Tropical brutalist meets fashion, art, food and a laid back vibe that pervades the town of Canggu in Bali. Canggu has provided a welcome escape from the hustle of Kuta and Seminyak. Driving through impossibly narrow roads bordered by rice paddy fields one minute, and organic Cafes the next – this town is the alternative tropical Balinese getaway.
When you arrive at the slow you do just that. Slow right down to enjoy the simple and fine things in life. Rooms are modern and super generous – with minimalist design and multitudes of textures. If you’re lucky enough to score a room on the bottom floor they each have a private pool while rooms on the top two floors treat guests to views over Bali’s iconic rice paddy fields – lush greenery is everywhere. Looking inwards there are clean lines, tropical minimalist artistic touches, custom made furniture, floor to ceiling bathroom mirrors and polished concrete throughout the building.
Get there fast then take it slow…
Each room has its own unique artworks. And their sexy. In fact, the slow is sexy. It’s as if Sydney chic and Balinese simplicity created a haven for relaxation and tuning into the better things in life – beautiful spaces, amazing food, and hotel staff that welcome you home after a short walk to the beach or your yoga class at The Practice studio next door.
The bar and restaurant feature a revolving menu of fresh and local food, and if you feel like a pick me up – homemade elixirs are at the ready. You have to try the housemade shots by Sid to get you in the mood for a fun night out at many of Canggu’s bars and clubs. Close by you can visit Deus temple of enthusiasm, The Lawn or Old Man’s, or further afield, head into Seminyak and relax Oceanside at Ku De Ta. If you’re up for a big night with a twist, Motel Mexicola offers a fun night out.
The perfect hangover cure is waiting for you downstairs in the morning – fresh juices, pastries and a huge menu selection with anything from fruit platters to eggs to fresh local caught fish.
There are plans for a rooftop bar later in 2017, but with huge rooms and if you’re lucky enough to score one of the ground floors with your own private pool, there’s nothing better than feeling luxe in your own private piece of tropical island paradise. Featuring art from the owners’ private collection, a unique library of fashion surfing and art literature in every room, and locally sourced products. The slow is also plastic-free and filters their own water on site. Smooth beats can be dialled up into your rooms surround sound – mixed live and straight from LA through Reverberation radio – and the chilled out beats emanate throughout the building.
Photography by George Gorrow and Tommaso Riva
Article by Nadia Woodhaus