This summer, Bali is turning up the heat with hip new pool clubs, eateries and late-night drinking dens.[related_articles]65325,68654,58092[/related_articles]
Dive into its coolest neighbourhoods and party all day and night in these hotspots.
Finns Beach Club, Canggu
It’s relocated from Uluwatu, but the new and improved Finns Beach Club has all the affordable laidback cool of the original in a much bigger space.
On the break at Berawa Beach, there are live DJs daily, a swim-up bar with frozen cocktails, and a sprawling deck with beanbags and daybeds for hire. A sushi bar opened in the bamboo open-air restaurant pavilion in December, with an a la carte menu and bento boxes available poolside.
For the best seats at sunset, head to the tiki lounge bar on the second floor and enjoy two-for-one cocktails daily from 6pm to 8pm.
Da Maria, Seminyak
Da Maria brings a whole new level of cool to Petinteget’s bustling high street. Inspired by the hip interiors of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Sydney restaurateur Maurice Terzini has created a tropical-chic osteria with large blue-and-white tiled interiors, indoor fountains and splashes of yellow.
The kitchen pumps out faultless produce-driven Italian fare – like the creamy burrata and melt-in-the-mouth wood-fired pork belly – from noon until late. Campari-inspired cocktails and house-made spirits are the pick on the drinks menu.[related_articles]62744,59706,57749[/related_articles]
Gears change after 10pm to late-night drinking, disco dancing and pizza. Sundays are for recovery and house beats in the back courtyard.
Mrs Sippy Pool Club, Seminyak
It may not have the sunset beach views, but what Sydney export Mrs Sippy lacks in beachfront, it makes up for with a sprawling saltwater pool and 5m diving platform.
Tucked away on a back street off Petinteget, it’s an oasis of Mediterranean cool – from the blue-and-white poolside cabanas to the palm trees and sand.
The menu – more Med-goodness – dances between good-value pizzas and salads to chargrilled seafood with bite from a Michelin-star chef. Drinks are fun and the onsite boutique worth a look.
The Lawn, Canggu
A recent makeover has turned what was a patch of grass and a coconut drinks van into a sunset-vibing pool club and seafood restaurant.
Overlooking Batu Bolong Beach, The Lawn is a sweet spot with a small infinity pool, day beds (first come, first served) and raffia picnic mats shaded by palm trees and fringed umbrellas, where you can sip a coconut mojito and watch the surfers out on the break.[related_articles]56671,41014,68245[/related_articles]
The new covered beachfront bar – complete with day beds and a Med-inspired bites menu like shell crab bao (steamed buns) and barramundi ceviche – is a cool spot to watch the sun dip low in the sky.
Live jazz (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday), R’n’B beats and fairy lights at night make this a magical spot.
The Slow, Canggu
The Slow, a surf-art hotel and all-day grazing spot up the road from Old Man’s, brings a new level of dining to ultra-hip Canggu. Its hip eatery has a relaxed share-plate philosophy and pre-batch cocktails made onsite. And the food is seriously good, with lots of South American and Asian-inspired tweaks to dishes like tempura broccoli and slow-roasted beef ribs.
A collaboration between Ksubi co-founders George Gorrow and Gareth Moody, the whole experience is like dining in a concrete bunker, albeit one that’s super-stylish and filled with lush plants, artisan furnishings and modern art.[media_embed]https://youtu.be/5PC6Sx1MM2o[/media_embed] [qantas_widget code=DPS]Check out Qantas flights to Bali.[/qantas_widget]
(Lead image: Mrs Sippy Pool Club)
Belinda Luksic is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer and photographer. Her work appears in Jetstar, MiNDFOOD, Holidays for Couples, AWOL, CruiseCritic, Wego, Get Up & Go, TravelTalk, Arabian Travel News and others.