Based on travellers’ feedback that I met recently, July is a perfect month to go out and put the sand in your toes, strolling barefoot on the beach to feel the breeze of tropical air. While waiting for the sun creates spectacular colours when it dips below the horizon, you need a place to chill-out with the right music and light bites.
Sitting comfy on a cosy lounge, enjoying the vivid blue of the water, languid hands on your frozen drinks with the sizzle of shellfish over a wood fire, the next thing you need is to simply live in the moment with laughter and chatters around your mates. A paradise against the sea, here we have covered the spots that can bring the coastal fiesta during the day or night, from the chic and elite to the raw and creative.
Finns Beach Club
Absolute beachfront at the famous surf beach of Berawa, Finns Beach Club invites you to laze the whole afternoon away under the sun on a white-sand beach or in an infinity pool with cocktails on hand from the swim-up pool bar, allowing anyone to have a guaranteed ocean view from any spot of the venue. This Bali’s favourite oceanfront party destination has just expanded with a total of four aquatic playgrounds for pool partying fun! Experience their new lagoon pool and the swim-up bar across the dance floor. This new private party area is connected to the existing one via a footbridge, each accommodating up to twenty revellers per platform. The second area of this new lagoon pool features a different sort of pool party experience, boasting sixteen semi-submerged Party Beds in 40cm of water – your feet are guaranteed to get wet! Set to be a popular choice for party peeps, this area is deep enough to dip your toes or cool your heels, yet easy to access without dampening your disco threads!
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, waltz your feet to the next area and discover a different vibe of Finns VIP Beach Club. This spot boasts much more than just a sunny spot by the sea. It highlights uninterrupted views of Berawa Beach in an area dedicated to 18 plus only. Their new 41-metre, oceanfront ADULTS ONLY pool is flanked by luxury white double day beds each catering for up to six people. Enough with the sun and need a cool spot to kick back for a while, head to the VIP lounge and bar to find the best CoWorking space. Those coming with kids worry not as Finns VIP Beach Club has prepared Gazebo Pool for all ages and is surrounded by daybeds. More pools, more beds and more bars to enjoy the Finns experience.
Karma Beach Bali
Catering a lifetime experience of the original luxury beach club concept, this is a laid-back lounging spot on the private beach with a five-star hippie vibe. The fact that this beach club can only be reached by a hill tram that travels 85 metres down of cliff face makes the exclusivity of the place. Perfect for either friend, family with kids or couples, all can enjoy the nuances of a secluded Karma Beach while relaxing in the whimsical, cosy surroundings. To keep you from the heat, the club also houses a dedicated kitchen under classic thatched roofing and a bamboo platform.
AZUL Beach Club
Carrying a pack of cosy, warm air from the Indian Ocean, AZUL Beach Club is the ultimate social elites’ getaway in Legian area. Over three levels of unique discoveries, the place is perfect to unwind during the day or night, chilling out in a lounge with DJ music boosting up your mood. Having a solid concept on the architecture, it’s not easy to look away from the ocean blue colour as the main focus of the interiors. From the kitchen, the chef has experience in a diverse menu, serving a combination of dishes from all over the world in the global coastal cuisine concept. The cocktails are nicely done in the presentation and designed in a bold mixture to meet your epicurean experience.
ARTOTEL Beach Club
Known as ABC, ARTOTEL Beach Club offers a jolly oceanfront ambience of typical tropical islands. Blending contemporary design with modern edges, effortless style and youthful playfulness, you can spend your day relaxing at the lagoon pool or on the pool bar. Those who prefer to put the sand on the toes can chill at the daybeds, while those who look for something a bit formal can dine in the restaurant or go to the upper level to catch the best coastal view. Combining the elements of music, dining and entertainment into one solid package, this lush oasis is not only dedicated to party lovers. Those parents can send their little champs to play in a multi-purpose lawn and playground.
Ayodya Beach Club & Grill
Cooling by a soft ocean breeze along the prettiest white sand of Mengiat Beach, Ayodya Beach Club & Grill offers a lively beach side of Nusa Dua ambience. Facing both directions to the ocean-wide and the resort’s shimmering infinity pool, you can choose to enjoy the sunset on the beanbags, cushions or relaxing bar space. Unwinding under the sun or stars, sipping the bar’s signature cocktails whilst the DJ or live music sets the mood for both socialising and relaxation, anything can happen with the perfect sundowner playlist. Browsing on the menu, the beach club bears a classic vibe of the magical island by serving a variety of grilled items as well as a good selection of steaks and plates of seafood that will seduce the palate of all ages.
Sunset on Seminyak (S.O.S)
Located at the lobby level of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, S.O.S provides a large space around the pool for a better beachfront experience in Seminyak. By all means to lounge yourselves on the beanbags while waiting for the stunning sunset with the sand between your toes and a fresh cocktail between your fingers. Alternatively, stay indoor in the airy dining room overlooking the pool and Seminyak Beach. Either way, you can discover an equal beach club experience in this casual-chic venue. Every day between 3 to 6PM, you can enjoy three types of savoury bites and three different sweet treats, highlighting Indonesian and International favourite snacks.
Tropicola Beach Club
Dedicated to those who desire for long lazy days and fun, balmy nights, this place is a mansion and playground for the new jet-set in Seminyak area. Deliberately evokes nostalgia from another era, Tropicola highlights an 80’s leaning pool club with bright colours, cascading plants and an amphitheatre shaped towards the beach that showcases views of the ‘golden mile’ of Seminyak Beach from every vantage point. Featuring three bars that sprawl over multiple levels surrounding two pools, chill yourself with some sips from their drink list that balance the art of entertainment, taste and good looking presentation.
Flamingo Bali Beach Club
Adding colour to the island’s vibrant holiday destination, this recently-opened beach club has marked themselves as a family beach club in the east coast. Located on the gorgeous black-sand of Saba Beach, this new chilling spot comes with a refreshing swimming pool, a kids’ swimming pool, complete with lush daybeds, outdoor lounge chairs and bright-coloured parasols – all in a charming palette of fuchsia and turquoise. Incorporating tropical style and lively colours, the beach club also provides a pirate-themed playground that will surely be a big hit among the young souls. There are fun and educative weekly programmes, including painting session, butterfly release and kite festival.
Sunset Beach Bar & Grill
Overlooking the sweeping curve of the Jimbaran Bay, this casual style, the open-air beachfront bar is one of the finest places to catch the sunset. Offering a refreshingly unpretentious, ‘toes-in-sand’ informality, this ocean breeze venue also provides the best front-row seats to unparalleled 180-degree sunset views across Jimbaran Bay. All shaded by mature trees, choose your preferable open-air seating arrangements at the thatched-roof central bar or a variety of beach-facing chairs, bean bags and private cabanas scattered across the sandbank.