Tan fans eager to lap up that beachside luxury in Bali have endless opportunities to thirst quench while holidaying on the Island of the Gods. After spending a month sipping my way through countless craft cocktail bars from Ubud to Uluwatu I whittled my favourites down to five. Bali’s top mixologists can be found at the island’s poshest resorts, serving freshly muddled libations prepared with house-made bitters, fresh tropical fruit juice and spirits steeped in local herbs and spices. Grab a rum-spiked tiki glass or swirl an olive-filled martini at these five luxury hotels which serve world-class cocktails with a postcard-perfect view!
Potato Head Beach Club at The Katamama in Seminyak
Craft cocktail fans swoon for local spirits and exotic fruits that are lovingly muddled together by Potato Head Beach Club’s award-winning bartenders. The libations served here were created by world-renowned mixologist Dre Masso. Inspired by the venue’s tropical location Dre’s cocktails make great use of Bali’s incredible fruits, spices and herbs with highlights including passion fruit foam topped Kookaburra and tiki loving Barong Zombie. If you’re a live music fan Potato Head is the best spot on the island to sip and sway as world renowned artists such as Grace Jones, John Legend and Fat Boy Slim have graced the al fresco stage.
Captain Cole Bar at The St Regis in Nusa Dua
Captain Cole Bar at The St Regis offers a refined ambience transformed by the flicker of candle light accompanied by a live pianist and swoon-worthy jazz singer. Hop up on a barstool for a quick education on the history of the Bloody Mary, “In 1934, bartender Fernand Petiot arrived at The St. Regis New York, bringing with him the recipe for a unique vodka and tomato juice cocktail that he perfected at the King Cole Bar. Ferdinand’s spicy concoction, the Bloody Mary, remains the signature cocktail of St.Regis.”
St. Regis guests across the globe can enjoy Fernad’s invention in a multitude of regional manifestations, each with its own captivating story. The talented mixologists at St. Regis Bali Resort shake up the Bali Mary, a twist on the original Bloody Mary utilizing local Jicama, a traditional favourite fruit in Indonesia, and refreshing cucumber.
Il Bar at The Bulgari Resort in Uluwatu
Head to The Bulgari Resort’s Il Bar an hour before sunset and enjoy a sophisticated vibe as blue skies transform into pink, orange and purple. The bar’s ellipse arch counter offers a tip of the hat to Bulgari Hotel in Milan, while a massive stone, entirely chiselled by nature, has been turned into a sculptural centrepiece. The mixology program here is top drawer, featuring a choir of craft cocktails inspired by local tropical fruits and selection of classic Italian thirst quenchers such as the Amalfi Coast’s fave, Aperol Spritz.
Sundara at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
If you’re a tan fan looking to laze the day away head to Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay’s 57-metre infinity pool which sits perched over the beach. Spend a few hours tanning on a plush lounge chair or hide away in the shade under a breezy cabana. If you’re feeling parched offer a wink to your bartender and sip your way through a trilogy of craft cocktails. The bar program was created by Barcelona cocktail master Javier de las Muelas, known for his avant-garde cocktails combining intricate preparations, unique textures and complex flavours. Local Balinese ingredients such as star fruit, passionfruit and chilli feature prominently on the menu. Fresh fruit muddled sangria is always a crowd pleaser but the more adventurous may want to take a chance on wasabi muddled martini and a passionfruit and tequila sloshed number.
The Viceroy in Ubud
The Viceroy Bali is a family owned and operated resort in Ubud consisting of 25 luxuriously appointed private pool villas, majestically situated in Bali’s “Valley of the Kings” an appellation given by locals for the generations of Balinese royalty who have resided in nearby villages.
The resort’s iconic Viceroy Bar is postcard perfect, sitting perched over the Petanu River gorge, hugged by a turquoise infinity pool. Grab a seat here and you’ll find a fine collection of cognacs, scotches, Japanese whiskies, spirits, and cigars. Friendly bartenders muddle world-class cocktails featuring house-made bitters, local herb infused spirits and fresh tropical juices. Highlights include Dahini (Captain Morgan spiced rum, vodka, apricot, tamarind, lime), Strawberry Field (vodka, dry orange, creme de cacao, strawberry jelly, cosmopolitan espuma), and Haute Couture No’10 (gin, St Germain, chamomile liqueur, lime).