Welcome to our ~ Gaia in Wonderland villa
Gaia in Wonderland is a quite place with Sunrise and rice paddie views. It is in the heart of Ubud just a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive to ubud central.
Gaia in Wonderland (GWL) is connected via a bamboo gate to the swimming pool area from Villa Gaia (as featured in the photo above), and contains 3 bedrooms:
Serenity (1 double bed option only with private en-suite bathroom & air con, overlooking the garden and opens up to a lounge area by the kitchen)
Jasmine (option of 2 single beds or 1 double bed with private en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and air conditioner, overlooking a panoramic view of the rice terraces)
The Loft (cosy 2 smaller room on a tight with 1 bed downstairs and another bed upstairs.
GWL has a cosy meditation deck upstairs and a kitchen downstairs with a stove top to heat water for tea/coffee
Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali and is a completely different atmosphere to brash and busy areas like Kuta or Seminyak. This part of the island has long been known as its cultural capital and you will find colorful art galleries, engaging museums, and dainty temples as well as the best healthy restaurants, and yoga studios all over the area.
There is also the beautiful Royal Palace in the center of town just 10 minute walk from Gaia in Wonderland. All of the cultural attractions are set against valleys and terraces of jade-hued rice fields. Ubud is also the home of some of the finest dining in Bali and there are a wealth of healthy restaurants here serving up vegetarian and vegan fare, or you can head to some of the resorts in the area and enjoy some upscale dining.
Ubud is also close to a range of other famous Balinese attractions like the sacred bathing waters of Tirta Empul, and if you want to experience the best of the culture here then make sure not to miss an elegant Balinese dance and or fire dance performances.
Here are the 20 best things to do in Ubud…
1. Have dinner at Locavore for the meat eater or Sayuri's Healing Foods for Raw vegan food.
2. Enjoy the views at the Campuhan Ridge Walk. head to the Campuhan Ridge Walk which is located 10 minute drive from GWL. The walk will take you through a lush area of gorgeous hills which overlook an exquisite valley and you can meander along the ridge from the pretty starting point of Gunung Lebah Temple. There is a dedicated path here that you can follow and this is one of the nicest ways to take in some of the less developed areas around Ubud.
3. Admire the Museum Puri Lukisan you can do this at the same time as the Campuhan Ridge Walk as they are 5 minute walking distance from each other. One of the best museums to visit if you want a slice of the modern arts scene in Ubud is Museum Puri Lukisan where you will find a wide range of art work on show which comes with English language explanations of the history of art in this part of the world. The museum was the brainchild of Rudolf Bonnet, Walter Spies, and local artist Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati who was a prince and a member of the Royal Family of Ubud.
4. Stop for a cup at Coffee Studio Seniman just a 10 minute walk from GWL on the same street of Sri Widari. As a self-styled ‘coffee studio’, this coffee shop is known as one of the best places in Ubud to stop and grab a cup of coffee. The brews here all come from the region and you can sit in one of the relaxing rocking chairs and enjoy the serene environment. They take their coffee seriously here and you can enjoy a huge range of beverages including siphon and pour-over and sample some of the best Indonesian beans in the business at the same time.
They also serve food here which is a mix of local and international fare as well as alcoholic drinks in the evenings.
5. Visit Threads of Life Indonesian Textile Arts Center. This gorgeous textile gallery is not to be missed in Ubud and is also part of the Threads of Life charity which helps the local area through the sale of sustainable textiles.
All the pieces here are made using natural dyes and with a range of weaving techniques found around Indonesia.
6. Explore Puri Saren Palace Puri Saren Agung is also known as the Ubud Royal Palace and is close to the Ubud Art Market so you can easily take in both places at the same time. It is located in the center of the city and dates from the 1800s when it was built during the reign of Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel. The Royal Family still lives in sections of the palace which is also used for ceremonial reasons but you can still walk around the gardens here and enjoy the Balinese ornate architecture.
It is also known as the best place to come in the evenings if you want to take in a traditional Balinese dance performance.
7. Have lunch at Alchemy Cafe One of the local legends in Ubud is Alchemy Cafe where you will find some of the best raw and vegan food on the island. All products are made onsite and you can enjoy plates such as vegan cheesecake and a full salad bar. As if that wasn’t enough they also make raw vegan chocolate at their in house chocolaterie or you can just enjoy one of the raw pressed juices.
8. Visit Goa Gajah about a 20 - 30 minute drive depending on traffic. Goa Gajah means Elephant Cave in Indonesian and is one of the top attractions on the island of Bali. It sits just outside Ubud in Bedulu Village and is an impressive archaeological wonder made up of a large temple complex. To get to the cave you will need to walk down a flight of stairs and will then get to a charming courtyard that is the entrance to a cave that is said to date from the 11th century. Inside the cave you will find a range of cave paintings as well as a small shrine used for meditation, and on the outside you can also enjoy a full Hindu temple complete with a resplendent bathing pool and some gushing fountains.
9. Take a class at the Yoga Barn or Radiantly Alive Yoga studios.
10. Watch a Legong dance performance One of the best cultural attractions in Bali is the Legong dance which is based on a legend from East Java that dates from the 12th century. It is the story of a maiden who was kidnapped and then imprisoned and much of the story is dedicated to telling the tale of how she is freed. Expect amazing dance moves and hypnotic music and you can watch the dance at a range of venues in and around Ubud such as Puri Saren, Peliatan Village, and Pura Dalem Puri.
11. Take a cooking class at Casa Luna Cooking School or Sayuri Healing Foods.
12. Explore Monkey Forest. You can’t come to Ubud and not visit one of its signature attractions which is Monkey Forest. This is actually a series of three temples that date from the 14th century and sit in a nature reserve which has also been turned into a conservation area. The complex is now overrun with cute primates, as you would expect from the name, and the monkeys here are said to be spiritual animals that guard the temples. You can buy bananas to feed the monkeys here but take care with your personal belongings as the monkeys have been known to snatch items like sunglasses from visitors.
13. Walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces.
14. Experience the power of Sound of Pyramids of Chi. As the largest venue dedicated to Sound Healing worldwide, a must see for those seeking healing, relaxation, and wellbeing through sound and vibration.
15. The Float Garden relax in a sound deprivation float tank and experience letting go into a deep state of Surender.
16. Downhill Bike Tour. the Bali Eco Cycling tour was easy—it was all downhill and we hardly had to pedal! We started with breakfast overlooking the volcano Mt Batur before cycling through the countryside stopping at a family compound, rice fields, and a 500-year-old banyan tree. It’s a great way to see more of Bali and learn about the culture. The only downside was the touristy coffee plantation (avoid these in Bali—they are glorified gift shops).
17. Pura Gunung Kawi in Tampoksering about a 45 minute drive depending on traffic. This 11th-century temple features shrines carved into the rock at the bottom of a river valley. It’s a 30-minute drive from Ubud and is worth combining with Tirta Empul.
18 Tirta Empul Water Temple water temples in Tampoksering about a 45 minute drive depending on traffic. The water temple Tirta Empul is close to Gunung Kawi. Balinese Hindus go here to bathe in the holy waters.
19. Tegenungan Waterfall. The waterfall isn’t huge, but the scenery is lovely, and we enjoyed a swim in the pool. Again, get there early. It’s a 25- 35 minute drive from Ubud and can be combined with the Hidden Canyon. We didn’t make it down the canyon as it turned out to be more hardcore than we expected—come prepared to clamber rocks and wade through waist-high water. It’s best to hire one of the local guides to show you the way.
20. Last but not least Go shopping at Ubud Market. Ubud Market is actually a series of different markets throughout the day and may look familiar as it was used as a location for the film Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts. The market sells fruits and vegetables in the morning and in the afternoon you will find arts and crafts pieces on offer which can make great souvenirs. It gets rather crowded in the afternoons so it is best to get here as early as possible to get the best deals.
This house is very unique and wonderful space that is an annex of Villa Gaia. The pool maybe available depending on availability at Villa Gaia, If the pool is not available you have access 3 minutes away at a hotel pool.
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