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24 Hours in Canggu, Seminyak and Nusa Dua

There is so much to do in Canggu, let alone Seminyak and Nusa Dua, but our friend who was visiting Bali at the time didn’t have very long. So we decided to plan up the ultimate 24-hour South Bali experience and this is what we did.

Breakfast at Milk & Madu / Nalu Bowls

To make up for all the junk that we will be putting into our bodies, we started it all in Canggu with a healthy bowl of acai granola smoothie bowls at Nalu Bowls, a popular healthfood bar that introduced the whole pitaya bowl culture in Bali. Trust me when I say that these bowls are bigger in person than it looks in the photos and for Rp70,000, it was worth the price. Otherwise, you can always just order something less healthy but delicious like pancakes from Milk & Madu.

You can find them at Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No.52, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Best Gelato in Bali at Gelato Secrets

Right opposite Milk and Madu/Nalu Bowls is my go-to gelateria and my favourite gelato brand in Bali. If you prefer the creamy, thick and flavour packed kind of gelato, Gelato Secrets is the place to go. The flavours range from the traditional vanilla and chocolate variety to special local flavours like dragonfruit and even black charcoal bamboo (tastier than it sounds). Not convinced? They use only 100% natural, fresh ingredients from carefully selected suppliers, free from artificial flavouring, colouring and preservatives, or to simply put it, it’s good for the heart, body and soul.

You can find them at Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Peloton Cafe

Further up the road from Gelato Secrets is a vegan cafe and bicycle ‘supershop’. Never have I ever been to a cafe where they don’t sell dairy milk to mix into your coffee, but instead offer you vegan alternatives like almond or soy milk. The place has a great atmosphere and if you plan to just laze around or do work on your computer, you should check this place out.

You can find them at Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No.46, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Quick grocery shopping at Coco Mart

Before checking into our villa, we headed out to Coco supermarket to stock up on snacks and beer. Prices here are more expensive as compared to other supermarkets like Tiara Dewata in Denpasar or Carrefour in Sunset Road Kuta, but then again we’re talking about Seminyak and Canggu here, where everything is at western prices.

Check in to Aswattha Villas, Canggu

We booked our two-bedroom villa through Agoda.com for just Rp1,700,000 (AU$170) which is cheaper than most villas and hotel rooms in the area at the time. The two-storey villa is equipped with 3 bathrooms, our own private pool (incredibly cold), a whole kitchen set, dining room, living room and complimentary breakfast service. The villa is conveniently located right next to Coco supermarket, so if there was anything you need whether it being food, insect repelents, Havaianas sandals or alcohol, it’s all within walking distance.

You can find them at Jalan Raya Canggu No.107, Banjar Anyar Kaja, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Sunset at KU DE TA

After a quick swim at the villa, we rushed over to Seminyak f0r drinks and to see the sunset at KU DE TA. KU DE TA is an iconic lounge and restaurant with branches at places like the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands Singapore, next to the W Hotel Bangkok and most recently, by the swan river in Perth – Australia. So, if you want to catch the perfect sunset coupled with an array of tasty cocktails, this should be on top of your list.

You can find them at Jl. Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Drinks at Ling Ling’s 

We then made our way to this new Asian food joint that had an interesting drinks menu like the daquiri we ordered presented on a watermelon. The pop culture interior was also really interesting and was all rounded a great night. Also, bonus points for dressing up the waitresses like Japanese schoolgirls.

You can find them at Jl. Petitenget No.43, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Late dinner at Merah Putih

We ended the night at the Indonesian fine dining restaurant, Merah Putih in Seminyak where we sampled some local dishes presented and served in a unique way. You can find classic Indonesian dishes on the menu like babi guling (suckling pig), Babi Panggang Kalimantan (West Sumatran duck curry) and even asian fusion like steamed bao buns with rendang. The interior of the restaurant is also worth noting, with tall white avant garde pillars and the cocoon seats on the second floor. Make sure you book a seat as the restaurant is always fully booked out, or maybe just show up near closing time like we did.

You can find them at Jalan Petitenget No. 100x, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Badung, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Buffet at the Mulia Hotel’s ‘The Cafe’ 

After a great night and deep slumber at the Aswattha villas, we made our way down to Nusa Dua for one of the best buffet in the island. For Rp380,000+, you will be treated to a wide range of food options from fresh Japanese sashimis, Korean BBQ, Chinese dim sum, Indian curries, Indonesian dishes and even two dedicated room full of just desserts among other things. Mulia Hotel is known for its extravagance and the buffet options are surprisingly cheap in terms of food selection and the great service that comes along with it. Make sure you ask if they have any special deals because we were lucky enough to get a ‘Eat 3, pay for 2’ deal. Also worth noting the incredibly private air conditioned Japanese toilets they have available for use, another reason to go!

You can find them at Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Geger Beach

After eating more than our stomach could handle, we walked out of the hotel and into Geger beach for a quick dip. It’s nothing special but at least the water is clean and that we got to play around with the friendly beach dogs.

Sisterfields and BO$$ Burgers

After the beach we lazed around the villa and waited till check out time before ending the trip in Seminyak at the best Australian brunch spot, Sisterfields and the burger joint right next door to it. We couldn’t really fit much else after the buffet so we only had juice and coffee instead. I couldn’t take a burger but my friend force fed himself one at BO$$ burgers, which was thought was just alright and wondered what all the hype was about, but at least the atmosphere was great.

You can find them at Jalan Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

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