executive summary by darmansjah
All natural in Ubud
SET AMID PICTURESQUE rice fields, Waka di Ume Resort is soothing hillside escape located just outside Ubud. The intimate property features 18 suites and pool villas appointed with sumptuous fabrics, wood and copper finishes, rough-cut stone, and fragrant alang-alang grass roofs, and offers a romantic environment that, thanks to a newly built chapel, is also ideal for wedding parties. The resort’s restaurant overlooks the surrounding countryside and turns out traditional Balinese dishes and Western specialities, while a three-level spa provides an oasis for treatments that utilize native herbs and spices. For more local flavor, join a traditional cooking class; Waka di Ume’s chefs will share their secret recipes and take you on outings to Ubud’s lively produce makets.
Jl. Suweta, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; 62-361/973-178; firstname.lastname@example.org; wakadiumeubud.com
To relax, there are several spas in the area that provide traditional healing and well-being treatments. In fact, Ubud derives its name from the Balinese word Ubad, meaning ‘medicine’-a nod to the many local medicinal pampering day at their source promises a special treat. Many of the products used during these therapies are made from the natural ingredients found in indigenous plants, herbs, and flowers.
For the more active traveler, Ubud also offers a range of outdoor pursuits. The rushing waters of the Ayung River, whose dramatic gorge dominates western Ubud, make it ideal for a day of rafting. For wildlife lovers, msut-sees include the Bali Birds Park and Reptile Park in southern Ubud, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Ubud, and the Elephant Safari Park farther to the north. Excursions to all these places can easily be arranged through hotels or operators in the area.