It wasn’t just a holiday. It was an experience. This is how I would describe my trip to Bali with Lorenzo. Our first time in Indonesia, we chose to have our Balinese experience in Ubud, away from the popular tourist spots such as Kuta and Seminyak.
We wanted a relaxing couples trip, where we could enjoy the local food and sites and that’s exactly what we got.
Our experience in Ubud went above and beyond our expectations, starting with our hotel, Wapa di Ume. A tranquil oasis set in the middle of rice fields, it was heaven from the first moment we stepped in. The staff treated us like family, rather than hotel guests, ready to help with any questions or needs we had. Our room had a little terrace right on the rice fields, where we could relax in the evening and enjoy the incredible sunsets.
They have two swimming pools, one of them being an infinity pool, set high up in the middle of a rainforest like atmosphere. Each room is a little villa, with only about 30 rooms total in the entire resort. Breakfast was included and we got to pick from a menu, which included fruit to start and a choice of local favourites such as Nasi Goreng or the more western poached eggs with bacon and avocado.
During the day we explored the sites in the morning and relaxed by the pool in the afternoon. The hotel helped us rent a scooter which was $10 AUD per day and was delivered to the hotel for us. Luckily being married to a Roman, he was an expert on the scooter. If you haven’t driven one before, I imagine it would be quite difficult. It was extremely hot when we went in February, but bearable. We even fit in a couples Balinese massage one day at the Tamarind Spa.
Check out my favourite things to see and where to eat below:
What to see:
- Tegalalang Rice Terrace
- Saraswati Temple
- Puri Saran Palace
- Goa Gajah – Elephant Cave
- Tirta Emoul Temple – Tampaksiring
- Mt Batur -Active Volcano
Where to eat:
- Ritz Carlton Mandapa – Sawah Terrace (Special Dinner)
- Puspa’s Warung ( limited menu, but amazing local food at local prices)
- Melting Wok Warung (inexpensive with great local food and nice setting)
- Sweet Orange Warung (a great vegetarian/vegan option, but a little hard to get to)
- Mr Wayans ( The restaurant at Wape di Ume, which has fantastic food and spectacular views)
- Cafe Wayan and Bakery ( A slightly more expensive local option, with a beautiful garden setting)
- Babi Guling Bu Oka ( a must try for lunch, they serve typical pork and rice)
I hope you enjoyed this Travel Diary. I hope to return to Ubud one day and get to relive the magic and relaxation of Wape di Ume!
Love Dani xx