Tea Ceremony. Flower Meditations. Yin Yoga. Tibetan Singing Bowls. Ancient Gong Sound Healing.
The perfect recipe for two hours of energising bliss.
I’m back at Pyramids of Chi for the new ‘Balance + Bloom’ session ‘to tap into the beauty of flowers, along with the wisdom of tea, the gentleness of Yin and the power of sound’.
It’s everything they promised. I’m feeling incredibly energized yet blissed out. Full story here. You have to go.
I swapped my lace kebaya and temple ceremony for a lace dress and mojito at the opening of Velvet the latest restaurant and late night bar to hit the outskirts of Ubud. Think deep red velvet curtains, shimmering chandeliers, avant-garde art and late night vibes. If you’re looking for a night of mystery, indulgence, cocktails and maybe a little romance, Velvet is your place. Dress up. Read my tale of opening night here.
Tucked away upstairs in an unusual space on the edge of Ubud, is Lazy Cats Café one of my fave places for breakfast or an afternoon wine. It’s a combination of café, bar and artspace put together bohemian flair. Food ranges from breakfast bowls to tapas to tempeh burgers. (Vegans and vegetarians this is your place). The perfect place to escape the hum of Ubud. Read about it here.
Tired of resorts? Looking for a longer stay more local than hotel like? Indah Homestay is my go to place when I need to need to be closer to Ubud for events or meetings. Or when I’m completely undone by my village WiFi signal.
Located in Payangan, half way between my village and Ubud, it’s perfect if you’re looking for more of a local stay and don’t need a pool. It’s particularly ideal as a base if you have your own transport and are planning a longer stay. Its so affordable, friendly and calm. All the deets here.
Experiencing a Balinese Ceremony for the first time can be quite bewildering. I can personally recall so many awkward moments, unsure of where to sit, what to wear and when to join a particular ritual, or not. Many years later, thanks to being watched over by my village friends, I am more at one with what to do. So I’ve put down my version of Ceremony Etiquette for you.
Please feel free to contact Komang, my friend and the safest nicest driver in Bali. (Check his Fb for comments from grateful clients!) Komang knows all my fave places, can pick up from airport and will hook you up with my mountain guides if you’re planning a sunrise volcano trek.