Bali's best beaches for your sun-soaked bucket list
Grab your bikini and get ready to lounge
Salty hair, sun-kissed skin and that book you’ve been dying to get stuck into for months – beach life doesn’t get much better than that, right? Well, here in Bali, we like to add in a few sunset cocktails to our palm-studded seaside hangs, a couple of postcard-perfect paradise bays, world-class surfing and a never-ending lineup of watersports to keep the kiddos busy, because Bali is blessed with countless sandy adventures, and we’ve taken the liberty to explore the very best of them (someone had to do it…).
So pack your sunscreen and your fave bikini, wrap up your sarong and prep your hottest summer playlist, because you’ll want to tick off Bali’s best beaches on your island escapades, from secret bays with the ultimate surf waves, to the most family-friendly waters and dreamy diving destinations. Holiday mode is officially on!
Salty swims and lashings of sunshine in our life
our top spots for a golden hour that really glows
With a dedicated butler, beachfront locations, allocated daybeds, private bathroom and shower, this is the most luxurious way to experience Sundays Beach Club. Book one of their VIP experiences, with a 24 hrs notice is required for all packages, some beach clubs may require.
Cocktails at the ready – these sunset bars, beach clubs and oceanfront restaurants are the island’s all-star venues when it comes to wining, dining and watching a postcard-perfect Bali sunset.
The stylish classic: Ku De Ta
Ku De Ta is Seminyak’s original beach club and still a haven of beautiful people and groovy sunset vibes. This luxe beachfront venue (‘Ku’ to those in the know) remains one of Seminyak’s top sunset bars to see and be seen. Famous for its high season themed parties, the elegant venue houses day beds, a beachside pool and two trendy restaurants that both serve exceptional food. Soak in the buzzin’ vibes while you sip and snap the afternoon away on a day bed. Top tip for all you glamour girls – make a reservation the day before so you don’t wear out those fab strappy heels (or sandals) while waiting at the bar.
The hottest new sun-drop spot: SugarSand
When it comes to the perfect formula for a show-stopping sunset spot, SugarSand has got it down pat. This new Seminyak destination is a little bit beachy, a little bit boozy, big on the music and even bigger on the food – and more importantly, it sits in plain sight of those oozy orange sun-drops each evening. Not your typical beach club, not just a bar, and sooo much more than “just” a west-facing restaurant on the beach – SugarSand is the perfect mishmash of everything we love, with plenty of nods to local art, design and culture too.
Echo Beach – best for people watching
What was once the go-to destination for a romantic beachfront barbecue has now become one of the coolest oceanfront spots to see and be seen. Echo Beach is the watering hole of Canggu (quite literally) with countless surf spots in every direction and shabby-chic bars dotted along the black sands to enjoy the views. And what a view there is. Expect beach babes in their Brazilian-cut bikinis, scruffy haired surfer dudes with sun-kissed bods, and beloved Bali dogs with their expat owners taking a sunset stroll. This lively, community-vibe coastline goes from a playground of sun and surf by day, to a wild party spot by night. Bring an acoustic guitar for extra street cred, and don’t forget the dog treats.
Balangan Beach – best for surf & sunbathing
Located in the South of Bali on the Bukit Peninsula, Balangan Beach is best known amongst the island’s surfing crowds and those looking for a laid back beach experience without the throng of touristic beach clubs. Ocean babies can enjoy the aquamarine waters at high tide, and sunbathers can lie beneath the many loungers and umbrellas that line the sandy beach. This quiet strip is still fairly underdeveloped with just a few local warungs serving home-cooked Indonesian food and icy cold Bintangs, and since it’s blessed with awesome waves for both beginners and pros, Balangan attracts the surfy, backpacker types who prefer cool tropical vibes over a pumping party scene.
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The bubbly beauty: Ocean Champagne Bar at The Legian Bali
Champagne by the ocean as the sun sets? Now that’s a golden hour done right! At The Legian Bali’s glamorous Ocean Champagne Bar, sunset time calls for the finest bubbles, gourmet bites, beachfront vistas and the sweet sounds of live jazz! Not just any old Champagne bar, this ultra-luxe spot pours only the biggest bubbly names, including Cristal, Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot and Billecart Salmon. It’s the perfect spot for a sundowner or pre-dinner drink, or you can make an occasion of it and sip your way through sunset with luxurious bites like caviar, house-made blinis, smoked salmon platters and of course, plenty of local Lombok Oysters.
White Sand Beach (Pasir Putih) – best for road trippers
Pasir Putih, also known as White Sand Beach or Virgin Beach, is a remote, off-the-beaten-path beach that rewards the most adventurous of road trippers. It’s located on the East Coast of Bali, near to the village of Candidasa, and with its pristine soft white sands that dramatically contrast to its volcanic black sand neighbours, it seriously stands out. When you see the “white sand beach” sign, follow the dirt track until you reach the carpark. You’ll spot the line up of local seafood BBQ stalls (perfect for a sea view lunch) and the calm, clear waters that make White Sand Beach a lovely spot for swimmers, too.