Most of the instruments are percussion like xylophones, gongs, bronze kettles and drums, but string instruments and flutes can often also be found in the gamelans. Shadow puppets Wayang Kulit are the most widespread form of theater in Bali. The shadow puppets are used in religious ceremonies, as well as for pure entertainment purposes. The stories are told by casting puppets on sticks, which are placed in front of a light source.
The stories are often based on Hindu epics and are accompanied by gamelan music. The Pondok Bamboo music shop and the Oka Kartini regularly host shadow puppet performances. Loosen tired muscles with a 60 minute Balinese massage, after a hard day of trekking or shopping in Ubud. Take the entire day off and enjoy the ultimate pampering experience, with a full-day treatment; molded, scrubbed, bathed and cleansed from head to toe, you can go all-in with a week-long cleansing program, which often includes fasting, natural juice diets and meditation as part of the package.
The classic Ubud treatment is the Balinese massage, which is generally a gentle form of massage. The Balinese massage is just one of a countless treatments available. Bathe in tea, coffee, milk or flowers; or have the entire body massaged. Focus on your feet, shoulders or head; or be scrubbed or covered in avocado, chocolate, chamomile or clay; or have warm oils dripped on your tired body and hot stones treatment.
Ubud has such a number of spas that it would be impossible to list them all, even though only a few are mentioned, there are many others that are well worth the visit.
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Why not explore your Ubud neighborhood and find a local spa? Just be sure to check out the salon location before making any payment, to ensure that it lives up to your expectations. With spectacular views of the river in the Petanu valley, the Maya Ubud is among the more exclusive spas around Ubud. The panoramic views themselves are almost enough to relieve weary muscles.
A spa experience at the Maya Ubud can be combined with some jungle trekking and a choice of cooking classes, for a full day of activity at the retreat.
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Prices: 60 minutes massage — Rp Bali Botanica Day Spa, located two kilometers northwest of downtown Ubud, has a wide selection of treatments available. A popular choice is the Ayurvedic Chakra Dhara massage, where warm herbal oils are dripped onto your chakra points. Any half or full day treatments often include lunch at the excellent Bridges restaurant. Pick up in the Ubud area is included for most treatments.
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Prices: 60 minutes massage — Rp Centrally located in Ubud, but nestled within tranquil surroundings, Ubud Sari offers all the treatments you would expect from a day spa in Ubud, as well as several cleansing programs. When it comes to finding value for money, the SANg spas, which have several spas in central Ubud, are among the best options in Ubud. The salons are clean, the staff is friendly, the treatments are great and the prices are very competitive. Try the god Karma body massage, where four hands are working on your body at the same time.
If you have no inclination to leave your bedroom or pool area, SANg spa has an on-call massage service too, so you can pamper yourself in the privacy of your villa or hotel. Treatments end with a refreshing cup of ginger tea and a tasty bit of fresh tropical fruit. Eve is another good value spa chain, with one location on the Monkey forest road and another only a couple of kilometers west of the center of Ubud.
They will pick you up anywhere in Ubud. Although all kinds of massages are available in Ubud, foot and hand massages are the specialty of Reflexology Bali. Reflexology is an ancient technique using pressure points mostly located on the undersides of the feet to relieve stress and pain. All around Ubud there are small art galleries and new ones seem to pop up all the time.
Below are some of the places in Ubud that are a nudge above the rest. Often, you will get to meet the artists themselves and chat about the art and inspiration behind the work. He is now the owner of the ARMA museum see the museums section and the owner of several other businesses in Ubud. The Gallery has a wide array of artists on display and covers several painting styles. Pranoto art gallery displays the works of the artist-couple Pranoto and Kerry Prendergast. One thing both husband and wife have in common is the generous use of vivid color.
Symon is an American who has been living in Bali since the s. Other artists also work in the gallery, but you will rarely find Symon there himself, as he stays out on the Bali coast. The gallery is spacious and the pieces on display give good insight into the current Balinese art scene. A good place to go for serious art buyers, but also worth a visit even if you are not planning to buy anything.
Styles are varied and there are both modern and older paintings. This is the gallery of the Ubud-based photographer, Rio Helmi, where he exhibits his private work. Threads of Life is a fair trade organization selling traditionally woven textiles from rural areas of Indonesia. The aim of the museum is to keep the weaving tradition alive, while helping to support some of the poorest areas in Indonesia. Ubud is a haven for shoppers. All around town, especially on Jalan Hanoman and Monkey Forrest road, the small and cozy specialized boutiques sell everything from clothing and home ware to musical instruments and locally-produced organic foods, such as coffee, jam and healthy snacks.
At the markets in and around Ubud, the farmers, artists and talented artisans sell their wares; and in many of the small villages around Ubud you can also buy pottery, silverware and wood- and stonework, straight from the craftsmen by which they were created. While many of the shops and stalls have price tags on their wares, bargaining is recommended, especially in the markets and in the smaller local shops. The Ubud Art market, located just opposite the royal palace, has opened a brand new version of the old market, which was recently demolished and now rebuilt.
There are mixed opinions about the new market as there were about the old one and many feel that it lacks the characteristic charm of the old fashioned markets and caters too much to tourists. You will find vegetables, flowers, fruits, meat and fish for sale here.
The market opens before sunrise and you would need to get there by no later than 9 a. See our photo series from the market. An organic market, run by small local businesses and farmers, is held twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a. Vegetables, jam, honey, herbs, pastries and pies are among the main ingredients you can bring home from the market. Remember to bring your own bag as the use of plastic bags is kept to a minimum.
Many of the villages around Ubud specialize in a specific craft. The villages of Mas, Tegalalang and Jati are well known wood carving centers, Batubalan is the home of stone carvers, Celuk has many gold and silver smiths, Ubung and Kapal are famous for pottery, while Batuan and Ubud itself are the places to find exquisite paintings.
Most products can be found in stores all around Bali, but by buying in these specific villages, it is possible to get the products at retail prices and have things like wooden or stone statues custom made for you. This exquisite showroom and store of the late Master Artisan Jean-Francois Fichot is worth a visit, even if you are not planning to buy anything. The knowledgeable ladies in the shop are happy to give you some background on the truly unique pieces that are found on the shelves.
Moari sells all kinds of traditional Indonesian musical instruments — percussion, bells, xylophones and several others, which you have probably never seen before.
The owners are musicians themselves, which ensures the availability of high quality instruments. Tegun Galeri is the perfect place to go exploring for folk-art. The intimate shop is full of handmade reproductions of pieces found by the shop owners in distant corners of Indonesia and even in the rest of Asia. The staff is friendly and always happy to share knowledge about the many interesting items. Simplicity — Jam and salt is all that this picture perfect little boutique is about.
There is a small table available where you can taste out the different jams before choosing which to buy. We have tried the caramel, the mango and the strawberry; and we love them all. Pure simplicity — Confiture Michelle is all about jam and a few chutneys too. A wide variety of flavors are available and you are more than welcome to taste before you buy. Kertas Gingsirs is a small shop specializing in paper products that are cleverly made from banana and pineapple plants. You are very likely to find Wak working in his tiny shop when you visit, so prepare to be impressed by his phenomenal creations.
This tiny shop sells locally produced organic soaps, shampoos and skin treatment products. They have also squeezed in a few accessories made from recycled plastic. Visit Pusaka for ethnic clothing, with a modern twist in rayon and cotton. You can buy finished items straight from the store or have them tailor-made to suit your specifications.
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Pusaka also has a small selection of jewelry and plush toys available. Ashitaba sells hand-woven baskets of all sizes, bags, tableware and a long list of other items that are made from Ata grass. Nowhere else in Bali will you find as good a selection of restaurants as in Ubud. No matter whether you are looking for an unforgettable night out with a seven course menu with matching wines of just a looking for quick cheap bite, Ubud has several mouthwatering options. To list all good restaurants in Ubud would be impossible, but below we have picked ten we consider to be among the very best in the area and at the same time show the diversity among the many restaurants in Ubud.
Even though the food might suggest otherwise, the atmosphere is informal and relaxed in the open kitchen restaurant. You can choose between a five or seven dishes set menu. Starters: The small restaurant, located on a quiet side street, is more elegant than the average family run warung, but the atmosphere is still homely. Traditional western ingredients like oyster and foie gras meet local ingredients like mango and coconut at Mozaic.
The dishes are served as tasting menus where you get different dishes and can choose a matching wine menu. One of the menus is vegetarian. Discovery menu: This small place located in the heart of Ubud is extremely popular and tables are few, so it is a good idea to make a reservation in advance. The curry dishes and the desserts are recommended. Mains: At Warung Pulau Kelapa they take pride in serving authentic Indonesian dishes. The old Javanese teak house that is the home of the restaurant is the perfect setting for an Indonesian meal. Ibu Oka, is Ubuds most hyped place when it comes to Babi Guling — or suckling pick.
Crackling skin and juicy pork meat is what this classic Balinese street food is all about and here they make that to perfection. The green jungle views is one of the reasons people keeps coming back to Bridges. The delicate French inspired food is another. Combine the the two and you have the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. Choose between chicken and pork and enjoy with a cold Bintang. The servings and atmosphere is elegant, but relaxed. Fair Warung combines restaurant and social project. The profit from the warung supports the Fair future health clinic, so if you want to dine with a good conscious, this place is a good choice.
The dishes are mainly inspired by the Indonesian and the Thai kitchen. The performing band changes every night. The CP Tapas Bar and Lounge, located on the southern side of the soccer field, is your best option for a long night out in Ubud. The party kicks off in the outdoor restaurant and lounge with live music, dancing, cocktails and shishas. As midnight approaches, the party moves inside, where a DJ brings the dance floor alive and others can enjoy themselves with a game of pool at either the indoor or outdoor tables. The friendly, laid-back vibe at Napi Orti hosts talented local bands on several nights a week.
Apart from the music and the cozy atmosphere, the tasty snacks and cheap drinks bring a mixture of locals, tourists and expatriates to Napi Orti. On good nights, this place really comes alive. If you found this guide useful, it would make us extremely happy if you would help us share it. Vilondo is passionate about delivering exceptional service. Let us help you find the perfect Bali villa for you. Hit enter to search or ESC to close.
Ubud introduction. Ubud overview Eat, love and pray…. A great variety of good restaurants, including Mozaic that possibly is Bali's no 1. Nothing like in the south, but you can usually find a place for a late night drink. Ubud photo gallery. Ubud map On the map of Ubud below, we have marked all the places mentioned in this guide. Sights You can spend weeks in Ubud without running out of things to do.
Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free and easy nature trek, popular among repeat visitors to the central highland town of Ubud. The Ubud Art Market is a good place to find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats and many other hand-crafted goods. Most of the goods found at the Ubud Art Market are made in the neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan.
Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush valley of Campuhan, it houses paintings, collages and illustrated poetry, together with lithographic artworks of his favourite subject: nude Balinese women.
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The thought-provoking collections, lush garden surroundings, and onsite cafe offer a nice stopover for your Ubud trip. Pura Taman Saraswati is a beautiful water temple that makes for a great highlight on your walks through Ubud town. This popular photo spot has classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer with ponds filled with pink lotuses. The family-friendly attraction is located in the village of Batubulan, about 11 km south of Ubud. Serving as a fun and attractive playground for bird lovers, Bali Bird Park hosts animal feeding sessions throughout the day.
There are also several reptiles living in the park, including Komodo dragons. Tegenungan Waterfall is located halfway between Ubud and Bali's provincial capital of Denpasar. Getting to the falls from Ubud is a pleasant minute drive down paved village roads lined with stretches of green rice fields on both sides. Dense foliage frames the cascading waters of Tegenungan Waterfall, and the water volume is impressive at almost any time of year.
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Most Booked Hotels Rating From. Citadines Kuta Beach Bali 4. The Kana, Kuta 4. Horison Seminyak Bali 4. W Bali - Seminyak 4. Hard Rock Hotel Bali 4. TS Suites Bali 4. The interior of the living room has intricate Javanese inspired wooden carved pillars as the main design element. Woodcarving is a Balinese tradition that has been introduced in the island through Javanese priest in the 16th century. Hinduism being the main religion in Bali, the tradition of wooden sculptures of gods has always been very common in both residential and religious buildings.
The living room has carried out this tradition by placing god Ganesha wooden sculptures as part of interior design. The reason behind decorating the space with god Ganesha sculpture is that in Hindu religion it is believed to be the one who removes obstacles.
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The interior design has been adapted as per the traditional practice and philosophical approach of the society that is reflected through space planning, choice of earthen harmonious colours, use of water as an important feature in the courtyard, style of construction with wooden exposed roof and pillars, intricate woodcarving and use of decorative items that relate to the culture of the island. The interior has been designed in harmony with its surroundings that is a key element in Balinese design practice.
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