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Cicada Luxury Resort Ubud, Bali

If your only visits to Bali have been for beach holidays, there are much cooler options (in all senses) to explore as you climb upwards to the mountain town of Ubud. Since I was last there, the cheap cds (recorded in the cinema with the occasional audience member walking across screen on the way for a toilet break) are probably less ubiquitous, but I bet you can still buy yourself a “genuine” Rolex at the street market.

For a more authentic experience there the Ubud Art Market as featured in the movie, Eat Pray Love, where you can haggle for silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats and many other hand-crafted goods. 

The first time I stayed in Ubud was at a friend’s place and was avoiding getting too close to his ferocious looking pet monkey (which would have been happier in the local monkey forest sanctuary) when I glanced over the ankle-high garden wall to see a 100m sheer drop to a stream below. The Cicada Luxury Resort looks a much safer option and Luxury Escapes has lined up a good deal for you. A three night stay will cost you A$999/room, it’s valued at A$1,830 so you’ll save yourself up to 45% to help with cost of living stress. I’ll hand you over to Luxury Escapes now.

Renowned for its lush rainforests and serene bamboo-clad surroundings, Ubud is the perfect jungle setting for Cicada Luxury Resort Ubud. A place of verdant allure, the landscape is showcased through transitional indoor-outdoor design, from the open-air yoga shala and spa suites, to alfresco dining spaces. Savour the sounds of the wilderness over 15 courses at Tangelo a Contemporary Cuisine and tantalise your palate with exotic cocktails at Verdant Pool Lounge and Bar, best enjoyed to the soundtrack of nightly live music.

Cascading over the dense jungles of Tegalalang, this luxe reprieve is secluded in a world of its own, yet moments from the untouched rice terraces, sacred sights and temples of Sebatu village. Let the dedicated concierge team decide your day in Ubud’s mesmerising caves and monkey forests, or stay local to sip sacred spring water said to grant youthful vitality.

When you’re in need of pampering, whittle away hours at the spa – trust the healing hands of expert therapists, experience a soothing bath ritual soaking in flowers and herbs, and practise your flow in the elements, all framed by misty greenery.

Sebatu is located at the foothills of the famous Mount Batur, the area is rich with Balinese culture and tradition. To venture further afield, the resort’s complimentary shuttle to Ubud Centre is on hand for adventures to the Monkey Forest or leafy cafes, wellness studios and more.

Longer Stay Bonus: Stay five nights or more in the Puri Nadi Pool Villa to enjoy a magical floating breakfast, or stay seven nights or more in either room type to extend feelings of bliss with an additional 90-minute massage per person.

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Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne is a crime author (Money Bags), comedy writer an inveterate traveller.

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