A Guide to a Wellness Holiday in Ubud

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Advisor - Veronica Dummett
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Veronica Dummett

  • Bali

  • Indonesia

  • Wellness Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Sightseeing

  • Outdoors

  • Relaxation

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Curator’s statement

Ubud holds a special place in my heart because of its enchanting blend of art, culture, wellness and nature. The tranquil rice terraces and lush jungles create a serene backdrop for self-reflection and relaxation. Additionally, the warmth and hospitality of the locals, along with the vibrant arts scene, food and spiritual ambiance, make Ubud a truly unique and captivating destination that leaves a lasting impression on every visitor.

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Things to do in Ubud, Bali

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In the heart of the enchanting Indonesian island of Bali lies a hidden gem that promises to nurture your mind, body and soul. Ubud, renowned for its lush rice terraces, vibrant arts scene and spiritual ambiance, has become a sanctuary for travelers seeking a transformative wellness retreat or holiday. Here, amid serene natural beauty, you can embark on a journey of self-discovery, rejuvenation and inner peace.

A haven of tranquility

Ubud's tranquil surroundings make it an ideal destination for those seeking respite from the chaos of modern life. Nestled amidst lush tropical jungles and terraced rice paddies, the city exudes a soothing aura that encourages relaxation and mindfulness. Imagine waking up to the sounds of chirping birds, exploring serene forest trails and indulging in meditation as the sun rises over verdant landscapes.

Yoga and meditation retreats

Ubud is a haven for yoga enthusiasts and spiritual seekers. The town is brimming with top-notch yoga studios and meditation retreats led by experienced instructors. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a curious beginner, there is a perfect class for everyone. Engage in gentle Hatha yoga, energizing Vinyasa flows or delve into the art of meditation to find your center and embrace a state of inner peace.

Some of my favorite studios for drop-in sessions include:

Spa and holistic therapies

Pampering yourself with traditional Balinese spa treatments is an essential part of the wellness experience in Ubud. Discover a plethora of spa and wellness centers where ancient healing traditions are combined with modern therapeutic techniques. From rejuvenating massages to traditional healing ceremonies, on almost every corner, you'll find a wide range of treatments that rejuvenate your body and spirit, take your pick!

Places to eat & drink in Ubud, Bali

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Organic cuisine and healthy dining

Wellness in Ubud extends to the plate as well. The city boasts a thriving organic food culture, with numerous restaurants and cafes offering farm-to-table, nourishing delights. Savor mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, which not only tantalize your taste buds but also support your overall well-being.

Some of my favorite places to eat include:

Alchemy – 100% raw vegan café and juice bar utilizing locally grown, organic ingredients. There is also an amazing wellness store!

Bali Buda – A huge menu that is all non-GMO, gluten-free, hormone and antibiotic-free for the animal produce. They too have an amazing health food grocery store.

Seeds of Life – A personal favorite! It’s a great macrobiotic/raw food café and is so very zen. They have an awesome menu as well as a tonic bar to support a wide array of nuances.

Yoga Barn Café – This is just such a bonus, why not treat yourself to a delicious raw dessert or smoothie after a yoga class?

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out this guide to Ubud by Fora Advisor Oscar Alcantara, Relaxing Five-Day Itinerary to Discover Ubud, Bali.

Advisor - Veronica Dummett

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