A thriving center of crafts and considered to be the cultural heart of Bali, the village of Ubud with its narrow streets that obstruct the tourist buses, is located in the mountains, just an hour’s drive from the airport. Its scenic surroundings and traditional way of life, appeals to people from all walks of life. Ubud offers a broad spectrum of activities ranging from historic and cultural to modern. From lounging in a café overlooking the rice fields to shopping for handmade traditional items, and experiencing the local cuisine there is something to keep everyone in the family busy in Ubud: Hidden Gem of Bali.
Potential Activities in Ubud: Hidden Gem of Bali
● Sacred Monkey Forest:
This forest sanctuary of very old banyan trees sits on 27 acres of protected grounds and is home to 605 macaque monkeys. The Sacred Monkey Forest, situated just minutes from the main strip of Ubud, is also the site of three 14th century holy temples, which look like something out of the Indiana Jones movies.
A digital co-work space that operates like an office while giving its inhabitants the opportunity to live on a tropical island. Equipped with the most modern amenities like high speed internet, copy and fax machines, printers, lockers, meeting rooms and all the coffee and tea you can drink, Hubud allows you to carry on your work, and conduct business without having to dress for the office!
It is also located 50 meters from the Sacred Monkey Forest! Thus, at times you might see a monkey or two wandering near by, it’s a sight to see. The work area building is constructed from recycled wood and bamboo. The spacious, open plan, with unhindered views of trees and fields of rice paddies, yields a playful ambiance. Additionally, there are hosts of events, workshops, courses and not to mention parties arranged for the community members. Hubud offers a number of membership plans in various price ranges.
- The Yoga Barn:
The complete yoga and healing destination in Ubud, offering 75 classes a week at every level. Housed on 50 acres and surrounded by their own organic farm, and rice paddies, the Yoga Barn still clings to the traditional Balinese spirit. You can choose from a variety of healing treatments at the holistic healing center, or enjoy a mini vacation at the onsite accommodation while experiencing “yoga in Bali”.
- Amazing Food: The number of excellent food places in Ubud is astonishing! Whether you want to stick to a western menu or prefer to try the different local dishes, the variety is endless. The impeccable ethnic dishes including the slow cooked ‘bebek betutus’ duck, the much favored roast pig locally named ‘babi guling’ and mie gorengare are all modestly priced in the numerous street side cafés. A large portion of the ingredients for the dishes is sourced locally on a daily basis, so everything is really fresh. Don’t forget to drink green coconut milk, which is highly nutritious and keeps you hydrated.
Regardless of what you are searching for, from lounging near a waterfall to peaceful retreat of yoga and work space that allows you to do it your way, Ubud has it all.