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On New Years Day, we hauled ourselves out of Seminyak and into Ubud. I was mostly thankful for the change of pace and ready for a few days of serious chilling. Our villa in Ubud Green was a dream – and bonus, it’s eco-friendly! The price is a little steep but we got a good deal on Agoda and it was worth every penny. They give you a local cell phone which you can use call your butler and they are really accommodating with helping you enquire or book any day trips you’re interested in.     A little tip if you intend on staying here: ask for the Bayu villas (instead of the Bumi), they have more privacy and the rice paddy view.

We spent lazy, languorous days by the pool, coupled with short trips into town for walking, shopping (we didn’t do much but there is a ton to be done) and meals. For lunch in town, try the numerous cafes along Jalan Monkey Forest or Jalan Hanoman, we liked Cafe Wayan for it’s little private gazebos and good food ( the nasi campur is really good.. even the vegetarian version!) and we really wanted to try Clear Cafe but couldn’t fit it into our meal schedule (next time!!). Also, a mid-afternoon gelato snack is awesome on a hot day. If you want to have lunch somewhere off the beaten path, try Sari Organik (see III).

For a nice dinner out, try Bridges, which is fairly new but has managed to catapult itself into first place on tripadvisor already (remember to make a reservation, ask for a table with a view), or our favourite little dinner spot, Il Giardino (see III).

{See the rest of our Bali snippets here and here}