Free Entry After 5 and All Weekend – Everyone’s Welcome!

It’d be fair to say that the number of warungs, cafes and restaurants in the Canggu area have doubled in the last twelve months, these new additions showcasing the whole gamut of food offerings from terrible to tasty! Sure, there’s variety aplenty, but one thing many seem to lack is space (to park!!) to relax, and for the kids to have a run around.

Bali’s idyllic island environment and balmy weather lends itself to alfresco dining with friends, and many favour a venue that offers a pleasant view, appealing ambience and somewhere for the kids to kick a ball. Anywhere away from pungent, unpleasant exhausts and the cacophonous drone of Bali’s two wheeled transport of choice is a bonus! Not so easy to find….

In the past, The Canggu Club has been a welcome oasis limited only to members and their guests, however, in recent times they have opened the doors of Bistro C and Sports Bar to all from 5pm weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays with no day pass required! Now everyone is welcome to enjoy the culinary offerings of alfresco eatery Bistro C as well as watching all of their favourite international sporting meet and matches in air conditioned comfort on the multitude of screens in The Sports Bar. Kids are catered for too as you can sit back, chillax and watch them run around one of the very few fully fenced and beautifully manicured lawns in Bali with complete peace of mind!

Of course the added bonus is that Splash Water Park is right next door, along with a fully equipped fitness centre and lap pool so it’s the perfect opportunity to simply purchase a Day Pass in order to make the most of these extra amenities that are right in front of you, not to mention Strike Ten Pin, Bounce Trampoline and the Tennis Centre a mere buggy ride away.

The other bonus is that there is always something happening at The Canggu Club so you’ll never be starved for entertainment. October guests are invited to Drink Pink and enjoy a selection of rose coloured cocktails to support Breast cancer Awareness and The Sports Bar is screening all of the excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival throughout October and into November, not to mention The Club hosting one of the biggest social events of the Bali Calendar – The Melbourne Cup Marquee Party! (If you hurry you might just nab one of the few remaining tickets!)

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Every weekend there is entertainment for all ages with Starlight Movies every Saturday evening at 7pm. Pull up a beanbag and grab your popcorn and S’mores (only Rp65K) and enjoy a night under the stars with the family for free! Cubby House Kids Club runs a children’s cooking class every Saturday morning from 10am along with kids’ parties each alternate Sunday, not to mention their offer of an hour of free babysitting with every Rp200K spent at Bistro C and Sports Bar.

Sundays at 4pm means free frisbee fun on the lawn and why not stay to enjoy their scrumptious Sunday Roast from 5pm at Bistro C. Live music means a great night of free entertainment in family friendly environment, providing a perfect end to the week. Canggu Club Silver, Gold and Platinum card holders can continue to take advantage of the massive 50% discount on food and beverages after 5pm every day and now they don’t have to use up all of their guest passes to bring in friends and visiting family.

With all of this available to everyone each weekend and after 5pm weekdays, the decision really is quite simple. Canggu Club is my first choice as far as all round family friendly destinations go!

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Tennis Tournament Reveals Young Sporting Talent

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Young tennis talent was revealed over the last few weekends as the Junior Sports Academy held their annual tournament for 2016. The comp which spanned three weekends was an opportunity for JSA players to showcase their skill development and marked improvement over the year. 2016’s comp revealed some surprise packages and serious junior talent with several matches seeing tight competition between the players.
JSA Yellow Ball Tennis Tournament former Canggu Classic junior champion, Jake Day came in as the top seed of this year’s event which was held on on September 24th & 25th.
Second seed, Jackson Penny battled on but was defeated by the up and coming Agus Wibawa in the quarter finals. Agus had four match points at 5-3 but couldn’t close out the match as Jackson, being the fighter that he is, saved four of the match points in this dramatic encounter. He then took the lead and had a match point of his own at 6-5, but Agus had other plans, saving it and taking the match into a tiebreaker. Agus’ consistent display of smart tennis and staying calm under pressure paid off as he prevailed as the winner in the tiebreaker.
Jake Day had little trouble dismissing another young talent, Enzo Gabler in the quarter finals. Enzo recently graduated from Green Ball Level and was experiencing his first Yellow Ball event and managed to make the quarter finals after defeating Leonardo Cisini.
The semi final was a battle between two seniors of the Super Squad…top seed, Jake Day against third seed, Nico Gonzalez. Jake played his offensive hard hitting game whereas Nico was keeping the rallies long in order to put Jake off his rhythm. In the end, Jake used experience to close out the match.

The only girl who from Super Squad, Annabel de Alessi joined the boys and left no doubt as to her skills as she made her way to the final to play Jake Day after impressive wins over Declan Dainith and the the gutsy Agus Wibawa. Annabel used her consistent and effective game play to her advantage and stormed into the final.

Jake Day was too strong for Annabel de Alessi in the final, winning it 6-1.
Due to minimum participants, the Girls Yellow Ball Comp became a Round Robin event.
Second place went to consistent player, Sydney Eckstein and Rachel Donner was this term’s new champion after a solid display of heavy hitting throughout the tournament.

Matheo Martin’s Green Ball campaign began on Saturday October 1st with a win over Ziggy Kloer in a match up where rallies were long but Matheo used his experience to win in the end. The tournament’s second seed, Jack Mollison stormed into the semis with a win over Hayden Clubley who was the tournament’s surprise package where he defeated his senior, Tommaso Castellari in the first round. He bowed out to the eventual champion Jack Mollison in a very close match with a tight score line, 6-4.

Green ball newcomer, Owen Orr made it to the semi finals and third seeded Felipe Gonzalez defeated Justin Muliastra in an epic match, also making it into the semis.

One of these matches saw Matheo Martin defeat a valiant Owen Orr 6-3 to progress to the final. In the other semi Felipe Gonzalez initially took the lead, but Jack Mollison had other ideas, pulling out a different game plan and winning most of the long rallies by coming to the net and volleying…thus taking the win by 7 games to 5!

The final was a battle between the top two seeds. Once again, Jack Mollison was trailing, facing a match point with Matheo’s service, but he truly showed that tennis is a mental game, remained calm, changed tack and took the next three games, winning the final, 7-5. He saved a total of five match points throughout the tournament and won the title!

The third and final weekend saw younger players from the Red and Orange Ball division take to the court in the hope of victory! These slightly smaller battlers were a delight to watch and what they lacked in years was certainly made up for in determination!

The Red Ball Comp was a unisex division and the final match was a battle of two tiny titans in Zoe Penny and Emile Stewart Khan. Emile eventually took line honours with a well deserved win, however Zoe’s smile as she accepted her medal indicated she was proud as punch to be up on the podium. Ptolomy Worth took out the Orange Ball Singles title for the boys over runner up, Jack Simpson, while Grace Hoyles made for a worthy opponent to Winner Saba Hilton in the Orange Ball Girls’ Singles competition.

Competition over for another year, the players resume practice with the Tennis Academy from October 17th in their after school program. For more information on how to join JSA Tennis, email jsa@cangguclub.com
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New Sports and More in Store for Term 2

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Fresh off a successful week of Gu Crew holiday camp activities, the Junior Sports Academy launches its Term 2 After School Program from Monday October 17th and it’s sporting a few new surprise additions! Along with all of the usual suspects such as the ever popular tennis, soccer, gymnastics, swimming and trampolining, this term the JSA have included three new and exciting options into the schedule.

With its popularity on the rapid rise, it is little wonder that some Cross Fit training has been added to the program! Teen Strength is a Cross Fit inspired workout for teens who seek to be stronger, fitter, perform at a higher level in their chosen sports or simply learn how to lift weights safely and effectively for maximum results. Qualified trainers will vary workouts each session in an effort to build strength and develop technique. As the name suggests, this is a program aimed more towards boys and girls of ages 12 years and above.

The ancient practice of yoga has long been considered beneficial for mind, body and soul and it seems the team at JSA wholeheartedly agree as they have added it to the Term 2 schedule! Led by their experienced, gymnastics and trampoline coach Tanou, these sessions will encompass a range of different disciplines to generate a host of benefits for boys and girls of all ages. Not only a practice which encourages body awareness, yoga facilitates stress management through controlled breathing, meditation and movement. As well as the obvious physical benefits of strengthening, stretching, balance and flexibility, kids who practise yoga also develop concentration skills and the art of relaxation, enjoy increased confidence and positive self image, and can feel part of a healthy non competitive group!

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The third addition to the Term 2 line up is the exciting sport of Muay Thai! Not just about going a round in the ring with fists and feet, Muay Thai is sometimes referred to as “the art of eight limbs” as it employs the use of eight points of contact – hands, feet, elbows and knees! This will be a fitness based program encompassing the skills of martial arts as well as the importance of discipline, confidence and self esteem! This sport is extremely effective in building strength, speed, agility and flexibility as well as cardio fitness.

Registration has already opened for the Term 2 After School Program but spaces are limited and vacancies for popular sports fill quickly. Participants have the option to join on a casual ‘drop in’ basis (subject to availability) or pay a minimum of eight weeks to take advantage of the discounted rate. Canggu Club members also enjoy reduced rates however registration is also open to non Canggu Club members alike! For full details regarding schedules for each sport along with venues, pricing and coaches bios, check out the JSA website: jsabali.com

Kids who participate in sports have the advantage of increased stamina, more confidence, fitness and the ability to be a part of a team. Don’t risk the disappointment of your child missing out on their favourite sport, sign up for the Junior Sports Academy After School Program today!

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Much More Than Just a Lunch on the Lawn!

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Can you hear it? The clink of champagne flutes, the popping of corks and the distant thundering of hooves……Cup Day excitement is already bubbling in Bali and it’s time to get your party checklist sorted. Following two insanely successful years, The Canggu Club is once again playing host to the island’s most popular and unique Cup Day event. Let’s be honest, if you can’t be front and centre at Flemington come November 1, Canggu Club’s Lawn Party is the ultimate ticket for cup day fun in Bali.
With all of the gilt, glamour and sparkle of the Spring Racing Carnival, Canggu Club’s Melbourne Cup party is an up market affair, their lawn resplendent with white marquee, linen covered tables and a multitude of screens to view one of the most widely watched horse races the world over! Granted, the actual race is really what the day is all about but the party held in its honour is something else to behold!

Time and effort spent on selecting just the right racing attire is obvious as elegantly clad couples swan through the gates dressed in the style of the moment and with more than a little determination to take line honours in the fashions on the field – a traditional part of cup day that often receives more attention than the race itself! French champagne and cold beers flow freely from 11am and delicate canapés are offered around as a precursor to the race day feast that’s yet to come. Delicate floral arrangements adorn tables of ten and the feeling of fun and excitement is palpable!

Much more than just lunch on the lawn, Canggu Club Melbourne Cup Parties are renowned for being one of the most sought after social events on the Bali calendar. Recent years have seen a growing trend of international guests returning to the island around November, specifically to attend Bali’s biggest lawn party and judging by the hype that’s building around November 1st, this year will be no exception.

You could be forgiven for thinking the last two years of Cup Day entertainment would be impossible acts to follow with international acts the likes of Jon Stevens and Ian Moss, however they’ve hit the jackpot once again by securing singer songwriter, Daryl Braithwaite. In addition to a longstanding and successful solo career, Braithwaite also enjoyed fame as frontman for popular Aussie band Sherbet, a hugely successful group boasting a run of 20 consecutive hits during the 70s and 80s.

Live race coverage is at noon followed by a succulent sit down lunch and fashions on the field. Braithwaite hits the stage from 4pm but the day’s entertainment commences from 11am with DJs and live support acts performing from 2pm. But the dancing doesn’t stop there! Music continues into the evening until 8pm.

In keeping with recent years, a percentage of the proceeds from the day goes to trusted local humanitarian charity Solemen Indonesia, whose tireless efforts have provided much needed assistance for the disadvantaged in Bali. Raffle tickets will be readily available throughout the day and prizes up for grabs include incredible accommodation and dining vouchers.

With less than a month to go until the big event, tickets sales are amping up and tables are filling quickly. Get together with a group of friends and book a table of ten for a discounted price or simply purchase individual marquee tickets and enjoy the surprise of whom you might be seated next to on the day! Detailed information regarding ticketing and pricing can be viewed on the Canggu Club website cangguclub.com tickets can also be purchased at Canggu Club reception.

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Canggu Club is In the Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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I’d warrant there would be few of us if any, who have not been touched by cancer in some way whether it be personally or through family, friends or acquaintances. According to statistics breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the world and the most prevalent among women. Studies indicate the annual increase of breast cancer since 1990 in some parts of the Asia-Pacific have reportedly been up to eight times higher than the world average.

Thanks to a number of organisations and associations across the globe, awareness about this disease is also on the rise. Despite this, it is vital that we continue to spread the word and raise funds for these non profit organisations in an effort to help them offer support to many women in countries such as Indonesia who are unaware or unable to seek assistance and counselling.

Canggu Club is once again ‘in the pink’ for October – annual breast cancer awareness month. To get the ball rolling, they are offering a selection of coral coloured cocktails throughout the month at the special price of Rp90K. For every cocktail sold, Rp20k will be donated directly to the Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation. Choose from exotic sounding concoctions like Pink Lady, Berry Margaritas and Rosella Delight. Tasty and irresistible, at that price at least you can justify having a second!

On Friday October 7th, in conjunction with the Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation, Bistro C hosted their annual Think Pink Morning Tea. A delightful high tea affair where the community was invited to dress in pink and come along to help raise much needed funds for the Pink Ribbon Foundation along with raising awareness about the disease. Proceeds from ticket sales on the day went straight to the foundation.

Earlier that morning, regular Canggu Club Pump class devotees dressed in their best rose hued active wear to Pump it in Pink for breast cancer awareness, with all monies generated going directly to the Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation!
As is the case every year, the staff from Canggu Club will once again be participating in the Bali Pink Ribbon Fun 5km Walk and 5km Run. It’s the biggest event on the Bali Pink Ribbon calendar, the day kicking off at 2pm with a DJ and the welcome briefing, followed by the warm up at 3pm, the run from 4pm and walk commencing from 4.20pm. Following the energetic stuff participants are invited to stay around and enjoy the many food stalls live entertainment and raffles until 9pm!

Join the Canggu Club in their quest to be one of the largest groups to be a part this year’s event. Register to participate with the CC team at Canggu Club reception. Registration includes bottled water and this year’s Pink Ribbon T shirt. You can run, walk, jog, skip (or even skate if you like) but make sure you’re a part of the fun for a terrific cause!

For many of us, regular checks for breast cancer are routine and a part of our annual health check, however for multitudes of women without financial means, education or awareness about this silent killer, fundraising and information mornings such Canggu Club’s Pink Morning Tea are vital. Help spread the word and be a part of the drive to reduce the number of fatalities linked to breast cancer.