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Romance in Ubud

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Ubud - one of the most romantic and dreamy towns in Bali. Many couples flock there for their honeymoons, babymoons or just to get away from it all. Whether you are visiting Bali for the first time or you live on the island and are looking for a romantic weekend away, Ubud has you covered.

 

Take a romantic stroll… along the famous Campuhan Ridge. Also known as ‘Bukit Cinta’ – The Love Hill’, it is known as the place young Balinese lovers like to visit. This walk takes you through rice fields, past a traditional temple and offers breath-taking views. To capture the true beauty of the walk, the best time to explore the ridge is before sunrise or just before sunset. The walk is around 2-3 kilometres and can be done at a leisurely pace. There are little cafés to stop at along the way to enjoy a juice or fresh coconut.

 

Surprise your love with a gourmet picnic… at one of many beautiful places in Ubud – valleys, rice fields, jungles – you name it. Share a gourmet breakfast, brunch, lunch or champagne picnic with your special someone and soak in the views. There are a number of restaurants across Ubud that will cater to your picnic needs, including Hanging Gardens Ubud, Bali Asli and Café Lotus Ubud, or simply visit the Ubud markets in the morning and pick up some goodies for your own home-made picnic.

 

Couples that cook together… stay together. And that is exactly what you and your lover can do in Ubud – private couples cooking classes. Learn to make authentic Balinese dishes, overlooking beautiful rice fields. The best part about this experience? Eating the dishes you cook – together.

 

Melt into bliss… with a decadent couple’s spa day. In Ubud, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a spa for you and your loved one. There are a range of spas to suit all budgets and a lot of them are located in the most tranquil settings. Choose from different massages, facials, body wraps and more. Treat yourself!

 

Gift each other hand-made jewellery by… yours truly! What is more romantic then giving your partner a piece of silver jewellery? Making it yourself. Mas, a little village on the outskirts of Ubud is known for their silver stores and workshops. You can join a silver making class and make rings, bracelets and even earrings. You can also add your own stones for a special personal touch.

 

Whisk each other away… in a helicopter! Yes, you can actually take helicopter rides over Ubud and other parts of Bali and it is one of the most romantic activities you can do. The views are stunning and perhaps, for some, this this may even be perfect proposal opportunity!

 

Say ‘I love you’… on the top of a volcano. Mount Batur is not in Ubud, but it is very easy to get to from there. Hike the active volcano at sunrise and take in the stunning view with your lover 1700 metres above sea level. You will witness a beautiful crater lake, hot springs and you can visit Besakih temple and grab a bite to eat at the hidden Gunung Batukuru restaurant.

 

 

Swing into… your love! Take your lover by the hand and lead them to Ubud’s first swing that allows you to swing between coconut trees. Enjoy the view of the Ayung River, waterfalls and Mt Agung while swinging away. It is quiet, tranquil and sets the perfect scene for you and your significant other.

 

For the more adventurous couple… quad bike or buggy riding is for you! You can choose from different tours to suit your budget and your riding level. Each tour takes you into a more rural part of Ubud, offering you scenery of villages and perhaps a glimpse into the life of how locals live. Most companies offer lunch as well. It is a must-do for the couple that loves the outdoors and something a little bit different!

 

Trot off into the sunset... on horseback. Various tour groups offer professionally guided horse tours through rural Ubud. You will get to see rice fields and various villages of Ubud and you can choose your level of horse riding. It is a nice way to see a different side of Ubud and enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the town’s centre.

 

The options for the perfect romantic stay in Ubud are endless, you just have to use your imagination and let the magic of the village do the rest for you!

 



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