The Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa Bali gives the phrase 'I'll have mine on the rocks' a whole new meaning. with an innovative open-top bar perched 14 meters above the ocean on a rocky outcrop at the base of the resort’s towering cliffs.
Accessed via an inclinator that traverses the cliff-face, the Rock Bar is a spectacular feat of architecture and engineering. Designed by Yasuhiro Koichi of Japan’s Design Studio SPIN, whose works include NOBU Tokyo and NOBU Hong Kong, it offers uninterrupted, 360-degree views from every single vantage point.
“The Rock Bar is the only venue of its kind in the world, and is sure to become a must-see destination in Bali,” said Marc Dobbels, AYANA’s Food and Beverage Executive Assistant Manager. “Yasuhiro Koichi has created a true masterpiece using the natural formation and location of the rock, providing million-dollar views of Bali’s famed sunsets from a dramatic and unforgettable venue. You couldn’t get any closer to the horizon without setting sail!”
The venue is not the only thing ‘on the rocks’. A DJ booth has been built high amongst the rocks in front of the bar, with an outdoor Bose stereo system.
Either side of the main rock, timber platforms featuring comfortable sofas provide additional viewing points across the ocean. One is accessed via a natural cave, a unique entrance that leads to the terrace and a ‘secret’ garden over the beach. As you emerge from the softly-lit cave and the mist, a large crystallized rock hundreds of years old is displayed in a wall panel as a stunning piece of natural art.
Yasuhiro Koichi said the bar’s minimalist design emphasizes the natural beauty and layout of the rocky outcrop on Ayana’s Kisik Beach. “The magic of the Rock Bar is to feel the sea close to you and enjoy the coastal scenery and the surf,” Koichi said. “Therefore, we designed only enough to enhance these natural elements in a relaxed setting.”