During the first three days of our short but sweet time in Bali, we stayed in the dense jungle area of Ubud, an up and coming town in the Gianyar regency of Bali. Ubud is trendy, artistic and often touted as the cultural heart of Bali. Although we spent two out of three days scuba diving (and a lot of time in the villa), we still managed to see a little bit of Ubud - just enough to guarantee a return.
Quick selfie upon arrival, after being presented with gorgeous flower necklaces in typical 'on-holiday-in-an-exotic-country' style.
Favourite Balinese dessert bubur injun, black rice with coconut milk.
Cacao bean growing on a plantation.
Lunch at Ibu Oka 2. Famed for having the 'best babi guling (suckling pig) in Bali', we had to give it a try. I'm not sure if it's because we didn't go to the original Ibu Oka or if the quality has just gone down since it became so popular, but we were extremely underwhelmed. One measly piece of pork skin, a couple of chunks of pork and uninspiring atmosphere and service. Whilst I was glad to have some babi guling, I wouldn't recommend you come here for it.
Where & What To Eat:
We only had one dinner outside of the villa during our stay in Ubud, but it was a delicious one.
I also recommend trying the following dishes during your time in Bali:
Bubur Injun - black rice pudding with coconut milk and palm sugar
Nasi Goreng - stir fried mixed rice
Beef Rendang - slow-cooked beef in lemongrass, coconut and mixed spice sauce
Babi Guling - roasted suckling pig