As the cold weather starts to creep in for the last few months of the year in the West, the sunshine continues in the East, as sun-seekers head to beach destinations such as Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand and the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali. Once you reach your dream location and drop your bags at your gorgeous luxury villa then what better way to soak up the rays than a chilled-out beachfront experience; with some of the best beach clubs in Southeast Asia:
Baba Beach Club, Phuket Thailand
Luxurious, fun and glamorously chic, Baba Beach Club on Phuket’s tranquil Natai Beach, on the island’s north-western shore is fabulously funky and has it all. Part of a resort boasts a wonderfully bold Chino Portuguese design that reflects the rich culture of Phuket in a contemporary style. With an ‘entertainment pool’ right by the white sands, hip beach bar with a huge entertainment area, and a restaurant with indoor and al fresco seating, as well as a Japanese restaurant and Cool Spa, Baba is renowned for its music, DJs and events with world-class talents; all the signature hallmarks of a must-visit beach bar. You can also hire a Gabbana Day Villa during the daytime, with a private sunbed and uninterrupted beach access.
Potato Head, Bali, Indonesia
Probably the most well-known Beach Club in Bali and one of the most famous in the world, Potato Head is the hippest must-visit during your stay promising the best sunsets on the island as well as a glorious infinity pool and an expansive lawn right by the soft and beautifully chilled-out sands at Seminyak Beach in the south-west of Bali. Potato Head boasts three restaurants and three bars and is renowned for its parties, artsy vibe, and live performances. Beyond the dramatically quirky façade of colorful old shutters, Potato Head is designed in an amphitheater-style making it spectacularly cool and wonderfully inviting.
Café del Mar, Phuket Thailand
Café del Mar brings the fun party vibe of its home in Ibiza to the luxurious Millionaire Mile shores of Kamala Beach on Phuket’s sunset side. Luxurious and world-renowned, this latest reincarnation of a beach-club classic, opened its beach-chic style in 2017. A straw roof sets the tone for laid-back hedonism rather than uber-cool sophistication. The chilled-out vibe during the days steps up the tempo as the sun goes down and the beats play out with headlining DJs and performances that give Café del Mar an on-trend edge.
Finns Beach Club, Bali
Set beachfront at Canggu Beach, just 10 minutes from Seminyak, on the southern coastline of Bali, Finns Beach Club has a young, dynamic ambiance creating a real sense of energy and excitement. There are six bars, including a swim-up bar, with a restaurant and sushi bar, live music and DJs along with oceanfront yoga and night surfing. Designed using natural, renewable resources such as bamboo, Finns has a relaxed vibe too, with day beds, booths and party platforms to rent, while Finns VIP Beach Club ups the luxury with a poolside Champagne bar, ocean spa and Belvedere rooftop bar and more.
Karma Beach, Bali
Beautifully located on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula, south of Jimbaran Beach, Karma Beach has a relaxed, yet sophisticated ambiance and design and is a family-friendly place too. During the day, you can enjoy paddleboard-yoga, kayaking, and snorkeling while there’s a kids’ club also. Meanwhile, bliss awaits at the beachfront Karma Spa, with lots of themed evenings, special culinary nights, seafood and smoked-meat menus and party nights too. Karma Beach also boasts the beach-club must-have private cabanas, cocktails and live music.
Xana Beach Club, Phuket
Set on one of the longest beaches in Phuket, Xana Beach Club is a west-coast beauty with the sun shining and setting over it that channels Miami Beach vibe. With cabanas big enough for ten pods, and loungers plus a long swim-up bar, Xana welcomes some renowned DJs for its even bigger party nights; making it an ideal beach-club atmosphere for groups of friends. With renovations in October 2018, Xana is set to offer even more style than ever before and is a famous beach club in Thailand and Southeast Asia too.
Nikki Beach, Koh Samui
With its iconic white sunbeds and contemporary design, Nikki Beach sparkles in the sunshine looking out to the blue waters beyond the white sands of chilled-out Lipa Noi Beach on the west coast of Koh Samui. Exuding effortless swagger, Nikki Beach defined the beach-club concept, and this location was the debut destination in Asia. It caters live music, pool parties, and a famous Sunday brunch as well as a cool gourmet menu with sushi rolls.
OMNIA Dayclub, Bali, Indonesia
Quite possibly the coolest beach club of them all, OMNIA Dayclub opened in February 2018 and is perched on the clifftop at Uluwatu on the south-western tip of Bali; promising mesmerizing Indian Ocean views. There has been some real buzz about this 21+ beach club which also features the renowned Sake no Hana Japanese restaurants, a curved infinity pool, VIP cabanas, and a swim-up bar next to a DJ booth. Architecturally beautiful, a silver cube sculpture catches the light and makes the whole of OMNIA shimmer. Expect an extraordinary experience that takes the beach-club vibe to a whole other level and beyond.