WHILST TRAVELING FOR AN EXTENDED TIME OR A SHORT VACATION, I HAVE FOUND THAT EVERY PLACE HAS ITS GEMS AND LITTLE TREASURES HELD CLOSE TO THE HEART.
After living for long periods in the magic of Ubud, Bali. I have spent a considerable amount of time in the following treasures, places to retreat to, to be nourished and to be inspired by. Here's a list of 6 places of inspiration to retreat, practice yoga, pamper and lush out in;
This true gem is positioned at the base of a lush green valley metres away from the river flow. The spa is composed of several semi-open treatment pavilions and an incredible hot/cold spring water Jacuzzi which has been created within a mythical stone cavern embellished by ornate wood carvings. A true slice of tranquility...
BAMBU INDAH BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Bambu Indah is a true retreat to find peace and tranquility. A luxury boutique hotel set on the banks of the Sayan ridge, it has a restaurant serving local and organic food, with its own organic garden. It consists of eleven bridal homes that were brought over from Java and ornately restored in intricate detail. Even if you were not staying or dining here, it's majestic and creatively designed bamboo structures are worth taking time to stroll around in and get super inspired. Make sure you climb the ladder up the bamboo treehouse.
CANTIKA ZEST SPA - BEST FACIALS/MASSAGES
There are a plethora of spas and wellness centres to be discovered in Ubud and Cantika Zest in Penestanan stands out to me as one of the best.
It's ambience and green lush jungle setting whilst you are getting nourished through their different range of treatments on offer is incredibly rejuvenating. Hands down the best place to get a nourishing one hour facial using natural eco friendly organic products.
Community, connection and high vibes. This place has an eclectic menu infused with love. There are so many interesting options, it's so hard to pick. Raw, vegan, tons of juices, coconuts, and so on. You can't really go wrong with any order. I love the connections made here, the music, the conversation, pure joy and love.
YELLOW FLOWER CAFE
I always find myself somehow mysteriously drawn back time and time again to this cafe. If your lucky on a a clear bright day your eyes will be presented with breathtaking views of the majestic Agung mountain. But the reason why I come back here again and again Is the energy smoothie - a thick (so thick you have to eat it with a spoon) blend of banana, flax, cacao, dates and coconut. Packed full of energy, it's a complete meal. This cafe is a rare and peaceful gem situated in the watery and mystical alleyways of Penestanan.
ECSTATIC DANCE YOGA BARN
I love dancing. I love to be moved by music. Ever since I first lived in Bali I have come here religiously and danced and danced to some incredible music played by sum very talented DJ's. Every Friday night and Sunday morning be prepared to dance it out, get wild, fierce, sweaty and free. Yoga barn is also a wonderful place to practice yoga and other healing modalities with a diverse array of very knowledgable teachers.