EAT, PRAY, LOVE

BALI

  • Practice yoga in a sanctuary for mind and body
  • Fuel up with Ayurvedic and raw vegan dishes
  • Take a peaceful tour of a working rice field




Rebalance chakras at the Yoga Barn, the open-air sanctuary to stretching (and soul mending) at the heart of Elizabeth Gilbert’s travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Drop in for Hatha, Vinyasa, or a Tibetan singing bowl meditation session—a Yin yoga class with Denise Payne will definitely wring out any travel-induced tensions. Soul sated, feed a grumbling stomach at the on-site Garden Kafe, Ubud’s first raw food restaurant. Protein-rich breakfast bowls, healing Ayurvedic dishes, vegan desserts, and refreshing green juices (get all your vitamins for the day in a single Vegetable Haven) and smoothies make up the menu. Following lunch, continue north to Tegalalang for a meditative walk through the working rice terraces. To better understand the intricate practice of subak (a traditional co-op system of Balinese irrigation), flag a guide down (bargaining is recommended and don’t pay less than 50,000 rupiah) before wandering into the fields. DIY or with a guide, linger on the first terrace to soak up the patchwork of paddy plots in a wave of green hues. Carry a small change “donation” to tip the working farmers.




















Hire a driver to take you to Ubud, roughly an hour north of the hotel. The Tegalalang rice terraces are a 30-minute trip from central Ubud.

YOGA BARN: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361971263; www.theyogabarn.com; drop in classes start at 120,000 rupiah

GARDEN KAFE: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361971236; www.theyogabarn.com; Open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

TEGALALANG: Kedisan, Tegallalang, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia