Published: 06 November 2017 by: The Bali Bible, edited by Natalie Bannister

Potato Head Beach Club is a cool place to worship the sun

With its unique mix of natural charm and modern sophistication, Bali is the ultimate people-pleaser. Whatever your travel style, you’ll find your paradise here. To help make the most of your time on the island, we recruited long-time Bali experts and co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, to share their insider tips. New to the island? Here are the spots these experts say you have to tick off...

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Ku De Ta’s sunsets are as legendary as its cocktails

Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club

Ku De Ta was one of Bali’s original beach clubs, and it’s arguably still the best, with a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere that’s downright intoxicating. Get in early to grab one of the lounges and settle in for some people- watching. It’s famed for its sunset ritual – think inventive cocktails served with DJ beats and plenty of swag. Head to the achingly cool Potato Head Beach Club, just up the road, to enjoy superb cocktails, open-air dining, beats and beautiful people, and that same spectacular sunset. Potato Head boasts two restaurants, a swanky beachfront bar and an infinity pool with views of the sparkling Indian Ocean.” 

Motel Mexicola

“Looking for a relaxed place that mixes great food with good times? There’s plenty of that to be found in Bali, but those in the know head to Motel Mexicola. You can find this modern Mexican cantina down Jalan Kayujati (just a minute’s walk from La Lucciola), and it’s always a fun night out. The Australian-led hangout serves up a modern take on Mexican street food, all washed down with generous hits of tequila.” 

Rock Bar at Ayana Resort & Spa – the name says it all

Sunset at Rock Bar, Ayana Resort & Spa

“The famous Rock Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa in Jimbaran is widely respected as one of the island’s most popular sunset, cocktail and entertainment venues, built into the rock face above Jimbaran Bay and accessible via AYANA’s dramatic cliff-side inclinator. The setting is nothing short of breathtaking, and the crashing waves compete only with the DJs or live band that performs daily. Romantics will fall for this place – just be sure to get in early afternoon to avoid the queues.” 

Revolver Espresso 

“Coffee addicts will be happy to learn that Bali has undergone a major coffee revolution in recent years, and you’ll have no trouble getting a world-class cup of Joe – especially in Seminyak. Revolver Espresso is one of the best, but it can be quite a challenge to locate, with only a small sign that points the way to the saloon-style swinging doors. Once inside, you’ll love the décor, which fuses Bali’s tropical feel with that of a grungy coffee house, just as much as you love the caffeine.” 

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