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*'''Villa Melati''', [http://villamelati.com/] Convienent villa for relaxation with style
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Revision as of 15:57, 31 March 2008
Ubud is a town in central Bali, Indonesia.
Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)
Far removed from the drunken bikini scene in Kuta, Ubud can be described as a magical, wonderful, cultural centre -- if you're generous about coping with the burgeoning chaos in the centre, and the spread of workshops along the main roads in and out of town. Above all famous as a center of arts and crafts. Half (if not more) of the town and nearby villages seem to consist of artists' workshops and galleries, mostly retailing cheap reproductions for tourists. There are some remarkable architectural sights, artistic gems to be found, and a general feeling of wellbeing to be enjoyed thanks to the spirit, surroundings and climate.
While Ubud seems to outsiders like one small town, it is in fact 14 villages, each run by its own banjar (the land-owning married men's association; in effect the local government). It's clear that Ubud has been growing rapidly and some central parts are coping less well with the influx of tourists than in previous years (although the drop in visitors following 9/11 and the Kuta bombings slowed development). That said, most developments are sympathetic to the zeitgeist, if not designed specifically in the style of Balinese architecture. Growth is continuing due to the popularity of the Ubud area, but there are still terraced rice fields along the rivers and regular, quiet village life carries on relatively undisturbed just a stone's throw away. However, the encroachment of hotel rooms onto paddyfields, particularly near Monkey Forest and and along the Agung river is noticeable. Many hotels will promote themselves as being "in Ubud" when they are more likely to actually be located in one of the surrounding villages that make up the greater Ubud.
Due to its location 600 meters above sea level Ubud enjoys somewhat cooler temperatures than the coast (bring a pullover for the evening), although the midday sun can still be scorching.
Orienting yourself in Ubud is fairly straightforward. The town sprawls around for several kilometers in all directions, wth all of the small villages within a 5km radius of the central market being loosely refered to as "Ubud."
If you choose a reasonably central place to stay it's easy enough to walk about on foot.
Central Ubud has three main streets, Jl. Raya Ubud (the "Main Road" of Ubud), Jl. Monkey Forest and Jl. Hanoman. At the intersection of Jl. Raya and Jl. Monkey Forest is the Ubud Market, the Ubud Palace and the main bemo stop. Jl. Monkey Forest, from the market, south to the Monkey Forest itself is the most built up in the area, and home to a wide array of accommodation, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and cafes, and essential services (schools, sports field, pharmacies, travel agents, etc). Jl. Hanoman, which runs parallel to Jl. Monkey Forest, is a bit quieter and makes for more pleasant walking.
To the immediate west and northwest are the villages of Campuhan and Kedewatan, home to some of the most upmarket hotels in the area with views over the Agung River valley.
Directly to the south, past Monkey Forest and still within a half hour walk of the central market is Padang Tegal, which then morphs into the southern villages of Nyuh Kuning, and Pengosek (about 3kms from central Ubud).
Directly to the east is the village of Peliatan, and then Teges, home of the Goa Gajah elephant cave.
Ubud is 33 km from Kuta and 10 km from Denpasar. Normal driving time from Seminyak is 45 mins to 1 hour.
There are pre-paid taxis from Denpasar's Ngurah Rai airport. Check current prices on the notice board in the taxi office just outside the arrivals hall.
There are regular public bemos from Denpasar's Batubulan terminal to Ubud.
If you want to take a taxi from southern Bali, it's best to charter the vehicle for a return trip, as otherwise you'll be hit with a 30% fee for going out-of-town. Metered fares one-way not including surcharge are around Rp 50,000 from Denpasar and Rp 100,000 from Kuta.
By Shuttle Bus
Perama Shuttle Bus offers regular direct transfers to Ubud from Denpasar's Ngurah Rai airport, Sanur, Lovina, and Candidasa/Padangbai that are convenient and inexpensive. (E.g; 4 times per day from Ngurah Rai Airport, Rp 30,000). Incoveninently the Permana Shuttle Bus terminal isn't located right in the centre of Ubud, but about 2kms south of the town centre, in Padang Tegal (on Jl. Hanoman, just south of the Intersection of Monkey Forest Rd).
Central Ubud can be covered on foot, but you'll need wheels to explore the extended vicinity. On the main streets you might be accosted every few meters by people offering "transport"; prepare to bargain hard, but always keep bargaining rules in mind: start low, end with a smile, and enjoy the interaction. It also should be noted that sidewalks throughout Bali are simply the tops of sewers and only 2 ft wide, which can make for uncomfortable single-file walking as traffic screams past. Ubud is generally quieter and the streets calmer than the more urbanised parts of Bali (although anywhere in Indonesia, "calmness" is a matter of opinion!), and whilst traffic is slower than downtown Kuta, the sidewalk is often blocked with a motorbike or caved-in section necessitating a step off the sidewalk -- potentially placing you in the path of traffic. That traffic could be a tricycle or a truck, so keep your wits about you. One thing to remember is that the sidewalks are not smooth. Watch out for holes, uneven steps, etc, and carry a flashlight (torch) at night.
Greater Ubud encompasses a number of neighbouring villages, and many hotels and larger losmen are happy to offer a complimentary drop-off and pickup servicd to central Ubud, and the Ubud Market. Expect to pay taxi prices if you are intending to go further.
The Bemos are the local minibus transport that the Balinese primarily use; the Bule (foreigners) are welcome, too, and should expect to pay about twice what the locals do (Rp 2,000 instead of Rp 1,000 - but you may be asked for more). The Bemos are rented by the driver for the day and he gets a cut, so do treat your drivers well, and expect the same in return.
While many drivers would be happy to do so, metered taxis from down south are officially not allowed to pick up passengers in Ubud and local drivers might have their say about this, perhaps even trying to prevent you from getting in. In practice metered "Taksis" are only seen dropping tourists off from the airport.
Most local transport comes in the form of Kijang SUVs or minivans that can be hired (with driver) for specific trips. Look for the circular yellow "E" logo on the windshield certifying them as Ubud Transport Association members. You can (and should) haggle a bit over the price and you should be able to pay less than with metered taxis . A short trip is about Rp 10,000 and drivers will be glad to wait for you for a return fare. Also, any guy with a motorbike is implicitly in the transport business and bike rides are about half the price of a passenger vehicle.
You can also rent a push bike - a regular bicycle, for about Rp 20,000 a day. There's a large selection available at the corner of the football field. You can arrange a half-day trip involving a gentle downhill cruise from the top of the island back to Ubud on rented bikes. Apart from a very few short, sharp uphill sections, the ride is very relaxed and is well worth the time if you want to see the surrounding country in a less "touristy" way.
[[Image:Tirta Empul HotSpring.JPG|thumb|right|Sacred hot springs, Tirta Empul]
The town of Ubud has few sights within walking distance, and you'll need some form of transport to get to the temples in the vicinity. The easiest option is to join a tour, or just charter a taxi/bemo for a few hours.
- Museum Rudana, Jl. Cok Rai Pudak 44, Peliatan, Ubud, Bali 80571, . Ph : Telp: 62-361-975779, Fax : 62-361-975091
E-mail: [email protected]
Museum Rudana or Rudana Art Museum was built in Ubud, Bali, under the idealism of its founder, Nyoman Rudana, where art is universal, and as the result, contributed to the harmonious process between men and God (parahyangan ), men and their fellow human beings (pawongan), and men with nature (palemahan). It is reflected in the concept of Bali philosophy Tri Hita Karana, where art has a great contribution in spreading world peace, prosperity and brotherhood amongst mankind. Humanism concept of Rudana Art Museum is the main philosophy of Nyoman Rudana in collecting paintings in the museum.
- Museum Puri Lukisan (Museum of Fine Arts), Jl. Raya Ubud (spot the sign and cross the bridge to enter), . Three buildings showcasing traditional and modern Balinese art. The displays are musty and English labeling is a little spotty, but some of the works, particularly the carvings, are quite amazing. Entrance Rp 20,000.
- Monkey Forest, south end of Jl. Monkey Forest; . A forest full of ravenous monkeys, so don't bring any food or risk bites and rabies injections. Stroll through to find Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, a Temple of the Dead.
- Botanic Garden, Kutuh Kaja, (+62/0) 361 970 951, . The recently opened Botanic Garden is a wonderful way to spend a few hours walking around and exploring the valley that it fills. It is best to go in the morning and avoid the afternoon heat.
- Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women, Jalan Sriwedari 2B, (+62/0) 361 975 485, Banjar Taman, Ubud, . The Seniwati Gallery features art by women; "Seni" is Indonesian for "art" and "Wati" means "women".
All of the following temples cost Rp. 6000/3000 adults/children, and can be reached by taking bemos towards Tampaksiring. Everybody must wear a sash, available at the entrance for a Rp. 1000 donation, and either long pants or a sarong (from Rp. 5000 from hawkers).
- Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), 3 km east from Ubud. A popular little excursion from Ubud, the centerpiece here is a cave, whose entrance is an ornately carved demon's mouth. Inside are some fragmentary lingam and yoni (phallus and vagina) statues, as well as a statue of Ganesha. Statues stand guard around pools near the entrance and a little path leads to a waterfall, rice fields and some Buddhist stupa fragments.
- Gunung Kawi (Poet Mountain), Tampaksiring, 18 km northeast from Ubud. Entrance fee is 6000 IDR, sarong is rented for free. Dating from the 11th century, this is presumed to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his many wives. Reached by climbing down 371 steps, the location at the bottom of a steep valley lined with paddy fields is stunning. The smaller complex on the south side of the river is presumed to be for the king's wives, while the larger complex is thought to be for the King himself and perhaps his concubines. You must take off your shoes before entering into the central pura complex. About one km downstream there are further tomb cloisters. On the way back up, take a break at Cafe Kawi, which has cold drinks (Rp. 10000 up) and fresh breezes (free).
- Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring, 20 km northeast from Ubud. One of the holiest temples on Bali, built around hot springs that now bubble eerily in the central courtyard. Balinese themselves come here to bathe and purify themselves physically and spiritually, and during Galungan the sacred barong masks are bathed here. The complex dates to 960, but the present buildings are all modern reconstructions.
As a center of the arts, Ubud has dance and shadow puppet performances every night and plenty of spas for resynchronizing your healing chakras.
Between Sanur and Ubud The road to Ubud from the south passes a series of small towns which specialize in the production of particular arts and crafts, including Batubulan (stone carving), Celuk (jewelry), Batuan (painting), and Mas (wood carving). The area has many large showrooms where arts and crafts in the Balinese style are offered for sale.
Nearly all organized day-tours of central Bali stop at one or more of these showrooms (and the tour operators usually have a financial tie-up with the places where they stop, collecting a commission on purchases.) Even individual taxi drivers have their preferred stops.
The area is sometimes referred to as the "craft villages" of Bali, though the area is a bit more built-up and congested than one might infer from the term "village." The whole scene has become rather commercialized. But still it's the best area to see a wide variety of the best Balinese craftwork in a short period of time.
- Puri Saren and Puri Saraswati, Jl. Raya Ubud (just east of Jl Monkey Forest). Smack dab in the centre of town, dance performances (Rp. 50,000 up) are staged here almost nightly.
- Batubulan. A national performance dance Barong takes place there every day at 9:30 a. m. It lasts 1 hour, entrance fee - 50 000 IDR. This is a performance for tourists about everlasting battle between the good and the evil, where there is not much dancing, but more "talking". While buying a ticket you'll also get a description (aka libretto) of what will be performed.
- Bodyworks Healing Centre, Jl. 25 Hanoman, tel. (+62/0) 361 975 720 / 971 393, . Ubud Bodyworks Healing Centre was founded by Sri Guru. This centre was established 25 years ago and was the first bodyworks centre established in Ubud. Bodyworks is the home of Sri Guru; his family compound was already a place where many Balinese people would come for healing.
- Pertenin Body Care, Jl. Jatayu, tel. (+62/0) 361 972 834, . Facial treatments and massage in a relaxing modern environment. From Rp 85000/hour, free pickup for two or more from anywhere in Ubud. This spa is owned by Tegal Sari Hotel and uses allows the custmer to select the right oils and herbs for the treatment. For Rp 175,000 you can have a one hour massage, body scrub and flower bath over two hours. A very relaxing environment and competent staff.
- The Lembah Spa, Jln. Lanyahan, Br Nagi, tel. (+62/0) 361 971 777, . The Lembah Spa offers the best of exotic Asian massages and treatments, combined with the expertise of masseurs in sophisticated European treatments.
- Bali healing, Jl Raya Hanoman 43, Padang Tegal, tel (+62/0) 361 791 104. This two-bed massage shop is incredible. Even for the experienced massage consumer, this is an experience. A one-hour massage is Rp 50,000. For an extra treat try the the Magic Warm Stone Massage for Rp 80,000. Several other deep tissue and reflexology treatments are available from Ni Made Suweti and her skilled team.
Yoga and Meditation
- Taman Hati Yoga and Meditation Center, Banjar Nyuh Kuning, tel. (+62/0361) 974 739, [email protected]
Ubud has a vast assortment of art and jewellery shops. Head for boutiques for higher quality (and higher prices), or down to the market for bulk-produced cheapies.
- Ubud Market, corner of Monkey Forest Rd and Jl. Raya Ubud. A two-story warren of stalls bursting at the seams with wood carvings, batik shirts, sarongs and anything else a tourist could possibly want as souvenirs. The merchants here haggle with tourists for a living and think nothing of asking for ten times the going price, so try to establish a baseline before you go in and buy. Try to avoid busy lunchtimes when the tour bus hordes arrive.
- Warung Igelanca ("Iggy's"), Jl. Raya Ubud, tel. (+62/0) 81 5894 3251 (handphone). Cheap and cheerful Indonesian favorites like nasi campur, fried rice and noodles, plus (this being Ubud) a range of herbal drinks, such as Ginger Jive.
- Dewa Warung, Jl. Gootama, Ubud. Dewa's is one of the best and cheapest places to eat in town; serves all the usual Balinese dishes. The most expensive item on the menu is the Cashew Ginger Chicken for Rp 12,000 - about a Euro. Be sure to say hello to Ibu Dewa.
- Casa Luna, Jalan Raya Ubud, Bali, (+62/0) 361 973 282, . Western and local dishes, sometimes falling somewhere in between.
- Dragonfly, Jl. Dewi Sita (off Jl. Monkey Forest at football field), tel. (+62/0) 361 972 973, . Opened in 2006, this conveniently located restaurant offers fusionesque "West-East" eats, traditional Indonesian fare, and even a few Mexican dishes. It also has free WiFi.
- Gaia, Jl. Dewi Sita,  offers a wide range of vegetarian, Balinese and Indonesian food.
- Naughty Nuri's Warung and Grill, Jl. Raya Sangiggan, opposite the Neka Art Museum half way up the hill heading north out of Ubud. tel. (+62/0) 361 977 547. A laidback roadside watering hole that is a favorite of local expats. Microbrews, great martinis, and possibly the best large slabs of BBQ ribs in South East Asia! Main courses Rp15,000 - Rp60,000
- Nomad, Jl. Raya Ubud 35, tel. (+62/0) 361 977 169, . A long-steanding institution that serves up a good selection of Balinese, Indonesian and Western dishes, but deservedly popular is their "tapas" selection, consisting of bite-sized portions of local flavors. 12 tapas with rice costs Rp. 60000 and feeds two.
- Tutmak, Jl. Dewi Sita and next to football field, tel. (+62/0) 361 975 754. A favorite with the expat crowd, Tutmak offers an international menu and an extensive selection of coffees.
- Bebek Bengil, Hanoman Rd. Bebek Bengil (Balinese for Dirty Duck) is an interesting restaurant with paddy field view and nice gardens. They are famous for their crispy fried duck, and some European based menu items. They have interesting selections of cakes as well. Expect to spend 100.000 IDR per head. The fried duck dish is about 50,000 IDR - but for this you get 1/2 a duck with the trimmings, either sauted potatoes and salad or steamed rice and indonesian vegetables.
- CasCades Restaurant, Jln. Lanyahan, Br Nagi, Tel: (+62/0) 361 972 111, . Classical French food made with local ingredients. Dishes include Un Petit Jésus Dans Une Culotte de Velours (pan-fried duck liver on onion, date compote with passionfruit sorbet). Expect to pay about Rp.400,000 per person.
Ubud has quite a few hip places for a quiet drink, but the strictly enforced regulation that all live performances must end by 10:30 PM puts a bit of a clamp on the local nightlife.
- Ary's Warung, Jl. Raya Ubud 35 (opp Puri Saraswati). Don't be fooled by the name, this is a stylish watering hole with a large bar downstairs, complete with sofas and cow-leather bar stools, and a rather less busy restaurant upstairs. Drinks are expensive but generously sized.
- Jazz Cafe, Jl. Sukma No. 2 Tebesaya (in Peliatan), tel. (+62/0) 361 976 594. Outdoor jazz bar with live bands nightly. A limited food menu and an overpriced selection of drinks (Rp. 50000 or so). Cover charge Rp. 20000.
- Shana Homestay, Jl Gautama No 7 Padang Tegal, (+62/0) 361 97 481. Very near to the traditional & art market and Nomad restaurant, Shana is a place where you feel stay in Balinese family. You wake up in a serene garden-like bangalow with breakfast ready and greetings from all the family members. Total of 3 bangalow, each comes with 2 beds for 3 persons. Breakfast included, starts from US5, definitely worth a stay.
- Narasoma Homestay, Gang Beji off Jalan Monkey Forest, (+62/0) 361 973 404, . Just down a little lane off busy Jalan Monkey Forest, Narasoma is a family home and accommodation surrounded by coconut palms. Nyoman and Charlotte welcome you into their family to experience life in a Balinese compound. From the top floor you will be able to see the sacred mountains to the west of Bali. 'The sunrises and sunsets are great!
- Rumah Roda Homestay and Restaurant, Jalan Kajeng 24 Ubud, Bali 80571, (+62/0) 361 975 487, . Lovely family compound with rooms for less than $10. The restaurant is also a treat - catch the Sunday evening buffet. The book A Little Bit One O'Clock is about this place and family.
- Family Guest House, Banjar Tebesaya 39 Ubud, tel: 62-361-974054. fax: 62-361-978292, email: [email protected] The superfriendly, devote Hindu family makes you feel right at home. Rooms are placed in a lovely compound and includes a good breakfast.
- Oka Kartini, Jl. Raya Ubud 35 (just across the bridge in Peliatan), +62-361-975759, . Quirky old Balinese house complex on the edge of town, the rooms here are a bit long in tooth but decorated with more carvings and gold paint than the average temple. Friendly staff watched over by the remarkable lady Oka Kartini herself, large art gallery, small but pleasant garden pool, shadow puppet shows three days a week(separate charge). Fan/AC rooms $30-$45, including breakfast.
- Sri Bungalows, Jl. Monkey Forest Road, +62-361-975394, [email protected] Centrally located with 16 bright bungalow-style rooms tucked into lush gardens. It's only about 50 meters from the busy road, but it's very quiet except for the singing of birds. The rooms are simple, but nice. They have bamboo furniture, western toilets and hot water. There's a large pool in the back, and rice paddies beyond the pool. An internet cafe is also on the premises. Fan/AC rooms $25-$35, including breakfast.
- Barong Resort and Spa Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, 80571. Tel: +62-361-971759. Nestled in the paddy fields of Ubud, the resort provides both accommodation and spa facilities that reflect Bali's tranquility. Offering 5 star hotel rooms, prices start from USD 200.
- Nandini Bali Jungle Resort & Spa . Br. Susut, Desa Buahan, Payangan, Ubud, Bali. Tel: +62-361-982-777. The 18 guestrooms at the Nandini Bali Jungle Resort and Spa Ubud are designed as separate chalets. All have panoramic views of the forest valley. Balconies grant guests the opportunity to absorb the surrounding jungle's canopy, while inside the rooms, amenities are functional and straight-forward. Prices start from USD 165.
- Bumi Ayu Villa . A two storey, two bedrooms, bungalow in the forest on a cliff overlooking the river behind the village of Sebatu. Sebatu is on the road from Ubud to Kintamani. 120 euros/person/day, including driver available for the full day.
- Villa Vajra, . A 3 bedroom villa located right in the heart of Ubud. Rates run from $450-560 per night (dependning on season).
- The Viceroy Bali, Jln. Lanyahan, Br Nagi., Tel: +62-361-971-777, . The Viceroy Bali is a luxury resort situated 5 min by car from the center of Ubud and offers private villas with pools, satellite TV, bath, shower, king beds, free broadband internet access and helicopter transfers. US$ 800 - US$ 2,500 per night.
- Elite Havens, Jl Raya Semer #883, tel +62 361 731-074. . This villa agency provides a wide range of private luxury villas for rental with staff in Ubud and other locations on the island. All villas are fully staffed and feature private swimming pools. US$200-2500 per night.
- Bale Bali, Jl. Pendidikan no. 86 Sidakarya Denpasar - Bali, tel +62-361-7400442 . This private villa agency provides a wide range of private staffed villas for rental in Ubud and other locations in Bali. From budget private villas to luxury villas. All private villas are fully staffed and feature private swimming pools.
- Bukit Naga, +62 361 730 668 . A 6 bedroom private villa with a full staff and private car.
- Villa Alamanda, . A 3 bedroom staffed villa of classic Bali design.
- Como Shambhala Estate, . Formerly the Begawan Giri Estate. Price range US$275-$3600 per night. About a 15 minute drive from Ubud. Private residences, the ultimate in luxury.
- Villa Melati,  Convienent villa for relaxation with style
- Uma Ubud, Jalan Raya Sanggingan Banjar Lungsiakan Kedewatan Ubud, ([email protected]), . The Uma Ubud is a cliff-top Indonesian resort located in the heart of Bali. Guests are invited to nurture and pamper both body and mind in the COMO Shambhala Retreat.
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