I’m walking through the palace grounds, admiring it’s elegance and glamor. Every door, every tower, every roof is built with incredible detail, adorned with ancient symbols and holy deities. When I close my eyes I can almost see it, a kingdom long gone.
We slept in a little and ate a breakfast of exotic fruits on the spacious terrace of our Air Bnb house. Then we packed all our valuables and a bottle of water each and drove down to central Ubud on our trusty little scooter. Our first stop was the Ubud Palace (officially Puri Saren Agung), a stunning historical building complex. The palace is the official residence of the royal family of Ubud.
We ate lunch at Earth Cafe, a fully vegan restaurant offering lots of raw options as well. The cafe is connected to a health food shop and vegan cinema (how cool is that!). I ordered the burrito and shared the nachos with Mel. The food was nice but I’ve had better Mexican food.
We quickly went back to our Air Bnb to get changed and were picked up from a driver who brought us to the Five Elements retreat. The resort is located about thirty minutes outside of Ubud and situated right next to a river. Upon arrival we got a tour of the resort and were absolutely blown away by it’s beauty! The rooms and spa area were super luxurious and decorated with much love for detail. After our tour we were seated at our table in the hotels own restaurant, with a view over the river. The waiter brought over Passionfruit Kombucha just as the sun was setting behind us. We enjoyed every single mouthful of the seven course dinner, which consisted of jackfruit ravioli, Strawberry Gazpacho, the Fivelements Superfood Salad, Mediterranean ‘Caprese’, Fermented Cassava Blinis, Barley Risotto and finally a Tropical Fruits Sorbet Selection and a Chocolate Semifreddo for dessert. If you visit Ubud, definitely come to Five Elements for a unforgettable, elegant dinner.
After dinner we were driven back to Ubud and spent some more time venturing through the busy streets stopping every now and then at a cute boutique or a jewelry shop. Ubud is great for shopping, although the trendy shops can be very pricey. I recommend the Markets happening every night in a few little streets leading away from the main road.