The whole area of Canggu, Pererenan included, is an up and coming area in Indonesia that’s starting to develop its own hipster subculture. It has a thriving surf scene right in Pererenan beach, and naturally, wherever surfers are, there will also be a continuing sprout of cafes, restaurants, retreats, and co-sharing spaces. Canggu and Pererenan are located just north of Seminyak, about 45 minutes away from the airport. Canggu is most famous for Echo Beach, but recently, new cafes that are contributing to the tourism industry and old favorites have found a new following.
Canggu has been compared to Ubud. It is said to be the Ubud of ten years ago. They are both cultural and spiritual hotspots. However, generally, Canggu seems to be more relaxed. In a couple of years, with progress ongoing in Seminyak, Canggu will be more reachable and modern. So take advantage of its laidback vibe as of now. Here are the best things to keep coming back to Pererenan, Indonesia for:
1. Finding nirvana at Inner Temple Retreat
All women - frayed mothers, singles trying to find their passion or mid-career professionals on the verge of a burnout - who want some downtime from their busy, hectic lives will find sanctuary in Inner Temple Retreat in Pererenan. The retreat is a boutique yoga and wellness provider that allows its participants to relax and destress in tropical paradise villas in the southern part of Bali. Emma leads the retreat and makes it her mission to deliver meaningful, creative and fun holidays for women.
It’s especially helpful for yoga practitioners who want to deepen their practice. The daily practices are led by Tanja. It is complemented by Davina who helps you through mindfulness exercises and personal discoveries. Food served is all vegan - nurturing, filling and delicious. There’s also time for massages, Balinese healing, mandala workshops, raw chocolate classes, walking through rice fields and sharing sessions at the dinner table.
Inner Temple Retreat
Address: Jalan Pererenan, Pererenan, 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Website: Inner Temple Retreat
2. Be one with the horses at Kuda P. Stables
Pererenan is a sleepy town. However, it holds secret activities like this that a lot of people make the 10-minute drive from Canggu for. The horse stable is run by an Australian who has had a lot of experience dealing with horses in Australia and England. The stable overlooks lush green rice fields. There are different horseriding routes based on the rider’s level of expertise.
You can go through the rice paddies, trot to the village and have a fun ride to the surf beach of Pererenan. You will also cross a small river and take a last stroll through several temples and villas. There are also pony rides for children and therapeutic sessions for children and adults with special needs. If you want to deepen your horse riding knowledge, individual or group sessions can also be arranged. The rates will already include safety gear, basic instruction, tea and a delicious snack of Pisang Goreng or banana fritters.
Kuda P. Stables
Address: Gang Sabana, Banjar Kang Kang. Pererenan, Pererenan, Canggu Bali, Kabupaten Badung, 80117 Bali, Indonesia
Website: Kuda P Stables
3. Surfing at Pererenan Beach
Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing
Pererenan Beach is one of the crowd drawers in the otherwise sleepy town of Pererenan. The surf beach has a 700-meter (2,300-foot) black sand stretch facing the stunning Indian Ocean. It is most famous during the monsoon season when the waves pack an extra punch, but most local surfers prefer it during the dry season because they have the beach mostly to themselves. The waves are strong enough to create a barrel movement, especially during typhoon months.
Most surfers categorize it as moderately challenging. Even if you’re not a surfer, you can just enjoy the black sand and the stunning scenery. You can try the spots in front of the river mouth which is fast and powerful. Another is in front of the main road. Be careful when you’re walking though as there are a lot of sea urchins in this area especially during low tide.
Address: Jl. Pantai Pererenan No.171, Pererenan, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
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4. Health and clarity with Ayurvedic Food Retreat
Ayurveda is a complementary practice to yoga in India. Yoga involves aligning the mind, body and emotions. Ayurveda is a natural way to enhance that by enhancing your health and clarity. An Ayurvedic yoga retreat will show you the proper way to use food to gain health and clarity and the eating habits that need to be maintained.
The retreat will also include a personalized session when the doctor will assess your current situation and determine the appropriate treatment. There are no blanket treatments in Ayurveda, so it follows that there are no blanket retreats either. There are several retreats available. Be sure to peruse each one to ensure that the retreat is right for you.
Ayurvedic Food Retreat
Website: Ayurvedic Food Retreat
5. Healthy eating at the new vegan restaurants
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
If you’re looking for a vegan cafe with a magnificent view of the rice paddies of Indonesia, then head on to these new names. In a nutshell, they serve really tasty healthy food that is plant-based. If you happen to be in Canggu, try Avocado Cafe, Peloton Cafe, Green Ginger, Eden Cafe, Ithaka, La Baracca and The Shady Shack. There are also several institutions such as Betelnut, Crate Cafe, Serenity Alkaline and Banana Leaf.
Address: Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, 80351 Bali, Indonesia
Facebook: Shady Shack
Daily living in Perenanan
If you’re staying for a longer period of time (which is recommended), then it helps to learn a bit of Bahasa Indonesian. It is also recommended that you go around on a scooter instead of walking or riding a bicycle. Most of the places of interest in Pererenan (like those in this list) are spread pretty far off from each other.
There is a very laidback, hipster atmosphere to this place. If you’re a tourist, then your days will mostly revolve around yoga, surfing, shopping in delis and organic shops and getting pampered in spas and wellness centers. If this doesn’t sound like paradise, I don’t know what does.
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