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While away a day (and an evening) at these beach and cliff-top clubs.

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An adults-only aerie perched cliff-top on the Bukit Penin­sula, Om­nia Day­club ( om­ni­a­clubs.com) im­presses from the mo­ment you ar­rive and pa­rade along a cat­walk over­shad­owed by a gi­ant crys­tal cube. The ros­ter of in­dus­try leg­ends in­volved is im­pres­sive, from own­ers the Hakkasan Group—known for its global port­fo­lio of ex­clu­sive clubs and restau­rants—to ar­chi­tects WOHA from Sin­ga­pore and New York’s Rock­well Group. They col­lab­o­rated to cre­ate de­sign drama in the form of in­fin­ity pools and swim-up bars ringed by daybeds and ca­banas in ter­races re­sem­bling rice fields. There’s live mu­sic daily, in­clud­ing a ros­ter of in­ter­na­tional DJs who take over the decks for spe­cial events. Still on the Bukit Penin­sula, Ulu Cliff­house ( ulu­cliff­house.com) unites ev­ery­thing that’s great about ocean­side bars in Bali: an in­fin­ity pool, al­fresco space for loung­ing, a DJ booth, and a Peru­vian restau­rant serv­ing cre­ative cock­tails (try the Twist­ing My Melon Man). More off-piste is the record­ing stu­dio, art space, and res­i­dent surf­board shaper—the waves of Uluwatu are only a short drive away, af­ter all.

If you like your cock­tails with a lib­eral pour of rum, you’ll love Le­gian’s tiki bar–in­spired Azul Beach Club ( azul­bali

.com). Crafted al­most en­tirely from bam­boo with pops of turquoise that nod to the sea, the open-air tree­house is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar at sun­set. Grab a pod over­look­ing the in­fin­ity pool or sink your toes into the sand while sip­ping mai tais and mo­ji­tos that riff on tra­di­tional fla­vor com­bi­na­tions.

A Robin­son Cru­soe-es­que set­ting with an up­scale twist, La Brisa ( labris­a­bali

.com) is the ul­ti­mate bare­foot beach fan­tasy in the coastal vil­lage of Canggu. There’s a nau­ti­cal theme through­out: thatched-roof tree­houses are crafted from wood re­claimed from old fishing boats, an­tique buoys hang on walls, and seashells and fishing nets have been trans­formed into art­ful in­stal­la­tions. Sink into a bean­bag on Echo Beach, lounge pool­side on a daybed, or­der cock­tails, and toast the sun­set.

Ar­to­tel Beach Club ( ar­totel­beach club.com) in Sa­nur proves Uluwatu and Seminyak don’t have all the fun when it comes to wa­ter­side hang­outs. The ar­chi­tec­tural team (also be­hind the Nihi re­sort on Sumba Is­land) de­signed the eye-catch­ing bam­boo struc­ture among banyan trees, adding a restau­rant and dou­ble-tiered pool with a swim-up bar. The hard­est de­ci­sion you’ll face is whether to set your­self up on a daybed by the pool or ca­bana on the sand, seared tuna burger in hand.

Clock­wise from above: Beach­side din­ing at Azul Beach Club; La Brisa; a tiki cock­tail at Azul; pool­side at Om­nia Day­club.

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