The Jakarta Post - Magazine - - Bali In Brief -

Ubud is the cul­tural center of Bali, fa­mous for its lush hills, art­works and tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture. It is the ideal place for those look­ing for a peace­ful, whole­some and mean­ing­ful hol­i­day in Bali.


1.) Sil­ver­smith, Pot­tery and “Fruit­carv­ing” Classes There are plenty of lo­cal art classes in Bali, mostly paint­ing on can­vas and fab­ric. But there are other unique cour­ses that you might want to look into. Visit Stu­dio Perak if you want to learn a thing or two about sil­ver­smith, or drop by Gaya Fu­sion for unique Ba­li­nese pot­tery art lessons. And if you are cu­ri­ous about those beau­ti­ful fruit ar­range­ment dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons, then head to Pon­dok Pe­cak and learn about “fruit­carv­ing”. Pon­dok Pe­cak also of­fers classes in danc­ing, mask mak­ing and wood­carv­ing. Stu­dio Perak www.stu­di­op­erak.com Gaya Fu­sion www.gaya­fu­sion.com Pon­dok Pe­cak +62 361 976 194 2.) Mind, Body & Spirit Have your­self a lit­tle El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert’s Ba­li­nese ex­pe­ri­ence by vis­it­ing Ke­tut As­rana, the noted Ba­li­nese healer who founded Body­works Center (which fo­cuses on phys­i­cal ail­ments) and Ashram Mu­ni­vara (which ac­com­mo­dates peo­ple look- ing to de­velop an un­der­stand­ing of uni­ver­sal spir­i­tu­al­ity). Al­ter­na­tively, you can visit Pak Man. Con­sid­ered a wise man by the lo­cal peo­ple, he treats emo­tional, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual prob­lems from his house in Ku­tuh Kaja vil­lage, Ubud, with the as­sis­tance of his Bri­tish wife Lucinda. Body­works Center Phone +62 361 975 720 www.ubud­body­works­cen­tre.com

Pak Man

Phone +62 1338 935 369

The Bianco Re­nais­sance Mu­seum

Bianco Re­nais­sance Mu­seum is an Ubud in­sti­tu­tion. Housed in a build­ing with a cu­ri­ous mix of Ba­li­nese and Span­ish ar­chi­tec­ture, the mu­seum was Bianco’s stu­dio and res­i­dence. Born in Manila in 1911, Bianco is a mul­ti­lin­guist Span­ish painter and trav­eler dur­ing the WW1 and WW2. He set­tleded down in Bali in 1952. The mu­seum ex­hibits Blanco’s ex­ten­sive works, as well as his painter son Mario’s. Phone +62 361 97 55 02 www.blan­co­mu­seum.com Open­ing hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Warung Ibu Oka

Per­haps Ubud’s most hyped restau­rant, this mod­est lit­tle restau­rant is known for its juicy ver­sion of the lo­cal del­i­cacy “Babi Gul­ing” ( suck­ling pig). The skin is crispy and the meat is ten­der. It’s best to go be­fore 1 p.m., as the food is usu­ally sold out af­ter lunch.


This multi-award win­ning restau­rant is ar­guably Ubud’s most am­bi­tious restau­rant. Com­bines tra­di­tional western in­gre­di­ents like oys­ter and foie gras and lo­cal in­gre­di­ents like mango and co­conut. For your in­for­ma­tion, the wine se­lec­tion here is su­perb.


Pamper Bali Botan­ica Day Spa

Want ex­cep­tional Ayurvedic mas­sage in a serene en­vi­ron­ment? Then head to Bali Botan­ica Day Spa and try the Chakra Dhara mas­sage. Aimed at bal­anc­ing the en­ergy flow and pu­ri­fy­ing the mind, Chakra Dhara mas­sage in­cludes a unique rit­ual that sees the ther­a­pist drip­ping one liter of warm herbal oil onto the chakra points. www.bal­i­b­otan­ica.com Phone +62 361 976739

Maya Ubud Re­sort & Spa

An up­scale get­away lo­cated along­side pic­turesque Pe­tanu River val­ley. Sur­rounded by the ver­dant rice fields of Peli­atan, the spa of­fers nu­mer­ous mas­sage treat­ments in the pri­vate dou­ble and sin­gle pavil­ions. But its most fa­mous treat­ment is re­flex­ol­ogy, which has a ded­i­cated river­side deck. www.mayaubud.com Phone +62 361 977 888

In­dulge Agung Rai Fine Gallery

This art gallery of­fers an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of paint­ing from In­done­sia’s finest up-and-com­ing artists in both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional styles. Its col­lec­tion of unique Ba­li­nese paint­ings is ex­cep­tional.


Threads of Life Arts Center

Un­like the typ­i­cal sou­venir shops, this par­tic­u­lar shop of­fers a gen­uine piece of Bali for you to bring back home. The tex­tiles and bas­kets it sells are made by lo­cal women, who joined a foun­da­tion set up by the shop owner aimed at con­serv­ing tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese tex­tile and weav­ing tech­niques while at the same time em­pow­er­ing lo­cal women.


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