A tented safari-style picnic may sound more Out of Africa than Balinese, but an excursion with Esprite Nomade in the hills outside Ubud is one of the most decadent ways to spend an afternoon on the island. Along the banks of the Wos River, just a 10-minute walk from Payogan Temple in Ubud, a spacious silk-paneled tent is set up to receive you and your guests (rates are $150 per person). Attentive servers in traditional garb start off your visit with a half-hour footbath and massage, then serve up a sumptuous high tea (complete with fruit tarts and Indonesian Oolong). Bamboo flute-playing musicians serenade you, and there’s time for cocktails and canapes before your walk back to the temple at sunset.
Tip:If you fancy a spot of guided yoga or a full-body massage, ask when you book; they’re an extra $35 per person.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.