Just returned from another amazing visit to Ubud, staying at one of Tegal Sari's private villas (Villa Sesapi - which had a private pool, kitchen, huge bathroom and living area). Enjoyed everything about our holiday. This year we were determined to see more of Bali and took a tour to Goa Gajah temple, Gunung Kawi Temple and Tampak Sirung & Tinta Empul Temple. Beside the many, many steps which gave my heart a REAL work out - these were amazing! Also visited Batubulan to see the stone-carvers at work - these people are truly gifted. Their work is incredible and so detailed. Also saw the wood-carvers in Mas - hubbie bought me a beautiful crocodile wood mermaid (I'm mermaid mad) and also visited Celuk famous for silver and gold smithing.
Ate some amazing food at Cafe Wayan, Kafe Batan Waru, L'Nuriani, Three Monkeys, The Bridges, Warung Semesta, The Pond. Had some very relaxing treatments at Venezia Spa and hubbie and kids had treatmetns at Pertenin (the spa that belongs to Tegal Sari).
Also' found out about 'Books for Bali Project' via Anita at the Ganesha Bookshop. You can buy books for the local schools - we encouraged our children to choose a couple of books each and they get to write inside the books their names so the bali kids know who has donated them. My son chose the newest school - that doesn't have many books in their library and my daughter chose the school for children with special needs. This is a great idea - I would encourage anyone that visits Ubud to see Anita at the bookshop and donate books for the bali kids. Also you can donate english books (ones with lots of pictures and a few words) for the kids as
While at Tegal Sari we booked for our holiday next August - so we wouldn't miss out on the villa and I booked for my 'Mum's week alone' holiday in May.
We left Ubud on Friday and stayed 2 nights down in Kuta so that the kids could do Waterbom Park - they had a ball. Didn't enjoy our stay in Kuta - too loud, too 'aussie' and sellers too agressive. Next year we will just be staying at Tegal Sari and taking a car down for the day.
As usually the week went by so quickly - have already been back a week today - keep checking the weather in Ubud on my phone! Wish I was still there!!!!