Promoting clarity, wellbeing, and in a gorgeous shade of green, August’s birthstone is protective peridot. This month we explore the villages of Ubud, a deeply spiritual place inspiring serenity and contemplation, and a perfect reflection of the stone’s meditative feel. Ubud pampers it’s visitors in both body and spirit, offering lush, peaceful surroundings and a laid-back pace of life. Here are our picks for where to stay, eat and explore, to help you make the most of this Balinese gem.
Adi Cottage is a real botanical paradise, strewn with tropical greenery and decked out with authentic Indonesian decor. Just 10 minutes walk from the sacred Monkey Forest, this family-owned hotel boasts a beautifully serene natural stone pool and spacious, airy rooms. Renowned for its superior service, you’re sure to receive a warm welcome at this calm and tranquil retreat.
Ubud is a hub of traditional artisan crafts, and is known by many as the cultural hotspot of Bali. With countless stalls selling wood carvings, hand painted batiks and everything in between, you can spend hours getting lost amongst the winding market streets - but be sure to venture out to Sukawati Art Market, where you can pick up a hand painted silk kimono to take home.
Yogis will be spoiled for choice in this Indonesian oasis, with a number of different studios and styles on offer. With the smallest class sizes and perhaps the most outstanding setting, Taksu overlooks a trickling jungle stream for a truly unique experience.
Stop off for a bite at Kismet, an atmospheric restaurant and lounge with an ultra laid-back vibe. Serving vegetarian cuisine with an Asian fusion twist, the expansive menu covers everything from abundant salad bowls to a hearty halloumi burger in a coconut charcoal bun. And with a wide selection of cooling fresh fruit juice and speciality cocktails to choose from, it’s the ideal chill out spot in the heart of colourful Ubud.