When I think of Bali, my mind fills up with images of paradise. Sunsets over pristine beaches, cocktails by a gleaming pool, open-air dining in the warm evening air and my only worry is what I’m going to drink next. Potato Head Beach Club ticks all these boxes.
Potato Head Beach Club is the kind of place you could spend all day – swimming in the pool, walk on the beach, sunset cocktail, dinner. The family crowd in the day slowly merges with the party crowd as the night progresses.
Leaving Mr Romance behind to hold the fort, I had a recent sortie to Bali with a few girlfriends on a kind of blog retreat. The time we spent here at the PHBC was a highlight for sure.
Even the entrance to this place is enchanting. You walk through curved walls of shutters to get in. They call it the ‘Colosseum’ and all the shutters are 18th Century vintage teak collected from across Indonesia.
Once inside it opens up into an enormous beach club. There’s a massive lawn, and there are two bars and two separate restaurants.
Head there at least an hour or two before sunset to grab the best spots to watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean.
Our pick of the pozzies was a big daybed for our group to relax, though there are tables if you prefer. You can’t reserve a daybed, just try to time it right or put your name down when you arrive. There’s a minimum spend but if you’re staying for dinner & drinks, it’s not hard to reach.
As in the rest Bali, wine is more expensive than cocktails. We didn’t mind that though – especially as the cocktail menu at Potato Head is pretty impressive. My pick was the Triple Berry Margarita which is long and refreshing.
The prohibition Iced Tea is fun, served in a teapot.
They know the Australian crowd well and the Kookaburra is also a favourite, made with lemongrass infused gin.
The dress code still has a beachy feel, but is encourages a bit of effort at the same time. You can still wear flip-flops but they have a rule on no alcohol branded clothing (Bintang T-shirts are strictly prohibited).
Dinner was delicious. The Beach Club menu is more European whereas the restaurant Lilin features more Indonesian food. There are communal share tables at Lilin, which looks fun. Alternatively, if you manage to score on, you can just eat on your giant daybed like we did!
Potato Head Beach Club is an icon in Bali for a reason, and is one of the best spots to watch the sun go down.
With the views, the styling, the fun and friendly service, and the wealth of choices to eat and drink, it’s easy to see how it’s such a favourite.
Potato Head Beach Club
Open: Every day – 11am-2am.
Good for: families, couples, groups of friends – the early opening, late close caters to everyone’s needs.
Jl. Petitenget 51B,
Have you been to Bali recently? Do you have any top tips of where to go for dinner or a drink? Tell us in the comments!