Four days in Ubud: Beyond Eat, Pray, Love
Day three: Adventure
Although Ubud has a reputation as a place of relaxation, there are actually a number of activities on offer for thrill seekers. Bali Adventure Tours operates various options for those wanting to really earn their massage. From white water rafting along the Ayung to downhill mountain cycling and river kayaking, there is plenty available here to get your heart racing. Those after a little less exhilaration can head to the elephant sanctuary 16km north of Ubud at Desu Taro.
An adventure tour will take around half a day, but you will probably want to relax a little afterwards. Have a nap and another massage, followed by cocktails at Bar Luna. The latest feather in the cap for de Neefe, Bar Luna has only recently opened and is already attracting praise for its embrace of writers, performance and music in the small open setting. With cocktails a steal at two-for-one between 7:30 and 8 pm, Bar Luna is also a great place for satisfying food options before heading out to a traditional Balinese dance performance. Ticket vendors sell along Jalan Raya all day, and there are a number of dances available. Ask around for advice on the best ones to see.
Day four: Winding up and saying goodbye
This is the time to do all the last-minute shopping you thought you would get done during your four days here. There are some wonderful shops along Monkey Forest Road where you can purchase batik sarongs, brooches and mementos of your stay. Check out some of the stores selling paper goods and handmade jewellery, the profits of which go to support small villages in the region.
The final stop you need to make is for lunch at Sari Organik. Located off the main road in Ubud in the middle of a rice paddy, it is about a 20-minute walk through parts of Ubud you might not have yet seen. Instantly rural and picturesque, Sari Organik is an experimental organic farm that practises fair trade and the promotion of local produce. Owned by a local Balinese woman, it is a truly unique experience and is the perfect way to end your time in Ubud. Relax on a pile of cushions while drinking organic beer and eating the freshest of produce, and reflect on the magical four days you have just enjoyed.