If you could choose only one place to stay in Bali, pick Ubud. Ubud is in a central location on the island and is within close proximity to some of the most popular attractions.
Our first day in Ubud we relaxed at our villa in Bebek Tepi Sawah Villas. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast, some pool time, and then a soak in a flower bath.
After lunch, we took the free shuttle provided by the villa into town to visit the Monkey Sanctuary. We were dropped off about a block away and as soon as we started getting closer we could tell that we’ve arrived because we started seeing all these monkeys at the entrance. There’s a small fee to enter and inside you can purchase bananas to feed the monkeys. The monkeys roam freely throughout the property, but there are security guards that watch over them. These monkeys are clever and you’ll have to keep an eye out for them. Sometimes they may try to take something of yours like your water bottle, glasses, or even your hat!
After visiting with the monkeys, we walked up the street to browse along the shops and then ended up catching a traditional Balinese performance. They were selling tickets on the street so we decided to go see. We caught a quick dinner so we wouldn’t get to the show too late. The costumes and makeup were colorful and the music and dancing were interesting to watch.
For our second day, we were able to hire a driver for 8 hours for $50. We made sure to agree on a price before hand. To start our day, we woke up early and headed to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. We arrived around 6:30am and had the place almost all to ourselves. We caught the sunrise and saw that beautiful light coming through the coconut trees. The terraces are well taken care of and seem picture perfect ready at any angle.
Next, we went to Tirta Empul Temple, also known as the Holy Water Temple. We paid a small entrance fee and then showed our tickets inside the complex to pick up our free sarong to use while walking around. This sarong is only for dry use. Once you are inside, if you choose to get into the pool to use the fountains for washing then there is another building to rent your “wet” sarong for another small fee. It is said that bathing under the fountains washes away the bad luck.
Afterwards, we left to visit SW Agro Coffee to try the infamous luwak coffee. We were given our own guide that walked us through the many types of coffees that were grown on their plantation and showed us the luwak, a weasel type animal that eats the coffee fruit and then it passes through its digestive system and is then collected, cleaned and roasted for drinking. Once you’re done with the tour, you are then directed to the seating area with a nice view hat overlooks a valley. Here we were given a flight of coffees and teas to try. We also ordered a cup of the luwak coffee. I was skeptical at first, but after learning about the process we tried it and liked it! Actually, every cup of tea and coffee was delicious! We ended up buying a bag of the coconut coffee, a bag of the ginger tea, and some luwak coffee!
Last stop was a waterfall! To most people this popular waterfall is known as Tengenungan Waterfall, but if you come from the top on the other side, it’s known as Blasinga Waterfall. We came through the top side, Blasinga, and paid the entrance fee. Coming this way gives you access to the top of the waterfall and to the bottom of the waterfall. If you in from the Tengenungan side, then you will have to pay twice to get to the top of the waterfall.
To conclude our day we headed back to our villa and relaxed with a couples massage and enjoyed a delicious dinner under the stars.
This was just a bit of what Bali has to offer. I wish we had more time to explore beyond Ubud, but that just means we will have to make a trip back!