You know those trips that are so ridiculously perfect you struggle to put them into words? Well my recent trip to Bali was one of those. Family and friends keep asking me how it was and all I can muster is ‘oh it was pretty good’ – while inside my brain struggles with appropriate collections of adjectives that won’t sound made up or utterly ludicrous.
It was out of this world.
Quite literally hanging in the midst of a valley in the Ubud rain forest, is the most spectacular hotel. Your stay makes you feel almost transported to a different dimension where nothing else exists apart from lush rain forest and wilderness. Never ever have I felt more wonderfully disconnected from real life.
Is there anything more dreamy than dragging yourself out of bed to a perfectly cooked breakfast of your choice, freshly ground coffee and squeezed juice in the heart of the jungle?
With this view none the less… I think not.
The pool… Can we please take a moment to take in the majesty of this absolute wonder? Made of rock from the local volcano and shaped to mirror the local rice fields it really is breath taking. Pictures just don’t do it justice.
The spa area sits by the river right at the bottom of the valleyThere are all sorts of yoga studios, saunas, steam rooms and zen hangouts dotted around.
I treated myself to an indulgent bath that opened out into the jungle.
Yoga was a huge part of this trip. I was lucky enough to practice with an absolutely amazing teacher who taught me so much about the art. I started off quite smug, I have been working hard at the gym and have seen a real increase in my fitness levels. Yoga, pffft. This will be a piece of cake.
I have developed such a respect for the practice. You can be the fittest person in the world but that means little when it comes to yoga. The sheer amount of strength, balance and flexibility needed is mind blowing. I spent lengthy amounts of time stretching my limbs and really pushing my body in a way I never have before. If you’re looking for a yoga retreat with a difference, the Hanging Gardens is perfect.
The only time I ever wanted to drag myself away from the jungle paradise was for a good feast. Nomad’s always had me covered.
There are so many amazing places to eat and drink in Ubud. You’re never far from a boutique bar or quirky restaurant.
One of my favourite places I visited was the pomegranate café.
A long walk into the rice fields sits this rustic tent with a cracking view.
Absolutely perfect for sunset cocktails.
There is so much to see and do in Ubud. The raods are littered with stalls and workshops selling their wares and rice fields around every corner. The Tegallalang rice terraces are well worth a stop off.
Another must visit is Bali Pulina. A coffee plantation serving up a serious cuppa with incredible views.
Titra Empul is where you will find the Balinese holy water springs.
The Batuan Temple is a must visit. The entrance to the temple is known at a ‘split gate’ and was designed to look as though it was once a tower that was pulled apart to become a door.
The sweet smell of frangipani blossom hung in the air while local ladies chatted away as they made their offerings.
But of course, there’s nothing quite like getting back to the heart of the jungle.
The Hanging Gardens of Bali certainly deserves a spot on your bucket list.
Take books and expect to be cut off from the world for your stay.
Ubud is like another world and I thoroughly recommend you go and experience it for yourself.