By Gaya Travel on August 27, 2013
If I do only one thing, both in and out of the resort, what should it be?
The cultural Kecak dance show and royal Balinese dinner are must-do activities within the resort. The experience is a great introduction to Balinese culture with an authentic dance, followed by a three-course dinner of traditional Balinese food and drinks presented in the royal style on a dulang by servers in local costume.
Outside the resort, I would suggest a half-day countryside tour of the nearby elephant caves, rice terraces, lake and holy springs, with lunch at one of the restaurants surrounding the volcano on Mt. Batur. The adventurous can try white water rafting.
Where’s the best place to sample the region’s cuisine outside the hotel?
Bali is famous for suckling pig, and the best place to try it is at Ibu Oka — a small eatery in Ubud Centre. Also, don’t miss the crispy duck specialty at Dirty Duck Restaurant.
What are the must-try experiences for a day/side trip within the city or just outside?
If you’re willing to put in a full day, I’d recommend visiting Basakih – a site with more than 100 shrines.
What after-dark activity/entertainment do you recommend visitors try?
Ubud is a not a very lively village after dark. There are few options for cultural shows before 9 p.m., and there are some night bars and non-alcoholic bars to choose from.
Is there a particularly good way or place to de-stress and relax while I’m here?The resort is the perfect place to relax, as we’ve got five hectares of lush garden and rice paddy, it’s impossible to not feel peaceful when you’re here. To really rejuvenate, I’d recommend the Chedi Ritual, which is a different treatment each day at our spa overlooking therice paddies.
Where’s a good venue to meet and hang out with the locals?
Warung Nuri is a popular and affordable eatery and cafe where foreigners can easily mingle with locals. Balinese go there to chit chat and fill up on pork ribs. They also do a great martini.
Where do you recommend shoppers look to find the best buys in your city?
Ubud Centre and the traditional Art Market. Also, from Monkey Forest Road to Ubud Street there are a lot of shops. It’s the best area for strolling and bargaining.
What’s a must-buy gift to pick up while I’m here?
Ubud is all about art, so paintings from local artists would make a good gift; or wood carvings,such as traditional wind chimes and bells.
What’s the most unusual thing to do in your city?
They say it’s a waste if you don’t believe it, but in Bali we believe people can be healed with a mantra or special touch by a healer. Some guests are interested to meet with a healer if they have a personal or health problem.
What sets your city apart from other destinations?
Most of the country’s famous artists were born in Ubud. They get their inspiration from the calm and peace in this area, and from the Balinese culture that has been well preserved in Ubud. You can see it in the markets in town and in the collection we have at the resort, there is a cultural performance or dance almost every night. Ubud is a real paradise for art lovers.
When’s the best time to plan a visit to your city?
I’d say March and April are good times to visit because the rainy season is just ending and there’s some sun without it being too hot. Ubud can be enjoyable year-round but I’d recommend planning for anytime other than July and August, when the weather is really hot.
How do you spend your holidays/days off in this city?
If I have a bit of spare time I head to the beach in Kuta and stay to catch the sunset there. I spend most of the week surrounded by rice paddies, so it’s a nice change of scenery.
What’s the one piece of advice you give to every guest?
Don’t forget your cameras. There’s so much in Ubud that you’ll want to capture. A common regret among guests is that they would like to spend more time at the resort, but have made travel plans they can’t cancel. So do set aside plenty of time to see Ubud, it’s well worth it