It is walking along the streets of Ubud looking for a restaurant that is still open that you come accross Mingle. Newcomer (2014) on jalan Dewi Sita, Mingle is trendy without going too far this way. The restaurant has two levels and makes you feel at home. The best tables are upstairs, on the balcony. The setting is a bit kitsch but it is all very charming.
On the menu, traditional Indonesian dishes. The vegetarian curry is excellent, the nasi goreng and mie goring as well. Over all, the prices are more than reasonable. However, the sweet tooth must think about ordering dessert as soon as they get there is it’s a bit late as the kitchen closes around 10.30pm.

Price: IDR 60 000 for a curry and an ice tea

Villa Mandi

Ubud is the « capital of wellness » in Bali. However, tourism has banned tranquility and it is hard to find an accommodation offering both a nice swimming pool and calm for a reasonable budget. New hotel (2014), Villa Mandi is located a bit off Ubud, at about 10 minutes by car. The view over the rice paddies is there from breakfast (at the next-door warung) all the way to the swimming pool. A nice swimming pool in the back of the garden that gives the impression of having the world for yourself.
The only reproach that can be made to Villa Mandi is that the shuttles to the center only take place thrice a day (at 10am, 12pm and 4pm) and that only the transfer to Ubud is offered. To get back, you need to pay the same price as a taxi (IDR 50,000). It is not expensive but it would be nice to have shuttles at night as well as the return trip in the package. Finally, the staffs over-friendly and does everything to make your stay as good as possible.

Price: about IDR 500,000

Ubud Inn

Ubud Inn as a hotel / restaurant located on Monkey Forest street. If a first dining room is right on the street, a few tables are hidden in the garden, in front of the swimming pool. The setting is great and is an invite to chilling out while eating a mie goreng. However, it’s the dessert that is surprisingly tasteful: the Balinese crepes with roasted coconut. To die for! However, the mango juice is disappointing.

Price: IDR 75 000 for a mie goreng, Balinese crepes and a mango juice


Tirta Empul

A bit North of Ubud, close to Gunung Kawi, can be found the holly springs of Tirta Empul. Those are the most sacred springs in Bali. Each has its own characteristic: health, luck, sweet dreams, house blessing… The guides will be happy to explain the believed effects of each spring. Everybody can get into the water as long as you wear a sarong above your swimsuit, even though most of the Westerners simply keep on watching.


Three Monkeys

The Three Monkeys restaurant is located on Monkey Forest street. Behind a very classic entrance, the restaurant opens on a large place with a view over a rice paddy where kids are quick at going to have a walk. The menu is pretty original with a good selection of Indonesian and Western dishes (the pizzas looked excellent). The only drawback is the greeting that could be better. However, the food and the setting make up for it.

Price: IDR 70 000 for a dish and a beverage


Taman Ayun

Taman Ayun is one f Bali’s six royal temples. Pura Taman Ayun means “the temple in the nice garden”. Built by the king of Mengwi, it is the only complex of temples with a several roofs characteristic of the Balinese architecture. Dedicated to the Balinese gods, Taman Ayun belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. A small path goes around the complex and permits to see all the buildings with a wonderful perspective when you get to the far end of the temple.


SANg Spa

Ubud is known as the place dedicated to well-being: relaxing, body and soul treatments, traditional massages… Spas are numerous and it would be a crime not to enjoy a moment just for you. SANg Spa is a spa where professionalism and comfort are omnipresent. Everything there is dedicated to an absolute relaxation.

Three different establishments constitute SANg Spa, but the most exotic is number 2. Located in a small street away from the crowd, the place is magical: stones, wood, the setting is natural, cosy and the employees welcome you warmly. Continue reading « SANg Spa »

Puteri Minang

Puteri Minang is both a typical and atypical place. Typical because it’s a warung where the Balinese go; atypical because it’s definitely not the kind of place where tourists usually go. Located on Ubud’s main road, Puteri Minang doesn’t look great but serves a good traditional food, a bit like a high end Balinese fast food. You can choose the composition of your plate from the dishes in the window and sit in the restaurant. It’s not trendy, it’s not chic, but it’s good!

Price: IDR 25 000 for a dish and an ice tea


Puri Ulun Carik

Ideally located on the Monkey Forest street, Puri Ulun Carik is a place where chilling out and enjoying the moment are part of the setting. The rooms, situated in nive traditional houses are wide, even the standard ones, and a swimming-pool in a multicolored garden greets those who want to take a break between two visits. The staff will welcome you in the most charming way and will help you as much as they can if you need anything.

Price: IDR 300 000 per night for a standard room



Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is the temple of Dewi Danu, the lake’s goddess. Majestic, it goes forward on Lake Bratan, close to Bedugul. If the atmosphere is so magical, it is because of this particular setting but the garden is also very interesting. In it lives a very old sacred banyan tree. There’s no doubt Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is amongst the most beautiful temples of Bali, and also one of the most important water temples with Pura Ulun Danu Batur located on Mount Batur.