I have a confession to make: I’m a not a beach goer.
Dang! That’s probably a big sin since I’ve been living in Bali for quite some time. I’m not saying I hate beaches, no. I’m just not much of a swimmer, or a surfer, or someone who needs a lot of tanning (obviously, LOL)… and I kind of don’t like the sticky beach air.
I do go to beaches occasionally, but I prefer mountain or lake areas where I can see more green surroundings and breathe fresher air. And this is why I love spending a weekend in Ubud! If you haven’t known already, Ubud is the uplands of Bali, about 40km away from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Jimbaran. This town is known for its traditional crafts and terraced rice paddies. Ubud is also a place to go if you’re looking for a healthier lifestyle or food!
Last weekend, I got to stay in Ubud with my bestie, Andre Binarto (@andrebinarto). We stayed in Padma Resort Ubud, which is located around 20km from Ubud downtown. We totally love this area as it is away from the crowd of tourists, and the resort itself is surrounded by hectares of lush trees – which also became the view from our room, the swimming pool, and the breakfast area. Absolutely stunning!
I believe it’s very important for you not to rush things while you’re in Ubud, cause then your staycation won’t be as relaxing as it should. Andre and I took things slowly, as our main goal was to switch off a bit from a chaotic reality (especially Andre, he lives in Jakarta!)… So we just spent most of our time in the resort. If you wanna know more about Padma Resort Ubud, check my review here 🙂
We basically checked in to the resort late at night so we just went to take a shower and sleep right away. We woke up quite early the next day, feeling refreshed already! We spent probably 2 hours having our first breakfast at the resort, enjoying the view in front of our table.
Later in the afternoon, after relaxing in the room, we left the hotel to go to Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Ibu Mangku. Note that there are a few places on Kedewatan street that sell similar dishes (nasi ayam / chicken rice), but for us, the best one was this one that belongs to Madam Mangku.
We went there with our other bestie, Maria Sadipun (@maiasadipun) – who was also visiting us at the resort that day. We ordered 3 portions of nasi ayam and coconut ice, dragon fruit juice, and ice tea for our drinks.
The nasi ayam we had here is a typical Balinese dish: rice mixed with ayam betutu, lawar, chili, groundnuts, and sate lilit. They offer you 2 options for nasi ayam: nasi ayam campur and nasi ayam pisah. The only difference is that for nasi ayam pisah, you will get a plate of plain white rice and all the toppings and sauce on separate plate and bowl – and you can mix them by yourself according to your liking. The waitress told us that you will generally get more toppings if you order nasi ayam pisah, but Maria and I still preferred nasi ayam campur as somehow it just tastes better to have everything mixed already on one plate. Depends on how you like it! 🙂
The restaurant is basically a typical Balinese house as well, with a few separated small buildings, and you can choose to be seated at the dining area with normal tables and chairs, or at lesehan area at the house verandas where you basically have a short table and you sit on the floor. We chose the lesehan area, cause they had pillows there and it was super cozy and ‘traditional’.
After the satisfying lunch, we wanted to go to Bali Swing but unfortunately the road going there was blocked due to some construction, so we had to turn around and go back. We dropped Maria at Ubud Centre cause she was going back home, and Andre and I drove back to Padma Resort Ubud. Oh, by the way, we rented the car (Suzuki Karimun 2017) from Mike, the owner of WoW Burger and the founder of Bali Food Truck Association. If you’re looking for a nice city car to go around Bali, you can contact him.
We had our afternoon tea in our room and, again, we just relaxed and enjoyed the resort, and only left at about 9PM, to look for a place to have dinner in Ubud downtown. After considering a few places, we made a decision to try this small restaurant called Sambal Matah for they had a set course menu of the day. For 149,000++ IDR per person, you get appetizer, main course, and dessert.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the menu, so I don’t know exactly what our dishes are called. In fact, we weren’t in the mood to take photos that night cause we were just too hungry already. I did take some photos for documentation, but they were not in good quality. Excuse us for being hungry 🙂
For appetizer, we got a plate of shrimp tempura, salad, and avocado. For main course, we ordered 2 different dishes: which are crispy pork belly with mashed potato and fusion opor ayam with yellow rice. For dessert, we had vanilla ice cream with strawberries and peanuts. Everything was prepared nicely and I totally look forward to come back to this restaurant. They know very well how to make Asian fusion food!
We went back to the resort and took a rest. The next day, we went swimming in the morning and had great breakfast again, and the resort kindly gave us 2 extra hours so we could check-out at 2PM. After checking out, we had another afternoon tea at the public dining area.
Not enough with just afternoon tea, we decided to hit a pastry shop called CarameL Patisserie & Café at Ubud central before we left town and head back to Jimbaran. CarameL has been my favorite pastry shop in Bali since years ago, and Andre has been here as well previously. I always stop by here everytime I visit Ubud, cause their pastries are just hard to resist! This time was no exception.
My favorite items from CarameL are their macarons (especially Salted Caramel flavor) and fusion tiramisu (especially the Tropical Tiramisu), but this time instead of the tiramisu, we tried Caramello (caramel cake with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles) and Kiss (lemon cheese cake).
We took a seat on the second floor. The weather was so nice that day… we could totally use some afternoon with delicious dessert and breezy Ubudian air any other day! Unfortunately it was finally the time for us to leave Ubud. We surely will come back soon for another weekend getaway! ♥
What about you? Have you been to Ubud? If so, how was your experience there?
If not, what’s your favorite weekend getaway destination? Share with me by leaving a comment below! 🙂