Ubud – where life happens, more slowly!
refresh and relax!
Ubud is much more relaxed than other Balinese centres so take the opportunity slow down and get your mojo back!
Take a bike ride in the hills, join a yoga class or just lay by the pool and read a book! Just relax and unwind!
The town of Ubud is in the hinterland of Bali and is known for traditional arts and crafts. Surrounding Ubud is magnificent rainforests, spectacular rivers and waterfalls and terraced rice paddies.
Ancient holy sites, caves and shrines
Hindu temples and shrines are scattered throughout the region and provide an opportunity to visit the ancient holy sites including the intricately carved Goa Gajah “Elephant Cave” and Gunung Kawi, with its rock-cut shrines.
We chose to stay at the Alaya Hotel, a boutique hotel with all the luxury touches you could possibly imagine.
Beautiful balinese style rooms, premier service standards, excellent breakfasts included in the tariff and very friendly staff … and only 5 minutes walk from the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest. A magical place to regenerate our energy.
It’s a small town in the nearby hinterland, easy to walk around and plenty of interesting things to see and do.
- There is quite an art culture in Ubud with lots of art galleries displaying beautiful art pieces and artists painting in their studios as you walk by.
- Tailors with looms at the front of their shops weaving beautiful fabrics were a great opportunity to order some custom made clothes.
- Silversmiths with handmade silver pieces and antique Indonesian artifacts, trinkets and wooden carvings.
- Yoga and wellness studios promoting peace and calm.
Our favourite was 3 Monkeys restaurant for their original and creative menu.
Quality restaurants and cafe’s selling Indonesian, Western and Indonesian-influenced western food.
There’s plenty of good coffee and fresh fruit juices.
Throughout Ubud there were creative sculptures of monkey’s in various comical poses.
Monkeys are known to be curious and very cheeky and we were warned not to leave our sunglasses on and to make sure our bags and cameras were tucked securely away.
Good advice as the monkeys dart around quickly and often will jump onto your shoulder before you are aware of them.
The Ubud Palace
One of the most interesting things to do in Ubud is to visit the Royal Palace which is the official residence of the royal family of Ubud.
There appeared to be no guards at the palace gates and the public was able to wander throughout the courtyard and their garden.
The main living area for the royal family was behind closed doors. The traditional style palace seemed quite dated however I thought it was fantastic that they allowed visitors to wander through their outer gardens.
It’s comforting in these times of world crisis, they appear to have no concerns about their personal safety or their position in the community, whereas in Europe and England the royals are well guarded and locked away.
The Balinese are a friendly people and always interested to hear where you’ve come from, so be sure to share your stories and be ready to learn about the Balinese culture from a local.