Things have been a whirlwind since the beginning of December when we spent those two magical weeks in Bali, but I’ve been DYING to share our trip with you and am so happy that the day has finally arrived! We spent our first week in Ubud with our friends Greg, Farra, Juan and their baby – and it was hands down one of the best vacations of my life. We stayed at Castello Jasper, an incredible rental home with an infinity pool perched over rice paddies and facing the jungle and mountains.- A DREAM! Each morning the lovely staff at the house (Wayan and Suri) greeted us with breakfast and helped us with anything we needed for the day (including arranging spa services at the house!). We skipped a majority of the typical tourist things in lieu of relaxing, but we did have a few adventures and eat at some amazing restaurants. More about that and my recommendations after the jump! xx- Sarah
The flight to Bali from the US in bananas long. But if you can, choose Taipei for your stopover- best airport food EVER! I know that’s random, but when you’re traveling for 24+ hours it’s really helpful to know you’ll have a meal to look forward to (also, search out the massage chairs in the airport- the stores surrounding them offer up free tokens and it does wonders for a travel body to have a massage after a 14 hour flight!) Ok, once you’ve arrived- try to stay awake for the drive from the airport to Ubud, there is so much to see and I think it’s a great way to get a feel for the country!
As I mentioned above- we spent most of our days right here, water glasses filled with wine in hand (and clearly we needed every bit of sun we could get!). HA! But we did take a long walk through the rice paddies from Castello Jasper into town one morning for a bit of shopping and wandering around Ubud- and it’s an adventure I highly recommend! The shopping is fantastic- I found pottery and all of the wooden kitchen utensils I could ever want, plus silk robes that I am still dying over. And we fueled up after the walk at Kebun Bistro where I had the BEST CHOCOLATE CROISSANT OF MY LIFE. Speaking of food- most days I also ate my weight in Nasi Gureng- which is an Indonesian stir fried rice that beats everything! Other restaurants we tried and loved: Naughty Nuri’s (on the recommendation of Anthony Bourdain), KAFE, Alchemy. And we wanted to make it to Mozaic but didn’t.
My absolute favorite part of the entire trip, besides all of the laughs with friends, were the spa treatments we got almost daily. It was truly a Beyonce moment, having massage therapists come to the house every day and work wonders on us. It’s a luxury that we couldn’t normally indulge in, but it was so crazy affordable that we couldn’t say no! My favorite treatment was the massage/body scrub that ended in the bathtub filled with flower petals and moss. Heaven on Earth!!!!
The Balinese people have to be the kindest people I’ve ever encountered, which makes traveling there extra special. And the countryside is spectacularly beautiful- so that doesn’t hurt. It definitely tops my list of favorite places I’ve traveled to, and there’s absolutely no chance I would miss an opportunity to go back! I’ll share more of our trip soon- the week that Lou and I spent at the beach! (but it should be noted- we preferred Ubud to any other part of Bali that we traveled to!) More soon…..