Eat, Drink, Swim and Be Merry at Bali’s Best Beach Clubs
On your next trip to Bali, you must check out the brilliant beach clubs! They present a multi-dimensional venue for you to hang out for entire days and into the evening. Eat, drink and be merry while soaking up the rays and being a part of a relaxed holiday atmosphere.
Swimming pools and sun loungers are obligatory but each club has its own personality besides. One offers beachside massages while at another you can have a spa treatment in your private cabana. Cocktails are the order of the day at all of them, but you can always get a cheeky Bintang … otherwise, it’s just not Bali, is it? Here are our suggestions for Bali’s best beach clubs.
Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak
Nestled between upscale hotels including the ritzy W Bali, Potato Head Beach Club is considered world-class among the many beach clubs of Bali. Easily spotted by its huge, quirky tower fashioned from old, worn teak window shutters, fans think of it as their grownup seaside Disneyland. There’s tons of fun, lots to see and do, and there are certainly plenty of characters!
A sprawling, stylish venue with multiple bar spaces and restaurants, it was established in 2010 by a couple of international art collectors. Hence, its aesthetic encompasses an art gallery, spectacular design and of course, enviable views of the Indian Ocean.
Visitors say the service is outstanding and the entire ambience is quite civilised, daaahling. Not the cheapest venue, but you do get what you pay for.
Mustn’t miss: The cocktails are to die for; don’t forget to book a day bed in advance.
Finn’s Beach Club, Canggu
Never mind beachfront, this is on-beach! Dig your toes into the sand while you throw back a couple of caipirinhas at Finn’s Beach, one of Bali’s most popular beach clubs. Just a couple of clicks up the road from Potato Head, it’s in a class of its own; you could easily picture a hip-hop music video being filmed there.
There’s a 30-metre infinity pool surrounded by comfy day beds and as the sun goes down, the music gets louder and the joint becomes Party Central.
A bit more ‘surfer dude’ than ‘designer bikini gal’, Finn’s is for those who want to get wet and have fun doing it. It’s also a little pricier than some clubs. The night surfing sessions under flood lights are a spectacle and with the soundtrack provided by resident and guest DJs, it’s a pumping place to be, any day or night of the week.
Mustn’t miss: Half price drinks daily from 7pm to 9pm; high-quality sushi prepared by a talented team of chefs.
Ku De Ta, Seminyak
Touted as “Bali’s original sunset destination”, Ku De Ta is a highly acclaimed Bali beach club that comprises a restaurant, bar and beach lounge. If it’s great food you want, then casting your eye over the Mejekawi restaurant’s haute cuisine dinner menu will reveal yellow fin tuna ceviche, caviar served with blinis and condiments, and rendang of Australian brisket.
The more casual grazing menu features mini wagyu burgers, pizzas and potato churros and of course, the cocktails and breakfast dishes are also worth a close look. Pull up a chair on the lawn, lounge around by the pool and do a spot of people watching or go for a swim – you can choose from the inviting pool or the irresistible beach. Ku De Ta turns up the volume at night with their own resident DJ team spinning some tunes.
Mustn’t miss: The dedicated sunset box to watch the sunset; guest appearances by world-famous DJs; 5 to 12-course degustations with wine pairings.
Cocoon Beach Club, Seminyak
If a private cabana is the way you prefer to roll, then Cocoon Beach Club in Seminyak has what you need. You can even summon a therapist to deliver a luxurious spa treatment right there! An endless supply of icy cold Bintangs will keep you well lubricated throughout the day and if lazing around the pool is too taxing on your energy, waiters will bring you tapas to munch on.
From 8pm, the swimming pool is aglow with neon colours and all around, soft candlelight sets the scene for romance beneath the stars. Cocoon Beach Club is cool and hip. Bikini bods abound through the daytime and the club slips into sophistication and glamour at night.
Mustn’t miss: 2-for-1 cocktails every day from 4pm to 7pm; private cabana spa treatments.
Kubu Beach Club, Kuta
Go back in time to the 1960s at Ayana Resort’s Kubu Beach Club. Designed to recreate the glamour of the ‘60s – and looking not too unlike a set from Gilligan’s Island – it’s a family-friendly club that boasts plenty to do. Hair braiding and temporary tattoos are offered for fun, or you may prefer to just sit back and let the sun perform its healing magic.
Or, you could avail yourself of a sublime beachside coconut oil massage under a coconut tree. Gorgeous Balinese architecture featuring bamboo, stone, shell and wood is punctuated with vintage memorabilia in the form of coconut baskets and dried corn.
The food is highly contemporary, such as charcoal bun cheeseburgers and Cajun shrimp popcorn, as well as local delicacies like bakso balung, a meatball soup with oxtail and egg noodles. Kubu is open from 9am to 7pm daily.
Mustn’t miss: Ayana’s 35-second inclinator ride to and from the beach; vintage tiki cocktails.
Sakala Beach Club, Denpasar
Set on more than 100 feet of prime beach front, Sakala Beach Club provides a scenic and comfortable setting for beach lovers. Order a drink at the swim-up sunken bar in the three-level, 30-metre infinity pool or lay back and soak up the sun on one of the 56 sun loungers.
Snack away the day or get stuck into a hearty lunch then nap for the afternoon. Sakala Beach Club also offers a VIP lounge for night-time grooving.
Mustn’t miss: Uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean; beauty salon-style restrooms.
Join the club in Bali
Everyone holidays their way in Bali, which could mean a backpackers’ hostel and bar crawls or the lap of luxury with champagne and caviar. Bali’s best beach clubs offer something in between; a place to hang out for as much of the day as you want, meet other holidaymakers, eat and drink, swim, chill out and forget your cares. Even if you are staying in a cheap-as-chips hotel, day entry to a beach club will give you 5-star feels the whole day long!
There are scores of them, so don’t just take our word for which ones are the best. Hey, visit them all so you can make an informed assessment!