When we we’re planning our trip to Gili Menolast July, we found this incredible ocean front house on Airbnb. The only house on the island actually ON the beach, facing at nothing but the infinite horizon of the sea and the sky. It’s small, but everything you need: one room, a sun deck with two sunbeds and last but not least: the most incredible bath room we’ve ever seen. The pictures will speak for itself 🙂
We booked it for one night, but next time we’ll book it for a few days as it’s simply too good to leave. You’ll feel alone and on top the world for a while, exactly what everyone needs from time to time in this hectic world we live in now, right? There is good Wi-Fi though, good for us haha, but if you’re looking for a digital detox getaway – just go on airplane mode 😉
From the bed you can watch the sun rise (yup, pretty romantic hey!). It’s located next to Karma Reef Resort, and a few minutes’ walk from the harbor. Owner Sam came to meet us and hand over the key, super friendly!
When we arrived in Bali in 2009 and settled into our island life, Canggu – a small farmers village along the Indian Ocean within lush green rice paddies – was a place where we would drive off to for a good surf and sunset. With only a handful of cafes, it was serener than you could ever imagine. Nowadays, Canggu is buzzing, bye serenity but hello good food and good vibes! You know already that we have a Canggu Guide for you with more than 200 of our favorite spots, but today we’re adding some new faves for you here on the blog. Not to miss out on!
1. Give Cafe
Incredible plant-based vegan warung. That means, nasi campur but 100% animal and cruelty-free! If we can we eat here every day for lunch or dinner. The owners of KYND in Seminyak, Lauren and Corryne set up this non-profit vegan warung, that not only looks pretty amazing but has absolutely the best food ever.
2. Plant Cartel
To stay in vegan mode, Plant Cartel is a new spot on Jalan Batu Bolong, serving plant-based junk food. So no need to miss out on burgers and hot dogs when you’re not eating animals, they have it all!
Our new favorite dinner spot, with LA vibes and good music. Share dishes in the cozy garden seats or inside with your friends and have an amazing evening guaranteed.
4. Coffee & Coconuts Bali
From Amsterdam to Bali, this cafe is new in the hood. We hopped in yesterday and must say we are in love with the interior and cute nooks to hang out (just like they have in Amsterdam!).
Ok, not a new spot but worth a mention as they just revamped their interior! Check it out, even more to love at our all-time daily plant-based food and juice pitstop.
6. Milk & Madu
Yes, also not new but rebuild after the recent fire they had that burned down the entire restaurant. Amazing how they reconstructed the venue and made it even prettier and bigger. Food is amazing as always and is a must go when you’re in Canggu’s Berawa area!
6. The Common
By the owners of Milk & Madu, the Common opened in the heart of Canggu on Jalan Batu Bolong. A healthy food cafe with good coffee. All you need!
7. The Holiday
Super cute roadside cafe with art gallery, tucked away in a side street of jalan Batu Bolong (enter across Cafe Organic). Gorgeous space for your breakfast, coffee and lunch dates.
8. Jet Black Ginger
In the non food category, for all the girls, Jet Black Ginger is your go-to place for mani pedi’s, hair and massages. Also not new to the hood, but just expanded with a bigger and beautiful space.
9. The Acai Shop Bali
Not a day goes by without having an acai bowl! You know Pris and Arnaud are running their Bali Bowls cafes in Biarritz. But when in Bali definitely stop by the new Acai Shop Bali from our friends. You’ll find this tiny take away Acai shop at Echo Beach.
10. La Brisa
And last but not least, not a new spot but also one that’s expanding it’s venue. We had a sneak peak at the new pool and it looks incredible. Favorite beach hangout before or after surf at Echo Beach.
Hope you loved our quick update, let us know which are your favorite Canggu spots in the comments below. Would love to hear!
Even after ten years in Bali, we’re never done with exploring the island. There is just so much beauty to see and new incredible island stays are popping up every day. And so did Camaya Bali. Our stay at this remote bamboo dream home on the edge of a green lush jungle valley with the most magical view over mount Agung was truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Check out our vlog below or here on our YouTube channel and photo diary of our magical night stay here.
We were lucky to stay here for a night three weeks ago, as Camaya has been fully booked since day one. You can get lucky if you follow them on Instagram or sign up on their website, they sometimes have a cancelation and you can quickly book your nights. Or, just be super early birdie to book your magical jungle getaway.
As the house is completely open, you’re fully out in nature 24/7 (yes, that does include some bugs too welcome to the jungle!). It’s located in the beautiful Karangasem area close to a little village called Selat. You can’t go any more local and experience the still authentic Bali than here.
We woke up with nothing the sound of singing birds, the crispy fresh air of lush rice paddies and an incredible sunrise over Mount Agung and a golden morning light glow spreading over the valley by the minute. With that and only a few villagers farming the fields below it’s like we were watching a scene from a movie. Being out in nature like this is truly a once in a lifetime experience!
You can spend the day in the house, chilling in the hammock or the outdoor flower bath, play games (they have some in the house!) or explore the area by motorbike (or hire a car with driver). You can make coffee, tea, juices or cook yourself in Camaya’s bamboo dream kitchen or Made and his incredibly kind team can prepare food for you so you can enjoy this local and remote jungle getaway to the fullest.
You can stay in the house with 4 persons (2 bedrooms, Eve & Steph slept upstairs and Pris downstairs) or you can also book the extra house next door (1 bedroom) if you are with 6 people. Perfect for adventurous travelers or couples in search of a romantic, secluded Bali getaway (and yes it’s Bali babymoon proof, tested by Eve & Steph haha). In 2019 they will open a few more bamboo houses on the edge of the valley. You’ll still have the private, remote jungle experience as the valley is big enough and you won’t be able to see into each others ‘homes’.
You can find the website ofCamaya Balihere.
We hope you loved our Camaya Bali Video and photo diary, would you wanna stay here when in Bali? Let us know in the comments!
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:
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / mobile phone (WA) +62 813 5314 5256. Lessons start at US $45.
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.
All this surfing made you hungry? Grab a healthy vegan meal to fill up your rumbling belly.
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: email@example.com / WA +62 815 4723 0006. Starts from Rp. 600,000.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org /+62 819 9906 5243. Semi-private lessons cost US $40.
Finding the perfect villa for your holiday in Bali can be challenging. Why? It is not the lack of beautiful villas that seem to come straight out of Bali magazines and holiday dreams, it is more the extensive range of amazing places to stay that makes it so hard to choose. Luckily, our team ready to help out anytime. The villa database consists of a hand-picked collection of beautiful private pool villas that we love. Traditional and modern, villas in the heart of the action and nature retreats, far away from everywhere. There are those ones that are ideal for families with kids, there are cosy love nests for romantic couples and honeymooners, there are party villas for groups of friends and epic event villas for yoga retreats and wedding.
Favourite Bali Villas – Our Personal Recommendations
Our travel consultants can definitely help you find what you are looking for but first, here is a little bit of inspiration: out of all the villas on Villa-Bali.com, these are the personal favourites of the Villa Finder team members. Let’s take a closer look at who recommends which villa and why they love it so much:
“Villa Galante is surrounded by rice fields, and yet, it is just a 5-minute drive from Seminyak and Canggu. On top of that, Villa Galante has a very talented Balinese Chef, Made, who cooks amazing seafood.” – David
Villa Galante surrounded by rice paddies yet so close to Seminyak – Villa Galante
Rustic, sophisticated & traditional – Villa Galante
Villa Galante is a gorgeous 6-bedroom private vacation home in Umalas, featuring traditional Javanese Joglo houses scattered around in a massive garden with rice paddy views. The interior designs are rustic and sophisticated, there is an 18-meter infinity pool to jump into and the villa even has a private yoga studio, making it a great venue for yoga retreats and events.
Who is David?
David is the founder, CEO and beating heart of Villa Finder. He has visited every single villa personally and works closely together with the team. Custom satisfaction is priority #1, hence, every villa in our collection is a tiny little paradise of its own for amazing Bali Island Stays.
3 fun facts about David:
I travel with a Lindt Chocolate Bar. Always.
I hate plastic bags and I am a real pain in Bali convenience stores when they try to place my stuff in a bag.
I love number 8, I tend to do more on the 8th, 18th and 28th of the month
“I like the feeling of being in the middle of nature! Villa Melati is a hillside villa in the lush jungle surroundings of Ubud and it overlooks the river valley. The villa has a private inclinator access too! :)” – Maria
Stunning river valley and rainforest views – Villa Melati
Who doesn’t long for this? – Villa Melati
Yes, it is those views of the Sayan Ridge and the Ayung River that make you want to stay forever at this beautiful hillside villa. Melati is a villa of impeccable beauty and the triangle-shaped infinity pool really tops it off! The centre of Ubud is just a 5-minute drive away and there is a private chef at your service for the whole duration of your stay.
Who is Maria?
This lovely lady is Villa Finder’s Head of Operations. Maria was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and she is the one who makes sure everything runs smoothly and everyone is happy as can be (team members and Villa Finder’s customers).
3 fun facts about Maria
I am a beekeeper wannabe who has always been living in big cities!
I did a lot of road trips although my sense of direction is poor! That’s why I love google maps :p it made me lost sometimes, too!
Never miss buying an ice cream everytime I see the ice cream shop!
Do you love ice cream like Maria does? Check out Gusto Gelato!
“The tropical vibes, the abundance of space and the high level of service and maintenance are what I love about Bali Ethnic Villas.” – Jolien
Ethnic, spacious, superb services – Bali Ethnic Villas
A private plunge pool in the bathroom. Does anyone feel like plunging? – Bali ethnic VillasA beautiful collection of 3 exotic private pool luxury villas, Bali Ethnic Villas is hidden away in quiet and peaceful Umalas, close to Seminyak and Canggu. Villa Kalua and Villa Kayu both have 4 bedrooms and Villa Ka is home to 5 bedrooms. The estate is surrounded by rice paddies and each villa features rustic Javanese Joglo houses, big gardens with lagoon-like swimming pools and marvellous collections of indigenous artwork. An amazing island stay, indeed!
Jolien is Villa Finder’s one and only Sales Manager. A fellow Dutchie who has been with the company from the early start-up. She leads the team of friendly Travel Consultants to help you find the perfect villa for your stay
3 fun facts about Jolien
I eat deserts 3 times as slow as other meals, so I can enjoy them longer.
Living the dream is my life motto.
I keep changing my mind about my favourite villa because there are just too many amazing ones!
Related: I recently went out to inspect one of the Bali Ethnic Villas and I wrote a blog about it. Check it out here.
“Big pool, big garden, quiet, nice staff and the chef is amazing!” Weni
“Spacious rooms, spacious bathrooms, a big pool in a large garden, an open plan living room accessorized with ethnic items and a private chef that cooks REALLY good Indonesian food! Villa Theo is located in a quiet area yet not too far from the city centre.” Diah
How the pool glistens in the sun. Villa Theo – Villa-Finder’s favourite Bali Villa
Ethnic artwork and handmade carpets @ Villa Theo. A favourite villa in Bali
Nestled in the rice paddies of Umalas, on the side of a riverbank, sits this 5-bedroom traditional luxury villa. With its massive private garden and traditional Joglos situated around a 30-meter infinity swimming pool, it is no wonder that Villa Theo gets two votes from the Villa-Finder team. Each Joglo is individually styled with hand-picked artefacts, handwoven textiles, carpets and custom furniture. Villa Theo has a private spa to get some in-villa pampering, the ambience is absolutely tranquil and peaceful and yet it takes just minutes to get to the beach or to dive into Seminyak’s buzzing shopping, dining and nightlife scenes.
Who is Weni?
Weni is a Reservation Staff, indispensable when it comes down to booking your favourite villa in Bali.
3 fun facts about Weni
Strong Balinese accents
I like durians as a fruit but not as a flavour
I like cheese bars and eat it without bread or anything
Who is Diah?
Diah is one of our Travel Consultants, helping you to find that perfect villa in Bali for you and your travel party. Just tell her what you want for the stay, she’ll help you find the right villa.
3 fun facts about Diah
I love to visit museums and check out old houses/buildings.
My ‘me time’ is when I do my morning run
It almost feels like it’s my time to speak with myself, think about ideas or plans of what to do/see, etc.
“This villa literally looks like the palace that I used to dream of when I was a kid. A calm river, blue water and a spacious garden (I would say it’s a lil’ forest of its own). Life is old there, older than the trees and blowing like a breeze :p” – Trisna
Uniqueness, sophistication and luxury – Villa Uma Wana Prasta
This villa boasts 2 swimming pools. Wow! – Villa Uma Wana Prasta
Villa Uma Wana Prasta is a huge 7-bedroom holiday haven in Canggu. The architecture is striking and the outdoor area is indeed like a tropical paradise with 2 private glistening swimming pools. You’ll have access to a tennis court, there is a media room with AC, a private spa, and the living room comes with a grand piano. Villa Uma Wana Prasta is a remarkable luxury villa that comes with a complimentary car & driver and 24/7 butler service. Wow!
Who is Trisna?
Trisna is another one of our awesome Travel Consultants who will go out of their way to find the perfect villa for you anywhere on Bali island.
3 fun facts about Trisna
A nature enthusiast and anything related to it such as gardening, natural sport, animals and pets. I believe nature is the best place to feel loved as it only speaks the language of Love.
I love singing, however, I think the birds on my doorstep always sing better than me.
I always put too much parmesan cheese on my pasta somehow
“I like the infinity pool overlooking Mount Agung! So majestic!” – Avron
Amazing views of Mount Agung – Villa Sidemen
Magnificent infinity pool with mindblowing views – Villa Sidemen
Who doesn’t love an infinity pool that faces the mighty, utmost sacred Mount Agung? I have one word for this view; ‘breathtaking!’ Villa Sidemen is a traditional Balinese house with 2 bedrooms built by the Royal Family of Sidemen in the 1980′ and it features beautiful intricate carvings on the walls, ceiling and doors. David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Roman Polenski have stayed at this traditional Balinese villa surrounded by valleys and rice paddies, and yet, it is still surprisingly affordable.
Who is Avron?
Travel Consultant at your service @ Villa-Bali.com
3 fun facts about Avron
I love sweets, especially chocolate!
I love photography! Been exploring photography since April 2018 and I am deeply in love!
“I love the bathtub in the middle of the huge (bath)room and the small bird/chicken house next to the bedroom” – Nina
To fall in love with at first sight – Sayang d’Amour
Bathtub in the middle of a huge opulent bathroom – Villa Sayang d’Amour
This 6-bedroom villa is a definite heart-stealer; dazzling, fashionable and one of a kind. First of all, the villa is styled beautifully with bright colours following an alluring Moroccan-inspired theme. The French owners gave thought to details and it shows! Villa Sayang d’Amour is located right up in trendy Petitenget and it’s got unique features such as a custom-designed cubby kids house and a pool with a waterfall, floaties and a shallow area for the kids. On top of that, there is 5-star private chef ready to surprise you with delightful food.
Who is Nina?
Nina is another one of our Bali experts & Travel consultants. It is her job to find the villa that matches all of your wishes.
3 fun facts about Nina
I love sweets (chocolate, ice cream, biscuit) and everything else that is considered fat foods.
I always want to get skinny…
…But I just love eating those sweets and I can’t give up on it even though I know I will never ever get skinnier if I keep eating them
“Own Villa is a unique villa in Umalas, with giant bungalows as bedrooms, a spacious garden and high standard services: iPad to play movies or order meals (from an Italian owner so you can expect amazing food !). The villa is featured in many magazines!” – Jenny
Island architecture – Own Villa
Imagine yourself soaking in this bathtub. Pure bliss! – Own Villa
Own Villa was built to resemble a traditional village with tribal Batak-inspired houses scattered around in a huge, lush green garden that makes you feel like staying somewhere close to paradise. In reality, you are finding yourself in Umalas, a peaceful area in between hipster Canggu and trendy Seminyak. Wood-carvings, ‘alang alang’ rooftops and a huge overflowing swimming pool with a built-in jacuzzi, at Own Villa, you will be living the tropical dream.
Jenny is one of our Travel consultants and Bali experts.
3 fun facts about Jenny:
Talking about food – check out 15 of Seminyak’s best restaurantshere.