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Text your friends. We’ve found the ultimate holiday villa in Canggu and we’re sending a lucky group of you there.
Bleached beaches, killer surf, icy waterfalls and moss-strewn temples meet alfresco yoga, effervescent nightlife and all-round laid-back vibes. An earthly paradise, there’s a reason Bali is a perennially popular holiday destination.
But what good is paradise if not filled with your best mates? Prepare to be the most popular kid on the block: we’re sending one reader and nine (yes, nine) friends to a sleek beachfront villa in Canggu for five nights, courtesy of luxury villa company The Luxe Nomad.
Forget resort-heavy Kuta and overcrowded Seminayak, Canggu is a bohemian fishing village that has been a closely guarded secret among the surf crowd since the 1970s, thanks to big wave breaks, family-run warungs (Indonesian roadside cafés) and independent art galleries, which today draw a creative set.
Perched on the outskirts of town, Villa Melissa has all the ingredients for a rip-roaring group getaway. This beachfront property is the definition of a “pad” – think five expansive bedrooms, a mammoth T-shaped swimming pool and a tennis court. Traditional thatched-roof lodgings offer sea views and are nestled in tropical gardens that spill out onto an iridescent beach.
Despite being grown ups, bedroom politics still seem to be a feature of group holidays. By all means draw straws, but at Villa Melissa the battle shouldn’t be too hard fought – natural-toned ensuite bedrooms are designed to bring the outside in, and are full of fluttering linens and Balinese antiques, with French doors that open out onto lush greenery.
By day, hit the beach, lounge by the pool, fire up your barbecue or track down a meditation class, picking up a tropical blend from a juice shack en route. When the sun slips below the horizon, gather around your mammoth dining table for a feast before heading into town, which fills with revellers as cocktail-fuelled street parties and beach clubs lurch into motion. Or you could stay home, kick off your surround-sound system and go midnight skinny dipping.
Detox, retox, repeat. This is how adults do group holidays.
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About The Luxe Nomad
The Luxe Nomad is Asia-Pacific’s leading luxury villa booking portal and management company. With 85+ exclusively managed villas across Bali, Koh Samui and Phuket, as well as a carefully curated collection of properties in the region, they encourage travellers to explore the world in style.
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