Bali has well and truly adopted the Mediterranean Beach Club concept.
Beach Clubs are now scattered across the island of Bali with guests dining on tapas, sharing seafood platters and lounging on sunbeds as they holiday in European style. So how to choose the best beach club for your next Bali holiday? And what makes these resorts different? Here’s a guide to Hoot Holidays’ five favourite Bali Beach clubs … and another five we really like, too.
Finns Beach Club, Canggu
About a 10-minute drive from Seminyak
Finns is good for families and groups travelling together. There’s plenty of shade under the airy bamboo building. Guests can either swim in one of four pools or venture down to the beach itself. There’s nine bars, six restaurants, two swim-up pool bars and a grand boutique. Entry is free but a minimum spend applies if you want to use any of the day beds. A local beer will cost you A$5.70; a martini A$12.40 and Finn’s burger with grilled pineapple will cost A$19.
Sundays Beach Club, Ungasan
A 35-minute drive from Seminyak
Every day is Sunday here. Guests are advised to arrive early (9 am opening) to get the best spot on the beach. Sundays works on a first-come-first-served basis. Adults pay A$41 to enter while the cost for children is A$20. You can book a VIP Beach Bungalow for eight guests which includes a private butler, glass of Chandon on arrival, private beach access and a personal day bed for A$825. A local beer will cost you A$6.20; a martini A$17 and an Aussie burger with smoked cheddar and special sauce will cost A$19.60.
Omnia Dayclub Bali, Uluwatu
A 40-minute drive from Seminyak
There’s more than a touch of Vegas to the Omnia Dayclub which overlooks the famous Uluwatu cliffs. This is the kind of place you go if you want to make an impression on Instagram. It is made for social media YOLO moments. You can have your choice of VIP cabanas or private pools. A local beer will cost you A$6.20; a glass of Belvedere Vodka costs A$6.20 and a Wagyu steak sandwich and potato wedges cost A$25.80.
Ku De Ta
This is one of Bali’s original Beach Clubs having opened its doors back in 2000. Ku De Ta features an open plan restaurant, day beds and plunge pools. The music is chilled. The vibe is carefree and relaxed. It is fair to say that it feels a little “old school Bali” and doesn’t try too hard to be hip and funky. It is also a little cheaper to eat and drink here. A local beer costs just over A$5.50; a Lychee martini will cost A$14.40 and a KDT build-your-own-burger with a 180gram hand-cut Black Angus patty is cheap at A$10.30.
Potato Head Beach Club
Surrounded by boutiques and coffee bars, Potato Head Beach Club is regarded as a cultural institution in Bali. Local creatives hang out here using the infinity pool, the swim-up bar or dining at one of the complex’s three restaurants. There is no entry fee, but if you want a cabana you have to agree to a minimum spend of A$50. It won’t take too long to spend that. A local beer will cost you A$6.70; a Kopi martini costs A$13.40 and a Baby Huey Burger with pickles, spiced mayonnaise and fries cost A$17.
Other Beach clubs we suggest that are worth a visit include Old Man’s at the Batu Bolong surf break in Canggu; Azul Beach Club in Legian; Komune Beach Club in Gianyar; HQ Beach Club in Kuta; and the Jimbaran Beach Club which overlooks the surf beach and the Ngurah Rai International Airport runway.