Honeymoon at Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Posted: May 14, 2012 in Travelexperience
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We spent 3 nights and 4 days in Ubud, Bali in Indonesia for our honeymoon and here’s me trying to etch them on electronically. šŸ™‚

Hotel stay: While Google searched for our accommodation and what to do for ‘3 days in Ubud’ , somebody on one of the search pages came up with a gem , suggesting that exotic beaches or mountains are best kept for laterĀ vacations as you would mostly be exploring your partner during the honeymoon, and hence spending most of the time in the hotels šŸ™‚

Even though we courted for about 8 years, this thought stuck and Tripadvisor came up with Viceroy Bali as the most romantic hotel/resort in Ubud.

We chose the honeymoon package inĀ a Terrace Villa including a full 5 course romantic dinner at Cascades and a 2 hour couples spa at Lembah, their in-house restaurants and spa centres respectively. The resort and our villa was very pretty with all the ingredients to make the stay worthwhile including a private dip pool overlooking the Ayung river gorge. The service was excellent, and the views exotic from the room.

viceroy bali terrace villa

Day 0 : We board a Silk Air flight from Kolkata to Singapore where weĀ reach early morning and halt for about 2 hours. We then proceed to Denpasar on a Singapore Airlines flight. The flight is exceedingly cold and we shiver inspite of a couple of blankets.

Day 1: We reach Denpasar in the afternoon, and are greeted by a hotel employee,Nyoman as was agreed.

Immigration is a breeze, when assisted by Nyoman. Ubud is about an hours drive and we sit back and relax.Ā  The hotel is exceedingly beautiful and the views from our rooms stunning.

Our hotel is about 3 km from the town centre and the hotel car takes us there in about 10 min. We visit Murni’s Warung. I had read so much about it, it almost appears like a historical visit. Murni’s is the oldest restaurant in Ubud and we are seated in the second storey.Ā I try out the satee and the smoked duck.

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Duck sauce is really yummy. The duck itself appeared to have been overdone. I wanted to have the babi guling, but my wife forbids me, so I stick to the chicken.

smoked duck @ Murni

Tip : Go during the day to catch the views around the warung.Ā 

Ā Day 2 : Wake up and rush for breakfast at Cascades. The ala carte breakfast consists of monstrous servings of eggsĀ . I go for a salmon-2 eggs – caviare combo while my wife settles for the less adventurous traditional omelette with 3 eggs. We book a car from the hotel and go for a trip to the Pura Kehen temple, in Bangli regency (Ubud is in Gianyar) about 1 hourĀ  from the hotel. Our driver, Margi also serves as the guide and explains the various stories.

Bali is mostly Hindu and many stone sculptures point to Ramayana and Mahabharata, the two Hindu epics. Pura Kehen is very beautiful and mostly devoid of tourists. We were the only ones in the entire compound.

While coming back, we visited Tirta Empul / Tampak Siring, the famous hot water spring temple. Legend has it that Indra, the Hindu God created this hot water spring to bring his soldiers back to life. Mayadanawa, the evil king had prohibited all religious offerings and proclaimed himself as God. To restore parity, there ensued a war during which the evil king poisoned the waters of the holy army which drank it and died.

Till this day, many Balinese men and women bathe there to sanctify themselves and pray. The main hot water spring is however closed to public. Beautiful but a tourist hotspot, so a bit on the crowded side.

We finish dinner with a full 5 course meal at Cascades. Good food , though could have been better. The prices are exorbitant, but I believe the views from the restaurant should definitely make up for some of it.Since, this was included in our original package and since it was dinner time, it was a split choice for us. The desert however almost makes up for any blemishes.

Day 3: We wake up early morning , have breakfast and rush to raftĀ at the Ayung river. Sobek is the organizing party and provides for an excellent guide and buffet lunch at the end of the trip .The rafting is awesome, pretty sedate, but fun nevertheless. Have to climb down about 200 steep steps to get to the river and climb up some fewer. Thankfully, the lunch happens in between, so makes theĀ up trot easy. Definitely need to carry extra pair of clothing and slippers during rafting.

Ā Our guide is really funny and we enjoy the whole show. Our boat is brought under a waterfall for a few moments and the water falls with a deafening force. Very beautiful sceneries all along the 11 km stretch along with lots of stone carvings on the way.

After we come back , we haveĀ spa at theĀ Lembah. The spa is quite good, and the flower bath is the creme de la creme.

In the evening, the hotel car again drops us to the town center and we meander along the Monkey Forest Road, looking for some souvenirs.A Buddha bust catches our eyes and we buy three bronze pieces at 70 USD after some haggling.

Have dinner at a non-descript restaurant on the Monkey Forest Road. The food turns out to be quite good. My wife,however doesn’t like it much , and sticks to some vegetarian side dish.

Day 4 : Have another flower bath in the morning, this time in the villa, after breakfast. We then go to the airport and lol around for an hour before boarding another super cold Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore.

In Singapore. we have a transit gap of about 5 hours. We visit the butterfly garden in Terminal 3. Very pretty indeed with loads of butterflies

butterfly garden Singapore airport

Girls love to shop and my wife indulges in some at the Singapore airport. Finally, we board another Singapore Airlines flight to Kolkata, with tired limbs but memories of a lifetime!!

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