Ubud is an absolutely gorgeous town in Bali Indonesia. It’s known for its arts and crafts, and as an adventurous hub for those who want to see more than Bali’s beloved boutiques and massage parlours (though it has plenty of those too).
There are loads of things to do in Ubud Bali. And it makes for a great base to explore some of the best Bali tourist attractions. From waterfalls to temples, to river rafting, Ubud is the centre from which it all revolves.
But the most important aspect to the perfect Bali retreat is to stay at the top resorts and best Bali boutique hotels in Ubud. So I’ve compiled a list of some of the best resorts in Ubud for you.
So if you’ve decided that Ubud is the ideal place to stay in Bali, get ready for an adventure combined with luxury.
Where to Stay in Ubud
Table of Contents
- 1 Where to Stay in Ubud
- 2 Ubud Hotels and Resorts for a Blissful Vacation
- 3 Things to do in Ubud
- 4 Ubud Restaurants
- 5 How to get to Ubud
- 6 How to get around Ubud
- 7 When is the best time to visit Ubud?
- 8 Do you need a Visa for Bali?
- 9 Final Words on the Top Resorts and Best Hotels in Ubud, Bali
Ubud is so beautiful, that one neighbourhood is not specifically better than another. All of the neighbourhoods in this Balinese town are picturesque and interesting, plus it’s easy to get around Ubud with the endless taxis.
But if you’re wanting to stay near Ubud’s most popular attraction, try to stick close to the Monkey forest. The city centre of Ubud has a little midtown jungle which is famous, and for good reason.
There are tons of monkeys along the jungle paths and surrounding the temples within the forest. You can weave your way through the absolutely beautiful shaded forest in Ubud, and spot the monkeys doing the same.
Even if you’re not keen on the forest, you’ll see plenty of monkeys if you’re staying in Ubud. They’ll come right up to you as you stroll the streets. And you’ll find that their little monkey hands are surprisingly soft! Just clutch your coffee tightly.
And if you’re unsure what to prioritize seeing in and around Ubud, or you like to explore in a group, you can do a tour. Because while lounging at your Ubud hotel will certainly be a highlight, there’s so much to see and do here.
Ubud Hotels and Resorts for a Blissful Vacation
Beautiful Bali is world-renowned for its stunning accommodation options. Resorts and villas nestled in the middle of jungles, perched on top of hills, and lining rice fields and rivers are just some of the options you’ll find.
Whatever your ideal vacation includes, you’re sure to find Bali Ubud hotels that fit it perfectly. You certainly won’t want to just sleep and head out.
Your hotel will be a real addition to the happiness of your holiday. After all, waking up to splendour, and maybe a delicious breakfast by the pool, is what dreams are made of.
There is alot of luxury accommodation in Ubud and luxury resorts in Ubud Bali. Plus there are many unique places to stay in Ubud. So if that is what you’re after then when it comes to where to stay in Bali Ubud could be a great fit.
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Planning a vacation can be stressful, especially when there is so much potential. So after reading this list of Bali places to stay, you can tick accomodation off.
You can have peace of mind that, whichever you choose, you’ll be staying in heaven on earth. To make finding the perfect place easy for you, here the best hotels in Ubud Bali.
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1. Madani Antique Villas
These gorgeous Balinese villas are located right next to a rice field, so you can soak up all of the Bali vibes. This hidden gem is away from the crowds and busyness, but close enough to easily jump right into it when you’re in the mood.
There’s even a free shuttle to take you the few kilometres into town from Madani Antique Villas Ubud. But, since it’s only 2.5km from Ubud Market, and 4km from the Monkey Forest, you could also simply rent a bicycle and take a scenic ride there.
After a day of adventures (or simply sampling the amazing food), you can come home for a relaxing spa treatment at Madani Antique Villas. Then, if you’re really wanting to make a night of it, get a drink at the on-site bar, sink into the infinity pool, and watch the stars come out from your Ubud villa.
These authentic wooden villas in Ubud are warm and welcoming. And, if you’re looking for privacy, you can choose a villa with a private pool looking out into the rice fields. Bali is certainly an ideal destination for couples, and Madani Antique Villas embodies that ideal perfectly.
2. Adiwana Resort Jembawan
The beautiful Adwina resort Jembawan is set in the trees, surrounded by lush tropical greenery. Here you’ll find yoga and spa facilities, so that you can reach your fullest potential in terms of relaxation.
You can float on your back in the infinity pool and be partially shaded by the sun, and then hop out onto one of the deck loungers. Reading a good book with a cocktail in hand between swims is the stuff of dreams. But at Adiwana Resort Jembawan it can be your happy reality.
The breakfasts are incredible, as are all the other meals served at this Ubud Bali hotel. And there are vegan options.
You can order them to your room at the Adiwana Resort Jembawan Ubud, so that you can enjoy your food on your own private balcony, with a view of the jungle. Or in your spacious, stylishly decorated room at this Bali Ubud resort.
You can also take cooking classes with the excellent chef at the Adiwana Jembawan. You’ll head home with a few new meals to make in your own kitchen.
And since Indonesian food is incredible, this would be a really great thing to do. Nasi Goreng, Indonesian fried rice, is a particular favourite that you could easily learn to make for yourself.
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3. The Kayon Jungle Resort
If perfection is what you’re after, The Kayon Jungle Resort is precisely what you’ve been searching for. It is absolutely exquisite, as only Bali accommodation can be. And by that I mean, incredibly dreamy and with a feeling of having just stepped into paradise.
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There are multiple infinity pools, from which you can gaze into the jungle and out at the rice fields stretching out below at the Kayon Jungle Resort Bali. The view is a real favourite with guests.
There is live music while you eat your dinner and gaze out at the jungle. You can even request your favourite songs. The music and excellent food make for a wonderful ambience at this Ubud resort.
And when you want to get active, there are bicycles that you can use to explore the area. If you don’t want to leave the Kayon Jungle Resort Ubud, there’s a fitness centre and a spa for you to spend your days in (when you’re not lounging by the pool).
4. Kuwarasan A Pramana Experience
If you’re looking to put a little bit of distance between you and the crowds and busyness of Ubud, Kuwarasan A Pramana Experience is ideal. You’ll feel like you’re in the wilderness, while being only 9km away from Ubud Market and Ubud Palace.
The facilities are excellent, and the views from the wooden-floored fitness centre are stunning. And with floor to ceiling windows, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything if you decide to have a little workout.
With muted wooden finishes and the most stunning bathrooms you could imagine, these en-suite rooms at Kuwarasan Ubud are really something special. And you’ll have your own balcony with a beautiful view where you can enjoy your meals. It’s certainly ideal for a Bali honeymoon.
In the mornings, after a delicious breakfast, you can walk through the rice fields. And if you want to visit some more famous fields, Tegallalang Rice Terraces are only 3.4km away.
5. Natya Resort
This view will have you feeling like you’re in a movie, or living your wildest fantasies. With a river on the one side, and some rice paddies on the other, it just doesn’t get better than the Natya Resort Ubud.
The spacious rooms at this Bali resort incorporate a mix of modern and traditional style, to ensure that you’re at your most comfortable. But still with that unique Bali vibe.
And with an infinity pool to spend your days and nights (because who could blame you if you chose never to leave), you’ll certainly feel blissful here.
Natya Resort Bali is just 4km away from the Ubud Market and the centre of town. You can take a taxi into town to seek some food, or enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant.
There is even a bar at Natya, so you can sip your favourite cocktail while sunning yourself or watching the sunset over the jungle.
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Things to do in Ubud
As mentioned earlier, 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 Indonesdian visa was US$25 and it was required to be paid in cash.
Final Words on the Top Resorts and Best Hotels in Ubud, Bali
A large part of Bali’s appeal is the incredible accommodation available. You can live like royalty without breaking the bank, while surrounded by such amazing natural beauty.
When it comes to where to stay in Ubud Bali there are many villas, resorts and hotels from which to choose. Because while you can easily find a wonderful place to stay in Ubud, it’s the attention to detail, warm service, and incredible settings that really make for a memorable stay.
And all of the resorts and hotels in Ubud that feature on this list, have all of that in abundance. So whether you’re going on a solo adventure, celebrating your relationship with your loved one, or having a best friend getaway, you’ll certainly spend your time happily here.
If you’re going solo, there are many ways to have an incredible singles holiday. But whether you’re alone or with another, you want to be sure that you’re staying somewhere that the sheets have a high thread count. I hope that it is now easier to decide where should I stay in Ubud.
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