I first noticed a rickety bridge being built over the lagoon on the beach that stretches from Seminyak to Canggu. The first time I gingerly crossed the bridge I discovered, on the other side, fern-fringed ponds, ducks, geese and peacocks.
Each time I passed by, over the next three months, I noticed new additions; huge slabs of timber that looked as though they had been at the bottom of the sea for a decade, full-sized, Dutch-style lamp-posts. Then a Gypsy Caravan appeared. The whole place had taken on an 'other-wordly' aura.
With my interest fully piqued I was frustrated to leave the island not having seen the result of this mystical project.
Not one of my regular virtues, I'd heard the saying 'patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet' so I filed that memory away until my next Bali visit, when, I hoped, all would be revealed.
Fast forward to 2016 and another Bali visit. I researched, as I do, to find the new and interesting places to visit. 'La Laguna' was being heavily advertised as the new, gypsy-chic restaurant/bar on Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih at Canggu, the next 'village' on from Seminyak.
The people responsible for La Laguna are the same as those who gave us La Plancha (the bean-bag bar on the beach at Legian) and La Favela (the hidden-from-the-road bar/restaurant full of madness on Kayu Aya at Seminyak). La La La.
There was so much to look at I paused, heart a-flutter, to order a cocktail at the bar before settling in for a serious perusal.
Cocktail prices are reasonable at La Laguna; Rp125k for 'signature' cocktails which use lesser known spirits, and Rp175k for the 'premium' version. I ordered a 'signature' Long Island Tea which tasted pretty good to me.
All so tempting but I had a 'hot date' with a different restaurant across the road for dinner, so I ordered Mediterranean Dips for Rp90k as a starter. Very delish.
Nicely settled in now, I focussed in on who was there. People of all ages from everywhere, that's who. I saw families with babies and children, locals, expats and travellers. A table of hipsters sat beside a couch full of grey-nomad-types wearing Hawaiian-style leis. Clearly La Laguna has something for everyone.