Take me to the Jungle in Ubud
The next part of our trip was at Padma Resort Ubud, which was a refreshing change from our other stays in Bali. It was nice to be out in the jungle! There was a very traditional feel to the hotel, with our room having a private balcony overlooking all of the green vegetation. It also included one of our favorite breakfasts in Bali; a huge buffet with everything you could imagine: pancakes, waffles, French toast, a make-your-own-donut stand, full English breakfast, traditional local food, a salad bar, fresh fruit - everything under the sun! It was all great quality and we could eat it while looking out at the beautiful nature surrounding us.
This hotel had the largest infinity pool I've ever seen! It looks over the jungle and there are no other buildings in sight, so you feel really at peace and serene. There is also a restaurant by the pool and a swim-up bar. There are plenty of ways to stay active at Padma. They have their own running trail and yoga classes in the morning. You can also bike, swim, and take tours around the garden. When we took a walk up to the rice fields, it was a serious workout. I was already sore from filming a video for you all and biking, so all of those stairs were killer!
We took the hotel shuttle into town to go see shops and local culture. In town you can find a monkey sanctuary which is a bit crazy! Some tips to remember: never look a monkey in the eye and keep all of your belongings close by! I was not too happy that Cory was encouraging a monkey to jump on me! I guess Cory got a taste of his own medicine because when we visited the coffee plantation, he drank some coffee made from poop! The plantation workers feed ferrets some coffee beans and then they poop them out and the coffee is made from them! Sounds gross, but Cory said the coffee was pretty good. We got to sample different kinds, and tea too!
We spent a little bit of time shopping because I was looking for a new piece of artwork to put in my new house. Cory's suggestion was a painting of a fish...what you do think...?! After shopping we stopped at a restaurant called Bridges (named for the bridge stretching through the jungle canopy.) We indulged in some yummy Indonesian dishes like curry, so good!
After all of that running around we treated ourselves to a 90-minute massage back at the hotel. We got nice flowy robes and you can bet Cory had on his little black panties underneath! It was very soothing and you should definitely try out a traditional Balinese massage! Padma was perfect for helping us relax and take it easy. You can't beat the outdoor jungle view! We even found the famous swing that flies you high above the trees. For $20 per person you can try it out. It's such a rush!