Indo, as dedicated surfers call this part of the world, has been a haven for sun and wave seekers since the 1970s. But few of the country’s islands have reached beachcomber zeitgeist like Bali, with its white sands and warm waters.
This month, the volcanic outpost gets its newest hotel, the Como Uma Canggu, a 55-room resort set directly on Echo Beach, home to one of the best surf breaks in the country. The hotel comes complete with an organic juice bar (for rehydrating after beach lounging) and 12 three-bedroom penthouses each equipped with a rooftop patio and an infinity pool.
Even better, it’s set in the still mostly undiscovered village of Canggu, a mash-up of Tulum and Brooklyn dropped down in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with trendy coffeehouses, local-art galleries, and warungs, little roadside cafes.
When you want to explore farther afield, the hotel will set you up with ocean-sports outfitter Tropicsurf to help you catch a few remote waves. Or they’ll hire a local guide to usher you to Tanah Lot, on Bali’s west coast, an ancient Hindu temple perched on a rock spire amid the crashing tide. The shrine may inspire you to higher thoughts—or, at the very least, a few Instagram-worthy shots.