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Highlights of Ubud & surroundings: Yoga Spa & Massage Culture
Known as the cultural center of Bali, Ubud is a vibrant town filled with arts and traditional craftsmen, holistic spas, organic cafes and ancient temples. Its serene vibes and scenic emerald landscape makes it an ideal destination for yoga and meditation retreats, and here you’ll find numerous yoga enthusiasts and vacationers seeking to get away from it all.
Most Ubud villas are located away from the town centre, surrounded by the lush jungles, rice fields and traditional villages. Your vacation rental will be a true tropical retreat, set away from the hustle and bustle of the central areas. A 10 to 30-minute drive will take you to the heart of the town, where plentiful restaurants, bars and spa parlours await. Making arrangements for transport is a breeze - simply enlist the help of your villa manager!
Ubud’s myriad attractions offers something for every traveller. Before you kickstart your sightseeing adventure, fuel up with a nutritious breakfast. You may choose to tuck into a spread in your private villa, or feast on healthy, wholesome fare at a cosy, open-air café. Venues like Sage Bali, Habitat Café, Folk Kitchen & Espresso, Alchemy and The Kafe come with our recommendations; vegan, vegetarian or not, you’re sure to find a dish on the menu that floats your boat.
Immerse yourself in Bali’s arts and culture with a visit to one of the museums dotted across town. The Agung Rai Museum of Art, Neka Art Museum and Puri Lukisan Museum are home to a well-curated collection of artworks by renowned local and international artists. Travellers with an eye for ancient architecture and mythological history will enjoy visiting one of the town’s mystical temples, like the Gunung Lebah Temple or Sarawasti Temple.
If you’re an avid yoga practitioner, there’re plenty of studios in town where you can roll out your mat to stretch it all out. You won’t have to venture out of the town centre if you’re joining in a class at The Yoga Barn, Taksu Yoga or Radiantly Alive.
But if you don’t mind a quick bike ride out of the heart of the town, yoga studios like Intuitive Flow and Ubud Yoga Centre offer a spacious, breezy setting with breathtaking views out to the rice fields. Or keep the setting private and intimate by holding a D.I.Y. yoga retreat at your villa.
Creatives who love working with their hands won’t want to miss out on artsy activities like mask carving, silver making, ceramic art or batik painting. Let your creativity unfold intuitively as you work with local artists in crafting out your masterpiece at Gaya Ceramic Arts Center, WS Art Studio, Five Art Studio or Studio Perak.
Urban dwellers will appreciate being enveloped by Ubud’s lush surroundings. Feel at one with nature as you embark on the Campuhan Ridge walk, take in unobstructed views of the Tegalalang rice terraces from one of the streetside cafes or soak in the peaceful vibes and soothing sounds of cascading waters at Tegenungan Waterfall. All of these attractions are family-friendly sites that are great for visiting with your little ones!
After a day spent discovering the best attractions in town, it’s a good idea to unwind with a pampering massage treatment. A Balinese massage, exfoliating treatment, reflexology or milk bath - you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. We love the spa treatments at venues like Bamboo Bali Spa, COMO Shambhala, Amandari and Fivelements. Or make good use of your villa’s private spa room by calling in a massage therapist.
With the stress and tension relieved from your body, you’ll be all ready to sink into restful slumber - and that’s all you’ll want to do when you set sight upon the plush, pillowy bed in your bedroom.
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