All you need is less
Bali will always have a place in my heart. It was the first place my parents escaped to during a forbidden romance when they were young and in love. It’s an island where my father lived for a few months as a young man, spending his days from sunrise to sunset surfing and hanging with the locals. It was the island of Bali where I went to heal after losing a parent to cancer. For the two months I spent on the island, it was the Balinese people’s love and healing spirit that enveloped me and began to place the pieces of my broken heart back together. Palm trees line the beaches, while a hot tropical breeze washes over the shore year round. The air throughout Bali smells sweet with the burning incense of holy offerings made throughout the day, and during times of worship at the temples, the delightful ringing of bells sweep through the calm dawn or dusk air. The island speaks of simpler times, the yesteryears, where all you need is less.
Beyond the palm trees and crystal blue waters, there is a deeper spiritual undertone to the island than meets the eye. Ubud is where my journey began. Nestled in the jungle deep in the middle of the island, Ubud is a mecca for all things health and wellbeing.
There are so many beautiful hideaways in Ubud. Pop into the more upmarket stays like The Hanging Garden and the Viceroy, but I love the accommodation at The Yoga Barn. They tailor yoga retreats and programs around your personal travel dates, and it’s the best way to meet like minded yogis to continue your adventure though Bali.
I have a feeling there are more organic raw vegan restaurants in Ubud than anywhere else on earth. Try Clear Café, Soma, Alchemy, Down to Earth, Yellow Flower, Kafe, Little K… the list is endless!
Walk through the Monkey Forrest, try yummy Balinese coffee Kopi Luak, do the lush Campuhan Ridge Walk, but my absolute favorite is visiting the Tutra Empul temple to receive a blessing submerged in rainwater surrounded by 1000 year old ancient ruins.