Canggu: A Holistic Experience for the Mind, Body and Soul

June 6, 2019
Beachside restaurant at Canggu, Bali

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that I’m very much into ways and means to obtain balance of mind, body and soul. I’m all about finding a sense of zen, prioritising ourselves and self-care. So, when I was approached to publish an article about Canggu in Bali that offers all of those things, I didn’t hesitate! I haven’t yet been to Bali but it is most definitely on my wish list. I know many who have been and they love it and go back again and again! I’d love to visit with a group of friends and stay in one of the Villa’s mentioned, in order to experience some authentic Bali life. I hope you enjoy learning about Canggu and all it has to offer.

Bali is a surreal, tropical escape into resplendent nature with pristine beaches, bustling beach towns and cultural experiences. A pioneer in sustainable living, Bali offers its visitors a chance to live in an eco-friendly, mindful and environmental manner with vegan cafes, beach cleaning drives, minimal use of plastic and similar initiatives.

Canggu is one of the most popular areas in Bali as it is an amalgamation of the thriving beach life of Seminyak and the laid-back, cultural part of Ubud. It has everything from health cafes to stunning beaches offering the best surf breaks in all of Bali. You have spas and wellness retreats to recuperate and rejuvenate your senses, rice fields for leisurely walks and of course, infinite sunsets to look forward to.

Here are 6 soulful activities to keep in mind for your trip to Canggu!

Rice Fields - Canggu, Bali

1. Private yoga classes to start off your day

Ubud may be the hub of all cultural and mindful activities but Canggu is not far behind! Travellers flock to the area for activities like surfing, yoga and exploring the hip café scene. There are many upcoming yoga studios that offer private classes in Canggu such as Samadi Bali and The Practice for beginners and pros alike. The almost zen-like setting and the welcoming ambience is truly remarkable for the soul. You can even book a private yoga class right at home if you are renting a villa for the group!

Girl meditating on rocks looking out to sea at Canggu, Bali

2. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

It is no secret that a healthy mind is the culmination of a healthy body in more ways than one. Canggu takes this extremely seriously with an array of cafes serving healthy, vegan, non-vegan food dotting the streets. Places like The Loft, Milu by Nook and Nüde offer delicious, locally-sourced and organic food options for vegans and non-vegans alike. Try a fresh fruit bowl at Bali Bowls & Smoothies or a breakfast burrito at any one of these places that are located around Echo beach and Batu Bolong to also extend easy access to sandy shores.

Beachside restaurant at Canggu, Bali

3. Try a beachside restaurant for stunning sunsets

When in Canggu, you cannot possibly miss the mesmerising sunsets along the beaches. The best way is to enjoy a hearty meal while relaxing on a beanbag beside the dazzling ocean. A beachside restaurant you must try out is The Lawn Canggu, where ‘sun, sand and water’ resonates more than ever. Sunset cocktails are a magnificent end to your day with some fresh bites, live music and beautiful panoramic vistas.

Woman dancing in Canggu, Bali

4. Attend ‘Ancient Dances of Bali’ at Tugu Hotel, Canggu

A bit of culture is sure to put you on the right path when in Bali. There is so much to experience besides the usual suspects and if you can have a taste of the local culture and traditions, then why give it a miss! As a testament to preserving the arts of Indonesia, Hotel Tugu in Canggu presents live Balinese dance performances with music and vibrant colours. The performance is open to the public and residents of the hotel so everyone can witness the sublime beauty of Balinese history as presented by true artists.

A group of people dining around a table in a villa at Canggu, Bali

5. Enjoy the comfort of a private villa

Everyone at some point in their lives needs their own, private space where they can do as they please without any interruptions. Staying in a private villa in Canggu definitely has its perks. The best part is that you will enjoy the utmost privacy! You can lounge all day, all night by the pool, enjoy a delicious BBQ courtesy of the staff, book a private massage in-house or even a yoga class and immerse yourselves in the luxuries of having your own slice of paradise in serene Canggu. To make it all the more exciting, request for a private chef who will delight you with scrumptious feasts packed with local flavours.

Balinese Massage

6. You can never go wrong with a traditional Balinese Massage

To feel utterly rejuvenated, you have to indulge in a relaxing massage at one of the many amazing spas and wellness centres in Canggu. One of the most popular places is Therapy. It extends a luxurious and extensive spa menu with healing treatments, detoxification, Balinese body massages, etc. that will leave you feeling ‘vibrant and supple’. Other spas include Spring Spa, which hails from New Zealand, in Batu Bolong with luxurious amenities like a fully-stocked health bar, DJ and a wide range of services delivered by trained therapists.

Looks good doesn’t it?  Are you mentally packing your bags already like me?  So, who wants to come with me?!

Ciao for now,


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  • Reply Natalie June 6, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Hi Min – I enjoy learning about Canggu and its offerings. A bit far from where I live but I can always dream about it. #lovinlifelinky

    • Reply Min June 6, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      Yes a bit far from you Natalie but dreaming is nice too! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 6, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Love Bali. The first time we went to Echo beach there was ONE building on the point and only fields and rice paddys around it. I got such a shock the last time we went there!! Beautiful pics. #Lovinglifelinky

    • Reply Min June 6, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      Good to see progress – just hopefully not too much! I’m one of the rare people who haven’t been to Bali. Hopefully one day soon! 🙂

  • Reply Joanne Tracey June 6, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I adore Bali…and am mentally packing my bags to virtually travel with you…

    • Reply Min June 6, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      I’m looking forward to this virtual trip! You’d be a fun travel buddy I think. History buff, natural made storyteller, foodie! Fun, fun, fun! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond June 6, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Book me in now, Min! Bali was the first overseas holiday Mike and I took together but that was about 20 odd years ago. I would love to attend this type of health experience and I’m sure I would come back a different person. It is going on the wish list! #lovinlifelinky

    • Reply Min June 6, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      I’m sure Bali has changed quite a bit in 20 years Sue. Maybe you’d like to come on the virtual trip I’m taking there with Jo (Tracey)?! It’s bound to be a fun time! Aside from this virtual trip, I’d love to go in reality – sounds very much like my cup of tea!

  • Reply Deborah June 6, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Do you believe I’ve never been to Bali. I’ve been in a plane that stopped there (travelling from Dili to Jakarta) but never stayed there. Even now I’m not sure I’d want to go – given the busy-ness I see online, though I guess there are places more relaxing (like this) off the beaten track!

    • Reply Min June 6, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      You’re not alone Deb – I haven’t been to Bali either (yet). I too am a little afraid of crazy chaotic traffic and hordes of people (like would probably be the case in say Kuta) but there are places like Canggu and Umbud that you can go that are off the beaten track (as you said) and quieter and more relaxing which is my kinda thing.

  • Reply Kathy Marris June 6, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I’m a big fan of the laid back vibe of Bali and Canggu has certainly become one of the trendy spots to stay in Bali. We drove around Canggu on our last visit and it looked very chilled and less busier than Kuta or Seminyak. I would definitely consider staying here for a few days on my next visit to Bali. Thanks for these great suggestions.

    • Reply Min June 7, 2019 at 8:49 am

      Ahhh yes I followed with great interest and much envy, your recent trip to Bali, Kathy! The fact Canggu is less busy than Kuta or Seminyak very much appeals to me. I like a relaxed vibe! 🙂

  • Reply Erica/Erika June 7, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Hi Min, I have been transported (mentally) to Canggu. I have always heard how Bali is a wonderful destination on many levels. You had me at the photo of the stunning sunset. An enticing post:)

    • Reply Min June 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      That sunset is gorgeous isn’t it? I’m so glad you enjoyed the post E/E and at least got to Bali mentally! 🙂

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit June 8, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Oh so peaceful! Look at that place. The pool area. DIVINE!

    • Reply Min June 10, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      It looks very inviting doesn’t it! 🙂

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