The Top 5 Beach Clubs in South East Asia
Article by: Leigh Pulford
Written: 3rd March 2015
Beach clubs are the essence of resort and island living and we’re going to showcase the best that Asia has to offer in this article. Ranking these clubs however is a difficult task given that everyone has their own preferences and taste. So when it comes to beach front parties, day beds, service, buckets of beer or Magnums, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide. But rest assured you will not find better designed, operated or party friendly clubs that we recommend here. Also if you’re arriving by yacht you’ll find the coordinates below.
Nikki Beach Resort, Koh Samui
N 9° 31′ 19.331” N
E 99° 56′ 5.647” W
The brainchild of Jack Penrod, the Nikki beach brand started out in party central Miami and have since developed beach clubs across the Americas, Europe and more recently into Asia. Nikki Beach on Lipa Noi beach in Koh Samui transformed the typically low key and laid back resort island into a party destination in its own right.
The absolutely beach front property, features an impressive pools, expansive day beds and brings the famous Nikki Beach vision of blending entertainment with dining, drinking, whilst complementing perfect music, fashion, film and art into the experience. Not only can day revelers enjoy the benefits but there are varied villa options for those who want to be in the midst of the party for a long weekend.
Tanjong Beach Club, Singapore
The Tanjong Beach Club is a new addition to the small manicured island off Singapore, that is Sentosa. Gone are the days, unfortunately, of the rough and ready KM8 bar, that was an institution for the expats and leisure travelers, but Tanjong Beach Club steps it up a notch. The venue perfectly blends the indoor and outdoor atmosphere, and the day beds overlook a perfect white sand beach.
Just minutes from the Singapore Resort, Tanjong Golf Course and Resorts World, it’s perfectly positioned for a post spa drink or pre dinner loosener. Events are held throughout the year and Sunday Brunch, all à la carte, is executed seamlessly. If you’re heading to Singapore to relax, then Sentosa is the place to stay and you may well find yourself not leaving this small island paradise, except for the limo trip back to Changi Airport.
Ku De Ta, Bali
Kudeta is infamous in the Bali beach club scene and pioneered the Seminyak beach line into what it is today. Started over 15 years ago the vision was clear, to create a venue that blended high quality service and products, whilst catering to the beach crowd and the fine dining connoisseurs.
With parties throughout the year, their NYE is a must do before you settle down too much, as well as their own boutique and music label, they have successfully blended lifestyle elements into the perfect location.
Sunset cocktails are somewhat of an institution here, all the while with DJ’s playing just the right tunes at the perfect volume. From here you seamlessly move to the bar area where you can continue with fresh seafood and Japanese, settle into a table at their fusion restaurant or head upstairs for a private gastronomical experience with the head chef at Mejakawi.
Sailing Club, Nha Trang
On the beaches on Nha Trang, an idyllic micro climate stretch of coast line an hour from Ho Chi Minh City, the Sailing Club is the perfect venue to relax, dine and party. Given that it’s open from 730am-3am the venue is versatile and you’ll see it change many times through the day as the crowds ebb and flow.
Opened over 20 years ago the Sailing Club has kept up with the times and features contemporary beach front architecture, with impressive furnishings and a drink and dining menu that caters to all occasions and events.
Nha Trang may not be on your to do list, but it definitely should be, with a number of high end resorts and brand new exclusive Residence Villas perched on the cliffside above the MIA Resort.
Catch Beach Club, Phuket
For those in the know, Catch is the place to be seen and predominantly frequented by local expats, visiting entrepreneurs and leisure travelers. Located on the well known but still quiet-ish Surin beach, the club has undergone a transformation following recent changes to the regulations for beach bars. They have however taken this in their stride, constantly evolving, developing and tweaking the experience to keep their customers coming back for more every afternoon and all weekend.
Catch is the perfect place to relax for a beer, play some beach volleyball and ease into the night where the post sunset show really starts, with house music and lighting, that perfectly suits the white façade. Catch is also one of the first clubs that we have found to have its own membership program, and it’s pretty good at that. With Surin featuring some of the most exclusive private villas on Phuket, it’s just a short drive or ride down from the cliffs to Catch where you’ll quickly see why Phuket is world renowned for its high intensity night life.
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