It’s only been a week since I came back in rainy Amsterdam from sunny Bali. I miss the island so much already!
Months ago, when my friend and I were booking our trip, we chose Ubud to be our main location and that turned out to be the perfect choice. It’s a beautiful, very green place, so relaxing and zen! We loved to just walk around, visiting the market, the countless cute little shops and sit down at different restaurants to taste local dishes.
My favorite place was Zest, an organic restaurant where we spent a rainy afternoon. Ubud is even more beautiful when it rains and this place makes you feel like you are sitting outside in nature. It’s cozy, open and airy, offers a free-spirited vibe and super tasty food & drinks made from local ingredients. Definitely worth a visit!
One never has to get bored in Ubud, as there is so much to see and do. From waterfalls and rice terraces to temples, spa’s and infinity pools. After looking up a few pool bars we ended up at Jungle Fish, an amazing hotel resort with a restaurant and an infinity pool overlooking the green jungle of Ubud. We had a great time there.
During our stay we were located at the Bliss hotel, which was situated close enough to the center of Ubud, but far from the busy, noisy streets. Bliss hotel is a very quiet, clean place in an authentic style with a friendly staff. They also serve a tasty breakfast, which is not insignificant when your days start very early and are as active as ours.
To get around in Bali you can rent a car or a scooter, take a taxi or hire a private driver to drive you around. Our private driver Putu took us wherever we wanted in his comfortable, air conditioned car. He was kind and patient and even helped us make our plans for the day.
Of all the temples we visited, I was most impressed with the Pura Lempuyang Luhur, also called the ‘Gate of Heaven’. It is one of Bali’s oldest and most sacred Hindu temples. Since the temples are a sacred area, you must wear a sarong when entering one.
Of course we also had to visit Nusa Penida island, a place that has become very popular lately thanks to Instagram. Since we were short on time we made a day trip and tried to see as much as we could. Although this day was exhausting, the views at Atuh and Kelingking were definitely worth it!
At the end of our trip we took a few days off of traveling around, so we could enjoy the white beaches and azure blue sea. The nearby Bukit peninsula has a number of Bali’s very best beaches including Jimbaran, Uluwatu and Nusa Dua. We were happy to visit all three of them!
The five star Sundays Beach Club was a great option for a relaxing last day on the beach. We took a dip in the crystal clear lagoon, enjoyed the diverse cuisine followed by a cocktail and nice music around the bonfire in the evening hours.
And of course we caught a beautiful sunset at Jimbaran beach – place very well known for that and for its many beachfront seafood restaurants!
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