I arrived in Ubud, Bali today and it is absolutely beautiful. I am blown away by this place. Its inland, but is the coolest town. The streets are lined with quaint shops featuring hand-made crafts like jewelry, sculptures or paintings. And intermixed are these great little restaurants where you can dine by candlelight or at a creek’s edge. Everything is picture perfect.
The place I am staying at is something out of a fairy tale. By walking in, you would think it was once an ancient temple. The gardens are beautiful and there are these picturesque fountains and statues throughout the place. My room is on the 3rd floor of what almost looks like a Balinese castle (if there were such a thing). I have this massive vaulted ceiling, a huge poster bed, the best bathroom I have had yet, and a cute little patio with a view about a mile long of amazing Balinese architecture. All for $30 a night. There’s also a small pool here that I am going to try to take advantage of tomorrow.
Today, I walked around and did some Christmas shopping. I also bought a beautiful canvas and some jewelry for myself. I stopped for dinner at this great this restaurant and then went to the spa for an hour massage and a an hour-long hair cleanse/mask and scalp massage (the saltwater has been doing a number on my hair). I couldn’t have been more pleased with my choice of spas.
Total spa bill: $10.
Tomorrow, I am hoping to go on an elephant trek. But if they don’t have enough people, I plan to rent a moped and cruise around the country side to see the monkey forest and rice-paddies.