Food for the soul
The range of health food cafes in Ubud is staggering, with superfood smoothie bowls to turn most meat lovers into a (temporary) fruit fanatic.
If being healthy gets too much, there’s no shortage of options to indulge in – from home churned gelato to a caramel patisserie.
One place you can’t leave Ubud without visiting is Umah pizza. I’m no expert on Italian pizza, although I’ve done a tour of the best pizza joints in Naples so have a good idea of what the best tastes like.
Umah sells one of the best margherita pizzas you will find outside Italy for just $3.50. And if you’ve still got room, there’s always the Oreo and icecream pizza for dessert.
Unwind in style
Imagine getting a massage in a private hut overlooking the lush jungle as a gentle breeze cools the room, the only sound being a trickling stream below. And the best part – it’s only $15 an hour. The best massage in Ubud is reputed to be at Karsa Spa – although it was booked out a month ahead when we visited, so you need to get in early if you’re hoping to soak in their signature flower-filled bath.
Ubud is surrounded by picturesque rolling rice paddies – some handcrafted into the hillside more than 2000 years ago. Rice is taken very seriously here. It’s considered a gift from the gods and you’ll often find Last year Brook Sabin and his partner Radha Engling quit their jobs and sold everything to travel. Each week Kiwis in Flight takes you on their adventures. See
Rice is taken very seriously in Ubud, and terraces of the crop are beautiful to behold.