The Rock Bar is located along the 1.3 kilometer coastline of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, a 77-hectare property that features 78 private luxury villas and a 290-room hotel. It has been heralded as one of the world’s best bars by authoritative sources including CNN and The New York Times, and in 2011 was voted Bali’s Best Sunset Venue in The Yak magazine readers’ awards.
The bar’s innovative, minimalist design by Yasuhiro Koichi of Japan’s Design Studio SPIN exploits the natural formation and character of the rock on which the bar sits, 14 meters above the ocean at the base of AYANA’s towering cliffs. Your 360-degree vantage point affords nothing between you and the horizon but shimmering ocean waves (and the odd traditional fishing boat, adding another touch of magic to postcard-worthy photos).The bar itself was created by Japanese glass artist Seiki Torige using thousands of layers of recycled glass canes. Descent to the bar is via an inclinator that traverses the cliff-face, giving you a bird’s eye view before you officially arrive to take your seat for the dazzling ‘aquatic fireworks’, a result of crashing waves coming off a 100m-long coral reef at high tide. Either side of the main rock extending along the beach, wooden deck areas provide additional viewing points, one of which is accessed via a natural cave.
Signature cocktails designed by international bar consultant Sebastien Bonnefoi use only the highest-quality imported liquors blended with local fruits, herbs and spices to complement the natural setting. The entertainment line-up is just as inspiring. Live bands provide magical acoustic performances from their open-air stage amongst the rocks; gigs have included Third Eye Blind, Indonesia’s own Superman Is Dead, and grassroots acts from Australia and the USA. Resident music director Martin East leads a stellar DJ line-up spinning Balaeric, Nu-Disco, Deep House, and Chill Out beats every sunset and late-nights on weekends. Guest DJs have included Indonesia’s #1 DJ/producer, Riri Mestica, as well as international names like Andy Caldwell and Bruno From Ibiza.
ROCK STAR TIPS: Sunset is the busiest time and there is often a queue at the inclinator; in-house guests of AYANA enjoy VIP service with priority access to skip the queue. Night-time is just as magical but in a more intimate, sensual way, with twinkling stars above, spot-lit ocean and cooler night air. A dress code applies, requiring smart attire. No singlets or boardshorts, and no alcohol-branded attire are permitted.
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