The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes. Ancient holy sites include the intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) and Gunung Kawi, with its rock-cut shrines.
Due to its elevation at 200m above sea level, Ubud enjoys cooler temperatures than the coast, and it is sometimes necessary to bring a pullover for the evening. The midday sun can still be scorching though and the humidity often relentless, a murderous combination for temple tramping which, in hilly Ubud, usually requires climbing up and down staircases.
Ubud has a number of art museums, such as the Blanco Renaissance Museum, the Puri Lukisan Museum, Neka Art Museum, and the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Close-by is the Museum Rudana in Peliatan. It's also home to good restaurants, cafes and streets of shops, many selling goods from the region's artisans. There's somewhere to stay for every budget, and no matter what the price you can enjoy lodgings that reflect the local Zeitgeist: artful, creative and serene.
Spend a few days in Ubud to appreciate it properly. It's one of those places where days can become weeks and weeks become months, as the noticeable expat community demonstrates.
Best Place to Stay in Ubud
A 7-minute drive from Blanco Museum, Alaya Resort is located in the heart of Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali. The resort is set amidst the rice fields, offering tastefully-decorated rooms and an outdoor pool. Guests enjoy free daily afternoon tea and tropical fruits.
The contemporary Balinese-style rooms all come with a flat-screen TV and a private terrace overlooking the natural greenery. Fitted with marble flooring, the private bathrooms are decorated with artworks and provide complete facilities.
Providing free Wi-Fi, the resort operates a 24-hour front desk. Staff can assist guests with luggage storage and car or bicycle rental services. Guests who prefer to relax can enjoy pampering massages at the on-site DaLa Spa.
Situated in a traditional Balinese village in Ubud, Pajar House Ubud offers accommodation with landscaped gardens. It features a blend of Balinese-style architecture and modern interiors. Guests enjoy free WiFi access in the room and throughout the property and free use of bicycles. The property also offers free shuttle service to central Ubud, located a 15-minute drive away.
A 25-minute drive from Pajar House Ubud leads to the sacred Monkey Forest, while Ngurah Rai International Airport is 1.5-hour drive away. Free shuttle service to downtown Ubud is provided for guests’ convenience.
Fitted with a private terrace overlooking the greenery, each air-conditioned room comes fitted with mosquito nets, flat-screen cable TV with international channels and a fridge. En suite bathroom provides slippers, free toiletries, bath and shower facilities as well as freshly laundered towels.
Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, Goya Boutique Resort offers accommodations in Ubud. The resort has a barbecue and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.
A flat-screen TVwith cable channels, as well as an iPod docking station are featured. Some accommodations feature a sitting area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms come with a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
Bike rental is available at this resort and the area is popular for biking. The resort also provides car rental. Ubud Monkey Forest is 600 m from Goya Boutique Resort, and Ubud Market is half a kilometer from the property. The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport, 27.4 km from the property.
Green Field Hotel and Restaurant is surrounded by peaceful rice fields in South Ubud, a 10-minute walk from the Monkey Forest. It features a free scheduled shuttle service to Ubud and free internet access. There are also two swimming pools at this property where one of them is a salt water pool.
Rooms at Hotel Green Field feature a private balcony or terrace. Each room is equipped with a minibar and tea/coffee maker. Separate bathtub and shower facilities are provided in the en suite marble bathroom.
Recreation options include swimming in the saltwater pool, painting lessons and volcano-trekking. A tour desk can help with travel and sightseeing arrangements. Guests can enjoy buffet breakfast at the restaurant. A wide range of tropical fruits, fresh juices and homemade breads are offered
Sri Ratih Ubud Cottages is a 15-minute walk from Ubud’s art district and Penestanan’s scenic rice fields. It is a 10-minute drive from central Ubud and a 45-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Simply furnished rooms offer views of surrounding greenery and a private balcony. Fitted with carved wood furnishings, spacious rooms have sitting area and an attached bathroom with a bathtub.
Surrounded by tropical greenery, Sri Ratih Cottages offers restful stays in charming Balinese-style rooms. It features free Wi-Fi, a landscaped outdoor pool and a restaurant serving Indonesian specialties. Enjoy a soothing massage or explore the surrounding landscapes by bike. The friendly staff at Sri Ratih can attend to tour and laundry needs.
Surrounded by large expanses of paddy fields, peaceful retreats await in the quiet environs of Bliss Ubud Spa & Bungalow. Featuring a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub, it provides a massage services, free Wi-Fi and a free shuttle to Ubud Centre. Opening out to tropical views from private balconies, air-conditioned rooms feature dark wood furnishings and a 4-poster bed with a mosquito net. A minibar, bathtub and toiletries are available.
Bliss Ubud Spa & Bungalow is just a 5-minute drive from Ubud’s centre and a 10-minute drive from the popular Monkey Forest. It has free parking and is an hour’s drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
A dedicated room for Yoga sessions is available at the property. Guests can explore surrounding greenery with the bike rental and tour booking services available. Staff can provide airport transfers and laundry and room services.