Bali, Indonesia, is always a good place to go to – whether you’re after sunshine, relaxation, a shopping spree, or spirituality. It is a place that is loved by many different types of travellers. When visiting Bali, Seminyak will always be at the top of the list. However, in recent years, more people are recommending Canggu instead, a west coast beach town in Bali. Why not check out Canggu for your next tropical holiday?
What To Do in Canggu
Canggu, just 30 minutes away from Seminyak, is becoming a trendy travel destination in Bali. This laid-back town is developing quickly – with boutique shops and western establishments along the streets, selling $60 bikinis and straw-woven bags. It is not a place where you would expect low prices like the other countries in Asia.
However, just minutes away from the main shopping street, you’ll find emerald green rice fields, beautiful beaches and cute, hippy cafés. Not to forget, it is a surfers’ paradise, with all the famous beaches located side by side. Compared to its neighbours like Seminyak and Kuta, Canggu is more peaceful but still lively, suitable for travellers who wish to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Where to Eat in Canggu
The café scene in Canggu is thriving. You can find many tasty local and international cuisines all around the town, accompanied by beautiful rice field views. Unlike Ubud, raw and vegan cafés are not the ‘in-thing’ here. There are so many popular cafés in Canggu, but if you have limited time on hand, try The Shady Shack, Parachute Bali, Crate Café and Milk & Madu. They also serve tasty brunches at decent prices.
Where to Stay in Canggu – Top Canggu Villas
With so many hotspots and accommodations around, where should you stay? To get the most of Canggu, set aside a couple of days to explore this town before heading to the next destination. The villa scene in Canggu is also developing fast, giving you more options to choose from. Staying in a villa gives you more space and privacy to enjoy your time on this tropical paradise. If you are travelling with a number of friends, this can be an extremely value-for-money option. Here we have some of the best (and affordable) villas in Canggu that’s guaranteed to provide you with a wonderful stay:
Villa Tibu Indah
Villa Tibu Indah is a traditional Balinese villa in the midst of rice paddies in Canggu, where you can enjoy a luxurious and peaceful time. With three bedrooms and the bathroom beautifully designed (free-standing terrazzo bathtub and rain shower), this villa is perfect for families or a group of friends.
What’s special about this villa: They have a massage balé beside the private pool and can arrange for massage therapists to come to the villa. This service is excellent and very pampering!
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The design of Villa Mia is rustic, chic and simple. On top of that, the surrounding of the villa is beautiful and peaceful, so it’s definitely a great place to relax and unwind. There are three spacious bedrooms in this villa, offering a beautiful view of the private swimming pool.
What’s special about this villa: It is surrounded by many great restaurants and cafes, such as Crate Café and Monsieur Spoon. Also, it is just a 10 minutes’ walk from the beach.
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Villa Yenian has a large sunny garden with pool and jacuzzi, offering a beautiful view of the greenery surrounding the villa. With BBQ facilities available, this five-bedroom retreat is perfect for family getaways or small company retreats.
What’s special about this villa: The open-air terrace on the second floor. It’s a great place to gather with your family, relax and admire the beauty of Canggu.
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Villa Papu is a dream-villa-come-true. It is beautifully decorated, very peaceful and accessible, close to many hotspots of Canggu and Seminyak. The bedrooms are bright and spacious, featuring lovely open-air bathrooms. Ideal for families and couples.
What’s special about this villa: The breezy terrace with seating area. There are plenty of brightly, sun-lit rooms and fresh air in this villa.
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This is a four-bedroom retreat with expansive lawns, a private pool and poolside living area. Located in a quiet village of Padonan, this villa is also close to many popular beaches such as Berawa beach and Echo beach. If you’re looking to host mini events or yoga retreats, Villa Kami is a good choice.
What’s special about this villa: Its affordable price! For the space and excellent service you get from this villa, the price is a steal.
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Mary’s Beach Villa
Spacious, peaceful and tucked in the rural countryside of Canggu. Mary’s Beach Villa features a large private pool as well as a shallow kiddie’s pool – perfect for families with young children. It is located near the ocean in the rice paddies of Canggu, and the view surrounding the villa is mesmerising.
What’s special about this villa: The large, well-manicured garden. It’s a great place to chill, host parties and intimate, private weddings.
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No matter where you choose to stay in Canggu, we know you’ll have a fantastic time in Bali. It’s a perpetual favorite for tropical vacations and you can depend on the warm, humid climate nearly all year round.
Have you been to Canggu? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments!
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.