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Wild Monkeys of Bali

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

After a quick adventure in East Bali, Barbara and I arrived at Alila Ubud, a secluded resort on the outskirts of Ubud, Bali.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

Ubud is located in the center of Bali, deep in the mountains, surrounded by stunning rice terraces, Hindu temples, rushing rivers, deep canyons, jungles of palm tree forests, and looming volcanoes visible on the horizon.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

It was a beautiful place to spend our last few days in Bali.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

We checked into our room at dusk, and were greeted by a curious family of monkeys who lived in the dense jungle located right outside our door.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

They cautiously and inquisitivly made their way down from high in the tree tops and landed right on our balcony to investigate the new arrivals.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

We sat quietly and nearly motionless watching them as they would literally swing from the trees right in front of us.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

As I was taking pictures, this curious little guy came right up to me and started making faces.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

There were obvious family groups within the bunch…

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

Moms with babies…

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

Mischievous little ones, with expressive faces.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

Brothers and sisters.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

The monkeys of Alila Ubud were not aggressive or threatening in any way, as some of the other monkeys in Ubud have a reputation for.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

They did not try to steal our belongings or approach us.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

They cautiously watched us, but kept a safe distance.

These wild monkeys in Bali hang out at in the rainforest near the Alila Ubud hotel and come out to greet guests at sunset.

The closest encounter I had was with one brave little one, who slowly approached me (surely on a dare from his monkey friends) and timidly tapped my foot like it was a hot iron, then ran off.

Alila Ubud ~ a gorgeous, secluded resort in Ubud, Bali.

Alila Ubud was like a hidden oasis in the forests of Bali.

Alila Ubud ~ a gorgeous, secluded resort in Ubud, Bali.

The open-air restaurant on the property overlooks the pool and serves authentic Balinese cuisine all day.

Alila Ubud ~ a gorgeous, secluded resort in Ubud, Bali.

The dramatic emerald-green infinity pool appears to float above over the valley below.

Alila Ubud ~ a gorgeous, secluded resort in Ubud, Bali.

The villas at Alila Ubud are like your own private treehouse, perched over the Ayung River Valley and nestled within a lush green rainforest.

Alila Ubud ~ a gorgeous, secluded resort in Ubud, Bali.

We felt on top of the world with sweeping views of the valley surrounding our private haven.

Alila Ubud ~ a gorgeous, secluded resort in Ubud, Bali.

The outdoor shower was my favorite!

Alila Ubud ~ a gorgeous, secluded resort in Ubud, Bali.

The next day we had a relaxing spa day around the resort. I got a traditional Balinese massage. The spa at Alila Ubud was beautiful. I loved the outdoor shower.

The BEST smoked ribs I have ever had!! Naughty Nuri's in Ubud, Bali

For lunch we tried Naughty Nuri’s, a popular BBQ rib restaurant that came highly recommended. Oh my gosh, the ribs were seriously some of the best I’ve had in my entire life. If you are ever in Ubud, definitely give them a try!

The Spa at Four Seasons, Ubud

On our last day in Ubud, we had a unique spa treatment at the Four Seasons Sayan to relax us before the grueling 36-hour trek home. I got the Batu Kali Riverstone Bathing Ritual, which was kind of like a hot stone massage, using stones from the Ayung River to scrub and exfoliate until my skin was soft and glowing, and pure coconut oil to nourish and massage away the stresses of the day.

Stay tuned for my last post from Bali, and some of my favorite photos from the entire trip. Until next time!! xoxo