Swaying palm trees, colourful cocktails, gorgeous infinity pools, chill-out tunes and the endless horizon of the glittering Indian Ocean – this is what the Bali beach club menu is made of.
Some of them are all about grabbing a daybed for working on your tan, ordering up an ice-cold Bintang (we’ve included the price of these in the info below there possible!) and refuelling with mouth-watering food.
Others offer a full-on activity choice of surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and high energy partying. Some have a bit of both – so whatever your style you’re covered!
So here’s ten of the best Bali beach clubs so you can track down the one with location, facilities and vibe to match your own personal definition of beach idyllic.
The Bali Beach Club Guide
Absolute beach-front, a lovely pool, gorgeous decks, coconut palms and its famous lawn – this beach club has all the essential tropical escape ingredients and quite a lot more besides. Highly photogenic, the Lawn’s many charms and hipster vibes appeal to a crowd which ranges from young backpackers to famous faces.
Its décor practically screams desert island castaway, incorporating a hundred-and-one well thought-out touches and with an overall look which exudes elegance.
While the tropical sun drenches the Lawn’s lovely spaces you can sip sangria by the pool and soak up the fantastic Indian Ocean views from the daybeds on the lawn. When the sun starts to sink head to the upper deck to make the most of those sublime sunset views.
Entry fee: None
Day Bed Cost: Minimum spend for daybeds 1 million rupiah/$71/£55 or for beach chairs 250,000 rupiah/$18/£14
Cost for a Bintang: 50,000 rupiah/$4/£3
Finns Beach Club
A firm favourite with the surfing crowd who drop in for ice-cold beer and food breaks in between wave-riding, Finns Beach Club also floodlights the famous Berawa break right out front at night for after-sunset sessions.
The huge main pavilion is a vision of thatch and bamboo while jewel-like extras at Finns include an ocean-view infinity pool with swim-up bar and submerged speakers along with a raised level sunset lounge ideal for drinking in both sensational views and sundowner cocktails at the same time.
You can get active if you choose surfing, paddle-boarding or kayaking. Alternatively you can do absolutely nothing other than sprawl on a 1- or 2-person day bed under swaying palms and parasols with the resident DJ’s tropical-themed tunes acting as your soundtrack from midday day.
How luxurious you go is also up to you with options for the incredible value regular beach club or a VIP version, both of which sit side-by-side in front of the dazzling white sands.
Entry fee: None –
Day Bed Cost:Minimum spend for single day bed 500,000 rupiah/$36/£27.
Finns VIP minimum spend – single day bed 1 million rupiah/$72/£14
Cost for a Bintang: 60,000 rupiah/$4.30/£3.30
Mano Beach House
If you can conjure up an idyllic image of tropical chill Mano Beach House beach club – Seminyak’s new kid on the block – is probably exactly what you had in mind. The tribal-themed décor and vibe are bohemian, the whole a straw thatch, exposed stone walls and wood design while the lawn area is a relaxation oasis of oversize bean bags.
Mano offers a pool, a deck lounge and a courtyard with daybeds and great Indian Ocean views with Petitenget Beach right out front.
The regular calendar of events here includes the Mano Sundown on Wednesdays with live acoustic music sets and the Sunset Anthems from Thursdays to Sundays when DJs spin the decks for sundown soundtracks. Mano also has a calendar of special events, listed on their website, which typically kick-off as the sun sinks.
Entry fee: None but a minimum spend on daybeds applies
Cost for a Bintang: 40,000 rupiah/$2.90/£2.20
Glitzy and glamorous, cliff-top Omnia is a beach club to see and be seen at. Its high-end elite status, adults-only policy and luxurious VIP areas together act as a magnet for the wealthy and famous while the showy sparkling cube which tops its stunning ‘floating’ bar has become a symbol of exclusivity.
Location-wise Omnia is pretty hard to beat. Surrounded by jungle, its gorgeous infinity pool and swim-up bar suspend you 100 metres above the ocean with a lush tropical greenery-covered cliff in between. All of this can be enjoyed from plush daybeds either in or out of the water and private cabanas.
Sophisticated it might be but the partying is full-on here with the weekly Phoenix Sundays turning the ever-present festival vibe into a hedonistic day-long event if you have the staying power. .
Entry fee: 200,000 rupiah/$14/£11
Day Bed Cost: Minimum spend of 1.2 million rupiah/$86/£66
Ku De Ta
Ku De Ta has been around since the birth of the beach club scene. Since then the concept has been adopted by countless others but many would argue this Bali institution is still one of the best.
Seminyak beach-front Ku De Ta is also a leader of the whole fun-in-the-sun ethos, combining the beach club idyll of lazing and dining in amazing tropical surroundings with a party spirit.
Its calendar of music events and regular sunset sessions make it something of a hot-spot, attracting big name international DJs. The Ku De Ta beach club chilled-out soundtrack is so established it has a radio stream and also produces CDs annually. This means all of its customers can instantly recreate their unforgettable moments of sun, sand, ocean and good times even when they get home and Bali is just a cocktail-drenched memory.
Entry fee: None –
Day Bed Cost: Minimum spend on day beds 1 million rupiah /$72/£55 in high season or half that in low season
Hotel Komune Resort and Beach Club
Sitting amid a lush and unspoiled area on Bali’s eastern side, this beach club is beloved by surfers drawn by the famous Keramas break which sits out front with a handful of other epic spots close by.
Its restaurant and bar are both distinctive and chic, its gardens full of blooms and exotic scents and its lush lawn area set around its circular pool the perfect place to lounge on an ocean-view daybed.
The refuel and recharge element for surfers, snorkellers, swimmers and paddle-boarders in between sessions includes everything from colourful salads to great seafood and freshly squeezed tropical juice to creative cocktails.
If all that water fun has left you with a few kinks to iron out before the sunset music hours or floodlit after-dark surf sessions which are periodically held you can head to the spa for a bit of a pamper. Additionally. if you time your visit right to this little slice of paradise you might also get to see a movie under the stars and coconut palms at one of the club’s cinema nights.
Entry fee: Minimum spend for all customers 300,000 rupiah/$21.50/£16.50 is required from which all food and drink purchases are taken
Once nothing more than a small, unassuming cliff-top bar, El Kabron grew up to be something of a stunner – a beach club of the sensational kind in fact. Its magnificent infinity pool offers an eyeful of Indian Ocean from a vantage point of 50 metres up which also means sunsets from here tend to be of the unbelievably magical variety.
The club is laid out in different sections and, no matter whether you choose a ‘Lazy Chair’ under the palms, a beach deck sofa, a perch at the bar terrace or a spot in the poolside lounge, the club in its entirety is an open invitation to kick-back and enjoy.
During your El Kabron day you can work your way through a series of Spanish-style tapas, feast on Mediterranean cuisine and then enjoy either DJ chill-out sets or live music sessions once the sun sinks and El Kabron lights its lanterns.
Entry fee: None –
Day Bed Cost: Minimum spend rupiah 550,000/$40/£30 for pool lounges and lazy chairs
Cost for a Bintang: unsure on Bintang but San Miguel – 65,000 rupiah
Set right on the powder-soft sands of the kind of tucked away and aqua ocean-lapped cove which dreams are made of, Karma Beach’s setting already catapults it straight into the exquisite category. However, you can also factor in all the little extras such as the beach-front massage, the succulent seafood feasts, private cabanas and a choice of activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and stand-up paddle board yoga. Once the stars wink into view Karma Beach sets the evening vibe with DJs and live music and a weekly movie night on Mondays while it also regularly hosts themed pool parties and other entertainment events.
Simply put, this exclusive-feel beach club with its serene lagoon is everything a carefree and bare-foot tropical idyll could be.
Entry fee: 650,000 rupiah/$46/£35 with 350,000 rupiah/$25/£19 food and drink credit
Sundays Beach Club
Get active in the water or do absolutely nothing except top up the tan guilt-free – at this club you choose because ‘every day is Sunday’ at the beach here. For those who feel the need to do something more than laze, ocean gaze and sip cocktails it offers complimentary snorkel equipment, stand up paddle boards and kayaks so you can enjoy the crystal clarity of the lagoon and rock-pools or head off exploring the reef.
Sundays Beach Club’s magical element which makes it especially popular is its beach bonfires, lighting up the sands every night at dusk. There must be few who think it gets any better than sprawling in an enormous bean bag under the stars on a tropical beach as a fire crackles and the loungy soundtracks from the resident DJ drift through the ocean air.
And, as if all of this wasn’t enough from a venue which already offers one of the best value beach club deals around, Sunday’s also have half price cocktails, beer and pizza every day from 5pm – 6.30 pm.
Entry fee: Weekday adult pass – 350,000 rupiah/$25/£19 with food credit
Weekend adult pass – 400, 000 rupiah/$28.50/£22 with food credit
Cost for a Bintang: 60,000 rupiah/$4.30/£3.30
Hip and happening Potato Head ticks all the essential boxes to instantly propel it into any ‘best of’ beach club list – a choice of restaurants on different levels, an ocean-fronted infinity pool, huge daybeds and a lush lawn area. Topping up the tan and relaxing with a cocktail created by an expert mixologist (you can even learn to make your own here) are pretty much the order of the day while sunset hours and beyond are filled with resident and international guest DJ sets and dancing.
With its sensational sunsets and a collection of elegant spaces such as its plant-filled garden restaurant, Potato Head is a highly Instagramable place to laze around. Arguably topping the list in the beach club’s photogenic category is the fantastical amphitheatre with its unbroken façade of antique Indonesian shutters stacked to the sky.
Potato Head has something of a reputation for playing host to some of the best events on the island with a diverse programme which includes not just music but also art, fashion and the coolest parties. Check out the website to see what’s on while you’re in town.
Entry fee: None
Day Bed Cost: Minimum spend on daybeds 500,000 rupiah/$36/£27
Cost for a Bintang: not sure on Bintang, only Heineken 55,000 rupiah/$4/£3