I never got around to posting more about our recent trip to Bali because of what happened with mum at that time. So excuse the delay but still wanted to share with you about our 4 days in Ubud as we had just the most beautiful relaxed time.
We stayed in hotels/resorts for most of the time but while we were in Ubud we wanted to experience villa life so we found this place, Pondok Langon, on AirBnb. To book this amazing family villa in Ubud on AirBNB or the smaller villa just follow the links. Let the owners Alex and Yoga that Fiona from Lilyfield Life sent you.
The owners are just lovely - Alex is Australian and her husband Yoga is Indonesian. They are environmental activists, and Yoga works in the NGO sector in sustainable forests and climate. They own a reclaimed wood business and their house and furniture is testament to this beautiful wood. The villa is very open but there are mosquito nets in the bedrooms which actually is quite romantic (and necessary!)
The downstairs is almost totally open except for a small intimate TV loom. The kids swam in the pool and lounged around, playing with Alex and Yoga's son and dogs. I loved sitting at the table, drinking coffee and chatting to the Balinese kitchen staff while they cooked for us. Yuli, the main housekeeper is just so lovely and took such good care of us.
Here is the review I left: Alex and Yoga's villas are truly incredible. A definite highlight of our trip to Bali. The house is so beautiful with its open living and the beautiful pool. We loved the beautiful views over the ricefields and being lulled to sleep by the sound of frogs. The staff are wonderful and so friendly. The breakfasts that are included in the price are delicious (esp the fruit and the tomato, basil and fetta frittata) and we asked the staff to cook us dinner several nights and it was cheap (around $5) and so delicious and healthy. Our kids loved it here also.
Do not hesitate in booking this place.
You will not be disappointed!
and check out the view - can you see why we were so relaxed?
This enormous platter was mounted on the kitchen wall - I just loved it and the way the walls were painted. Alex did tell me how the walls were prepared and painted - a traditional Balinese way but I didn't write it down and have now forgotten. I think it is so beautiful - probably similar to a limewash but using local materials.
Yuli and her team cook an amazing breakfast - this is all included in your stay. Lunch and dinner can be arranged for around $5 per person and are delicious. The girls also baby sat for us when we went out for Phil's 40th birthday dinner.
For Phil's birthday dinner we splurged and went to Mozaic. Mozaic is an incredible restaurant and dining experience and has won many awards - including "Top 50 restaurants of the world" and ranked by as one of (Great Tables of the World). We had the degustation menu called the Discovery Tour paired with Premium wines and I have never had a better meal. Totally worth the money.
And if you need a driver while you are in Bali (which you probably will if you travel at all because driving yourself really isn't an option!) please contact Ketut. We used him for the whole 4 days in and around Ubud and between Ubud and Legian. He is such a lovely man, has great driving skills, great local knowledge and speaks so many languages. His car is very spacious, modern and comfortable also. You can contact Ketut Arta on +62 812 3616274 . Please tell him you found him via me and Phil and say hi to him from us.
A must do in Bali is a cooking course. I've lost the details of the one we did but to be honest they are all pretty much the same menu and cost. Ours included a market tour to buy ingredients and we loved this except for the meat area which was (almost) enough to turn me into a vegetarian.
Bali was a very different sort of holiday for us. We are normally trekkers/backpacker/adventurers. This was the first resort holiday I've been on (since Club Med when I was 20) and it was a great place for a short relaxing time.
Have you been to Bali? What was the best part?