some of the best beach clubs in Bali. It’s therefore always buzzing, and there are several places to choose from for relaxation and partying.
Potato Head - green and hip
As soon as you get close to the Potato Head Beach Club, you get a sense of tropical luxury, but with a cool twist. Founder Ronald Akili says Potato Head Beach is there to "provide good times and do good." Akili therefore has an extra focus on sustainability and supporting the local community. The entrance is covered with reused wooden shutters that have been sourced from around Bali.
There is also a new installation created by German artist and activist Liina Klaus. The installation consists of 5,000 plastic flip flops, collected from beaches on the west coast of the island. OMA / David Gianotten is behind the design of the beach club itself. It all adds up to a funky, artistic and cool vibe - more than chic. Potato Head is known for its great cocktails, good food, fantastic views, and big beach parties featuring famous DJs. Potato Head has two restaurants and an infinity swimming pool.
Admittance is free, but sunbeds cost a minimum of Rp 500,000 by the swimming pool, and a minimum of Rp 1,000,000 for those overlooking the sea. You need to arrive early if you want to secure a sunbed. If you arrive later than 10 am, there is a big chance that all the loungers have already been rented out, although there are other lounge options on site. The club also serves lunch and dinner in the restaurant. The fantastic views are best enjoyed at sunset! The club is also child-friendly during the day.
Ku de Ta - the original beach club
Ku de Ta started it all at Saminyak. For almost 20 years, the beach club has led the way, and Ku de Ta remains one of the most popular beach clubs in the area. Known for its infinity pool with lovely views of the sea, its impeccable service and excellent wine and cocktail selection, Ku de Ta also serves a wide variety of cuisine. Guests can enjoy light meals by the pool or larger dishes in the restaurant.
The club serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, head upstairs to Mejekavli, offering 10 and 12-course meals, as well as wine and cocktail packages. Here, you can enjoy a delicious meal with a unique view. Ku de Ta hosts big parties with famous DJs. The club is also child-friendly during the day.
Admittance is free but reserving a sunbed costs minimum Rp 1,000,000 in high season and Rp 500,000 in low season.
If you are a really big group, you can book a "party platform” for up to 20 people.
La Plancha - bean bag chairs and a laid-back vibe
The beach club La Plancha was the first of its kind when it opened in 2010. A more affordable and relaxed space. Although it has indoor seating, it is best known for having bean bag chairs on the beach. Here, you can enjoy the sunset while sharing some tasty tapas and a drink. La Plancha is built in the typical Spanish chiringuito style.
Finns Beach Club - a party atmosphere
Finns Beach Club is the place for you and your friends if you want something lively. This beach club is located in Cangu, a short drive from Seminyak. It features four pools and seven bars - two of which are inside a pool. In addition, it has five restaurants, DJs, and live music. Finns Beach Club strives to accommodate everyone. It has designated areas for families and adults-only areas, and offers both tranquillity and a party atmosphere.
Admittance is free, but there is a required minimum spend, ranging from Rp 650,000 for a single sunbed, to Rp 7,000,000 for a group of 10. If you are a really big group, you can book a "party platform” for up to 20 people. Here, the minimum spend is Rp 14,000,000. It is cheaper to book in advance than to simply drop in. It's always full here in high season, so it pays to book in advance!
Uluwatu - the most beautiful beaches
Many claim that the most beautiful beaches in Bali are in Uluwatu, so the area is worth a visit regardless of whether you want to go to a beach club or simply enjoy the beach.
Sundays Beach Club - relaxation in beautiful surroundings
Sundays Beach Club is a relaxing affair from the get-go. A small funicular takes you from the lovely resort straight down to the restaurant on the beach. There is no swimming pool here, but who needs it when the stunning beach is right in front of you. It is recommended to arrive early, as there is a "first come, first served" policy when it comes to seating. The food is tasty, and the club serves everything from snacks to big meals you can enjoy by the beach, at the bar or in the restaurant.
Sundays charges Rp 100,000 for admittance, and has a minimum spend of Rp 250,000 (less for children). Admittance is free for children under 5. Water sports include snorkelling and paddle boarding. There's always a DJ at the decks, and they light bonfires on the beach every night. You can also book a private bungalow suitable for groups of up to 6 people. Here, the minimum spend is Rp 4,000,000.
Ubud - experience the meditative jungle
Ubud is located far from the coast, this is where many resorts that focus on yoga and meditation are located. Ubud is located in Bali’s jungle, where you can really feel the fresh oxygen provided by millions of plants. Here, you can also visit rice paddies and a number of Insta-friendly spots that the locals know about, like swinging on a swing with the jungle in the background.
The Jungle Fish
The Jungle Fish Bar is Ubud's famous two-level outdoor restaurant with a pool. The restaurant combines Balinese elegance with discreet mid-century Danish style. Here, you can either book an overnight stay or simply spend the day. The food is fantastic, the service is good, and the view is breathtakingly unique. It’s a great place to visit whether you have kids, are travelling solo, or are with a group of friends, but it’s not a place for loud parties. Relax to lounge music while enjoying a fine meal in the jungle.
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