The Purist Villas & Spa estate is located just behind a rustic Balinese village, Kutuh, where you can still see all aspects of traditional rural life, including daily offerings, traditional dances and music. It’s just a short walk from Ubud, Bali’s spiritual and artistic centre.
Founded by a Hindu priest from Java in the 8th century, its name derives from the ancient Balinese word for medicine, Ubad. These days, Ubud has something for everyone, including museums, art galleries, a traditional market and white-water rafting. Many award-winning chefs are based here, so there are plenty of top-quality restaurants, and also spas, yoga retreats and well-being centres. Just 10 minutes’ walk from The Purist you have a fitness centre.
Dancing class experience
Batik painting class
This picturesque ridge outside Ubud has a good road and trail for hiking, which is best done early in the morning before the day gets too hot. It’s great for panoramic views of rice paddies and is home to interesting plants and lizards, with a handy café for refreshments about half way along. Give yourself a good couple of hours to enjoy this beautiful place.
AYUNG RIVER RAFTING
The best place for white water rafting in Bali is the Ayung River near Ubud, with 10 km of Class II and III rapids to enjoy. It’s best to join an organised excursion with a trained guide and professional equipment. It’ll last around two and a half hours.
PAYANGAN VILLAGE FOR TREKKING OR QUAD BIKING
Payangan is the beautiful area around Ubud and offers the chance to explore the jungle, colourful plantations and paddies and see local traditions with organised treks. Or discover the area on quad bikes for a more rugged adventure.
Mount Batur is a small but still active volcano in a huge crater with a crescent-shaped lake, offering simply stunning scenery. The site is about 35 km from The Purist Villas & Spa, a 40-50 minute drive.
This village on the western edge of Mount Batur’s crater offers the best panoramic views of the volcano and lake, and has become a major tourist destination in Bali. The traditional farming villages around the crater are also worth seeing.
TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACE
You can see some of the most spectacular rice terrace scenery using the Balinese system of irrigation at Tegallalang, about 20 minutes’ drive north of Ubud. The area has also become a handicrafts centre.