Skip right past the velvet ropes and stage your own progressive beach-club party (sans the crowds) in Seminyak. Kick things off mid-morning over brunch at the original Ku De Ta with its iconic red sun umbrellas and beach-facing day beds. The smoked salmon platter pairs well with a citrusy KDT mojito. The day is young, so stroll 15 minutes north to Potato Head Beach Club with its sexy swim-up bar, poolside daybeds, and uninterrupted ocean views. Snag a daybed ($500,000 rupiah minimum spend) and sip pistachio rockmelon martinis and nibble on glazed short ribs. Detour to the on-site Escalier boutique for daring beachwear by KS Swim, vintage sunglasses from Wildfox, and Sejauh’s hand-screened sarongs. Next, take your new shades for a spin at La Laguna Beach Bar and tapas restaurant, a gypsy-cool clutch of antique caravans with vintage decor. Wind down for the day at Batu Bolong’s Old Man’s, a laid-back beer garden where wave riders pop in from the beach for a burger and cold brew. Grab a board yourself (rentals from 70,000 rupiah) and hang to the right side of the break for gentle waves or paddle out with the pros.
Hire a taxi to take you the 40-minute trip to Seminyak.
KU DE TA: Jalan Kayu Aya No.9, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361 736969; www.kudeta.net
POTATOHEAD: Jalan Petitenget No. 51B, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia; +62 361 4737979; www.ptthead.com
LA LAGUNA: Pura Kayu Putih, Banjar Dinas Tegal Gundul, Desa Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361 4741214
OLD MAN’S: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong; +62 3618469 158; https://www.facebook.com/oldmansbali