A tropical vacation has been a dream of mine for years. Financially, it was never quite achievable and, therefore, was consistently placed on the back burner of agendas. Nevertheless, my desire for such an adventure never faltered. I knew one day I would have the opportunity to travel and explore luscious jungles and turquoise waters. I waited eagerly for this getaway!
As Nick and I saved our pretty pennies and dreamt up travels to new spaces, Bali regularly sifted to the top of our list. Perhaps it was the recommendation of several close friends or maybe it was the picturesque photos that appeared anytime we researched where to stay. Regardless, traveling to Bali just felt right.
Our flight from South Korea was easy and enjoyable (arriving past midnight was not my first choice, but remained budget friendly). We requested to be picked up by our home stay and they willingly obliged. We stayed five nights at Pondok Bali Home Stay in Ubud and could not more eagerly recommend it! Komang and his family welcomed us with kindness and regularly went out of their way to ensure we felt safe, content, and full. Our room was simple, clean, and air conditioned; modest, yet luxurious to us. Beyond our doors was a quaint balcony, oozing with luscious greenery below. Nights were filled with vibrant pink and orange sunset views, while mornings boasted coffee and hearty breakfast spreads.
We spent the majority of our time in Ubud exploring on our own. We rented a motorbike and whizzed past miles of rice fields: hues of natural green I never knew existed. We trekked by foot through hidden trails, cautiously climbing through branches of greenery until we found a quiet river sanctuary below. We ate the most incredible, fresh meals at restaurants such as Alchemy and the Warung Padi Organic Grill. One afternoon we decided to be fancy and spent the afternoon sipping and swimming at The Jungle Fish Resort and Spa. We felt a bit out of our league at such a venue, but the staff were incredibly welcoming and generous.
Another day, we traveled to the coffee plantation, Bali Pulina, where we nervously tried a cup of Luwak coffee. This delicious beverage is brewed from coffee cherries that have been eaten by peculiar cat-like creatures (Asian Palm Civets), fermented during digestion, then– well, let’s just be frank– pooped, cleaned, shelled, and roasted for the tasting! We tried several others variations of Balinese coffee, but the Luwak coffee was, surprisingly, our favorite! We finished this day by exploring the rice terrace, then made our way back for another plate of Mei Gorang (traditional Balinese noodles) and a good nights sleep.
Our time spent in Ubud was saturated with rest, laughter, and enjoyment. We particularly loved renting a motorbike to zip through the back roads and into the city center for meals. Though there were no beaches in sight, we highly recommend exploring this lush location. Here is a little photo reel of our time spent in Ubud, though a photograph can never quite do justice the views, smells, and sounds we were blessed to experience during our short stay in this refreshing city. Someday, we know we’ll be back!
Ubud, we’ll be back.