Step aside, Seminyak. Once-sleepy Canggu is the new benchmark for edgy bars, progressive eats and slick spas, says local Jenny Hewett.
Ji Terrace By The Sea
A tiki-inspired Japanese-fusion eatery with an enviable rooftop location, this culinary wonder overlooking Batu Bolong Beach has somehow managed to remain a secret. Fresh sushi and sashimi and supersize bento boxes sidle up to more modern offerings such as prawn flambé with yuzu butter and coconut crème brûlée.
Tucked away in the boho-chic Berawa neighbourhood, this brekkie spot (51 Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa) makes your smashed avo seem amateurish. Choose from a range of sweet and savoury delights, including spinach fritters with poached eggs, and coconut crumpets with palm sugar and cinnamon butter.
With its exposed-brick interior and smooth timber furnishings, this elegant bistro is as relaxed as its Berawa setting. The menu showcases everything from pea fettuccine with pork lardons to a mahi-mahi burger that comes layered with aïoli and spiced zucchini relish.
A nautically themed beach club with live beats, this newcomer is making waves on Echo Beach. Settle in for a sunset session and get ready to sink or swim. There’s no shortage of beanbags and there’s a lagoon pool for frolics between libations. Book ahead.
Backing onto rice paddies on the sneaky cut-through known as the Shortcut, this ’80s California-inspired skateboard-bowl bar is all about ink and drinks. Offering pop-up tattoos and piercings, open mic nights and skate jams, Pretty Poison is bad to the bone and its cocktails are no different; expect some potent mixes.
This offbeat 12-room island stay on Batu Bolong has become a solid base for creatives. The brainchild of former Ksubi designers George Gorrow and Gareth Moody, The Slow, with its block-timber Brutalist-inspired design, snubs tradition. It even relinquishes a main pool in favour of Gorrow’s personal art collection, and TVs for a toe-tapping playlist. Home to one of Canggu’s best restaurants, rotating exhibitions and the duo’s menswear boutique, this place is full of surprises.
COMO Uma Canggu
On track for a February 2018 opening, COMO's newest offering – and its third in Bali – heralds a new level of luxury for laid back Canggu. Combining Asian and Italian influences, interior designers Koichiro Ikebuchi and Paola Navone introduce sophisticated surf shack chic to the 119 rooms - 12 of which include a sea-framing rooftop balcony and private butler service. The property will keep in step with the crowd by including yoga and surfing tuition on-site and also with their dining focus, which remains classic Canggu: locally focused with a modern Australian flourish.
Perfect your downward dog
No wellness hangout in Canggu is more name-dropped than The Practice. This temple of Zen offers hatha yoga and yin yoga classes in a pavilion overlooking the grounds.
With its feature pond and delicate foliage, Spring is a soothing sanctuary on bustling Batu Bolong. The Hair Rescue treatment – a combination of a hydrating masque, head massage and hot-stone shoulder massage – will change your life. And a glass of prosecco will make it even better.
But first, coffee…
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Top image: The Slow
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