Love notes by DeeTouring Dee, AKA the Rainbow Rambler.
Canggu is a pastoral area north of Seminyak, close to the trendy new developments along Batu Belig Beach. It is a far cry from the concrete and chaos of the touristy spots – but definitely where the action is for touring, healthy eating and chillaxing. And yoga, of course. There are yoga villages and yoga beach classes at sunrise, not to mention horseback rides at sunset every day in paradise.
These are just a few of the reasons more and more women are taking vacations on the Island of the Gods – Bali. Couples, especially, are coming for romantic trysts, even getting committed in ceremonies created by woman-owned One & Only Bali Weddings.
My girlfriend and I used the FastTrack VIP Meet & Greet service from arrival to accommodation. Replete with gifted sarongs, we stripped to our swimming suits and immersed ourselves in the refreshing saltwater pool outside our bungalow at Villa Sanggah. (Means family temple). Later, we would walk to Batu Belig (means smooth stones) and find fellow gay travellers with rainbow towels on cabanas. We thought we were in paradise, after escaping the hectic streets of Denpasar, Kuta and Seminyak.
Located in a former coconut plantation, with lush tropical gardens and a river running through it, Villa Sanggah was a private residence until its recent conversion to B&B&B – Bed & Breakfast Bungalows. The owner, a gifted orchid grower, artisan trader, photographer and hostess with the mostest, has opened her home to short-term visitors and long-stay yoga instructors and writers-in-residence type travellers. (Georgeanne is an ex-pat American, living in Bali a dozen years on this estate.)
Staying at Villa Sanggah gives you a chance to observe the daily rhythms of Balinese village life. It is the perfect haven for all types, even short-break holidaymakers like ourselves.
Check out these reasons why this gay welcoming place is a true “find”.
1. Luxurious Bali-style Garden Bungalows, perfect for guests wanting privacy.
- Bungalow Bunga Kecil – One Q bedroom with garden bath, almost secluded at far end of gardens.
- Bungalow Melati -Two Q bedrooms with garden bath, indoor and outdoor showers and Japanese bathtub.
2. Sanctuary-like environs, with water and flower gardens, orchids and pool and a traditional family temple.
3. Daily massages in the pool bale or in your room. Facials and other beauty treatments can be arranged, but don’t miss the remedial massages by local healers.
4. Excursions with English-speaking tour driver arranged for your convenience, including shopping and restaurant runs. But you can walk to the beach and eat at the trendy or traditional eateries like La Lucciola (which is lesbian managed) and Biku Tea Housse (which is woman owned) – both ranked in Top 5 Restaurants in Bali.
Play & Stay: Bali: Outside the Box Experiences
Why use Rainbow Tourism.com (the publisher of Lesbian Travel Net)?
For expert suggestions for traveling “outside the box” when looking for alternative accommodations and original and unique experiences (like whitewater river rafting on the Agung or getting committed on Bali).
See why Villa Sanggah is a Rainbow Tourism Accredited accommodation and gay welcoming for couples, singles and friends travelling on the Canggu coast of Bali.
The regional site, Rainbow Tourism Bali, has information on all the Rainbow Tourism accredited accommodation, attractions, adventures and operators mentioned here.