DJs, Sunset Dancers, Monkeys and More: This Is The Bali Experience

DJs, Sunset Dancers, Monkeys and More: This Is The Bali Experience

From VIP to a dance-off

By Tracy Sinclair | 18th December 2019

We’re in a VIP cabana at Omnia Dayclub – the hottest and most luxurious club in Bali, at the southern tip of Uluwatu. It’s a spectacular dance club with over three bars and three swimming pools, on a cliff, overlooking the ocean. It really is major!

 

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Our cabana has its own pool and is close to the DJ booth – the beats are dropping, the vibe is awesome and there are a lot of happy faces and nationalities from all over. It’s hot and I’m not just talking about the weather – scantily clad dancers in killer heels are on podiums; a French football team are being entertained by modelesque swimsuit-wearing hostesses (think Pammy-red cozzies) and one of my friends, Bec, is having a dance off with an Asian couple in the cabana opposite. And it’s daytime – who doesn’t love day drinking?

But back to Bec… her and the Asian couple are attracting quite an audience. I sense that the couple are on their honeymoon – their moves are perfectly choreographed and well rehearsed, they’re wearing Chanel everything and they are hilarious.

 

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It’s a slightly different dance action to the evening before, when we were mesmerised by the cultural Kecak dancers. Performed by a troupe of over 60 dancers, this captivating and frenzied performance is held in an amphitheatre, overlooking the ocean.

Tip: get there early to nab a sunset-facing seat. I slipped out of the performance to capture photos of the sunset without the crowds. It’s the most spiritual and dreamy setting – the ocean is both powerful and soothing, and everyone should experience it.

After the performance, families of monkeys followed us as we walked to our transport. They’re super cute but pretty brazen. If you’re not careful, the cheeky devils will steal sunglasses and mobile phones right out of the hands and pockets of unsuspecting tourists. But it’s no problem – rangers are on hand to help you get your gear back.

 

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If the attractions and beaches of South Bali are on your list, Wyndham Dreamland Resort is perfectly located. As the name suggests, close to Dreamland Beach (five minute walk), it’s in a peaceful and secluded part of Pecatu, near Bingin and Padang Padang surfbreaks.

This tropical retreat is modern with spacious rooms, three swimming pools, a full-service spa, and wellness centre with a yoga studio (yoga every day!). The food is world class with several dining options.

The resort can also arrange a culinary experience where talented chefs will both entertain and teach you how to cook local dishes including my favourite Sate Lilit Ayam – a minced chicken ‘lollypop’ with Bambu Bali (spicy paste of galangal, ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, garlic and more). It’s a lot of fun especially the food styling competition where you plate up your creations for the chefs to judge. For the record our team did win – booyah! Competitive much?

 

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Whether you want to get down and bust a move, be entertained by dancers or let your tastebuds dance with happiness, Bali is always surprising and provides the dreamiest of settings for whatever your kind of fun.

 

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Article by Tracy Sinclair

Our kiwi-born editor and director Tracy is the backbone of the company, she’s passionate about all aspects of the business and her hard-work is admirable. With her wild hair and her Givenchy handbag, she’s ready to take on every day with the help of 10 cups of earl grey and hot chips, of course! She’s always rockin’ a killer outfit and inspiring everyone in the office with her craziness and enthusiasm - she’s definitely one of a kind and always in high demand at Style HQ!