It was our first time to Ubud (and Bali) and this place did not disappoint. Not only is Ubud known as the cultural capital of Bali, its stunning landscape makes it the perfect place to rest and relax.
Ubud is well known as the place to head to for rest, relaxation and is THE place to be if you’re looking for amazing healthy eats. Lush green rainforests, rice paddies as far as the eye can see and lots of beautiful traditional temples surround the town and make for the most picturesque scenery.
Things to do:
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a must do activity! Stunning views and a great workout.
Tegenungan Waterfall is also beautiful. The boys were brave enough to swim.
Where we stayed:
I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the luxurious Bisma Eight hotel for 2 nights and I would recommend staying there in a heartbeat. The hotel is a short 10-minute walk to the main touristy area and offers shuttle buses for those of you who don’t want to walk. We also took advantage of the free bikes for hire, although this is not for the faint hearted as the roads can get a little crazy.
The rooms are spacious, light, bright and airy and there is a gorgeous infinity pool and bar that overlooks the forest. All the staff are charming and happy to accommodate your every need. It was the most amazing hotel I have ever stayed at and highly recommend it for the ultimate Ubud experience.
Where we ate:
We had breakfast everyday on the outside terrace at Copper Kitchen as part of our accommodation at Bisma Eight. We were able to taste most of the menu during our stay and can safely say that everything we ordered was delicious (their chef is from Melbourne, hence the amazing menu). Dishes worth mentioning include the Ubud Riser (a savoury chicken and rice dish that also comes with dumplings!), the smoothie bowl and the granola. The lunch menu also has lots of healthy and flavoursome options that you must try (the gado gado and the Bisma Eight bowl were my favourites).
Clear Café was our favourite for healthy eats (although there were plenty of other places we didn’t have the chance to try). We had smoothies, nachos and sushi; all of which made us wish we had bigger stomachs to allow us to sample more of the menu.
Another meal worth mentioning was the dinner we had at Melting Wok Warung. Their menu is small (always a good sign) and staff were warm, smiley and helpful as Dave and I had no idea what we were doing. Dave ordered the coconut curry noodle and I got the chicken tempeh stir fry. For 2 people who didn’t know what they were doing or eating, all I can say is that it was good. Really good. The coconut curry noodle was something particularly special. Picture the punchy flavours of a Thai green curry crossed with soft rice noodles, zesty herbs and beansprouts. Then add crunchy roasted peanuts and pickled veg and you have a flavour/texture combination that dreams are made of. I highly recommend booking as the place is small and we saw a number of people turned away.
For stunning scenery and amazing food, make sure you check out Ubud when you come to Bali