Sunset Park at Desa Potato Head
Bali is a destination that has a little something for everyone. Whether they’re looking to tap into the island’s ancient culture, its rich and vibrant dining scene, or kick back at one of its world-class resorts or beach clubs, regular visitors to the island will testify that there’s something about Bali that makes it truly unique. You can feel it in the air, you can sense it in every genuine smile you’ll receive (and the Balinese are quick to smile) and tap into it with the island’s rich history and religion, which plays a fundamental role in the life of many Balinese.
Even among the 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia’s spectacular archipelago (which you can read more about on pg 48 of this issue) Bali is like no other. Wedged between the islands of Java to the west and Lombok to the east, Bali has enjoyed tourism since the 1980s when travellers discovered its tropical climate, heady Hindu spirituality, and epic surf breaks. Today it’s a destination coveted around the world and here in Asia, it’s a favourite playground for lovers, families and adventure seekers, and for good reason.
Across Bali, there are verdant rice terraces, towering, brooding volcanos, time-weathered temples, and pristine beaches to discover. In the space of a single day you can climb into the mountains to sample boutique production coffee in Kintamani or climb towering Mount Batur, and return to the beaches of Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Canggu for incredible sunsets and a carnival-esque vibe. You can dive on coral gardens and wrecks in Amed, visit ancient water temples in Ubud, walk black sand beaches in Karangasem and groove the night away at world-class beachclubs in Seminyak.
Of course, there are also resorts from which to explore the island, ranging from tiny, intimate hideaways in tune with Mother Nature, to indulgent, world-class hotels that combine contemporary wellness with spectacular dining and breathtaking locations. We think author Toba Beta said it best: ‘Don’t talk about heaven if you’ve never been to Bali.’
Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head Beach Club One of Bali’s best-known beach clubs, Potato Head offers a beachfront location in Seminyak with infinity pool and DJs keep guests dancing ‘til 2am. At the Amphitheatrehttps, musicians channel the island’s energy throughout the day, and when the weekends roll around, revellers swing by for experimental music sessions, sustainability workshops, ice baths and morning meditation. The beach club menu features healthy options like veggie poke bowls alongside spicy hot dogs and pepperoni pizza, while brunch standouts include the Desa Benedict (poached eggs, capsicum hollandaise, corned beef and cheese toast). Want to stay longer? Then check into a Potato Head Suite (the Rooftop Suite has its own outdoor jacuzzi) or at the adjacent Desa Potato Head, an OMA-designed creative village championing regenerative tourism and where you can catch awesome sunsets from the newly opened Sunset Park, a rooftop bar that’s making a name for itself with its riff on the classic Aperol Spritz.