Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali, wedged between rice paddies, temples and steep ravines an hour’s drive from Canggu. It is considered the cultural heart of the island, and is a gorgeous artisan hub for the spiritual (and the spiritually narcissistic). Thanks to the popularity of Eat, Pray, Love, downtown is a little touristier than you may have romanticised, but all this means is that Ubud now boasts an endless stream of high quality restaurants, accommodation options and shops – its surrounding rainforest and rice terraces are as beautiful as ever.
If your definition of “me” time is lying on a massage table having your feet kneaded while a beautician coats your face with flakes of 24-carat gold, you’ve come to the right place. Canggu has a plethora of places to pamper and indulge for all budgets – and we weren’t even joking about the gold facial (check out Gold Dust on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong).
At first glance, it may seem as though surfing is the only sporting activity on offer in Canggu, and anyone who dislikes the ocean will be left on the sand among the broken shells and umbrellas. However, the recent boom in the town’s population has meant that you can get sweaty and fit a whole range of different ways – which is pretty important when you’re living in a place with such good-looking residents. Whether serene yoga, gruelling crossfit or laps of butterfly are your thing, this not-so-sleepy beach town has it all.
So you’ve made the decision to travel or move to Bali – a very warm selamat datang to you. But as exotic as relocating to Bali sounds, we know moving isn’t always easy, so the Dojo has compiled this handy guide to help ease you into the transition.
So you’ve seen the svelte ladies and sinewy males in their shiny yoga gear, floating around glowing and zenned out, sipping on their kombucha and coconuts. If you’ve ever wanted to be a yogi or just try a class you’ll be glad to know you’re in the heart of yoga paradise. Check out Canggu’s best studios in this Guide to Yoga
Nothing complements a hard day of working, surfing, yoga, eating, networking and scooter riding like a few hard earned drinks. And maybe a boogie. In addition to Canggu’s daylight charms, there’s a nightlife here that will satiate you for as long as you stay.
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