Friday, September 5, 2014

Baliadvisor's Favorite Restaurants in Kuta Beach Bali

If you just so happen to find yourself in the Kuta area here are Baliadvisor's favorite restaurants. We feel that each one will  offer a great experiences and quality food 
 Made's Warang
Mades warung was established in 1969 and has become a social eating and meeting venue for locals, expats and tourists alike. It has grown from a traditional roadside warung into a cosmopolitan restaurant serving a variety of local and international food in Bali.  If your in Kuta and you want to try some authentic Balinese/Indonesian food this place should be your first stop
Located on Br. Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: + 62 361 755297 

We have been going to Poppies restaurant for 42 years. This place still has a great fun atmosphere in a beautiful setting and the food is consistently good.  Surrounded by the crazy streets of Kuta this little sanctuary offers dinners a relaxed vibe.  If your in the area defiantly stop by for a meal.
Located on Poppies Lane 1 - south end of Jalan Legian, Kuta,
close to Bemo Corner call and set up a reservation.

Sang Ria Bar and Grill
Delivers the Islands best Ribs while providing a very relaxed old Bali feel. Their salads and appetizers are also a must. Saturdays they bring in bands from around the Island to rock the night away. Sang Ria Grill is set in a tropical garden, with its traditional Balinese statues, located in Legian. They are well known for our international food, delicious pork ribs and vegetarian dishes. You can tell the the owners really love what they do.

Located on: No 5, Jl. Werkudara , Legian, Semyniak, Bali
TELEPHONE  +62361 7420202

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Ubud is famous as an arts center in Bali. European artist Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet settled here in the 1930's. Since then artists from around the world have come to Ubud to create works of art in the beautiful surroundings. Ubud is now one of the major tourist destinations in Bali. Ubud is 1 hour and 30 minutes from the airport. The main intersection is the junction of Monkey Forest Road and Ubud's main road, Jalan Raya Ubud. Beautiful rice terraces climb the steep hillside and the tropical rain forest in the river valleys provide a picturesque setting.

1. Visit a Balinese School. One of my favorite things to do in Ubud is to go by a Balinese School. There isn't a better way to get the famous Balinese smiles and hear the children's laughter.

2. Visit a dance Studio in Ubud. My best friends Anom and Ayu havw a home dance studio at his home compound on 25 Jalan Kajeng in Ubud. As you walk down the small street in Ubud you can usually hear the gamelan music. Tell them Om Jim (me) said to come by and say hello. If you're lucky you may catch a dance or music lesson or take one yourself. (not free)

3. Hike Tjamupan Ridge nestled between two rivers . Here is a picture of my daughter and in the background my Bali house, built in 1975 that overlooks the ridge. Every morning we used to walk the ridge. The sunrises just behind Gunung Agung, Bali's largest volcano and the birds and peace of the early morning venture takes you back in time. One side you see the many houses that now occupy the ridge above the river. (mine was the first), but as you look east you catch Bali as it was decades ago, peaceful and natural, not a house in site. The walk is about 1 hr up and back.

4 Visit Ubud's Pasar (Market) In the early morning you will see the market over flow with sellers and buyers. Located at the main intersection in Ubud, this is actually two markets at the same location. At the traditional market the locals come early to buy fruit and vegetables and other everyday items. This market starts at dawn, sometimes earlier and has great photo opportunities as well as a chance to shop like the Balinese. The artistic market west of the food Market opens at 8:00 am until about 6:00 pm with some stalls open into the night. Here you can buy sarongs, baskets, woven place mats, wooden bowls and a selection of other Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs.

5. RICE FIELD WALK Walk down Jalan Kajeng to the rice fields and take the rice field loop back to Ubud. My friend Anom and I often take this walk, usually in silence or laughter . The walk is a loop that ends up back in Ubud down by the Pura Dalem. Don't want to say too much about this. I will let the experience speak for itself.

6. Visit the Galleries of Balinese Artists. Ubud is packed full of galleries and artist's studios. Spend and afternoon wandering Ubud's small streets and look for those small home art studios and watch the Balinese Artist. Some of the better known galleries:

  • Seniwati Gallery
  • Jalan Sriwedari, Ubud, Bali The only gallery in Ubud which exhibits only paintings created by women. Styles vary between traditional Balinese and modern.
  • Komaneka Gallery
  • Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
  • Unique gallery displaying the works of artists coming from all over the world as well as those Indonesian, that have often been educated in other countries. Works featured show visions of artists on lifestyles of contemporary connoisseurs.
  • Penestanan
  • A village near Ubud where a popular Young Artist movement had started. Here you can find both more contemporary and traditional paintings. This area is filled with art studios most commonly located in Balinese compounds. Feel free to ask for permission and come inside to check them out.

7.The Monkey Forest of Ubud is a very sacred Balinese Hindu site with a Balinese temple. One of the most popular tourist spots in Ubud if you like monkeys, but hold on to your belongings and don't feed them. I have heard of tourists getting bite out of your finger as well as a banana. Hey but its free.

8. Visit Pura Gunung Lebah: This serene temple is located in a beautiful valley between the Ceirik and Wos rivars. This temple is considered the birth place of Ubud and is 1.5 km west from the Ubud Market. In the 8th century a high priest from Java named Rsi Markendya meditated on the ground between the rivers and his followers built the temple. The surround hills were filled with medical herbs. Thus the name "Ubad" which means medicine.

9. Walking down Monkey forest road and see all the shops. Looking is free and the handicrafts are beautiful. Go early am or late afternoon to avoid the heat. Stop at one of the many restaurants for a refreshing cup of coffee or drink.

10.Visit a Temple Festival. Bali is the "Island of the Gods" with thousands of temple and temple festival happening every day some where on the island. Ask you host in Bali if there is one going on in Ubud. The entrance is free, but sure to follow temple etiquette.

Dance Almost Any Night in Ubud

In the Ubud area you can go to a dance performance almost any night. 

Anoms's group Semar Ratih performs once a week. However if you get the chance to observe the real thing at a temple festival don't miss the opportunity. 

For those of you who are interested in learning Balinese dance you can contact Bali Advisor; or if you are in Bali you can visit Anom and Ayu's home Studio in Ubud.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yoga in Bali

Yoga in Bali

Bali is the world's leading destination for yoga & spiritual retreats. On Bali there is a link to enlightenment. The beliefs of the Balinese are a living force that pervades the island. The island sings of love. The love of making an offering of woven palm leaves and beautiful flowers, or lighting a stick of incense and by praying a Mantra. What a beautiful setting to practice Yoga!
The healing energy and the culture of Bali is renowned through out the world. Bali has spectacular spas, tropical resorts and hotels that are perfect settings for your yoga practice. Bali Advisor leads yoga tours to Bali through Spirit Tours, or you can travel on your own. 
The Yoga Barn was created by its founders for the sole purpose of bringing together community and giving back to the island of Bali. Located in the heart of Ubud, Bali's cultural hub, The Yoga Barn is SE Asia's full service yoga studio, holistic healing retreat center. Launched in 2007, The Yoga Barn's buildings have an indigenous Balinese feel to them. Coupled with a spiritual vibe, The Yoga Barn is at once earthy and rustic, relaxing, friendly and unpretentious.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ibu Oka Warung

We love this place. It is opposite the former Royal Palace, Ibu Oka's shanty cafe is an Ubud institution that draws both locals and food lovers from around the world. Babi guling is Balinese roast suckling pig and that, and only that, is what everyone is here to feast on. The restaurant opens at around 10.30am and the tables fill up quickly. 

The roast pigs themselves – they get through around 30 each day – aren't cooked on the premises but arrive by motorbike, precariously balanced on a tray. Swiftly sliced up, they are served in big chunks in a rattan bowl with rice, fried intestines, spicy vegetables and Ibu Oka's secret sauce. The pork is unbelievably succulent and the crackling is the best you will ever taste, all for a grand total of £2.

• Jalan Tegal, +62 (0)361 976435

Friday, September 13, 2013

News Alert: New International Terminal at Denpasar (Bali)

With effect from 19 September 2013*, immigration clearance and checked-in baggage collection for passengers arriving into Bali will be at the new international terminal at Ngurah Rai International Airport. This new facility is connected to the existing international terminal, which will be progressively converted to serve domestic flights.

Passengers departing from Bali on international flights will continue to check-in for their flights at the existing international terminal until 28 September 2013*. International flight departures will only commence at the new terminal from 29 September 2013*. Singapore Airlines' customers departing from Bali from 29 September* onwards are advised to arrive at the new terminal at least 2 hours before their scheduled flight departure time, for check-in and to provide sufficient time for airport security checks and immigration clearance.

Some shops, restaurants, and lounges at the new terminal will not be ready when operations commence.