While certainly not for everyone, Ark Bar is the best choice for party people. Its two-story hotel rooms are squeezed into a narrow strip of gardens leading to the beach right in the heart of Chaweng, but they’re all equipped with air-con, minibar, and balconies within walking distance of the famous beach club party. In fact, it’s so popular that two further branches have now opened nearby. The restaurant, serving Western and Thai cuisine as well as fresh seafood, is popular, with both indoor and beachside seating. As the sun goes down, Ark Bar becomes one of the main focal areas on Chaweng beach to gather at nighttime. From 2pm until 2am, bikini-clad tourists, frat boy types, and locals join in the fun, when some of the island’s best funk and house music DJs perform.