Katie Truman launches herself at a Ku De Ta sunbed. Oh!
We’re all familiar with KU DE TA, one of Asia’s most iconic beach destinations fronting Seminyak Beach, a world-class restaurant-bar-lounge venue that burst onto the scene in 2000, arguably spawning Bali’s new wave of beach clubs and sacred Seminyak cocktail ‘n’ sunset rituals for which this hood is now legendary. Other beach venues have sprouted and blossomed to success, but KDT still manages to remain classy, attracting hip jetsetters and ridiculously good-looking travellers. But like any good icon, ever-evolving KDT reinvents itself in true Madonna style.
Latest makeovers include two new “Sunset Boxes” either end of the beachfront timbered deck, ocean-facing for max sunset and sea views, especially from new sofa seating and an upper level lounge area, open to the stars for evening drinks and dining and adjoining a new chic restaurant within. KDT may be Bali’s original sunset destination but it’s pretty distracting daytime too, infused with a “beach lounge” as opposed to “beach club” concept; expect a distinctly loungey, chilled vibe with seriously good sounds, centred around the beachfront pool. Poolside day beds are hot property (minimum spend from IDR500,000) but there’s plenty of other places to hang, and knock back killer mixologist cocktails, like tropical island signature Vanilla Passion Foam, an all-new rotating menu of frozen Slushy Cocktails, or some Hubbly Bubbly. Renowned for its relaxed fine-dining, KDT’s modern gourmet global cuisine is showcased in multiple menus (including Kid’s and Vegetarian); start the day early with Breakfasts, where Ricotta and Strawberry Hotcakes, or Big Breakfast will blow away any hangovers.
From midday until late, the Grazing Menu is heaven-sent for poolside snacking – like freshly-prepared Sushi – but for full-blown lunches, head to the shaded beachfront bench tables. Naturally, sunsets are KDT’s busiest time with visitors descending en masse and savvy DJs spinning house beats – continuing the soulful soundtrack to your “Endless Summer”. Take a piece of the KDT lifestyle home, from their newly-branded Concept Store and some exclusive must-have designs.