Bali has so much to offer, across the board. Lush greenery covers the island, and azure waters surround it. There are so many things to do in Bali – you can enjoy a jungle trek, surf the waves, and trek through.
But if you’re looking to dive deeper into what makes Bali so incredible, Ubud is the place to visit. You’ll find famous rice terraces, historic temples, and splendid palaces. It’s no wonder this makes the list of the best areas in Bali.
The resident monkeys and untouched jungles of Ubud Bali are all complemented by the region’s stunning Balinese boutique hotels. You’ll find the jungles are as close an untouched paradise as we’re likely to come.
To experience all of this and then to drift to your boutique hotel Ubud is truly an experience for the books. After all, the right hotel can elevate an average vacation to a great one. Just imagine what a great hotel in Bali it can do here.
Here’s a list of the finest boutique hotels Ubud has to offer.
Boutique Hotel Ubud Options: The 7 Best
If you like having a high thread count in your sheets, a refreshing pool to dive into, and a dreamy view, this list of Ubud hotels is for you. Every one of these spaces will create an incredible backdrop to your Bali vacation, while simultaneously being a highlight.
And because I know that planning can sometimes add a lot of stress into a vacation, I’ve done the work for you. Whatever it is that you’re looking for to make your dreams come true, you’ll find it at one of these boutique hotels in Ubud.
And afterwards, to round out your Bali holiday, you can head to one of Canggu’s spectacular resorts!
Ubud Valley Boutique Resort
This stunning resort was created to blend nature, Balinese culture, and modernity. So if you’re looking for an authentic stay, that is still luxurious, this Ubud Valley Boutique Resort is perfect.
Sleep in a wooden villa, with all the Bali vibes, and enjoy access to international cuisine, an ensuite bathroom, and a gorgeous pool. The Ubud Valley Boutique Resort Bali is the best of both worlds.
There is also a bar on-site, so you can sip a cocktail next to the infinity pool, as you gaze over the lush jungle. Or enjoy an excellent breakfast in your private sitting area at this Ubud boutique hotel, or in front of the TV. Though I recommend taking in the view at every opportunity.
This resort is 5km from Elephant Cave. And because they offer free use of their bicycles, you can happily explore the area. And when you get back after your adventures, dive into the pool or head to the wellness centre at this luxury Ubud hotel.
Purana Boutique Resort
Purana Boutique Resort is profoundly comfortable, luxurious, and relaxing. Depending on your choice of room, you’ll have either a private pool or a terrace that leads right out into the comune pool. Either option is lovely.
There’s a window seat, where you can read a book while looking out at the greenery, as well as comfy seats out on the patio at Purana Boutique Resort Ubud.
You can book a free yoga class, to really get into the Bali way of life. Or sleep in and enjoy their excellent breakfast. Or both.
This Ubud resort is in a quiet area, but a short walk away from some great restaurants. Sacred Rice and Usha Cafe and Bakery are particularly good. If you don’t want to leave the resort, the on-site Gaja restaurant at Purana Resort Bali is wonderful..
The Kayon Resort by Pramana
This is one for the lovers. With an onsite chapel and no under 15s allowed, the idea behind this stunning resort is clear: romance.
And it certainly delivers. Perched atop a hill, you’ll have an incredible view from the Kayon Resort Ubud wherever you look. The holy Petanu River flows beside it and adds to the ambience. Enjoy your meals with a breathtaking view of the river and jungle.
At The Kayon Resort on Pramana, you can choose between private rooms or your very own villa with a private pool. So you can decide what level of luxury you’re looking for. Whichever it is, it’s sure to be an experience you and your partner never forget.
And with activities like yoga, couples’ massages, and personalized dining experiences, it’s sure to bring you and your sweetheart closer than ever. The living spaces at the Kayon Resort Bali will do the same. The bath, which sits next to a large window with a view of the Ubud jungle, is particularly wonderful.
Dwaraka The Royal Villas
If you’re looking for a lovely, central boutique hotel in Ubud, this is ideal. It’s only a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from Ubud centre. Dwarka Ubud also has free bicycles for guests to use, so you’ll be able to explore easily.
There is an on-site restaurant and spa, so you have absolute relaxation and ease at your fingertips. There is even a kindergarten at Dwaraka Bali where your children can play while you pamper yourself.
Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana
If you like to get active and want to make the most of your stay in Ubud, while not actually leaving your resort, look no further than Tanah Gajah. Here, you’ll find a tennis court, a 28m swimming pool, free yoga classes, and a fitness centre and spa.
You can take a morning trek through the rice paddies, accompanied by a personal butler. It’s a wonderful experience, to have a delicious picnic breakfast, with the iconic rice fields before you.
And, although this is probably enough to keep you happily entertained for weeks, you can go even further into the realm of wonderful experiences during your stay at Tanah Gajah Ubud.
Take a hot air balloon ride over Ubud during the early morning hours. Or join top-quality cooking classes in Ubud, so that you can take home the skills to make your new favourite dishes.
And of course, the accommodation itself is wonderful. The rooms and suites at Tanah Gajah Bali are spacious and filled with light. And the bathrooms are half outdoors, which is a popular Balinese architectural design.
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Tejaprana Resort and Spa
At Tejaprana Resort you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a dream. This serene space was designed by an award-winning Balinese architect from, Arte Architect & Associates. They are renowned for creating places that allow you to clear your mind and spirit.
If you’re wanting perfect privacy, book a villa with a private pool at Tejaprana Resort Ubud. You can spend all day in the water, overlooking the lush jungle. And since there’s an onsite bar at this Ubud resort, you can do so with a refreshing cocktail in your hand.
The elevation of this resort in Bali means that you can look over the jungle. This allows you to watch the squirrels and listen to the birds while you drink your morning coffee. It also means that the infinity pool at Tejaprana Bali has an unbeatable view.
With a private yoga area and wonderful spa, this Ubud resort is well-equipped to create your most relaxed self. And when you want to head over to Ubud for some more activity, you can hop on the shuttle that goes every 2 – 4 hours.
Lastly, they offer purification rituals, as well as cooking classes, where you’ll head to the local market for fresh fruit. So growth and learning are also achievable here.
Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas and Spa
If you’re looking for luxury and grandeur, the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas and Spa epitomizes these characteristics. The exterior reflects traditional Balinese culture and history. And the interiors are modern, spacious and warm.
If you walk in one direction, you can get to Ubud central in 5 minutes. If you walk the other way, you’ll reach the Campuhan Ridge Walk in just a few steps. Warwick Iban Bali is the perfect place from which to explore all that Ubud has to offer.
You can order your breakfast to your villa, so you can enjoy it on your private terrace at the Warwick Ibah luxury villas Bali. And be sure to join for the traditional Balinese dinner and dance performance. It’s a wonderful experience.
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Things to do in Ubud
The number one attraction in Ubud is the Monkey Forest. This 12.5 hectare property has monkeys, temples and some beautiful spaces for relaxing.
A wonderful way to start your day is with a sunrise hike up Mount Batur with breakfast. If you’re feeling creative why not try a 3 hour silver jewelry making class? Or if you’re feeling adventurous go rafting on Ayung River.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces offers some very photogenice rice fields. Ubud is known as the arts and culture centre of Bali so if you are interested in experiencing a traditional Balinese performance or another form of entertainment Ubud is where to do it.
Ubud is made for yoga and there are loads of yoga studios in town. Combine your workout with some raw food, an area of expertise for Ubud.
Ubud is home to several galleries and museums including the Blanco Museum, the Agung Rai Museum of Art and the Neka Art Museum. For more Balinese culture visit Ubud Palace, Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave, Tirta Empul Temple and Pura Taman Saraswati or the Ubud water palace.
There are so many fantastic Bali restaurants! For fantastic local cuisine check out Locavore, one of Asia’s top 50 restaurants. They have two tasting menus – one designed for meat lovers and one for vegetarians.
If you’re looking for more casual dining Locavore have a second restaurant called Nusantara. They are well known for their version of classic Balinese duck. Or try Bali Buda for both yoga and a delicious, great value brunch.
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How to get to Ubud
After you have your bags head to the official taxi office desk. A taxi from Denpasar Airport to Ubud will take about one hour and should cost around USD$20. Do check with your hotel as they may well be able to offer a better rate.
How to get around Ubud
Cycling is one of the easiest and nicest ways to get around Ubud. It is easy to get to the best places to visit in Ubud on two wheels. There are many places in Ubud to hire a bike.
Ubud is also filled with local drivers so most tourists take taxis everywhere. The cost is generally quite inexpensive.
When is the best time to visit Ubud?
The temperature in Ubud is quite steady across the year. The warmest times to visit tend to be November, December and April. July to September tend to be the dry season and are considered by most to be the best time of year to visit Ubud.
Do you need a Visa for Bali?
Residents of most countries, including the USA, UK and Australia, will have to get a visa for Bali. However, you can obtain the Visa once you land at Denpasar airport – it isn’t necessary to get it ahead of time.
At the time of writing this post, the cost of the Indonesian visa was US$25 and it was required to be paid in cash.
Last Words on Ubud Boutique Hotels and Resorts
There are many places in Ubud that reach the realms of perfection. It’s a wonderful thing, to be able to stay at one of these hotels and resorts and experience Ubud Bali to the fullest.
Whether that’s by enjoying the many Ubud adventures around you, or by simply staying at your hotel or resort.
There’s nothing quite as revitalizing as spending your days lounging around, getting massages, and swimming in the pool. And just to top it off, have a cocktail in hand or a delicious plate of Balinese cuisine in front of you while you do it.
Whatever you get up to, staying at one of these Ubud boutique hotels and resorts will elevate your holiday to perfection. Enjoy!
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