I stayed at the Voyager thanks to a friend and was really happy that I did. The Voyager is a kooky six bedroom bed and breakfast retreat that aims to attract people working in creative industries. However, for anyone in need of a soul replenishing stay in Bali to get away from corporate life, this is the perfect place to come and stay to connect with your creative side. This is also a wonderful place to come and stay if you're single and want to connect with a community of people whether with others staying at the Voyager or down at the beachside. Don and Justin run the place and are an incredibly charming, welcoming and hospitable couple. They made me feel very much at home and invited me to share dinner with them on a number of evenings and I was even invited to do some voice recordings for their band!!
There are only six rooms at the Voyager which helps to add to the intimate feel of the place. Four of the rooms are set around a central swanky pool with a dining area towards the back and a recording studio set towards the back of the property (yes you read that correctly!) The architecture of the place is a little eccentric in that it combines traditional Balinese style with contemporary. The rooms themselves are Balinese huts but they are composed of glass that act as mirrors from the outside during the day.
I stayed in the Rinjani room, which has to be the best room in the whole place. A picture of Ursula Andress hangs above the bed and a toy aeroplane was placed on the bedside table. There is an amazing outdoor shower and a plush jacuzzi in the outdoor garden which makes you feel like you're in another world, maybe somewhere deep in a tropical jungle. My room also came with a television onto which a number of classic movies were uploaded, and which were the perfect way to spend the nights I chose to stay in.
Breakfast at the Voyager consisted of unlimited smooth Balinese coffee and fresh tropical fruit with yoghurt, eggs on toast or yummy pancakes every morning. In addition, Don and Justin organized a number of communal meals including a delicious Christmas Eve dinner which was a lovely occasion for my high school friends and I to reunite and celebrate Christmas together. The Christmas meal consisted of a fresh fragrant herbal salad, roast potatoes, barbecued ribs and chicken and mince meat pies with brandy butter and ice cream together with chocolate nuts and champagne. We also each received Christmas crackers with quotes and small gifts inside together with hats to wear over Christmas dinner. Due to the change in rhythm from round the clock working hours in my everyday life to downtime, I unfortunately passed out after the dinner. Don and Justin were very sweet and caring about the whole episode and I was (embarrassingly) carried into my room and left to rest.
A few days later, Don and Justin organized a Balinese dinner for the guests at the Voyager. This must be the best and freshest Balinese food. There were meat skewers, chicken and grain mix with very fragrant herbs, and a delicious sweet bean desert. This was definitely one of the nicest meals I had in Bali.
The Voyager is situated a stone’s throw away from Echo Beach and situated among beautiful Balinese rice paddies which is perfect if you’re looking to come and surf in Bali. However, you may want to bear in mind that the easiest way to get around is on a moped so you may wish to consider if you feel comfortable with this. Don and Justin arranged a moped hire for a reasonable sum although I did end up walking to the beach quite a bit as I was a little nervous being a novice with mopeds.
If you’re single (and creative!) and looking to go to meet other likeminded travellers, the Voyager is the perfect place to stay!! Thank you to Don and Justin for making me feel so welcome and looking after me!! This was one of my most memorable and pleasant holidays I have had in a long time!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Authentic island living in the beautiful area of Canggu - Bali's surf mecca. The Voyager Boutique Creative Retreat is situated in the heart of a peaceful fishing village, surrounded by rice padi and close to the ocean. Only 10 minutes to buzzing hotspots of Seminyak and Kuta. Come relax in our charming garden bungalows, swimming pool and friendly atmosphere. The brand new Cafe Voyager now offers a delightful range of health foods to naughty-but-nice flame grilled fare finished off with sumptuous deserts and our own home roasted coffee! Don't hesitate to contact us for any additional information ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Voyager Boutique Creative Retreat Bali/Canggu