Where to stay in Seminyak – Understanding different areas in Bali’s most popular district


Oberoi or Petitenget? Double Six or Dhyana Pura? Where is Potato Head and what about La Plancha or KU DE TA? – still confused about where to book your villa in Seminyak? This article is written for you!

The fashionable beach town of Seminyak is located just up north from Bali’s international airport. The beach of Seminyak is just as wide and sandy as Kuta. Yet, it is a completely different world. Seminyak is cosmopolitan, chic, sophisticated, fashionable and home to many of Bali’s most celebrated beach clubs, restaurants, spas and designers boutiques. It is a shopping, wining and dining haven that somehow managed to keep the charm of a (stylish!) beach town. Seminyak is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations on the island of Bali. The town is gradually expanding towards neighbouring Kerobokan, Umalas and Batu Belig, spreading the fashion and her love for anything trendy. These days, Seminyak is quite a stretched out area. So, what is the best district to stay at?

where to stay in Seminyak

Jump to a specific district: Double Six |Dhyana PuraOberoiPetitenget

We start where Legian ends and Seminyak begins: Double Six…

1. Double Six District

Where to stay in Seminyak - Double Six

Double Six Beach Seminyak. Photo credit: Bol on Instagram

One of the most iconic beaches on the entire island of Bali is Double Six Beach, characterized by all of the charming tropical beach bars with colourful bean bags and parasols stalled out on the beach every afternoon. This is the place where everyone goes for good vibes and sunset drinks. The music is chill, kids are playing on the beach, there are some street vendors but not too many and you are sipping your cocktail while the sun disappears behind the horizon, leaving the world in a soft orange glow. Double Six has an easy-going, laid-back, and relaxed vibe. You can go swim in the waves, try surfing, shop a little at local tourist shops and have some cheap Bintang beers on the beach. Restaurants are moderately-priced and there are also local warungs to score some real authentic Indonesian food at prices you won’t believe.

Places not to miss in Double Six:

Sunset drinks

  • La Plancha – the most famous beach bars on Double Six. Why? They’ve got the best music and the best food!
  • Cocoon Beach Club – if you are in need of a pool to be able to enjoy those sunset cocktails.
  • SugarSand – Double Six latest beach club featuring a pool and daybeds to do some sunset gazing in style.

Coffee

  • Sacred Grounds – charming roadside cafe serving the famous Revolver Coffee.
  • The House of Portraits – art studio of a local artist. Come have a look and enjoy a cup of single-origin, manual brew coffee/cappuccino.

Food

where to eat in Double Six Seminyak

Warung Murah Double Six Seminyak. Photo credit: angrenifleur on Instagram

  • Plantation Grill @ Double Six Hotel – top-notch rooftop dining venue serving the best seafood and grilled meat.
  • Warung Murah -if you want to try authentic local food at a local price, go to this warung and get yourself a plate of “nasi campur”.
  • Ryoshi – Japanese cuisine, sushi & great live Jazz bands on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Warung Souvlaki a traditional Greek little restaurant that is charming and cheap.
  • Malos – German restaurant serving great steak.
  • Marzano – great Italian Restaurant & ice cream.

Shopping

  • The Bintang Supermarket – fresh produce, souvenirs and everything you may be looking for.
  • Lots of local souvenir shops selling handmade clothes, hammocks, bags etc.

Nightlife

Evening out Double Six Seminyak

Ryoshi House of Jazz. Photo credit: ryoshihouseofjazz on Instagram

  • The Orchard Bar – traditional Irish Pub with kick-ass live bands.
  • Ryoshi – the best live Jazz bands (until midnight).
  • La Plancha (again) – they have some pretty cool beach parties on some evenings.

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Dhyana Pura district

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Gado Gado Beach Seminyak – Dhyana Pura district in Seminyak. Photo credit: moaestberg on Instagram

Dhyana Pura is often referred to as “Dhyana Pura Party Street“. This lively street that leads directly from Jl. Camplung Tanduk to Gado Gado Beach, is home to famous gay clubs with cabaret shows and drag queens that know how to party alright. Many villas are hidden away in the Drupadi gangs where there are plenty more coffee bars, spas and restaurants to explore, all the way until you hit the famous Oberoi Road in the Oberoi district of Seminyak.

Looking for an affordable Seminyak Villa? Check out the following article: The best villas in Seminyak under $200 / night

Places not to miss

Sunset drinks

Where to stay in Seminyak

Sunset dinner & drinks @ Gado Gado. Photo credit: CHEZ GADO GADO on Facebook

  • Chez Gado Gado – beachfront restaurant great for sunset drinks and dinner.
  • Moonlite Kitchen and Bar – rooftop bar to enjoy excellent good and drinks to the view of Seminyak’s breathtaking sunset.

Coffee

  • Uma Kopi – tranquil garden cafe, lovely staff and good coffee.
  • The Koop – organic coffee and cold brew. The Koop is not only a coffee cafe, but they are also a roastery. Yes, they roast the coffee beans themselves.
  • Cafe Moka – located on Seminyak’s main road, this is quite a famous place to go for breakfast (and they serve Illy coffee).
  • Shelter Cafe – breezy cafe above Nalu Bowls and the place to be to get your vegan latte (coffee with coconut milk/almond milk/cashew milk etc).

 Food

Where to stay in Seminyak

The Original Nalu smoothie bowl in Seminyak. Photo credit: skysailing_ on Instagram

  • Zula Vegetarian Paradise – plant-based food with Mediterranean influences.
  • Nalu Bowls – the place to get one of those famous smoothie bowls. This is where you’ll get the original!
  • Zibiru  – this is a superb farm-to-table Italian restaurant with a garden and live jazz music.
  • Made’s Warung – authentic Indonesian food & Balinese dance performances on Jl. Raya Seminyak (Jl. Basangkasa).
  • Queen’s Tandoor – chic Indian Restaurant on Jl. Raya Seminyak.
  • Taco Beach Grill – Tex Mex restaurant located on Jl. Kunti.
  • Tasty Vegan – local vegan food that is tasty indeed. They give vegan cooking workshops, too.
  • Divine Earth – raw food, yoga & alternative cinema on Jl. Raya Seminyak.
  • Sushimi Balidelicious Japanese sushi and sashimi restaurant on Jalan Dhyana Pura and it’s perfectly affordable, too.
  • Frankenstein’s Laboratory – a restaurant with a unique concept, featuring vampires, zombies, mummies and more scary creatures to get the party going.

Into healthy vegan food? Check out our article about Vegan Restaurants in Seminyak.

Shopping

About Seminyak

Beautiful handmade dresses at Magali Pascal Seminyak. Photo credit: magalipascal on Instagram

  • Bali Deli – western-style supermarket to do your grocery shopping.
  • Magali Pascal – high-end designers clothing for women.
  • Lots of local designers boutiques – very fun to explore.

Nightlife

  • Bali Joe Bar – a famous gay club with cabaret, go-go dancers and beautiful drag queens.
  • Santa Fé bara cool bar with friendly staff and regular live bands.

Spas

Where to stay in Seminyak

Beautiful Prana Spa in Seminyak – pranaspabali on Instagram

Prana Spa – one of the most iconic spas on the island featuring beautiful Middle Eastern designs and high-end spa treatments.
Spa Bali – affordable luxury spa on Drupadi Street.

Related: The 18 best spas in Bali

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Oberoi District

The long lively street that runs from The Coffee Corner to KU DE TA Beach Club and La Lucciola on Seminyak Beach has got quite a few nicknames: Jalan Kayu Aya is the official name but in reality, it is better knows as “Oberoi Road” and “Eat Street” – a true icon and one of the most sought-after areas to stay in this fashionable beach town.

What not to miss in Oberoi

Sunset drinks

Stay in Oberoi Seminyak

Sunset drinks, music, pool, kids activities, dinner – gotta love KU DE TA. Photo credit: KUDETA on Instagram

  • KU DE TA – the first beach club in Seminyak, featuring a pool and mesmerizing sunsets
  • La Lucciola – Italian haute-cuisine & sunset wine or cocktails on the beach. Located there where Oberoi hits Petitenget
  • Breeze at Samaya – 5-star dining experience on a breezy sunset deck – amazing!

Coffee

where to stay in Seminyak

Famous coffee boutique Oberoi – Revolver Espresso Seminyak. Photo credit: alodyantraf on Instagram

  • Revolver Espresso – Seminyak’s most famous coffee house located on Oberoi Road.
  • Corner House – a famous coffee hub serving Revolver coffee located right on the corner of Drupadi/Oberoi Road.
  • Titik Temu – just across from Seminyak Square, great ambience, coffee and live music.
  • Grocer & Grind – iconic breakfast place with excellent coffee.
  • Sisterfield – Australian brunch and coffee.
  • Monsieur Spoon – excellent French bakery open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’ve got the best croissants on the island!

Food

where to stay in Seminyak

A feast for the eyes, ears and mouth: Motel Mexicola in Oberoi. Photo credit: renzze on Instagram

  • Ultimo – delightful Italian food.
  • Motel Mexicola – highly Instagrammable Mexican restaurant that turns into a party place after dinner.
  • Ginger Moon – exquisite Asian fusion food to share.
  • Sea Circus – another eye-catching venue for food and drinks, perfect to feed your hungry belly and your Instagram account at the same time.
  • Earth Cafe – organic, vegan cafe and shop on Oberoi Road.
  • Chandi – Indonesian and Asian cuisine prepared with fresh organic, locally-sourced produce and imported meat from New Zealand and Australia.
  • Tiger Palm – the latest creation of Will Meyrick – the chef behind Sarong and Mamasan. Asian-fusion & relaxes vibes.
  • Neon Palms – cute & delicious. Come here for tapas and wine.

You may also want to read the following article: 15 of Seminyak’s Best Restaurants That Will Keep You Coming Back For More.

Shopping

Where to shop in Oberoi Seminyak

Tropical beachwear @ Bali Boat Shed in Oberoi. Photo credit: baliboatshed on Instagram

  • Seminyak Square – contemporary shopping mall with designers boutiques and famous fashion stores.
  • Seminyak Village – high-end shopping mall with exclusive boutique shops.
  • The Flea Market – great local place to stroll around and get your souvenir shopping done.
  • Magali Pascal – famous designers boutique.
  • Uluwatu – beautiful Balinese lace clothing.
  • Kids a Go Go – cute quality kids wear and accessories.
  • Lily Jean – handmade fashion inspired by Bali and Brazil.
  • Nico Nico – fashionable swim and beachwear.
  • Indigo kids – found matching outfits for mommas and their little princesses.
  • Bali Boat Shed – fun, colourful, tropical clothing for men and women.

Related: Yoga Wear Shopping in Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud.

Nightlife

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Dancing till late at night at beautiful, exotic La Favela on Oberoi Road. Photo credit: lafavelabali_ on Instagram

  • La Favela – Brazilian-inspired nightclub with beautiful decors and a buzzing dancefloor with R&B music till late at night.
  • The Champagne Bar – has a large collection of champagnes and single malt whiskey. Great parties, too!
  • Single Malt Whiskey Bar – above Meja Kitchen, featuring chic leather chairs, lots of whiskey (including 60 very rare ones), pool tables and an outdoor terrace.
  • KU DE TA – beachfront parties!
  • Motel Mexicola – tequila and dancing. Need I say more?

Spas

Spas in Oberoi

Bodyworks Spa in Oberoi Seminyak. Photo credit: Jazzi B on Instagram

  • Bodyworks – beautiful treatment rooms and experienced spa therapists. Pure bliss at this luxury spa in Oberoi.
  • Therapy – a contemporary luxury spa, using high quality, cruelty-free spa products made by local suppliers – all natural.

Learn more about traditional Balinese spa treatments here.

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Petitenget district

Where to stay in Bali : Petitenget

Sunset at Potato Head Beach Club in Petitenget. Photo Credit: laura_z_explorer on Instagram

Petitenget is probably the most trending part of Seminyak with the most famous restaurants on the entire island of Bali. The Petitenget Strip is a long, famous shopping and dining street also known as “Eat Street 2.0“. This fashion road and dining street starts where Oberoi ends and leads all the way to Batu Belig, passing Petitenget Beach, Potato Head and many of Seminyak’s most sought-after dining venues. Petitenget is named after the centuries-old beach temple Pura Petitenget, a cultural landmark in the heart of modern-day shopping boutiques, beach clubs and restaurants.

Check out our Top 20 Holiday Villas in Seminyak.

What not to miss in Petitenget

Sunset drinks

Petitenget - where to stay in Bali

Amazing design of Potato Head Beach Club Petitenget. Photo credit: potatoheadbali on Instagram

  • Potato Head – another Seminyak icon featuring a sunset pool, great on-site restaurants, parties and events.
  • The Woo Bar – sunset deck, international DJs, parties, dining to the view of the sunset sky.
  • Manotropical-styled beach club with a pool, cactuses and “alang alang” thatched cabana rooftops.

Coffee

Where to stay in Seminyak: Petitenget

Speciality lattes @ Coffee Cartel Petitenget. Photo credit: coffeecartelbali on Instagram

  • Monsieur Spoon (again!) – great coffee & the best croissants enjoyed to the view of rice paddies, located at the very end of Petitenget.
  • Pison Coffee – industrial-inspired coffee house.
  • Expat Roastery – the new kid on the block to get your daily caffeine shot.
  • Baby Revolver Espresso – cute little sister of Revolver Espresso: great coffee and yummy breakfast.
  • Coffee Cartelboutique coffee hang-out with speciality roasts and lattes in all colours of the rainbow.
  • Biku – tucked in an ancient Joglo house, Biku serves lovely high teas (with coffee if preferred). They have a kids’ high tea, too and a little playing nook.

Food

Where to eat in Petitenget

Sophisticated dining @ Metis in Petitenget. Photo credit: metis_bali on Instagram

  • Metis – French haute-cuisine in a stunning garden restaurant with rice paddy views. They also do classy high teas in the garden.
  • BambuIndonesian food with a modern twist.
  • Jemme Jewellery & dining – chic and sophisticated dining venue with a jewellery showroom.
  • Sardine – a high-end restaurant famous for the food and the views.
  • Sarong – another award-winning restaurant in Petitenget serving Asian fusion food by Chef Will Meyrick.
  • Merah-Putih – stunning restaurant for a traditional family-style Indonesian dining experience.
  • Saigon Street – Vietnamese cuisine, innovative cocktails & quirky interiors.
  • KILN – Medditerenean-inspired eating house with indoor and outdoor seating arrangements.
  • KYND Communityhip cafe and restaurant, 100% plant-based.
  • Cafe Organic organic food and drinks in a gorgeous, super Instagrammable environment.

Talking about Organic, discover the 16 best organic restaurants in Seminyak here.

Shops

Where to stay in Seminyak

Seminyak Boutique Shops. Photo credit: luluyasmine on Instagram

  • Lulu Yasmine – designers boutique to find chic tropical fashion wear for women.
  • Magali Pascal – elegant dresses, lace, silk and more.
  • Uma and Leopold – resort wear, handmade embroidery -every piece of clothing is unique and stunning.
  • Jemme Jewellery – silver, gold, diamonds, you’ll find them here.

Party places / Nightlife

Where to stay Petitenget

International DJs in Petitenget. Photo credit: seavuplaybali on Instagram

  • SeaVuPlay – a nautical-themed bar where the party is on day and night, calling all sailors, mermaids and beach babes to come and have drinks and a whole lot of fun.
  • Akademi Bar – serves the most innovative handcrafted cocktails.
  • The Woo Bar – where the party goes on way beyond sunset.
  • Potato Head – the most famous place for sunset drinks, dinner, parties and DJs.
  • Mrs Sippy – this is not a place to go dancing at night as it closes in the evening but it is a great fun hang-out haven, home to Bali’s largest salt-water swimming pool and a 5-meter jumping platform.

Spas / Salons

Spas in Petitenget Seminyak

Spa Salon Rob Peetoom in Petitenget. Photo credit: robpeetoombali on Instagram

  • Rob Peetoom Salon and Spa – luxury day spa and hair salon in Petitenget. They’ve got rice paddy views, too(!).
  • Sundari Day Spa – award-winning spa in Petitenget to experience Balinese spa traditions, healing treatments and beauty treatments.
  • Bikram Yoga – hot yoga in the hottest part of Seminyak.
  • Think Pink Nails – New-York-inspired beauty salon to get your manicures and pedicures done.

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Want to stay somewhere more quiet in the outskirts of Seminyak? Somewhere close but not too close to the buzzing city centre? Try finding a villa in Umalas, Kerobokan or Batu Belig.


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Jimbaran Travel Guide

Jimbaran is a quiet, local, laid-back area in the south of Bali. The town started out as a peaceful fisherman’s village but it grew into a sought-after resort area with lots of cafes, restaurants, spas and luxury villas. Jimbaran has got a great mix of local rural life and touristy hot spots. There is one thing everybody loves about Jimbaran: its beautiful sunset bay where you can keep on munching on freshly grilled seafood. The location is strategic, not only towards the airport but also famous tourist towns like Kuta, Seminyak and Sanur. On top of that, Jimbaran is home to some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. It makes a wonderful holiday destination for families with kids and romantic couples.

Things to do in Jimbaran

There are plenty of things to see and do in and around Jimbaran. Scroll down below to get some ideas:

1. Family beach time @ Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran what to do

Laid-back vibes @ Jimbaran Beach. Credit: alicehartdavis on Instagram

Jimbaran Beach features golden sands and calm blue waters, very safe for swimming. This beautiful, lively beach is ideal for lovely salty sea days, having fun with the kids swimming, building sandcastles, kicking a ball and so on. Local warungs (humble eateries) and famous resorts such as The Four Seasons are located right next to each in this lovely village, so you can easily grab something to eat or sit down for sundowner drinks to the view of the infinite ocean.

Curious about other beaches in Bali? Check out our Bali Beach Guide.

2. Surfing at Balangan Beach

Things to do

Surfing @ beautiful Balangan Beach. Credit: art_anna_armas on Instagram

Balangan Beach is found at the bottom of a limestone cliff in between Jimbaran and Uluwatu. It is a pristine crescent bay with powdery white sands and stunningly blue waters. There are simple beach huts built along the shoreline, serving simple Indonesian meals and cold drinks. Balangan Beach is a beloved surfing spot and during low tide, a magnificent seascape of rocks and little bathing pools reveals itself. You can even walk to Dreamland Beach which lies just on the other side of the cliff. On the way, you can spot the weirdest little crabs and other creatures of the sea. Spend the day surfing, swimming and collecting seashells and stick around for cold Bintang beers and sunset in the afternoon for a perfect beach day in Bali.

3. Mesmerizing sunsets @ The Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple - things to do in Jimbaran

The magical clifftop Temple in Uluwatu. Photo credit: xtinaao_ on Instagram

The Uluwatu Temple sits on top of a high limestone cliff, just a short drive from Jimbaran. It is one of the most important sea temples in Bali, keeping evil spirits from the ocean away from the mainland. You can walk along the cliff, watching the ocean waves crash onto the rocks down below and take some stunning photos with the temple in the background. There is also a monkey forest for close encounters with local wildlife but do watch your belongings for these cheeky macaques love to steal sunglasses, cameras and phones from your hands or out of your bag. As the sun sets, the place has an almost magical feel with awe-inspiring ocean views. You can also get tickets for the sunset Kecak Dance, a traditional performance with costumes, music, drama and theatre. Lots of fun for young and old.

Related: Bali Temples: 10 must-visit temples in Bali

4. A seafood feast at Jimbaran Bay

Seafood in Jimbaran

Catch of the day. Photo credit: vlad_sanders_ on Instagram

One of the things you cannot miss during your holiday in Bali is a seafood dinner in Jimbaran. It is one of the main tourist attractions in town and after sunset when thousands of lights are flickering all around and above this beautiful bay, the setting is just perfect for a romantic dinner. Fresh red snapper, prawns, squid,  lobster – you name it. If you like seafood – this is paradise!

5. GWK – Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Jimbaran travel guide

Giant statue of God Vishu at GWK Bali. Photo credit: sengsuryo on Instagram

This cultural park sits on 250sqm of land, just off the main road that leads from Jimbaran to Uluwatu. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is home to a giant 145-meter tall statue of Vishnu, an important Hindu God sitting on top of the Garuda Bird. To see this and other statues up-close is already impressive but there are also lots of cultural performances to admire at the amphitheatre inside. The admission to the park is Rp. 75,000 (excluding tickets for performances and such).

GWK Cultural Park, Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Open every day from 8 am – 10 pm.

6. Natural jacuzzi @ Tegal Wangi Beach

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Natural bathing pools @ Tegal Wangi Beach Bali. Photo Credit: ngeleviliat on Instagram

This stunning white sandy beach turns into a seaweed-covered stone reef during low-tide, creating lots of small natural bathing pools. As waves overflow these pool with water, it feels just like sitting in a jacuzzi, overlooking the ocean. Stick around for sunset if you can, it is an impressive spectacle of nature to take in!

7. The ultimate playground @ Jungle Play Bali

Thing to do in Jimbaran

Big rabbits to cuddle @ Jungle Play Bali. Credit: jungleplaybali on Instagram

Jungle Play Bali is an outdoor playground where your kids are bound to have an amazing time. Open-air and spacious with climbing racks, little wooden playhouses and big rabbits to cuddle, Jungle Play Bali is the ultimate playground and it is located in Jimbaran. There are also activities and workshops for your little loved ones. Reasons enough to check this place out if you are staying in Jimbaran with kids.

Jungle Play Bali, Jimbaran HUB, Jl. Karang Mas, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali. Contact: +62 878-6355-0067. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm.

8. Sunset Gazing at Rock Bar

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Cliff-top sunset cocktails. Photo credit: rockbarbali on Instagram

This rock bar sits on top of a cliff, 14 meters above the ocean, making it a true and quite impressive ‘rock bar’, indeed! Located at Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, this is an amazing spot for sunset drinks with sunset and ocean views to blow your mind. Rock Bar Bali has been voted as one of the best bars around the globe by CNN and The New York Times. Excellent signature cocktails, renowned DJs, delightful tapas and dinner, this is a must-visit sunset hang-out while staying in Jimbaran!

Rock Bar, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Contact:  +62 361 702222. Open every day. Monday to Thursday from 4 pm to 12 am & Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 pm to 1 am.

9. Perfume making workshop at Ayana Resort

Jimbaran Bali

Credit: perfumeworkshopinbali on Instagram

Bring a little bit of France to your holiday in Jimbaran, Bali. At L’Atelier Parfums & Creations (Located inside Ayana Resort & Spa), you can learn how to make your own perfume. It is one amazing journey of scents where you will be working with fresh locally-sourced ingredients to make a perfume that suits you personally. A unique scent is created by your own hands and you get to take a bottle home with you. Kids are welcome to join.

L’Atelier Parfums & Creations Ayana Resort, Jl. Karang Mas, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali . Contact:  +62 361 702222. Open every day from 10 am – 9 pm.

10. Pay a visit to the spa

Spa time

A trip to the spa in Jimbaran is a must! Photo credit: Sekar Jagat Spa Bali on Flickr

At some point during your holiday in Bali, it is time to make a trip to the spa. Jimbaran has got some beautiful luxury spas where you will get pampered inside out and it won’t break the bank. Experience the full body Balinese massage, get a facial, cream bath hair spa, a manicure and pedicure and you will feel brand new. You can also get spa therapist to come over to your Jimbaran villa if you don’t feel like leaving your private little paradise retreat on paradise island. Learn more about traditional Balinese spa treatments here.

Where to eat in Jimbaran

After a long lazy beach day, its time for those hungry bellies to get filled up with some delicious food. We selected 3 favourite restaurants;

1. Cuca Flavor

Where to eat in Jimbaran

Romantic dinner for two in the garden of Cuca Flavor. Source: Cuca on Facebook

Cuca is a casual dining venue located in front of Kayumanis Jimbaran Estate and Spa. The restaurant serves tapas prepared with fresh ingredients from local farms and there are plenty of vegetarian options to suit everybody’s diet. The restaurant features an interactive food bar, a garden lounge and dining room. The food bar is meant for cocktails and tapas, great for couples who love to sit down for a chat while taking a peek into the chefs’ kitchen. The garden lounge makes a nice dining setting for families with kids and the dining room is perfect for chic dinner gatherings of all kinds.

Cuca Flavor, Jl. Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Contact: +62 361 708066. Open every day from 12 pm – 12 am

2. Made Bagus

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Seafood feast on the beach in Jimbaran. Photo credit: kaffein.life on Instagram

Fresh seafood on the beach – there is no place better to enjoy a feast like that than at Made Bagus in Jimbaran. Now, there are over 30 restaurants lined up on the beach of Jimbaran Bay but Made Bagus offer the best value for money. The restaurant is located behind Le Meridien Jimbaran Bali, away from the main seafood strip. There are no scams, the food is fresh and the service is friendly. Make sure to get a table before sunset time, it makes a lovely evening out!

Made Bagus, Jl. Four Season, Jimbaran, Pantai Muaya, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Contact: +62 361 701858. Open every day from 8 am – 10.30 pm.

3. Balique

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Traditional Indo food. Photo credit: baliquerestaurant on Instagram

Balique is a cool vintage cafe and restaurant, serving outstanding Indonesian food. Featuring traditional architecture and a decore ruled by vintage artefacts and antiques, having dinner here feel like dining in a chic Indonesian house. The food is served beautifully and the flavours are authentic and exotic. Come with friends and family and much on the traditional Indonesian ‘rijsttafel’ so you can try a little bit of everything. Yummy!

Balique, Jalan Uluwatu 89, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia. Contact: +62 361 704 945. Open every day from 11.30 am to 11.00 pm

Where to stay in Jimbaran

Up in the hills, right at the beach, close to the action and far away from the crowds, Jimbaran offers a wide range of beautiful private pool villas to spend quality time with your loved one(s). Here are 3 of our personal favourites:

1. Villa Cara

Where to stay in Jimbaran

Villa Cara

This hilltop villa features magnificent views of the ocean and the unspoiled natural surroundings of Jimbaran and South Bali. Villa Cara is a multi-level contemporary luxury villa with modern comforts, clean and chic interiors and 5 decadent villa suites to retreat to at night. Boasting a TV lounge, an infinity pool and a private chef cook, things are quite wonderful at this holiday residence in Jimbaran! The spacious, combined living and dining room features an integrated Western kitchen and the design of the villa is hypermodern with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, maximizing the ocean views. An amazing stay in Jimbaran Villa Cara is!

Around Villa Cara
Villa Cara is located in the hills of Jimbaran, just a 10-minute walk away from the beach.

Prices start at USD $ 480 (low season), USD $ 495 (mid-high season), USD $ 545 (high season) and USD $ 790 (peak season)

2. Villa Adenium

Where to stay in Jimbaran

Jimbaran Travel Guide

Villa Adenium is a 3-level luxury residence perched on top of a hill in Bukit Peninsula, Jimbaran. This villa offers the full leisure package, featuring a private massage room, a gym, a cinema lounge, an entertainment room with a billiard table and a kids’ playing room with toys and game consoles. Youngsters, teens, parents and grandparents, Villa Adenium makes holiday dreams come true for all members of the family. All 4 bedrooms are designed with full-length glass doors and windows overlooking the garden, the infinity pool and the ocean. The rooftop terrace is the perfect spot for candlelight dinners under the starry night sky. Kids will love the cinema/playing room and parents will adore the chic interiors and the magnificent views.

Around Villa Adenium
Located up in the hills, the surroundings are still mostly raw and unspoiled. The villa is found inside the secure hillside complex of Temple Hill Upper II and beloved Jimbaran Bay is 2 kilometres (a short 5-minute drive) away. The international airport of Bali is 8 kilometres away.

Prices start at USD $ 566 (low season), USD $ 716 (mid-high season), USD $ 866 (high season) and USD $ 1,028 (peak season)

3. Villa Yasmine

Villa Yasmine

Where to stay in Jimbaran

Villa Yasmine is a real homey vacation home with a private pool, tucked away in a villa complex close to Jimbaran Bay. Traditional and modern elements of living are combined to provide you with the best of both. The villa is surrounded by hillside greenery to enhance the feel of a nature retreat close to the ocean. The living pavilion features a traditional ‘alang alang’ thatched rooftop and it is furnished with teak furniture and tribal artwork. The best spot in the house at the outdoor lounge area on the upper floor, boasting awe-inspiring views of Jimbaran Bay and all of its flickering lights after sunset.

Around Villa Yasmine
Villa Yasmine is part of Karma Jimbaran Villa Complex, located close to Jimbaran Bay. Jimbaran Corner Shopping Center is reachable on foot.

Prices start at USD $ 395 (low season), USD $ 514 (high season) and USD $668 (peak season)

Getting there

Jimbaran is a bit of a stretched out area in the southern tip of Bali and the access to the islands international airport is superb! Nusa Dua, Uluwatu, Kuta, Seminyak and Sanur are all very easily accessible from Jimbaran, making it a perfect base to explore the highlights of South Bali. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to get to the airport from Jimbaran Bay. The easiest way of getting around is by motorbike or a private car and driver (your villa manager can assist in renting a scooter or arranging a driver). Taxis tend to be expensive (there are no meter taxis around) and Grab Car, Uber and Go-Jek are banned at most places in this part of Bali. So, rent a scooter and go explore the south or enjoy the luxury of having your own personal driver!

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Best surf schools in Canggu

Surfers have been raving about the beaches in Canggu for decades already and while Canggu is turning into one of the hippest surfers havens’ on planet earth, this beach town hasn’t lost its charm nor its laidback, chill-out surfing vibe and surf culture. If you came to Bali for surfing, Canggu is the place to be! There are many beaches in Canggu with great surf spots for beginners, intermediate and professional surfers. There are plenty of excellent surf schools around, as well. Whether you are staying in a private villa near Berawa beach, Batu Bolong, Echo Beach or Pererenan, you won’t have to travel far to find some awesome, fully-licensed surf instructors to tweak up your surfing skills or teach you from scratch. Here’s our guide to the best surf schools in Canggu in random order:

1. Canggu Surf School Bali @ The Chill House

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Sunset surf. Photo credit: thechillhouse on Instagram

Canggu Surf School is part of The Chill House, a favourite surfers hang-out that organizes surf, yoga and lifestyle retreats in Canggu. However, if you are staying in a private Canggu villa and you want to sign up for a surfing lesson only at this particular surf school, this is possible, too. Canggu Surf School offers 2 on 1 surfing lessons (2 guests, 1 instructor) and the instructors are ISA-licenced and certified lifesavers so you know you are in good hands with these guys.  1 single lesson costs Rp. 600,000 but they also offer packages of 3, 6 and 13 lessons. The beaches in Canggu and their surf brakes are really diverse and the surf instructors will take you to the perfect spot that matches your level of skill. You will be learning the right techniques in and out of the water and you will have lots of fun, guaranteed!

Canggu Surf School, JL. Kubu Manyar 22, Br Pipitan, Canggu, 80361 Bali, Indonesia. Contact: Tel/SMS/WhatsApp: +62 812 3958 3056. Lessons start at Rp 600,000

2. Nengah Private Surf Guiding

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Let’s paddle out. Credit: nengahprivatesurfguiding.com

Nengah Private Surf Guiding is 100% Balinese owned and operated school surf, home to a bunch of passionate surfers who love to share their passion with everyone. Nengah, Bolang, Sugik, Agus Mawo and Rizal are your surf coaches, trained according to ISA guidelines. The founder, Nengah, has over 20 years of experience and he is a true expert. His tips and insights can be of great value to surfers of all levels. The surf spot is chosen on the spot, depending on your level of skills. 1 lesson costs 550,000 and for 2 people the price is 450,000 (1 instructor). You can also go on a tour and surf at different spots at a higher rate. Kids surf lessons are also available and on top of that, Nengah Private Surf Guiding offers special family packages: 2 adults 1 kids 1,200,000 and 2 adults 2 kids 1,500,000

Nengah Private Surf Guiding, Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.88A, Canggu, Bali. Contact: : +62 818 0540 7277. Lessons start at Rp 450,000.

Wondering what else to do with kids while holidaying in Canggu? Read more about family fun in Canggu.

3. Baruna Surf Culture

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Having fun riding the waves in Canggu. Photo credit: baruna_surf_culture on Instagram

Baruna Surf Culture is a small family-run surf school in Canggu. Rudy and his brother Adi will pick students up from their private accommodation in Canggu, Kerobokan, Seminyak or Kuta and take them to secret, quieter beaches with only a few other surfers around. These beaches are perfect for beginners but also for experienced surfers. The brothers are ISA-trained and safety is a priority in all of their lessons. The boys are patient, fun and they make you feel like you are part of their family. Lessons last 3 to 5 hours, and each lesson includes transport, surfing boards and rash vests. Groups are no bigger than 6 participants and there is lots of personal attention for everyone. Baruna Surf offers 1-day (US $45), 3-day (US $132) and 5-day (US $207) surf packages. If you go for the 5-days package, you will get a free photo session.

Baruna Surf Culture. Contact: info@baruna.ch  / mobile phone (WA)  +62 813 5314 5256. Lessons start at US $45.

4. Bali Mermaid Surfing School

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Surf lesson with Jack @ Bali Mermaid Surfing. Credit: Bali Mermaid Surfing School on Facebook

The one-on-one surf lessons with Jack are praised highly by fellow surf enthusiasts. Jack is a professional surf coach who pays attention to details and gets you standing up on your surfboard in no time. The price is Rp. 500,000 for a private lesson that includes at least 2 hours of actual practice in the water. You will be pick-up and dropped off at your villa or hotel and the price includes all the equipment needed for the lesson.

Bali Mermaid Surfing, Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu, Bali. Contact: +62 813 3867 1226. Lessons start at Rp 500,000.

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5. Surf Bali Adventure

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Surf lesson with Koyo, Eddie, Putu and Wayan @ Surf Bali Adventure Photo credit: surf_baliadventure on Instagram

he guys at Surf Bali Adventure have made it their goal to give you an unforgettable surfing experience or even a full-blown surf holiday. Koyo. Eddie, Putu and Wayan are local surf instructors, professionally-trained and also fully certified lifeguards. They teach beginners how to surf but also intermediate and advanced surfers can tweak-up their surfing skills and techniques at Surf Bali Adventure. Beginners start off with a 10/15-minute instruction on the beach, getting to know the equipment, and gaining knowledge on how to balance your body on the board and how to paddle the right way. The lessons take approximately 2.5 hours and these boys guarantee you will be standing on your board by the end of the lesson. A private lesson costs Rp. 600,000 and for 2 people the price is Rp. 1,100,000 (1 instructor).

Surf Bali Adventure, Jl. Pantai Mengening, Cemagi, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Contact: surf.baliadventure@gmail.com / WA +62 815 4723 0006. Starts from Rp. 600,000.

6. Silver Surf Bali

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Silver Surf lesson on the beach. Photo credit: Silversurfbali.com

Ketut Tirta is the man at Silver Surf Bali who will teach you how to surf and become a surf addict. Ketut is a fully qualified surf coach with more than 20 years experience. His approach is personal, fun and playful. A lesson consists of 30 minutes of theory and practice on the beach, followed by 2 hours of in-water, waves surfing activity. The time of the class depends on the swell, wind and tide.  A private lesson costs Rp 700,000 and it includes a pick-up/drop-off from/to your private Canggu villa. Lessons for 2/3 people in one group are available upon request.

Silver Surf Bali. Contact: silversurfbali@gmail.com / +62 812 3670 0666. Private lesson costs Rp 700,000

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7. Mojosurf Bali and beyond

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Photo credit: mojo.surf on Instagram

Mojosurf is an Australian company with surf experts who went out to find the best surf spots in Australia, New Zealand, Bali and other surf hotspots in Indonesia. Learn how to surf or improve your surfing skills in a safe environment with highly-trained surf instructors at this surf school in Canggu. Mojosurf has got a private surf school just minutes away from the beach in Canggu. They organise surf camps and surf trips but you can also sign up for private lessons with these great surf experts. The price for an amazing ‘surf day out’ with Mojosurf in Canggu starts at US $95. You will meet like-minded travellers and dive straight into Canggu’s lively surf culture at Mojosurf Bali.

Mojosurf Bali and beyond Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No.78, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Contact:  +62 813 5398 6600. Surf day with Mojo starts at US $95.

8. In da Surf School Bali

Family surf school in Canggu @ In Da Surf. Photo credit: in_da_surfbali on Instagram

In Da Surf is a small, friendly surfing school in Canggu, welcoming beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. Lessons consist of theory, instructions on the beach, time in the water, putting theory into practice. Your private lesson with these awesome ASI-certified surf instructors is recorded on video so you can analyze your own surfing skills after the lesson, free of charge. This will provide you with useful tips to improve your skills. You will be 2 hours in the ocean catching waves and there are maximum 2 students with 1 instructor. The price for a semi-private surf lesson is US $4 including a pick-up from your accommodation in Canggu.

In Da Surf, Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong #32, Bali, Indonesia. Contact: reservation@indasurf.com /+62 819 9906 5243. Semi-private lessons cost US $40.

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Canggu Travel Guide


Not so sleepy anymore, Canggu is Bali’s diamond in the rough and more and more people come to see what all the fuzz is about. This trending hipster haven has rapidly evolved into one of Bali’s biggest tourist destinations. But don’t worry, Canggu stands strong in the buzzing hype going around it. It remains beautiful and the vibe is still laid-back and cool. More on the upside: thanks to the increasing popularity, more cafes and bars have popped out the ground. There are lots of things to do and plenty of like-minded people to meet. Canggu is a bit of a stretched out area, covering a couple of beaches and the town attracts surfers, backpackers, yogis and yoginis but also families, couples and groups of friends simply wanting to have a lovely time at the coolest beach town in Bali. Enjoy reading our Canggu Travel Guide!

Things to do in Canggu

There are so many things to see and do in Canggu apart from enjoying the laid-back ambience. We scrapped it down to a list of 15 activities:

1. Explore the beaches

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Canggu was first discovered by the surfers. Credit: misshachey on Instagram

Canggu is a wide coastal area that runs between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The total area is stretched out across 8 kilometers, following the pristine black volcanic coastline or driving through a scenic landscape of endless verdant rice paddies. When it comes down to the beach, there are several options: Berawa Beach, Nelayan Beach, Batu Bolong Beach, Echo Beach, Pererenan Beach and Seseh Beach. High waves and reef breaks are what makes Canggu so popular among surfers. Echo Beach is #1 hot spot for surfing. Batu Bolong has both swimmers and surfers. Nelayan is a quieter beach which is quite good for swimming and Berawa is where you can have drinks at amazing beach clubs. All the Canggu beaches are beautiful and the sunsets are mesmerizing! Want to explore more beaches around the island? Check out our Bali Beach Guide.

2. Surfing the waves

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Surfing @ Echo Beach in Canggu. Photo credit: beu_c_945 on Instagram

Canggu was first discovered by the surfers. All beaches in Canggu are perfect for paddling out to sea and surfing the waves. Pros and beginners, all can get their share of fun and waves to meet their level of surfing skills. Check out our recommendations for the best surf schools in Canggu here.

3. Family fun @ Finns Recreation Club

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Cool slides @ Splash Water Park – Finn’s Recreation Club in Canggu. Photo credit: splashwaterparkbali

The ideal family day out is at Finns Recreation Club (the former Canggu Club). This large entertainment complex in Berawa features a waterpark, bowling alley, trampoline centre, tennis court, gym, spa, restaurants, kids’ club and a beach club. There is something for everyone, from toddlers to grandmas and grandpas! There are several day-passes available. Check out Finns Bali Super Fun Pass for the full-blown Finns experience.

Finns Recreation Club, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Contact: (0361) 8483939. Open daily from 6 am – 10 pm

4. Horse riding

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Horse riding @ Bali Equestrian Centre. Photo credit: baliequestriancentre on Instagram

Horse riding on the beach or in between the Canggu’s beautiful natural surroundings, it is just wonderful! Bali Equestrian Centre sits on 2.5 hectares of land, surrounded by rice fields and rural Balinese villages. There are over 30 horses, both local and imported ones and the instructors are internationally accredited. Kids can go for a pony ride or even sign up for a pony camp. Experienced riders can go explore the surroundings, visiting villages and riding along the coastline. The Bali Equestrian Centre features a playground, a pool and a restaurant to relax and enjoy a good meal after the ride. Another great family activity, I would say!

Bali Equestrian Centre, Perumahan Canggu Asri, Jl. Karang Suwung, Brawa, Canggu. Contact:  (0361) 8446541. Open every day from 7.45 am – 11.45 am & 2.45 pm – 6.45 pm.

5. Visit the Tanah Lot Sea Temple

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Tanah Lot Temple at Sunset. Photo credit: nh.huy on Instagram

Tanah Lot is one of the most important sea temples in all of Bali and it certainly is an important icon linked to the island. This beautiful temple sits on a rock in the ocean and it is a massive tourist attraction. As the sun sets over the island and the temple lights up in a golden glow, you will experience the magic of Tanah Lot. The views are truly awe-inspiring and you can snap gorgeous photos. Tanah Lot is located close to Canggu, just a 15-minute drive and it cannot be missed!

Tanah Lot, Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali. Contact:  (0361) 880361. Open daily from 7 am – 7 pm. 

Want to visit more temples in Bali – the island of a thousand temples? Check out our Bali temple guide

6. Sooth your body, mind and soul: Yoga in Canggu

Samadi Canggu

Yoga @ Samadi Canggu. Photo credit: charlotte_de_quay on Instagram

Surfing may be activity #1 among travellers in Canggu but yoga follows close behind. There are lots of inspiring yoga studios around, there are yoga retreats held and you can probably join in for a sunrise or sunset yoga on the beach class every day. Sooth your mind, bend that back and stretch those limbs to feel reborn again. Samadi is a wonderful place to visit for a yoga class, followed by a good nutritious meal made with local organic ingredients.

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7. Drinks, tapas & theme Parties at La Laguna

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A bohemian hang-out spot in Canggu. Credit: meg_hoarty on Instagram

La Laguna is just beautiful! Floor cushions, antique gypsy caravans, vintage artefacts, sparkling lights, beach views and theme parties. Everyone staying in Canggu must visit this place at least one time for drinks and tapas. The options of charming and cosy seating spots are abundant and you can snap some awesome, highly Instagrammable photos at this bohemian beachfront hang-out venue in Berawa. The theme parties go beyond imagination from Avatar Beach Party to Disco Africa. On top of that, they also have outdoor cinema evenings and since July 2018, they host a Sunday Market every first Sunday of the month. All of their vendors sell ecological, organic products, ranging from jewellery to clothes, cosmetics and coffee.

La Laguna Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Contact: 0819-9901-5777. Open every day from 9 am – 12 am.

8. Stroll around on Sunday Markets

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Get your shopping done @ Love Anchor Bazaar. Credit: loveanchorcanggu on Instagram

Sunday is the best time to get some shopping done. The charming Sunday markets make shopping something truly enjoyable. Rise and shine early in your private Canggu villa, take it at a nice and slow pace (read: dive into the pool, have breakfast, do some sun-tanning) and head out to stroll around on the colourful, lively Sunday Markets in Canggu. At Samadi, you can not only shop for cool, unique island gifts, but you can also find organic fruits, veggies, cakes and homebaked bread. The market at Love Anchor was such a big success that they are now open every day until late in the evening. Clothes, handmade dream catchers, jewellery, bags and much more are found at this market in Batu Bolong.

Related: Bali’s best Sunday markets and bazaars

9. Skateboarding

Pretty Poison Canggu

Skateboarding @ Pretty Poison in Canggu. Photo credit: garybarnettetc on Instagram

Perhaps activity #3 among Canggu travellers or something new to try out while staying in Canggu? One thing is for sure, Canggu is home to some cool skateboard ramps. Pretty Poison is a pretty cool place to check out during your stay. Apart from skateboarding, it is a fun alternative bar and they also have live music and open mic nights.

Pretty Poison, Jalan Subak Canggu, Canggu, Bali. Contact: 0812-4622-9340. Open daily from 4 pm – 12 am.

10. See a cultural performance at Hotel Tugu

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Cultural performances at Hotel Tugu Canggu. Credit: andresnyc21 on Instagram

Every Thursday evening, something enchanting is going on at Hotel Tugu in Canggu… it is the night that traditional cultural performances start at 19.30 pm sharp. Ancient sagas are told with mystical gamelan music, traditional Balinese dances and beautiful costumes.  Hotel Tugu features an amazing museum-like setting and the cultural evening can be combined with an exquisite dinner. Don’t miss out on this!

Hotel Tugu Canggu, Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Pantai Canggu, Canggu, Bali. Contact:  (0361) 4731701

11. Spot amazing street art

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Street art in Canggu. Photo credit: travelistta on Instagram

When walking, cycling or driving around Canggu, you can’t miss the impressive street art on walls and entire buildings. These urban murals can be spotted in many places around Canggu and they are utterly cool! If you feel like going on a street art tour, start at All Caps, a graffiti store and outdoor gallery, located just outside of the tourist centre. Then, when moving towards Batu Bolong and Echo Beach, there are many more amazing murals to be spotted and there are new ones popping up all the time.

12. Chill & party at Old Man’s

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Old Man’s is one of Canggu’s most iconic hang-outs, attracting locals, tourists and expats. The vibe is certainly chill at this beachfront beer garden at Batu Bolong, from morning till late at night. A great place to drop by for a coffee before or after hitting the waves in the morning. Come back later for cocktails under the sun and stick around for sunset with beers and burgers. There are comfy bean bags to lounge on, ceremonial parasols providing shade and there is a big thatch-roofed pavilion where the party is on when the stars pop out in the night sky. Old Man’s features cool live bands, DJs and every Wednesday its Dirty Ol’ Wednesday with beer pong, margaritas and dirty disco. Great fun! Every last Saturday of the month, Old Man’s turns into a lively weekend market. Yet, another market to check out!

Old Man’s Bali,  Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.117X, Canggu, Bali. Contact: (0361) 8469158. Open every day 7 am – 1 am

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13. Sunset drinks @ The Lawn

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Sunset gazing & cocktails @ The Lawn. Photo credit: thelawncanggu on Instagram

Another absolute sunset hot spot located right by the beach in Batu Bolong is The Lawn. Live music, picnic-style seating areas on the lawn, great cocktails, an infinity pool, day beds and bar chairs with ocean view, this is the place to gaze at Bali’s mesmerizing sunset!

The Lawn Canggu, Jalan Pura Dalem, Pantai Batubolong, Canggu, Bali. Contact: +62 (0)361 335 1055. Open daily from 11 am – 11 pm.

14. Live music Gimme Shelter

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Punk, Rock n’ Roll & alcohol @ Gimme Shelter. Photo credit: danielfleming27 on Instagram

Canggu wouldn’t be Canggu without its grunge underground music scene. Rock and Roll, punk, metal – heat, smoke and sweat – you gotta love it! The founder of Gimme Shelter is the famous Balinese Blues musician Made Putrawan (Made J). Live bands are rocking this place down on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Mondays are reserved for open mic nights.

Gimme Shelter Jl. Lkr. Nelayan No.444, Canggu, Bali. Contact:  0812-3804-8867.  Open every day from 7 pm – 3 am.

15. Custom bikes, surf board skate board and live bands @ Deus

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Yeah, baby, yeah! Deus Ex Machina Canggu Photo credit: dorigrungerock on Instagram

Talking about cool places for live music – Deus is another one you don’t want to miss out on! Kick-ass live bands, custom motorbikes, tattoos, great coffee, beer on the tap, hand-carved skateboards, surfboards and excellent food, whatever Deus does, they do it well!

Deus, Jl. Batu Mejan No.4, Canggu, Bali. Contact: +62 811 388 315. Open daily 7 am – 12 am

Where to eat in Canggu

The options for exquisite places to eat are endless in Canggu. Vegans, vegetarians, those on a raw food diet and lovers of meat and fresh seafood, Canggu will not leave your bellies hungry – there is something for everyone. You can just keep on eating, from the delicious healthy smoothie bowls to excellent coffee with homebaked sweets to a quick local nasi campur and a fine dinner to the view of the sunset or the starlit sky. Here are some places you’ll definitely want to check out:

1. Warung Bu Mi

Traditional ‘nasi campur’ at Warung Bu Mi. Photo credit: jennyalvares on Instagram

Let’s start with something sweet and simple. Warung Bu Mi is always packed with locals and tourists. Why? Authentic Indonesian food, super delicious and cheap, too. Choose your rice and point at the dishes you want to have on your plate: a plate of your liking is created. Enjoy!

Warung Bu Mi Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong no 52, Canggu, Bali. Contact: 0813-3794-9676. Open every day from 8 am – 10 pm.

2. Ji Restaurant (Bali Sutra – Hotel Tugu)

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The most exotic dining spot in Canggu. Photo Credit: jirestaurantbali

Located inside Hotel Tugu, Ji Restaurant is an amazing place to go for dinner! This place has the feel of a museum, decorated with antiques and ancient artwork. On the menu: Japanese fusion, wine and sake. The restaurant splits up into an indoor area which is actually a temple that dates back to the year 1706 and there is an outdoor dining area with awe-inspiring ocean views.

Ji Restaurant Bale Sutra, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Canggu. Contact: (0361) 4731701. Open every day from 5 pm – 11 pm.

3. Betelnut Cafe

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Healthy food @ Betelnut Cafe. Photo Credit: betelnutcafe on Instagram

Smoothie bowls, salads, burger and burritos, this charming restaurant in Batu Bolong, served just about anything your hungry tummy desires. Fruits for breakfast, a salad bowl for lunch, coffee and cake in between and Mexican cuisine for dinner, You can just keep coming back for more at Betelnut Cafe. Their prices are surprisingly affordable, too!

Betelnut Cafe, Jl. Batu Bolong 60, Canggu, Bali. Contact: 0821-4680-7233. Open every day from 7 am – 10 pm

Related: Must-try vegan eats in Canggu

Where to stay in Canggu

Whether you want to stay near to surfers haven Echo Beach, in trending Berawa of somewhere quieter like Nelayan Beach or Pererenan, we have no doubt that the perfect Canggu holiday home is waiting for you. In between those rice fields and coconut groves, there are lots of beautiful private villas found, traditional and contemporary ranging from basic to high-end. Below. Read more about 3 of our favourite villas below or check out our entire selection of villas in Canggu on our website.

1. Villa Kami

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Villa Kami Canggu Away from motorbikes and crowds, surrounded by rice paddies and quiet rural life, sits Villa Kami. A beautiful, spacious 4-bedroom luxury villa strategically positioned towards Canggu’s lively beaches and the fashionable centre of Seminyak. Featuring a huge, sunny garden planted with all kinds of tropical greenery, Villa Kami has all the aspects of a hidden paradise and it makes an idyllic family home away from home. Tropical ‘alang alang’ thatch-roofed buildings, manicured green grass lawns where the kids can run around on, a large private swimming pool, bean bags, sun loungers and a large open-plan living space, you can just hang around here all day spending true undisturbed quality time with the family or with friends. Villa Kami even boasts a private open-air spa area with 2 massage beds, there are 4 perfectly comfy villa suites to retreat to at night and the villa is quite affordable, too!

Around Villa Kami
The location of Villa Kami is sublime for those travelling groups wanting to stay somewhere quiet and peaceful, close to where the action is in Canggu and Seminyak.

Prices start at USD $ 290 (low season), USD $ 320 (mid-high season), USD $ 390 (high season) and USD $ 550 (peak season).

2. Villa Bunga Desa

Bunga Desa

Canggu travel Guide This massive beachfront 7-bedroom holiday estate sits on 1700 m2 of prime tropical land in Berawa, Canggu, and it features exotic traditional houses from different islands across the archipelago. The Toraja-inspired pavilion features a traditional high soaring Sulawesi-style rooftop and it is this pavilion that makes up the main living space, overlooking the lush green garden and the glistening private swimming pool encompassed by green grass lawns. Villa Bunga Desa also boasts spectacular ocean and sunset vistas. Such as treat for the eyes! The villa is decorated with antiques and primitive artwork – it exudes soulfulness inside out. Any lover of indigenous cultures and tropical lands will absolutely love this place! Villa Bunga Desa also features a large flat-screen TV and an extensive library of DVDs for cozy in-villa evenings and all 7 bedrooms are fully air-conditioned. An amazing stay for an unforgettable holiday in Canggu, Bali.

Around Villa Bunga Desa
Villa Bunga Desa is located just 50 meters from the beach in the Berawa area of Canggu. Nearby, you will find Finns Beach Club and Finns Recreation Club as well as plenty of trendy cafes and restaurants.

Prices start at USD $ 1,598 (low season), USD $ 1,828 (high season) and USD $ 2,058 (peak season).

3. Villa Putih Satu

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Where to stay in Canggu Blending contemporary elements with tropical charm, Villa Putih Satu is a unique holiday retreat set amidst the verdant rice paddies of Canggu. The centrepiece of this 3-bedroom villa is the super long 26-meter swimming pool that runs from the living room to the other end of the garden, complete with a shallow area for the little ones to splash around. The living room is spacious and there are plenty of comfy lounge spots. Sit on the red plush sofa, watching the kids play in the pool or gather at the leather sofa lounge in the corner to watch a movie altogether. In the mood for cocktails? go to the rooftop terrace and watch the day turn into night. Wonderful!

Around Villa Putih Satu
This villa is hidden away in a really tranquil area in between Pererenan and Batu Bolong. You can walk to the beach in approximately 15 minutes and it takes 5-minutes to drive to Echo Beach on a motorbike.

Prices start at USD $ 330 (low season), USD $ 355 (mid-high season), USD $ 380 (high season) and USD $ 490 (peak season).

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Getting to Canggu

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Canggu is quite a spread out area, so it is good to know whereabouts in Canggu you want to be before heading out. You don’t want to get dropped in Berawa if you need to be in Pererenan. Once you are there, the best thing to do is to rent a motorbike so you can get around independently. However, do make sure to always wear a helmet and never to speed to avoid accidents. You can also arrange a private car and driver to get you around safely and hassle-free. The staff at your villa can assist in renting a motorbike or hiring a car and driver. From the international airport of Bali, it takes approximately 45 minutes to get to Canggu (times may vary depending on the area and traffic on the day). Seminyak is very nearby and it takes around 1 hour to drive to cultural Ubud.

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