Long, hot days drifting on an azure pool without the shrieks of children shattering the party. Sound good? The Yak spotlights Bali’s best adult only pools.
Few places in Bali inspire as much awe as the surf-battered cliffs of the southern Bukit, and few venues have been as much lauded in this area as OMNIA Dayclub. Brought to you by the world-renowned Hakkasan Group, OMNIA is perched on a limestone plateau 100 metres above the Indian Ocean and has a strict over 21 entrance rule, making it one of the most exclusive adult venues on the island. Needless to say given it’s lofty perch, the views from the swimming pool are spectacular, taking in the endless ocean blue punctuated by lines of white surf and the occasional yacht.
Afternoons at OMNIA are all about sybaritic delights. Sitting back and soaking up the scenery is a given, but you can also pass your time feasting on offerings from the kitchens of Sake No Hana, itself a world-renowned brand with a food philosophy centering on the Japanese concept of shun, meaning the exact moment when an ingredient is at its peak. Opt for maki, nigiri or sashimi plates, each one featuring glistening slices of fresh fish selected for its superior quality.
The real dayclub action takes place on the expansive terrace skirting the edge of the cliff. At the centre is the free-form infinity pool and rows of oversized daybeds positioned to soak up the sun. On the left is the DJ booth, dance floor and VIP cabanas, and to the right exclusive open-sided bungalows with private plunge pools and a secluded swim-up pool bar with floating daybeds. Perhaps the most striking feature at OMNIA is the Cube, a dramatic bar set on a platform that seems to float over the edge of the cliff. Topped by a huge cube made of LED lights and surrounded by a wooden deck, the bar here is a prime gathering spot and all set to light up the night when the after-dark programme is in place.
As the afternoon winds down, the Cube is the ultimate sunset spot, so with Prosecco in hand head to the deck to take in the vertiginous views. On either side green cliffs tumble to a white sand beach below where the only footprints are from a lone fishermen casting his line. Fiery yellow and orange hues fade into red, deep purple and blue, and all you’ll be able to think is that it really doesn’t get much better than this.
Alternative Beach Club
Wondering what to do or where to hang out during the day in Canggu? Open air pool, beach vibes, chill out music events with guests DJ’s, great food and tantalizing cocktails, welcome to Alternative Beach Club.
With a strict 17+ policy you’re guaranteed a good day kicking back by the azure pool in this chill and perfect spot away from the ankle biters.
Its modern, Mediterranean inspired facilities include two Jacuzzis, a social hub, restaurant (Eat Me), a cycle center (Bali Cycle Centre), a gym (Wanderlust Crossfit), a day spa (Allure Spa), Hostel accommodation (Kosone Hostel) and private rooms (Canggu Village Accommodation).
Hidden down a small lane right in the heart of Canggu, Alternative Beach Club is a gorgeous mix of white concrete, light woods and real sand … creating an Instagram-worthy replica beach, without the hassles of crowds, rubbish and hagglers. In their place, white day beds, white umbrellas, towering palm trees and staff dressed in all white with splashes of baby blue create the perfect spot to relax.
Well worth a visit.
Azul Beach Club
Azul Beach Club is a beachfront bamboo tree house serving sassy sunset cocktails, a great live music program plus epic all-day dining. The pool – which has a strict Monday to Saturday adult’s only policy – overlooks the beach with a view framed with palm fronds. Enjoy the big circular whirlpool, which is flanked by wooden decks topped with sun lounges, umbrellas and a few fabulous recessed Moorish-style banquets. Any child attempting to enter the pool is quickly dispatched to the kid-friendly lagoon pool of the Mandira resort that safely borders the beach club. Azul welcomes kids for a family BBQ every Sunday.
Of all the uber chic resort enclaves of southwest Bali, among the most understatedly glam is the Alila Seminyak. This darling of the champagne set has an exquisite trio of dreamy pools and one – the Serene pool – is for the exclusive use of hotel guests who are of voting age. No kids, no day guests. It is tucked away from the buzzing big pool and bars at the centre of the resort and serves as a stylish aquatic retreat for the more chilled guests at this heavenly destination.
The long established Padma Legian has a neat little beach club called S.K.A.I that sits on a hot spot right where the hotel grounds meet Legian beach. Best of all is the 38-metre infinity pool is reserved for the grown ups only. Think kid free space that is splash and squeal free 24/7. Expect to hear only the lapping of the infinity pool and rolling waves of the beach. The view from this perch is all white sand, endless sea and sky plus the dramatic Bali sunset, which is delivered daily for free. S.K.A.I is a childless zone at all times so take a lounge and enjoy the peace.
Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private & Villas & Spa
Among the low key glamour of Nusa Dua’s long white sandy beaches and exclusive resorts is the Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private & Villas & Spa. This beautiful estate, with its pavilions and gardens, refuses to accept any guest under the age of 16 years making it a perfect spot for those who are seeking exclusive serenity. The pool villas are set around a pool adult’s only communal pool with a private beach club. Guests staying at Kayumanis properties in Ubud, Sanur and Jimbaran – which are not childfree – can retreat to the Nusa Dua pool and beach club for some quality time without junior.