Ubud, Bali, Indonesia: Made famous by Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love. I guess once a quiet village in the middle if the tropical rainforest.
Admittedly, We did visit Bali in the middle of the Australian Summer holidays so everyone did tell us this is the busiest 6 weeks of the year; even little Ubud was packed! (So I wouldn’t recommend visiting during this peak season, lesson learnt.)
What we did enjoy though;
Our accomodation at The Mansion Resort, Ubud. Sitting just outside of the main town we felt a million miles away from everywhere and everyone. This place is huge, the decor feels so nostalgic, like you’ve gone back in time:
Not to mention it has- 5 swimming pools! It was super quiet: one night we had the whole restaurant to ourselves, the main pool in the day there was no more than 5-10 people and best of all on our last day we used one of the smaller pools and had it all to ourselves!
The proximity to Mount Batur, which you can read more about [here] we woke up at 2:15am to start our trek vs. 1am if you stay in Seminyak.
Ubud Markets – yes I came home with a bag full of trinkets and treasures. Word of advice, whatever the first price is, half it and you’re probably on the right track. Bags, shell dishes, sarongs, candles, local tea’s, coffee, spices, kitchen utensils, you name it, they are selling it! You’ll need a spare suitcase to carry it all home.
The town had a magical charm and we enjoyed eating at The PAON International – If you sit at the back, you can see over into the river and we spotted a massive Goana (picture very blurry because it’s quite low down!) We enjoyed watching him seek out the sun spots.
And: Bamboo Bar – a cute little place down a side street just off the markets where we enjoyed some refreshing herbal tea and huge portions of Mi Goreng!
It was also pretty cool as there was lots of kids dressed up and parading around the streets with their dragon costumes, I guess an Indonesian form of busking?
Lastly; the proximity to the magical rice-fields. There’s even a small one just at the back of the Main Street in Ubud (keep your eyes peeled for the signs)
Thanks Ubud, we will be back ✌