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Checking In Week 8: Canggu Has Changed Big Time

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.

The Lawn Beach Club in Canggu Bali

Hanging out at The Lawn Canggu

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.

Canggu Beach Apartments

You’ll find my recovering from jet lag here

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. 

Canggu Beach Apartments

Loving the decor at the new Canggu Beach Apartments

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!

Nalu Bowls Canggu

Nalu Bowls are as good as I remember

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.

The Lawn Canggu

Canggu looking a lot like Seminyak

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!

Little Flinders Breakfast Bowl Canggu

Healthy eating is easy in Bali

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

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  • Karen Alexandra
    October 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Ahhh it’s so hard when places change! But I love all the cafes in Bali. Really want to go back soon 🙂

    • Jayne Gorman
      October 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

      The cafes in Bali are so good aren’t they! There wasn’t enough time to get around all my faves in Canggu!!

  • Melissa
    October 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    This is one of the reasons I’m a bit afraid to go back to Costa Rica. It was already pretty built up when I visited in 2012 so I can’t imagine how much has changed in over five years. I suppose it’s good for the local economy but it means we just have to work a little harder to find the quiet, off the beaten path spots.

    • Jayne Gorman
      October 19, 2017 at 10:16 am

      This is true. I think the surprise for me was how much changed in just 18 months but I guess that goes with the popularity of Bali. There’s still a lot to love there – it’s just a little diluted. But like you point out, there are hundreds of islands in Indonesia so next time maybe I need to go a little further afield.


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