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
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.