Idonesia’s Ubud, Bali, is well-known for its jungles, wildlife, and monkeys. This magical area was something I’d heard of before, and I was eager to discover all that the region had to offer in terms of rainforests, rice pads, temples, and shrines.
My friend and I were met by a group of 10 monkeys as we arrived. It appeared that the villa’s pool was their watering hole.
A large male animal came up to us and reached out to touch my hand. This was only the beginning of an exciting trip.
Which hotel did you stay in?
Alila Ubud is located above the flowing rivers in the jungle. In the mornings, you can hear the waves and occasionally the screams from delighted rafters.
These villas are truly luxurious. They are located high above the Ayung river and have a Balinese village feel.
The rooms and villas of the resort are elevated above the ravine, on stilts that resemble tree houses and set into the banks.
Enjoy Jackfruit coconut juice for breakfast, or any of the other creative concoctions on the menu. You can also get fresh papaya juices, Marmalades, and gluten-free bread.
Reflexology is a great way to pamper yourself in Bali. I was able to get a one-hour session for EUR26 each day. If you’re a morning person, yoga is available at 7:30 AM every day.
How was it?
Alila hosts a “Spice market” once a week. This is a traditional, family-friendly evening with entertainment.
The show features locals dressed in Balinese costumes, and there is a buffet-style BBQ that serves delicious and spicy food such as Nasi Goreng (Indigenous from this area), clear soups made with coconut or meat and clear broths.
Dim-sum cuisine can also be enjoyed. Krupuk is a rice-based, gluten-free cracker that comes with Krupuk.
You can sit or swim in your pool and enjoy a refreshing orange juice, a local Jackfruit milkshake or some delicious jams.
What are the best things to do in Ubud
You will find a lot of vibrantly green rice terraces here. The Tegalalang rice terrace is a great place to experience. You can swing over the terraces into the jungle if you are feeling brave. It was a great experience and quite liberating.
You can also visit the monkey forest sanctuary for a chance to get secluded and fed.
We drove north from Bratan to the mountain jungle to find the famous waterfalls Fiji, Grombong (also known as Sekumpul). It will take approximately 2.5 hours to get from Alila Ubud hotel.
Taxis are more affordable than renting a large, comfortable van for 8 hours. However, it will cost EUR150. If you are tired after the hike, make sure that the taxi driver is there to wait for you.
There are many packages available at the top. The 175,000 option, which costs approximately EUR10, includes a tour guide as well as a moped return ticket. It starts at the top of the falls from the first parking lot. This trek is not recommended for children under the age of 5.
What should I purchase in Ubud?
Ubud is home to many wonderful rattan products, including simple, colorful bags and hammocks.
You can also bring home a souvenir of Balinese style handmade umbrellas with tassels and beautiful furniture, or wood sculptures carved in beautifully.
For my family, I selected white Kaftans with floral designs and stitching. Although I wanted to export a beautiful cement Buddha, it was too heavy. But I will be back – next time, I’ll bring a larger suitcase.