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Expert's Guide To Ubud, Bali

30th August 2015

Ubud is one of Bali's most serene destinations, tucked among nature away from the crowds of Kuta and Seminyak. Read on to discover our tips for making the most out of your stay in this island paradise. Watch dancers across a lily pond, dine above rice fields, breakfast on a volcano – just don’t take a selfie near a monkey.

Stay

For overblown opulence and total seclusion, stay at the Viceroy Bali. The private pools in the villas overlook Bali’s 'Valley of the Kings' and jungle sounds waft up at night-time. Villas from $A1,265 a night.

Alila Ubud hotel is perched on the edge of the Ayung River valley: at dusk monkeys lope past the pool on their way back into the jungle; at night gamelan music drifts over from the nearby temple. From $A250 a night.


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Shop

Ubud is an arts and crafts haven with many market stalls to visit, plus the excellent Seniwati Gallery, which exhibits work by female artists.

 The markets in Ubud have much to offer. Picture: Getty Images

Do

For the best breakfast you’ll ever have, you have to start climbing Mount Batur, an active volcano near Ubud, at 4am. Once you’ve reached the top – it’s a tough climb – the guides cook eggs for the group as the sun rises. Then run back down the mountain like the locals do.

You can’t miss a trip to the sacred monkey forest – a slightly terrifying walk through the sanctuary filled with macaque monkeys. It’s rather fun to watch tourists with selfie sticks get jumped on by irritated monkeys.

Eat

Worth the effort is a morning walk through the rice paddies to Sari Organik, a restaurant on stilts above the terraced fields, which specialises in local produce. Murni’s Warung serves up traditional Indonesian dishes on four open-air levels decorated with Balinese art.

The food at Cafe Lotus is good but what makes a dinner here really special is if you book to watch dancers and musicians play at the temple. Separated from the stage by a lily pond, it’s a magical experience.

 Take a stroll through the rice paddies. Getty Images

Spa

There are budget massage options advertised all over town but for something a little more luxurious (but still affordable at around $A65), book into the spa at Uma by Como. Try a couple’s massage – particularly good, if your husband is squeamish about a treatment on his own.

Drink

Wine is expensive so stick to cocktails or the local beer, Bitung. Try Bar Luna, or drive to the beach for the Potato Head bar and watch the sunset.


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This article was written by Jessica Salter from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.