Looking for the best place to stay in Canggu Bali? Then let me recommend Bloomfield Umalas to you, one of my favorite stays in Canggu, and in Bali over all. Trying to find the best Canggu hotels can be a bit of a daunting task with so much to choose from in this popular area of Bali. So if you’re wondering if you should stay in Canggu or Seminyak, I’d strongly recommend staying in Canggu – although its pretty touristy (hey, its Bali baby), the vibes here are much younger and laid back than Seminyak.
We stayed at Bloomfield Umalas hotel on our last night in Bali after our visit to Lombok and we fell in love with it immediately. Bloomfield Umalas is a boutique hotel overlooking the Umalas rice terraces, and a short scooter ride from the heart of Canggu. If you’re lucky in the morning, you’ll also catch views of Mount Agung before the clouds set in.
When we booked Bloomfield Umalas, one of our key criteria was a spot where we’d be able to chill out pretty much all day – we were staying there before catching our late flight home, and wanted a place that wasn’t too far from Denpasar Airport.
The rooms at Bloomfield Umalas are super comfy – probably the one of the most comfortable stays we’ve had in Bali. We stayed in the Deluxe Pool Room which (you guessed it) looks out over the infinity pool and comes decked out with a mosquito net and a bamboo gate across the door. Trust me, seeing is believing!
Not only were the beds comfy, but the design of the rooms gave us some major inspiration for designing a future home. I hate to say it as well but… the TV has a pretty great array of channels. I typically wouldn’t ever mention this, but this stay at Bloomfield Umalas came at the end of my 5 week travel through South East Asia, and at that time it felt sooo good to lay in bed at the end of the day and tune into some National Geographic Channel and CNN after weeks of being disconnected from the world.
There are several other room types available at Bloomfield Umalas to cover a spread of price ranges – from more basic rooms to an entire private villa to yourself. Although I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to indulge, Bloomfield Umalas also offers on site spa where you can book massages and other wellness services.
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There’s only one minor thing I can complain about regarding the room – there seemed to be only ONE outlet where we could plug in our phones. I know, I sound like a real diva right now, but hey, we needed some charge to figure out how to drive around when we were on the scooter.
Once you’re at Bloomfield Umalas, rent a scooter from them for just a few euros a day to properly explore Canggu.
Eating at Bloomfield Umalas
The breakfast at Bloomfield Umalas is pretty incredible. They have a “locavore” philosophy, so all of their meals are made from locally grown food and suppliers based on the season. When we first walked into the breakfast area and saw the spread we were immediately impressed by the offering – they actually have decent, European style bread here! None of that sliced white bread stuff you’ll find in most hotels in Indonesia. But that’s not all… You also get to pick a delicious freshly made meal from their menu.
Where to eat in Canggu
Canggu’s main strip is the street that leads you to Batu Bolong (also known as Old Man’s Beach). There you’ll find scores of lovely restaurants to check out that are trendy, and honestly, anything but your local warung. Again, that’s a bit typical Bali, go to an island like Lombok if you’re looking for something really local, or head to the less visited north of Bali where you’ll find a more authentic way of life.
Anyway, keeping that in mind, there are tons of great places in Canggu that rival restaurants in Europe and the US.
Here are some recommendations on where to eat in Canggu:
Fishbone Local | 99, Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu
Yum – this place is awesome. Not only do they have excellent fish (the pan seared snapper was fantastic) – they also have great guacamole. Maybe best of all, they have a relationship with Bali Sustainable Seafood which supports the business of local fishermen.
Old Man’s | Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.117X, Canggu
You can’t really go to Canggu without visiting Old Man’s for a drink or something to eat. This place is always hopping, especially in the evening hours. Old Man’s is is located right next to the beach, so is the perfect place to hit up before or after a surf. If you didn’t know Batu Bolong actually means Old Man’s in Bahasa Indonesian, thus the name.
The Lawn |Jl. Pura Dalem, Canggu
If ever there was a hipster hangout in Canggu, this is it. The Lawn is located right on the beach and is the perfect place to see and be seen. Oh, and the food isn’t too bad either. The Lawn has those picture perfect Bali umbrellas and a pool for you to float in or just admire from afar. For me it was a little bit too much, but hey, that’s how most things are in Canggu.
Kembali Bumbak|Jl. Bumbak Dauh, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara
If you’re looking for amazing food just walking distance from Bloomfield, then check out Kembali, just a few seconds walk away! We had breakfast and lunch here and it was some of the best food I ate in Bali. I had the parmesan waffles with poached eggs, bacon and avocado, and weeks later, I’m still reminiscing about that amazing meal. Seriously, do yourself a favor and get some food here during your stay!
What to do in Canggu
Visit Tanah Lot
Canggu is the perfect location to visit the world famous Tanah Lot temple from, since Canggu is located a bit more toward the west than Seminyak or Kuta, so it won’t take you too long to reach Tanah Lot – its only about a 26 minute drive away.
Sunset at Echo Beach
Echo Beach is one of the most popular places to watch the sun set in Bali, and its located right in Canggu. Pull up a cushion from a beach bar, buy a Bintang, and sit back and relax. Echo Beach is also popular with locals, so you’ll see lots of families coming to watch the sunset here as well.
A day trip to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
If you’ve been to Ubud, chances are you’ve visited the Tegalalong rice terraces there – the same ones you’ve seen all over Instagram. Sure, that one is nice, but it is super busy and way more touristy than Jatiluwih. If you really want to visit a beautiful rice terrace and have plenty of space to walk around – plus avoid all of those people asking for money every 100 meters.
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Gabby is a native (Northern) Californian who spent the majority of her 20’s living the expat life in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, exploring Europe and beyond. 27 countries later, she’s relocated back to her home base in California where she explores her passions for the travel and the outdoors.