Ubud Palace

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Since featuring in the book and film “Eat, Pray, Love”, Ubud has become the most famous land-locked area in Bali. A small town surrounded with paddy fields and a big river (Ayung and Campuhan among others) has made Ubud an option for those who want to escape from the party crowds in Kuta and Seminyak. It is highly recommended for you to rent a scooter to get around Ubud.

Breakfast

If you stay at 5-star hotel with breakfast buffet you will get same selection as one you had in other places in Bali. If you can though, do ask your hotel/villa staff to make you banana pancake. Better yet, you can head down to Yellow Flower Cafe in Penestanan to have their organic banana pancake.

Morning Activity

Did you know that Ubud is also famous for its Bali Spirit Festival? It is said that Ubud is the place for you to go to yoga classes to do some basic or advanced yoga poses and meditation. Go to Yoga Barn in Hanoman Street or Intuitive Flow in Penestanan area. After yoga, check out ARMA museum for their wonderful painting and arts collection and refresh in their wonderful garden.

Lunch

Not too far from ARMA, go to Bebek Bengil restaurant. Pick a table at the back of the restaurant so you can enjoy the view of the paddy field. The traditional crispy duck will come with some sauces and all of them is good.

Afternoon Activity

Stop by at Naughty Nuri’s for a quick martini break. Anthony Bourdain has claimed the martini as the best martini in the world. You can also be the judge. Head toward to Putri Bali spa for their massage treatment or their boreh scrub.

After that you can head to downtown Ubud to see Ubud Palace and the nearby temple. After a brief walk around the palace, you’re just in the right time to go to Ubud market to buy souvenirs for your beloved ones home. Why right time? It’s time for them to close up the stores, you’ll get very good price.

Dinner & Evening Activity

Book a table in the front row of Café Lotus. The price is expensive but to enjoy your drink, sip your wine and see a Balinese performing arts really worth the price.