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July 6th, 2018

For me, Canggu felt like somewhere you could just settle in and enjoy the local surrounds, a bit like home. I loved being able to schedule in some days or afternoons out but also some villa days. A villa day looked a little like this: 7am: Husband heads out for a surf (a five minute walk away and $5 to hire a board for an hour); I do a little yoga or a HIIT workout at the villa 9am: Eat the best Nasi Goreng for breakfast, cooked by our maid, Tia. 10am: Wander out for a coffee/shop browse – a few minutes’ walk to coffee and a 30-minute walk “loop” around our nearest shops and boutiques. 12noon: Head back at the villa for massages ($15 each for an hour). 1pm: G&Ts and snacks while dipping in and out of the pool and reading while reclining on one of the many daybeds. 4pm: Shower in our outdoor ensuite and change for the sunset by the beach and/or dinner out, a five minute walk to some fabulous local spots. 8pm: Home for another swim in the pool 9pm: Head to our muslin-mosquito-netted bed Just writing out that schedule has me feeling all zen like and rapidly working out just when we can get back there. This is a privately owned three double-bedroom/bathroom villa. It’s not in a complex. It’s hidden behind a high fence down a small lane off Jl. Jelayan, rice paddies and banana trees to the left. When you open the door to the lawn and courtyard, it is EXACTLY how it looks on airbnb and Instagram. Does anyone else ever fear their accommodation dreams may not match up with the reality? Well, the reality was very much on par with the dream at Fella Villas. It felt very us. It was big enough that the four of us had plenty of room. PLENTY. But it was small enough that we didn’t feel overwhelmed by the space. Instead, it felt very welcoming. A big part of that welcome is the layout of the villa and its interior aesthetic but it’s the amazing Tia, who comes in each day to make you breakfast, clean the villa and wash your clothes who really makes you feel at home (well, the home you’d like to have – HAH). Two of the bedrooms had outdoor ensuites; the third bedroom’s ensuite was indoors. The outdoor showering and toilet-ing thing is not normal for most of us but I got very used it. Loved it, in fact. The racks for hanging clothes were also located outside – letting nature do the steaming. The beds themselves were super comfortable, with luxe white sheets. Closing the muslin mosquito canopy every night made them feel even more cosy. The gardens, the indoor plants, cacti, furnishings and decor pieces make you feel like you’d stepped into someone’s Pinterest board. DREAMY. Think Scandi/boho luxe. I wanted to package it all up and bring transport into my own home. I loved rotating…

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