Aside from the idyllic white sand beaches, mouthwatering cuisine and warm hospitality that make the island a perpetually hot holiday destination, we have another reason to set your sights on Bali while planning for next year’s long-weekend getaways: the grand opening in February 2018 of the latest luxury resort, COMO Uma Canggu.
Located in Canggu on the southern coast of Bali (about 20 minutes north from Seminyak and halfway to Tanah Lot), COMO Uma Canggu will be COMO Hotels and Resorts‘ third property on the island and the 14th in total for the group. Backed by a large hotel group but with a unique and individualistic design, COMO Uma Canggu promises to be an intriguing new addition to the growing number of luxury resorts in Bali, and will join other brand-new openings this year including the Japanese-owned Hoshinoya Bali and the luxury tents of Capella Ubud.
For their latest project, COMO has enlisted the help of visionary designers Koichiro Ikebuchi and Paola Navone, both of which have previously collaborated with COMO on other projects (Ikebuchi previously worked on COMO’s two Bali locations and Navone was the creative force behind COMO Point Yamu in Phuket and COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach). At COMO Uma Canggu, the pair have come up with a unique concept, combining Asian and Italian touches with a sensitivity towards and respect for the local Balinese culture. To integrate indoor and outdoor spaces, the hotel is relying on the expertise of landscape designer, Trevor Hillier — also a longtime collaborator with COMO hotels.
The property will boast a total of 119 accommodations, including rooms, suites, one- and two-bedroom residences, as well as 12 three-bedroom duplex penthouses. The latter will feature individual rooftop pools and arched entrances meant to frame the horizon, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows to soak in the stunning ocean views. Some rooms will also feature courtyards and outdoor showers, while all guests have access to the outdoor 115-metre-long pool, with its undulating edges mimicking the cascading waves on the beach.
The total property stretches over 2.2 acres of land in Canggu, nestled in between rice paddies on one side and a gorgeous beach on the other — boasting some of the island’s best surfing and a quieter alternative to Kuta’s crowded surf scene. With surfing being one of the major attractions, the resort has partnered with Tropicsurf to provide surf lessons and guidance for novices to surf pros, with a six-mile stretch of beach as the training grounds.
Surfing not your sport? No matter, you can also engage in walking tours, biking, horseback riding, and temple tours to the nearby Tanah Lot accompanied by English-speaking guides. Golf pros can also get their swing on at the nearby Nirwana Bali Golf Club, currently ranked in the world’s top 10.
Of course, not everyone travels for the thrill of surf and adventure: Those seeking a calmer, more relaxing getaway can take advantage of the new COMO Shambhala Retreat, with seven treatment rooms providing world-class spa treatments. The Asian-inspired therapies include the brand’s signature COMO Shambhala Massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, Indonesian massage and more. For a bit of light exercise, yoga and Pilates classes will be available twice a day, as well as personal training sessions at the state-of-the-art fitness studio.
Besides surf and sand, one of the best parts of vacationing in Bali is being able to find the island’s rich, bold-flavoured cuisine anywhere, from street stalls to five-star resorts. These sumptuous local flavours steal the spotlight at COMO Beach Club, where healthful and nutritious dishes are served up by day (grounded in the careful mix of raw and cooked ingredients that forms the foundation of the COMO Shambhala Cuisine philosophy); and the charcoal grill gets fired up at night, with local Asian ingredients and cuisine influenced by a touch of modern Australian flair. Here, family and friends can gather nightly and dance under the stars to a lineup of world-class DJ’s.
Whether you’re lounging by the pool or hitting the waves hard, COMO Uma Canggu ticks off the boxes for pool, surf and sand — all essential to a proper tropical holiday. While an influx of resorts and traffic congestion have made Bali a little less covetable as an off-the-beaten-track destination than it was four or five years back, it’s nonetheless still high at the top of our list for a well-rounded four- or five-day retreat with plenty of sun and sky. With the opening of COMO Uma Canggu on the horizon, we’ll be saving one of our holidays next year to make a trip out to this tropical Indonesian island.
Special opening rates start from US$250 + 21% tax per night, includes breakfast for two.
COMO Uma Canggu, Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, Badung 80361, Bali, Indonesia