Canggu Experience

The Locale

The Iman Villa is in the village of Pererenan, which lies within the popular Canggu district. Wandering down the lane from the villa will give you a glimpse into traditional Bali life, with its ornate Hindu temples and shops selling household wares and typical Balinese snacks, but  Canggu is fast evolving into Bali’s hippest area and its beaches, renowned for sunsets and surf, are just a few kilometres away.  Head for nearby Jalan Pantai Batu Balong and you’ll find cool bars, cosy coffee shops, and a great selection of places to eat offering everything from French patisserie to tapas, burgers and vegetarian fare .  At Echo Beach, there’s a good choice of restaurants and cafes including The Beach House, offering a daily barbecue and live music on Sundays.  Other vibrant music venues include Old Man’s, and Deus Ex Machina. Local boutiques and spas are springing up too, competing with neighbouring Seminyak, just a few kilometres further east.

Echo Beach

4 km

Canggu Beach

5 km

Tanah Lot

10 km

Petitenget

11 km

Seminyak

12 km

Kuta

15 km

Denpasar Airport

18 km

Ubud

34 km

Things to do

The Iman Villa’s manager will have a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask the staff about the local area. Many of them live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Bali life.

In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.

Play a round at the unbelievably scenic Nirwana Bali Golf Course. Bordered by ocean and rice fields and just down from Tanah Lot sea temple, no wonder this championship-standard course (designed by golf legend, Greg Norman) is frequently voted number one in Asia. The twelfth hole is one of the most photographed in the world, as it overlooks the famous Tanah Lot temple.

Head down to Canggu Beach where cafes offer good sunset views and ice-cold drinks.  Old Man’s has a relaxed Sydney-style beer garden, casual meals and live music on the weekend.  Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel is just a hundred metres further up the road and was created by one of Indonesia’s premier art collectors, and provides a range of atmospheric dining experiences.

Drive westwards to explore the charming Tabanan regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities.  Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.

Canggu’s Jalan Pantai Batubolong, just a couple of kilometres from the villa, has recently developed into a happening area, with a good range of eateries, spas and boutiques. Enjoy the earthy vibe of Betelnut café or Canteen, or indulge in divine French pastries at Monsieur Spoon. Catch some great live bands at Deus and Old Man’s and make sure to drop by Goldust Spa for a deluxe pampering.

Fashionistas, trendies and shop-a-holics will love exploring Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave. Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques selling designer ware and hand-crafted jewellery. Exotic homewares are also a Balinese specialty, from gorgeous ceramics, to embroidered furnishings and all manner of ethnic curios and decorative pieces.

Acclaimed as the world’s best, the atmospheric Elephant Safari Park in Taro (north of Ubud) provides a sanctuary for elephants rescued from Sumatra, with opportunities for trekking, hand feeding, and photo taking.  There is also a fascinating museum and an excellent restaurant in a beautiful tropical setting deep in the forests of Bali’s hinterland.

Bali Treetop Adventure Park is near the town of Bedugal (next to Lake Bratan). Five adventure circuits, with heights ranging from two to 20 metres, challenge all level and ages on suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps and 12 flying foxes.

Desa Seni at Berawa Beach, is an eco-friendly village resort providing an authentic Indonesian experience through the exploration of culture, art and yoga. The resort offers a wide variety of yoga classes and also has its own holistic spa and restaurant serving gourmet organic food, most of which is grown in the resort’s extensive gardens.

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