Stayed at Tegal Sari but would probably go back to Alam Shanti the next time for the privacy. Tegal Sari was really great for the rate we paid but it's more of a personal preference. Tegal Sari's service team was really friendly and great! We found a better bike rental rate from the shop outside the hotel. Tegal Sari offers free pick up and drop off service to ubud center also.
Had good food at Delicious Onion, Pulau Kelapa, Naughty Nuri's, Nasi Padang Puteri Minang, Ibu Mangku, bakso from the random motorbikes, nasi campur stalls and murtabak stalls all over ubud. The one that really stands out was Warung Sak Ade in Gianyar. They have 1 stall inside Gianyar's night street market (Pasar Senggol) and 1 stall across the road from the night market. The nasi campur was worth the long bike ride over to Gianyar just for dinner. You can choose pork/chicken/duck/everything for your nasi campur. Really awesome stuff! Enjoyed the gelatos from Gaya too! Much better than the one in Monkey Forest road IMHO.
My target this year were paintings and wooden sculpture. Visited the new art market in Ubud center and found it lacking. Nothing stood out so left without buying anything. Went over to the shops at Lodtunduh and just after Nyuhkuning. I bought many pieces of painting and few wooden sculptures. The variety and prices outside of Ubud center was better. Got a few paintings from the shop opposite of Jaen's Spa too.
Enjoyed my margaritas from Taco Casa and martinis from Naughty Nuri's.
I saw a lot of beggars (esp little children) everywhere. It's sad to see this, I hope Ubud will not changefor those of us who love it just the way it is.
Had a really satisfying trip and we will be back soon!!