Guide to Canggu, Bali – the bars, yoga and sleepover

Credit: The Station House BatuBolong

We keep going back to Bali. A symphony for the senses, the close proximity to Australia, the luxury villas, the spas, the tropical weather and oh, the food…we love it all. Canggu is THE place to be; here’s the rundown of where and what you need to know:

The Station House BatuBolong

This brand-new luxury villa in Canggu nestled among the rice paddies is the masterpiece of a gypsy Queen who has spent her entire life travelling and also managed to nab Bali as a home for the past 39 years. It’s the ideal haven for traveling couples, gypsies, or small groups, with two separate living areas that sleep six to nine people.  With all the frills, stunning Balinese décor done, lush gardens, and of course, the pool, The Station House BatuBolong is its own symphony.

Credit: The Station House BatuBolong

The Shady Shack

If visiting the same café twice a day is a crime, then lock us up. Just make sure you leave us with a pile of the pulled jackfruit tacos and their choc top smoothies on tap. This vegan joint is as good as it gets around the world; not only a pretty face – the décor and garden setting are just divine – but the food is as legit as good sex. Tables don’t always come easy, but a short wait is a fair tax for the best damn food in Bali.

The Practice   

Three words: get the pass. Whether you’re in Bali for a week or two months, become a local at The Practice. This internationally renowned yoga centre is as good as its reputation. With classes all day long with carefully curated instructors, excuse the cliché but there is something for everyone at The Practice. The 4pm Yin classes are hard to beat, followed by a vegan popsicle across the street.

Credit: The Practice Bali

Colors Nail Bar

We got a local tip off about this French-inspired nail bar and it did not disappoint. With a juice bar and clothing store attached, Colors covers all bases. The girls are professional, friendly, and offer a great selection of eco polishes on their menu too. But it’s the French décor that keeps us going back; so Frenchy, so chic.

Credit: Colors Nail Bar

The Lawn Canggu

The Lawn opens at 11am and we are there dashing in the door at opening time. It’s all about scoring a sweet spot to set up for the day by the infinity pool with beach front views. The pool lounges are an extra charge but totally worth it if you’re in for the long haul, particularly on one of the live music days.

Credit: The Lawn Canggu

About the author

Angie Richard is an award-winning multidisciplinary storyteller and independent regenerative futures researcher. She is currently creating a Floating Stories Lab with her family, a research and storytelling sailboat studio that will voyage the world discovering how humans can live more regeneratively. Born in Adelaide, becoming a mother in Japan and living semi-nomadically for the past two decades, Angie is now based in southwest France where she has been learning to sail with her husband Remy whilst raising three children, a sooky Border Collie, and failing to cull her bookshelf ahead of their salty sea adventures.


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