19 Jan Working on the Beach: Bali’s Best Coworking Spaces
Boasting a tropical climate, beautiful nature, lovely shops and restaurants and a ton of history and heritage to boot, it’s no surprise that Bali is a popular destination for backpackers, honeymooners, and… digital nomads. This is the location of choice for the new generation freelancers, bloggers, internet and impact entrepreneurs. Creativity flows freely and on the Island of Gods, and good ideas always come with a smile. Because yes, why type away in a cubicle if you can work with a seaside view?
Since you landed on this article, we assume that’s the question you asked yourself too! So, you’re in Bali and need a place to start writing that epic novel, or, less glamorously, work your way through that long list of e-mails? Some peace and quiet for a Skype meeting? Or do you feel like connecting with fellow creatives and entrepreneurs over a fresh juice? We’ve got you covered! While scouring the island for hidden treasures, hotspots and local’s favourites to feature in our free travel app, we stumbled upon these cool and unusual coworking spaces in Bali! We went inside to find out what makes these spaces unique and fun to work at. So without further ado, here are, in no particular order, three coworking spaces in Bali where you can stay both zen and productive.
1. Rumah Sanur
Heart of Sanur’s creative entrepreneurial community
Sanur’s creative home
Long-time Sanur resident and successful media strategist Pak Arief Budiman — or Ayip as his friends call him — had a vision: to provide a home for Bali’s emerging creative scene; an affordable place for designers, architects, musicians, photographers and writers to work, meet and play. In 2008, he co-founded The Bali Creative Community, which evolved into Rumah Sanur, a creative hub and co-working space. “It’s dynamic, and we are all trying to build our own identity,” says Ayip.
An inspirational space
Now in its fifth year, Rumah Sanur has firmly established itself as a happening and inspirational place. Its name literally translates to ‘Sanur’s living room’, which is exactly the kind of vibe you can expect. Spread of over two floors in a hybrid in- and outdoor setting with large garden, its spacious and ingenious design provides a peaceful working environment. Rumah Sanur’s quietness is only interrupted by the hissing of the coffee machine or the jovial laughter from a group of youngsters vividly discussing a new venture. A crowd of loyal locals make for a homely atmosphere and a busy calendar — Rumah Sanur boasts over 400 events a year! — of concerts, talks, fashion shows, food tastings and other creative initiatives. In short: there’s always something going on in here!
Coffee and hair cuts
If you’re just passing by, be sure to have an artisan coffee or fresh juice in the garden at Kopi Kulture! Want to linger a bit longer? Bring your laptop and buy a day-pass at Open co-working, the perfect setting to work your way through your to-do list. You can also rent an office or a meeting room. Care for a beer or even a haircut? Check out Teras Gandum. There, you’ll find Beer Garden & Kitchen and Chris the Barber, who charges just IDR 150.000 for a trim! There is truly something for everyone at Rumah Sanur.
Jl. Danau Poso No.51A | Open daily 8am-10pm | +62 361 282477 | website
2. Genius Café
Co-working and change-making on the beach
Beach bar-meets-social workplace probably best describes Genius Cafe in Sanur. This new concept targets a new generation of independent entrepreneurs ready to make their global goals a reality! Its founders are dedicated to creating spaces that re-define the way we live and work, while, also bringing positive change to our environment. At Genius Café, you’ll find today’s changemakers with their feet firmly planted in the sand.
It’s all about the quest for the perfect work-life balance. Locals love it for the inspiring talks, great meet-ups and frequent talks and networking sessions. The food — a healthy organic and plant-based menu — makes Genius Café definitely worth a visit as well!
Mertasari Beach | Open daily 7am-10pm | +62 821 4415 8854 | website
Zen co-working place for spiritual and sustainable entrepreneurs
Barefoot at the office
Outpost is probably the most zen workplace we’ve ever entered. Its two spacious floors ooze calm. Here, the coffee is organic and you share workspace at handsome sustainable wooden tables. Outpost hosts loads of community events to meet and connect with other amazing creatives in Bali.
Pre- and post-work yoga and meditation sessions are on offer in the garden, and you can even take a dip to take your mind off work: the pool in the hotel next door is open to members. And perhaps the best of all: in-house massages are thrown into the package!! Day passes are available, prices start from IDR. 220.000.
Jl Raya Nyuh Kuning Ubud | open daily 8am–6pm | +62 361 9080584 | website
Done with work and ready to play?
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