There are two types of crowds; one that chases waterfalls, whilst the other hunts for the island’s best seats to watch the sunset. Lucky for the latter, Bali is crawling with hotspots to enjoy a sundown session complete with cocktails, canapés, and other delightful delectables.
Waltz up to the top floor of Ji Restaurant at Hotel Tugu Bali in time for sunset and you’ll find one of Canggu’s most elegant evening stops. Blessing you with undivided attention from Canggu’s black sand beach and 180 degrees of ocean and sun vistas, Hotel Tugu’s Ji Restaurant has a cult following thanks to its Asian-fusion bites, innovative cocktails, and sundown sessions. Ji Terrace By The Sea offers one of the highest vantage points of the Canggu coastline, making it a sought-after sunset spot in the area. Expect mouthwatering sushi platters, fresh sashimi, Kobe style meat, raw & cured seafood, tempura, exotic signature cocktails, and a premium sake list!
Ji Terrace By The Sea
Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu
+62 361 473 1701
A long-time Canggu favourite, Finns Beach Club is an oceanfront party destination featuring a lagoon pool and swim up bar across the dance floor, to a splash zone. This means both party-people and families are catered to with comfort and luxury. This beachfront hotspot guarantees a black sand panorama against a fuchsia sunset backdrop. Soak in the sun before it sets after dancing the day away or stray from the crowd by the Gazebo Pool and Bar, where you can drink, dine, and recline whilst keeping a watchful eye on the kids. If you’re looking for more exclusivity, join the newly reopened Finns VIP Beach Club, which now features 2 additional pools, making the Finns Beach Club complex the biggest beach club on the island!
Finns Beach Club
Jalan Pantai Berawa, Tibubeneng, Canggu
+62 361 9347344
Carving a unique spot into the vibrant Seminyak beachfront, SugarSand secures a front-row seat to the Indian Ocean with a line up of sunset, Nikkei cuisine, and visionary cocktails. Reinventing Japanese elements and taking inspiration from Bali’s wild nature, the structure resembles a ‘jukung’ fishing boat, reflecting the connection to the surrounding land and sea. Bask the day away on the poolside daybeds before tiptoeing upstairs to the open-air roof lounge to enjoy the heavenly sunset; all accompanied by Japanese-Peruvian comfort food and refreshing cocktails prepared using the finest local ingredients. The venue also showcases carefully curated art pieces from local and international designers!
Jalan Double Six, Seminyak
+62 361 2099999
Sunset On Seminyak (S.O.S) at Anantara is an award-winning beachfront venue adored for its perfect sunset location, exotic cocktail selection, and bonfire session when the sun goes down! Enjoy their exquisite afternoon tea that is on daily offer from 3PM to 6PM, where you can immerse in the al fresco experience overlooking the pool and beach whilst indulging in three different types of savoury bites and sweet treats from both Indonesian and international fares. For a simple sunset session, enjoy their exotic creations by the talented mixologists, elevated by some light bites. S.O.S.’ signature sharing food includes the mouthwatering Smoked Spicy Chicken Wings, Pork and Chicken Satay, and Beef Nachos. The cocktail lineup includes the signature Freshly Roshca (fresh pineapple, passion fruits, lime, and vodka) and the Smooth & Chilled (light rum, blue orange liquor, guava & lime). For a post-sunset session, S.O.S. Dining showcases an open kitchen concept, with the chef’s specialty steak selections available exclusively for dinner.
Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
Jalan Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak
+62 361 737 773
Sitting gracefully on the edge of heaven, Bvlgari Resort Bali is an elite sunset destination located on the most southerly tip of Bali. This ultra-luxurious resort is nestled a top a large limestone peninsula boasting rugged scenery that cascades towards the Indian Ocean. The resort owns a private beach perfect for a scenic yet serene downtime and its high vantage point offers majestic views of both sunrise and sunset against a pristine ocean backdrop. Laze the day away on a front row seat to an enchanting sundown spectacle from ll Bar, where the evening blue hour is celebrated. The prestigious cliff-top bar features an open terrace that overlooks a stretch of spectacular cliffs, complete with subtle Balinese gamelan serenading the intimate evening. The menu offers a refined selection of cocktails, quality wines, canapés and snacks, all in keeping with the Italian tradition of the aperitivo.
Bvlgari Resort Bali
Jalan Goa Lempeh Banjar Dinas Kangin Uluwatu, Pecatu
+62 361 847 1000
It’s a no-brainer that Balinese sunsets are picturesque. For a spot that is photogenic for both you and the sunset, Belmond Jimbaran’s Puri Bar has got it covered. The beachfront venue has been specially designed with a range of picture-perfect spots to ensure guests can create their most Insta-worthy shots, whilst taking advantage of the perfect radiant sunset lighting. Belmond staff are at the ready in case visitors need a hand in capturing the best shot, showing the most Instagrammable places; from cocktails on day beds to the lantern-filled restaurant overlooking the bay. Sundown sessions at Belmond are accompanied by live music and entertainment, and a captivating menu of locally and and sustainably sourced seafood, and of course, a tantalising line of cocktails. Puri Bar has a new approach to whipping up their beverages. All cocktails prepared for you have been sustainably and mindfully curated, such as reusing left-over cheese brines as a core ingredient in a cocktail or otherwise disposed of pineapple skin to ferment delicious probiotic pineapple wine. Puri Bar is zero-waste approved!
Belmond Jimbaran Puri
Jalan Uluwatu Yoga Perkanthi Lane, Jimbaran
+62 361 701 605
Another magical sunset scene to enjoy if you’re in Canggu is from the comfort of The Haven Suites’ Ketumbar Bistro. The al-fresco all-day dining experience is set on the hotel’s open-air deck overlooking the Indian Ocean. In-house and outside guests can unwind with a lineup of cocktails whilst watching the sun go down, or arrange a sunset picnic for a relaxing downtime. For lovers, Ketumbar Bistro has a romantic option on offer. “Destination Dining” lets couples experience an intimate dining moment set out in the open, with a decorative table to help set the mood, complemented by the twilight sky and the soothing sounds of the ocean. Romance is in the air!
The Haven Suites Bali Berawa
Banjar Berawa, Jalan Pemelisan Agung, Canggu
+62 361 934 7299
Unlike Canggu’s many beach clubs, COMO Beach Club boasts a distinct, refined character cocooned safely from the masses. Located on Echo Beach, the exclusive beach club at COMO Uma Canggu prioritises in-house guests, however, is also open for public. Immerse in the lineup of international fare and signature cocktails prepared by award-winning chef and mixologist, and a live music performance that enhances the unique ambience of COMO Beach Club. COMO has a range of activities and services on offer catering to guests of all ages, perfect for a full day out with the family. Worn out mothers and girlfriends can unwind and ‘heal’ in the holistic wellness retreat COMO Shambhala, and indulge in a plethora of spa and ancient healing therapies. Fathers and brothers can sign up to a world-class surf class or hit the state-of-the-art gym for a workout. Last but not least, kids are guaranteed to lose track of time learning and playing at Play by COMO, designed to inspire purposeful and creative child-directed play; from kite making, mani-pedi, to yoga classes. Sunsets in Canggu are second to none and a sundown time at COMO is the cherry on top!
COMO Beach Club Bali
Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu
+62 361 6202 208