5 of the hottest beach clubs in Asia
Just add cool cocktails, great music and chilled vibes to some of Asia's most beautiful beaches - and you've got all the ingredients for a fun day in the sun.
- February 2019
South-East Asia’s beaches are idyllic on their own but add some chilled beats, grab a cocktail and you’re set for serious fun in the sun. Here are the hottest beach clubs you’ll want to see and be seen at this summer.
Bali: Ulu Cliffhouse
Beach clubs are a dime a dozen in Bali but this lifestyle destination opens in new window in picture-perfect Uluwatu takes things to the next level, not least for its stunning design. Something of a creative collective, it is home to a music studio, art gallery and concept store, as well as a stunning 25-metre infinity pool. When the tide is low, take the wooden steps down to the Indian Ocean to watch the sun dip into the turquoise water or take it all in from the suspended deck on the cliff face. The on-site restaurant serves up contemporary dishes such as red snapper tiradito with chilli and ginger, while the bar mixes a menu of creative cocktails. DJs keep the party going from 4pm until late.
Thailand: Café del Mar Pattaya
The newest outpost of the iconic Ibiza-born brand promises to stick to the winning formula of fine food, chilled music and direct beach access. Bringing those quintessentially Mediterranean vibes to Pattaya, the stylish club opens in new window offers cabana lounges to soak up the sun and a swim-up bar in the 600-square-metre infinity pool. Order a Sangria or Mojito and nibble on tapas-style share plates, pizza or sushi. The extensive menu also includes nods to the local cuisine – think Thai crab curry with betel leaves and vermicelli noodles. Come for the beach by day and stay for the international DJs spinning house tunes by night.
Bali: Surf and Turf Nusa Dua Beach
The kids will have a blast trying to catch a wave on the surf rider at this family-friendly beach club opens in new window, while parents can relax on the daybeds. For anyone feeling active, canoeing, cycling and swimming are on offer, as well as an on-site water park. For a well-earned rest, head to the Wave Restaurant – there are hearty fish and chips, pizza and pasta options but plenty of salads and traditional curries on the table, too. Wash it all down with a cocktail or healthy smoothie like the Surfer Tonic with pineapple, banana, mango, yoghurt and honey.
Singapore: Tanjong Beach Club
It’s effortless to switch into a slower gear under the palms at this award-winning beach club opens in new window located on Sentosa island. Your only decisions will be whether to settle by the pool or on the sand, and pondering which of the club’s selection of beers – including Asahi, Corona and Little Creatures – to drink. If cocktails are more your style, try Papa Don’t Preach (it’s a lavender-infused Peach Bellini) or spice it up with a Flamingo Margarita (tequila blanco, homemade jalapeño syrup, strawberries and lime). The seafood-inspired menu features seasonal oysters but the truffle fries are not to be missed either. Things get cranked up a notch on weekends with parties like Smack My Beach Up every Sunday from 2pm until late.
Vietnam: Kahuna’s Hoi An Beach Club
The only thing on the agenda here is to chill to the max, whether it’s in the pool or under one of the beachside umbrellas. Order a Saigon beer or a Passionfruit Mojito (the trusty crowd favourites), and pair it with a Moroccan couscous salad or a plate of fish and chips so generous, it’s been nicknamed The Legend – there’s even cashless pool- and beach-side service (using wristbands that can be topped up with credit). Kahuna’s opens in new window is open until 8pm on weekdays but come Saturday, it’s time for their weekly pool party with DJs spinning tunes until 10pm, tailoring the playlist to guests’ tastes.