If you have never been to Bali before, visiting a beach club is a must. Every one of them is different with its own unique vibe. From sunsets in Seminyak to jungle views in Ubud and infinity pools overlooking the ocean in Uluwatu, you will not regret hitting at least one beach club for a day (or evening). For repeat visitors, there are several new beach clubs that have opened in the past year, so this guide is your ultimate rundown on what’s hot (and what’s not) in the beach club scene in Bali.
Dress codes and entrance fees for Beach Clubs in Bali.
If you are going to visit one of Bali’s beach clubs — and I highly recommend you do — a little bit of planning will help make your day a fantastic experience. Here are some insider tips to make the most of your day.
- Make sure they’re open. Some venues may be closed for private functions.
- Special events like dance parties or festivals may require purchasing a ticket beforehand, which is advisable because the door price is often much higher than purchasing a ticket beforehand.
- Understand that an entrance fee often includes a credit towards food and beverage in order to maximise their revenue. This is often still a good deal and is designed to ensure their daybeds and limited seating options are profitable.
- You will likely be asked by security to leave any food and drinks before entering, including bottled water.
- Most beach clubs have a minimum dress code — at the very least no alcohol-branded singlets or t-shirts — and some will require footwear (not jandals or thongs) after a certain time, often around 4 pm. Expect varying levels of enforcement depending on the time of year, and how busy they are, and for women is often more relaxed than for men.
- You will likely be subjected to a security search before entering, including backpacks, shopping and handbags.
- Make a booking beforehand if you expect to use a daybed or prime position for popular clubs, especially for sunset.
Location Guide to Bali’s Best Beach Clubs
The beach clubs in Bali are spread far and wide, so make sure you know how far away they are from your accommodation and plan accordingly.
Mrs Sippy, Seminyak
While Mrs Sippy isn’t even on the beach, it gets my vote for the best beach club in Bali because they nailed the formula — Bali’s largest saltwater pool, a 5m diving platform for the adventurous, affordable and surprisingly good food menu — and a laid-back vibe that just works.
They have also been throwing some of Bali’s best music festivals lately and this venue is clearly getting better every month. We give it a rare 5-star rating for sheer awesomeness.
The Lawn, Canggu
A relatively new addition to the beach club scene in Bali it is very conveniently located 100m from Old Mans in Batu Bolong. Sitting on the foreshore of the hip Canggu beach, The Lawn has quickly become a favourite haunt for locals, expats and visitors alike.
Soak up the midday sun, lounge by the pool, and enjoy a dusk cocktail or the sensational tunes from visiting DJs after dark.
Address: Jl. Pura Dalem, Batu Bolong, Canggu
Phone: +62 361-335-1055
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11 am – late
Entrance Fee: None – Minimum spending on day beds approx.US$100 in high season, US$50 in low season.
Potato Head, Seminyak
Potato Head is a must-do for anyone coming to Bali looking for a party by the pool. It has some of the most inspiring architecture you will see for commercial premises from the entrance. To say they made the market for using antique shutters as an architectural feature is an understatement.
Year after year, Potato Head is the standard by which all other beach clubs should be judged. The cocktails may seem expensive but they are expertly prepared and pack a real punch. Dollar for dollar the best cocktails on the island.
Jungle Fish, Ubud
While Jungle Fish isn’t technically a beach club — it’s on the side of a valley overlooking the jungle just north of Ubud — it’s still a pretty cool place to hang for the day. The infinity pool overlooking the lush valley is suitably Instagram-worthy and the food is pretty good too.
If you are staying in Ubud and feel like a beach club experience then Jungle Fish is definitely worth a visit for the afternoon. A few others have opened in the Ubud area but Jungle Fish was the first. Makes for an excellent stop after walking the Campuphan Track for an outside-the-box day trip.
Rebranded as Savaya (previously known as Omnia Day Club) opened with a big splash and massive promotional budget in 2018 and had a number of high-profile events with international DJs playing to big crowds. It’s an up-market venue located at the southern end of south Bali (locally known as The Bukit) so getting there and back means it’s a day (or night) trip, so plan your transport accordingly.
It’s at the high end of the expense scale, and seating is very limited during big events unless you are willing to pay serious dollars for a day bed, so be prepared to stand if it’s seriously busy during party nights.
Address: Jl. Belimbing Sari, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung
Phone: +62 361 8482150
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11 am-10:30 pm
Entrance Fee: IDR200k, more for special events.
Wanna Jungle Pool and Bar, Ubud
Wanna Jungle Pool and Bar is promoted as an adults only (15 years old +) pool club in the brand new Kayon Jungle Resort located 14km north of Ubud. It has an extraordinary 3-level infinity pool looking over the jungle, making for incredible views. Thankfully they have a no-drone policy, but enforcement seems to depend on the day.
If you are going there to enjoy the pool for the day make sure you call ahead first — on two occasions I’ve been taking guests there as part of a day tour but the venue was closed for a private function.
Address: Banjar, Desa, Gianyar
Phone: +62 361 978098
Open Hours: Mon-Sun, 9:00am-9:00pm
Entrance Fee: From IDR200k, see below for detailed pricing.
Sundays Beach Club, Uluwatu
Sundays Beach Club is a privately owned beach located at the bottom of The Ungasan Clifftop Resort. It used to be the home of Finns Beach Club, which has since moved to Canggu. Access is by cable car from the clifftop to the beach which is protected by a reef and makes for excellent swimming.
Because the reef and location under the cliffs it makes for very calm waters great for swimming, although at low tide the reefs are exposed so check the tide charts and make sure you have a day with a tide in for an awesome day by one of Bali’s most protected beaches.
Address: Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan
Phone: +62 811-9421-110
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 9 am – 10 pm
Entrance Fee: Approx US$30 including US$15 credit on food and beverage.
Karma Beach, Uluwatu
Karma beach is without a doubt one of the best afternoon/evening beaches you can hit when they have an event. The beach parties are legendary. During the off-season it’s still an awesome destination, and my preffered beach when taking guests for a guaranteed top day.
Of the three private beaches in Uluwatu, it’s definitely my go-to beach especially when the weather is a bit rough in Seminyak as the weather patterns often mean it’s sunny down in The Bukit when it’s pouring rain further north. Their beach parties, however, are not to be missed.
Address: Jl. Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan
Phone: +62 361-848-2200Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am – 11pm
Entrance Fee: IDR 500,000 including IDR 300.000 Food and Beverage credit.
Azul Beach Club, Legian
Azul Beach Club is located in an interesting spot – you can’t get to it by car from Kuta, as the road is blocked off along the beach at the end of the Kuta beach strip. However, it’s an easy walk from the roadblock and an excellent beach club for a low-key day beside their pools or an evening meal.
It’s not a party destination by any means, but the relaxed vibe and proximity to Kuta mean you can get a similar feel to Finns Beach Club much further north in Canggu without having to travel. On a sunny day, it makes an outstanding spot after walking up the beach from Kuta because you can access it directly from the beach across a little-travelled paved roadway.
Sandy Bay Beach Club, Lembongan
A favourite for those heading to Lembongan. Sandy Bay Beach Club, Nusa Lembongan first opened in 2010. Set right on Sunset Beach we offer a daytime beach club facility with an infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean and beachfront dining in the evening. Crashing waves add to the drama of the setting and the sunsets are spectacular. Food and drinks are served throughout the day from 8 am. Everyone is welcome and there is no entrance fee.
El Kabron, Uluwatu
With a breathtaking clifftop view El Kabron is a bit of a hike to get to but well worth it for spectacular sunset views and a killer infinity pool. It’s a small pool and the restaurant and deck menu is on the high side of expensive, but if you make the journey make sure you have a reservation during the high season. It’s a long way to go to have a table in the restaurant because the outside deck chairs are already booked.
The Spanish menu is expensive by Bali standards but of outstanding quality. Think high-end gourmet tapas.
One of the things I’ve noticed is you have to be patient with the guests taking a very long time to get the perfect selfie on the edge of the infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Clearly for some people, travelling this far means a personal photoshoot that can take literally hours.
Le Pirate Beach Club, Nusa Ceningan
Mano Beach House, Seminyak
Mano has been upgraded in the last year and makes for an excellent sunset-watching spot if staying in Seminyak. Next door to a night food market it has direct access from Petitenget beach, which means you can walk your way along the beach and step in for a cocktail and some photo-worthy sunset views.
Finns Beach Club, Canggu
Finns Beach Club was opened in late 2016 and is already very popular with tourists and locals alike. The owners are improving the property all the time, with bars, restaurants, a great pool surrounded by daybeds and a fantastic view overlooking Berawa Beach it is a popular spot to watch the sun go down. Even though the daybeds come with a minimum spend they can be taken up pretty quickly so it pays to book ahead.
The facilities are being expanded all the time, with the latest addition being the Finns VIP Club.
Sugarsand, Double Six
Sugarsand is located across the laneway between Double Six and Seminyak Beaches, about 30m opposite La Plancha. A new breed of beach club, it’s an up-market version taking advantage of the huge amount of foot traffic through the laneway connecting the two main roads leading to the beach from Seminyak — Jalan Double Six and Camplung Tanduk.
Address: Jalan Double Six, Seminyak
Open Hours: Mon-Sun 8:00am-1:00am
Ku De Ta, Seminyak
Ku De Ta is the original Bali Beach Club. It’s a sophisticated beach-front venue with several bars that are one of the most popular spots for watching the sunset. The dining at Ku De Ta is upscale, although their bar menu is very affordable and highly rated.
Ku De Ta was one of the original beach clubs and used to be my go-to spot for treating visiting friends and family. Repeated instances of watered-down drinks, an emphasis catering to families with young children instead of high-spending adults and a poor response to customer service means this one-time respected stalwart isn’t what it once was, but it’s still worth a stop for sunset cocktails.
With all the ingredients for the perfect venue (location, architecture, great food, longevity) Ku De Ta just needs to improve the consistency of drinks service and the management take a more humble approach to customer service to be once again at the top of the list for premier destination bars in Bali.
Address: Jalan Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun, 8 am – 2 am
Phone: +62 361-736-969
Entrance Fee: None – Minimum spend on day beds IDR1,000,000 in the high season or IDR500,000 in low season.
Ibiza in Bali, Jimbaran
Ibiza in Bali was new on the scene in 2018. Promoted as a Mediterranean beach club, it’s located on Kelan Beach in Jimbaran, not far from the fish markets.
Address: Jl. Pantai Kelan, Tuban, Kuta
Phone: +62 812-3817-1777
Open Hours: Mon-Sun, 12:00pm-10:00pm
Entrance Fee: Minimum spend for days beds. Seems to vary according to season.
Komune Beach Club, Keramas Beach
Komune Beach Club has a laid-back, up-the-coast kind of feel. It’s around an hour north of the airport and situated right on Keramas Beach, which is primarily known for its reef break popular with surfers. Keramas is a volcanic black sand beach, and the exposed reef means it isn’t great for swimming – which makes Komune Beach Club a great place to hang out for the day.
I’m a big fan of the bar and restaurant, which has above-average quality meals at below-average resort prices.
Cafe Del Mar, Canggu
Café del Mar Bali opened to the public on 9 September 2019. Café del Mar Bali will celebrate its opening with a launch party late in the year while a special 3-day grand opening party is planned for early 2020, featuring a list of international DJs to be announced in the coming future.
If you have a favourite beach club not on this list, or an alteration to the details provided please feel free to leave a comment below.