The largest beach club in the whole of the popular Southeast Asia region has now opened in Bali. Regarded as a Mecca for backpackers and luxury holiday makers alike from all over the world, Bali and its surrounding islands were used to drawing large crowds in their millions, but have struggled to welcome international travelers back in the same kind of numbers that they were used to since the dawn of pandemic made visiting the islands an almost impossible feat.
However, with a huge, shiny new beach club awaiting travelers alongside its ancient temples and stunning geographical features, Bali might just have put itself back on the radar for millions of travelers once more. Here’s everything travelers need to know about Bali’s impressive new beach club, including why it’s so much more than a nightclub.
Southeast Asia’s Largest Bar – What Travelers Should Know
The new record breaking, must-visit bar in Bali, called Atlas Beach Fest, is the latest development by the leisure industry giants Holywings, a company that is already behind the success of several different venues across various other regions in Indonesia, such as Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi. The club’s grand opening occurred during the week, and in addition to hosting world-famous DJs, it welcomed several prominent Indonesian celebrities and shareholders through its doors – and it’s now open to travelers.
However, it’s fair to say that Atlas Beach Fest is more than just your typical beach bar that you might be used to in Southeast Asia. Located on Berawa Beach, Tibubeneng, the venue has marketed itself as a top lifestyle destination for travelers, with a wide selection of businesses such as food outlets, a department store, street market, nightclub, and beach club all operating out of the site, making it a one-stop shop for entertainment in the region and a must visit destination for all types of travelers.
The 1000-employee strong business claims to have not only the longest bar in Southeast Asia, but also the longest pool side, making it big enough to accommodate the needs of patrons even at the height of Bali’s high season. Its website goes on to make more bold claims, stating the Aqua Beach Fest is the world’s first beach festival, and that its street market is the largest in Bali, providing travelers with more than just drinks and dancing across the venue.
Entry to Aqua Beach Fest costs just 150,000 IDR (around $10 USD), and comes with a voucher redeemable for a free drink. Guests are also able to rent sun loungers and daybeds at the venue; prices of these start from 1,000,000 IDR (around $66 USD) and stretch as far as 15,000,000 IDR (around $1,000 USD) to rent a VVIP sofa at the main stage section. Bottle packages are also available for travelers who want to embrace the boujee lifestyle in Bali.
In addition to its impressive club features, Aqua Beach Fest also features stunning communal areas that are free to enter on non-event days. Here guests can enjoy more than ten different restaurants, more than 20 street food joints and a department store featuring a range of international and local brands. The communal area is open from 10AM until 10PM, whilst the beach club is open from 10AM to 12AM.
Whilst the club opened later than planned, revellers will be relieved that it was able to open at all. Holywings, Aqua Beach Fest’s parent company, was embroiled in a blasphemy scandal recently that saw several of their operations in other destinations lose their licenses and some employees arrested as a result. Thankfully though, Aqua Beach Fest survived the scandal and is open as usual, and will be hosting DJ Jay Hardway over this coming weekend.
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