Every time guests come to visit us in Bali, I've made it a mission that we go and see locations that are new to them, but also to me. I had heard of Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple - sacred water springs that funnel through 12 spouts. You are supposed to go and bath under each one of them, in succession. Witnessing this is that pure kind of magic, that only Bali has to offer.
After a long day of traipsing around the crowded Ubud streets, sitting down in the lush surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel in Ubud with cocktail in hand and serenity surrounding you, well, it was divine!
I had heard of Sarong for a long time and last night we finally paid it a visit. The decor is not entirely to my taste - too dark - but the food is truly spectacular. Shouldn't be surprised really, since the owners also run the nearby restaurant Mama San which is consistently good and delicious.
When we sat down I already eyed the plate of the Australian couple that was sitting close to us. I saw lamb. And it looked and smelled stellar. I think my mind was already made up at that point. I started of with the signature crispy pork belly with sichuan chilli salt tamarillo and tamarind sauce and then ordered the much desired slow cooked Sri Lankan lamb curry with coconut milk, coriander, cumin, lemongrass and curry leaves that I spotted. And yes, garlic naan. Lots of it.
It truly was amazing. And I truly over ate. But it was worth it!
Once a month (I think), the Biasa store on Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 34 has a Famer's Market on their back lawn. Healthy lunch bites, organic fruits and veggies, live music and an occasional speaker on a topic impacting the local community.
Wasn't really expecting much from the hot springs on lake Batur, but what a pleasant surprise it was.
I imagined they would be inside rock pool formations in the middle of the lava fields spread out below Mt. Batur. Instead the Lake Batur Natural Hot Springs are right along the waterfront of lake Batur. It's like swimming in an infinity pool filled with very warm water right on the lake.
The only complaint ... the bathrooms! They were a complete mess!
Goa Gajah Elephant Caves on the outskirts of Ubud - who knew they existed!
This is what's great about having visitors. They all come armed with their guide books outlining the top 10 things you must see in Bali. And sometimes there are items on there that we've never heard off, such as the Elephant Caves.
This is a good thing though for it's something new for them and for us. Because seeing the same sites over-and-over again can be ... tedious!