Easily one of the highlights of my stay at Ayana Resort was having cocktails and watching the sun set at Rock Bar. Before I visit a place for the first time I like to read about it as much as I can, so I’d seen plenty of pictures of Rock Bar and it was one of the things I was most excited about seeing on my trip. Rock Bar is built into the side of a cliff above the Indian Ocean, and patrons reach it via an “inclinator,” which is more or less a mini-funicular (that’s the jumping-on/off point, below). A DJ blasted pop music, and stoic but smiling servers shaded guests from the blazing sun with umbrellas and kept a steady stream of cold towels and drinks flowing. The sun was boiling hot against the rocks and we were all a sweaty mess, but with heart-stopping views in front of us we couldn’t have cared less.
There were separate patios where people could snack, sip, and enjoy the view privately. Happily, as hotel guests, we were able to set up shop on this one for the evening.
I took a million pictures of the view below. It’s what I image a bar at Jurassic Park would’ve looked like.
Eventually the sun dipped below the horizon and everyone could finally put away their umbrellas.
Perhaps the only people who had a better view than those of us at Rock Bar was the couple dining privately on that jetty you can see a little ways off in the distance. It doesn’t get any more romantic than that.
Finally, when it was dark enough, Rock Bar’s bars were lit up, creating a ghoulish green glow against the black night and water.
These folks had the right idea—watching the sunset in their bikinis from Ayana’s Ocean Beach Pool, which abuts Rock Bar.
Following our sunset cocktails, we headed over to Kisik for a glorious fish dinner…
…and continued to snap pictures well past dessert.
Where’s your favorite beach bar? I can’t imagine there’s one out there with a more gorgeous view than Rock Bar, but if so, I’d love to hear about it!