Canggu & Penny Lane (Bali) – 19th August 2022

Carrying on from my last post, Nathan and I hitched a ride after our food tasting with our Wedding Planner to our next accommodation in Canggu. (For those not familiar with Bali, Canggu is a resort village on the south coast of Bali. (About a 50 min drive North of Seminyak) It’s full of colourful beachfront bars, surf ready waves and wholefood cafes. The Canggu area hasn’t been on the tourist map for long, but it’s quickly becoming a popular spot for travelers looking for something different from Seminyak.)

We were booked to stay one night at Canggu Hyper Suites, a little hotel set amongst the green rice fields in Canggu. Check-in was easy, however they gave us the room right next to the kitchen. Not really a big deal as it was quiet but I can imagine I would have hated it if guests were up talking and drinking all night as the kitchen was literally right outside our room.
Our room also had no towels so I had to try and find someone to get some but was given Beach Towels instead as the towels were still in the wash – I think…

Thankfully for the wedding I had my dress sorted (just needed to buy a veil) – Nathan however still hadn’t found a suit. Before we arrived in Bali, I made an appointment at Michelle Ann Bridal House in Seminyak who sorts out suits and wedding dresses – hoping they would be able to custom make a suit for Nathan. They had great reviews online, but I found the whole experience with them pretty disappointing. They didn’t really ‘Take Charge’ of the appointment. They gave Nathan a few suit jackets to try on over his sports singlet which were either too small or too big. (Which is totally fine, I don’t expect something to fit him right away but you’d think they would take some measurements or something at least.) Also not even giving him a white shirt to put on was a bit annoying as we couldn’t really envision what colour suited him against a white collared shirt. Most of the appointment, the three girls in the shop just stood there on their phones. I wasn’t sure if they were looking for other suits they had in stock or just messaging people as they literally didn’t explain anything they were doing.

In the end, we left without buying or ordering anything as we didn’t find anything we were after. I also had a hair appointment to attend at The Shampoo Lounge about a 8 minute drive away. (And so it begun – my first blow-wave of my holiday haha!) You’ll find I end up getting my hair done at least 4x in the space of one week! Hehehehe.

When I got to The Shampoo Lounge in Seminyak, the receptionist couldn’t find my booking. Which got me panicked as we had organized a photoshoot the next morning and I wanted my hair to be nice! Luckily she ended up finding it and one of the hairdressers took me to the basin to get my hair washed. I couldn’t tell you what products or brands they used as they literally didn’t tell me haha! The Shampoo Lounge has a MASSIVE treatment menu. They do everything from hair to massages and nails at a great price (Eg, my Blow Wave cost me AUD$35). I found the service to be good and my hair was lovely afterwards, however the salon in Seminyak was a little run down. They did say they’re due for a renovation at the end of the year which I’m sure will make the whole place ‘feel’ nicer and more relaxing. Nathan also got a haircut while I was getting my hair done and it looked good!

With our hair all done, we took a Gojek car back to our accommodation. Another Bali recommendation, download the GOJEK app. It is the absolute best thing to use to get around Bali. It’s the Indonesian version of Uber, however they use Scooters as well as cars. They also do services such as food delivery, package delivery etc… but unless you live in Bali you’ll really only use it for transportation. You need a Credit Card to sign up but it’s seriously the cheapest thing ever! I worked out that between Nathan and I, we took 51 Gojek rides during our week in Bali and it cost us a total of AUD$136.14. Also saves you from having to pay in cash as it all comes off your card.
When we got to Canggu Hyper Suites, we had towels – yay!
We then got ready to head out for dinner at Penny Lane (one of the many restaurants I researched before I came to Bali). It’s in a good area with lots of boutique shops around. When we turned up, I wished our hotel was closer as this area seemed more lively than where we were staying.
Penny Lane is full of photo opportunities, which is probably why every Instagram Influencer goes here. The restaurant does Lunch and Dinner and serves mainly western food like Burgers, Salads, Loaded Fries and Schnitzels. You definitely pay more ‘Western’ prices (eg, a Chicken Parmi is $10 and a burger is $11) but it’s still cheaper than back home! We had to wait about half an hour for a table as it was really busy but the service was fast and the food and drinks were tasty.

Nathan ordered a Lord Of The Rings Burger (Beef, Cheese, Onion Rings, Bacon) with a side of Portuguese Chicken Strips and I ordered Pablo Escobar Fries (fries loaded with nacho chips, cheese, sour cream, salsa and beef) as well as some mac’n’cheese balls and Gaucomole with Turkish Bread. Let’s just say, we ate ALOT this trip.

With our belly’s full, we left Penny Lane to go and find a massage somewhere. But not without stopping across the road for a few pats of two good boys. The bar we walked past on the way to Penny Lane earlier that evening had two adorable dogs. One Golden Retriever (our dream dog) and a Husky. *Cries* so cute!! I wish I could upload a picture but I only have a video and WordPress only allows me to upload pictures unless I pay $100 to upgrade my plan to include videos. HAHA!

I did however get a picture of my legs as I got a massage which I’m sure is much more interesting than a cute golden dog….

While I got Reflexology for $7 (SO CHEAP) Nathan went and got a 60 minute massage for AUD$12. This was at Edelweis Spa Canggu two stores down from Penny Lane. Nathan said it wasn’t his favorite massage in the world but it wasn’t bad either. I mainly enjoyed my Reflexology as the pressure was good (and you can’t complain because of the price) however the guy who was doing it laughed at my feet coz I had a small piece of hard dry skin on the side of my foot 😦 If this was Australia I would have probably said something for being so rude as him and his friend kept making gagging sounds and giggling but I couldn’t really be bothered and they seemed young and kind of immature so I just left it. Ah well! I’m pretty sure I’ve had worse from Nathan calling me flipper feet as I am ‘above average’ size for a standard girls foot. (Size 9 if you must know)

After our massages, we headed back to our hotel where we had showers and hopped into bed. Wait, I take that back. Nathan had a shower and I did not. The water was cold!! I don’t know if they turn the hot water off at a certain time but there definitely was no running hot water at 11pm. I’m a baby and need my showers to be hot so I waited until the morning.

Next Post: Shopping & Heading to Ubud

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