Is­land guide: Bali

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while Canggu’s new­est ho­tel is the stylish Como Uma Canggu (co­mo­ho­tels.com), which has hooked up with luxury surf sa­fari com­pany Trop­icSurf (trop­icsurf. com) to cre­ate a surf school at nearby Echo Beach.

Lovers of In­done­sian de­sign will find a soul­mate in Canggu’s Ho­tel Tugu (tuguho­tels.com).

EATS

Seminyak has some of the best restau­rants on the is­land, which would eas­ily hold their own in the food cap­i­tals of the world and, hap­pily, won’t break the bank.

Jalan Petitenget is the street to re­mem­ber: dress up smart for pro­lific Bali chef Wil Mery­ick’s beau­ti­ful Sarong (sarong­bali.com), dine on sus­tain­able seafood among rice pad­dies at Sar­dine (sar­dinebali. com) or or­der an Asian high tea with cham­pagne or turmeric juice in the beau­ti­ful 150-year-old joglo (tra­di­tional tim­ber Ja­vanese house) that is home to Biku (bikubali.com).

For a step fur­ther into In­done­sian cui­sine, pop into a warung, which will serve up Ba­li­nese and other re­gional foods for just a hand­ful of ru­piah. Favourites in­clude fun old-timer gone up­mar­ket, Made’s Warung (madeswarung.com), com­plete with Ba­li­nese

dancers and Warung Su­lawesi (200 Jl Petitenget 200, Seminyak). Ve­gans rate Ithaka Warung (ithakawarung.com) for its af­ford­able or­ganic fare in Canggu.

WA­TER­ING HOLES

Sun­set watch­ers are spoilt for beach­side bars.

Ku De Ta (kudeta.com) is on the beach at Seminyak and is one of the is­land’s long-time top spots for drinks, while beach shack La Plan­cha has bean­bags on Dou­bleSix beach (la­plan­cha-bali.com).

Those in luck will score a lounger fac­ing the waves at Alila Seminyak’s stylish Beach Bar (alila­ho­tels.com), while Old Man’s (old­mans.net) is the place for a beer by Echo Beach in Canggu.

For a day-long event, check in and chill out at new­comer Mrs Sippy’s (mrssip­py­bali.com) pool bar in Seminyak or Finns Beach Club (finns­beach­club.com) in Canggu. Those look­ing for more ac­tion should or­der the tacos at nearby Mo­tel Mex­i­cola, then climb up on the ta­bles to dance the night away – watch the staff if you need some table­top danc­ing tips (motelmex­i­cola.info).

The new­est Seminyak en­trant, open­ing from Au­gust, is rooftop bar and beach club Trop­i­cola, which will roll out its restau­rant and ho­tel in stages (trop­i­cola.info).

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