For me, I went with Radiantly Alive.
The first time I did a DIY Yoga Retreat was back in 2014 when I for some much-needed self-care. I did classes mostly at the Yoga Barn and was amazed and taken aback by Les Levanthal’s classes.
This time, instead, I was feeling a little more adventurous and did classes at Radiantly Alive so I was looking for a homestay nearer to the studio.
I asked around and received a recommendation for D’Cliff’s House. It’s a homestay further up Jalan Dewisita, where the bustle goes on in Ubud.
The guest facilities are a 4-room building at the back of the homestay. I stayed on the higher room with a balcony – it wasn’t very much more expensive than the lower rooms.
I usually like to round up my holiday with a massage, best to get home to a hectic life by relaxing on the last day.
Bali Green Spa was one of the recommended spas I found on TripAdvisor but to be honest, I don’t think the massage was anything in particular to rave about. However, they do have one great service (no naughty thoughts guys, PG here).
The front is pretty unimaginative, I wouldn’t have given it a second look on any day. You walk through a long indoor walkway and you get to the garden.
If you’re in Bali for a happening beach holiday, tourists typically veer towards Kuta or Seminyak for their hotel. Since I was on an extended two-week trip and I’m not a picky person, I don’t have to stay in a nice hotel. My picks usually lean towards flashpacking (which is sort of a more upscale backpacking) or boutique hotels.
There are some hostels in Kuta and Seminyak that go quite cheaply but they weren’t an option for me because I wanted my own room and didn’t want to deal with noise or party-goers. Man, I’m on holiday. So Legian which was smack between Kuta and Seminyak sounded like a perfect spot for me. It’s easily accessible to both areas and sounded more laid back.
It took a lot of Googling and research before I found Kubu Kauh Beach Inn. On TripAdvisor, the Inn does not have a lot of recent reviews and seemed to have just gone through an overhaul. The inn is more like a home stay as compared to a boutique hotel as it is operated by a local family.
Initially when I arrived, I had some issues with room availability because I had my dates swopped around. Thankfully, they managed to sort things out. If you’re heading to Kubu Kauh, here’s a guide to walking into the place because even after staying for 4/5 nights, I still get lost in this maze.
Congratulations on navigating the maze!
In case you are wondering, the set featured image was taken along the way!
I’m not much of a jam person, give me Nutella or good old butter and kaya (coconut spread in Asia) to go with my bread.
However, if you’re a fan of handcrafted jams with tons of flavours, I think you’ll like this place. They go great with crepes and and pancakes.
Biku is probably one of my favourite places to dine at in Seminyak because it’s such a relaxing and affordable place! They have a western high tea option which is quite a spread and super value for the price.
The bad thing is, it’s located at a far flung area of Seminyak, your best bet will be flagging a cab. Biku was also tastefully decorated, with a whimsical theme. Perfect place for OOTD!
If you look at TripAdvisor, Melting Wok Warung has been consistently wavering on the top 5 spots of top restaurants in Ubud, Bali.
Reservations are recommended as it is quite a small restaurant. I made a reservation for 3pm and the restaurant was full. If you don’t have a reservation, you should pop by late or do a take away.
I see a lot of Caucasians rave about the curry on TripAdvisor. Me? I’m like, it’s just curry! Of course I had to try it to see what are these rave reviews about.
The owners were French and I feel that they infused European spice and style of cooking in traditional dishes. The curry that I had used herbs and nuts. It was strange for me (since I grew up on Indian curries) but in a good way!
Another much raved dish is the creme caramel with coconut sauce. It was a tad too sweet and thick for a single me but perfect for sharing for two. The cinnamon gave a little zest to the coconut sauce.
13 Jalan Gootama
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Google Map link
One of my favourite stays in Bali has got to be at Ole Ole Ollie. Good food, comfortable bunk, adorable dogs and just right by the beach – how more perfect can you get right?
The owner, Olivia, owns a cupcake business and converted some space into a dorm behind. It’s a really pretty garden by day!
One of my favourite dish to order in Bali: which I can eat all day, everyday, is Nasi Campur. It’s a direct translation to “mixed rice” which is exactly what it is! Most restaurants in Bali offer this as it is the most basic Balinese dish. Nasi Campur is also the cheapest option usually.
I don’t really get why this is the cheapest option as I feel that Nasi Campur is the most “all in” dish. You get rice, some veggies and a little meat to go along with it. These are some of my favourite Nasi Campurs from Bali!
Okay Biah Biah first caught my eyes because of their quirky decor. I mean, pigs on the table really? Their Nasi Campur is one of the more generous versions with two kinds of meat and extra tempe. The tempe is a perfect combination of soy and sweetness mixed. I ordered extra satay sticks too.
Biah Biah (Google Map link): Jl Goutama 13 Padantegal Kaja, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
A small little place that probably doesn’t sit more than 15 at any go. It’s best to either pop by for a late dinner (if you’re comfortable sharing tables) or make a reservation. I saw many people being turned away as the place was full. I loved how uniquely spiced the chicken chunks was – I can’t even describe it well. The sambal (which was not spicy at all) paired perfectly with the egg..
I did a lot of research before and when I was in Bali so this is my list of top food spots in Bali: mainly Ubud, Canggu and Kuta/Seminyak.
Other places which I wished I got to try:
Other places that I went but won’t recommend (in Ubud):
Canggu (Only stayed for a night though)
Kuta/Seminyak (My meal times were at warped times)