OMNIA Images: Martin Westlake
After weeks of anticipation, OMNIA finally opened the doors to its spectacular Bali clifftop location in Uluwatu. The ultimate day club boasts VIP cabanas and bungalows with their own private dipping pools, luxurious daybeds next to the pool and the breathtaking Cube Bar, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area and a front row seat for the mesmerising sunset. When it comes to the in-house dining option, OMNIA Bali is home to the first offshoot of celebrated London eatery Sake no Hana, adding yet another world-class option for foodies visiting the island.
OMNIA, of course, is not a brand new name to the global scene, the Vegas venue, located in the heart of Caesar’s Palace is the pinnacle of luxury and known for its WOW! factor; Calvin Harris arriving for his set by helicopter and Justin Beiber rubbing shoulders with Casino whales is just an example of a typical weekend in Vegas! Bali, however, will be a much more chilled affair, although don’t count out seeing some of the biggest stars on the planet chilling by the pool or takong over the DJ booth. Award-winning Singapore based design group WOHA are responsible for the eye-catching architecture with NYC’s Rockwell adding some finishing touches, resulting in one of the most spectacular venues you will ever visit.
We were invited for lunch and a chance to sample the talent of 67-year-old Japanese head chef Hideki Hiwatashi. The Japanese master has assembled a team bordering on perfection in his kitchen, setting a very high bar indeed for the in-house eating option. Sake no Hana has made a huge impact on the London scene, capturing the imagination of the capitals demanding foodies, who’s expectations are not easily met. OMNIA Bali boasts the first foray of the respected restaurant outside of the UK and it is already making waves. It enjoys an elevated location at the entrance to the venue with a view across the stylish day club and out to sea. The menu features a wide range of Japanese fare with as much of the ingredients as possible sourced locally and the speciality fish flown in daily. Lovers of Japanese cuisine will be blown away by the quality and will rethink their own expectations when eating out!
OMNIA made such a strong first impression on us that we decided to drop in on Sunday afternoon and catch the sunset from the Cube Bar. The car parked was packed and, as we made our way down the staircase and into the venue, all of the beds were occupied, there were smiling faces bobbing in both pools and the DJ was setting a laid-back tone with some delicious deep beats. The venue is even more impressive full! Uluwatu might not be the easiest commute from resorts such as Seminyak and Canggu but it is well worth the effort. As the sun starts to make its way beneath the horizon, changing the sky from bright blue to varying shades of orange, the Cube Bar comes into its own. The venue is one of the most instagrammable we have visited and everyone is taking the opportunity to capture the jaw-dropping view for their socials. OMNIA Bali has just announced that it will host its grand opening weekend between April 27 and 29, so get that date in your diary. The star of the show is undoubtedly the venue and its picture-perfect location but look out for some big announcements regarding talent that will be occupying the booth in the future. For now, the talented OMNIA residents are more than capable of setting the tone for the perfect afternoon into evening experience. Sunday March 4 sees the next edition of Phoenix, featuring Trus’ Me, Ricardo Who, Blackwolves and Ben Pound.