Three of the best beach clubs in Bali
Take the plunge: the beach club has made a stunning comeback in Bali with oh-so-sexy outdoor areas to play, dine and swim
1. MANARAI BEACH HOUSE
Manarai Beach House isn’t just one of the newest kids on the block in Bali but one of the hippest to boot. Exuding endless summer vibes, this chic beach club combines modern comforts with classic Balinese craftsmanship. Guests have the choice between two different swimming pools, both surrounded by inviting day beds. Sip a whimsical cocktail made from hand-selected Balinese ingredients or opt for one of Manarai’s homemade alcoholic popsicles.
The beach house also offers guests the traditional herbal drink, Balinese jamu, in abundance. Between beachside strolls and refreshing dips, guests are able to indulge in decadent dishes that fuse East and West. Executive chef Stefan Poyet has more than 15 years’ experience manning the pans and his menu veers from comfort food to lighter dishes designed to maintain a beach bod. facebook.com/ManaraiBeachHouse
Tropicola is a retro-inspired beach club located on Seminyak’s iconic Golden Mile that includes a restaurant and rooftop bar. After opening in August, the next two stages of the hotel will include a 60-seat restaurant by chef Steve Skelly, followed by a rooftop bar and event space. Fans of Tropicola’s quirky sister property, Motel Mexicola, have seen the cheat sheet: this place pops. Expect views spanning from the Bukit Peninsula all the way to Tanah Lot.
The colourful beach club hits the right note with its year-round summery soundtrack designed to evoke simpler times. The menu, designed by chef Steve Skelly, will reflect the casual, relaxed vibe with wood-fired grills, fresh seafood, grilled meats and market-fresh vegetables. Guests will also have three separate bars to choose from. tropicola.info
There is no better place for a beach club than Bali’s stylish Seminyak beach at Hotel Indigo. The busy beachfront is home to SugarSand, an exquisite two-level beach club that promises fine food and drink, music and sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. The club’s palette is injected with inspiration from Bali’s rich, earthy elements and a simple Japanese aesthetic and resembles a jukung, a native fishing boat. The pool area is also dotted with daybeds and includes a beachside bar and open-air roof lounge designed to enjoy sunsets and seasonal cocktails.
Nikkei, is the beach club’s very own restaurant and Australian-born chef Nic Phillip’s very own creation. Locally sourced ingredients come together here to create an exotic Japanese-Peruvian fusion that celebrates the sea’s bounty. Mixologist Sufian Mahmoud also incorporates seasonal ingredients to create Japanese-inspired cocktails that feature alongside sake, sochu, spirits and an extensive collection of gin. seminyak.hotelindigo.com