Bali’s Beach Hotspot

There is a perfect marriage which makes Canggu irresistible – a sort of yin-yang combination of Tulum‘s yoga and green-juice bars, the arty aesthetic and galleries of ParatyCosta Rica‘s surf scene and the party friskiness of Mykonos. How has a sleepy village with a few homestays, some warungs (Indonesian roadside cafés) and a handful of hideaway hotels such as the Tugu morphed into Bali’s version of Brooklyn-on-Sea? The coastal community 10km north of Kuta hums with smart new villas, city-slick restaurants and delicious little shops that seem to have sprung up overnight.

Of course the island itself has been a honeypot for generations. In the 1970s, hippies and adventurers came for the legendary waves, the lush, iridescent-green landscape and friendly, laid-back locals. Since then, it has weathered terrorist attacks and economic downturns, and yet ‘Where is Bali?’ was still the most Googled travel question last year. So it was only a matter of time before Canggu was discovered. Neighbouring Seminyak can be hectic and crowded. Also close by, Uluwatu, set high on the cliffs, has walls of waves pro-surfers go wild for. Sanur has long been a favourite for grey nomads and Ubud, a 90-minute drive inland, is the island’s New Age capital. But Canggu has edge. Read Moore…

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