We heard of a place not too far away from Seminyak, south of Bali and north of Seminyak called Canggu, (pronounced CHANG – GOU). A 20 minute drive from the over populated and commercial Seminyak. Canggu, a series of villages with its own beach, who is the show off of Seminyak because of the lesser crowd and fabulous places to eat. A place for the bohemians. Open rice fields, hip cafes and restaurants by the beach and finding where to eat in Canggu is easy and fun. It looked just like Seminyak 12 years ago (when we first visited Bali). The only difference today, is that Canggu is nothing like Seminyak, the villas here are far more beautiful and affordable than Seminyak and the beaches are ruled by surfers without the loud noise and huge crowds. Most of the action in Canggu can be found near Batu Bolong, a beach best known for two things: its longboard-friendly break and Old Man’s and where Australia’s young entrepreneurs has found happiness in growing their business in Canggu. Rice fields are visible almost everywhere you look around. The air is thinner to breathe here and you are not running with time. It almost stands still but is Canggu the new Seminyak?
Is it for everyone? You have to go and find out for yourself.
Here is a guide to Canggu.
Where to stay?
A luxury collection of 6 villas in Canggu Bali, The Oshan Villas Bali has it’s own private pool, own kitchen, living room and dining room and your own chef. We came across The Oshan Villas by coincidence while driving through Canggu and decided to stay for the weekend. At first glance, you would not be able to see it across the street unless you are exploring the rice fields and talking to the locals.
We stayed at The Royal Villa Istana Putih which means ‘ The White Palace’ in Indonesian. A luxury, clean, stunning 4 bedroom villa with your own private pool, your own chef that cooks one of the greatest Indonesian food there is on the island (ask for her to make you her Indonesian chicken recipe!) and a driver on demand! You could also request for a massage therapist to visit you daily (Like I did). You can understand why leaving the villa was always so difficult to do!
The Oshan Villas in Bali is also a great place for families because of it’s privacy, great for those traveling with kids, (they get their own room and a playroom too!) There is an on-call Yoga instructor that is available throughout your stay!
♥ Insider’s tip: You can request for a %20 discount offer when mentioning in your booking ‘TJDoshan’
♥ To book email: [email protected] | Google Map: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong , Echo Beach Canggu, Kuta Utara, Bali Indonesia 80361
Where to eat in Canggu?
Here are the few places we came across:
♥ Little Flinders – A cute place for frozen drinks and snacks. Lunch is also served here and thanks to their little library section for kids, Chloe was well entertained. You can follow them on Instagram to find out more.
♥ Finn’s Beach Club – We were lucky enough to visit the popular Finn’s Beach Club after they have moved from Uluwatu ( Now re-named Sunday’s Beach Club and our favorite place to be in Uluwatu) and had a peak. A beautiful setting with an infinity pool facing the most popular surf beach. Finn’s Beach Club is def a place to visit if you love the crowd and surfing atmosphere. If you are more of a chilled out person (like myself) then make sure you visit bright and early to enjoy some peace and quiet. Finn’s Beach Club is also a great place to watch the sunset!
♥ Milk & Madu – Was recommended by the surfer community there while we mingled with everyone and get to know everyone. A delicious place to have healthy breakfast and cake! Milk & Madu opens as early as 7 am!
♥ Marakuja Cafe – Another 7am breakfast place you would love if you re into organic whole foods and pastries! Superfoods such as chia bowls and a fabulous french chef that prepares the best pastries there is in Canggu! Marakuja Cafe is your breakfast place!
♥ Taco Loco Bali – Hola all the way from Mexico to Canggu! Imagine a surfer’s paradise in Mexico! That’s how it felt like visiting Taco Loco Bali. We passed by to have a double strawberry lemondade!
♥ Kinoa Cafe – Vegan, Paleo, Gluten free OHMY! This place screams healthy superfoods! Did not have a chance to try it but caught it on our way passing by! Kinoa Cafe, add it to your list!
♥ Nalu Bowls – Are one of the things you will always miss after it’s done! Bali’s first smoothie bowl shack which is also available in Uluwatu! It’s the simple things in life and this place is def one of the places you have to have your breakfast/snack in with fresh home made ingredients and granola baked fresh every day! They say you are what you eat! Nalu Bowls (Hawaiin word for ‘wave’) won’t disappoint!
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