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Friday 9 June 2023

Discover Canggu: Bali's new surf resort hotspot

So you want to party in Bali but find Kuta just a bit too full on; maybe a tad too bogan?

Canggu - a spot known only to surfers just a few years ago - is one of Bali's new tourism hotspots.

The small resort village close to Seminyak has become extremely popular with expats and digital nomads and is packed with bars, coffee shops and hip restaurants catering for western tastes.

Nearby Tanah Lot is a much-visited Hindu temple but Canggu's waves and nightlife are equally popular drawcards.

Canggu was the first base for a recent airasia Superapp and Archipelago International-hosted media trip, during which we stayed in the Aston Canggu Beach Resort. 

Opened in 2019, this is an ideal mid-priced place to stay for anyone looking for comfortable, well-situated accommodation close to the beach. 

Not five-star, but very comfortable with good rooms and facilities - and unfailingly smiling staff.

There are 40 superior rooms, 52 deluxe rooms and one suite.

There is an impressive  rooftop dining venue, UpZscale Sky Dining & Bar, which sits poolside and offers beach views. 

It is a perfect spot to take in the spectacular sunsets, and also serves excellent breakfasts.

Each room features a flat-screen TV (with ABC TV available), while some units offer a lounge area and have balconies or terraces. 
Private bathrooms are equipped with a shower, slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

The surfing beach at Batu Bolong is two minutes away and Berawa Beach just a tad further, while cooking classes at the hotel are both fun and instructional. Bring your satay grilling skills home.  

The Ngurah Rai International Airport is around 10km away from the hotel, but the road can be congested at peak times. 

The hotel is bookable either through the airasia Superapp, or at

# The airasia Superapp is a one-stop travel platform offering flights with over 700 airlines, more than 900,000 hotel inventories worldwide, a ride-hailing service, culinary experiences, duty-free shopping platform and more. You can dsownload the airasia Superapp from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

# Archipelago International is south-east Asia's largest privately owned hospitality group, with more than 40,000 rooms and residences in over 200 locations. It has 11 brands including ASTON, Collection by ASTON, Alana, Huxley, Kamuela, Harper, Quest, Hotel NEO, fave, Nordic and Powered by ARCHIPELAGO. See  

# The writer was a guest of airasia Superapp and Archipelago International 

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