Cover The Slow, a boutique hotel in Canggu Bali. Image courtesy of The Slow

Canggu, Bali’s most desirable spot for overseas transplants welcomes a clutch of cool eateries and boutiques.

1. Take It Slow

To cast The Slow, a newcomer to Canggu’s ever-expanding boho-chic scene, as just a hotel is to do it a huge disservice. This multilayered beachside getaway has cool accommodations, all-day dining and drinks, oodles of art and its own retail outlet. Crafted by director-designer George Garrow and his wife, model Cisco Tschurtschenthaler, the hotel pulls off the trick of being hip, rustic, modern and cosy all at once—a feat it accomplishes with buckets of style.

The resort has a look best described as tropical Brutalism, softened by locally artisan-produced furniture, textiles and crafts, as well as Bali’s trademark grace and warmth. Suites espouse clean lines and minimalism, with floor-to-ceiling windows and screen panels that swivel open to frame views of the village. The pool suites are swathed in verdant landscaping and come with private plunge pools.

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2. Elemental Beauty

The Slow also likes to highlight how meals at its restaurant Eat & Drink focus on the three S’s—seasonality, sustainability and sane eating—with dishes that include wood-grilled meat and seafood, local vegetables, farm greens and field grains. The restaurant’s interiors are irresistibly hypnotic, with botanical chandeliers, lattice wood walls and fun seating, while the rooftop is a gorgeous, serene spot for a drink at sunset and a chance to reflect on the day’s pleasures.

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3. <span style="font-weight: 400;">See and Be Seen</span>

A place that lures the local glitterati, beach club The Lawn features a restaurant, a bar, a pool and daybeds, decks galore and—as the name suggests—a large lawn with palm trees, straw mats, cushions and umbrellas, making it the ideal locale for the art of relaxation. Its top deck, with views from Tanah Lot to the north to Uluwatu in the south, is sublime for sunset drinks.

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4. <span style="font-weight: 400;">Sense of Place</span>

Wellness centre Spring Spa offers yoga, meditation, hairdressing, manicures and other beauty treatments in contemporary chic surroundings. Its interior features a soft neutral palette, paired with a travertine reception desk and textured limestone walls. The ceiling is notable for its 1,000 bamboo stalks, while the custom furniture and cabinetry are made with natural materials from local suppliers, lending the spa a sense of place. The open, airy walkways feature organic plantings and a huge freshwater pond that stretches the length of the complex.

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5. <span style="font-weight: 400;">Natural Pairings</span>

Named for the two trees by the shopfront, there’s a certain poetic beauty to the story behind the Two Trees Eatery. The owners grew up in the same town in southwest France, only meeting by chance when they moved to Bali, where they decided to open a restaurant with two trees in front to symbolise their serendipitous union. The restaurant follows the mantra of succulent healthy food, served with nuts and seeds that aid digestion, as well as locally-produced ham, cheese and bacon. The space is bright and natural, with plants everywhere to provide a soothing setting.

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6. <span style="font-weight: 400;">Tropical Flair</span>

Bring home cosy cushions, accessories and decor inspiration for your abode at this cafe-boutique, which stocks homewares, books and locally handmade products, as well as a creative mix of original textiles and photographic prints. Charming finds include coasters ringed with cowrie shells, planter pots and hand-loomed throws lined with tassels.

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7. Italian Panache

Da Maria, a modern Italian osteria also doubles up as a late-night pizza bar and disco. The interiors meld Bali with Rome, from the ubiquitous passionfruit vines to Pantheon-inspired skylights, fountains featuring geometric blue and white tiles, and chandeliers with unfussy festoon lighting reminiscent of 1960s Italian courtyard restaurants. Chairs and tables are an expression of the French fer forgé (wrought iron) style.

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8. <span style="font-weight: 400;">Irreverent Fun</span>

In contrast to Da Maria’s grown-up sensibilities, its just-opened sister restaurant Luigi’s Hot Pizza is much more whimsical, with irreverent black-and-white murals, Keith Haring-esque patterns and glossy-painted picnic-style bench seating.

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This story was adapted from Singapore Tatler Homes December 2017-January 2018.

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