BEACH­FRONT GAS­TRON­OMY

More than just of­fer­ing fun un­der the sun, Bali’s beach clubs have also upped their food ante in re­cent years. By Eve Tedja

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Beach clubs find their groove with pro­duce-fo­cused menus

Plenty has changed since KU DE TA, Bali’s first prom­i­nent beach club opened its doors back in 2000. Seminyak was then a quiet, dark void where peo­ple rarely ven­tured to. Hav­ing se­cured a pre­mium beach­front lo­ca­tion, KU DE TA went on to cre­ate a multi-faceted, all-day life­style des­ti­na­tion and trans­formed Seminyak’s sleepy rice paddy im­age to that of a glam­orous beachy hotspot.

Fast for­ward to 2018 and Bali is now teem­ing with beach clubs. From the panoramic cliff-top Uluwatu in the south­ern­most tip of Bali to the east­ern coast­line of black-sand Kera­mas Beach, it al­most feels like if there’s a strip of beach left, there’s bound to be a club open­ing there too. With catchy tunes from a live DJ, a bar lo­cated by the pool, friendly ser­vice and plush sunbeds, a good beach club can eas­ily lure many to spend the en­tire day or night there.

To stand out from the com­pe­ti­tion, many of th­ese beach clubs have in­creased the em­pha­sis on the qual­ity of their F&B of­fer­ings. Af­ter all, one still has to eat well be­tween a tan­ning ses­sion and the next mar­garita at the pool­side bar. Here’s our pick of some of the is­land’s favourite beach clubs.

BEACH BAR AT ALILA SEMINYAK

Re­lax and un­wind at this up­scale pool bar while wait­ing for the stun­ning sun­set. There’s no en­trance fee or min­i­mum spend­ing and you are wel­come to use the pool as well as the plush bean bags fac­ing the beach.

The no-fuzz ap­proach ex­tends to the menu. Led by chef Ngu­rah Heru Wi­jaya who has spent 10 years in Alila Ho­tels and Re­sorts, the gourmet of­fer­ings will take you around the globe mo­men­tar­ily. From Lamb Ke­bab (Rp160,000) to Pork Bun (Rp165,000), the dishes are best eaten with your hands while ac­com­pa­nied by the house sig­na­ture’s Gin and Tonic se­lec­tion. The scrump­tious spread like the Chef’s Sun­set Se­lec­tion (Rp535,000) for two that comes with juicy sa­tays, falafel, chicken wings, hum­mus, mu­ta­bel, lamb ke­bab, and pork ribs should keep you sa­ti­ated un­til sun­down. Alila Seminyak, Jl. Ta­man Gane­sha No.9, Petitenget, Ker­obokan.

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