Nestled in the basin of the rolling slopes of the mountainous region of the Gianyar regency of Indonesia, Bali, is the town of Ubud; a cultural and artistic haven for visitors from all over the world.
Centrally located on the northern side of the island, visitors who seek the peace and tranquillity from the breathtaking landscapes of Bali combined with a little bit of artistic flair will look no further. Holiday accommodation has never been so spectacular, and in what better setting to unwind a tired mind and body than in one of the destination’s renown yoga retreats.
Once a backpackers’ haven for the intrepid traveller, the destination has grown in leaps and bounds and luxurious holiday villas line the streets of this vibrant town. Visitors are spoilt for choice with the abundance of artwork and cultural events found in every twist and turn of this little bustling metropolis. Dancing, music and yoga on the menu daily and for those that were thinking they were just passing through, they almost always find themselves lingering just a little bit longer.
Holiday properties are easily accessible through all parts of town; the main road leads in and out to many interesting hot spots. Holiday makers can take leisurely hikes through the nearby mountain ranges, right in the heart of a sacred nature reserve that is home to some 200 Macaque monkeys. Hikers will be able to experience the animals at play in their natural habitat, a rare and unique opportunity to take part in.
Not to be outdone by the nature and wildlife, Ubud is where you’ll find the incredible Moon of Pejeng, the largest single cast bronze kettle drum in the world. Dating back to 300 BC, locals hold this special drum as particularly sacred, and visitors are reminded to be respectful of this when viewing. Another spectacular sanctuary to visit is the Goa Gaja, constructed way back when in the 9th century and now more widely known as the Elephant Cave Complex, and holiday makers will not need to travel far from their holiday apartments to reach any of the attractions.
For those wanting to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the tourist holiday homes and hot spots in Bali, Ubud is for you. The quaint town offers travellers the unique opportunity to experience Bali like a local and take a leisurely meander through time and nature. A feast for the soul, surrounded by rice paddies, rolling hills and lush scenery, hidden away treasures abound, and visitors will be left spellbound.
To be fair, Bali has never been cold and miserable, hot and sticky maybe during the months of October to May, the rainy season, but delightfully pleasant during the rest of year. Tropical weather keeps the air temperature between 18 C/64F and 32C/90/F throughout the year, and holiday apartments will be sufficiently air-conditioned, but being inland in Ubud, will definitely be cooler than on the coast.