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Surfing, street art and smoothie bowls. Welcome to Canggu! This super-chilled town in Bali is just an hour or so north of Seminyak but has a completely different feel. Canggu is where you go to relax, which for me, is something that almost pains me. If I don’t have a list as long as my arm of things to do and places to see then I feel I’m wasting my trip. But staying at the Aston Canggu Beach Resort really did make me relax, for the first time in, well, a long time. And then it made me relax so much that it didn’t want to leave.
I heard that Canggu has changed a lot in the last few years. It’s getting more and more popular and becoming a real must-visit destination in Bali. In fact, the Aston Canggu is a baby in the area at only 1 year old. It’s stylish, squeaky clean and also boasts some breathtaking views for its rooftop pool. So if you’re looking for affordable luxury in Canggu, the Aston hotel will be right up your street. Here’s my review of the Aston Canggu Beach resort and what you can expect.
You’ll find the Aston Canguu located on one Canggu’s main streets, Jalan Batu Balong, so if you’re looking for a hotel that’s right in the heart of things and you’re wanting to get around on foot, this is the place for you. Come out of the Aston and turn right and you can see the Batu Lolong Beach and be surfing to your heart’s content within a couple of minutes. Turn left and you can walk along to many of the nearby restaurants, cafes and gorgeous boutiques. Being in this location made it incredibly easy to walk to many of the main attractions and I was close by to loads of scooter rental shops to reach the rest.
Being at the beach end of the main street in Canggu means the Aston is in a slightly quieter area making it the perfect place to escape and relax. It also takes the title of being the only hotel in Canggu with a rooftop, and when you have views overlooking the beach from up there, it’s hard not to switch off!
Drone image by @tomgoeswhere.
I stayed in a Deluxe Garden View Room with a small balcony overlooking the hotel’s pretty flower wall. The room was seriously spacious and as modern as the rest of the hotel. The neutral colour scheme combined with the wooden furniture made the room look sleek without that empty feeling that sometimes comes with such modern rooms.
The room has a large wardrobe with a safe inside, a desk and comfy chair in the corner and also a small armchair to sink in to. It was also equipped with a kettle and tea and coffee, mini-fridge, a decent sized flat screen TV with loads of English channels and free wifi. The wifi was a little weak in the room but I did find it to be great up by the rooftop pool, which was hardly a chore to visit!
The double bed in the room was massive and incredibly comfy. The 2 pillows that Tom and I each had were slightly different which I think is a great idea as pillows come down to personal preference. I slept like a log in the bed and with the thick curtains and struggled to crawl out of it in the morning for breakfast.
One rather unique thing about the room is the wall connecting the bedroom to the ensuite- or should I say glass! Don’t worry though, there is a blind to pull down if you’re wanting some privacy and once it’s down, the blind makes it look like a solid wall. Aside from the unusual feature wall, the bathroom is big and luxurious. The shower has both a waterfall and normal head which is a really nice touch and there were also Aston slippers to slide your feet into straight after.
There are 5 categories of rooms to choose from at the Aston Canggu each with their own different features such as rooms overlooking the hotel’s lagoon, or suites overlooking the ocean with beautiful baths. Which you choose is down to your personal preference and of course your budget. I personally found the Deluxe Garden View room to offer plenty of space for 2 people and had everything we needed.
The one thing that would be great to see changed, but this is by no means aimed solely at Aston Canggu, is that they had a large selection of miniature bathroom products which of course means excess plastic. It would be great to see these completely gone and refillable bottles in their place instead.
As soon as you step into Aston Canggu, you get the feeling that the hotel has loads to offer, which it does! At the front of the hotel, they have their Score Sports Bar with comfy sofas as well as long tables and bar stools. I’m not a huge fan of sports but Tom and I watched the World Cup Final here and the atmosphere is really fun. I also tucked into a delicious Thai beef salad one lunchtime during my stay from here and they have a great selection of local and western dishes as well. If you want somewhere quiet to sit or if you’re waiting for a taxi, there are also plenty of sofas opposite reception to relax in.
I’ve mentioned it already but I have to talk about it some more – the rooftop pool is absolute bliss! This is where you get the views of beautiful Batu Bolong Beach and the place to go to really unwind. There’s loads of seating both in the pool and around the edges so there’s no fighting for space, as well as some swing seats to really chill out in. It’s absolutely spectacular at sunset too!
As well as the pool on the rooftop, up there you will also find the UpZcale Sky Dining and Bar. Aston serves up a delicious buffet breakfast from here with an excellent selection available. I definitely ate way too much but the food was too good for me to not! The restaurant has a huge glass wall at one end overlooking the beach so everywhere you go on the rooftop, you’re treated to a breathtaking view. The bar here also serves up some delicious cocktails, and what better way to spend some time than with food, a pool and a yummy drink?
If you’re trying to keep your Bali bod in some kind of shape (I wish I could say I was trying more than I actually am) then you’ll be pleased to hear that the Aston Canguu has a small fitness centre to use. It’s pretty basic but it’s enough to keep you’re routine going if you want to during your stay.
From the moment Tom and I checked in to the moment we left, I really can’t fault the customer service and everyone I met was incredibly friendly. Check in was really quick and our bags were taken to our room for us, which was such a relief in the heat with backpacks. Although my stay was short, I managed to use most of the facilities in the hotel and I felt really comfortable and looked after, but not so much I felt like I was being pandered to. There’s nothing I hate more than feeling like someone feels they have to really go out their way for me but the service at Aston Canggu was great.
To be honest with you, I could have quite happily stayed at the Aston Canggu for so much longer. The hotel was the perfect base to explore Canggu easily during my short stay and offers an affordable slice of luxury with some awesome extra amenities on top. If you’re looking for a sleek hotel with a balance of comfort, location, stunning views and plenty of places to escape from the business that is Bali, I cannot recommend the Aston Canggu Beach Resort enough.
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