This is a market that sells everything Ubud. The golden head accessories you saw on the dancer the night before, the sarong pants you saw a bloke wearing across your table during lunch, the cute sandals with sequins.. yup, buy it in this market.
What to buy: For your home, a scented candle, incense, and candle holders and cute bowls. For your gals waiting at home : sequin sandals, the dancer head accessories, cute silver rings and bangles. For your male friends : a chess set.
What to pay: Come to Ubud market around 4 PM. The sellers are about to call it a day, you'll get cheaper price. Nevertheless, bargain for 30-40%. But be generous still, after all, it's still cheap even when you're paying full price.
This shop specializes in womens' bathing suits. They come in Extra Small to Large. Some suits are sold in XS, S, M or L only, while others are mix and match (as far as sizes). The designs are really cute and innovative. Staff is very helpful. Blue Glue is a chain, so never fear -- there's a branch in Seminyak, too. Most bathing suits seem to average about USD$50 or thereabouts in price. You can even order on-line!
What to pay: USD$50 average.
this is my favorite shop always in tegalalang!!
i always stop by everytime i pass the road of tegalalang.
they sell wood curving stuffs in cute design mostly with color blue and white because most of the shape they make, associate with the sea such as ship, anchor, fish, lighthouse, etc.
and the prices don't make you run away at all :)
be careful sometimes they're closed during the weekend.
What to buy: wood carving stuffs, from cd shelf, photo frame, door hook, until key chain, mostly in color blue and white
What to pay: cheap cheap cheap
actually this is part of the famous murni's restaurant in ubud.
the souvernir shop located by the entrance of the restaurant. you can find all kind of local craft, with friendly staff. of course the price is more expensive if you're good in bargaining in the market. but maybe you should check the price here before you start the bargain fighting in the market.
What to buy: all kind of local craft in beautiful display and fixed price
It's a rather small shop but I spent there quite a lot of time... It's a perfect place to buy not very expensive hand woven textiles (ikat, batik) from Bali and others parts of Indonesia. And the quality is really perfect! You will find there splendid cushions, colorfull bedding and tableware textiles, and handy bags.
What is also important - the salesperson is not harassing the customers. You can make your choice at your time.
What to buy: Everything in this shop! :)
More serious - take your time to discover all what they have in. And don't hesitate to ask for other colours - not everything is exposed.
What to pay: We spent a lot. But we bought a lot!
I originally tried this spa because it was a few doors down from my hotel, Honeymoon Guesthouse. Facilities were fine. The grounds were very nice.
What to buy: My boyfriend and I got a couples massage, then showered afterwards. We had no complaints.
What to pay: Prices in April, 2009 were: Hot Stone Massage (215,000 rp), Traditional Massage (125,000 rp), Mandi Lulur or Boreh (170,000 rp), Traditional Facial (120,000 rp), Cream Bath (100,000 rp), Foot Massage (80,000 rp), Manicure or Pedicure (100,000 rp) and Tropical Fruit Facial (140,000 rp). Interestingly enough, prices are higher on their website.
This spa is located in the back area behind the restaurant. They offer all of the usual services -- facials, massages, cream baths, manicures & pedicures.
What to buy: I've had their Traditional Massage, as well as one with the Honey Bath. Both were very good.
What to pay: April, 2010 prices were: Traditional Massage (90,000 rp), Therapy Massage (105,000 rp), Reflexology ( 95,000 rp), Mandi Lulur (135,000 rp), Mandi Rempah (150,000 rp), Mandi Susu (135,000 rp), Cream Bath (80,000 rp), Facial (80,000 rp), Pedicure or Manicure (40,000 rp no polish, 50,000 rp with polish, 60,000 rp with flower design), Foot Massage (60,000 rp), Shoulder Massage (60,000 rp), Sea Salt Bath (135,000 rp), Honey Bath (135,000 rp) & Balinese Boreh (150,000 rp). Packages are also available.
It's a market. Two storey buildings...quite big. Located at Jalan Raya Ubud. It's a famous place. Apart from the shops built in the market...there are also wooden stalls in the middle of the market. All these shops and stalls sell many things...mostly are suitable to be taken home as souvenirs for loved ones or just for yourself.
What so special about it? You can find so many things under one place and you can bargain to get the most reasonable price.
What to buy: Here you'll find things that are also sold outside such as wood carvings, sculptures, paintings, handicrafts such as handwoven baskets, sarong, silk batik, tshirts, blouses for women, home decorative items such as lamps, table runner, cushion cover, beaded bangles, silver jewellery n etc.
What to pay: Paintings depend on sizes n quality, handwoven items depend on sizes...but if you're very good at bargaining...a big size basket can be bought at as low as Rp50,000 (that's about MYR17.50) which I found very cheap coz there's no way I could get a big handwoven basket with that price in Malaysia, wood carvings n sculptures depend on sizes n how detailed it is, sarong...the one made in Bali (Bali batik they call it) is quite cheap...price start at Rp15,000, silk batik, silk scarf, silk sarong, silk dress and other things made from silk...they're a bit expensive...price start around Rp140,000, blouses for women also depending on the quality and style...prices begin at around Rp40,000, home decorative items...4 cushion covers and 3 table runners...around Rp150,000 - Rp200,000, beaded bangles each sold between Rp10,000 - Rp15,000 (more you buy more discounts)...keychains with Bali written on it...5 for Rp10,000 n etc. Bargain reasonably...if you don't feel the price is right...walk to another stall/shop.
Lily Spa is directly across from Honeymoon Guesthouse. Their hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., though they don't always open exactly as specified. Decor is rather modern; every thing looks clean & orderly.
What to buy: I had an aromatherapy massage with a flower bath, followed by a facial. I considered my massage to be average & my facial good.
Medium-sized shop with relatively friendly service, not far from Tino Supermarket.
What to buy: There is a wide selection of batik shirts for men, either cotton or rayon, from sizes Small to Extra Large.
What to pay: Most shirts cost the equivalent of US$10.00, though the Extra Large shirts cost a tiny bit more.
Of the four spas that I went to in Bali, I would rate this one the best overall. This was by far the best massage & facial. They took me immediately, without an appointment. They are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. CASH ONLY!
I had the White Jasmine Lulur Body Scrub (125,000 rp), which included a traditional Balinese massage, shower & soak in a flower petal bath. The massage was relaxing. A bowl of flowers was even placed beneath the massage table for me to look at while my back was being massaged. My only complaint was that there was a bug in my flower petal bath. The facial was also very relaxing; I actually fell asleep.
On my return in 2008, I went to Eve spa twice. The first time I had a 90 minute combination massage, which was FANTASTIC! I was there again a few days later for a "body mask." This consisted of a massage, a "mask" (either Balinese boreh or mud) & the flower petal bath. I opted for the Balinese boreh, which was truly amazing to me. Once she massaged me & covered me in the spices, she wrapped me cocoon-style in a sarong & left me to relax for 10-15 minutes. During this time, my back became extremely hot, enough that I actually felt as if a heating pad were underneath me. A huge mosquito bite on my right thigh began to tingle. Once the sarong was removed & I was rinsed off, my mosquito bites quit itching & my temperature returned to normal. I believe that the Balinese boreh is reputed to remove toxins from one's body. It certainly seemed to work on me.
What to pay: In May, 2007, prices were: Traditional Balinese Massage, 1 hr. (Rp. 75,000); Body Scrubs, 2 hrs. (Rp. 125,000); Facials, 1 hr. (Rp. 65,000); Hair Cut, 1 hr. (Rp. 65,000); Manicure or Pedicure, 1 hr. (Rp. 60,000 with polish, Rp. 50,000 no polish). Spa packages are also available for Rp. 225,000 to Rp. 325,000.
it's a huge building on the main street of ubud so it's almost impossible to miss it. inside, you can find all kind of handycrafts. don't forget to bargain for the price before you made a deal.
What to buy: paintings, crafts, jewelries, home decoration, etc
Zen Bali Spa is located in the vicinity of the ARMA Museum. Heading back towards the treatment rooms, there are raised steps in water -- reminiscent of Japan! Massage rooms have massage tables, showers and sunken tubs. The manicure/pedicure room overlooks neighboring rice paddies.
What to buy: I received the cutest manicure/pedicure at Zen Bali Spa. They offer both "with design." Their design is a little flower & leaves, as you can see in the picture.
Of the 3 spas that I went to in Ubud, I received the strongest/hardest massage here at Zen. It was actually painful at times. This may have been due to the fact that my calves & thighs were still suffering from my trek to Gunung Kawi 3 days prior!
What to pay: In May, 2007, their prices were: 1 hr. massage (Rp. 75,000); Exfoliating body scrubs (Rp. 30,000 to Rp. 35,000); Mandi Lulur (Rp. 115,000); Facials (Rp. 75,000 to Rp. 80,000); Creme Hair Bath (Rp. 75,000); Manicure or Pedicure with Design (Rp. 65,000; 45,000 without design); Foot Massage (Rp. 40,000); Waxing (Rp. 50,000 to Rp. 195,000).
This is the tailor recommended by the hotel staff at Artini 2 Cottages. Her shop is located about 200 meters down from Artini 2 on the same side of Hanoman Street.
Made asked me what I had in mind. I wanted two sundresses. She showed me a few styles of dresses that she had already made. I asked if I could draw something up, which was fine with her. I drew two fairly simple sundresses, I picked out the fabric & she measured me. This was a Monday morning; she told me that they would be done on Thursday. She said that normally they might be done earlier, but that her mother had been sick. When I went to see her on Thursday, one dress was done, except for the hemming. She was still putting the other dress together. The reason she was late was because her mother had passed away on Tuesday!! Yet she kept apologizing to ME!! I told her that I completely understood & would still be in town until Saturday morning. However, the dresses were both finished on Friday morning. Balinese people amaze me. Even with a personal tragedy, she was concerned about a promise that she had made to me.
What to buy: Made makes mens' & womens' clothing; pants, dresses, blouses, etc. She has material available, but you could also bring your own.
What to pay: My dresses cost somewhere in the vicinity of $25-$30 apiece, including fabric. You will be asked to provide a deposit before she begins your work.
I went to four spas while in Bali. Of the four, Cendana was the most expensive. The spa is connected to the hotel, which is next to & associated with Lamak Restaurant. To reach the spa, you must go WAAAY back behind Lamak & the hotel.
What to buy: I opted for their five-hour package, which went for Rp. 572,000 (approximately US$65) & included a traditional Balinese massage, body scrub, soak in a flower petal bath, soak in a jacuzzi, facial, manicure, pedicure & hair cream bath. The massage, body scrub, soak in the flower petal bath & soak in a jacuzzi were all good. I slightly preferred the flower petal bath here at Cendana to the one at Eve Spa. They even served ginger tea to me while I sat in the jacuzzi. Another plus (to me) was the sound of the ducks in the rice paddies while I relaxed. Five people worked on me at the same time for my manicure, pedicure & facial. It was relaxing enough that I completely fell asleep. I found the hair cream bath a tad strange, though I was also served more tea & fruit during this. When she attempted to blow dry & "style" my hair afterwards, it was a complete disaster! I was embarrassed to walk out on the street, & immediately tried to re-style my hair in the restaurant bathroom! The manicure & pedicure were also terrible. The polish was half chipped off of my fingers & toes within two days. I do NOT recommend the mani/pedi or the hair cream bath at Cendana.
What to pay: The Rp. 572,000 did NOT include an additional 10% tax (Rp. 57,200) or the additional 4% service (Rp. 62,920), which brought my grand total to Rp. 692,120, or more like US$78.