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Looking for a place to while away the day, cooled by the ocean breeze and with the sand between your toes? Here’s our choice of the best beach clubs in Bali – perfect spots to sit back, sip cocktails and enjoy the view.
Finn’s Beach Club
BERAWA BEACH, CANGGU
The absolute beachfront club overlooks the surf break at Berawa Beach, Canggu with dining below a soaring thatched roof, multiple bars and luxurious day-beds flanking a 30-metre infinity pool. The seriously accommodating jellybean-shaped swimming pool is outfitted with a swim-up bar and underwater speakers. Single and double daybeds are first come first served and come with a plush teal towel – yours “free” for the day with a Finns membership or minimum spend on food and bev.
Sunday’s Beach Club
UNGASAN, THE BUKIT
When Finn’s Beach Club moved to Canggu, Sunday’s swooped their old spot, and it’s our cover image. Located adjacent Karma beach club, the descent to the powdery white sand requires a worth-it ride in a cable car and some steps. Kick back and enjoy life at this chic day retreat that is nestled on a white sandy crescent beach on Bali’s Bukit peninsular. Pull up a beanbag or sun lounger and enjoy a day of sea kayaking, snorkelling or stand up paddle boarding wile listen to cool island beats and grazing from a perfect beachside menu. Sip hand crafted cocktails and watch the sun set while crating fabulous holiday memories.
UNGASAN, THE BUKIT
Enter one of the globe’s hottest beach clubs high above the glittering azure ocean. Ride an inclinator down the limestone cliff to a white crescent of sandy beach that is perfect for a party. Bamboo and thatch make a sexy scene with hedonistic drinks and delectable foods. Groove to the soundscape by the stars of Ibiza and London’s DJ decks.
ECHO BEACH, CANGGU
Step into an amazing ambience at Echo Beach. Pirate ship pastiche meets bamboo building, tribal trimmings and fishing nets, ropes and palms trees. La Brisa is big and has a menu to meet demand.
Drinks range from sensationally cold beer to cocktails crafted from local fruits.
One of the best parts about staying at a private villa on your vacation is that you get superb food prepared exclusively for you by skilled in-house chefs – many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus comprise an extensive range of Western and Asian delights to cater every guests’ tastes. But of course, every chef has his or hers very own ‘special’ recipe that they are most proud and passionate about. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve asked some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you here every month!
This month, the outstanding private chef at Seseh Beach Villas reveals how to make Tuna Sambal Matah that had recent guests – who originally intended to travel around Bali seeking new gastronomic experiences – staying ‘at home’ most nights simply because the food was so good.
Tuna Sambal Matah
(Balinese tuna salad with raw sambal dressing)
Grill the tuna for 4-5minutes (or less depending how rare you like it) and slice.
Mix all the other ingredients by hand in a medium size bowl, add salt & pepper to taste, serve and top with the sliced tuna.
Bali’s beautiful white and shimmering black sand beaches fringe the entire island. But if your dream is to enjoy the ocean away from the crowds, check into one of these 6 stunning beachfront villas in Bali where the best beaches are just a barefoot step away, and you’ll be lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of the surf.
1. Villa Bayu Gita, Ketewel
Six-bedroom Villa Bayu Gita faces Pabean Beach, a renowned surf spot. Take a dip in the beautiful pool and indulge in stunning views over the Badung Straits. Life doesn’t get much better than this.
2. Villa Pushpapuri, Sanur
Situated absolutely beachfront, where river meets ocean on south-east Bali’s near-deserted Pabean Beach, Villa Pushpapuri will treat you to captivating views of the pounding surf, mystical Mount Agung and the island of Nusa Penida.
3. Villa Voyage, Nusa Lembongan
4. Majapahit Villas, Ketewel
Bordered by rice fields and coconut groves, Majapahit Beach Villas is a three-villa complex near Ketewel on Bali’s southeast coast. From Villa Maya’s absolute beachfront position you can cozy up to wide sea views.
5. Villa Atas Ombak, Batu Belig Beach
Villa Atas Ombak is a beachfront estate set in one and a half acres of mature tropical gardens. Stroll across the villa’s manicured lawns dotted with lotus ponds and ancient frangipani trees to the beach and watch the towering waves break onto the sand.
6. Villa Taman Ahimsa, Cemagi
Taman Ahimsa means ‘Garden of Peace’ and as soon as you enter this magical oasis, you will surrender yourself to the seductive charms of this seven-bedroom luxury oceanfront villa in Cemagi, on Bali’s southwest coast.
Elite Havens’ villas come in many shapes and sizes, yet each has its own distinctive character. Many are the fulfilment of their owners’ dreams and have interesting stories attached to their creation. ‘Behind The Scenes’ chats with some villa owners to find out how the dream became a reality.
This month the owners of Villa Iman tell us how they came to design and build their brand new luxury villa in Canggu.
So, Why Bali?
We came to Bali more than 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with the island’s breathtaking beauty, cultural complexity and the warmth and hospitality of the Balinese. When you think of building your dream home you want a dream location and Bali perfectly fits that mould for us.
What made you decide to hire architect Gary Fell and go for a custom designed villa instead of just buying something already built?
The pre-existing villas we saw in Bali did not match our needs in terms of location, style, or size so we had no choice but go down the far harder route of buying the land and then building the villa ourselves.
In 2008 we stayed at Villa Niloufar, one of Gary Fell’s first villa projects in Bali. We loved the design and hunted Gary down to see if he would design our villa for us, which he thankfully agreed to. We coupled Gary with our close friend, Rima Bokhari, who herself is an amazing architect, to create a powerful tag team.
How did the environment, neighbourhood and culture affect your design brief?
Our goal was to leverage on the natural beauty of our Canggu surroundings, so, for example, we orientated the covered area to the right-hand-side of the land to allow for stunning sunset views over the paddy fields.
We believe in honouring tradition, and invited the local Mangku (priest) to advise us where to position our house temples. We then held an all-day blessing ceremony, for which the local community prepared incredible hand-made offerings.
What is unique about Villa Iman’s location?
We are uniquely located in a part of Canggu that allows guests to have the flexibility to align their holiday to their own needs. If they want to relax in the villa’s swimming pool and TV room all day they can.
Although some of Bali’s sleepy villages may have given way to five-star establishments, the island still has plenty of untapped serene and laid-back beauty to offer. From ancient temples and palaces, rippling rice fields, perfect surf and beautiful beaches, to mystical volcanoes and wild jungles, Bali will have you hooked from the minute you arrive. Here are 3 videos that perfectly capture the beauty of Bali.