Canggu’s Best Villas
We remember when Canggu was all sleepy local warungs and farmer’s fields. These days, it’s more like Bali’s version of Byron Bay, with bustling surf beaches, a thriving creative community, and a plant-based cafe for every day of the week.
Incorporating Berawa to the south and Pererenan and Tanah Lot to the north, it’s Bali’s latest IT destination, and it has something for everyone.
Whether you’re coming for a family vacay, a wellness overhaul, or a week of partying with friends, Canggu has a stay to suit. Here’s our edit of Canggu’s very best villas.
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Just minutes from the magical sunsets of Berawa Beach, Villa Joju was purpose-built for vacationing young families. Fully staffed (with housekeepers, butlers, and even a private chef!), the villa melds colonial Singaporean architecture with an island aesthetic. As well as five light-filled bedrooms, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, expansive tropical gardens, and a private pool with sundeck.
One of the villa’s highlights is the dedicated kids’ room. Decorated with forest-themed murals, it has bunks for six and all the toys they could wish for. Pool floaties, books, slime, play dough and craft sets are just a few of the goodies to keep them entertained. The staff can even put up an alfresco movie theatre with popcorn! Cots, high chairs, sterilizers, pool fencing, and even breast pumps are also provided. They’ve literally thought of everything!
If you’re travelling with other families, we’d recommend renting their neighbouring villa, Joju Alit, too. Combined, the villas can sleep up to 22 people.
Designed by leading Singapore-based architect Ernesto Bedmar, the stunning Ambalama Villa overlooks rice terraces, ocean, and distant volcanoes.
With a communal main pavilion, master villa, and four guest villas, the complex works really well for small wedding celebrations. Fronted by a 25-metre lap pool, the communal main pavilion features a large open dining area on the ground floor and a bright and airy lounge upstairs. Reached via a statement spiral staircase, the rooftop enjoys 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.
Stylishly appointed guest accommodations feature bespoke furniture and fittings, luxurious alfresco bathrooms, and lotus ponds. Meanwhile, the duplex master villa includes a spacious lower level living area and a nine-metre long infinity pool. The villa is fully staffed with housekeeping, security and a chef exclusively available for resident guests.
Just north of Canggu, Villa Mawar is nestled on the banks of the Penet River in the traditional village of Cempaka. The property comprises six individual villas, two pools, a riverside spa, and a gym, and wild native flora grows throughout. It’s peacefulness personified.
Crowned with Balinese alang alang (thatched) roofs, each villa has cool stone floors, traditional vaulted ceilings, and statement indoor-outdoor bathrooms. Luxurious touches — like the Egyptian cotton bedding and Sensatia Botanicals bath amenities — add to the experience. There’s even a Champagne pavilion for sunset cocktails!
While unwinding should be your main priority here — meditation spots and yoga mats are provided — the property also has all the mod cons you’d expect. That includes high speed WiFi, SONOS sound systems, and an extensive DVD library.
But what really makes a stay at Villa Mawar memorable is the high level of service, from complimentary same-day laundry to delicious daily meals prepared by your own private chef.
Close to the Australian-style cafes and vibey beach clubs of Berawa, this newly-renovated three-bedroom villa is a real gem. The open-plan kitchen, living, and dining area exude space thanks to crisp white walls, a beautiful vaulted ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
We think the cute wall art and ambient lighting give it a lovely feminine touch. Sliding doors open out to a private swimming pool, with a sun deck and mid-century-modern-inspired outdoor living area.
The fully fitted kitchen has everything you’d need to rustle up dinner, including a stove, microwave, fridge, and the full outfit of cooking utensils. Two of the bedrooms benefit from elegant en-suite bathrooms. Depending on your group size, you can rent two or three of the bedrooms. Just be sure to check on booking as the prices are different.
Just like its sister property, the recently built Villa Lapis 2 is immaculately put together. Accommodation comprises two pristine en-suite bedrooms, a light and airy living and dining space, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a private pool. The decor is all very clean and classic, accentuated by rattan light fittings and Bali-inspired modern art. Outside, there’s a sun deck and comfy sunken seating area overlooking the pool — perfect for afternoon drinks!
And if you want to explore, the hip neighbourhood of Berawa is mere minutes away by scooter. You’ll find boutique shopping, ritzy beach clubs, and restaurants galore, from authentic Italian to cheap Indonesian eats and Mediterranean share plates.
TIP: Click here to read our round-up of Canggu’s best restaurants and cafes.
Villa Bali Om Center
Best for travellers with older kids or teens
Within walking distance from Berawa and Batu Belig beaches, Villa Bali OM Center has six en-suite bedrooms, two fully kitted-out kitchens, and two private pools. Inside, crisp white walls and furniture which are softened with powder pink accents.
Lounge around on comfy low-slung sofas or stretch and meditate in the yoga shala upstairs. There’s everything you’d need for a comfortable family stay here, from free WiFi and a flat screen TV to a fridge and microwave for simple meals.
But for many guests, the biggest plus of staying here is the free membership to nearby Finns VIP Beach Club and Finns Recreation Club for every guest. With tennis courts, ten pin bowling, a water park, and a state-of-the-art gym among its facilities, the recreation club has plenty to keep the kids’ boredom at bay. Just down the road, Finns VIP Beach Club is among Bali’s most talked-about sundowner destinations. Check in for a dip in the infinity-edged pool and daily happy hours from 7pm-9pm.
Hidden down a quiet alley close to the cafes, bars, and bohemian hum of Berawa, Colony Villa is one of the neighbourhood’s grandest properties. Sprawled over 3000 square metres of manicured lawn and fish ponds, this luxurious private resort has eight private bungalows, an infinity pool with swim-up bar, and enough space to hold an event for 150 guests!
Facilities here exceed what you might find in many five-star hotels, and include a garden and cocktail bar (all BYO), a pool table, table tennis, a ten-person bathtub, and a spa with five massage tables. The setup is perfect for groups of friends, celebrations, or yoga retreats. And if you’re considering getting married in Bali, remember that this villa comes with its own wedding planner!
High-speed WiFi, intelligent TV with satellite channels, and a full complement of staff are among the other benefits of staying here. And even though it’s one of Canggu’s biggest properties, Colony still caters to small groups.
Villa stays offer such a private and unique experience; no fighting over the sunbeds or rushing to the buffet breakfast. You can chill out, relax, and do everything in your own time with a private villa stay. The beauty of a Canggu villa stay is that you have all that the area of Canggu & Berawa has to offer right outside your villa!
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