Activities

Very local:
It is a very pleasant walk from the villa into the village of Tiyingan. Please ask Our Senior Staff to arrange a Village Walk. Cycling around the village will be the best choice to explore the nature around the villa. Bicycle will be rented based on daily rental.

Made Sukadana our senior staff will be very happy to advise you on these and other walks, and to provide a picnic.

Local :
About 30-40 Minutes north of Villa Bodhi there is elephant safari park at Taro Village. Ubud, with its well-known cultural attraction, is just 15-20 minutes south of the Village of Tiyingan where you can find many local attractions, cultural performances and many shops and restaurants.
On the other side of Ubud, about 10 minutes drive, the village of Pejeng whose temple has the famous drum, the Moon of Pejeng. Its 5 minute drive from Petang to Goa Gajah (Elephant cave from the first kingdom of Bedulu) where you will enter the cave to view the Statue of Ganesha inside of the cave.
White Water Rafting: Sobek run rafting on the Ayung River is about 8-10 minutes drive from the villa. North of the villa about 90 minutes drive is Kintamani with famous lake and mount Batur.
Further south there is also the excellent Bali Bird Park, about 30 mins drive from the Villa on the road to Denpasar which passes the Four Seasons Hotel.

In Ubud itself
Note: do please watch your step walking around town as the pavements is very uneven, and in addition are often blocked by cars, motorbikes or building materials. Also one-way street signs only apply to cars so ALWAYS LOOK BOTH WAYS before crossing the road!

Ubud became a centre for drawing and painting in the years before WWII, thanks to an influence of European painters who realised the richness of the local traditional art. In and close to Ubud there are numerous art galleries with examples of both early and more recent work, the two best being Neka (on the left in Sanggingan, before you get to the hill down to the Campuhan bridge) and ARMA (on Hanoman Road where it bends from being north-south to east-west). Both are attractive buildings in their own right, and on Sunday mornings at 11am ARMA is the venue for children’s traditional dancing classes, a delight to watch.

There are various art classes, one of the best known being Pranoto’s. His gallery and shop are on Jalan Raya, nearly opposite Oka Kartini Bungalows.

There are dance performances most nights of the week in the various temples in Ubud and its satellite villages. The tourist office on the corner of Jalan Raya and Monkey Forest Road has details, and there are often ticket sellers in the streets for that night’s performance. Made Sukadana can help with advice as to the best ones. You will often hear the gamelan orchestras practising as you walk round town.

The tourist office will also have a notice about any major ceremonies in the neighbourhood, especially cremations. Do go to see one if you get the chance – you will not be intruding as they are very public occasions. To go into a temple, women must wear a sarong with a sash and men long trousers or a sarong, also with a sash. We keep a selection of sashes in the house. Ask the staff for one if you need one.

Do make a point of exploring some of the little side roads in Ubud; they are charming.

Bali Spirit is a yoga and meditation centre, and there are several other possibilities as well, and some teachers will come to the villa.

Spa recommendations can be made according to your personal preferences. We often go to the very reasonably priced Verona on M.F.Rd opposite the Pertiwi Hotel, but there are others, both more and less sophisticated. The pretty Spa Hati on the road to Tegallalang is a social project and has excellent masseuses (and masseurs). Many spas will send masseuses to the villa. Ask Made Sukadana.

The cycling tours are great fun: they take you up to Kintamani and you cycle back down on little roads.

Tried jewellery making, drumming/gamelan classes, dance classes (traditional, belly and, occasionally, salsa or tango!) or horse riding or cooking ……. However, a guest reports very favourably on the silver jewellery workshop.

We have accumulated numerous brochures on the different activities offered so do look through them.

Car and bike rentals are relatively inexpensive. We usually hire a car from Three Brothers Wisata (several branches), paying from $15 to $25 a day depending on the car and the length of hire. Bikes (push and motor) are widely available for rent. Insurance, if it exists at all, is of dubious value so drive very carefully indeed! A car,petrol and driver for a day costs about 600,000 Rps.

Further afield
Bali is a beautiful island (at least, away from the heavily developed south) and touring around is a delight, though you may prefer to hire a car and driver rather than cope with sight seeing and unpredictable traffic! Your guide book will have a list, but trips we have enjoyed include to the royal baths at Tirtaganga (and lovely rice terrace scenery) via Klunkgung with its palace and little museum, Besakih temple, Kintamani, and Munduk, and Amed, but there are many lovely places.

And, of course, all the sea-based activities are available in abundance, with excellent diving, snorkelling and surfing featuring highly.

Finally, how about a little island hopping: there are day trips to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, and Lombok is only a little further.