If you're in need of an escape from the hype and hustle of Kuta, Legian and Seninyak take a few days off and head for the hills. Ubud is a beautiful, country retreat just a short 90 minute drive from the coast. You'll love the serenity, cultural highlights and the slightly cooler mountain climate. The drive through the quaint local villages and the stunning rice terraces has a soothing effect after the rush and roar of the main tourist strip.
We have tried many spas in Bali. The very best for a truly indulgent and sensual experience is Antique Spa.
Biking around Gilli Trawangan makes you think about the Joni Mitchell song Big Yellow Taxi, especially the lines, 'they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.' That's exactly the opposite of what has happened here in this paradise, completely unscarred by motorised transport of any type. On this island there are only three types of transport, walking, horse drawn cart and bicycles.