I must confess I’ve spent most of my time in the village lately, succumbing to the rhythm of the rainy season.
Travelling home from Ubud in an afternoon tropical downpour is not that much fun so I limit my visits to early morning jaunts. This is what’s been on my Ubud and surrounds agenda…
Because I was so impressed with the Folk Gardens and Pool, I decided to check out a hotel by the same group. I was not disappointed. Bisma Eight is a hip Tropical Modern Hotel. Full Story here.
Thanks to a friend visiting from Singapore I discovered the Bitter Sweet ‘Café, Concept, Gallery’. A place where Bohemian flair bumps into antique collectibles before meeting up with connected cool.
Go there to indulge in design, order some flowers, dine or snack, connect with ease. It’s cool and spacious, just the relief you need when the hum of Monkey Forest Road gets too much. Full Story here.
I dropped by Threads of Life to surround myself with exquisite textiles. Stepping into the small gallery style store is a quietly inspiring experience. Video screens tell stories of their work to empower women and alleviate poverty with cultural integrity by working with weavers across 11 islands.
Realising it takes 18 months to weave a piece of cloth, thread by thread, is a reality check on our ‘tap and shop’ way of life.
The textiles are incredible quality. If you’re looking for life long collectibles that give back to society this is your place. They also do wonderful classes and workshops. Full Story here.
I caught up with my retreat buddy Jo Sharp, back in Ubud with her Bali Insiders Fitness Retreat. As always a a wonderful group of people came together as strangers and left as friends. In between fusion fitness sessions days were spent cruising through spectacular rice fields on e-bikes, cooking Balinese style at an organic farm, getting in touch with one’s Chi at a Sound Healing, or chilling poolside. Everyone left with a happy heart after a side car tour on the last day. Next retreat is 2-6 Nov 2019. All the details here.
No visit to Ubud is complete without an early morning trip to the Ubud Traditional Market, a hustling bustling local scene.
It starts to transform into the tourist art and craft market by around 8.30am so get there early, shop for exotic fruit, wander the flower stalls, stock up on incense. Or perch on a bench with a Bali Kopi at one of the food stalls on the lower level and just take it all in. No scrolling on the phone. Watch the world around you.
Don’t leave Ubud without treating yourself to a traditional spa treatment. I get loads of messages asking for tips, so I’m reposting my fave Ubud Spas post. Nothing has changed. My faves are still my faves. Here it is. Treat yourself.
I was thrilled to jump back into the role of ‘trek research assistant’ for a few days. Kabal is rebooting the epic Sharing Bali Jungle Treks and I couldn’t be more excited. There’s not much chance of me leaving the village if a jungle trek is happening.
If you’re in need of some exercise after too many days swimming up to the pool bar or just need a break from the hustle of Ubud, this is the for you. After a morning of jungle, rice fields and village life, you’ll be completely energised. Treks range from easy rice field walks to more adventurous jungle treks. All you need is half a day. Details here.
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