May 3, 2010 – In her bestselling book, Eat, Pray, Love, which has been made into a movie starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem due for release in August 2010, author Elizabeth Gilbert travels to Bali to find the balance between pleasure and devotion. Her journey of discovery ends in Ubud, home of Ubud Hanging Gardens, which is offering a special “Eat, Pray, Love” package for anyone who wishes to follow in Gilbert’s footsteps.
At the end of a journey of self discovery which has taken her through Tuscany and the ashrams of India, Gilbert spends her days in Ubud cycling down the slopes of Mount Batur past paddy fields and through quiet villages, taking yoga classes, experiencing the pleasures of Indonesian food and the joy of the Balinese people, as well as consulting with a ninth generation medicine man and a woman healer.
The Ubud Hanging Gardens “Eat, Pray, Love” package includes a private Balinese dinner for two at a candlelit Hindu Temple, followed by a blessing ceremony at a Holy Water Temple, a love candle gift, use of the hotel’s mountain bikes, one way airport transfers with VIP arrival or departure service, luxury accommodation in a deluxe pool villa with daily breakfast, afternoon tea, complimentary WIFI and a shuttle service into Ubud. The price of the package is from $547 per room per night for a two night minimum stay. Yoga classes and appointments with local healers can be arranged on request.
Ubud Hanging Gardens www.ubudhanginggardens.com is set adjacent to steep rice terraces with sweeping views across the Ayung river gorge to the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple on the opposite hillside. Ubud Hanging Gardens derives its name from its 38 villas, which each have their own heated infinity pool and are constructed in contemporary Balinese style on gravity defying wooden pillars with thatched alang-alang roofs. The resort’s accommodation, restaurants, pool and spa cascade down the hillside to the valley floor below and can be reached by a unique private funicular.
Ubud, named as a place of healing or “obat”, has long been a retreat for those seeking peace of mind and artistic inspiration. This vibrant and bustling little town has a wonderful variety of studios, galleries and restaurants and a seemingly endless calendar of traditional festivals and the religious ceremonies.