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7 must-see beach bars in Southeast Asia

There is no better place to enjoy a pina colada than on a pristine beach in a tropical paradise. While lazing by the pool of a swanky resort sounds like the ideal getaway, sometimes enjoying the beats and mingling with the hip crowd at beach bars makes the ultimate vacation.

Sure, the chic beach bars of Hawaii, Ibiza or the Caribbean may be tempting, but they are also a very long flight away — with many airport transfers, may we add. But we don’t have to look way beyond our horizons. Southeast Asia, with its tropical climate and picture-perfect beaches, is home to many beach bars that are just as stylish, if not more so.

Besides refreshing cocktails, these beach bars serve a smorgasbord of delicious cuisine ranging from Hawaiian grub to Mediterranean-inspired fare — which means you don’t have to embark on a long-haul flight to a far-flung destination, in search of the quintessential exotic island experience. With a solid repertoire of drinks, delectable food, and a sophisticated setting with upbeat tunes and glorious views of the coastline, you’re pretty much set for an unforgettable summer vacation.

From the lush islands of Thailand to sunny Singapore, here are our favourite beach bars that boast the best tipples and renowned DJ sets. Grab your passport, favourite swimwear, sunscreen, and enjoy your beach holiday.

(Featured image credit: @Karma Beach Bali)

Baba Nest, Phuket

Part of the Sri Panwa resort, Baba Nest is an elegant rooftop bar with a panoramic view of Phuket, the surrounding islands, and the Andaman Sea. The stylish bar serves cocktails, champagne and wines, which you can imbibe while lounging in its luxurious infinity pool.

Baba Nest, Sakdidej Rd, Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

Finn’s Beach Club, Bali

A chic hangout on Berawa Beach, Finn’s Beach Club features a spacious all-bamboo structure with an adjacent blue-tiled free form infinity pool. It is one of the best lounging spots in Canggu to watch the sunset, cocktail in hand.

The beach club also has a hidden beach location with swimmable waves, and a Mediterranean-style setting between the rock face and coastline — which is accessible via a two-minute funicular ride down a cliff. For a minimum deposit, the 165m stretch of sand is all yours for the day.

Finn’s Beach Club, Jl. Pantai Berawa, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

 (Image credit: Finn’s Beach Club) 

Ola Beach Club, Singapore

Taking over the premises of Azzura Beach Club, Ola Beach Club brings a slice of Hawaii to Singapore. With refreshing tiki cocktails and Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, Ola Beach Club is the newest beach bar to hit our shores. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try adrenaline-filled water sports such as the water-propelled Jet Pack or the Jetblade.

Ola Beach Club, 46 Siloso Beach Walk, 099005, +65 6265 5966

(Image credit: yvonnetohyw

The Rock Bar, AYANA Resort

One of the most popular (and photogenic) bars in Bali, the Rock Bar is located along the 1.3-kilometre coastline of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali. The bar is set on a rock cliff face just metres above Indian Ocean waves, boasting dramatic settings perfect for sunset lovers.

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia

(Image credit: @rockbarbali)

Tanjong Beach Club, Singapore

There is no better place to go for beach parties in Sentosa than Tanjong Beach Club. Helmed by the Lo & Behold Group, this laid-back beach club at Sentosa boasts cocktails, beers and an all-day menu inspired by coastal cuisine around the world.

Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, 098942, +65 6270 1355

(Image credit: Tanjong Beach Club) 

Nikki Beach, Koh Samui

The world’s ultimate beach club concept, Nikki Beach, opened its doors in Koh Samui in 2009, and is now one of the most renowned beach clubs on the island. Located on the pristine Lipa Noi Beach on the west coast, it is equipped with poolside sun lounges and cabanas for the ultimate island vacation experience. The club features live DJs, music performances, and hosts regular special events.

Nikki Beach Koh Samui, 96/3 Moo2, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Karma Beach Bali

This boutique beach club is located on one of the most beautiful coasts in Bali, with lovely white sands and a sparkling turquoise lagoon. Sitting on the stunning cove at Karma Kandara, Karma Beach Bali is a hidden gem accessible via a private funicular below the limestone rock face. The beach club features a laid-back tropical beach setting, tasty cocktails, and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

Karma Beach Bali, Jalan Villa Kandara, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.