Continuing seamlessly north from Seminyak, Kerobokan combines some of Bali’s best restaurants, lavish lifestyles and still more beach. Hotels are upstaged by villas, which sprout from the ground like a bad rash. At times the mix of commerce and rice fields can be jarring.
North of Kerobokan
Growth is marching north and west along the coast, much of it anchored by the endless swath of beach, which, despite rampant development, remains fairly uncrowded. Kerobokan morphs into Canggu, while neighbouring Echo Beach is a big construction site. Cloistered villas lure the well-heeled who whisk past stooped rice farmers in air-con comfort. Traffic may be the ultimate commoner’s revenge: road building is a decade or two behind settlement.