Where to eat in Ubud, Bali?

February 27, 2016

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Are you a traveling vegetarian? At Villa Di Abing our personal onsite cook will consider your special diet when preparing traditional Balinese meals throughout your stay with us. We are very concerned about your delight in filling up your belly with good, organic fresh foods! Be sure to ask one of our staff to try our specialty, yogurt made from coconut. Also, you may choose to visit the local market and enjoy access to our newly renovated kitchen. We sourced local wood and stone materials to make your stay with us in Bali authentic and comfortable.

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Where to stay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Only moments away from our luxury Private Villa are many other options for the non-meat eater to enjoy. Here are a few restaurants worth checking out.


Kafe Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

Kafe Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

Kafe has been described as Amazing, Amazing, Amazing,” by Foodfoodfood559 on Tripadvisor. No wonder, with its cultural ambiance, popular location and social atmosphere. Self-described as Mexican, Asian, Vegetarian, Café this is a great location to meet dietary needs and enjoy a bit of the local culture while you dine. Don’t forget to order yourself a juicy green drink!

Green drinks

Green drink selections at Kafe in Ubud, Bali

Soma is well known for its creative presentation and spacious outdoor patio that is lit up beautifully at night. The local ambiance of this sit-down experience will stir your tastebuds even if these photos don’t do the trick first.

Soma in Ubud, Bali

Soma in Ubud, Bali

Alchemy is a healthy choice with lots of sweet treats to satiate your appetite after finishing a healthy meal. “oh my goodness… what a delight!” exclaims Eloise A on TripAdvisor. This fun spot offers speedy ordering at the counter with take-out options for the Veggie head in a hurry.

Alchemy in Ubud, Bali Indonesia

Alchemy in Ubud, Bali Indonesia

Perhaps my favorite spot is the Clear Café with its comfortable atmosphere amongst windowside benches and a Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian menu. “Great place, delicious food and smoothies,” says Konstantin on TripAdvisor. Make sure you note the flower filled messages on the stairs.  It is common for the staff to serenade the public with loving messages like, “Happy New Year,” and, “Be yourself.” So eat what you can while checking out this local spot full of colorful character.

Clear Cafe in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Clear Cafe in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a tourist destination for backpackers, business travelers as well as family vacations. There are almost as many dining options in Ubud as there are types of visitors who frequent the flavorful streets of this enchanting city. So I do hope you get out and about and explore the many tastes the Balinese cuisine can offer you. And when you are satisfied, come home to your private villa where we await at Villa Di Abing, with all the amenities of comfort to rest your weary travel feet. Breakfast will be served to you again in the morning.

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Where to stay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

February 16, 2016


With the arrival of Springtime in Bali also begins the Balinese New Year when the Ogoh Ogoh arrive. These are paper mache representations of the dark entities which the villagers banish as they run through the streets shouting and reeking noisy havoc! The resulting celebration is finalized with a burning ritual of the effigies. Then feasting and dancing.


In complete contrast to the chaos of Ogoh-ogoh tradition, the following day becomes a day of seclusion. Once a year, during the first New moon in March, the usually bursting streets of Bali fall silent for Isakawarsa, the Balinese New Year. This year the Nyepi observance will fall on Wednesday, March 9th 2016 from 6 am to 6 pm the intended day of “self reflection” restricts normal Balinese life. Be prepared to see the Pecalang, patrols walking the streets of Bali to ensure that everyone respects this auspicious holiday. Exceptions are made only for true emergencies like fatal accidents and childbirth. This one day only, the streets of Bali will be empty of both people and traffic. Though tourists are allowed to do as they please in their own rooms, this day is tendered by locals with respectful silence in observance of Hari Raya Nyepi. Celebrated since 1983, seasoned travelers add it to their calendar because the beaches close down as well as the airport. But please consider arranging your travel plans to coincide with these dates.


Some of the most festive activities surround this “Day of Silence” with many worthwhile highlights. Such as the very following day, Ngembak Geni or Balinese New Year. This day is celebrated through forgiveness of one another as well as the enticing Omed-omedan tradition of a “kissing ritual.”


So, if experiencing Bali at its most contrasting time of the year appeals to you, please stay with us at Villa Di Abing. When you make your Nyepi reservation, please mention BALI25FANTASTIC for a 25% discount. Namaste!

What is Galungun in Bali all about?

February 12, 2016

So you want to visit Bali and see something of their ancient traditions? Galungun is the perfect time to visit Ubud and be a part of the festivities!


Receive a traditional Balinese Greeting at the entrance to Villa Tirta Indah in Bali, Indonesia

Receive a traditional Balinese Greeting at the entrance to Villa Tirta Indah in Bali, Indonesia

Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. This February 10th-20th is the next Galungun celebration.

Balinese Calendar

Balinese Calendar

The date is calculated according to the 210-day Balinese calendar and takes place only twice a year. This festival begins three days before Galungan during “Penyekeban,” when families begin their preparations for Galungan. “Penyekeban” literally means “the day to cover up.”  This is the day when green bananas are covered up in huge clay pots to speed their ripening.  


Penyekeban” literally means “the day to cover up.”

Then, two days before Galungan is “Penyajahan,” which marks a time of introspection for the Balinese peoples. It is also the time to make the traditional cakes known as jaja. These colored cakes made of fried rice dough are used in offerings and are especially for feasting on Galungan. This is the only times of the year you can easily find a glut of jaja in every village market!

Jajacakes in bali

Penyajahan is an introspective day when jaja cakes are made

The day before Galungan, known as “Penampahan”, is slaughter day. Balinese slaughter the sacrificial animals that will go into the temple or altar offerings prior to feasting the following day. Galungan is the day marked by the feasting of traditional Balinese food, like lawar (a spicy pork and coconut sauce dish) and satay.

Lawar and satay

Balinese Cuisine includes delishes dishes like this lawar and satay (above)

The last day of the celebration is called Kuningan, when these spirits return from where they came.


If you want to be at the center of everything, then please consider visiting us at Villa Di Abing! Where you will be comfortable and always very welcome.

Galungun ceremony at Villa Di Abing

Galungun Celebrations in Ubud, Bali at Villa Di Abing

Celebrate Galungun in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

February 6, 2016
Galungun Celebration in Ubud, Bali

Galungun Celebration in Ubud, Bali

Perhaps you are already planning a trip to Bali or maybe only feeling curious about what celebrations happen in this magical land of Indonesia. At Villa Di Abing we welcome our guests in traditional Balinese greeting. But if you want a more exciting taste of true Balinese style ceremony and celebration, please visit us during Galungun.


Galungun Festivities in Ubud, Bali

This is one of the most celebrated biannual festivities. According to the 210 day Balinese calendar, the next Galungun is happening in February 2016 beginning on the 10th and ending with a delicious traditional Balinese Galungun feast on the 20th. Even though this huge celebration takes place roughly every 6 months, it is always a unique and aesthetically appealing experience!

Galungun ceremony at Villa Di Abing

Galungun Celebrations in Ubud, Bali at Villa Di Abing

We hope you will stay with us and celebrate this important Balinese ceremony!

Receive a traditional Balinese Greeting at the entrance to Villa Tirta Indah in Bali, Indonesia

Receive a traditional Balinese Greeting at the entrance to Villa Tirta Indah in Bali, Indonesia

Hoping for some extra peace and quiet to catch up on your rest and relaxation this vacation while also within 15 minutes drive from Central Ubud and the local Galungun festivities? Then please make a reservation at our private location, Villa Tirta Indah, which is located a convenient distance from the Ubud city center, where most of the festivities are happening.

Celebrate Your Body & Soul with Villa di Abing

May 17, 2015

Located in the heart of Ubud, Villa di Abing allows visitors to be at the forefront of what the town has to offer. Travel can bring so many wonderful experiences into our lives, whether it is visiting historical sights, learning a new language, meeting new people or taking time to relax. And let’s not forget the magic of trying wonderful foods as you travel to new places. Italy and pasta, Japan and sushi, Mexico and Carnitas…wherever it is we venture to, food brings us together; not only with our fellow travelers, but with the local people themselves.

Ubud is a magical place to visit. The culture and traditions are unique and the town offers many opportunities to relax and grow spiritually as you explore the many yoga businesses and temples.   In Sanskrit, Ubud means “body & soul”, and like its name, Ubud is a place to honor your body and soul. Like any destination, Ubud has a spectacular array of restaurants that bring you closer to the culture. Balinese restaurants abound, as do restaurants offering healthy fare that fit in with the vibrant healthful lifestyle. From comfort foods to Vegan specialties, Ubud has it all.

When staying at Villa di Abing, you will have easy access to farmer’s markets and stores that offer organic, local produce. The Villa kitchen is stocked with cookware, a Vita-Mix blender, dehydrator and all the spices needed to create your own healthy, organic meals. If you prefer to relax in the villa, our staff is also available to collect all the ingredients you need to prepare delicious in-house creations.

Furthermore, our Villa di Abing is within walking distance to many favorite restaurants you must visit during your stay. Please enjoy our suggestions and use them in planning your trip to Ubud. With these ten restaurants, you cannot go wrong if you are looking for organic, healthy, vegetarian and vegan options.

Bali Buda

Earth Café and Market

Warung Sopa


Juice Ja Café


Clear Café

Prima Warung


Sari Organik




The New Year Spirit with Villa di Abing

January 23, 2015

The end of the holiday season can be a time of mixed emotions: missing the feeling of joyful spirit while embracing the promise of a new year. How will you grow in 2015 and what changes can you make to honor your self and your own spirit?

March is an exciting time in Ubud, Bali as we celebrate Nyepi; our New Year and celebration of Spring (significant because Balinese culture is deeply rooted in tradition and nature). This year’s Nyepi festivities will fall on March 21st and feature amazing sights to behold in Ubud. According to custom, during Nyepi, the Lord of Hell sends all the devils to Bali. To rid the land of these devils before the new-year, the locals paint their faces and run through the streets, ridding and purifying them. They make huge papier-mâché sculptures and carry them through the towns, making as much noise as they can to scare off the spirits. As you can imagine, it is a vibrant celebration full of life.

If you are fortunate to stay in Ubud throughout March, perhaps a visit to the 8th Annual Bali Spirit Festival is in order! Celebrated from March 31st to April 5th, 2015, the festival will feature music, dance, yoga and healing. As with all Balinese holidays and celebrations, the activities are meant to build community throughout Ubud and the entire world. Everyone is welcome for a Balinese celebration and yoga, especially, is a long-standing tradition.

Ubud is a small mountain village and long ago became and destination for people wanting to learn and practice Yoga. Located along beautiful plains and surrounded by streams and lush flora, Ubud is the perfect setting to practice yoga as the calm surroundings inspire visitors to relax and meditate. If you have read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, you may be familiar with the journey of an ordinary woman who left her ordinary life to explore the magic of Bali.   The beauty of Ubud truly lies in its open arms that welcome the global community, allowing all to benefit from the practice of meditation and yoga.

You do not have to be an avid yoga enthusiast to participate in this tradition or visit Ubud, just like you don’t have to be Balinese to celebrate all of the amazing holiday traditions and festivities. All are welcome to explore and embrace their spirituality, whatever that may be for each individual. Ubud is a thriving center that attracts healers of all kinds, artists, writers, food enthusiasts and more.

Located in Central Ubud, Villa di Abing is the perfect spot for you and your party to land. You will enjoy the luxury and privacy of your villa, while being a hop, skip and a jump from the all that Ubud has to offer. Whether or not you are visiting during the Bali Spirit Festival, there are always opportunities to learn and grow spiritually throughout Ubud and we are happy to make those visions a reality.

If the yoga bug does bite you during your stay, we highly recommend trying classes at the Radiantly Alive yoga studio. Not only is it a beautiful studio offering a number of classes taught by world-class instructors, but happens to be almost next door to Villa di Abing. You can make a wonderful morning of heading to the studio for class and then stopping off at Bali Buda Café for a refreshing smoothie or any item from their diverse menu with items that range form vegan to Italian food!

Ubud has a cultural richness that any visitor is fortunate to experience. Whatever your passions and interests may be, Ubud has something to offer, as well as many new experiences. As a traveler, one hopes to get the most from the places they adventure to. Villa did Abing gives you the key to the magic and adventure that Ubud, Bali has to offer. Come celebrate 2015 with Villa di Abing and let the adventures begin!

Villa di Abing in Ubud, Bali, is furnished primarily with materials from the natural environment

December 5, 2014

Our Bali luxury villa is furnished with materials from the natural environment – a variety of local stones, including granite and andesit, and locally sourced, sustainable wood from bamboo and coconut trees. These materials require more maintenance than some other man-made substances, but we think that the beautiful, non-toxic environment they create for our guests is worth the extra maintenance costs.

The cabinets and armoires are made of a mix of coconut wood and sustainably harvested bamboo, and the walls, the steps between suites, and the bathroom floor are all made of local soft stone. You can see an example of this stone in the photos of the villa entry.

Your bare feet will appreciate the smooth andesit stone on the floor of the dining room.


Even the bathroom sinks are carved from local stone!


We have recently finished several regularly scheduled renovations to make your stay at our Bali villa more pleasant. The alang-alang (thatch) over the Coconut Suite has been replaced:

All of the doors at our Bali luxury villa are made of locally and sustainably sourced coconut wood. Last month we replaced these coconut wood doors at the main villa entrance:

At the entrance to the master suite living area:

And, at the entrance to the kitchen, main living area, and coconut suite:

In addition, the master suite has new coconut wood and glass in the bathroom windows and doors.

Our Bali villa reflects the unique natural characteristics of our island – designed to provide a pleasant environment for your Bali vacation.

Celebrating Galungan at Villa di Abing

November 14, 2014

It is time, again, to celebrate Galungan at Villa di Abing. Galungan is an ideal time to visit Bali if you are interested in observing Bali’s religion and rich culture.

The festivities of Galungan are the most notable in Bali. All of Ubud participates in this special holiday celebrating the return of our ancestors and gods to earth for a nine day celebration!  All of Ubud is decorated, especially Villa di Abing.  The villa staff participates in the rituals, giving our guests a front row seat to the festivities. The most dramatic decorations are the large curved bamboo poles called “Penjors” that represent the victory of good over evil. Penjors are hung all around Ubud and the Villa di Abing with fruits, coconut leaves, and other offerings to serve as a symbol of gratitude for nature’s bounty.

Celebrated twice per year, the next Galungan festivities will begin on December 17th and culminate in Kuningan on December 27th, when our ancestors and gods depart earth until the next celebration of Galungan! We hope to have you visit Villa di Abing and celebrate this tradition with us.

On November 22 visitors will be blessed with the observance of Tumpek Uduh

November 6, 2014

Travelers to Bali cannot help but notice the reverence for traditions grounded in their many holidays that take pace throughout the year. While they have adopted the Gregorian calendar for business, their traditional holiday calendar is alive and well. As a visitor to Villa Di Abing, you will have the meaningful opportunity to observe such rituals as villa staff regularly observe these traditions and bring them to life for our guests.

On November 22, visitors will be blessed with the observance of Tumpek Uduh. One of six Tumpek celebrations in the Balinese year, Tumpek Uduh honors plants, flowering trees and more. The ritual is based in the belief that people must live in harmony, or a certain balance. By respecting and showing gratitude to the plants and trees that give us life, we honor that balance and recognize their role in the cycle.

The beauty of these traditions is that the celebration is not limited to plant life in Bali, but to the plants and trees all over the world. At Villa Di Abing, we believe this is a beautiful way to include our guests in a traditional celebration that stretches across the world, bringing us together.

If you happen to stay in Villa Di Abing during this celebration, you will have the pleasure of experiencing the blessing of the villa garden where trees and plants are presented with offerings as a thank you and in hopes of a plentiful harvest for the year to come!

Yoga Teacher Training in Ubud

September 18, 2013

Visitors looking for things to do in Bali can’t help but notice the astonishing variety of yoga studios, many of whom specialize in teacher training. Bali has become a yoga mecca, and yoginis who are interested in deepening their practice through yoga teacher training need look no farther than Ubud and our centrally located Bali luxury villa for a variety of options.

The Yoga Barn is one of the most well-known options. They offer daily classes and workshops in a variety of yoga styles, including Classical Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Power, Pranayama, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin & Anusara. Check their events page to find out when the next teacher training classes are offered.

Radiantly Alive yoga studio  offers extensive and rigorous 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training programs that focus on the healthy benefits of yoga. If you prefer a shorter time frame, Intuitive Flow  specializes in training yoga teachers through their 22-day Yoga Master Program.

“Taksu” is Balinese for “the indescribable essence of Spirit” and the open air Taksu Yoga and Movement Arts studio must be one of the most beautiful places to learn how to be a yoga teacher. In addition to the more traditional yoga styles, Taksu also offers classes in Balinese, Patanjali, Kundalini, Women’s, Yin, and Laughter yoga.

Whether you are interested in trying a variety of yoga styles by dropping into classes, or if you are committing to a 500-hour teacher training program, Ubud yoga studios will have something for you, and our Bali luxury villa makes the perfect base from which to experience it.