Our Bali Adventure: Ubud Our Bali Adventure: Ubud

28 Jun , 2018

Hi! Francesca here. We wanted to share with you our experience in Bali. I spent 6 months here in 2017, and as you can imagine it was pretty much the most incredible journey I ever had. To top it all off, Gemma was able to fly out to me for an amazing - and mostly hilarious - reunion for the last 2 weeks I was there. We spent our time together refining the Niyama Wellness brand - being inspired by our tropical surroundings, and influenced by the amazing and kind people we met along the way.

There's so much to tell you, and I promise to cover everything in Our Bali Adventure series right here on Niyama Wellness. But first of all, I must start with Ubud.

Ubud - the heart of Bali 💓 and the place I called "home" from April to September 2017. I'm using this blog posts to summarise Ubud, but don't worry I'll create another blog posts to go over things in more detail. 

Yoga

Ubud is the absolute place to be if you want to start yoga or enhance you existing practice. I'd been practicing yoga seriously for several years before arriving in Bali, but coming to Ubud and going to world-class yoga studios such as The Yoga Barn completely evolved my attitude and approach to the ancient practice of yoga. Look out for a blog post dedicated entirely to yoga in Ubud, coming soon (there's just so much to say on the subject!)

Vegan Food

Ubud is also the most wonderful place for vegans - it's an absolute vegan paradise! You can go fancy at somewhere like The Seeds of Life or Sayuri or even keep it real by visiting one of the many "warungs" (meaning a convenience store) and ask for veggies and rice - which will cost you literally 70p for a good meal...sigh I miss those!

Nature

Ubud has some amazing waterfalls in the area. Try Kanto Lampo, just a scooter ride away from central Ubud. It's very pretty! It's also one of the easiest places to go and climb Mount Batur (prepare for a 2am pickup from your homestay) and to get a boat ride to the Gili Islands. Gili deserves it's own blog post - it's a divisive trip IMHO, since it's beautiful yet very very spoilt by tourists - so I'll try to get around to sharing my thoughts on that another time.

Homestays

I couldn't talk about Ubud without mentioning my "home"- The Onion Collective. This was the first place I got to when I set down in Bali. I booked for 1 week - and stayed for 6 months. It absolutely deserves its own blog post so I'll be writing something fo sho. I made lifelong friends at The Onion - y'all know who y'all are. I felt as though I had a family there, very important when you're 8000 miles away from our real family. I was taken in on day one, shown around, looked after, fed, adopted. The Onion Co is a homestay, restaurant, co-working space and live music venue all at the same time, and if you're looking for something more boutique, owner Mark has an incredible 8 room hotel in Katik Lantang, a small village just outside central Ubud, where you can enjoy privacy, peace and quiet and absolute tranquility in a gorgeous jungle setting.

To be honest I have sooooo much to say about Ubud! So i'll break it down into more posts for a later date. Keep an eye on our social media for new blog posts. You could even subscribe to our e-newsletter and be the first to hear about them!

 

Namaste

Francesca x

Hi! Francesca here. We wanted to share with you our experience in Bali. I spent 6 months here in 2017, and as you can imagine it was pretty much the most incredible journey I ever had. To top it all off, Gemma was able to fly out to me for an amazing - and mostly hilarious - reunion for the last 2 weeks I was there. We spent our time together refining the Niyama Wellness brand - being inspired by our tropical surroundings, and influenced by the amazing and kind people we met along the way.

There's so much to tell you, and I promise to cover everything in Our Bali Adventure series right here on Niyama Wellness. But first of all, I must start with Ubud.

Ubud - the heart of Bali 💓 and the place I called "home" from April to September 2017. I'm using this blog posts to summarise Ubud, but don't worry I'll create another blog posts to go over things in more detail. 

Yoga

Ubud is the absolute place to be if you want to start yoga or enhance you existing practice. I'd been practicing yoga seriously for several years before arriving in Bali, but coming to Ubud and going to world-class yoga studios such as The Yoga Barn completely evolved my attitude and approach to the ancient practice of yoga. Look out for a blog post dedicated entirely to yoga in Ubud, coming soon (there's just so much to say on the subject!)

Vegan Food

Ubud is also the most wonderful place for vegans - it's an absolute vegan paradise! You can go fancy at somewhere like The Seeds of Life or Sayuri or even keep it real by visiting one of the many "warungs" (meaning a convenience store) and ask for veggies and rice - which will cost you literally 70p for a good meal...sigh I miss those!

Nature

Ubud has some amazing waterfalls in the area. Try Kanto Lampo, just a scooter ride away from central Ubud. It's very pretty! It's also one of the easiest places to go and climb Mount Batur (prepare for a 2am pickup from your homestay) and to get a boat ride to the Gili Islands. Gili deserves it's own blog post - it's a divisive trip IMHO, since it's beautiful yet very very spoilt by tourists - so I'll try to get around to sharing my thoughts on that another time.

Homestays

I couldn't talk about Ubud without mentioning my "home"- The Onion Collective. This was the first place I got to when I set down in Bali. I booked for 1 week - and stayed for 6 months. It absolutely deserves its own blog post so I'll be writing something fo sho. I made lifelong friends at The Onion - y'all know who y'all are. I felt as though I had a family there, very important when you're 8000 miles away from our real family. I was taken in on day one, shown around, looked after, fed, adopted. The Onion Co is a homestay, restaurant, co-working space and live music venue all at the same time, and if you're looking for something more boutique, owner Mark has an incredible 8 room hotel in Katik Lantang, a small village just outside central Ubud, where you can enjoy privacy, peace and quiet and absolute tranquility in a gorgeous jungle setting.

To be honest I have sooooo much to say about Ubud! So i'll break it down into more posts for a later date. Keep an eye on our social media for new blog posts. You could even subscribe to our e-newsletter and be the first to hear about them!

 

Namaste

Francesca x