My last post, on Southern Bali was all about white sandy beaches and relaxing, a much needed remedy for the jet lag, induced by my 21-hour cross-Pacific flight. I was now heading to Central Bali to meet my wife Sheila, who had just finished a rigourous 12-day trek through the highlands of Papua, and we had chosen Ubud for our rendezvous.
Sri Sunari Guest House is located on the outskirts of Ubud. Surrounded on all four sides by verdant, green rice fields it is accessed by a little footpath. We had used Trip Advisor, again, to research our selection and secured our reservation with an email. Our accommodations far exceeded our expectations. A delicious breakfast was delivered to our large deck each morning. The staff, in typical guest house fashion were attentive and helpful, pointing us in the direction of good restaurants and interesting activities. They also provided reasonably priced transport on a number of occasions.
One of these recommendations was a unique Jegog performance, a form of gamelon music played on a variety of large and small bamboo instruments. The deep resonating sound was the perfect accompaniment to a captivating set of traditional dancing. I loved watching the intricate hand and foot movements, and the large-eyed facial expressions.
We kept pretty busy while in Ubud and made full use of Trip Advisor reviews to plan our activities. Here I am doing something I love – cooking. The day started with a tour through a very colourful and busy morning market to learn about the various ingredients which we would later use in our Indonesian cooking class. Back at the kitchen, we rolled up our sleeves, started chopping, and were patiently guided through eight different recipes. The reward at the end, of course, was a wonderful tasty and filling meal. We were sent away with a booklet of recipes to replicate our culinary experience and bring back all those great memories.
We were now using Trip Advisor extensively in Ubud, successfully choosing our accommodation, restaurants and a variety of activities. All were great choices, with no disappointments, which naturally added to the overall enjoyment of our trip. In turn, I completed six reviews myself, for the Ubud region, and am now a Senior Contributor.
Our Trip Advisor Best Picks for Ubud – Accommodation, Eating & Activities:
- Sri Sunari Guest House – exceeded our expectations; attentive staff
- Wild Ginger – we ate two great dinners here; good value
- Sari Organik – excellent lunch in a serene rice field location
- Jazz Cafe – good food and a great night of music
- Paon Bali Cooking Class – a wonderful experience (see above)
- Jegeg Bali Cycling Tours – an exceptional day; full value
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