Just 15 minutes north of Seminyak, Canggu is considered by many to be the coolest place to hang out in Bali. But despite its ‘it’ status, Canggu has managed to maintain its laid back vibe and village lifestyle. A favourite among surfers, yogis and expats, there are almost endless accommodation options in Canggu.
Since we’re not really big resort kind of people, we opted for a villa rental during a recent trip to Bali. But after an initial Google search, I was starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of villas for rent in Canggu.
I finally stumbled across the Villa-Finder.com site, and that’s when things started to look a whole lot more simple.
Despite living in Bali for two years and visiting it dozens of times on holiday, I had never been any further north than Ubud (which is not very far). So, after consulting Google Maps, we set off with our driver from the south coast and headed north into unknown territory.
It's the thriving artistic and cultural centre of Bali, with something for everyone. Ubud was my base for two years, and I loved it for its diversity; stunning scenery, lovely people, amazing food, adventure and serenity.
Here's a random guide to some of my favourite things in Ubud.
Have you ever just wanted to completely check out from the world, ditch your phone, give the news a rest and not even have to make conversation? It's all possible at Bali Silent Retreat. And when you stop talking, you might find that you start listening.
It's a collection of 7 different villages which stretch along an incredibly beautiful piece of coastline on Bali's north eastern tip. Amed is the kind of place where you can take off your watch, unplug, unwind and slow down.
Away from the craziness of Kuta, Ubud is a place of green rice fields, culture, organic restaurants and friendly people. It's a great place to get away from it all and relax. And here's 9 suggestions how.
Just 10 minutes from bustling Seminyak in Bali, Desa Seni resort in Canggu is the perfect mix of Indonesian tradition and Western luxury. Guests can stay in antique houses, swim in a saltwater pool, do yoga or just get pampered in the day spa.
I was bored with doing endless workouts within the four walls of a gym, running on the treadmill to nowhere, so I decided to take my workout to a new level by taking it to a whole new place, and ended up at a fitness retreat near Ubud.
From yoga to meditation to traditional Balinese healers, Ubud is a smorgasbord of amazing opportunities for spiritually inclined tourists. And for those who aren't, it's still an awesome place to hang out and chill out.