Island guide: Bali
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).
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.
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).