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 Davis is a veteran travel and lifestyle writer and editor, documentary filmmaker, VR producer, vegan foodie and content marketing specialist, with over 15 years in the travel media industry. Living as a digital nomad for the past two years with two young sons in tow, Angie leads an exhilarating mobile life and has called the likes of France, Canada, Australia, Bali, Japan, India, Nepal and Colombia temporary homes, trekked the Himalayas with kids, and surfed around the world all while racking up some serious passport stamps. Angie’s adventure-travel documentary films have screened in-flight on major airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar, and Singapore Airlines, as well as international TV, on-demand streaming platforms, and iTunes. Fluent in English, Japanese, and dabbling in Spanish and more recently French, Angie is an all-immersive traveller and walking destination guide. Fun fact: Angie once lived in a tipi for four months with her kids on the East Coast of Australia dubbed ’The Gypsy Palace’. Check her out on @angiedavisfilms and www.theaniccaway.com

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