Unwind with a relaxing stay in a hotel nestled among rice terraces and banana groves and get pampered with massage and spa discount
The Hotel: Nandini Bali Jungle Resort & Spa
Only around 20 minutes from the centre of Ubud, Nandini Bali Jungle Resort & Spa maintains a balance of central locality and the tranquillity that Bali is known for. Situated on the slopes of the Ayung River Valley, the resort provides traditional Balinese chalets for holidaymakers, all with the typical mod-cons and vast jungle views from the private balcony. Guests can wake from their slumber and pick from a host of resort services to use in their spare time. After breakfast, stroll to the Sungai Spa for a revitalising massage or body treatment to truly immerse yourself in holiday mode, or attend a yoga and meditation class.
Continue the relaxation among the bubbles of the jacuzzi, nestled inside the open forest surroundings. Take an afternoon snooze poolside, before visiting the tea lounge for an aromatic cup hailing from destinations such as Java, Bali, China or Sri Lanka. If you have some energy to exhaust, Nandini provides cycling tours and a 15km trek through lush surroundings to give guests an insight into how agriculture is part of the Balinese way of life. For the convenience of guests, staff can also organise cooking classes and other attractions.
- Bed size/type: King bed or two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Three people
- Under 4s: free of charge in a baby cot or sharing the existing bedding; breakfast provided
- Children between 5-12 years old: $15 per day for breakfast; no extra bed
- Over 12-year-olds are considered adults and charged $60 per night for the extra bed
- Rooms come complete with air conditioning, TV, DVD player and hot drink-making facilities
The Area: Ubud, Bali
Step back in time with a stroll through the Monkey Forest, where tangled ancient trees hide picturesque shrines and hundreds of monkeys. Take in one of Ubud’s traditional Legong, Kecak or Barong dances on one night, or join the movers and shakers yourself. For a magical experience, hire a scooter or cycle out to Petulu village in the late afternoon, to watch thousands of white herons return to their homes in the trees lining the village. There is a small café/bar surrounded by rice paddies where visitors can sit and watch the birds streaming in as the sun sets.
Art buffs are spoilt for choice with a range of galleries waiting to be explored, including Neka Gallery and Rio Helmi Gallery, which houses ever-changing pieces by the noted photographer and local resident, Rio Helmi. For a richer understanding into Balinese culture and religion, a trip to a religious site like Pura Taman Saraswati or Ubud Palace is a must. Those looking to dance the night away, entertainment haunts like the Jazz Cafe and Ozigo provide live music and flowing cocktails to party animals.