Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Junanto Xu and Tey Kher Ying
When I think of Bali, I think about paradise. My idea of the island life is definitely one where I bask under the sun while sipping on a freshly squeezed fruit mocktail as I nibble on tapas before refreshing myself in an infinity pool or best yet, the stunning blue waters of the Indian Ocean lying before me. I mean, nothing quite says you’re on holiday like drinking a mojito as you lounge on a sunbed at 1pm, right?
And not that we’re complaining – Bali has seen a rash of new beach clubs, hidden bars, quirky cafes and unique restaurants that are chic and sleek or even rustic and homey. These venues let you party and relax from day to night!
So after several trips gallivanting through the best beach clubs around the island, here’s a well- crafted 4D3N itinerary to party in style and swim to infinity with sherbet-coloured cocktails by your side. Now, here’s how to soak up the inimitable atmosphere of Bali as you hop from one beach club to the next!
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Drink, dance, dine and top up your tan as you hop from one beach club to the next with this fun and exciting 4D3N itinerary around Bali. Whether you’re here on a girls’ trip, with family or with your bros, you’ll get to enjoy a hot collection of wild beach clubs, secret bars, cute cafes and unique restaurants (some with great views too!), as well as uncover the iconic landmarks around the island.
Direct flight (total cost from SGD $175)
Take Tigerair, AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, SilkAir or Singapore Airlines from Singapore Changi Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~2h 40 min)
Direct flight (total cost from RM 400)
Take Malindo Air, AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~3h)
Get the most out of South Bali’s stunning beaches and cliff views!
Beach holidays have long been the favourite kind of holiday for those escaping to Bali, as we head off in our hordes to find beachfront resorts with the best views or yet with private beach access (all of which often come with hefty price tags).
This is all cool (and expensive), so imagine being able to chill, party, swim and relax at a beach club that’s located on the far southern coast of Bali (also known for the best beaches around the island) without having to stay at an expensive resort! Now, friends, this is how you raise your sunny holiday to the next level!
With its Mediterranean feels, this beach club is as good as the ones in Ibiza! Once there, get ready to bask in glitzy chic vibes and dance to Balearic beats just like celebs do! Drop by and get transported to Spain’s most lively party island while still being in Bali! With a gorgeous glass aquarium pool and a swim-up bar, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Get yourself some colour-popping cocktails as you show your best dance moves right in the pool!
The on-site restaurant serves excellent Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine with an extensive menu, but ordering their Patatas Bravas, Tapas, and Croquettes will bring you closer to Ibiza, through tastes and flavours.
Note: Reservations are required.
You sure must have seen this iconic 500 feet-high clifftop bar with a glass-bottomed infinity pool all over your social media feed so now is the time to check it out for yourself!
Find a seat in the VIP deck and order up a watermelon cooler or any of their creative concoctions that is. There’s also a high tea menu for your clifftop oasis enjoyment. Just know that everything is going to be served with a view here!
Photo Via Gloriabombarda
If your tastebuds tingle at the thought of freshly caught seafood, Jimbaran Bay could be a good dining option to add to your day in South Bali. Settle down at Jimbaran Bay Restaurant (also known as Bawang Merah Beachfront Restaurant) and enjoy the sea breeze with pre-dinner drinks.
Your table will be lit with candles, and an array of seafood dishes will be brought to your table (depending on what you’ve ordered!). Pick your favourite items and the chef will cook it up with secret sauces for you and deliver it to your table. Tear into glazed lobster with generous squeezes of lemon, topped with some Balinese sambal to tickle your palates.
While there are several restaurants along the stretch of beach, our favourite include Bawang Merah Beachfront Restaurant, Made Bagus and Menega Cafe.
Photo Via Fatboo.com_
Your childhood dreams come true at Shooters Bali – a fun park style cafe with popping carnival vibes invite you to have an exciting time at their mini golf course while you chug down some icy fresh Bintangs to fuel you up with your group of friends!
You’ll feel the nostalgia of not being a kid anymore as you relive memories with some fun games – besides their mini golf, you’ll get to play table tennis, basketball hoops, foosball and capture moments at the photo booth.
Oh and can we get a “HELL YEAH” for their enormous cotton candy and giant set of Jenga?!
Note: All games are free except for the mini golf.
Photo Via Emily_eckhold
Check in at this quirky, colourful and fun stay in the heart of lively Seminyak. Tijili Seminyak Hotel offers a fun and funky atmosphere with tons of Instagram opportunities, while conveniently located near restaurants, bars and shops – only a few minutes away from your daily essentials!
Photo Via Ojaboom, Metharani
Enjoy a full day in the island’s most hipster coastal town!
Heard of Canggu (pronounced as “Chan-goo”)? Today is the day you get to explore this hip little coastal village in South Bali. The area has long been a surfers’ hideout but is now so very distinct for its unique quirky personality, titling itself as “Bali’s hipster central”. Just like any typical hip hotspot, Canggu features quirky smart cafes, boutiques and delis selling the now-obligatory avocado on (sourdough) toast along with the hottest beach clubs packed with hot shirtless surfers and golden-skin ladies!
Have you ever heard of the saying, “Heaven is a place on Earth”? We think it could possibly be Panama Kitchen and Pool! This café in Canggu offers Greek-like scenery with whitewashed walls and an envy-inducing pool to fulfil your dream vacation to Santorini (without having to leave your Canggu community).
How awesome does that sound! What a hipster time to be alive! Envision a cozy environment, enhanced by a pool with the trendiest pizza and donut-shaped inflatables, juicy burgers and the wildest variety of cocktails, mocktails and milkshakes.
Photo Via Monmonichan, Taramichellebrose
We’ll say it again – nowhere does beach clubs better than Bali (well, except Ibiza maybe?) and Canggu sure has also been pulling its weight in the beach club department! So when you’re hanging out around the island’s trendiest hotspot, don’t miss checking the vibes at Alternative Beach.
Fancy a cocktail on a daybed by the pool? Or an exciting fun time sliding down to the pool or better yet – an indulging moment in a jacuzzi with soothing views? Well technically, it has no beach, it is more of a pool club but you get the whole beach club shebang and more if you get what I mean.
Note: The venue welcomes guests who are at least 17 years old and happy hour rings from 4pm to 6pm daily.
Photo Via Suannysoo
Being always in need of a massage and as a frequent spa guest with memberships around the world, I can tell you a lot about getting an indulging treatment in beautiful Bali. While I’ll usually doze off during a massage or a facial, treatment rooms that offer panoramic views of the great outdoors like the ones at Amo Spa sure add another dimension to a typical procedure and are bound to keep us wide awake while we relax!
But Amo Spa is more than just massages and facials. It is a multi-level spa facility with an unbeatable range of beauty and wellness treatments to pamper your every need and muscle-melting desires.
Photo Via Catwbu, _yogawithella_
This cute spa in Canggu has recently opened (as of 2019) and is ready to amp up your wellness wanderlust with some Instagrammable interiors!
Of course, we don’t mean to say that a spa break isn’t to help you relax, recharge and refresh. After all, you’re signing up for ultimate indulgence and uninterrupted relaxation with phones off! But if the spa has a pond with flamingos, or a ball-pit filled bathtub, and with tropical wallpapers indoors, it would be rude not to take a snap for your social media feed.
Got it? Tonic Day Spa and Botanicals will make you feel like a flamingo in a flock of pigeons!
Photo Via Margarala, Alexdontknowit
Since Canggu is the granddaddy of trendy eateries, it is no surprise a local restaurant like Ulekan Bali looks this good! Most people’s impression of Indonesian food doesn’t extend beyond Nasi Goreng, but Ulekan Bali is sure to baffle that thought with several more options to add to your foodie list.
Drop by during the day to enjoy great airy interiors and a warung-style eatery with delicious Nasi Campur buffet alongside all of your favourite Indonesian dishes. Don’t limit yourself, fill your plate with colourful local delicacies derived from the earth and seas.
Photo Via Checkinnbali, Farinabakti
I did not want to head to popular old names like Potato Head on my recent trip to Bali – instead, I checked out the newest kid on the block (as of 2018), right in the heart of Seminyak!
Besides very cool technicolor ‘grammable features and the funkiest cocktail creations, you’ll be wowed by Tropicola’s woodfire open kitchen, two swimming pools, and two bars! Take it from us, two is always better than one.
We also heard that they’ll be opening a rooftop bar section with magical views of the Bukit Peninsula and Tanah Lot – one more reason not to miss this gem!
Photo Via Marlianelsa
Who said a mermaid had to come with a bikini body? Everything at Fat Mermaid comes with a twist! Even the food on the menu is a combination of East meets West with Asian-inspired Western dishes! This eclectic venue with neon lights and natural backdrops isn’t only made for the Gram but serves up an extensive menu with delicious food and equally satisfying concoctions!
They also have good music and live bands throughout the night!
Do you scream for ice cream!? – Creamery Bali (30 minutes)
You’ll love a stop at Creamery Bali – a super-duper scooper serving the island’s best Nitro ice-creams.
With concoctions that have the power to cure a broken heart, or cool a sunburn, this colourful little parlour sure knows how to cool you down on a hot day! Whether you settle for ice-cream in a cone, cup or sandwiched between cookies and brownies, the flavours and toppings at Creamery Bali are sure to surprise you.
And the best part? The spot is committed to doing things the right way so you can expect 100% natural ingredients and 0% artificial nonsense!
Photo Via Hennytantra
Hunt for this cool bar that’s hidden behind a broken fridge door! – ‘Black Panther’s domesticated cousin’ (3 hours)
Note: The name of the bar listed has been replaced by a nickname, you’ll have to find its real one (surely you didn’t think it was gonna be easy)!
As if Canggu wasn’t cool enough with all its hipster cafes, here comes another unique spot you’ll have to hunt for! Like the best of all secret bars, this bar-in-a-mart does not have much in the way of front door signage – but following instructions doesn’t always get you where you want to be. After all, rules are meant to be ‘broken’! 😉
If you’re brave enough to poke around some unexpected spots in the mart, you might just find yourself in a hip speakeasy bar! The music is ridiculously good, and you’re even allowed to dance on the pool table. Booze? Hella cheap as well. For real!
1. Find your way to the famous Canggu shortcut, and be careful not to end up in the paddy fields!
2. Look out for the smallest and sole mini-mart at the end/beginning (depends on where you are coming from) of the street.
3. If you can’t find the drink you want, why not try somewhere unexpected? The answer’s often in the place you least expect it to be!
4. Also, what’s the cutest bad luck omen you know?
Photo Via Mc_lepage
Wander in Bali’s jungles and uncover day clubs atop waterfalls and valleys!
Today is the day you get to be Tarzan and Jane! In addition to the breathtaking beaches and glorious sunsets, there are always hidden gems tucked away in surprising places, reserved for those of us looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.
Roam through thick jungles and uncover day clubs with magical waterfall and valley views. You’ll also get to indulge in delectable local food in Bali’s cultural hub – the mystical jungle town of Ubud!
Stop by the delightful Boni Restaurant while you start your trip to Ubud and find your very own ‘Eat. Pray. Love’ moment! Every Bali trip is incomplete without a visit to the emerald green rice terraces, and at Boni Restaurant, you are guaranteed the seats with the best views.
Enjoy a traditional meal perched overlooking the vast and stunning rice fields and fall in love with the serene rustic side of Bali. We hear that the delicious Nasi Bakar makes the gorgeous views even better!
Photo Via Myminue, Marzacpete
Nothing’s better than an adults-only spot to enjoy groovy music with your besties, with no pesky kids to ruin the mood! Head over to Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar to experience everything a beach club has to offer, except for the beach. Yes, jungle clubs are trending now in Bali, and this one comes with stunning architecture, majestic jungle views and a 3-tiered pool to match!
Photo Via Risdev, Sandhy_zane
A meal at Lumbung Restaurant is bound to be one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Everything at the restaurant is incredible. Food will never disappoint and neither will views deceive you. If you’re here with a bunch of friends, try out their Jajanan Pasar Platter that features a selection of local street food. Besides, their braised duck is also a winner, while many rave about their homemade coconut ice-cream for dessert!
Note: They also offer free shuttle service around Ubud.
Photo Via Joshkathey, Travelwitheflow
Seems like canyons aren’t only in the United States! Explore one of Bali’s secret natural wonders that’s been carved out over aeons by fast-moving rivers. You are going to get wet, so dress appropriately and we’d recommend a guide unless you’re a very confident river-trekker.
To be completely honest, the activity might be challenging for many but it is totally worth it as you’ll get to relish magical scenery once at the canyon. The location is a hidden gem and consists of three canyons in total – the further you go, the better it gets!
Photo Via Sgo.mg_
Alternative: Chill at a hidden river club atop Bali’s most famous waterfall – D’Tukad River Club at Tegenungan Waterfall (2 hours)
By now, you sure know about Bali and its iconic beach clubs, but have you heard of the ‘waterfall club’ that’s shaking up the party scene?
D’Tukad River Club is Ubud’s all-new natural haven with a treehouse concept – right atop Tegenungan Waterfall. Simply climb several flights of stairs, and be wowed by the majestic streams of water that form this magical cascade!
Photo Via TripCanvas, Elliesouthgate
When in Rome, do as the Romans do – surely you weren’t thinking of leaving Bali without trying things the local way?
At Laka Leke, you’ll get to try out local favourites, modern Indonesian fare, authentic Balinese cuisine and more. You’ll also be entertained by traditional Balinese performances as you dig in!
We personally loved their popular crispy duck, which goes amazingly well with some sambal matah. Then again, everything at Laka Leke tastes fantastic, but no words can do justice to their mouth-watering Nasi Campur – colourful and flavourful!
TripCanvas Tip: On specific nights, the restaurant gets busy with traditional performances, which see locals dressed in colourful and shiny outfits replicating theatrical dances such as the Barong and Kris Dance, Frog Dance, Joged and Children Dance, as well as Bali’s popular Kecak Dance.
Photo Via Shantik, Sovinurbayanti
Ubud may be serene and tranquil, but who doesn’t get tired after a sweaty long day?
Time to check-in at your little oasis tucked in between rice paddy fields… Bliss Bungalow is a hard-to-resist option that we recommend if you decide to spend the night in Ubud! This humble abode is the perfect place to rest amidst nature, cleanse your mind, and prepare for another day.
Have a splashy fun time sliding and chilling!
What better way than to spend your last few hours in Bali splashing and sliding in water! Enjoy exciting times at Asia’s Number One waterpark and try out fun slides with your best buddies! Before heading off to the airport, hop over to one very last day club and enjoy plenty of refreshing cocktails (with moderation!) along with relaxing pool time. You’ll be forever grateful for that day.
Head over to Waterbom for a day packed with thrilling rides! Adventure seekers would love the incredible attraction that has earned Waterbom its reputation of being Asia’s Number One waterpark!
With an array of rides and attractions available (including a swimming pool with a bar within it!) there’s something for everyone, be it relaxing, eating, drinking, or going absolutely crazy on the fantastic rides.
If you are departing from Bali late, you might want to stay longer since the entrance ticket is for a full day!
Photo Via Waterbombali
Probably the only pool club that is set right in the middle of rice paddy fields in Bali. If you’re tired of expensive entrance fees at beach clubs and prefer somewhere less pretentious and crowded, you’ll love your last moments in Bali to be spent at Jungle Bali Pool Club.
While they have wild pool parties on Fridays and Sundays, weekdays are pretty chill and laid back. The venue is equally fun day or night. With a stunning location, a classic pool club aesthetic of natural wood and white fabric, plus great menu and great service, there’s very little not to like.
You won’t have to fight over sun loungers and they also serve delicious food – their pizza and chocolate lava cake being two favourites!
Photo Via Fanfems
We feel you; post-vacation blues are a real thing!
All you have to do is plan another memorable trip to tick off more of Bali’s beach (and jungle) clubs 😉 And for now, have fun going through your photos and captured memories! Share your experiences and stories with friends and family!
P.S. Why not help them plan their wild beach club hopping vacation by sharing our itinerary with them? 🙂
Best time to travel
Bali has a reliable, warm and tropical climate all year round.
Temperatures generally linger between 26°C and 28°C, except for places located on higher grounds like Ubud and Bedugul (where it would be more chilly!).
The dry season is generally from May to September, and the wet season from October to April.
In May, June, September (non-peak period), you will find that prices of accommodation are 30% to 50% cheaper than peak season rates. Plus, you still get great dry season weather most of the time.
April and October are great if you enjoy watersports, such as surfing, as the waves are good at this time of year. You might have some refreshing rain showers, but you will also see plenty of sunshine. These are also great months to travel with children as most theme parks and attractions are quieter, and getting around would be less crowded and stressful.
Peak season in Bali is July and August, as well as Easter holidays, Christmas and New Year.