Two recently launched beach clubs are dialing the fun factor in Bali up a notch.
Two recently launched beach clubs are dialing the fun factor in Bali up a notch. Best known for organizing the annual Djakarta Warehouse Project, Southeast Asiaâ€™s largest electronic dance music festival, the Jakarta-based Ismaya Group has branched out to Baliâ€™s shores with the debut of Manarai Beach HouseÂ at the Sofitel Nusa Dua.
Taking charge of its kitchen is French chef Stefan Poyet, who began his career in Michelin-starred restaurants at the Shangri-La in Paris, while a roster of visiting big-name DJs like Jonas Blue add a dash of spice to Nusa Duaâ€™s otherwise subdued nightlife scene. Over in Seminyak, retro-chic Tropicola) is the latest opening from the Australian operators behind The Bucket List on Bondi Beach and quirky bar and restaurant Motel Mexicolaâ€”a Seminyak staple.
Tropicolaâ€™s Palm Springsâ€“meets-Miami aesthetic references the 1980s Memphis design movement with its bold colors, from the pops of bright red on tables and staff uniforms to the canary-yellow umbrellas. Itâ€™s the perfect spot to sip on locally inspired cocktails like jackfruit piĂ±a colada and espresso martini made with arak liquor.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śPoolside Pursuitsâ€ť).