Vue: In the Club

February 3, 2014 frvtravel

Berawa Beach and LV8 are home to a stylish new beach club that ticks all the right boxes for Bali’s High standards … and more. By Katie Truman

If you were wondering what the gigantic, all-white building was that seemed to magically appear on wild and deserted Berawa Beach last year, or are seeking a new beach “playpen” in Greater Seminyak, read on. That’s LV8, Indonesian-operated, five-star deluxe hotel smack bang on the beach with 117 suites and seven penthouses snaking around a seaside river.

Elevated above the Indian Ocean’s crashing waves is LV8’s Vue The Beach Club, a sprawling, white, open-air deck with a shimmering centrepiece of a 50-metre infinity lap pool edged by Dubai-esque palm trees. An idyllic scene, further book-ended by the striking, avant-garde “twisted tower” sculpture, and (most importantly) two open bars.

Walk-in outside guests are welcome and sun beds, fresh towels and the pool are there for use, as long as F+B is indulged during the visit. But if you’ve any sense, plump for a purple-draped individual gazebo, or one of four, white, wooden cabanas edging the pool – the latter, beach-hut style complete with private daybed extending out in the shallow end, enabling you to literally roll out of bed for a quick dip.

Things start hotting-up around 4pm, especially at weekends, when DJs hit the booth and spin ultra-chilled, loungy sounds which carry guests through gorgeous sunsets to starry-night skies.

Vue keeps it simple with one all-day menu, offering a decent global selection geared for casual poolside dining, covering Mediterranean tapas, Asian small plates, pasta, Indonesian dishes and more. Their signature range of thin crust, generously-sized pizzas are positively made for sharing post-swim. Among these, garlic pizza bread (surprisingly yummy, but not advisable for any first dates afterwards) and partenopea, baked with anchovies, hints of chili (careful, hotter than the terrace at noon), salami slivers and tomatoes, topped with fresh basil.

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Things start hotting-up around 4pm, especially at weekends, when DJs hit the booth and spin ultra-chilled, loungy sounds.

Elevated above the beach club, the more refined Eight restaurant, with blue and white-hued outdoor terrace, is perfect for lunchtime breathers out of the sun, or if you must (or have to, given one of Bali’s unpredictable rainy season squalls) there’s the an air-conditioned dining room inside.

Eight’s cuisine is pure “old school” classics, with French influences – no “con-fusion” here! Lunch and more formal dinner menus cover signature “Desperate Dan”-sized steaks (such as 12oz black Angus rib-eye), or dishes like poached salmon with surf clams, asparagus and minted new potatoes, and confit of duck with honey mustard dressing. Leave room for the delectable mango mousse. A resident sommelier can assist with selecting from the fifty labels from the wine cellar.

Like the entire premises, menus are family-friendly with a kid’s menu and are separate but interchangeable – meaning, eat whatever and wherever you want.

From the well-stocked bars come mixologist-inspired cocktails that are fiendishly innovative, maximizing use of fresh local herbs and spices. Vue’s signature mojitos are refreshing in more ways than one and are nicely rounded with just the right stash of fresh mint leaves. Try the apple strudel or vanilla and pomegranate. Other options include short and sexy rocks, while traditional home-made lemonades, such as screw pine and star aniseed, are equally good, despite no alcoholic traces.

Eight, of course, honours old guard cocktails (cuba libre, mint julep and so on), but their New Libations offer some pretty out-there alternatives, such as cigar old fashioned, with cigar leaves, and bacon old fashioned, with, that’s right, bacon fat-infused bourbon!

Happy Hour? No need. It’s happy hour all day long here, slumped poolside, Mojito in hand, watching the surfers ride the big rollers and deciding whether next to eat, swim or snooze.

Vue The Beach Club:
10am to 11pm
Eight: 6am to 11pm
LV8. Berawa Beach, Bali.
Tel: +62 361 894 8888
www.lv8bali.com

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