In March 2014 we went to Bali after spending a week in New Zealand.
We stayed at Villa Romantica, located a short 5 minute taxi ride to the center of Ubud.
Villa Romantica is a modern Balinese two bedroom / two bath villa set in the rice fields of Penestanan.
Komang, who cared for our villa, cooked a delicious breakfast each morning consisting of eggs and fresh local fruit.
After exploring each day, we cooled off in the private pool:
And sat on the terrace overlooking the rice fields.
The villa is also conveniently located across the street from Eve Spa where you can enjoy a 1.5 hour traditional Balinese massage after a long day of sightseeing.
If your travels take you to Ubud, I highly recommend Villa Romantica for your peaceful home away from home.
Now for the food!
A short walk from Villa Romantica is Warung Mendez.
A warung is a type of small family-owned business, often a modest restaurant or café.
Warung Mendez offers traditional Balinese cuisine:
We loved the open kitchen, too!
The warung is located at Jln. Penestanan in Penestanan, a 5 minute taxi ride from the center of Ubud.
Another restaurant in the same area is Bayu’s Kitchen.
We loved the atmosphere, food, and live music at Bayu’s Kitchen so much that we ate there twice during our time in Ubud.
Both times we ordered Nasi Goreng, the national dish of Indonesia.
You can get it with or without meat.
Yellow Flower Cafe is also in the village of Penestanan, but a little trickier to find than the other restaurants.
The restaurant is tucked away on a tiny path and just a minute walk from IntuitiveFlow yoga centre.
They serve organic, fresh, and tasty food in a relaxed setting.
It is definitely worth finding!
If you’re looking for a restaurant in the center of Ubud, I recommend Cafe Lotus.
We ate lunch there twice and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
Cafe Lotus overlooks a lotus pond and the Pura Saraswati, a temple that honors the goddess of wisdom and the arts.
The Pork and Chicken Sate with sayur urap, yellow and red rice, and peanut sauce was delicious!
Gedong Sisi Warung is another restaurant in the heart of Ubud worth checking out.
I loved the presentation of their Sate Campur:
It was a mix of beef, pork and minced chicken satay served with peanut sauce.
And last, but certainly not least, Round Bar and Cafe.
Although we never ate a meal there, we went for Happy Hour several times.
The Round Bar is located right on Jl. Penestanan Klod.
This is where you’ll want to go for a cold beer and enjoy the people of Ubud passing by.
The three of us had such a wonderful time in Bali.
And I am so glad that we chose to stay among the rice fields of Penestanan.
That was where real life was (and is) happening.