Conservation, Clubbing & Diving with Sabrina

Published 02 February 2015   

Sabrina Van Cleef Ault was born in California to Korean and Scottish parents and grew up in Seattle, USA. At the age of 19 she moved to New York City and resided there for 15 years working in fashion, television and entertainment, including the first of one of her many nightclubs, under the name of  Pangaea, alongside her partner and husband nightlife guru, Michael Van Cleef Ault.

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Sabrina moved to Singapore four years ago, from New York City to open the luxurious nightclub, Pangaea Singapore, at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Casino in the Crystal Pavilion. Pangaea Singapore was sited by both The Economist and Bloomberg as being the “highest grossing nightclub per square foot in history.” The latest nightclub projects, Chaos and Pangaea, were set to open last month, on January 30th, 2015 at The City Of Dreams Manila. That alone was a 50 million dollar nightclub project.

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Sabrina Van Cleef Ault is also a published and acclaimed photographer.

Her first charity photographic exhibition was held last June in Singapore with Leica and The Macallan, alongside world-acclaimed photography legend, Mr. Elliot Erwitt. Her solo exhibition was a sell out and she was able to donate all of the nett proceeds of the 24 pieces to the non-profit agency, D.O.G.S. an establishment in Singapore which rescues, rehabilitates, fosters and eventually finds homes for abandoned animals in Singapore.

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Jewellery by SAYA GALLERY

As for Sabrina’s next Philanthropic journey, she has decided to take the initiative and become the voice and Ambassador for The Sea.

Her goal and dream is to find an island somewhere in Asia and make it an eco-nature reserve.

A protected island that is completely self-sustainable by solar energy and will include a coconut plantation that can then produce products such as coconut water and other natural products indigenous to the island to sustain its existence and become a safe haven for both marine life and coral. “I am spearheading a conservation campaign to help save the seas beginning with an ocean plastic clean-up initiative.  I believe that it takes only one person to affect millions. And I want to be that person,” she told FRV Bali.

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Sabrina has been modeling since a young age and also been A keen scuba diving and an environmental advocate for  many years.

She was in Bali last month for our photo shoot and we had the chance to catch up briefly with this multi-talented lady.

Tell me about the Pangaea group of clubs. How did that begin and where is it now?

The original Pangaea was launched in 2001 in New York City downtown on Lafayette Street. I was the original investor and partner dating back 14 years with my husband, Michael Van Cleef Ault, and we have successfully opened 11 more projects together around the world, the latest being in Manila which opened at the end of January at The City Of Dreams Casino. Wow, how time does fly! These two particular projects that are the grandest and most extravagant yet. Hold on to your hats!

How long have you been scuba diving, and how did that change your life?

I have been scuba diving for more than 15 years now. It was honestly love at first sight. Once you have a love affair with the ocean, I think there is no turning back.

How do you mix the nightlife and the clubbing world with your environmental concerns?

Being involved in the nightlife industry for so many years all over the world I have been blessed to have met so many different people from all industries and all walks of life. With this knowledge and power of knowing the right people I tend to harness this opportunity to give back to the environment and do something good for mother earth. After all, if it wasn’t for her, none of this would be possible.

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Jewellery by SAYA GALLERY

never say never,
Carpe Diem!

Is there some correlation between clubbing and diving? Do many clubbers dive? Do many divers club?

That is a fun question. Yes, I think that clubs tend to attract a very eclectic group of both artists, musicians, businessmen and adventurers. Nightclub people are not the type to just sit home and watch television from the couch. These people are usually high-octane thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. Not to mention our customer base is made up of many high-powered executives and CEO’s that have both the luxury of time and financial capabilities to just pack up and go on a two-week liveaboard in Komodo or The Banda Sea. So the answer is yes, I find that, especially here in Asia, most of the people that I know live for and breathe the sea.

Have you been to Bali many times before? What do you think of it?

Bali has always been one of my favourite destinations in the world for many different reasons. First being the spiritual element that you feel in the air as soon as you step foot off the airplane. I think it’s that constant scent of burning incense that really clicks my head into Bali mode. A smile appears on my face immediately every time without fail. Also the instant freedom that you feel when you wander the bustling streets of Seminyak, and then organically meander through the wild jungles on the east coast, casual horseback riding on the beach, seemingly non-stop glorious sunsets, organic fresh over-the-top-amazing local farm-grown cuisine, getting lost in the hanging lush gardens and footpaths in Ubud, hiking up volcanoes and scuba diving on the west coast, day trips to Nusa Lembongan . . . ahhh, now that is heaven. Not to mention all of Bali’s majestic temples and shrines, constant offerings, the humbleness and soft spoken gentleness of the Balinese people is just astonishing to me. I feel that there is a warm welcome that is pronounced to you in every single form of simplicity and in all details as it relates to this magical Island of the Gods. I fell in love with Bali on my first visit in 2009, and I have never stopped coming back.

Do you think some of the environmental concerns on the island could be sorted out soon?

That is a hard question to answer but I am always a hopeful person when it comes to spreading positivity. I really do believe that people are adept to make a change for the positive. Especially, as it relates to their homeland and conservation and doing the right thing. As I mentioned earlier, it only takes one person to start a whole domino effect. So let’s see. I always think that someone can always make a difference.

Could you see a Pangaea club opening soon in Bali?

As for plans to open a club anytime in the near future in Bali, I would say as of now I definitely have my hands full for the moment. But never say never, Carpe Diem!

Sabrina Van Cleef Ault



JUNO Pchelkina

Alila Manggis
Jl. Raya Buitan, Manggis, Kecamatan Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
tel:+62 363 41011











1 Comment

  1. I was her first photographer. In Seattle when she was…18? 19? When she entered a room…even back then…well….everyone else just disappeared. And there really wasn’t anyone else as hell bent on having fun as Sabrina. And look where it got her! Go girl.

    Posted by Mark Wilkins on 03 July 17 at 12:42pm [Comment]

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