in another time and in another place
coconut oil melting in the sun
the vivid blue of the water
the blinding white of staff on bended knee
languid hands on frozen drinks
the sizzle of shellfish over wood fire
laughter and splash and chatter
a paradise against the sea
It was just another mansion
–––––––– Tropicola is what it felt like.
Tropicolais a multi-stage, beachfront development on the Golden Mile of Bali’s Seminyak Beach, enjoying sweeping panoramic views of the Indian Ocean just meters up the beach from W Bali-Seminyak, Potato Head & Alila Seminyak. It’s the biggest project to date from the group behind Bali’s iconic Motel Mexicolaand Bucket Liston Sydney’s Bondi Beach.
Tropicola is a beach club, restaurant, rooftop bar and hotel located on 7000m2of pristine beachfront land. The venue has been years in the planning with the first stage, Tropicola Beach Club, kicking off in August 2018.
Over the following year the next two stages will roll out, beginning with a 60 seats restaurant by Chef Steve Skelly, followed by a rooftop bar and event space with vast, uninterrupted views spanning from the Buket peninsula to the south all the way north to Tanah Lot. Completing the development will be a 60 rooms hotel bringing fun, affordable and accessible luxury to the island with room rates from $100 a night.
Combining the team’s years of excellence in hospitality with memories of travels around the globe, Tropicola is their nostalgic tribute to places both real and imagined, representing a homage to more carefree and effortless times. Located on one of the most well-known beachfronts in Bali, Tropicola brings a Slim Aarons picture to life, opening its pools to the new jet-set that have made Bali their own. Memories of Miami, Acapulco, Palm Springs, Tulum and Playa Del Carmen are woven into a drink and dine beach club like no other.
Tropicola Beach Club features three bars sprawling over multiple levels, surrounding two pools and a wood fire open kitchen. Chef Steve Skelly, responsible for the award winning food at Mexicola, Da Maria and Luigi’s Hot Pizza, has drawn upon his traveling experiences to create a menu anchored by wood fired grills, fresh seafood, grilled meats and simply handled vegetables. Nothing too heavy or overdone, just great produce prepared beautifully and simply, in an environment purpose built for lounging and grazing, day and night.
Tropicola will marry the fun and irreverence of Mexicola with the slick and professional service that is a hallmark of the team. Working with James Brown, the designer behind Motel Mexicola, Tropicola rises up from the beachfront in a riot of colour and movement. Tropicola Beach Club is a place to get a tan, relax in the in the sun, people watch, sipping great cocktails and dine all day long as music fills the air and the best staff on the island flit and flow from table to table and sunbed to sunbed.
Tropicola is about transporting moods and memories from another time and place to the heart of Bali. Guests will celebrate the sun setting over the ocean every evening whilst Coconut Womanby Lloyd Price plays in the background, with staff in crisp white and red weaving through the crowd with trays of complimentary sunset drinks. This will become a signature memory of Tropicola and a sunset ritual to dream about for decades.