Of course, everything you hear is true…
With another expansion and brand new concept taking off recently, Rumours, the famed casual dining restaurant on Eats Street, Seminyak, and the brand itself, just can’t be held back. The first ever beach club concept from Rumours is now open on Sentosa Island, Singapore and it’s all about SAND, SUN, SEA and REPEAT. That’s the mantra of the new Rumours Beach Club, which officially opened in December 2019, and it has the sand, sun, sea in spades and so much more.
I was there to check the new club last weekend. It was also the first time I had visited Sentosa Island. The entire island is made for tourism and is basically Pleasure Island for Singaporeans, with resorts, attractions like Universal Studios, a sea aquarium, an adventure park, etc and is perfect for escaping the nearby city. I was surprised to see so much forest and verdant foliage throughout the island, but I imagined that was what Singapore city itself would have looked like before mankind arrived. Rumours Beach Club is sited on one of the most popular beaches on the island, Siloso Beach, in what could be called a private enclave, made for pedestrian traffic only. It’s a back-to-nature experience right from the outset, and with a short walk or ride in the free shuttle bus from the Sentosa Express’s Beach Station, you immediately begin to relax and enjoy the fresh air and natural surroundings. I stayed the night right across the road at the Siloso Beach Resort (Suitably comfortable and around Rp 2 million per night).
The beach club has all the trappings of a luxury lifestyle and also has clear access to the white sand beach and blue sea in front. There are two small islands just off-shore and looking cute, too. Besides being able to jump straight into the sea, there are three swimming pools offering VIP, adults only and family swimming spaces. There is plenty of room for everyone and every requirement.
Rumours Beach Club is really made for a fun day, or evening on the beach but with plenty of style, class and excellent food and beverage. Think bespoke cocktails from the bar, or succulent seafood ala Jimbaran Beach in Bali from the barbeque station, and you’ll be homing in on the Rumours food concept. I also had one of the best steaks I have had in a very long time there, too. So, splash into the glittering, crystal clean pool water surrounded by open cabanas and day beds, or grab a towel and head for the beach to soak up the rays. Now, that’s the way to step out of the city in a sunny, casual way. The beachfront area has a day bed and bean bag capacity of 120 pax.
And how about that dining?
From starters to the desserts, the Bali-trained executive chef at Rumours Beach Club has curated some exquisite dishes for day and evening diners. The menu has you covered from bar snacks such as Nacho Chips and Calamari to Western favourites like Rumours Signature Burger, Quattro Formaggi Pizza, grilled succulent steaks, an enormous seafood platter for sharing and many pasta dishes to choose from. Being born and bred on the island of Bali, Indonesian dishes feature too with delicacies including a range of satays, oxtail soup and nasi campur Bali. You can also watch the expert chefs grill and serve the previously mentioned, sizzling hot Jimbaran-style seafood and perfectly cooked import steaks at the live BBQ hut next to the main swimming pool.
Rumours Bali is also known as a night spot for a drink, party and DJs spinning some fun music every night of the week. So what party action do they have to offer at the beach club?
For starters they have a UK resident DJ and music director, Matty Wainwright. Some of you may know of him from here in Bali. As I was leaving, I asked him the same question and Matty began by telling me RBC will not be the same as the other beach clubs already on the island.
Please elaborate, sir. “Music wise the concept is to stand out from the other venues in Siloso who play EDM and very commercial pop music. Musically, we will be a sanctuary in Singapore for guests that want to experience that proper beach club vibe, like we are used to in (lots of) venues in Bali,” Matty begins. “This means a very broad and non-commercial music direction. Day time toe tappers around the pool, across all genres of laid back music, very ‘Balearic’ for want of a better word, proper sunsets and then flowing into more uptempo eclectic rhythms as the night comes in. We are blessed to have the best sound-system on the beach with our Funktion-One set up, which can cater from day to day vibes right up to our regular international DJ parties.” Well, that sounds cool.
They have kept the resident DJ team to a small and experienced group of both international and Singaporean DJs who have enough hours under their belt to be able to seamlessly weave between different genres and ages of tracks to create that perfect beachside vibe. There will also be a string of unsung heroes from the local scenes in South East Asia – the resident DJs, when they are passing through Singapore, from places like Bali, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Saigon and Bangkok.
“On the subject of International DJ performances,” continues Matty, “we are having our Grand Opening party on Saturday 15th February with none other than The Cuban Brothers! This will also be kicking off our 1st Sunday of every month weekend parties ‘R.U.S.S.H’ (Rumours Sunset Hour), which will feature local and international DJ acts.”
Keep your eye on their social media events calendars for all the details of those shows. Rumours Beach Club is definitely Singapore’s and the island’s hottest new beach club, get down this weekend, or even mid-week for some extra space, to find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.