Ubud has changed somewhat since I was last here, 7 years ago. It’s much busier but it is still one of my favourite places. From fabulous food, treks to culture, arts and yoga this place really has it all.
On the first full day in Ubud I was transported into to world of zen with a Yin Yoga class at the famous Yoga Barn. The most special part of it was that there was a musician on the cello with a loop pedal playing the music for us. The class enabled me to observe, nurture, soothe and calm; it healed the inner sole as well as the outer. I felt totally relaxed after and the slow movement of the class was something I had never experienced before. After the class, we then explored ‘Monkey Forest’, a forest full of monkeys, a conservation site. We saw monkeys of all ages, up close and personal and the views were amazing! We then went for a wander around the town. With our guesthouse being in the centre of the town it meant that roaming around could be easily achieved on foot rather than by taxi. Excitingly, we bumped into a gluten free restaurant so had to pop in for a snack... Tom was obviously thrilled by this find!
Friday morning was an early start for us. We hired a driver for half the day to take us to a few sites that was on our wish list.
We started by visiting the 1 in a million Bali swings (Uma) that were never there 7 years ago, over the jungle and rice paddies. We were at first against this but the pictures and the experience you got from this swing we just couldn’t resist... and we didn’t regret it. Health and safety wise was probably quite questionable but we didn’t look too much in to it thank goodness because the pictures we got were amazing! We then went to Tangalalang rice paddies which were truly stunning. As we hit these tourist attractions early we were fortunate that they weren’t heaving and bustling with people so our experience was as natural as possible. From here we drove to
Tibumana waterfall. There were many steps down but once reached the views were lovely. This wasn’t the most famous waterfall so there were only half a dozen people there which made the visit even more special. Tom went swimming in it whilst I enjoyed the paddle.
Our third day in Ubud lead to a very unforgettable morning. We had a ‘floating breakfast’. The breakfast was prepared and placed in a eye shaped wicker float which we ate out of whilst being in the pool... we obviously took a lot of pictures before we devoured it all. After a needed pool morning I then went to my second class at The Yoga Barn, Hatha yoga. Again, it was an hour and 1/2 of pure relaxation.
Sunday was another great experience. I took a shuttle bus from town to ‘The Pyramids of Chi’ for a 11am ‘sound healing’ session. I was greeted with a drink upon arrival and then taken to one of their large pyramids. From here I was taken on a sound journey. My eyes covered with a weighted eye mask whilst the sound of gongs and many more wonderful sounding instruments played around me. By the end of the sound healing session my body felt completely calm. I was pleased to have experience something that its an unforgettable place. It seemed apt to continue the spiritual journey by visiting temples in the afternoon.
On Monday we decided to have a lie in and then walk the famous Campuhan
Ridgewalk. Apart from walking further than we should to find a bridge that didn’t exist, there were incredible jungle views. Palm trees towered above us whilst streams flowed below. From our guesthouse it was about an 11k walk, so we decided a pool afternoon was needed.
Our last day in Ubud was spent horizontal. Earlier this week we found a quirky little spot with amazing pool side beds that were four poster with drapes over and a swim up bar. The last available bed was on our last day so we booked it straight away. A day spent with amazing food, sun and fabulous company as always.
So thank you Ubud for an amazing stay bud now it’s time to part ways.