Traveling around Asia has been an amazing part of Peter’s and my life overseas so we wanted to make sure that our guests used their trip for our wedding as an opportunity to do more traveling in the region (not that most people needed any convincing). Since all of our guests for the wedding were traveling to Bali from outside of Indonesia, we also wanted to make sure we were able to spend extra time with our guests during the wedding weekend.
Through the Alila Ubud Hotel we were able to organize two mini coaches that were able to accommodate the 30 or so guests that joined us for a half day tour. For the tour Peter and I chose to bring our guests for a hike through the rice terraces and to Tirta Empul– two spots Peter and I visited via motorbike when we were in Ubud nearly 2 years earlier.
The iconic rice terraces are beautiful and a sight I prefer even more than Bali’s lovely beaches. The first time Peter and I visited we ended up meeting a Balinese woman whose husband owned a part of the terraces. With her young baby on her hip, she climbed up and down the terraced hillside to give us a tour. During that visit it had been raining recently and the terraces were muddy and slippery.
Luckily on this visit to the terraces we had no rain or mud, but it was definitely hot hot hot.
I would absolutely recommend arriving at the rice terraces early (before 9AM) not only to escape the heat but to escape the other tourists as well.
After the rice terraces, we cooled down in the mini coaches and enjoyed the air conditioned ride to Tirta Empul. Tirta Empul is a water temple in Bali where locals come to bathe in the holy waters.
I ended up going in the water on my last trip, but we only had two brave guests decide to take a dip in the water during the group tour.
Again, this is another site that I would recommend visiting either on a week day or early in the morning. They require sarongs to enter but you can borrow one at the entrance as well. Note that if you intend to enter the water, you need to have your own sarong (not the borrowed one).
Afterwards we all made our way to my favorite place to eat in Ubud – Naughty Nuri’s. They have the best BBQ ribs and coincidentally the restaurant is just across the street from a Balinese art museum that has a painting of me!
We were so thankful to have spent this extra time with some of our guests and although this was another thing to add to our wedding to-do list I am so glad we decided to organize this. Even with the group tour, rehearsal dinner, and having most of our guests staying at the same hotel, the weekend went by way to quickly!!