Thursday, July 26, 2018

Things To Do in Ubud, Bali on Your Honeymoon

After spending 3 days in Seminyak (check out our Seminyak Itinerary and Budget Breakdown here), we continued on our Bali holiday and transferred to Ubud. While Seminyak brought us close to the beaches, Ubud was filled with lush, green sceneries - but still filled with plenty of private swimming pools and relaxing massages of course. We were in Bali for some much needed rest and relaxation after all. While our holiday involved plenty of lounging, and massages, and naps, and doing absolutely nothing (can I get a yaaazzzz?), we made sure to include some activities and things to do in Ubud. Check out my activity choices for a relaxed Ubud vacation suitable for a 4-day itinerary:
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Visit the Tegalalang Rice Terraces.

Much like the rest of Bali's highlights, the rice terraces was tourist-filled but it wasn't impossible to snap a good photo. To enter, you pay a small entry fee, and after walking a short distance, a donation is required to go further. It didn't bother me, and it was fun to walk along this wonder. There are also photo spots here that require further fees which I didn't bother to do because the beauty of nature here was more than enough.

Seek a little thrill and go on an iconic swing overlooking Ubud.

Depending on your perception of these swing photos, the activity is not as scary as you imagine.. or is scarier than you imagine. I'll leave it to you to decide when you get there.
Bali Swing, Ubud
Bali Swing
We visited Bali Swing, which I believe was the first of its kind in Ubud. If you choose to visit, I would advice that you go as soon as it opens. It cost USD$35 inclusive of lunch, which was considerably expensive. 
Bali Swing nest

Unfortunately when we were there, there was also a huge tour group at the same time, which completely ruined the experience - with many tourists cutting in line, with one person in line "reserving a spot" for 5 other friends. It was unfortunately quite abusive, the line for a single swing or photo opportunity would require a 30-60 minute wait time. It was pretty crazy. They did not have a system in place for creating discipline and order for the waiting line, nor did they limit the number of visitors for each day. Perhaps it would be good to consider other options or if you think these photos are absolutely worth it...
Bali Swing nest

Go tea/coffee tasting and try the famous luwak coffee.

I don't drink coffee. My husband said there was no way he was going to try the luwak coffee, which, essentially, is coffee made out of coffee beans from the luwak's poop. So when our driver suggested the luwak coffee, I was surprised when he enthusiastically said yes. Well, he ended up drinking that cat poo chino. Ha, clever. There are plenty of coffee plantations. Our driver took us to Lumbung Sari where they gave us a mini tour explaining how coffee is prepared, we purchased a cup of luwak coffee, and they gave us a complimentary tasting experience. I've never tasted that many (odd) variations of tea before. My husband quite liked the mangosteen tea.
Lumbung Sari coffee/tea tasting
Shop at the Ubud Art Market

While I absolutely love bargain shopping, haggling here (with some sales people being a bit rude and pushy) was just exhausting. We ended up only buying a few items and only buying from sales people who were nice. While there are plenty of cheap finds, you can also often find cheaper finds along other areas selling the same goods. And if you're tired of haggling, you might find that there are plenty of awesome deals when online shopping instead.
Ubud Art Market
Ubud Art Market
Try some babi guling.

A must try! This is their version of the Filipino lechon, or roast pig. Our driver recommended Ibu Oka for their babi guling and it was so good (and cheap!) that we went there for lunch two days in a row.
Babi Guling at Ibu Oka
Go chasing waterfalls.

While there are plenty of less crowded waterfalls for you to discover, we had no intention of swimming in them so we went ahead and just visited the most popular Teganungan Waterfalls. A whole lot of stairs involved here, could get you panting a little if you're not very fit, but some cardio would be good to burn off some of that babi guling you overindulged in during your holiday, right?

Visit the Monkey Forest


When we were planning this itinerary, we said there was no way we were going to visit places with feisty monkeys as we've heard way too many horror stories from our friends/workmates... so here's a photo of us at the monkey forest. Lol. Funny enough, we did end up there. The forest itself is beautiful. And if you just follow the guidelines and stay away from tourists who don't follow the guidelines, you'll be absolutely fine.

Ubud Monkey Forest

Indulge in a whole day spa treatment at Bali Botanica.

Yes, you read that right, a WHOLE DAY at the SPA. Ladies and gentlemen, this is how I spent my 30th birthday - they picked us up from our hotel, began the day by allowing us to choose our scrub, started the day with a whole lot of massaging, a full body scrub, a flower bath, a gourmet lunch, followed by a facial, a hair treatment, and more massages! O.M.G. It was amazing.


And when I mentioned gourmet lunch, I meant that for lunch, they brought us to Bridges (one of Bali's most highly recommended restaurants). The food and service there was exemplary. The chef even made me the most delicious lava cake with truffles for my birthday, upon my husband's request. I highly recommend Bali Botanica and Bridges (NOT SPONSORED, honest opinion!).

Unplug, disconnect from the world, be treated like royalty at Alam Puisi Villa.

Let me be honest and say that when our driver brought us to this hotel, I got scared that I made a mistake in booking because it was far from Ubud's center. However, this hotel quickly became our absolute favourite from the 4 hotels we stayed at in Bali. We got a villa with a private pool. The hotel was high class, the food at their restaurant was exemplary, they even had free morning yoga classes.
So guess what, we only left this hotel for a couple hours during the last 2 days of our stay because we just didn't want to leave this hotel. We attended yoga in the morning, had breakfast which was delivered to our room, went swimming in our private pool, took plenty of naps, had dinner at their restaurant.. you get the picture.  It was the absolute best way to end our Bali holiday.


My husband was weary of going to Bali at first but we definitely enjoyed our time there thoroughly. His favourite part of course would have to be all the cheap massages we got. As for me, I loved almost everything about it! Perhaps I'll always be tropical/island girl at heart. Have you been to Bali before? What was your favourite part of Ubud? 

PS: I am loving the rattan bag and bamboo bag trend lately. Do you have one in your closet too?

Always,
Jeanne

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41 comments:

  1. it is a beautiful place
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  2. Looks like such a beautiful place to visit!

    Layla x

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  3. Nice and interesting post.
    Love your pics.

    Ann
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  4. Nice to finally know how the swing works, I guess you just have to shoot it in an angle that will look like it's scary. Good on you to do a lot of fun stuff in Bali, I guess I have to note these down when I finally get to go there.

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  5. Ohhh! Everything looks so niceee!
    So sad about those tourists! People should respect others...specially on vacation when everyone wants to relax.

    wishing you all the best,
    Randomlydi

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  6. Such a beautiful place :)

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  7. What a gorgeous and fun trip this is dear! I have Bali on my bucket list, especially that swing! Anyway, your photos are so lovely, and you two look sooo cute!

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  8. The entire day SPA trip must've been amazing! Happy birthday, Jeanine!
    Also, the pictures looks awesome. It's a shame people on that trip didn't know how to behave, but I hope it was worth the wait.
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  9. What a wonderful trip for you two to remember for life Wonderful guide babe xoxo Cris
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  10. Great photos :) I want to go on this swing. Seems it was wonderful travel.
    Have a nice day!
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  11. Bali is on my travel list so these tips will be really helpful!
    x Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

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  12. That bathtub! Bali is heaven on Earth and thank you so much for sharing your tips. :-)

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  13. Lovely pictures, you sure did enjoy your stay there.

    Bernie, xx
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  14. I love the post! Bali is beautiful ♥

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  15. All photos are so gorgeous, Bali is the wonderful place.
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  16. Adorable photos! Woahh love that swing!

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  17. awwww... you did all the things that are a must, good on you both!
    thank you for sharing...
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  18. Wow this looks like a dream vacation! The spa part is my fave!

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  19. Indeed, Bali is an ideal place to travel, peaceful and beautiful nature. You must have had a great experience

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  20. It looks beautiful, although a shame that one day was so busy and frustrating with the tour group! It's awesome you enjoyed the rest of your holiday though, it sounds so relaxing! :)

    Hope that you are having a great weekend :) We had a quiet one as we are all a little unwell from another round of winter bugs!

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  21. I have never been to Bali but I have a girlfriend who is going over very soon. I will send her your link so she can read your tips! it looks beautiful over there! X

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  22. Beautiful post, it seems you had a great time! Thanks for your comment in my blog, wanna follow each other?:)

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  23. This trip sounds amazing!! Bali is getting higher and higher on my list to visit. And that's so interesting to hear about the swing, I also discovered on my recent trip to Europe that majority of the places that get a lot of hype on Instagram are kinda a disappointment when you visit it! The place is either overrated, overcrowded with people that the experience is bad, or sometimes BOTH haha

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  24. I am a tropical/beach girl at heart too and the pictures and your experiences definitely hit a corner! Bali is most definitely on my list and now getting those cheap massages are added too haha!
    Hope you're having an amazing week!
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  25. The rice terraces look amazing! Loving these snaps, gf!

    -Ashley
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  26. Such an amazing place ๐Ÿ’ just like a dream ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    =)

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  27. Hello,

    Oh, lovely !

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  28. wow! I love this looks like an amazing trip!
    xoxo
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  29. Real paradise! Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures and tips, this just went to my short term bucket list :)

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  30. Everything is great, you have a great experience here, I will be there in the future

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  31. great things to do in Bali. Amazing photos. You're so cute.

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  32. This sounds heavenly! I hope to visit Bali soon!
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  33. Hello,

    Amazing !

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  34. Wow! It´s fantastic! It´s so perfect and amazing honeymoon. Great post :)
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  35. Woweee! Looks so amazing! That swing and nest looks totally insane and fun xx

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  36. Sounds like you had a really good time! Loved the last hotel you stayed in!

    Love,
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  37. it looks fun! I wish I can back to bali this holiday too T^T


    have a nice day!!
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