The Slow, Bali
On a recent trip to Bali my boyfriend and I booked ourselves in for two nights at the the newly opened and much touted boutique hotel, The Slow.
The Slow is located a short walk from the popular surf beach Batu Bolong in Canggu - a hip and laid-back area surrounded by rice fields, organic cafes and cool beach bars.
There are 12 suites at The Slow, with views of Canggu beach or the neighbouring village. Four of them are located on the ground floor, each with their own private plunge pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens (pictured below). The custom made furniture and interior in each room are all different but kept in the same minimalistic and modern style. The floor-to-ceiling windows light up the rooms by day and if you're in one of the pool suites you can slide the doors to the side to extend the size of the room and jump right in.
Some extra features that make The Slow stand out from the crowd - besides having your own private pool - is the calm lounge music by LA’s Reverberation Radio playing non-stop in the rooms, the amazing architecture all throughout the building, the beautiful photographic artwork on the wall, The Slow’s own branded products in the mini bar and the incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Every last detail of The Slow has been carefully considered and executed to perfection. The hotel also features its own gallery space with changing exhibitions and a concept store with a new men’s label 'Non-Type' designed by the owners.
The all-day restaurant Eat & Drink, situated in the open space on ground level serves a tastry contemporary menu of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients, headed up by Australian chef Shannon Moran. Both mornings, we ordered 'The Slow Breakfast' (scramble eggs, house slab bacon, sweet corn cake) and 'Nuts & Seed Toast' with avocado and soy bean crush (see image below). So delicious!
If you want to give the big hotels a miss, The Slow is a super cool island stay experience and the ultimate space to recharge. There's a laid back vibe, and all you really feel like doing is relaxing, enjoying it and... taking it slow.
Room rates start from AU$170 per night for a suite, or AU$220 for a pool suite.