The Ultimate Travel Guide To Canggu, Bali
What was previously a sleepy little village, Canggu has evolved into a major tourist hub. Not quite as popular or well known as other areas in Bali such as Seminyak, Legian or Ubud; Canggu is fast becoming the ‘in’ place to stay. It has everything you could want on your holiday; great beaches such as Echo, Old Man’s, Berawa, Pererenan and Batu Belig, new world class beach clubs, fun things for the kids to do and a special vibe that is unique to this part of the island.
Just 10 minutes drive by scooter or taxi from the hussle and bustle of Seminyak is the area known as Canggu. A lot quieter, with more of a Bali village vibe, you will immediately feel the stress and tension peel away as you dive into your Canggu villa pool. It has many restaurants, fabulous cafes, health food shops, yoga studios as well as a very quiet beach, Canggu is perfect for holiday makers wanting to really relax, chill out and enjoy the serenity of Bali.
Canggu is really popular for families wanting a quieter more relaxing holiday, groups of people who want to get away from it all and really soak up the ‘what Bali was like 10 years ago’ ambiance, digital nomads that want to sit in cafes the whole day working remotely and back packers looking for cheap accommodation in Bali style home stays. Most people who come to Canggu prefer villa accommodation where everything is self contained. Most Canggu villas come with chef, private pool, house keepers and Wifi so you have everything you could possible want there. Really no need to leave the villa, if that’s the kind of holiday you want.
Spending time in Canggu with kids
Canggu is a children’s paradise. There is so much for them to see and do that keeping them occupied is not a drama. If your staying in a villa they will love being in the pool. If however your kids want a bit of variety there is always the Finns Recreation Club where there are water slides, a massive indoor trampoline centre, horse riding & ten pin bowling. If they love surfing and want to be near the beach, then Canggu has some really great waves both for beginners at Old Mans & Berawa Beach and for the more experienced they can always surf at Echo Beach at Pererenan. It’s a surfing mecca and you will soon see why surfers from all over the world flock here to surf near perfect beach breaks. If your a beginner then Canggu has the ideal wave at Old Man’s beach. You can hire a surfboard here for Rp 50, 000 for 2 hours. That’s just $5!!
Eating out in Canggu
If there’s one thing Canggu is not short of, it’s fabulous restaurants and trendy cafes. Most of them can be found along the popular Batu Bolong area but if you are prepared to do a bit of exploring there’s loads of really cool little cafes and restaurants in the side streets. They are mostly unpretentious and have a casual dining atmosphere and are all really family friendly. There are also amazing cafes and restaurants in the upcoming area of Berawa. They run all the way from the Finns Club along Jalan Pantai Berawa to the beach. There are so many great places here for a meal that you’ll find it hard to choose – especially if your travelling with kids.
Some of the best cafes in Canggu include:
Milk and Madu – this is the most popular family friendly cafe as it has a kiddies playground. Read the TripAdvisor reviews here.
Peleton Supershop – this has the most amazing salads
Deus – an institution in Canggu and is located between Jalan Batu Bolong and Batu Mejan. Make sure you allow time for some shopping and those Instagram shots of you on the famous Deus motorbikes
Betelnut – for a healthy meal at very reasonable prices
Crate – this cafe is busy the whole time and was one of the first to arrive in Canggu. It also has great views over the ricefields
MissIbu at the Tamora Gallery – a great place to chill out with a health smoothie bowl and watch all the buzz in Berawa
The Lawn – great views over the beach, this is a must visit cafe/restaurant/ beach club. Make sure you come for a sunset cocktail.
Have a look at this Canggu video about some great cafes and restaurants to see what we mean.
Nightlife in Canggu
Its certainly not Seminyak, but there is still a fair bit of nightlife in Canggu and it’s mainly in the restaurants and the popular Old Man’s just at the end of Batu Bolong, right on the beach as well as The Lawn. Nightlife here is aimed mainly at the twenty somethings with loads of beach side bars and clubs that go on till the early hours of the morning. If your after a more sophisticated night life scene you will have to make your way to Seminyak.
Shopping in Canggu
Canggu is deal for shopping. There are now quite a few new boutiques and shops along the Batu Bolong and Batu Mejan areas ( have a look at Flvx & Friends, Suennoaj, Earth Circus, Tropicana, Vissla & Asmara) catering for all tastes; mainly clothing, surf wear and jewellery. There are daily markets called Love Anchor at the beginning of Jalan Batu Bolong which is worth a visit for souvenirs and typical market stall items from local vendors. Some of the stuff is pretty good actually and it’s really easy to find as there’s a huge sign outside.
Where to get your nails done in Canggu
Keep calm and get your nails done – Canggu is the perfect place for this! Dive into the pampering Balinese spa culture, lounge at your private villa in celebrated beach towns such as Seminyak or Canggu and you will return home like new – completely rejuvenated, revived and with a perfect manicure and pedicure done! Here are some cool places to get your nails done in Canggu:
Colors Nail Bar
Organic is the magic word in trendsetting Canggu and this colorful nail bar is not only a great place to get your nails done, but it is also a lovely spot to grab a freshly-squeezed juice. This health and beauty hang-out spot has a unique concept: it’s a nail bar and a juice bar under the same roof. Free from chemicals and animal testing, all-natural and organic – no wonder this is one of our favourite picks! Colors Nail Bar also does excellent nail art and you can bring the kids along as there are manicures and pedicures available for children. Make it a mom and daughter moment!
Jet Black Ginger
This nail salon is chic and stylish, designed to turn you into the most beautiful version of yourself. Pink poofs, blue suede armchairs, hand-beaten copper lamps and diamond-shaped mirrors – everything is customized and hand-picked. The design is unique and super stylish with industrial and tropical elements and it just exudes coolness inside out. Brows, hair and nails, you can get a total metamorphose at Black Ginger in Canggu, ready to take on the night!
Glo Day Spa and Salon Bali
One of the most famous beauty, hair and spa salons in Bali, Glo Day Spa and Salon Bali is located in Seminyak, Canggu, Sanur and even on the island of Nusa Lembongan. This luxury spa is hip and contemporary and the therapists are professionally trained to the highest standards. With dedicated professionals from Australia, Finland and Indonesia, you know your nails are in good hands at Glo! While you’re at it, why not get an amazing new haircut, too, and you are bound to feel brand new!
Espace Spa Bali
Science, fine art and traditions come together at this exclusive luxury spa in Canggu. When it comes down to getting your nails done, you are in for some serious pampering and grooming.
Think pink nails
A trendsetting on Jalan Batu Belig, all girls need to visit Think Pink Nails at least once! Think Pink Nails is a New York City-inspired nail bar with over 2500 nail polishes to choose from. The interior design is contemporary and ultrachic with comfortable “massaging” spa chairs equipped with iPads. They’ve also got private rooms available for 2, complete with an Apple TV for entertainment.
10 Villas in Canggu for a fabulous week away in Bali
Planning a trip to Canggu? Good on you! Canggu is the place to be! Hipster, trendy, happening and yet laid-back, easy-going and home to all sorts of fabulous places: coffee hubs, restaurants, beach clubs, yoga studios, spas, markets – what’s not to love? For those of you, still not sure about the perfect villa for your Bali Holiday – here are some of our favourites:
1. The Beach House – 3 bedrooms
3 bedrooms, a private swimming pool and superbly located in Berawa, The Beach House makes a perfect holiday home from where you can experience the best of Canggu! This villa features a very elegant all-white design and a well-appointed open-plan living room decorated with cushions, oriental rugs, plants in pots and carefully-picked artwork.
● Tropical open-plan living room
● Private pool
● Gorgeous all-white design
● Located in hip and trendy Berawa
● 2-minutes to the beach (on foot!)
● Close to Finn’s Beach Club
2. Villa Hana – 4 bedrooms
Villa Hana is a fabulous 4 bedroom private pool villa located just a stone’s throw from Echo Beach and the buzzing Batu Bolong Strip. The design is stunning, both exotic and sophisticated and it exudes luxury inside out. You can plunge into you private 15-meter swimming pool anytime you like, chill out on the BBQ terrace or beat the heat in the air-conditioned media room. Excellent!
● 2 minutes from the surf and sunset on Echo Beach
● High-tech media room with AC
● BBQ terrace
● 15-meter private swimming pool
● Open-concept living space
● Close to La Brisa, Old Mans, Deus and The Lawn
3. Villa Kakatua – 4 bedrooms
Tropical as can be, the 4-bedroom Villa Kakatua makes exotic dreams come true! You and your friends will have a private paradise located in the heart of Canggu, complete with a lagoon-shaped pool fringed by swaying palm trees and flowering frangipanis. The design of this Canggu villa is classic Balinese and very exotic. You get a professional team of staff at your service including a personal chef. Up for a high-end tropical holiday with friends? This is your villa! Oh and by the way, did we mention that Villa Kakatua is located just steps away from the beach and 1-minute from Old Man’s? You can go party and crawl home to your bed in minutes or perhaps hire a board and take a surf lesson.
4. Villa Kedidi – 3 bedrooms
This tropical luxury oasis is located just 2 minutes from Batu Bolong Beach, Old Man’s and The Lawn – truly sensational! Villa Kedidi has 3 bedrooms, a lagoon-shaped swimming pool and classic Balinese architecture. It’s luxurious, it is tropical and it is located there where EVERYONE wants to be! A great choice for your girls’ getaway to Bali!
● Balinese architecture & modern luxuries
● Sprawling garden with a lagoon-like swimming pool
● 2 minutes walk to Batu Bolong Beach (even closer to Old Mans!)
● Open-sided living and dining pavilion
● Personal chef
5. Villa Ipanema – 5 bedrooms
Hidden away in between Batu Belig and Berawa, Villa Ipanema is gorgeous! Rooftop gardens, rice paddy views, just a short stroll from the beach and 5 bedrooms – you can bring all of your girlfriends this upcoming Bali trip! Villa Ipanema features an airy open-plan living room with easy access to the sparkling 18-meter lap pool. The bedrooms are tiny paradises of their own with the comfiest beds and large soaking in-room tubs. Pure bliss!
● 18-meter private lap pool
● Rice paddy views from the upper terrace
● Opulent bathtubs
● Open-plan living room
● 2 minutes to Batu Belig Beach
● 5 minutes to Finn’s Recreation Club & the hip cafes in Berawa
6. Villa Gu 5 bedrooms
Just steps away from Berawa Beach and Finn’s Beach Club, Villa Gu is the ultimate girls’ getaway holiday estate. 5 bedrooms, gorgeous rustic interiors, a fabulous private swimming pool – Gu leaves you with nothing more to wish for! Go for a cool-down in the pool, sunbathe, have some cocktails and on a lazy night-in (you gotta have one of those!), chill out in the media room and watch one of the latest blockbuster movies – Villa Gu even boasts a rooftop terrace with ocean views. Hallelujah!
● Rooftop terrace with ocean views
● Media lounge with AC
● 15 x 4 private swimming pool
● Just a couple of meters to the beach
● 10 minutes to Echo Beach & 10 minutes to Seminyak
7. Villa Tibu Indah – 3 bedrooms
For a more affordable private pool villa dripping with tropical charm, have a look at Villa Tibu Indah located just a short drive from the happening Batu Bolong Street. Hidden away from crowds and traffic roads, this 3-bedroom villa is a bit further away from the nightlife and weekend markets than other Canggu Villas but what you get in return is priceless: tranquillity, privacy and breathtaking views of Bali’s rolling rice terraces. A massage bale, a fantastic pool, a bar and BBQ – you’ll love it! Want to go party? Hop on your motorbike and you’re in the heart of the action in 7 minutes or so.
● Peaceful location just a short drive from Batu Bolong
● Stunning rice paddy views
● Tropical Balinese interiors
● Massage bale
● Pool-side bean bags
● Garden bar
8. Villa Shalimar Makanda – 4 bedrooms
Make it a luxury getaway and book yourself a stay at Villa Shalimar Makanda in Canggu. This villa features a gorgeous tropical design and a spacious garden with tropical greenery all around the glistening private pool (20 metres long!!!). There are luxurious poolside daybeds for relaxing and sunbathing, listening to the roar of the ocean. Oh yes – Villa Shalimar Makanda sits right on Seseh Beach, just a short drive from Echo Beach and the celebrated beach clubs and bars. Part of Shalimar Estate – you can be sure of excellent services. Prepare to get pampered!
● Very large private garden
● 20-meter swimming pool
● Located on Seseh Beach in Canggu
● Part of Shalimar Estate (5-star services guaranteed!)
● 4 luxurious bedrooms with spa-style bathtubs in the en-suites
9. Villa DelMar – 4 bedrooms
This villa is sleek and contemporary, idyllically located in between Berawa and Batu Belig. Crisp white walls, full-length glass doors and windows, stylish interiors, air-conditioning – this villa is pretty eye-catching and comfortable! Great for a group of 8 pretty girls, you can stroll from the villa to the beach the Finn’s Recreation Club or wherever. Perfect!
● Eye-catchy contemporary design
● Turquoise pool to plunge into
● AC in the living room
● Bose sound system
● Close to the beach (Berawa and Batu Belig)
10. Villa Sally 4 bedrooms
Villa Sally takes your breath away with mind-blowing rice paddy views and a fabulous location near Berawa Beach (500 meters). This villa makes up for a real luxurious island getaway with the girls. Lots of space, amazing facilities including a cinema room, a traditional Javanese Joglo house and amazing rice paddy views, Villa Sally is a unique find in the hippest and hottest beach town in all of Bali: Canggu.
● 18-meter pool
● 500 meter to Berawa Beach
● Sensational rice paddy views
● Movie room with AC
● Massage beds on-site for in-villa pampering