One of the top hotels in Ubud, Alila Ubud has various exciting tours on offer featuring treks through the stunning local countryside away from the tourist crowds, which can be arranged by our Leisure Concierge. They include trips to the mountain village of Kintamani, the spectacular rice terraces at Tegalalang, the natural springs at Tampaksiring, Ubud’s galleries, museums and souvenir shops, and the village of Petulu, home to a large flock of white egrets. Other not-to-be-missed tours include a trip to the island's central volcanoes, and the beautiful scenery of Lake Batur; a cultural tour of Ubud; and a visit to Gianyar, the home of ikat weaving and the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave.
Introduction to Balinese Cuisine
Experience the entire journey from picking ingredients at the local market to cooking up some of Bali’s most popular dishes. The day starts early at 7.00am with a quick coffee or breakfast in Plantation Restaurant before taking a beautiful scenic drive through Mambal to the Blahkiuh morning market* with our chef, followed if possible by a visit to the Bringkit livestock market (opens only on Wednesday and Sunday). There you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the busy sights and sounds of the market, observing the locals as they go about their marketing activities. Learn from our chef more about the local ingredients as you select what you need for the day’s cooking class. While you’re here, why not have a taste of some authentic Balinese breakfast dishes such as Nasi Bungkus, Tipat Santok or Jajan Bali?
After the market, it’s back to the hotel to prepare for your cooking class, taking in some interesting stops along the way. For instance, the return route takes you past the unique tented residence belonging to the creator of Esprit Nomade ‘living without walls’ concept, and also Gaya Gelato, where Italy’s tradition of handmade gelato is given a Balinese twist using the best local raw ingredients.
You’ll be cooking close to nature in an outside kitchen at our Sculpture Garden. But first, refresh with a drink of young coconut water, and don your personal Alila Ubud apron – a gift from our chef. During the class, you’ll learn how to prepare and cook 7-8 authentic Indonesian dishes, which you can then enjoy together for lunch in the garden – an experience to savour long after you leave Ubud. As a further memento, you’ll also receive a booklet of recipes, which you can take home with you and share your newly learnt Balinese dishes with family and friends.
*For those who don’t fancy an early start, this may be exchanged with a visit to Sengol night market in Gianyar the night before.
US$ 90++ per person minimum 2 person, max 4 person
The Balinese Lifestyle
Our Leisure Concierge takes you to one of Bali’s largest volcanoes, Kintamani. At 1500 metres, Kintamani sits on the rim of a vast crater overlooking Lake Batur and its bubbling hot springs. Lake Batur is the largest lake in Bali and provides water to an underground network of streams and springs across the southern slopes of the mountain. After enjoying beautiful views of the area, take an informative journey to a world of aromatic spices, coffee and tea in the surrounding markets of Sekardadi. From there visit the holy water springs of Tirta Empul whose waters are believed to possess magic curative powers. Every year people journey from all over Bali to purify themselves in the clear pools. The experience ends with a magical view over the manicured rice terraces of Tegalalang, whose shape and form have been spectacularly crafted by local farmers to follow the natural contours of the mountain.
Five hours p/person | USD 50 ++
Payangan Countryside Trek
Enjoy three and a half hours of wonder as you walk through lush local countryside featuring some of the most impressive rice terraces, rivers and waterfalls. Our Leisure Concierge will explain about spices and local flora and fauna. Take this opportunity to visit a local Balinese family compound and enjoy a refreshing drink of coconut milk direct from its natural source. What to bring: sport shoes, comfortable wear, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or cap, insect repellent.
Three and a half hours p/person | USD 30 ++
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