Ubud part 2/2
During our first time in Ubud we stayed in Villa Ole a great place just a little far from town for us. We wanted something more central so we splurged on a $50/night hotel called Pertiwi Resort and Spa. The less expensive side of places that come with an infinity pool. Yeah, I am basic enough to chose accommodation based on the presence of an infinity pool #ferdagram
Our first evening back we tried Bali Buda which had great healthy options. I had spring rolls and Jared had chicken fried rice. Madison and Dylan had a great looking pad Thai and a couple other dishes. Don't let the lack of photo fool you I would definitely recommend!
The next morning we tried Bali Pesto which was right next to our resort. If you don't like basil you might not be the biggest fan but for pesto lovers you're in luck! They have a great breakfast menu and an espresso machine.
That afternoon Jared went for a massage. He paid 200,000rph but you can ABSOLUTELY get a good one-hour full body massage from 70,000-150,000 so shop around for a place with a price chart. During that I had the honour of experiencing a Chakra Balancing session with healer Jilela which was really incredible and strange.
That night we watched traditional Balinese dancing which felt more like acting and acapella, well worth experiencing once while in Ubud. We saw the Kecak Fire & Trance Dance at the Pura Puseh Temple. For 75,000 each we watched over 100 men sing the sounds of the story while 5 women and men is costume told/danced the story. The finale definitely made the show as a pile of dried coconut shells were lit on fire and a tranced man paraded through the coals over and over in unison with the direction of the song. After about 5 minutes of what seemed like should be torture he was brought into a seated position and sat breathing heavily. The show was over and people placed donations in his lap. His feet were covered in soot but non burned or blistered whatsoever..
The next morning we had breakfast at a place called Sagitrius - to put it nicely...there's SO many amazing food places in Ubud, don't waste a meal here. We also it up Coffee and Co which had a wonderful coffee selection and air con! Since 99% of dining is outdoors this little chilled out haven was definitely worth noting.
Next, eyelash extensions for Jo! I went to Vive Salon and had a wonderful experience. The salon is owned but a New York native couple whose husband lives in Ubud full time and the wife visits for about 3 weeks a year. Not sure how that work marriage wise but they run a good business. I was a little nervous at first but the technician was very gentle and went at a good speed! Took about 1.5 hours for a fill (since I already had extensions from home). The only thing that through me off was the options to get Siberian Mink or Synthetic. I went with synthetic in case you were wondering..
We killed a couple more hours walking, for a second time, through the Ubud Market. For the cheapest prices skip the air conditioned stores on the Main Street and find the market (kitty corner to the soccer pitch) for endless clothes, sung less, wood crafts, painting and more.
We worked up enough of an appetite to eat again and enjoyed a chicken burger and fried noodles with prawns at Kafe Bunute ! I was hyped up about getting coconut ice cream after at this place we had walked by a handful of times but was disappointed to learn that the ice-cream was only coconut flavours not made from coconut, and heavy dairy and I aren't really friends, however, it looked like a cute joint so maybe you'd like it!
We took to the infinity pool and packed before a full day the next morning!
Instead of making the straight 1 hour journey from Ubud to Canngu we decided to hire a drive to take us to some of the hotspots and detour around along the way. Best. Idea. Ever. Instead of trying to rent a taxi each day to take us to one place at a time this was a perfect ways to see a bunch of place and our driver was incredible. We emailed Bali Made Tour and they were quick to reply and help us set up the whole day. Diano picked us up from Pertiwi Resort at 10am after a really nice last breakfast in Ubud at Cinta.
My requested itinerary included Ulundanu Bertan floating Temple > Handara Gate > Gitgit Waterfall > Canggu. Diana not only took us to all these places but also a bridge with a great jungle view, a beautiful overlooking spot of the Twin Lakea, the better of the two part Gitigt Waterfall, drove passed the Handara Gate twice to find a less busy time, stopped 4 extra times just for me to take photos AND told us SO much about Bali. He answered any and every question we had and added more information. The whole 8 hour day cost 650,000 . He also made sure we found our Canggu accommodation and spoke the the reception person to make sure we were all set. If you get Diano as your driver please tell him Jared and Johanna from Winnipeg, Canada say hello!
Here's some photos from our day
We had said good bye to Ubud, for real this time, and have safely arrived in Canggu