Festive Season Canggu Staycation
For my first-ever stay in Canggu, I indulged in a staycation at the brand-new COMO Uma Canggu.
I find myself visiting Canggu more and more every time I am on the Island. Not only are there creative and interesting cafés, bars and restaurants, there is also an eclectic mix of cuisines, healthy options and small warungs which will fit any palate and budget. It is slowly becoming the new Seminyak, albeit a bit annoying because of the narrow streets.
COMO Uma Canggu – COMO’s third property in Bali – is tucked away behind these establishments on one of Canggu’s busiest streets. The only thing that gives it away is the hotel’s small sign, which you might miss if you weren’t paying attention.
The beachside resort boasts 119 contemporary rooms, suites, one- and two- bedroom residences, as well as three-bedroom duplex penthouses featuring individual rooftop pools. The resort sits on 2.2 acres on the beautiful Canggu coast, known for its surf breaks and black sand. Designed to COMO’s highest principles of sophisticated living, the aesthetic breaks new ground for beachside Bali, combining modern Asian and Italian touches created by long-time COMO collaborators, interior designers Koichiro Ikebuchi and Paola Navone.
A classy and unpretentious vibe welcomes you when you enter the property. The hotel’s lobby is bright and airy, the staff are genuine and friendly. Its sleek, low-lying buildings surround a sexy lagoon pool, tropical flowers and foliage abound, providing adequate cover from the scorching sun.
I was lead to my accommodations for my stay, one of the 12 two-level penthouses. With three-bedroom, this massive unit can comfortably fit 6 people. It has a fully functioning kitchen, a living room and a dining room. The highlight of course was the second floor master’s bedroom with its own 10-meter infinity pool and their distinctive half-moon openings, which perfectly frame the Indian Ocean views. Truly stunning. It was going to be hard to pry me away from my reclining position on the daybed.
A grumbling belly forced me to explore the rest of the property in search for sustenance. The DJ’s beats were like a homing signal for me to explore the COMO Beach Club’s offerings. The hotel’s only restaurant, COMO Beach Club serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, snacks, fresh juices and a whole lot of chilled vibes. Interior designer Navone plays playful tribute to Bali by way of bright and bold prints, many lounging options – including the tricky hanging beds – poolside cocoons, and industrial-style frames. Think surf shack chic.
The dishes are all made using ingredients sourced from across the island, with a focus on ‘New World cuisine’. A charcoal grill, used for meats, seafood and vegetables, imparts rich, smoky flavors. Healthy and energizing COMO Shambhala Cuisine is available here. Not only ingredients are sourced locally, all the items on which the food are served on – wooden and bamboo serving dishes, glasses, cutlery and tableware all have connection to Bali.
For those seeking wellness and rejuvenation, the property has a new COMO Shambhala Retreat. Known for its Asian-inspired therapies – including their signature COMO Shambhala Massage – they also offer yoga and Pilates classes for hotel guests and the local community, as well as personal training at the gym. I have to admit, the COMO Shambhala Massage was one of the best massages I have ever had. I was putty in the hands of the expert therapist, my aching muscles were kneaded and stroked, and soon enough I had dozed off to dreamland.
Taking full advantage of their location on Echo Beach, COMO Uma Canggu offers spectacular surf opportunities. The luxury surfing concept, in partnership with Tropicsurf, will appeal to surfers of any level, from beginners to experts. Novices can learn surfing foundations under an expert eye of a pro. The property also offers guests a range of cultural and adventure activities across southern and central Bali, including guided temple visits by the sea, jungle trekking, canoeing expeditions and traditional village walks.
I spent four amazing days at COMO Uma Canggu, and when the time came to leave, I was having separation anxiety. A real gem in the heart of Canggu, this property is one that you must stay at during your next visit.
COMO UMA CANGGU
Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu
WEEKEND EXPREIENCE at COMO UMA CANGGU
You can enjoy a two-night stay in a three-bedroom COMO Penthouse, replete with a rooftop pool, leafy decking area and panoramic ocean views. Once you’ve settled in, embark on a private eight-hour sightseeing tour absorbing the culture, history and vistas of the local area, from rice paddy walks to Tanah Lot temple. Finish each day by unwinding with a relaxing group yoga or Pilates class, before a night of cocktails and live music under the stars at COMO Beach Club.
- Two nights of weekend accommodation in a COMO Penthouse for six people
- Daily breakfast for six people
- Complimentary return airport transfers for six people
- An eight-hour sightseeing tour for six people
- Welcome drinks
- Local bottled water and fruit basket each day
- In-room coffee and tea-making facilities
- Daily group yoga and Pilates class, based on the hotel’s schedule
- Use of the gym and swimming pool
Terms and Conditions:
- This offer is valid for booking from now until December 21st 2018 for stays between November 1st 2018 to March 31st 2019
- Stays between December 22nd 2018 and January 6th 2019 are not included in this offer
- This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion
- Rates are listed in Indonesia Rupiah and subject to 21 per cent government tax and service charge
- This package is applicable to Indonesian residents only