Hurrah! You’ve finally found yourself amongst the people that scoot around the island with chillaxed purpose – Macbook Air or iPad in hand, in search of good wi-fi and a calm vibe, sipping cappuccino and snacking on your organic salad whilst emailing the outside world important business from your bamboo designed, open-air cafe office. Welcome to working remotely from 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”, 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 the destinations below. 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 wi-fi.
Bring your bikini to the office when working from Salty Volt – you might need a dip in the office pool if not the surf!
Open again! There’s boardrooms and then there’s board rooms. Steps away from the Echo Beach break, it’s no surprise that this co-working space has the office version and the surfboard storage version – Salty Volt is the co-working space the dreams are made of, especially when the swell is up. This two-storied, bamboo address is built around a tropical pool and cool cafe, with video conferencing options, whiteboards, meeting rooms, Skype facilities and a ‘no shoes’ policy. You’ll be surrounded by happy visionaries, freethinkers and entrepreneurial surfers who’re living the dream. Except when the waves are pumping, then it’s all yours.
Salty Volt, 88 Jl. Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali, p. +62 (0)361 8469135.
Another idyllic location with office technology and a gorgeous pool, cafe and bar area – Connect at Peppers Sentosa
Connect at Peppers Sentosa
This is one we’ve happily raved about before. Peppers Sentosa is one of our favourite nooks in Bali, and it’s fast become so much more than a collection of luxe Seminyak villas and gorgeous pool club. Connect is the retreats co-working space, which offers access to the gym, pool, discounted spa treatments and private meeting and Skype rooms upon request. Printing, scanning and office supplies never looked so sexy.
Connect at Peppers Sentosa, Jalan Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia, p. +62 (0)361 730 333.
Hubud is the island’s original co-working space, which now has a well-earned reputation for housing a diverse community of local and visiting talent. 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.
Hubud, Jalan Monkey Forest 88X, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali 80571, p. +62 (0)361 978 073.
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 that other spaces.
Lineup Hub, Sunset Permai 3, Jl. Sunset Road, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, p. +62 (0)361 8947510.
Souq has a great cafe with good wi-fi, and loads of space to get through your work quickly (so you can then shop!)
If you can resist burning the money you’re meant to be earning on buying their designer garb and ethnic home wares, working at Souq in the middle of Seminyak is a designer, calm cafe 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.
Souq, Jalan Raya Basangkasa No.10X, Seminyak Bali 80361, p. +62 (0)822 3780 1817.
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 make working a pleasure. The gorgeous staff Mira, Fifi, Dewa and Yoga have smiles bigger than kids on Christmas, they’ll look after you all day.
Sprout, Jalan Raya Semat 18A, Canggu, Bali, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 7am-5pm.
If a bloody mary and bruscetta 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, Bali, p. +62(0)361 730 276.
The Canggu Club
The suave Canggu 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. Make a day of it with a session in the gym and a hit of tennis. Definitely pop on some shoes for this one!
The Canggu Club, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu Bali, 80361, p. +62 (0)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. So you’ll be doing so much more than getting a bit of work done when you check in at Kumpul.
Kumpul Coworking Space, Rumah Sanur, 2nd floor, Jalan Danau Poso no. 51A, Br. Semawang, Sanur Bali 80228, p. +62 (0)361 281739. Open daily 9am-10pm.
Dojo is a new kid coming to the co-working space of Bali, being conveniently built on Batu Belig, smack bang between Canggu and Seminyak (opposite Desa Seni). It will serve to foster growth, learning and training for the passionate local and visiting community of entrepreneurs in Bali. Stay tuned for more on this one.
Dojo Bali, Gang Gelatik 15, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Indonesia, p. +62 (0)812 38166144.