Office desks are sooo last year. So if you're one of the many digital nomads in Bali who swapped the 9-5 grind for a good cappuccino and international Skype calls, check out these co-working spaces and quiet cafes for fast Wi-Fi, great food and a cool, comfy, ambience to eat, meet, work, repeat. Laptop warriors unite!
Hurrah! You’ve finally found yourself amongst the digital nomad community who scoot around the sunny streets with chillaxed purpose, a Macbook Air or iPad in hand, in search of good Wi-Fi and a calm vibe to sip cappuccinos and snack on organic salads whilst emailing the outside world from a bamboo designed, cafe-office. Welcome to working remotely in Bali!
So aside from being one of the lucky ones – rightly Instagramming your feet kicked up by a pool with half a MacBook in shot, captioned “office for the day” and tagged “paradise” for some extra salt in the wound – you need office variety and good technology to pay for your island lifestyle. And there’s only so long you can find inspiration in isolation.
So when your villa surrounds get a little claustrophobic (or you find yourself drifting between bed / pool / hammock / fridge, doing little more than tanning, eating and sleeping), head to one of these co-working destinations and quiet cafes. In these work-friendly Bali spaces you’ll find other Havaiana-footed laptop workers, suitable surrounds for a Skype session, great grub and a vibe that reminds you why it’s worth living with island-time Wi-Fi.
Hubud is the island’s original co-working space that arguably helped to kickstart the digital nomad trend throughout the island. This breezy indoor-outdoor bamboo space has a well-earned reputation for housing a diverse community of local and visiting talent – 250 members from 30 different countries no less. Set in the spiritual highlands of Ubud, this space inspires balance and perspective to achieve dreams and kick inspiring goals. Courses and coaching are the cherry on top, not to mention the garden cafe with a granola station and daily roasted organic coffee.
Hubud, Jalan Monkey Forest 88X, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 978 073. Open daily, 24/7.
Dojo in Canggu is about as cool as the crowds it attracts. From techies, bloggers and app developers, to jewellers, artists and bikini designers, Dojo is the community hub for Canggu’s young and aspiring. Not only does it serve those doing international business [with five business-grade fibre optic lines, air-conditioned conference rooms, three sound proof private Skype booths and plenty of high-tech facilitates] it also surrounds a glittering pool with lush tropical gardens [lunch breaks have never been so tropical!], hot showers and just next door is everyone’s favourite smoothie shack, Nalu Bowls. The space itself is a hip two-storey venue a stone’s throw from the world-famous surf break of Echo Beach, with daily workshops, think-tanks, skill sharing sessions, networking events, social meetups and community BBQs.
Dojo Bali, No. 88 Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu, p.+62 0813 3824 2424. Open daily
This is one we’ve happily raved about before. Peppers Seminyak is one of our favourite nooks in Bali, and it’s fast become so much more than a collection of luxe Seminyak villas. Connect is the retreats’ co-working community concept, which offers access to the gym, pool, discounted spa treatments and private meeting and Skype rooms upon request. Nailing the work-life balance, you can choose to work anywhere in the 4.5 hectare resort, whether that be poolside, in The Laneway restaurant, or sprawled across squishy sofas in the breezy lounge. Printing, scanning and office supplies never looked so sexy.
Connect at Peppers Seminyak, Jalan Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 730 333.
It’s easy to dismiss Sprout from street view, mistaking it as part of the Kid’s Club that it’s connected to. Or at the least, mistaking it for a kid clad hangout – a café worker’s worst nightmare. To big surprise, Sprout is a quiet, comfortable nest with great food, great Wi-Fi and great coffee. You’ll never need to battle the crowds for a seat and the natural lighting and ambient music makes working a pleasure. The gorgeous staff always have smiles bigger than kids on Christmas, too, and they’ll look after you all day, from the first coffee to the fifth.
Sprout, Jalan Raya Semat 18A, Canggu, Bali, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 7am-5pm.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options on this list, Sunset Road’s co-working space, Lineup Hub, offers free trials in its modern, colourful setting. With more of a “work vibe” than many others, you’ll be sure to leave with a sense of accomplishment and fewer beach or pool distractions than other spaces.
Lineup Hub, Sunset Permai 3, Jl. Sunset Road, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 8947510.
If you can resist burning the money you’re meant to be earning on buying designer garb and ethnic home wares, working at Souq in the middle of Seminyak is a designer, calm café vibe. The menu is enough to draw many returns, highlighted by the likes of a homemade ethical and organic meat sausage roll with tomato and pear relish, tamarillos poached in rose and vanilla with labne yoghurt and toasted pumpkin seeds, and an exotic Persian salad of chickpeas and tahini. Oh, and the Wi-Fi is great too, for once you’ve finished munching and are ready to get back to the grind.
Souq, Jalan Raya Basangkasa No.10X, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)822 3780 1817. Open Mon-Sat 8.30am – 8pm, Sunday 8.30am – 6pm.
One of the island’s newest co-working hubs, Coworking Legian was born from the very request of a long-staying guest of the adjoining Sara Residence. A digital nomad himself, he needed a place to work, a place to relax, and a place to while away the working hours with an espresso in hand, a printer to one side and a fellow nomad or two to talk business with. Alas, Coworking Legian was born, and now, this interactive and innovative workspace comes with all the bells and whistles, with affordable membership plans that include complimentary daily coffees, water and snacks, as well as printing, scanning and conference facilities and even online dating meetups for some post-blogging romance.
Coworking Legian, Jalan Nakula No.9, Legian, Kuta, p. +62 8138 2288 669. Open daily, 24/7.
If a Bloody Mary and bruschettas are more your work jam, then you need to open up shop at Corner House in Seminyak. During the day, the upstairs area is only open for bar food and beverages, making it an ambient haven to forget the busy street below. The tree breeze and rustic vintage décor invites sucking back Sampoernas and penning the next Hemingway.
Corner House, Jalan Laksmana No.10 A, Kerobokan Seminyak, p. +62 361 730 276. Open daily 7am – 10pm.
This new co-working gem in Ubud describes itself as “the coworking space Google would create if they opened in Bali”. Now, that’s quite a claim, but luckily for us laptop warriors, they live up to their self-proclaimed awesomeness. With amazing amenities and a vibrant, productive and engaged community of doers that supercharge your productivity, Outpost is the coolest new spot to get your geek on. It’s made up of more than 600 square meters of indoor hubs, garden and deck space with offices, standing desks, Skype rooms, robust internet and even an onsite masseur to ease any keyboarders’ elbow aches. And if you can’t bear to switch off, there’s even Co-Living accommodation so you can shack up with other CEOs and night owls who work around the clock. Or just close your laptop and enjoy the villa pool.
Outpost, Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, p. +62 361 9080584. Open daily Mon – Fri 8am–6pm, Sat – Sun 8am–5pm.
Finns Recreation Club
The suave Finns Recreation Club sits at the high-end of Bali’s co-working scene. A collared shirt wouldn’t be out of the question, nor would the clicking of a Montblanc pen. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a Wall Street wanderer to do business here. In keeping with the laid-back island vibe, you can break up the day with a session in the gym, a round of tennis or even a splash at the waterpark. Whatever you choose, just be sure to pop some shoes [or flip flops] on and cover up the bikini when hitting the members only business centre.
Finns Recreation Club, Jalan Canggu Club, Canggu, 80361, p. +62 361 8483 939. Open daily 6am–10pm.
Kumpul Coworking Space
Encouraging a culture of openness and sharing, Kumpul is a tech savvy co-working space in the eastern spot of Sanur. Its mission is to empower the local community, providing small businesses with the resources they need to thrive. And unlike other spaces, they aim to fit somewhere in between a traditional workspace and home, not only encouraging a network of professionals and creatives, but a space to make friends who’ll soak up the joys of island-working with you.
Kumpul Coworking Space, Rumah Sanur, 2nd floor, Jalan Danau Poso no. 51A, Sanur, p. +62 361 281739. Open daily 9am-10pm.
Cruise past this brand new Berawa cafe and you’ll hear the sounds of Canggu’s creative crowds catching up over a healthy salad, or making their way to the upstairs co-working space with their Macbooks in their backpacks and a long black coffee in hand. That’s because C’ugh House is different to Berawa’s other cafes and co-working spots. Instead of merging diners with the digital nomads, it’s set over three floors with a different concept on each: a cafe and bar downstairs, a co-working spot on the second floor, and a stunning rooftop hideout on the top terrace with epic views over the rice fields. Settle in for the day and enjoy the sugar-free, organic fitness plates and smoothies, or make C’ugh House your second home with the hourly, weekly and monthly co-working memberships. After all, there’s showers, lockers, super fast wifi, and, after 5pm this place is hopping with the cocktail crowds, so there’s no reason to ever leave, really.
C’ugh House, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, No. 9090, Berawa, e. email@example.com. Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Sheraton Kuta Bali Resort
For those amongst the buzzing beach, shopping and social scene of Kuta Beach, the Sheraton Kuta Bali Resort offers two options for remote working. The Lounge, with its ocean views, high ceilings and decadent delights will keep you working in style and substance for hours. They offer a legendary high tea, and even Gin & Tonic personalisation when you’re nearing the end of work! Or you can rent the private dining room at Bene, again with ocean views and more Italian fare faves than there are working hours in the day.
Sheraton Kuta Bali Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta, p. +62 361 846555.
So charge up your lappie, bring a notepad, download some productive working tunes and don’t forget your bikini!