Rock Bar Bali at Ayana Resort and Spa have won accolades from travel media the world over, partly thanks to its unique setting on a secluded limestone cliff – a huge factor as to why the Rock Bar is appropriately named. This foremost sunset venue continues to gain the hearts of patrons, some who travel to the island just to experience the signature blends, exceptional views and moods set by its resident music director and a regular line-up of first-rate international DJs.
The Rock Bar boasts a simple design with an open-top platform seamlessly built onto the natural formation. Ambient lighting from around the bar and the shades at sunset, together with traditional fishing boat lanterns that dot the seascape add to the theatrical appeal of the bar. What the bar offers is less about the looks of their facilities but more on the service.
Getting to the Rock Bar itself is an experience that anyone should try. Past Ayana’s green cliff-top lawns you’ll notice dual ways to descend, and both provide remarkable bird’s eye views. First is the ‘hard way’ down the long flight of stairs that leads you to the Kisik Bar & Grill, which serves fine seafood under a thatched roof restaurant and at the tables on the beach. Ongoing to the Rock Bar, you will stroll along the cliff base causeway around Ayana’s free-form ocean beach pool.
Hovering above the waves, the Rock Bar is a small centrepiece with the immense sky and the Indian Ocean as a backdrop. There are several round tables at the lower lobby and eight more steps up lead you to the main bar, which is bordered by glass screens.
The Rock Bar's groundbreaking design was conceived by Yasuhiro Koichi of Japanese design studio Spin. Wooden deck areas provide supplementary viewing points on both sides of the main rock that stretches along the coast, one of which is accessed via a natural cave. The cave walls sparkle with what seems to be crystal, quartz-like minerals – another cool feature that the Rock Bar has to offer among other things.