What it’s really like partying in a $10K-a-day club in paradise
Every year, thousands of Aussies flock to Bali, Indonesia’s day clubs, all in the name of treating themselves to cocktails and listening to chilled out tunes. And of course, the elusive, unique Instagram shot.
On a recent trip to the juicy holiday destination, I discovered a new, Insta-worthy photo opp, set to rival La Plancha’s colorful beach parasols and Rock Bar’s custom-built DJ booth, which is built into the cliff face.
This week, Bali’s new, super-luxe day club OMNIA, officially launches.
Perched on the epic limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu, it’s the first adults-only day club to hit the island.
Just like its sister club in Vegas, OMNIA’s design is inspired by the epic day clubs of Europe. It boasts infinity pools with a swim-up bar, an international DJ line-up for epic poolside beats and VIP cabanas that have their own glittering plunge pools.
It’s not quite like the shabby-chic style vibes you get at your average Balinese day club.
So, the most Insta-worthy feature? A show-stopping, giant crystal cube that sits on top of the main bar. You heard me.
It’s the club’s cinematic piece de resistance, standing 262-feet high, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Why the cube, you ask? No, it’s not a replica of the “AllSpark,” the cube-like artifact capable of injecting life into inanimate objects in the “Transformers” series.
The crystal structure is meant to catch the sun, changing color with the sky. It’s just cool, okay?
The club’s isolated location takes you far away from the Kuta/Seminyak hustle. And when I say you’ll journey to the cliff’s edge, I mean it.
About 45 minutes from Seminyak, the drive takes you right down to the south-western tip of the Uluwatu coast. On arrival, we were immediately whisked through the VIP lane, weaving in between the cabanas that stand rigidly among the white umbrellas and crystal-blue plunge pools.
Here, the boyfriends of Instagram aren’t ridiculed, they’re hailed. Everybody wants to take their photo in front of the impressively large cube.
Once escorted to our cabana, the staff offers a next-level luxury service one could only imagine celebrities experience.
We’re given our own towels, (to be refreshed at-the-ready) and as soon as we’ve settled into our cabana, we’re treated to pitchers of Mojitos and, my personal favorite, a pitcher of the Uluwatu Colada.
They gently remind us that we can call on them at any time, and then swiftly make their way back to the bar to fetch us more drinks.
At most elite venues I always feel a little on edge. I’m constantly wary of the beautiful people that tend to frequent these places, and always feel a little on the outer.
Despite the decadence and luxe nature of OMNIA, I felt completely at ease to be myself and just enjoy the day.
At one point I remember the staff throwing Bintang cans into the water for us to catch. So they’re set on ensuring you feel comfortable too.
A few cocktails in, I soon discovered that “adults-only” is probably worth more than the cost of a bungalow itself.
Leaning back against the carved wooden day beds, sipping my Uluwatu Colada as I listened to chilled beats, I realized just how nice it is to relax without hearing the screams of little ones. Pool-time for adults is just how I like to spend my holidays.
A day club like OMNIA is not going to be a cheap feat, but it’s worth the splurge. So if you’re not on an A-List budget, you might have to try visiting the club after this weekend, when a VIP cabana will set you back $10,000.
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