With Bali’s newest launches keeping it firmly at the forefront of the world’s culinary and nightlife scene, there are still plenty of iconic places to return to year after year. Combining an eclectic mix of modern style, great food, scenic views and hip crowds, here are some of the essential destinations to visit during your next visit to Bali.
Here's a rundown of our top 8 destinations:
1. Finns Beach Club
Hang out in beachfront luxury at Finns Beach Club. Its unique design features are a plenty: an environmentally-friendly stunning bamboo structure created with that epic Bali sunset in mind, ensuring every guest has guaranteed views; a 30m infinity pool and swim-up bars; and the new-for-2018 five-star hotel style of Finns VIP Beach Club, which offers an altogether more exclusive experience. Indeed, the July opening turned an extravagant building, once a popular wedding venue, into the second element of the beach club’s enviably located properties – it even features its own retail shop. From the comfortable daybeds perfect for lounging, right down to the signature cocktails, lavish design is at the forefront of the mind. Just as the club’s architectural design ensures that it seamlessly flows into its natural sandy surroundings, guests of Finns Beach Club effortlessly transition from beach, to pool, to bar. And they ooze style in doing so!
2. Ku De Ta
Described as a ‘trendsetter’, internationally-acclaimed beach club Ku De Ta enters the realms of the fashion world in more ways than just its chic and contemporary design. Its lounge-style lawn area is the host venue of various national and international fashion shows, and its entrance-way houses its very own Ku De Ta Boutique, a gem to hit up after a few drinks. The boutique features a variety of local brands as well as Italian-American designer Zee Polidori’s signature collection, Zee for Ku De Ta. Mainly focused on swimwear, the boutique also offers numerous international brands, and is certainly the place to go to make a stylish statement beach-side. What’s more, it stocks the notoriously Instagram-famous, ‘must have’, Australian sunglasses brand, Quay. Be it the extravagant cat-eye or the blindingly reflective lenses you’re after, the boutique ensures guests of Ku De Ta look and feel their best, as they indulge in the drinking, dining and relaxing atmosphere of the beach lounge.
3. Da Maria
With Caprese sophistication and style, Da Maria brings a flavor of la dolce vita to Bali. Think 1960s Italian-inspired design fine-tuned to the tropical Balinese elements of its location. With cool blue-and-white geometric tiling paying homage to legendary designer Giò Ponti, combined with elegant fountains and locally-crafted chandeliers and furniture, restaurateur Maurice Terzini breathes fresh life into traditional courtyard dining. This picture of elegance is translated into the classic simplicity of its pizza-pasta-seafood menu, and the regional Italian food it serves. And when the sun goes down, the venue turns into a late-night hotspot, with music, drinks and dancing. Da Maria is the place to be seen!
4. Omnia Beach Club
Bespoke design is of the essence in this day-club, enviably perched on the cliffs of Uluwatu. The Vegas-based flagship club has finally arrived in Bali, achieving new levels of luxury. Its most obvious distinguishing feature is its box-shaped shimmering crystal, The Cube, located above the bar and infinity pool. Against the uninterrupted backdrop of the clear blue Indian Ocean, this unique architectural feature really does do all the talking. It is the unique result of the combined efforts of Singapore-based sustainable design practice, WOHA, together with Rockwell Group, whose projects include the likes of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Nobu Hotels and restaurants worldwide. Below The Cube, you will find a bustling experience of daytime entertainment: cabanas, VIP bungalows, DJs, and London’s own Sake no Hana Japanese restaurant. Omnia Beach Club is the peak of modern innovation juxtaposed with abundant natural beauty; a breath of cosmopolitan air in Bali’s tropical surroundings.
5. Rock Bar Bali
Although Coco Chanel once said that “It is always better to be slightly underdressed.”, Rock Bar Bali is certainly not the place to test out such a principle; they have a formal dress code. Here, haute couture meets the secluded cliff bases of Jimbaran. But a hidden secret this is not! Hailed as one of the world’s best bars, the rock formations are regularly lined with guests awaiting a ride in the glass-lined travellator down to their privileged seats. The concept design is the project of Yasuhiro Koichi of Japanese design studio, SPIN, whose sleek and minimalistic influence has reached the heights of Ritz-Carltons all across Asia. Rock Bar’s nod to eco-chic can be seen through Japanese glass artist, Seiki Torige’s, work in creating a bar made entirely using layers of recycled glass canes. It is a true exhibit of sustainable design harnessing the beauty of nature’s formations, and you couldn’t quite imagine it anywhere else on the planet!
6. Ibiza in Bali
Bali has previously been coined the “Ibiza of the East”, owing to its hedonistic world of food, drink and azure seas. Now, Ibiza in Bali truly brings Mediterranean style to Jimbaran’s Kelan beach. A crisp white jewel in a sea of lush turquoise blue, the beach club and restaurant is a sight to be seen! Among the team of the chic venue is Franklin Firdaus, owner of Franksland. With such obvious commitment to style and design, it’s no wonder that Ibiza in Bali makes a refreshingly sophisticated statement. And it is a statement that has caught the attention of Paris Hilton – Firdaus says she chose to swim here when she came to Bali. Follow her lead and check out ‘the next big thing’!
MoonLite is rooftop glamour at its finest. Featured in Condé Nast’s ‘Top 10 Rooftop Bars in the World’, this fashionable spot oozes the sultry elegance of Hollywood. Allow yourself to be serenaded by the nightly live music from the in-house band, which resonates around the venue. The bar-restaurant effortlessly makes use of different textures and materials in its design: from a timber-decked bar to a slanted glass-roofed venue, all of its elements come together against the backdrop of beautiful sunsets. The epitome of MoonLite’s style is its hotly-anticipated New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, a nod to the extravagance of events such as New York’s MET Gala.
8. Bistrot Bali
Cast aside the minimalist, contemporary notions of Bali’s beach clubs and enter the quirky, vintage world of Bistrot Bali. At this trendy spot, New York loft meets Parisian eatery. A truly bold and inspired design, the bistrot is the passion project of Moroccan interior decorator Zohra Boukhari and her furniture manufacturer husband, Blaise Samoy. The spot is not short of references to design features native to a multiplicity of cultures. Vintage street lamps, industrial-looking brick walls, antiquated interior furnishings and Indonesian artefacts are among the unique blend. Every single aspect of the design has been carefully considered: even the menu features vintage French advertisements to truly make you forget the bustling chaos of Bali’s ‘Eat Street’ that awaits you outside.