9 Jan 2015
Situated near the centre of the island and a mere 35km from Denpasar airport (which mind you, will take about 1.5 hours by car…on a good day), Ubud is located amongst lush green rice paddies and home to some of the kindest people on this planet, both locals, tourists and expats alike.
I visit Ubud for many reasons, all of which can be meshed into one word which is coming to your local Oxford Dictionary in 2017, or 18…or…anyway. Get to it.
zentrility | zɛnˈtr(ə)lɪti | (also zentrillity) noun [ mass noun ]
the quality or state of being zen, centred and tranquil; calm; total togetherness of body and mind: He who participates in regular yoga and mindfulness creates zentrility of the mind. Zentrility may or may not be a made-up word.
So, welcome! Welcome to the first part of Zentrility: The Ubud Experience.
In this series, I present to you some guidance for living your own personal retreat in Ubud, Bali. Take the information from this series and use it to create your own experience that 100% suits your needs.
Why Ubud? I hear you ask.
Roll back to the year 2012. My backpack and I jumped on a journey around the globe. From the Americas through Europe, I ended up in a place where my eyes were stinging and my brain was throbbing from seeing so much! I yearned for a deeper experience. I wanted yoga, meditation and above all, to connect with myself on a higher level. Retrospectively, you can do that on your lounge room floor if you have the will and the understanding, but at this time, I wanted to be in an environment that fostered and nurtured this type of behaviour, plus admittedly, my knowledge of how to reach my zen zone was slim to none. And thank goodness I ended up in Ubud, because for me, it has been a place where my soul feels simultaneously alive, centred, invigorated and calm. Paradox, maybe. Truth, certainly.
Landing on Bali
If you’re flying into Bali (as opposed to boating from a nearby island), you want to land at Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar Airport. Funnily enough, it is situated about 14kms from Denpasar, near Kuta.
Visa on arrival
If you’re on a busy flight, expect to wait in line at Denpasar Airport to buy your Visa. I’ve waited anywhere from five minutes to two hours. Make sure you check the current visa situation, but at the time of writing, you may be granted a 30-day visa on arrival for $US35. Visas can be extended once for an additional 30 days without leaving the country. This depends on each individual situation, of course. If you’re a criminal, it may not be that easy.
Denpasar Airport (DPS) to Ubud (and back)
A trip from DPS to Ubud costs IDR 250,000 (approx AU$25). For peace of mind and less hassle on arrival, organise a driver through your accommodation before departing home and they’ll be there to greet you at the arrival gates of DPS. Look out for your name on a sign! And don’t worry, your driver will wait for you if there are any delays.
If, by chance, you don’t pre-organise a driver, visit the Taksi (taxi) booth on the left of the arrival gates, they will give you a little slip of paper and you pay the driver directly. Taxis normally use a meter, but if you go to the booth, be prepared to pay their inflated set price. You can also exit the airport and politely haggle with a driver or courteously demand they use the meter for a cheaper price. Keep in mind that IDR 250,000 is standard to Ubud. The one time I didn’t pre-organise a driver from the airport was the one time I got massively ripped off so my advice…pre book!
To get a driver for your return trip, there are plenty of locals on the main roads who hold up “driver” signs, or even better, ask your accommodation to book one for you.
So there you have it, part one of Zentrility: The Ubud Experience.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment but in the meantime, here’s your homework – jump on Skyscanner (http://www.skyscanner.com.au) and find yourself a flight!
Sampai jumpa lagi! See you next time!