Food for the soul

Sunday Star-Times - - ESCAPE -

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.

Rice ter­races

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

BROOK SABIN

Rice is taken very se­ri­ously in Ubud, and ter­races of the crop are beau­ti­ful to be­hold.

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