MONKEY ABOUT IN UBUD

BALI

  • Hike to a field-to-table lunch
  • Play with long-tailed monkeys
  • End the day with a tasting menu dinner




Warung Bodag Maliah (locally known as Sari Organic) is not your usual café, but rather an immersive field-to-table experience. And it starts with a 20-minute appetite-stirring tromp through terraced rice fields up to the alang-alang roofed restaurant overlooking paddies and palm trees. Diners are encouraged to pluck produce from the on-site farm that will wind up in your gado gado salad of bright vegetables or a vegetarian version of nasi campur. Continuing on the nature-loving theme, make your next stop the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary to play with Balinese long-tailed monkeys. There are three temples on-site, but the 600 impish macaques scampering around this 30-acre forest are scene-stealers. Buy bananas (20,000 or 50,000 rupiah per bunch) and watch them scuttle over for a treat. Finally, emerge from the wilds for a highly civilized five or seven course dinner (go all in with the wine pairing) at Locavore. The European leaning menu with a local accent changes monthly, but don’t pass on any dish made with the tender, full-flavored Baturiti duck from Central Bali. The artful mash-up of Western and Eastern flavors is creatively presented —a rock oyster shell here or smoked hay there—in an understated dining room.









Hire a car and driver for the day. Ubud is roughly an hour’s drive away. Sari Organic is just outside central Ubud and the Ubud Monkey Forest is a 15-minute ride from there. Locavore is a five-minute trip from the Ubud Monkey Forest.



SARI ORGANIC: Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, Tjampuhan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361 972087; sari-organik.com

UBUD MONKEY FOREST: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361 971304; www.monkeyforestubud.com

​LOCAVORE: Jalan Dewisita No. 10, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361 977733, www.locavore.co.id