Bali Green Spa (Kuta, Seminyak)

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.

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Bali (Legian): Kubu Kauh Beach Inn

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.

You start at this lane, to the right, is a provision shop of sorts, walk straight down

Walk straight down

You will see this marking on your left, turn in here

Spy the sign?

Congratulations on navigating the maze!

The reception/check in to your right

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Bali (Ubud) food: Confiture Michele

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.

Tastings

 

Crêperie Confiture Michele
Address: Jalan Gootama N. 26, Ubud, Bali
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm, daily
Website: http://www.confituremichele.com
Google Map: Confiture Michele

Bali (Seminyak) food: Biku

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!

At the door of Biku

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Ubud, Bali food: Melting Wok Warung

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.

My view from where I was sitting. There were a few more tables behind me

 

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.

Melting Wok Warung

13 Jalan Gootama
Ubud, Bali
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Google Map link

Bali food: Nasi Campurs all over

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!

Biah Biah
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.

Ne Warung
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..

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Bali: My top food list

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.

Ubud 

  • Ne WarungGoutama Street, Ubud, Bali 80571 – Try the pork ribs or Nasi Campur!
  • Biah BiahJl Goutama 13 Padantegal Kaja, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • Fair Warung Bale: Jalan Sriwedari 6 | 100m Up From Main Road Ubud, Ubud, Bali 80517, Indonesia
  • Caramel : Jalan Hanoman No.4B, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • Seniman Coffee Studio: Jl Sriwedari | (1 min off Jl. Raya – main road), Ubud, Bali 80581, Indonesia 
  • Warung Schnitzel: Jalan Sriwedari 2 | 20 metres from Jl Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • Warung WayanMonkey Forest Rd., Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia 
  • Yoga Barn Kafe: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

Other places which I wished I got to try:

  • Restaurant Locavore: Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
  • Bridges: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud, Bali 80581, Indonesia 
  • Room 4 Dessert: Jl. Raya Sanggingan | Next to Nuri’s, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Other places that I went but won’t recommend (in Ubud):

  • Naughty Nuri’s: This is just over rated and bad service
  • Bebek Bengil: Very dry duck

Canggu (Only stayed for a night though)

  • Dian Cafe Canggu: Jl Pura Batu Mejan | Echo Beach House, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia
  • Ole Ole Ollie:Jalan Batu Mejan | Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia 
  • Samadi Bali: Jl. Padang Linjong no. 39, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Kuta/Seminyak (My meal times were at warped times)

  • Bikujl. Raya Petitenget no.888, Kerobokan, Bali 80571, Indonesia – Check out high tea here, this is the header image. 
  • Tekor: Double Six (Arjuna) St., Legian, Bali 80001, Indonesia – Breakfast here

Canggu, Bali: Echo Beach

Usually, I’m not a beach person. But how can anyone how fall in love with the gentle sea breeze and chill out vibe of Echo Beach? I would say it’s the calmer and quieter cousin of it’s hip cousins Seminyak and Kuta.

Canggu is up north of Kuta and it’s rather out of the way. It’s not so touristy and it’s like a sleepy surf town. In Kuta, the moment you step on the beach, there’ll be vendors harassing you but not for Echo Beach!

The sand is a fine and powdery black sand that you sink into. When you stroll along the beach, there’s a sand bar that you can rent a bean bag for 50,000RP and grab a drink. It’s pretty nice and fun to chill out, people watch and enjoy the breeze.

When it’s sunset, the beach fills up pretty quickly with locals, dogs and tourists.

Echo Beach
Jalan Pura Batu Mejan,
Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Google Maps