UBUD The arts, craft and cultural centre of Bali, Ubud is a 2 hour drive from Lovina Beach. There is something for everyone in Ubud - great restaurants, plenty of good shopping, markets, spas & massages, and of course, the famous monkey forest. There are certainly plenty of things to keep you occupied if you decide to take a day trip to Ubud. ubud.com
LAKE BRATAN & ULUN DANU TEMPLE Lake Bratan (or Beratan) sits in the heart of Bali in a volcanic caldera. It is most famous for the Ulan Dana Temple, one of the most photographed sites in Bali. The temple, built in 1633, is dedicated to the goddess of the lake. ulundanuberatanbali.com
MUNDUK WATERFALL Less than an hour from the villa, Munduk is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole and usually has less tourists than the more well known Git Git waterfall. About a kilometre trek down a narrow track, this waterfall is well worth the walk.
SEKUMPUL WATERFALL Approximately an hour from the villa, Sekumpul is considered by some to be the most beautiful on the island. It is actually 7 waterfalls within close proximity of each other. They are only accessible via a 2, 3 or 4 hour trek - however you should be aware that a relatively high level of fitness is required as you need to traverse over 500 steps, slippery rocks and stream crossings. That being said, it is definitely worth the effort and make sure that you take you swim suit with you for a cooling dip in pools at the base of the waterfalls. sekumpul.net/index-en.html
BALI HANDARA KOSAIDO GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB An hour from the villa you will find the Bali Handara Golf & Country Club Resort, ranked by GOLF Magazine among the "Top 50 Greatest Golf Courses in the World". The course is located in the central highlands of Bali and is nestled down inside the crater of a dormant volcano at an altitude of almost 1,200 meters above sea level. The resort is surrounded by lush green mountains, crater lakes and an equatorial rain forest that creates dramatic backdrops for approach shots into the well maintained creeping bentgrass greens. balihandaracountryclub.com
TIRTA GANGGA Tirtagangga, meaning holy water of the Ganges in Balinese, is one of the worlds most beautiful water gardens. Gushing springs flow from an ancient Banyan tree and form the reflecting and swimming pools that make up the Water Palace. Intricate fountains abound and the plants and flowers that grace the palace are exquisite. The palace was built in late 1940’s by the late Raja Karangasem of Amlapura, as his holiday retreat. The waters are renowned by island medicine men for their healing powers. It is said if you bathe in the waters on the full moon, you will be granted everlasting youth and healing of illness. tirtagangga.com
BOTANICAL GARDENS Near Bratan Lake and the Pura Ulun Danau Temple, in the plateau area of Bedugul, one of Indonesia's four official botanical gardens is located. The Bali Botanical Gardens opened in 1959 and cover some 160 hectares of land. It contains more than 1187 plants an flora. Any visitor with an interest in plants and trees could easily spend a whole day here. In the park you will also find a library and gift shop. The gardens are open daily from 8am till 6pm. kebunrayabali.com
BALI TREETOP ADVENTURE PARK Next to the Bali Botanical Gardens is the Bali Treetop Adventure Park. The park includes six main circuits that stretch from tree to tree, as well as nets, Tarzan Jumps, and bridges. Each run also features flying fox zip-lines of up to 160 metres, providing heart-pounding thrills to guests as they fly through the air. Two circuits are designed for young children from 4 years old. The Bali Treetop Adventure Park is open daily from 08.30am till 6.00pm daily. balitreetop.com
GOA GAJAH Goa Gajah is locally known as the Elephant Cave because of its close proximity to the Elephant River. A mysterious cave, relics, and ancient bathing pools set amid green rice paddies and a garden often lure tourists from nearby Ubud.
GOA LAWAH One of nine sacred temples on the island of Bali, the cave temple known as Pura Goa Lawah is home to thousands of bats, but, if local legend is to be believed, it also hides a river of healing waters and a titanic snake wearing a crown.
Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, dragons at Lake Bratan, Munduk Waterfall, terraced rice fields, Sekumpul Waterfall.