Where To Stay In Canggu8 November 2019 by Ade
Ah, Canggu. There’s nowhere quite as hip and as trendy as this once quiet fishing & farming town with stellar surf breaks. Canggu has its own edgy vibe; a mix between hippie, bohemian and fashionable. It’s a place where you can find unique shops and boutiques each with their own authentic appeal selling items like one-of-a-kind designs for both humans and animals, cool-looking neon-lit salons, extremely Instagrammable vegan cafes, health and wellness retreats, bars and clubs with parties that go on all night, and to stay - quirky hostels, hotels and gorgeous tropical villas. If this is your first time looking for a place to stay in Canggu, then you’re going to need some help. Canggu itself is wide and varied, some areas are more crowded and developed while further north, you will still find acres of rice fields as far as the eye can see – which may change very soon. Here’s a simple guide to the main areas of Canggu to help you get started: Berawa The most developed part of Canggu with quite a lot of traffic and home to the best beach clubs like Finns and Café Del Mar, a slew of really good vegan and non-vegan restaurants, salons and spas, coffee shops, boutiques and exciting after-dark possibilities. The beach itself is action-packed with loads of beach bars and beach shacks. Choosing a place to stay here is easy – you’re spoilt for choice! There are beautiful and luxurious villas on acres of tropical land like Villa Dewi Sri and Imperial Villa as well as apartments like Alvaro Residence available for both yearly and monthly rent. Batu Bolong This is one of the coolest places in South Bali, and it comes with its very own genuine chic beach vibe. The street towards Batu Bolong Beach is lined with the trendiest restaurants, shops, hangouts and boutiques. Some of the most impressive, creative and most authentic restaurants can be found here like Billy Ho and Ji Terrace By The Sea as well popular hangouts that are always crowded like The Lawn, Old Man’s and Deus Ex Machina. If you’re planning to stay here, look up Joglo Lux, Villa Esencia and Candra Guesthouse. Padonan and Babakan Definitely the quieter areas of Canggu that are just 10 minutes away to all the hottest and most happening spots. These neighborhoods are definitely most suitable for long-term stays, with plenty of gorgeous villas, residences, apartments and guesthouses that will suit your needs and budgets like Villa Mahakam, Villa Tole 2 and Aura Residence. Canggu is an all-time funky corner of Bali favorite among surfers. Contact Bali Coconut Living and we can make these top Canggu spots as your home.
How to Plan A Long Term Budget Holiday in Bali4 November 2019 by Ade
If you plan on staying in Bali long-term, specifically work-related, renting a villa is the recommended option. Not only is renting a villa cheaper compared to paying for a hotel, but its also much more comfortable with more space for you to feel at home. Luckily, there is something for every budget in Bali, whether it’s long or short term stay. Here is a guide to renting a long-term villa in Bali. Reach out to anyone you know Whether its someone you know, a travel blogger or anyone else. It's always a good idea to ask people who have experience in Bali apartment renting beforehand. Anyone you ask will be happy to assist you and surprisingly friendly, so don’t hesitate to get their help! Check the properties in person before you commit Say you’ve found the perfect villa online, with amazing pictures and even a private pool, it’s also within your price range. All your boxes have been ticked and you are sold by the photos. However, once you actually visit the property, its location may be next to a construction site, the kitchen might be messy and the furniture might smell like hell, the landlord may not care less about his property. In the end, you have to question yourself, will you be able to stay there for a few months? Checklist the things you want Find a place that ticks all your required boxes. For example, if strong internet is essential, add it to your list. Perhaps a private villa with at least one bedroom and separate workspace is your ideal stay – add it to your list. You may also want the villa to be in the center of the town, close to the beach and with a private pool – add it to your list. If you choose the right place to stay, living long term in Bali can be a quiet paradise where you enjoy your workplace and can relax at the same time. Need assistance finding a long term rental in Bali? Contact Bali Coconut Living for some long and short-term villa rentals, and we’ll get you your dream property in Bali!
Things To Do In Umalas, Bali23 October 2019 by Ade
Umalas was once Seminyak’s quieter, secluded sister. Located right in between Seminyak, Kerobokan and Canggu, it was a quiet little town filled with rolling ricefields and luxurious tropical private villas on acres of greenery. There was plenty of space for growth and grow it did! Slowly the ricefields are being replaced with even more villas, apartments, co-living spaces, spas and restaurants. There’s even a tennis centre now in Umalas! One of the best things about staying in Umalas is its great location – it is only minutes away to Seminyak and Canggu. So while you’re literally just a drive away to the hottest restaurants, beachclubs and bars, you can also be sure of some peace and quiet when you stay in Umalas, which is also home to some of the cutest cafes and quirky hangouts. Here are a few: Liga Tennis Centre & Academy This newly opened tennis academy sits on a bed of ricefields just off one of Bali’s most infamous shortcuts that connect Jalan Bumbak Dauh to Jalan Raya Canggu. Hit some balls and sweat it out for a fun afternoon of casual tennis or sign-up for lessons and learn to play like a pro! It’s a great place for some exercise if you’re staying in Umalas. Nook One of Bali’s most popular western-style “warungs”, Nook is a stunning eatery with ricefields views and charming rustic deco offering delicious and healthy vegan, vegetarian, Balinese and Indonesian fare. It’s a cute place that gives you a feeling of being outdoors but with all the comforts of being indoors! Definitely a convenient spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner when you’re staying in Umalas. Monsieur Spoon This family-run French bakery café is renowned throughout Bali for delicious, freshly baked warm bread and pastries that are just too good to resist! First opened in 2012, the owners came all the way from Paris, bringing with them all the Paris know-hows and techniques, so you can be sure that you’re getting the real thing when you indulge here! Go ahead and dig-in to handmade French pastries, cakes, artisan bread and savouries. Great place if you want quality nibbles in a friendly and quiet environment when you stay in Umalas. The Dog Club Located right next door to Nook, the Dog Club is a great way to spend the day with your furry best friend. The club doesn’t only offer a safe and secure space for the dogs to swim and play, there’s also a wide array of exclusive services including dog-friendly massages, clothes, accessories and cosmetics, outdoor activities, yoga and meditation, training agility and obedience. Monthly memberships are available too, perfect for those who are staying long-term in Umalas! Jungle Pool Club How about partying it up in a jungle-themed pool club amidst the ricefields of Umalas? Jungle was an overnight sensation, becoming one of the area’s most popular party spots thanks to a pumping atmosphere and unique outdoor setting. The party happens only on Friday nights and for the rest of the week, you can still come by for good food and great drinks. Jungle is just walking distance from Nook, so you can be sure of an awesome Friday night here when you stay in Umalas! Be sure to visit these awesome places in Umalas! Contact Bali Coconut Living and we can help you stay in our available villas and properties in this quieter corner of Bali.
Guide For Staying & Renting In A Canggu Villa7 October 2019 by Ade
Canggu was once a quiet, rural village filled with beautiful rice fields close to the coast with a long stretch of sparkling black sand beach and challenging waves, making it popular with surfers. Today, Canggu has evolved into Bali’s quirky boho town, a hippie haven with eccentric bars, clubs, boutiques and hangouts as well as the highest concentration of vegan cafes anywhere in South Bali. Although developing fast, Canggu is still a top favourite amongst the younger tourists or the digital nomads looking for that cool laid-back coastal vibe. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Canggu, you won’t ever run out of options. The area is fairly new to tourism so most guesthouses, villas and hotels are spanking new and modern but with that distinct tropical touch. From private lofts, studios, swanky apartments to luxurious villas, Canggu really has everything to suit your budget but before agreeing to anything, it is always best to do your research; and this is especially true if you have never stayed in Indonesia before. While short-term rentals can be as easy as walking into a guesthouse or clicking a few buttons and making a booking, long-term rentals can be a little more complicated. If you are planning to stay from a month to even a year or more, you really need to learn about the country’s general property and rental laws and learn not to trust just anybody who might be offering you what you think is a really good deal. Plus, some villa owners may not be fluent in your native language so communication might be a problem. If you’re coming to Bali and looking to rent a beautiful villa in Canggu, always go to a trusted and credible third-party with a wonderful track record and tons of positive customer reviews. Bali is small and word gets around – both good and bad! One of the more popular Canggu villa management companies is Bali Coconut Living, a company run by a team of passionate people who are always at the ready to give you a personalized villa experience. The company has a wide range of houses, studios, apartments, residences and villas in Canggu that are available for inspections. So whatever your budget, length of stay, location and other preferences, you can get it all sorted out with Bali Coconut Living. Setting up your new home in Bali will be easier when you are working together with people who know the property landscape with the know-how to eliminate scams, property laws and other bureaucracy. Why stress when you can get someone else to do it for you?
Tips for Foreigners to Own a Villa in Umalas Bali3 October 2019 by Ade
Besides being a favorite travel destination, Bali attracts foreigners to invest and buy property around the island. However, buying property in Umalas or any other part of Bali, is not always safe for foreigners. In this article, find out how to buy a villa safely. Foreign Bali Property Ownership There are two types of rights stated in the property regulations and real estate ownership in Indonesia. They are the “Right to Own” (Hak Milik) and the “Right to Build” (Hak Guna Bangunan). There are a lot of foreign investors in Bali who think an Indonesian citizen can act on their behalf to acquire the Hak Milik Certificate. Note that this is an extremely risky practice, as no matter how close you are with the nominee, they have the potential to overtake the property, leaving you, as a foreigner, with no protection for your investment. Buying a Bali property safely Owning a legal entity (PT PMA) and acquiring the ‘Right to Build’ license in Indonesia, is the only way foreigners can safely invest in property or buy land in Bali. This will protect your investment and give you plenty of time to enjoy your property, bequeath it to a family member, or even resell the Hak Pakai to a local. There are a few notes for foreigners to consider about Hak Pakai, including that The Hak Pakai can only be held if the land already has a building on it. It’s also worth noting the minimum value of the property and that it must be located in a tourist, residential, or trading area, as acquiring land in Bali agricultural or greenbelt zones are prohibited. The process of buying a Bali property will involve acquiring the Hak Pakai and submitting a packet of completed forms to the Indonesian National Land Office (BPN). These include relevant and supporting documents, proof of land payment, and the condition of Hak Pakai. Once these conditions are met and built with the right building permit (IMB), the BPN will issue a Hak Pakai under you or your company’s name. This is the correct way of purchasing a property in Bali, and things you should avoid as a foreigner. Contact Bali Coconut Living for more information on the best villas in Bali, and we’ll help you make a decision on buying a property in the safest & most secure way.
A Complete Checklist for Buying a Villa in Bali27 September 2019 by Ade
It can be exciting to observe some properties and villas in Bali before you make the purchase, but essential details can easily be missed. Make sure you inspect a property with the right checklist as it is critically important for you to check out the property or villa with all the information you need before making the offer. There are a lot of things to consider when planning to buy a villa in Bali, we will guide you through the essential points here. Find the right location One of the first decisions to make when choosing your property is it’s location. Whether you would like it on the beachfront, on a clifftop or next to a supermarket, the choice is entirely up to you. Just be sure to check the development plans for the surrounding area and confirm it won’t impact the rentability of your property and lifestyle. Also consider the disadvantages of the location, for example the beach or cliff may be too breezy. Another point to note is the accessibility of your location. Your villa needs to be within reasonable driving distance to go shopping and for recreational activities. Be sure the access road leading to your villa is adequate and wide enough for cars to park along, as well as letting other vehicles pass by. Approved legal Once you have found your dream villa in your dream location, make sure you have the rights to own it! Check every document of the property and its location to make sure it matches the land certificate. Also, before purchasing the property, confirm the Building Permit of the land (IMB) is for the right zone and that there are no restrictions that compromise the building of your villa. Facilities you need After you have found the right villa in the best location, get deep within the property and find out if the facilities you need are all there too! For you, a swimming pool or free Wi-Fi might be important, and you’ll surely be disappointed if they’re not included. Other facilities to enquire about are the Water Supply and the existence of electricity. For water, you should check with the PDAM if it's available in the area. If not, it’s possible to install a deep well with a water truck to your villa’s storage tank. While ensuring electrical connection is provided by the National Electricity Company (PLN). When everything is available, you are ready to enjoy a great holiday in your villa. These are a few things to look out for before buying a villa in Bali. Contact Bali Coconut Living for a list of recommended villas to rent or buy in the best locations around the island.
Learn Bali Property Rights Before You Buy!14 September 2019 by Ade
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to call Bali your forever home? Bali receives millions of visitors a year including expats and travelers who fell in love with Bali and wish to move to the island permanently. Considering the exchange rates, living in Bali would be considered relatively cheap. This means many expats and foreigners wishing to purchase land and property in Bali should be able to do so easily… Unfortunately, owning assets in Indonesia, if you aren’t Indonesian, is almost impossible – don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. If you were looking at buying land to build your dream Bali property on, there are a few real estate and ownership options that you must know before you embark on a new and exciting journey of being a homeowner in Bali. Firstly, it is important to understand that there are different titles for both land and property in Bali and each title connotes a different meaning. The “freehold” title or “Hak Milik” means that only Indonesian citizens can hold this title. If you’re a foreigner and you’re tempting to hold a freehold land, it will automatically be deemed void, and therefore, the land will automatically belong to the government. A secondary title, known as “Right of Use” or “Hak Pakai” is the best option for a foreigner. With a built-in extension of 25 years, the title comes with renewal after 20 years with only a small tax implication. In addition, there is no mention anywhere in Indonesian law that these extensions or renewals cannot be continued as long as it is done on state-owned land. Some restrictions to this title would include the size of land and property and that you must hold a valid permit to stay in Indonesia such as a KITAP or a KITAS. The third title is a commercial title; “Hak Guna Bangunan”, which means “right to build”. This title is compulsory for both foreign and Indonesian companies buying, selling, or managing villas for commercial purposes. The good news is that there are no restrictions for a foreign PT PMA owning such a company 100% as long as it is a 4-star and up. Now that you’ve got your land titles all sorted out, you must obtain your accommodation license and Ijin Mendirikan Bangunan (IMB). All of this can be very confusing and stressful – the Indonesian property landscape is known to be a maze of red tape and bureaucracy, which are all in the Indonesian language. Some foreigners prefer to take the easy way out; they use the name of an Indonesian citizen to purchase the land and to build the villa. This may sound like a great option, but this will pose tons of problems for you in the future when it comes to taxes and reports. You’ll run into even more problems if the person you’re dealing with is untrustworthy. One of the very best and safest ways is to use the services of a trusted and credible third party. Bali Coconut Living has years of experience in this sector with hundreds of happy customers and an abundance of positive reviews. With experienced consultants helping you every step of the way, you won’t ever have to worry about property laws, paperwork, bureaucracy or getting scammed. Get started today!
The Cost of Bali Living – An Expats Guide to Living In Bali7 September 2019 by Ade
Bali is a real life paradise when it comes to the stuff of vacations. Though you might be wondering, is it a good lifestyle fit for a long term homebase? There are many reasons why you should move to Bali. Bali is a haven for those who are working online and would like to call this tiny island home, as well as entrepreneurs, digital nomads, yoga lovers and families who live happily in Bali. Since the flights are afforadbale for Australians, Bali has become the playground for them. Much of the expats in Bali tend to choose the comfortable middle-class budget. Though for a more budget-friendly living cost and a fast-growing expat region of Ubud. There’s always an option for the length of stay on the island whether its 3 to 6 months or a full-time living on the island. Internet There’s internet in every corner of Bali including in its beach community and smaller towns, but don’t expect high-speed internet throughout the island. The best and most reliable connections would be in the main tourist areas and larger resorts such as Ubud, Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta & Sanur. Satellite internet is another option in rural areas. Child Friendliness Bali is considered very child-friendly, just like other places in Southeast Asia. There are several international schools offering varying degrees of intenational level education. It's best to do your research before you make a choice of living locations as the traffic in Bali can lead to long transit times between areas. Currency The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency of Indonesia. If you are coming in from Australia the exchange rate is quite simple – simply remove the last four zeros for an approximate price in AUD. The USD is currently around IDR 14.000 to the dollar. The great thing about Bali is that it's a small island that you can explore on the weekend. If you live in Ubud, where most of the expats live, getting to the other areas can be only a coupld of hours away. While if you have a little more than the average budget, you can live in the more resort-like coastal towns. Contact Bali Coconut Living for a villa rental in a short or long stay and they will recommend the best stays anywhere around the island for your Bali expat experience!
Stay in Bali for Unforgettable Cultural Experiences26 August 2019 by Ade
It’s a single island with temples, volcanoes, surfing waves and monkeys to tame! Bali offers all elements of your traveling persuasion and shouts paradise for experiences you will never forget. Sure, the island has breathtaking aesthetic beauties, though it’s the cultural wonders that are incredible and make Bali one of a kind. Temple to Temple Bali is a blessed island with the nickname “Island of the Gods”. Therefore, don’t be surprised by the temples you’ll see along the way. There are thousands of temples (known as “Pura”) on the island, every village has a main temple and every Balinese home will have at least one temple for offerings. Here are the top temples you should visit: Pura Tirta Empul One of Bali’s iconic water temples were they say magical, purifying properties are within the sacred springs of holy water. Tirta Empul is located in the central part of the island and has a literal meaning to ‘holy water spring’. It’s a must visit in Bali! Pura Besakih or The Mother Temple of Bali Located in the fast-growing tourism district of Karangasem, Besakih temple is a grand complex in the foot of Mount Agung and is considered to be Bali’s holiest place. Balinese Dishes Experience the Balinese essence of on your plate! It will be a real shame if you miss out on the traditional cuisine, as the local dishes are a big part of the tradition. Here are the traditional dishes in Bali you should try: Sate Lilit Indonesian satays or sate are grilled slices of chicken, goat or pork skewered on sticks. Bali’s sate Lilit has its own peculiar creation and taste which consists of marinated coconut milk and other spices tourists will enjoy. Babi Guling Bali’s roasted pork, famously known as “Babi Guling” is a must try! The pig is roasted as a whole and is rolled over the fire with the meat mixed with traditional spices greased over the pork making this an iconic Balinese dish. It’s served during cultural performances or ceremonies, nowadays, it can be enjoyed in local restaurants. Balinese Gamelan The traditional Balinese ‘Gamelan’ is also an essential piece of Balinese culture. It consists of heavy on percussion and relies on an assembly of various traditional instruments such as bamboo flutes and xylophones to make peaceful rhythmic goodness. You can find these instruments performed in a majority of places in Ubud, Restaurants and in some hotels and villas. Local Markets From the street foods in the bustling food markets to souvenirs, trinkets, colorful clothing on the other markets. It’s the center of the destination’s local heartbeat and you’ll get the chance to dive into the local environment and spend time with the locals. Bali is truly an island of deep culture and traditions and still preserves it with little change over time. Tourists have been in love with Bali’s culture since the beginning and always will be for years to come. Note that what is mentioned above is only a scratch of what Bali’s culture has to offer. Book now in Bali Coconut Living for affordable, long term villa rental in Bali, or a monthly stay and observe this magical island for yourself.
Living in Bali as a Digital Nomad20 August 2019 by Ade
With the rich history and culture, gorgeous beaches and sceneries, beautiful weather and its iconic spiritual traditions. Bali boasts excellent networking opportunities and an ideal destination for digital nomads to live in. Here, we’ll offer you some guidance before you set foot in Bali. Language You don’t need to speak Indonesian or Balinese to live in Bali, as most people in Bali can speak a bit of English, especially in the younger generation. Though, if you head towards the rural areas, you’ll probably have to rely on hand signals to interact with the locals. A tip is to take at least a week of Indonesian classes before heading to Bali. Daily Living Costs in Bali Bali offers digital nomads the ability to live a very afforadable, or very extravagant lifestyle. You can get delicious Balinese street food for as little sa $1 – and then explore exceptional gastronmic experiences at night. Bali offers the ability to tailor your lifestyle to your budget! Meet up with Other Digital Nomads By starting to meet and visit in some of the co-working spaces around the island, you’ll get to meet and make some great friends as Bali is an excellent place for networking as a digital nomad. Remember that you are really paying for the company. You can meet business owners and freelancers in co-working spaces and create opportunities for yourself. Digital nomads are living in Bali for years and have claimed to enjoy the weather, atmosphere and nice international communities to meet. If you are a digital nomad yourself and looking for an affordable, long term villa rental of up to years stay, contact Bali Coconut Living for some great deals of villas around the popular areas of Bali for your choice of stay.
Your Guide to Moving to Bali8 August 2019 by Ade
For those of you who have the freedom, its no doubt that Bali is an excellent idea for a long term stay! It serves you with a highly affordable lifestyle, great spicy food, and the kindest people you will meet. Bali has a large expat community in Canggu, Ubud and Uluwatu. If your priority is to live close to the beach for a sunset view, then Canggu should be your base, or if you want an afforable lifestyle adorned with pure Balinese culture and lifestyle, then Ubud should be your choice of stay. Getting a Local Sim Card The quickest option is to purchase a sim card directly in the airport, even though its a little pricy – it’s easy to register and will allwo you to immediately get online. Other options are getting them in major tourist towns such as Kuta, Canggu or Ubud. Telkomsel is the most popular data company, with the best signal in Bali as well as afforable data rates. If you don’t purchase your sim card at the airport the best option is to go directly to a Telkomsel outlet as you are required to register your sim card before activation in Indonesia. Getting A Scooter Getting your own mode of transportation is a must when it comes to a long term stay in Bali. If you have a bike license and are confident riding a scooter this is the most common mode of transportation on the island. Since scooters are the most effective way of transportation, there are many dealers on the island for purchase or rental. Food and Health Bali will spoil you with restaurants and cafes with a choice of local Balinese to western cuisines. If you get sick with the infamous ‘’Bali Belly’’ there are many excellent resources for a quick recovery, Drs who speak English and good health care facilities. Coworking Spaces Keep in mind that you might need a co-working space if you are planning to settle down in Bali, the island is becoming one of the main hubs in Asia for digital nomads. Make Bali your home! Contact Bali Coconut Living for long term villa rentals in Bali which offer you properties from the best and safest locations in the island to choose from.
Top Bali Beach Clubs26 July 2019 by Ade
Feel the urge to party by the beach? Bali will spoil you with a mix of beach clubs in a Mediterranean style vibe with a handful of fresh local styles, lining the southern coasts and positioned below the cliffs of this tropical island. With chill-out venues and beachside dining to brighten the spectacular coastlines and host evenings leading to beautiful Bali sunsets. Accompanied by classy snacks and tapas by world-class chefs and drinks prepared by experienced bartenders. If you’re looking for the best time on the coast, here is a list of the top beach clubs in Bali to help you decide. Potato Head Beach Club This beach club had its popularity rocketed by international DJ’s and celebrities taking the poolside stage, including great names such as M.I.A, Fat Boy Slim and Mark Ronson. This Seminyak venue has a unique and quirky architecture design resembling a stadium and coliseum, with a thin curved path into the club to make you feel like a gladiator up for battle. Once you enter, the beachfront bar and infinity pool within the grounds, are where the excitement begins. You’ll find bar tables arranged around the pool where the international DJs and celebrities perform. Ku De Ta This beach club is considered to be the trendsetter of beach nightlife which inspired other similar venues all over the island. Ku De Ta features a centerpiece lawn bordering the beachfront where all the special events are happening. Along with a private loft for secluded VIP-style moments. The night is owned by Ku De Ta’s own international DJ team who joins a local English-language radio dedicated to lounge and over the top tunes, with its own FM airwaves and internet live streaming of its own, reaching a world audience. Its restaurant features a minimalist and modern architecture with lines of locally-influenced cuisines. All this combined gives Ku De Ta a national reputation for its top dining and chill out atmosphere. Finn’s Beach Club This Canggu hangout on Berawa Beach features a large all-bamboo structure with a blue-tiled infinity pool. You can spend the whole day at the venue, which opens until midnight, with their resident DJs hitting the booth every day from 4pm. Enjoy anything from chicken wings to grilled squid and a mix of local and international fusion from the menu. Komune Beach Club The only beach club on Keramas Beach of Gianyar. It is an excellent beach for surfers where you can ride the waves and then come back for some refreshing drinks and healthy bites at the unique restaurant and bar, shaped like a giant mushroom. A 20x10m circular aquamarine infinity pool in the center of a spacious green lawn is also available for you to enjoy. Expect some sunset sessions with chill out music around the pool deck and movie screenings held on its ‘lawn cinema’. Enjoy the happy hours from Monday to Friday offering 50% drinks from 5pm to 6pm. Spice up your holiday in Bali and visit one of the perfect beach clubs this island has to offer! Bali Coconut Living offers thousands of villa rentals located all over Bali, offered for your choice of stay. Book now and get yourself an ideal villa closest to the beach party of your choice!