Soak up the sun and have your very own pool party with our list of the best swim up bars in Bali. By Sarah Douglas.
SOARING high above Berawa beach, this brand new club has the island buzzing but is not as yet (at press time anyway) at soft opening stage. Be prepared to be wowed when she does open her doors. Perched on the beach a mere hop from many of the island’s favourite destinations, this Ibiza-inspired club features an endless beachfront pool surrounded by day beds with not one, but two swim up bars, one at either end. The Ibiza connection can be felt through the astonishing architecture on offer: massive white arches frame the beach clubs, a central DJ booth and light tower, a massive shell-like stage speaks of future parties and events while private cabanas complete with pools and lounge areas and private en-suite bathrooms pave the way for luxe private parties. Two restaurants are housed within the arches, a stunning dining room overlooks the ocean and a casual bistro overlooks the club. Expect cocktails, food and sounds inspired by one of Ibiza’s iconic brands, brought to life on the shores of Canggu’s Berawa Beach.
Finns opened to huge crowds and the pool was a hive of activity, bordering on too much for some. The recent renovation has put paid to that idea and now adults and families have their own dedicated pools. Finns extended along the beachfront and introduced Finns VIP, a beautiful, spacious area that also boasts both adults only and family pools. Finns Beach Club has been transformed as well.
Where formerly one pool sat, central to the beachfront club, there are now two pools, and the bar that serves up ice old beers, classic cocktails and bubbles by the barrel has also been extended to satisfy all their patrons. Parents can enjoy themselves while their kids play within reach, while those without kids can relax and party in the adjoining cool, blue pool that comes complete with circular lounges immersed in the water. The renovation means everyone gets their own space and the drinks keep coming. Book online for the best deals. Minimum charge applies across the beach club but the entire cover charge is a credit for F&B.
As cool as a cucumber, Manarai Beach House sits on the beautiful white sand beach of Nusa Dua. Part of the exclusive Ismaya Group who host venues across Jakarta and Bali, Manarai offers a glimpse of the other side of Bali and is a fun day out for those staying in Nusa Dua, wanting to get a taste of a great beach club without going too far. With two pools, two bars and an excellent restaurant and wine bar, Manarai’s original pool offers a circular swim up bar where the cocktails are every bit as good as the food.
The bar sits between the restaurant, the deck and the main pool, so this is the spot to escape the crowds and enjoy your own party with a little more privacy than the beach-side pool affords. Settle in as it’s surrounded by seating, including seats around the bar, and offers a chance to see some great bartenders at work creating artisan cocktails that have been developed by the group just for this venue. Pop, fizz and sparkle are all on the menu here so settle in for a great day out. Regular parties and DJ events add to the fun.
Rising like a sparkling phoenix from the spectacular cliffs along the Uluwatu coast, Omnia is a venue where everything shines brighter. While day beds and VIP booths are the premium spots to be and be seen, the Cliffside swim up bar is the club’s alternative place to chill, swim and hang out all day. With free seating and sun pods offering the perfect place to catch some rays, the swim up bar offers spectacular views along the staggeringly beautiful coastline and an overflowing choice of classic and signature cocktails.
Omnia’s option is also a favourite with ‘grammers wanting to capture the club’s glittering cube, the sweeping coastline and the sleek lines that are signatures of the Omnia experience. Tucked away at the other side of the bridge, beside two of the popular private cabanas, it’s the place for General Admission guests to capture their slice of Omnia or simply take some time out from the main pool and sip your way through one of the island’s great cocktail menus.
If there is anything that can be had to eat or drink, it is more than likely on Potato Head’s menu. The horse-shoe shaped beach club straddles Seminyak’s coastline and the pool offers some of the best views. With four restaurants, and numerous bars, the service at Potato Head extends right down to the pool, so there’s no need to ever dry off.
Enjoy great sound tracks and amazing views while sampling this menu that offers everything from cocktails that shine with personality to an endless menu of beers, wine, soft drinks and mocktails. It’s centre stage at Potato Head and right on the beachfront, in fact it’s one of the venue’s best spots to enjoy life by the beach while still enjoying the vibes of one of the island’s most popular beach clubs.
It would be too easy to write Waterbom off as a destination for kids and families. It is absolutely fabulous for kids and adults as well, yet it is also a favourite among young adults and fun lovers of all ages. The park spreads out across beautifully manicured lawns with food and beverage outlets to rival many five-star resorts. One of the main attractions is its central pool, where the swim up bar is the place to sample some of their sensational cocktails, cold beers and local and imported wine.
Complete with a volleyball net and piped underwater music, it’s the perfect place to lay your towel on one of the surrounding day beds and take a breather between the thrills and spills that are a huge attraction for all. Sol Sessions party events happen around the pool and it’s the place to be for cooling off and catching up with friends between dancing, swimming and grabbing some of the fabulous new smoke-pit specials at the nearby Shack.