After we got our fill of bustling Kuta, we headed inland to spend the second half of our honeymoon in Ubud. Even though Kuta has a vibrant bar and club scene, our nights were pretty low key. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to dial the relaxation meter any lower.
We arrived at our hotel, Anahata Hotel and Spa Resort, a little after noon. As we were checking in, the woman informed us that the one bedroom villa we had booked was sold out. When you’ve just traveled two hours into the middle of the jungle hearing your room is sold out is pretty worrisome. However she continued by telling us, “…so we’ve booked you in the three bedroom villa.” It was a welcome upgrade. The villa was ginormous, way bigger than we needed or expected. On top of that, the hotel facilities were gorgeous with pools, outdoor yoga and chess table all in a lush jungle setting with sounds of a rushing river below.
We had a private plunge pool at our villa, seen in the photo above looking down into the jungle. The larger hotel pool was about half way down to the river, just a couple hundred stairs as I later learned. It was worth the walk down, but I was a hot sweaty mess after making the trek back up the stairs one humid morning.
We rented a scooter to get around which was great because we were able to stop along the way to explore. As we drove the rice fields swayed gently waving us along to town. The landscape and architecture is quite different from what we see in Java. The Balinese families family compounds resemble temples and are intricately adorned. Statues and carvings sit at every entrance and bamboo penjors hang over the street.
There are ups and downs to the touristy nature of Bali, but one of the ups is tons of great shopping. Ubud’s streets are lined with restaurants, clothing boutiques and shops selling trinkets of all kinds. As usual I was hoping for home goods more than clothing, but I managed to find myself a couple of colorful souvenirs in each department.
Of course we had to hit the number one Ubud tourist spot- the Sacred Monkey Forest. Even though we have our own band of monkeys at Goa Kreo in Semarang, we still had to see how the Bali monkeys would measure up to our local ones. Ubud monkeys are much more comfortable with people, one might even call them little rascals. Once they get a hint that you might have a banana, those little dudes are grabbing for your bag or jumping over your shoulders to get to that food. I had both happen to me and each time I was startled enough to yelp like a little girl.
The day after the monkey forest, we made the discovery that the branches violently swaying outside our villa were actually a family of monkeys jumping around. We spent the rest of the trip lounging by the windows watching them play.
Our last day was spent slowly traveling south to the airport. You never know what the traffic conditions will be like so it’s best to always prepare for the worst. We made a point of finding a lunch spot close the the airport where we could lounge until it was time to head to check in. Azul Beach Club fit the bill nicely- decent food, fruity drinks and expansive ocean views. Each booth even had its own oscillating fan which was a nice addition to the ocean breeze.
Even though it took us a year to get to Bali, I can safely it won’t take us another year to make it back. Hopefully we’ll have some friends or family come visit soon and give us the prefect excuse to book a return trip.