Ubud was the last stop while we were in Bali. We heard it was one of the most relaxing spots, so we figured we would save it for the last after visiting Seminyak and Uluwatu. It’s one of Bali’s jungle towns, away from the beaches, beach clubs, and party scene. If you’re looking for the ultimate Instagram picture on the Bali Swing OR just any picture with an insane background of greenery, Ubud is the place.
»BHUWANA HOTEL: This is where we stayed in Ubud. It was reasonably priced and central to what we wanted to do.
»KLEAR CAFÉ: After checking in, we headed to lunch at Klear Café. This is one of those spots where you take your shoes off before entering and eat on the floor. We even had a view of koi fish. From there, we walked around the different shops in the area.
»FOUR SEASONS: We heard the Four Seasons hotel was breathtaking, so we headed the for a drink before dinner. Since we didn’t have $600/night to ball out, this was the next best thing. Honestly, do whatever you can to make it here and walk around. It was amazing.
»SAYAN HOUSE: After checking out the Four Seasons, we headed to one of my favorite restaurants of the trip- Sayan House. It has kind of a backyard vibe…if your backyard overlooks the jungle and has delicious food. We got Sushi, Fish Tacos Prawns and Korean Tacos. I also added some house made Kombucha to my vodka and it was delicious.
»MT BATUR: Our second day in Ubud started with a 2am wake up call to hike Mt Batur, an active volcano. Even though I wasn’t the most excited to get up that early to hike 2 hours UP an active volcano, it was probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. It was pretty touristy (you’re climbing with A LOT of people. But, you have your own guide in a smaller group. The view was amazing.
»JUNGLE FISH: By the time we got back to the hotel, we were exhausted- unfortunately after a 2am wake up call + hiking 5 hours, I just couldn’t hang. We managed to head to another dinner in the jungle at Jungle Fish – eating at the upstairs bar and the pool restaurant. It happened to be raining which honestly made this dinner even better (insert heart eye emoji).
»BALI SWING: Before getting here, I didn’t realize there are a number of other swings + activities to do. You pay $35 USD and have access for however long you want. If you’re trying to take a ton of pictures, I would recommend getting there right when it opens to avoid a rush. We went on a Thursday and it was PACKED with everyone trying to get the best picture – understandably so considering you’re literally swinging through the jungle.
»YOGA BARN: One of my travel bucket list items was to do Yoga in Bali, specifically Ubud. We found Yoga Barn and took a beginners class. This was one of my top most relaxing moments ever – I even fell asleep in a yoga pose for what was probably two minutes, but felt like a deep sleep. Oops. After, we got a few juices from the smoothie bar and the most delicious chocolate chip cookie.
»MONKEY FOREST: Even though I objected this a few times, we still made it to the Monkey Forest. These infamous monkeys are no joke. Proceed with caution! Even though we didn’t have any negative encounters, we saw a few climb up and steal things from other people.
»KAFE: If you have some downtime and want to relax/read a book/eat/drink wine, this is the perfect little spot. We got the local Wine + Crispy Tacos + Miso Tempeh Burger + Vegan Burger with Coconut Bacon.
»TIRTA EMPUL: This is a water temple where people go for a holy water cleanse. If you plan on getting into the water (which you should for the full experience), make sure to bring a towel. For girls, I recommend bringing bikini bottoms + a change of clothes. It’s a unique experience.