After a few months or more (depending on your region), you’re likely dreaming of getting away from the cold winter weather. Days of layering clothes, knitted hats, gloves and scarves and cabin fever from inclement weather days can leave you feeling blue. One proven cure is a little sunshine and island fun. Bali is an island in Indonesia known for its beaches, coral reefs, rice paddies, volcanoes, and rainforest. Bali is also famous for its natural ancient attractions, such as its Hindu temples. Ubud, one of its most popular towns is beloved by travelers because of its relaxing shores, incredible shopping, and eclectic art. With so much to offer it’s easy to beat the blues in beautiful Bali.
Beat the Blues in Beautiful Bali
Where to Stay
There’s a range of accommodation options in Bali – from affordable huts to luxury hotels. If you want to treat yourself however, consider staying at the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa located in Ubud. This upscale spa resort offers five different room types including Treetops, Ibah, or Royal suites and one or two bedroom villas. My personal preference is the Royal Suite with its loft style bedroom with an open floor plan. The Royal suite also offers a private garden space for sunny relaxation. While there, make sure to take advantage of their spa services. Book a massage beside their infinity pool and enjoy views of the surrounding rainforest.
The nightly rate for the Royal suite starts at $285 USD but the luxurious surroundings make it well worth the price. When not taking advantage of the pool or the spa, go out and explore the town of Ubud.
The town of Ubud is famous not only for its natural landscape but also for its cultural attractions. Travelers wonder at its lush rainforests and terraced rice paddies while visiting places such as the Saraswati Temple. This beautiful Hindu water temple was built to worship the Hindu Goddess of Knowledge. Its surrounding garden, filled with pink lotus flowers, is one of the most scenic in Bali. Take a few hours to explore the temple and learn about Hindu culture. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a Balinese dance performance like the Kecak dance. Entrance is free but appropriate clothing is required.
When hunger strikes, head over to Sari Organik, a restaurant specializing in healthy local cuisine. Enjoy spectacular views of rice fields while eating an organic meal. The restaurant is about 20-minute walk from the main road but the scenic views and chicken satay are worth every step. An average meal costs around $15 USD per person.
A Day at the Beach
Ubud is a landlocked town but within an hour’s drive are some great beaches to enjoy. Rent a car and drive out to Kuta Beach where you can easily beat the blues in beautiful Bali. There you can surf or simply relax under an umbrella with a tropical drink in hand. If you’re interested in snorkeling, visit Crystal Bay Beach where crystal clear waters make it a perfect dive spot. You can also venture over to a nearby bat cave.
Scenic surroundings, excellent food, and plenty of sunshine will help you beat the blues in beautiful Bali.
This article was written by Rita Roberts and edited by Iris A.