BALI - UBUD

"The Bali culture has the friendliest, most inspiring outlook on life

 

With open arms, you feel at home on arrival

 

Ubud is zen. Biking through the beautiful rice fields, experiencing the temples, and getting your walk-through of the cherry-eating luwak dropping coffee

 

Go south for a different feel, coastal cliffs overlooking a mystical sea

 

Have a swanky sunset cocktail at Rock Bar and enjoy the incredible views"

Campuhan Ridge Walk
Our teak house at Pondok Wahyu
Hanging Gardens
Pomegranate Cafe
Karsa Kafe
Rice fields near Campuham Ridge
Monkey Forest
Kecak Fire & Trance Dance
 

IN - 

  • PONDOK WAHYU - We stayed at a beautiful, secluded retreat 15mins from Ubud center. Our Javanese teak house at Pondok Wahyu​ was surrounded by lush green tropical forest, an amazing outdoor bathroom and a long porch. With only a few villas, we rarely saw other guests, it felt like it was our own private place. We had early morning yoga classes, massages by the pool, and a private candle light dinner in the terrace with delicious local food and views of the valley. This place is one of our favorites ever, it has all the charming details we seek out.  

  • MAGICAL TREE HOUSE - During our first time in Bali we stayed at the magical treehouse of an Australian writer who would come to Bali to recharge and get inspired. While he was away, the house was available on airbnb. It seems the actual treehouse is no longer available but they have two villas in the property.

  • OMAH APIK - meaning "beautiful home," and it really is. A family owned bed and breakfast 15mins from the city center with a mix of Javanese, Balinese, and colonial style architecture. Tastefully designed on the edge of rice fields with a beautiful pond garden.

OUT - 

  • KARSA SPA - we enjoyed a great massage at their terrace hut overlooking the rice fields. Karsa is located at the end of the Campuhan ridge, away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud center. Reservations are recommended.  

  • CAMPUHAN RIDGE - beautiful walk with views to lush valleys and rice paddies. There are also art galleries, shops, and outdoor cafes at the end of walk (we started from the town center) 

  • TEGALALANG RICE PADDIES - it's the closest and most popular rice field in Ubud (25mins). Nice views and cafes nearby. We preferred an early morning walk to avoid the crowds and enjoy the subtle morning sun highlighting the steep layers of rice plantations. Even more impressive and beatiful was the extensive Jatiluwih fields 1.5hrs away. 

  • JUNGLE FISH - pool lounge & open-air restaurant jungle club (yes, Bali not only has beach clubs, but jungle clubs as well)

  • YOGA BARN - yoga, healing, cafe, and good views. You can find their class schedule online. 

  • TEMPLES - we visited several amazing temples around Bali -including Tanah Lot, Tirta Empul, Uluwatu temple, Ulun Danu Bratan, Saraswati and other small less known ones. Tanah Lot is one of the most picturesque being amidst the ocean, but very crowded at sunset. Tirta Empul had a ceremony at the time we were there and that was amazing to watch. Taking a paddle boat at the Bratan lake  - in the Bratan temple area - was surreal as the sun was setting and light rain started to drizzle.  

  • GALLERIES AND SHOPS - the town is filled with great art galleries and local label boutiques, as well as coffee and healthy food shops.

  • ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of our time in Bali was meeting Amansuka, a local guide and driver. We hired him to take us to a couple of temples and actually didn't know at the time that he was also a guide. He is the sweetest person, very knowledgeable and proud of his culture. As we drove between temples, he made a few stops so we could experience a beautiful burial ceremony as well as a walk-through a traditional balinese home, all the while sharing with us stories on the design, lifestyle, and customs of their unique culture.  

EATS & DRINKS - 

  • KARSA KAFE - after our massage at Karsa Spa, we had lunch on one of the charming huts hanging over the water facing the rice fields. The food was good, the atmosphere and views were even better. 

  • CLEAR CAFE - we had dinner here with our family and everything we tried was great. Its conveniently located in the town center with a wide variety of delicious food. 

  • CAFE POMEGRANATE - we stopped at this canvas covered cafe for a drink in the afternoon and it was wonderful.  

  • HANGING GARDENS - one of the most beautiful pools in Ubud. Before you were able to pay for a day use, but that's no longer available. You can still have lunch here and enjoy the scenery. 

  • SARI ORGANIK - a little further passed Cafe Pomegranate is Sari Organik, a great spot for lunch with a healthy delicious menu.

  • PANGKOK BALI - we tried our first luwak coffee (from the civet cat poop) here. It was quite the experience to see the process of how it is made before trying a full flavored cup of the famous kopi luwak.

  • PULINA COFFEE PLANTATION - same concept as Pangkok, complimentary coffee tasting and great views of the rice fields from the lead-shaped platform, if you are around Tegalalang. 

  • BRIDGES - a nice treat in Ubud town center for a celebration dinner with quality food and prices to match. 

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