Seminyak is synonymous for its "cocktails 'n' sunsets" combo and swanky KU DE TA, Bali's forebear of international-style beach clubs, has been perfecting this art form since 2000, reaching iconic status as a lifestyle destination in Asia. Despite increasing competition from other west coast beach clubs, this swanky-yet-casual chic bar, lounge, and restaurant fronting Seminyak Beach still gets packed with everyone from jet setters and the glitterati to expats and tourists. Mixologist cocktails such as the prescription-worthy Vanilla Passion Foam are sipped on beachside daybeds and lounge terraces, accompanied by chill DJ sessions that extend well into the night (weekend sessions take on more of a party vibe). Armed with an in-house music director and a house soundtrack CD, high-quality music is key: Regular events include all-star DJ monthlies and big names like LTJ Buken. KU DE TA also hosts some of the hottest tickets in town in the form of seasonal parties, such as hedonistic Bikini Day, the White Party, and the Old Skool Block Party.

The spot is equally renowned for its gourmet contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, enjoyed as sunny breakfasts on sunbeds and refined beachfront dinners on the starlit dining terrace. Aspirations to develop more as a foodie destination led to the creation of the cutting-edge tasting kitchen Mejekawi within KU DE TA's sprawling lawn compound.