Escape the beach clubs of Canggu and Seminyak for the more peaceful and pristine sands of Nusa Dua. That's where you'll find the exceptional Manarai Beach House
If you’re looking for short trips from Hong Kong, then Bali is probably already on your list. From the best beaches to exceptional poke bowls to help with your detox sitch, it’s a little slice of paradise that will have you feeling re-energised in no time. And that’s why the team at Honeycombers Bali just had to pop over and check out the new Manarai Beach House, a lifestyle destination unlike any other.
Why you need to make a visit to Manarai Beach House
The first Bali-beachfront establishment from the unstoppable ISMAYA Group – the same lifestyle and entertainment superstars who gave us Blowfish, Mr. Fox, Dragonfly and soooo many more Jakarta-nightlife icons, this team is Indonesia’s A-Team in delivering wining and dining destinations, designed to help you live the good life in utmost style. And, Manarai Beach House is no exception, honeys!
We’re happy to report that Manarai Beach House breaks the standard Bali beach club mould. For starters, it’s not in Canggu or Seminyak, rather it’s perched on the pristine white sands of Nusa Dua, and you won’t find any headache-inducing house music here either, with a lounge-y soundtrack bringing the ambient feels.
It’s far away from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s “city” streets, and yet it’s bringing a sleek and stylish buzz to the Nusa Dua neighbourhood. Not only a place to knock back cocktails and dance the night away, it’s a place to kick back while the sun sails from east to west, as breakfast smoothie bowls blur into lunchtime sushi spreads, and afternoon snacks are washed down with Piña Coladas. It’s a place to settle in, to soak it all up, and to lose track of time…
Easy breezy summer vibes
Just one step inside this new daytime destination and it’s a panoramic palette of paradise in fifty shades of blue: a crystal-clear azure ocean, sleek violet daybeds and an aquamarine glow from two dazzling swimming pools (yes there’s more than one!). Overhead, teal Batik prints flutter in the fresh ocean breeze, while mist coolers spritz sun-kissed skin beneath Bali’s cobalt skies. Tropical palms seem to sway to the same beat as the world-class playlist, and navy blue towels are draped across beachfront cabanas, with “Hey Gorgeous” and “Wassup Beaches” printed in contrasting bright whites.
It’s the perfect blend of modern design with all of Bali’s best assets – a seamless tropical landscape of contemporary touches, island vibes and traditional Balinese craftsmanship, from the crisp air-conditioned restaurant and wine cellar, to the al fresco lounge, pools and beachfront bars. All this, and that’s before we even get to the cherry-topper: the world-class food and cocktails.
Eat, drink, swim – repeat
When it comes to the food and beverage programme at Manarai Beach House, the team has carefully curated a seamless mix of both Balinese and western specialities. Quintessential comfort food is the name of the culinary game here, jazzed up to gourmet standards thanks to the nifty work of Manarai’s Michelin-trained chefs, and we’re all about that.
The ingredients, presentation and of course, the flavours, are all right up there with the very best (compliments to ISMAYA’s Corporate Chef Philip Mimbimi and Executive Chef Stefan Poyet) masterfully designed to match the laid-back beach club vibes. Think sizzling beef satay using fine Wagyu steak, and colourful platters of sushi, rolled and topped with ocean delicacies like unagi, tobiko and aburi salmon. And if we tell you that we ordered not one, not two, but three plates (each) of the Crispy Tuna Tempe (topped with truffle aioli, caramelised onion and a sprinkling of microgreens) words are futile in describing how epic these creamy, crunchy bites really are.
Add to that the whimsical cocktails, with their delicate Balinese ingredients transformed into glamorous and modern libations, and you’ll understand why it’s important to stick around all day here. Try the C-Cup (a heady mix of vodka, coconut sorbet and homemade vanilla syrup served inside a whole coconut) and whatever you do, be sure to browse and sip your way through the wine shop, with more grape varieties and bottles of bubbles than we could count…
In typical ISMAYA style, expect world-class music and entertainment at Manarai Beach House; captivating live events have already filled up the itinerary, with performances from world-renowned party conceptor Elrow, and superstar DJ and producer, Jonas Blue. Keep your eyes peeled on Manarai’s calendar, because you never know what events are about to unfold, and we’re sure you’ll want to be there.
Manarai Beach House, Lot N5 Kawasan Pariwisata – ITDC Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 4772 727. Open daily 9am -1am
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