Ubud is a town in central Bali, said to give you a glimpse of Bali’s spiritual, artistic, and relaxed side. A stay here is said to be a treat for all of the senses. Located in the tropical belt, Ubud is blessed with rain and shine all through the year. The name Ubud comes from a Balinese word that means medicine, and so what place could be more apt than Ubud for a wellness retreat? In this post, we have put together a guide for a relaxing and restful holiday. Enjoy!
1. Bliss out at Yoga Retreat at Yoga Barn
Yoga Barn offers cleansing programmes that help you rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. You could choose either the 7-day detox retreat or the 3-day foundation cleanse. These two programmes help you detox and jump back in full form! These two detox retreats are held once every month.They also offer Ayurvedic rejuvenation retreats that are held all year round. You can check out their website and choose whichever suits you best.
2. Learn how to cook local food
For some, cooking is very therapeutic. If you find cooking relaxing, and are already in love with the delicious tastes of Balinese fare, why not join a cooking class? There are numerous providers around Ubud offering visitors the chance to unwind as they chop, mix, grate, dice, and produce something tasty while learning how to recreate some tempting Balinese dishes when back at home. Many courses include a market visit and hotel pick-ups and drop-offs.
Some examples include Payuk Balinese Cooking Class, Ubad Ubud Bali, Casa Luna Cooking School, and Paon Bali Cooking Class.
Sharing our delicious creation: Nasi Campur. With my all time favourite Balinese Kare Ayam (chicken curry), along with Tuwung Goreng (wok-fried eggplant), Bregedel Tahu (tofu fritters), delicious Urab Buncis (bean and roasted coconut salad), Sager Gerang (dried fish and coconut sambal), steamed rice and Bubur Sagu (sago pudding with toasted coconut milk). #casalunacookingschool #bestcurryever #sharingfood #icouldeatthiseveryday #jerf
3. Take a dip in the holy waters of Tirta Empul
The Tirta Empul water temple is a Hindu Temple that is considered sacred by locals. It is said to be a place that can zero out all negativities in your body and mind and purify the soul. The temple is also referred to as Tampak Siring Temple, or Holy Water Temple. The water coming out from the shower is believed to eliminate all kind of diseases, said to be blessed by holy spirits. This place is quite popular in Bali and is visited by locals and tourists alike. The temple is open every day of the week from 9 am until 5 pm. An entry fee of 15,000 IDR (approximately 1 USD) is charged for adults. Be sure to take an extra set of clothes because you will need a change after you take a dip in the holy waters.
As you go around Bali, you will see lots of advertisements for the traditional Balinese massages. While getting a good massage for your achy muscles is a great thing, what if the traditional Balinese spa experience was by the river amidst the sound of crickets and squirrels running around, and under the shade of the beautiful trees? You will be treated to two hours of total bliss, with a full body massage, a relaxing period for the treatment to penetrate, and a rinse in the waterfall. You can choose between creamy coconut and green tea for the body scrub. Feel your stress just melt away. This can be a truly unique experience for those looking for something relaxing and traditional at the same time.
Spa packages start from 650,000 IDR (approximately 50 USD) at Nandini Jungle Resort & Spa Bali.
5. Take a meditation retreat
Another fantastic relaxing thing that you could do in Ubud is to take a meditation retreat. There are several options available in Ubud that let you choose between meditation, yoga, spiritual sessions, and silent retreat, among others. Each and every one of these activities is held in locations that overlook the beautiful lush green paddy fields of Ubud.
Examples of where you can enjoy such a retreat include Ubud Aura Retreat Centre, Fivelements, Naya, Bali Silent Retreat, OneWorld Retreats, and Anand Ashram Ubud. See their websites for course details and prices.
6. Have an Ayurvedic consultation and treatment
If you are looking at a wellness retreat, you can surely try and get yourself an Ayurvedic consultation and also probably a treatment from one of the Ayurvedic centres in Ubud. AmrtaSiddhi is one such treatment centre where you can get a wonderful detox. They offer different detox / rejuvenation programmes (3-day, 5-day, 7-day, 8-day). Charges start from 520 USD, going up to 1,449 USD. The resident physician is fully trained in all aspects of Ayurveda, receiving training right in the place of its origin, Kerala in India.
7. Enjoy an authentic spa experience
Why not pamper yourself with an authentic spa experience in the Land of the Gods, especially in the Land of Medicine, Ubud? You could choose to spend your time relaxing and rejuvenating at Ubud Sari Health Resort where you can take tissue cleansing programmes or check out the beauty packages that include treatments such as facials, as ell as massages.
Alternatively, you could enjoy a lovely spa experience at the Ubud Wellness Spa. At this spa, they offer massages and beauty treatments, as well as wellness packages. Beauty treatments include exotic facials, among other usual fare. You could try out the Ritual Kumkuman Body Wellness Package, which includes a Balinese ritual temple bath, fumigation with ethnic herbs, and some royal treatments for your body.
There are spas that also offer something called the papaya body wrap. In this treatment, you are first given a 1-hour Balinese body massage, after which your body is covered with a mask of freshly blended papaya. You will then be wrapped in a blanket for about 15 minutes for the mixture to soothe your skin. The experience then culminates in a special flower-petal bath. It is said that papaya not only helps improve digestion, when eaten, but is also great for the skin, when applied externally. This particular body treatment is done at Sedona Spa in Ubud. You could also choose the sea salt scrub to remove dead skin cells and impurities from the body.
8. Attend a batik class
Batik is an art form that is unique to Indonesia, although nowadays you can see it spreading across the world. It originates from Java, and it is where dye and wax are used to create coloured designs on textiles; the patterns are produced by using dye after applying wax to the parts that are to be left un-dyed. You can learn this traditional art when you are in Ubud. After all, art is kind of a relaxation in itself. A lot of centres offer this art course.
Nyoman Suradnya of Nirvana Batik conducts classes from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For those looking for in-depth training, you can choose a 1, 2, 3, or 4 day course. The 1-day or 2-day courses cost 485,000 IDR (approximately 37 USD) per person per day, while the 3-day and 4-day courses cost 475,000 IDR (approximately 36 USD) per person per day. You could also just take the 2-hour class, for 20 USD per person, if you do not intend to stay longer.
Threads of Life is another centre that is dedicated to weaving and textiles. They conduct classes as well but you need to register in advance (details available on their website). Only groups are catered for. It costs 350,000 IDR (approximately 27 USD) per person for groups with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 people.
Relax and enjoy!
Ubud is such a beautiful place in Bali that you will not only relax and rejuvenate your tired body and soul, but you will surely fall in love with life all over again! Take a peaceful stroll through the rice paddies, marvel at cascading waterfalls, browse interesting collections in art galleries, enjoy a soul-soothing meal with fantastic views, get in touch your spiritual side in various temples … there are so many ways to unwind in Ubud!
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