The problem with returning to somewhere you love is that things change and when the place in question is Canggu, Bali things change an awful lot.
I find myself torn because at heart I’m a girl who enjoys the nice stuff. The new additions in Canggu since my visit in Feb 2016 include the chic beach club The Lawn, the Spring day spa and numerous new cafes and restaurants we’ve visited and loved over the last 2 days. Even our accommodation, the well located and chicly decorated, Canggu Beach Apartments are brand spanking new. But will all these new chic conveniences a little of the old Canggu is diluted.
Villas and cafes that were interspersed with rice fields last year are now more often than not surrounded by construction sites and car parks. One of my favourite cafes, The Betelnut Cafe, once overlooked fields and now all you see from their terrace is the expansion works for Deus ex Machina.
There are noticeably more people too. It was impossible to get a table a Crate, some restaurants were reservation only and the Dojo co-working space was sold out of day passes.
And I get it. Life is good in Canggu. With free and reliable wifi in most venues, cheap and chic accommodation and healthy food at affordable prices, it’s a great base for bloggers. Visitors, like myself, have sung its praises and digital nomads have heard the siren song. It’s a sociable place to stay as you’re likely to bump into like-minded people and bond over cheap beers, which is exactly what we did! We had a great catch up with Irish travel blogger Janet Newenham last night, swapping travel tales and the odd horror story. Janet travels pretty much non-stop and mostly on her own so is catching her breath here in Canggu before further Asian adventures. (Check out her blog – Journalist On The Run!) It was great seeing her again after first meeting in Sri Lanka, then again in the Maldives. I hope we continue to cross paths in exotic locales!
So I don’t want to be one of these snobs that laments the Canggu of old because there is a lot I like about Canggu today too. I’m not sure I’d come back again though as my fear is the Canggu of the future won’t be like Canggu at all – it will be the ‘new Seminyak’ instead.
Next Stop: The Royal Purnama
We’re moving to new digs today on the east coast of Bali. I’ve never been to this side of Bali before and probably never would have come if it weren’t for an Instagram contest I won earlier this year! I entered a contest with The Luxury Bali to win a second honeymoon at The Royal Purnama and we’ve got a Jepun Pool Suite waiting for us at the end of the car ride I’m currently writing this post on. The plan is to do not much here but soak up the luxury villa and maybe indulge in the odd massage and afternoon tea. I’ve also got my eyes on a floating breakfast I’ve seen they offer on Instagram – watch this space to see how we go with that!
After that we head to Ubud and then the day we arrive in Melbourne I hop straight back onto the plane for an awards ceremony and catch up with my Skyscanner colleagues.
No rest for the wickedly lucky!
Until next week. J x