There's a plethora of Beach Clubs in Bali nowadays and they are a popular choice for holiday-makers to while away leisurely hours. Meanwhile, further inland, creative alternatives are cropping up. They are called Jungle Clubs and they are generally greener, cooler, quieter and, sometimes, funkier than their coastal cousins.
I recently visited The Monkey Bar in the regency of Klungkung. It's about 1.5 hour drive from Seminyak or 1 hour from Sanur in the lush mountain location known as Bella Kita.
When in Bali, ask your driver to head for Jl. Bukit Abah, Besan and you'll find The Monkey Bar at the top of a hill with expansive views over small villages to the sea. There are monkey statues everywhere in keeping with the theme.
The club is open from 9 am until 6 pm every day for breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks and plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Entry costs Rp100.000 per person (around A$10) and this includes the use of the pool, a towel and drink/food credit.
There are Spa facilities available also should you feel the need for personal pampering.
The menu offers burgers, wraps, fish and chips, sandwiches and baguettes for Rp60k-Rp115k. The pizza menu starts at Rp70k for a mini pizza and more substantial mains start at Rp 110k. The drinks menu is comprehensive, with juices and smoothies, elaborate cocktails and, needless to say, super-cold beer available. A Mango Tango Juice for Rp60k might be just what you need to quench your thirst while you admire the breathtaking views.
You'll find that every vantage point, including the infinity-edge pool, allows impressive views over nearby valleys and tiny towns. It's a refreshing change from sand and sea.
A boardwalk leading up from the pool area offers an opportunity for extra views towards Bali's east coast.
If you're yearning for a respite from the bustling tourist areas of Bali, The Monkey Bar offers a soothing sanctuary. Or, if you are in transit on the island, it serves as a delightful stopover to break up the journey.