Luxury holidays in Canggu

Resort village Canggu sits pretty – in Lotus position, most likely – on Bali’s south coast, flanked by terraced rice fields and surf-ready beaches. And it’s not just nice to look at, either: it’s dotted with charming cafés dishing out virtuous green smoothies and dragon fruit–topped granola, and boutiques filled with yoga kit for stylish seekers of inner calm. The star of the show, though, is the brilliant blue-and-white coastline that beckons to salt-seasoned wave enthusiasts and surf school guppies alike. Fancy venturing further afield? Easy: spend a day in nearby Seminyak, where you’ll find high-end shops and restaurants, or hit up beachside Kuta for its nightlife and watch the pro-surfer crowd tackle walls of wild waves in neighbouring Uluwatu. However you’ve spent the day, by evening you’ll be ready to relax by beachside bonfires, draw out evening meals under the stars and enjoy the gentler pace of life in laid-back Canggu.

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When to go

Canggu’s a year-round spot; even during monsoon season (between October and April), the days are likely to be graced by long sunny spells. No hotel check-ins or check-outs are allowed on Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), which falls in March each year – although stays are still possible – and Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Ngurah Rai International Airport, just south of capital Denpasar, is an hour away by car.
  • Automobiles

    Tackling Canggu’s bumpy, traffic-thronged roads isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you do want to go exploring independently, make like a local and hop on a scooter (just ask for a helmet and check the tank before setting off).