My last stop in Bali was in Ubud, best known as the 'Love' portion of the popular 'Eat, Pray, Love' books and film.
When I envisioned Ubud, I pictured lushus green rice fields, meditating yogis and people cycling through the small and picturesque lanes a la Julia Roberts.....
In contrast to my expectations, central Ubud was very much a westernised town full of shops, cafes and restaurants. A strong cultural and historical presence is still present in the form of elaborate temples and shrines which can be found on most streets. The smell of incense lingers in the air and the chanting of evening meditation reminds you of where you are, but if you are seeking the magic of the 'Real Bali' you will have to head further afield and away from the hustle and bustle of the town and cities.
Although Ubud wasn't my favourite stop in Bali (surprisingly so), I still had a nice time and I am glad I visited. Here is what I got up to over the two days:
Like I did on Gili T I pre-booked a homestay through Booking.com. Depa House had brilliant reviews on Tripadvisor, had free wifi and included breakfast. Once again I wanted a single room with ensuite in a safe and central location and this place ticked all the boxes. At a price of $20 per night, it was also incredible value for money.
My stay at Depa House couldn't have been more enjoyable. My room was it's own separate building nestled in their courtyard. Steps led up to my porch and the doors and windows to my room were beautifully decorated with typical Balinese art.
The owners - a husband and wife team, were absolutely wonderful and made an effort to ensure I had everything I needed. Upon arrival the grandmother, an old lady with a warn face and warm smile gave me a bottle of water and showed me to my room. She didn't speak english but her kind and welcoming demeanour made me feel at ease straight away.
The room had a double bed, bedside tables, a dresser, a wardrobe and an ensuite bathroom with hot water. My favourite part of the room was the porch outside which also had a small table and chairs, where I was served breakfast in the morning - homemade and absolutely delicious! The courtyard area was very well kept and peaceful with plants, flowers, birds and a pond with koi fish. I would highly recommend Depa House for your stay in Ubud so if you are heading there, check it out!