An ultra-contemporary and multidimensional beach club, Australian-driven Cocoon does Miami-inspired chic beside south Seminyak beach. SoBe effects are evident in the all-white, split-level restaurant and bar/lounge that extend out to a center-stage pool edged with palm trees and complete with VIP cabanas. Mainly a daytime and sunset destination—like many venues in Bali, surrounds and activities take precedence—Cocoon attracts a savvy, party-loving crowd for its DJ-focused poolside fun. The pool deck gets busy for DJs playing daily from 2pm until midnight on the outdoor entertainment deck, with the added lure of late afternoon two-for-one cocktails and beers with complimentary canapés. Weekly guest DJs and regular day parties, especially in high season at events like SPLASH on the third Sunday of the month, attract big crowds, and cabanas can get booked up weeks in advance. The red-hot parties on Cocoon's anniversary in July and New Year's Eve are annual sell-outs.

Cocoon's modern-Euro-meets-contemporary-Asian cuisine also delivers, especially with brunches, during all-day grazing with treats like tempura soft-shell crab and wood-fired pizzas (try the roast pumpkin), and at long lazy lunches on sink-in daybeds beside the azure pool. Post-sunset, head to the semi-open main restaurant and bar or the alfresco scene on the terrace for pretense-free tropical fine dining, where dishes like grilled bamboo lobster tail come paired with an extensive wine list.