In Ubud we rented a villa, and it was a great way to stay. The villa was located down a tiny side street, and we had our own garden and a private pool, which was amazing. Otherwise, there was nothing fancy about the villa, which was traditionally decorated and had a modest 2.5 star rating on Hotels.com.
When I was in Bali earlier this year, one of the things I was really looking forward to, was the food. Roasted suckling pig, pork ribs and grilled chicken were just some of the dishes I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into. It never happened though, because during my DIY yoga retreat, I ended up eating purely vegan and vegetarian food. I don’t know why, but after the yoga classes I just didn’t feel like eating meat. Instead I had plenty of smoothie bowls and fresh juices, and the organic, vegan Earth Cafe quickly became one of my favorite places.
I had read a lot about the rice terraces in Tegallalang, north of Ubud. However, it seemed a bit like a tourist trap, so I wasn’t sure it was worth a visit, but then I saw all those gorgeous photos from the place on Instagram. Tourist trap or not, I had to go.
Monkey Forest is one of the most popular attractions in Ubud, and since the forest was just a short walk further down the street from my hotel, of course I had to go and see what it was all about. 700 monkeys reside in Monkey Forest, which also has 3 temples. The area is of great spiritual significance to the locals in Ubud, and the most sacred parts of the temples are closed to the public. Only people, who are there to pray, are allowed to enter.
Ubud is such a great place and I’m so happy that I went here. To my surprise the city is full of nice cafes and everything is incredibly cheap. I’m staying at a hotel on the outskirts of the city, near Monkey Forest and Yoga Barn, which is where I’ve purchased yoga lessons.
Nusa Dua is a resort area in the southern part of the island, and there is not much else to see than the beach and the hotels. For lunch, we went out to Bali Collection, which is a large outdoor shopping mall. That mall really bent over backwards to cater to everyone, but unfortunately the result was a rather diluted, uninspiring experience.
I’ve joined Poul for a layover in Bali, and we’re staying at a gorgeous Westin resort in Nusa Dua. We arrived late in the evening yesterday, so we just had a quick mocktail in the bar, before heading to our room. Though at that time, it was dinner time in Dubai and Poul was feeling hungry. It was almost midnight in Bali, so all the restaurants at the hotel were closed, but the staff told us we could order room service if we wanted. Poul decided on a club sandwich, which were delivered to our room 20 minutes later. Isn’t it funny how club sandwiches always taste the same?