Best Day Parties of the Summer

Where the jet set parties before the sun goes down
Mondrian South Beach
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Some say “Live easy in the summertime.” Others say “Party like you never have before.” Join the jet set on a Champagne-powered, high-fashion roundup of the most exclusive day parties of 2011.

KU DE TA | Bali

It’s on the other side of the world from the U.S., but that’s inconsequential. Good-life connoisseurs from California to Mumbai to London know that the ultimate idyllic-meets-hedonistic party scene is going on year-round in Bali, with peak season in July and August.

For years, bi-level beachfront hangout KU DE TA has been the epicenter, thanks to its mood-enhancing DJ sets, catalog-length cocktail list — all featuring fresh ingredients and top-shelf spirits — and downright perfect vibe. Most of the time, this is an all-ages place where blonde Aussie families and Italian supermodels coexist on neighboring beds, awaiting the sunset over Bali’s silver waves. During annual parties like Bikini Day, (pictured) the clothes come off and the children stay home. (Photo: JustLuxe)

The Hamptons

Come summertime in New York City, the Hamptons are everyone’s go-to getaway. While some people are simply there to relax by the beach with their family, many are there for “the scene,” which is Hollywood mingled with high society and funded by Wall Street fortunes. Every summer season has its must-hit events and newsmaking openings — this year, Southampton Social Club, (pictured) is among the most-buzzed. It opened Memorial Day weekend, with celebrity guests including Estelle, Kyle MacLachlan, and Chelsea Handler and her new beau Andre Balazs. (Photo: Liam McMullan/Patrick McMullan)


Of course, there are reasons to stay in Manhattan over the weekend. One is the Gansevoort Summer Series, a Sunday afternoon party that takes place on the rooftop at the Gansevoort Park Avenue and books DJs spanning the gamut from semi-underground (LA Riots) to household-name (Paul Oakenfold).

Every other day of the week, the Gansevoort pool bar is restricted to hotel guests only, and the door in the evening is tough — which means even though this event is ostensibly first-come first-serve, no cover, if you want drama-free entry, the best way is to reserve a VIP table with bottle service.

SPLASHDANCE at The Standard, Hollywood

The Sunset Strip's iconic The Standard, Hollywood hosts a monthly party called SPLASHDANCE in conjunction with FoundTrack. In addition to the requisite elements (gorgeous crowd, dirty beats, frisky bikini action in the swimming pool), this party distinguishes itself by having a quasi-approachable door policy (even if you're not friends with the DJ, you can ensure entry by RSVPing to and a sense of humor about its own Hollywood-style decadence.

Case in point: A note on the event's Facebook page specifies "Special Valet Price $6 — unless you roll up in a Delorean, in which case we'll cover your valet — no joke." Next SPLASHDANCE on the calendar: August 6 and September 3.

Amnesia, Ibiza

If it’s cheesy clubbing, bikini girls, and big giant sound systems that you’re after, there’s one place that does it around the clock all summer long, and has since you were barely of drinking age. Years ago it was declared over-and-done-with by hipsters… and yet, it somehow came back around and is now fixed on the circuit eternally. This place is, of course, Ibiza (pictured). You can hit a megaclub every night here, party till 8 a.m., catch a few hours’ sleep in the high noon, and start it all up again around 4 p.m. And that’s what many do, for as long as they can stand it. Visually capturing the over-the-top outrageousness that is Ibiza is this image of a daytime foam party in Amnesia, four-time “Best Global Dance Club” winner with a maximum capacity of 5000+. (Photo: Mo Derakshanian)