Bali is synonymous with beach holidays. And what better way to get your fix of sea, sand and sun than lazing around at a nice beach club? Take cool dips in the pool and nap on the lounge chairs, sip fresh cocktails and munch on crisp pizzas, read a cheesy summer flick with the latest pair of Ray Bans on… Just writing this makes us dream of lazy afternoons in the Bali sun already!
Anyway, Bali is A’s favourite holiday destination and O just had a trip there for her sister’s wedding (congratulations, BTW!), so we have decided to put together this post on the Bali beach clubs we’d recommend (and NOT recommend…) 😀
As a side note, the two of us had done a comprehensive research on the topic, and between us we have managed to visit quite a few. And we are not afraid to say that some of the popular names that always appear on recommended lists, such as Cocoon and El Kabron, were SUCH disappointments.
So if you only have a few days in Bali, do yourself a favour – skip the rest and just visit the three we’re listing down here!
1. Potato Head Beach Club – Seminyak
Quoted from the official website –
“As you arrive you will be greeted by the magisterial sight of ‘Colosseum’, a towering elliptical façade of mismatched 18th century teak window shutters collected from across the Indonesian archipelago…”
So are you ready to see Potato Head Beach Club?
I had a great time chilling by the pool while enjoying my drink, which I got from the pool bar…
It was a little bit crowded but other than that the pool and the view were pretty amazing!
Potato Head Beach Club opens as early as 11AM and closes as late as 2AM – so this is definitely the place for all (family, sun-worshippers, drinkers and diners)!
Potato Head Beach Club Bali Address: Jl. Petitenget No. 51B Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 83061 Opening hours: 11AM - 2AM (Everyday) Menu: Click here
2. Sundara Beach Club – Jimbaran Bay
Sundara Beach Club was never in our itinerary initially. So how did we end up here?
All along, everyone wanted to visit El Kabron. Check out the pictures and you’ll know why my siblings and I wanted to visit this place so badly.
We rented a car and hired a driver to drive us up to El Kabron, located all the way in Uluwatu. We stayed in Seminyak, so it took around 1 hour to get there.
We slept through the whole drive, but when we arrived, everyone was so excited that the “sleepy-and-not-fully-awake-yet” us suddenly became wide awake.
However to our disappoinment, we were not allowed to enter El Kabron.
Staff: “Sorry, we can’t accomodate 11 people. You should have called earlier and made a reservation with us.”
Us: *Jaw: drop to the floor*
Can you imagine being rejected just like that after driving all the way to the restaurant?
We didn’t believe the staff’s excuse for not accepting us. Sometime later my boyfriend called the restaurant and made a fake reservation for a big group on that same day and he managed to get a table. So hey, surprise surprise, the restaurant was NOT actually full.
(A’s comment: El Kabron was such a disappointment for me too! We drove a long way to get there, got lost a couple times during the journey even with the help of trusty Google Maps, and the roads I’m pretty sure should have been classified as “tire-hazard”. When we finally reached, the staff told us there was an IDR 300,000 (~SGD 31) minimum spend imposed on visitors during sunset. The money was not a problem, but the way the staff said it was in such a snobbish and patronising way that we got very annoyed and decided to leave. I’m never coming back.)
Anyway, back to O’s story. We decided to leave quickly and go to Sundara Beach Club (located in Jimbaran) to catch the sunset before it was too late – about half an hour drive from El Kabron.
So El Kabron, thanks for the wonderful experience. Because of you, we found another beach club which was WAYYYY better. At least the staff was so much friendlier than your staff!
If you really want to visit El Kabron, I’d suggest you to give them a call first! A quick note on this, some places do not accept reservations (e.g Ayana Rock Bar) so come early!
We actually had so much fun at Sundara Beach Club. And the food was good too! 🙂
Make sure to try the Margherita Pizza when you are at Sundara Beach Club. The wood-fire pizza, topped with Mozzarella cheese, Basil and tomato, was so good that we had to order twice! 😉
Sundara Beach Club Four Seasons Resort Bali - Jimbaran South Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
3. Finn’s Beach Club – Uluwatu
This is hands down A’s favorite beach club in Bali. It is part of Semara Luxury Villa Resort, perched on the clifftops of Uluwatu in Southern Bali and commanding a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. The beach club itself is located on a stretch of private white-sand beach accessible by an inclinator from the resort.
This beach club is not the rah-rah party kind, unlike Potato Head or Kudeta. I literally just spent the day here feeding my soul – alternating between reading my book, lazing around in the shallow waters, staring into the ocean, and snacking. It was so zen. And if like me, you appreciate that kind of peace and calm too, you’ll love this place. My only qualm with Finn’s is that you can’t really see the sunset from here.
The beach club has an entrance fee of IDR 250,000 (~SGD 26), of which you can use IDR 100,000 (~SGD 10) against your food bill. Expect to spend a bit more, though. Fluffy beach towels are available for use, but the first row of lounge chairs directly facing the ocean is reserved for resort guests. They also have some water sports equipment you can use free-of-charge, so if you are keen on some kayaking or paddle-boarding, do check those out.
Fun fact: During low tide you can actually walk around the cliff and over to neighbouring Karma Beach at Karma Kandara Resort. We were at Karma Beach the next day and did just this. Anyway I think Finn’s is the better one of the two. We didn’t have a good experience at Karma Beach, but that’s a story for another day.
All in all, at Finn’s the view is amazing, the staff friendly, the food good (even though not out-of-this-world), and it is truly my favorite place in Bali!
Finn's Beach Club Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma Ungasan, Bali 80362, Indonesia Website: click here