Ubud Journals

Ubud - unforgettable haven

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An October 1999 trip to Ubud by Ishtar

Look behind me Photo, Ubud, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: I had been importing handmade papers from Ubud and decided to combine this business trip with leisure. Had I known that it would affect both of us so deeply within our core, I would have prolonged the stay.

Ubud - unforgettable haven

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Overview

Look behind me Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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Ubud is Bali's highlight. If you're there, then you have arrived because anything you do here will be accompanied by a sense of wonder, spirituality even if you've never had it, serenity as I've never encountered anywhere else and a joy for waking up each morning despite the downpours. The open market on Monkey Road is a place that can take you hours to negotiate as there are alleys, and steps leading up and down, and it seems the stores choke each other with merchandise. Attending a Legong dance performance is something you must do; they have them in Ubud on a regular basis and you can pick up a brochure that tells you when and where. Jalan Raya is one of the main drags as well, and as you head no...Read More

Tjampuhan Hotel & Spa

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Hotel | "Tjampuhan Hotel & Spa"

Tjampuhan Hotel & Spa Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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Regal. And rightly so, as this used to be a prince''s residence centuries ago and was turned into a hotel. It is a well-hidden secret actually, and our friends and suppliers in Ubud really did not want us to reveal this place to many people. The Tjampuhan Hotel which lies on the banks of Oos river was mentioned and we decided to drop in and check it out for ourselves. The registration area was nothing short of breathtaking. There were no windows; openness everywhere allowing us to look into an eternity of green as far as the eye could see. When rain threatened to wet the overstuffed sofas nearest to the elements, they were warded off by bamboo mats that were rolled down from the ceilings. We were give...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

Tjampuhan Hotel & Spa
Jalan Raya Campuhan
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
(011) 62 361 975 368

Cafe Lotus

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Restaurant | "Lotus Restaurant"

Cafe Lotus Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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We did not plan to eat at Lotus; we just happened on it. This was during one of the several foot excursions that Chuck and I embarked on while in Ubud. You cannot appreciate the beauty of the restaurant until you are well inside. We were there for lunch. It's quite busy and informal. We were seated right in front of a huge lotus pond, with a temple sitting atop a brick wall. On our right hand side (picture this, because the restaurant has no back wall) we have a craftsman hammering away at something he's creating. The menu includes the native goreng dishes (vegetable fried noodles), different satais (those are safe to eat at reputable restaurants; be careful if you land at a self-serve type of eate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

Cafe Lotus
Ubud Main road near Museum Puri Lukisan
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
975660

Cafe Wayan

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Restaurant | "Wayan's Café"

Cafe Wayan Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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I read about Wayan's Café on internet bulletin boards while I was gathering information for this trip. The name came up very often as one of the best places to eat in Ubud, and that's an understatement. Aside from being one of the best restaurants in Ubud, the decor of this place is almost surreal. When you enter the "dining area", you are actually making your way through a forest, and the garden beds surround eating areas; some are on the floor with pillows, and others are Western style with caned chairs and tables. We chose the floor version as it looked so much more inviting. We had young servers tending to our needs; the food was served in beautiful porcelain containers or banana leaves. It was ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

Cafe Wayan
Monkey Forest Road
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
(62-361) 974629

Legong Dance

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Attraction

Legong Dance Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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Although some Legong dances are staged in hotels for tourists, it's best to see an authentic rendition in Ubud where they have performances every Monday and Sunday nights at 7:30pm at the Ubud Palace. The performance takes place outside the palace with drapes covering the open walls so as to ensure privacy. It's a first come first serve - white folding chairs seats which are very uncomfortable. They are positioned in front of the palace door where a stage has been set. To the right and left of the stage is the gamelan orchestra. Gamelan is the basis of Balinese music and is so crucial that the name is given to the entire orchestra. It is mainly percussion, and I found it irrita...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2001

Legong Dance
Puri Saren Palace
Ubud, Indonesia

Balinese Massage

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Story/Tip

The Preparation of the Jasmine Oil Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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On the menu of blessings at the Tjampuhan Hotel is in-room massage service. When we were there it was $40/hour per person, including the jasmine tea at the end. I convinced Chuck to go for it. We had already been initiated when our guide took us to a day spa in Sanur beach and we tasted 30 minutes of bliss for $10.00! This promised to take us to even greater heights and we eagerly anticipated the arrival of our masseuses. Two women were sent to our room with platters in their hands, presumably holding all of the materials needed for this ritual. There is no room for modesty with Balinese massage so I was told to remove my sari and lay on my stomach. Chuck was instructed to do the same, except he di...Read More