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With lush green forests, pretty beaches and warm locals, the beautiful little Indonesian island of Bali has always been a drawcard for travellers. Being mainly Hinduresults in Bali also being renowned as a gay-friendly destination.
The gay scene is concentrated in Seminyak where there are a number of popular bars, hotels, clubs and massage spas. Many are owned by gays and often are exclusively gay or male.
The gay bars concentrated in Seminyak stand cheek by jowl, located mainly on the long street JalanCamplungTanduk, which is also known as JalanDhyana Pura; like many streets in Bali it has two names including its original Balinese one.
Sky Garden Bali is a complex of eight bars and clubs with Club Pride, on its fourth floor, promoting itself as “a club that welcomes all colours of the rainbow at the heart of Bali’s party central”.
Nearby is the lively Mixwell Bar Bali which has free entry. Next to it, popular bar Bali Joe attracts locals and travellers withdrag performers and go-go dancers featured as they are next door at Facebar(F Bar) that is, in turn, next toBottoms Up, which also features drag shows, music and dancing.
For the best house music, Seminyak’s Mint Club has a reputation for featuring a number of well-known international DJs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday nights. Asophisticated interior décor is highlighted by the long central bar.
Favoured choices of spas include Elegantz Spa & Sauna, Teman, Coco Grande Spa, Banana Spa and Shooter Spa.Those preferring to use only natural products go toSudaSarira Spa whiletherapeutic massages are provided by all male massage parlourJariMenari. Not far away, at or nearby Kerobokan, is Minahasa as well as Antique Spa.
The chic design of W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyakis also popular with the gay community.
Enjoying the beautiful sunsets with a drink in hand is a welcome activity. Next door to W Retreat is the gay-friendly restaurant and bar Potato Head. Here you can view the sunset while indulging in a cocktail by the pool, a favourite place to relax and chillout.
Another great place for sunset cocktails is by the infinity pool at the Blue Corner Bar & Café’s beach bar. Located on Lembongan island, inside the LGBT-friendly Blue Corner Dive centre, this lively bar features regular events and is a popular place to meet-up.
Stylish bar and restaurant, Ku De Ta has trendy daybeds by its pool to take in the sunset views whilst sipping a cocktail.
Hotels & events
There are exclusively gay hotels. Clothing-optional ones include Hotel Spartacus Bali and the beachfront Bali au Naturel resort. Gay guesthouse Balinea Villa & Spa Hotel has a restaurant and bar as well as a pool and Jacuzzi.
In 2016, the Cocoon Beach Club hosted the first International Departure Lounge Mardi Gras Recovery Party. A “fun filled evening of costumes, choreography, colour, comedy and dance”, the pop-up party featured superstar Drag Queens Miss Ellaneous and MarziPanne. The 2017 Mardi Gras Recovery Party features the same line-up plus local superstar performers, DJs and dancers with tickets for AUD$20. This year’s party is being held on Friday, March 10 .