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 Asia’s largest electronic dance music festival, the Jakarta-based Ismaya Group has branched out to Bali’s shores with the debut of Manarai Beach House 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 Dua’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 Mexicola—a Seminyak staple.
Tropicola’s Palm Springs–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. It’s the perfect spot to sip on locally inspired cocktails like jackfruit piña colada and espresso martini made with arak liquor.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Poolside Pursuits”).