Flights from Australia often arrive at Denpasar in the afternoon, which means that the drive to Ubud delivers you to your destination in darkness. This leads to a delightful experience your first morning in Ubud that I like to call ‘waking up in the green world’.
Waking in your four poster bed, pushing the gauzy curtains aside, and peeking out the window at the deep green swimming pool waiting for you, with a jungle valley teeming with insect life and other biota below, is one of the special things about treating yourself when travelling to Bali. It’s magical to wake up in a new world.
With two visits to Ubud under our belt, we have stayed both times at a gorgeous little private retreat called Bidadari. With only six villas, built in the traditional style, this resort offers a lot of privacy and plenty of opportunity for relaxing. Another thing we like about Bidadari is that it is located away from the busy town center of Ubud, in a village called Kelabang Moding (on the way to the Tegalalang Rice Fields). Bidadari only hires staff from the local village, so it’s a great way to get to know a community and learn a little bit about village life.
When in Ubud, we tend to start the day slowly and then wander through the rice fields surrounding Kelabang Moding and maybe take one of the various walking routes into town, something the locals call ‘trekking’. Between walking and eating delicious food, and lounging in our little jungle pad, we find we fill our days quite nicely.
Stayed at: Bidadari Private Villas and Retreat, Ubud
Ate at: Hujan Locale, Swept Away at the Samaya
Explored: Mt Batur to Ubud by Mountain Bike with Infinity Mountain Biking