For a long time, Canggu was a place only locals, ex-pats and surfers knew about. That has certainly changed and now Canggu is a popular place to stay in Bali, especially for digital nomads. Canggu is laid back, with beaches and rice fields and so many delicious places to eat. Here you can surf (or learn to surf), relax, eat well, do yoga and be in beautiful surroundings. So where to stay in Canggu? In our Canggu accommodation guide, you will find the best places to stay in Canggu including our favourite hotels, villas and guest houses, along with the best locations.
- Where To Stay In Canggu? Best Locations.
- How Many Days Do You Need In Canggu?
- Booking Accommodation In Canggu
- Canggu Accommodation Guide: The Best Places To Stay In Canggu
Where To Stay In Canggu? Best Areas.
So where to stay in Canggu? Firstly, you do need to think about how you will get around before you decide what area to stay in Canggu. If you have your own transport, then you have no limitations there. If you want to be within walking distance of the beach and cafes and don’t drive a scooter, only specific areas will suit your needs.
Canggu is actually a really large area and pretty spread out. Public transportation options are more limited here than in say Seminyak. Scooters are a popular choice to get around Canggu but unless you have a proper licence and experience with Bali road conditions I would avoid these.
When we stay in Canggu, we choose locations so we can walk or use bicycles to get around. If you want to be able to walk to some things I would stay near Jl. Batu Bolong intersection with Jl. Batu Mejan and then towards the beach. Here is where a lot of restaurants and shops are.
Keep in mind that you will not be able to walk to all areas of Canggu as it is a large area. So you would need to choose the area that you most want to explore and base yourself there. It’s also worth noting that although you can walk around parts of Canggu, there usually aren’t many sidewalks or much space to walk beside the roads, but we have found it doable.
If you don’t hire a scooter, getting around Canggu is different to getting around Seminyak, where you will see a lot of bluebird taxi’s that you can use to get from A to B. In Canggu, they have their own local driver system, but unfortunately, we haven’t found it to be that easy to use. Because of the local driver system, other methods of transport like Bluebird taxis, Grab etc. are not encouraged by locals. This makes getting around Canggu a tricky situation. You can still use apps like Gojek and Grab to get around if you don’t have your own transport, we have just always felt conflicted about it. Other than that, there can also be a lot of traffic.
The Best Areas To Stay In Canggu
So once you have decided how you will get around Canggu, it’s easier to decide which area of Canggu to stay in.
So I would divide Canggu into four main areas; Batu Balong, Echo Beach, Berawa and Pererenan. I would say that Batu Bolong and Berawa are perhaps the most popular areas, but they all offer something unique. Here’s a little bit more about each area.
Batu Balong Beach & Jalan Batu Bolong
This area is centred around Batu Bolong Beach and the road Jalan Batu Bolong and has always felt like the main area of Canggu to us. There are a lot of restaurants, beach bars and boutique shops in this area. Near the beach, you will find the Canggu institution Old Man’s, a laid-back bar where people gather, eat and drink. Batu Bolong beach is a nice part of the beach in Canggu, with surfers, warungs, people walking their dogs and relaxed vibes.
Although it is a very busy area, it’s a great place to stay if you don’t have a scooter as the beach, shops and restaurants may all be within walking distance of your accommodation. If your aim is to walk everywhere, we probably wouldn’t stay further away from the beach than say Jalan Tanah Barak area. This is our pick for where to stay in Canggu for a first-time visit.
The Echo Beach area is near Batu Balong Beach but has a *slightly* less busy feeling. This area includes the roads Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan (near the beach) and Jalan Padang Linjong further away from the beach. The area near the beach is busier with beach bars like La Brisa Bali. It’s also home to the beautiful luxury 5-star hotel Como Uma Canggu.
Jalan Padang Linjong is a little less developed so you will still see some beautiful greenery and a more local feel. Although you can still find great cafes like Copenhagen and yoga studios like Samadi along this road. Samadi also has a great Sunday Market with organic local farmers and artisans.
Berawa & Jalan Pantai Berawa
Another popular area is Berawa. This area is centred around Jalan Pantai Berawa and is a little more spread out but it’s a beautiful area with restaurants, cafes, shops, Berawa beach and Finns beach club. Berawa is just north of the Batu Belig area of Seminyak (one of my favourite areas of Seminyak), so it also has closer access to Seminyak than the other areas of Canggu.
Certain areas in Berawa would also be great options to stay in if you don’t have your own transport as there are a lot of food options and the beach, but I do find this area to be a little more spread out when compared to the Batu Bolong area.
Pererenan is the area around the road Jalan Pantai Pererenan and Pererenan Beach. This area is the most peaceful and has beautiful rice fields (although there are fewer rice fields here as development continues at a fast pace). Having said that, it’s also a little more removed from the rest of Canggu. You will need to go further to get to the other areas of Canggu if you stay here, but the beautiful surroundings are worth it, especially if you have a scooter.
I probably wouldn’t recommend staying in Pererenan if you don’t have your own transport unless you intend to mainly be in this area. The main exception would be if you stay within walking distance of Pererenan beach, as there is now a walking bridge from Pererenan to the Echo Beach area.
How Long To Stay In Canggu?
How many days you need in Canggu really depends on why you are visiting. If you’re visiting as part of your Bali holiday, then I would say 3 nights would be a nice amount of time to eat in some of the cafes and warungs, go to the beach and see the area. There aren’t a lot of sights to see in Canggu, it’s more about enjoying the lifestyle. Of course, if you have more time you could easily stay longer in Canggu.
If you’re basing yourself in Canggu as a digital nomad, obviously you will be staying for a lot longer, and you will find most of the things you need for a long-term stay in Canggu.
Booking Accommodation In Canggu
We love using Booking.com, it’s one of our favourite ways to book Canggu accommodation and they have a great range of options, from luxury hotels, boutique hotels, villas and guest houses.
Airbnb tends to have a lot of villa options for Bali, so another good option if looking to stay in a villa. Often have discounts for stays of a week or more.
Canggu Accommodation Guide
Our Canggu accommodation recommendations below are based on our favourites that we have stayed in, knowledge of Canggu hotels and their specific locations, lots of research, reading reviews, hearing from you all and just putting this all together with our own experience of Canggu.
So here are our favourite picks for where to stay in Canggu including the best luxury hotels, boutique hotels, villas and guesthouses.
Please note: Prices are per night and were accurate at the time of this post.
Splurge: Luxury Accommodation In Canggu
Hotel Tugu is an iconic luxury hotel in Canggu where each room will give you a unique experience. The design of the hotel is vibrant and dramatic and showcases a collection of antiques from around Asia. It is in the perfect location, just a very short walk to Batu Bolong Beach. The food here is also delicious, as it’s home to multiple great restaurants, including one of our favourites, Ji Restaurant Bali.
Although Hotel Tugu was amongst the first luxury resorts in Canggu, it has not only stood the test of time but still shines bright as an example of truly special accommodation that allows you to immerse yourself in Balinese culture, even when you sleep.
If you’re looking for a luxury resort by the beach that still has a laid-back feel, then COMO Uma Canggu is for you. Rest and relax in the beautiful rooms that have a modern minimal design.
Como Uma is located in a very central part of Canggu, Echo Beach. Even though you’re in a great area to explore Canggu, there are some great facilities to enjoy at the hotel. Swim in the lagoon pool, enjoy the beach club or relax at the Canggu COMO Shambala wellness centre.
A luxury collection of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom private pool villas. Although there are many pool villas in Canggu, Ametis Villa definitely stands out with its beautiful design with Balinese touches, spacious indoor and outdoor areas, and large private pools. You can choose to cook in your private kitchen, eat at the on-site restaurant, or walk to some of the best restaurants in Canggu nearby.
Ametis Villa also has so many little extra luxury touches, like a 24-hour private butler service, free shuttle services within Canggu and Seminyak, as well as a spa. Its location in the heart of Canggu makes exploring easier, with just a short walk to Batu Bolong Beach.
Desa Hay is a unique adults-only property located near Pererenan on Jalan Raya Tumbak Bayuk, with a focus on sustainability. Home to six beautiful private villas with plunge pools, each villa wrapped in lush green foliage, you could be forgiven for feeling like you’re in the middle of a jungle rather than in Canggu.
Although it’s just a touch further away from the main area of Canggu than I would normally recommend, in this case, I feel like that’s also its advantage. As you have most things you will need at Desa Hay, including an on-site restaurant, you can make the most of the quieter surroundings. Having said that, it’s probably best to have your own transport if you decide to stay in this area.
Referred to as a hôtel particulier, that is, not a hotel but rather a private lodging historically owned by a particular person or family, La Reserve 1785 is a special property to stay at in Canggu. Previously owned since 1936 by French antique collector Mademoiselle Henriette Reboul, here you will find a perfect connection of French and Balinese design and features.
La Reserve 1785 has gorgeously designed spacious suites that will take you back in time yet with modern luxuries. Some suites have private plunge pools, whilst others can still enjoy the grand outdoor pool. There is also a restaurant and spa.
Located in a beautiful quiet area of Pererenan, best suited to those who have their own transport. If you don’t have your own transport, it would be fine if you plan on spending a lot of time enjoying the beautiful property or are happy to hire a private driver when you need to get around Canggu.
Luxury Hotels For Less
The Slow is a boutique hotel home to beautifully designed suites, including some with private pools. They have a luxuriously chill vibe, perfect for the Canggu surroundings. It is also home to a delicious restaurant, The Slow Kitchen and Bar, which we absolutely love.
It’s super central, located on what is considered the main street of Canggu, Jalan Batu Bolong. This makes it easy to explore the Batu Bolong area on foot, including the beach, cafes and restaurants, boutique shops and beach clubs.
Beautiful villas nestled within a Balinese tropical garden. If there’s one thing I love about places to stay in Bali, it’s the lush greenery everywhere. Kharista Villas & Retreat is home to both one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas with their own private pool. You can also enjoy the communal outdoor swimming pool on the grounds too.
There is breakfast available on-site, but for other meals, you will need to venture out or get food delivery. The location is in a peaceful beautiful area, however, it is a little further from Canggu beaches and the main areas of Canggu. Staying here is best suited to those who have their own transport.
A collection of seven modern villas, including two-bedroom pool villas and three-bedroom pool villas. Each villa also has its own kitchen. On that note, there are no restaurant or food options at The Cali, so you would need to venture out, get food delivery or prepare your own food in your villa.
The Cali Villas are also in a great location, within walking distance from the main road of Batu Bolong but in a quieter area. They also have bicycles available and scooter rental at the property.
Aradhana Villas have one-bedroom and two-bedroom private pool villas with outdoor dining and living spaces. Located in Berawa, within walking distance to Berawa beach, restaurants and beach clubs. Breakfast is provided however there is no on-site restaurant.
Featuring Balinese and Japanese architecture, the beautiful Theanna Eco Villa and Spa has beautiful one and two-bedroom villas, each with a private entrance and a private pool. You will also get access to the property’s facilities, like a beautiful infinity pool, on-site restaurant and bar, in-villa dining, spa and butler services.
Centrally located along Jalan Batu Bolong, within walking distance of some great restaurants and cafes.
Best Hotels In Canggu For Under $200/night
Part of the same beautiful property as the Kharista Villas listed above, this is a great option to enjoy the beautiful Balinese tropical garden surroundings but at a lower price point than the villas. The spacious one-bedroom retreats can make use of the communal pool too. Again, I feel like the beautiful quiet location is best suited to people with a scooter.
A choice between well-designed large rooms or private pool villas, Shore Amora is a great choice of where to stay in Canggu. Located a short walk from Pererenan Beach and beach clubs like La Brisa. Hotel facilities include a large pool and a restaurant.
Kano Canggu has nice rooms with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. There is also a communal pool, free wifi, and a shared kitchen.
Nicely designed studio lofts with private bathrooms, private kitchens and living space. You will also have access to a communal pool.
Ecozy Dijiwa is a beautiful boutique hotel with spacious rooms, including some with a private garden and some with a private pool. You can also enjoy the communal pool and on-site restaurant.
A tranquil boutique resort, Planta is home to 5 spacious air-conditioned rooms. There is also an option to book the entire resort. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, large pool and on-site dining options.
Zin Canggu is a 4-star boutique resort with beautiful rooms as well as private pool villas. We love the unique architecture of the one-bedroom bamboo pool villa. The resort has a swimming pool, cafe, coworking space and fitness centre. It’s in a great location, only a short walk to the beach.
Offering a range of suites, a swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and a gym, all within walking distance of the beach.
Hotels For Under $100/night
Simple, clean rooms with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. The Spare Room has such a nice feel with friendly staff, a nice grass area and a swimming pool. Located just off Jalan Tanah Barak, within walking distance of some great cafes and restaurants.
Eastin Ashta Resort has a range of modern rooms, a large pool, a gym, and an on-site restaurant. It’s also in a great location, a short walk to the beach and The Lawn beach club.
Villa Del Mar has both rooms and bungalow-style accommodation. Here you will also have access to a communal kitchen and a swimming pool. A great location, only a short walk to the beach.
Echoland Bed and Breakfast has simple rooms, a swimming pool, and breakfast on their rooftop terrace. Located centrally, only a short walk to Echo Beach and La Brisa Bali.
Simple, modern rooms, with a swimming pool, rooftop terrace with bar and a restaurant. A great location in Berawa, within walking distance of the beach.
The Hideaway Canggu is in a beautiful quieter location in Pererenan. Here they have both rooms and bungalow-style accommodations with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. There is also a pool to enjoy.
We will be continually updating this post with any new places we stay and love, to make sure we are recommending the best Canggu Accommodation.
Canggu Field Guide
Once you’ve found the perfect place to stay in Canggu, take a look at our Canggu Field Guide for some more inspiration. Our Canggu Field Guide has everything you need to hit the ground running, including our favourite food, culture, shops, things to see + do, day trips and bike rides.
What’s your pick for the best places to stay in Canggu? Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below…
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This post was originally published on March 20th, 2017, and was last updated in 2023.