No passports needed here, as we look behind the scenes at what adventure lay at our catalog team’s feet in Bali…
This post comes from Junior Art Director, Stephanie!
WHERE WE STAYED
Bambu Indah, Ubud
WHY WE LOVE IT
The Food: Dapoer, the resort’s restaurant, can hardly be called just a restaurant. Their team of gardeners harvest and hand-pick the on-site organic veggies, herbs and rice used to create each dish. The kitchen cooks warmly welcome guests into their massive space to observe the making of their meals. I can say, from personal experience, it’s pretty incredible.
The Location: The resort is quite off the beaten path (in the best way possible). You have two options when staying here… Option A: you can stay in the Javanese teak wood villas by the restaurant and lava stone natural pool… Option B: travel down the mountain in a hand-made elevator, over a bamboo bridge, and into a carved out safe haven overlooking the lush jungle and personal freshwater pools. These two cave houses are luxurious and tucked away from the rest of the resort. If you’re up for bathing outside and watching the sunset from the comfort of your bed, this is the place for you.
The Yoga: Walk to the centrally located open-air Minang House for morning yoga. If you are a yogi or seeking peaceful meditation, this is a must visit. Fun fact: each curve of the roof mimics the exact symmetry of a rising full moon.
The Adventures: The small village is located on the Sayan Ridge across from the Bongkasa rice paddies. Bambu Indah offers personalized adventure themed activities for those seeking to absorb everything this location has to offer.
WHAT TO DO
Monkey Forest: Take a 20-minute ride to the Ubud Monkey Forest…trust us, you won’t regret it. It’s full of baby monkeys, iguanas, and trees towering hundreds of feet above.
Sari Organic: Hop on a motorbike to Sari Organic for lunch! Crack open a fresh coconut, eat a delicious, clean, organic meal, and overlook the glistening rice paddies. Its novelty comes from the truly unbelievable surroundings and open-air eating environment.
Pura Tirta Empul: Give an offering, put on a sarong, and take a dip into the holy water. This is a truly surreal and spiritual experience…koi fish swim around you as Balinese locals pray for healing and spiritual enlightenment. Tip – don’t wear a white t-shirt, and make sure you bring an offering.
Ubud Art Market: Shop for trinkets, silk scarves, sarongs, hand-woven bags, and local goods at the art market! It is open daily, and centrally located, which makes it a must to visit. We bought some incredible hand-woven bags there that accessorize pretty much anything.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace: Ubud’s tiered rice paddies are quite a hike up and down the stairs, but well worth it if you’re seeking adventure. If you get hungry, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants overlooking the rice terrace! Tip – drink fresh coconut water before and after since you’ll definitely be working up a sweat.
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