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About Ubud

Perhaps Bali's most famous destination, Ubud is a cultural hub and a long-time favourite of artists and backpackers. Set close to the mountainous centre of the island and almost 1.5 hours from the international airport, Ubud has become synonymous with the dazzling green rice paddies and verdant jungle which surround the town, as well as its plethora of ancient temples. A spiritual hotspot offering restful spa retreats, rustic hideaways and luxurious resorts aplenty, this is a brilliant destination for guests of all ages. Kickstart your trip by checking out our list of the best places to stay in Ubud!

Ubud is fringed by almost 20,000 temples. For a sense of the area’s rich and ancient culture, admire the Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, the Elephant Cave and the beautiful Puri Saren Palace. Art aficionados will be enchanted by the Neka Art Museum, the Museum Puri Lukisan and the bustling Traditional Art Market. Central Ubud also brims with hip boutiques, cafés and eateries, fusing Balinese style with its historic hippie connections and more recent trendy appeal.

Outdoorsy adventurers can trek through the gorgeous rice paddy fields and into lush jungle, follow the paths of sacred rivers with the Campuhan Ridge walk or hike up to the Tegenungan Waterfall. Cycling tours come highly recommended, as do family visits to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. If you’re eager to soak up Ubud’s more laid-back, spiritual side, consider yoga retreats or rejuvenating spa treatments at one of the best places to stay in Ubud.

The Best Places to Stay in Ubud

For Intimate Charm

  • Bambu Indah is made up of traditional Javanese thatched buildings, with open-air bathrooms and generous verandahs. There are natural pools for cooling dips, and you'll be right in amongst the rice paddies, hearing the chatter of animals at dawn and dusk. Traditional Balinese design with an eco-conscious ethos, close to Ubud. A charming choice for sustainably-minded travellers.
  • Stone House Bali offers six unique rustic villas, set around an inviting swimming pool. Each of these spaces is unique, so you can hide away in the Treehouse or hole up at the Farmhouse, each decorated with antique pieces, carved wood and vintage textiles. A little family-owned B&B oozing character, this is a honeymoon favourite.
  • Sandat Glamping Tents is — as the name suggests — an intimate collection of eight tented rooms. Interiors are individually designed, with carved four-poster beds, white drapes and antique mirrors. Step out onto private terraces overlooking the swimming pool. Communal spaces are cosy and inviting, and the restaurant serves delicious Balinese cuisine. A relaxed romantic retreat with a strong eco-focus.
  • Blue Karma Dijiwa Ubud has fifteen spacious suites & villas overlooking the rice paddies. Each room is slightly different, but all feature pitched wooden roofs, draped mosquito nets and sink-into beanbags. Free-standing tubs are a plus, and larger villas have private pools. There's a yoga shala, restaurant and spa, too. Rustic and friendly.

For Families or Groups

  • Chapung Sebali is an eclectic junglemresort with a mid-century modern feel. Party-goers can flock to the lively Jungle Fish Pool Bar or Blind Pig for cracking cocktails, whilst wellness enthusiasts can enjoy gym and yoga sessions. Two-bedroom suites are ideal for groups of friends or families. Very trendy.
  • Four Seasons Sayan promises elegant rooms and suites with crisp white linens, polished wood, private plunge pools and enchanting jungle views. The kids club brims with activities, and there's an excellent cooking school and yoga studio for grown-ups. Family-friendly luxury in Sayan, just north-west of Ubud.
  • The Purist Villas & Spa is a collection of villas — some with two bedrooms for families — in leafy gardens. Expect gorgeous views, contemporary decor and 24-hour butler service. There are yoga, cooking and art classes, a lovely spa, and Ubud's markets are within easy reach. Some villas also have their own pools. A boutique choice with a family-friendly feel.

For Japanese-inspired Design

  • Bisma Eight is a wonderful collection of 38 rooms and 12 villas, nestled in the jungle just minutes from Ubud. Pick this place for the fusion of traditional Japanese and industrial design, including elegant screens and large glass doors revealing secluded terraces. The larger villas are great for families, and the restaurant is top-notch. Ideal for discovering Ubud!
  • Hoshinoya Bali offers an exquisite fusion of architect Azuma's minimalist Japanese design and beautiful Balinese elements. The hotel's 30 pool villas feature minimalist interiors and tranquil jungle views, perfect for design buffs and couples. Don't miss the rejuvenating Balinese massages or Chef Mitsuaki Senoo's superb seasonal dishes, incorporating Balinese, Japanese and French flavours.

For Grown-Up Luxury

  • COMO Shambhala Ubud is an opulent spa retreat, tucked on a private estate within thickly forested hills. Embrace the hotel's relaxed wellness ethos with Custom, Cleansing, Ayurvedic, Detox, Rejuvenation or Stress Management programmes at the serene spa, kick back in your sumptuous suite or take yoga and pilates classes. A romantic spa escape.
  • Viceroy Bali has exquisite private villas with plunge pools and expansive views. Some have space for families, but we think honeymooners will adore the splendour of this resort, complete with a gorgeous spa, exceptional restaurant and a wealth of activities. A family-owned five-star gem.
  • Uma Ubud is a sophisticated choice, just 20 minutes' walk from Ubud. Expect yoga mats in all 29 rooms, a beautiful garden setting, and elegant touches throughout the property, which is part of the illustrious Christina Ong hotel group. Enjoy daily yoga classes and guided morning walks through the misty paddy fields, as well as a chance to discover nearby Ubud. Tranquil luxury for grown-ups (though little ones are welcome).
  • Alila Ubud offers a collection of chic, secluded suites and villas on the banks of the River Ayung. Minimalist spaces feature clean lines, and a soothing white-and-cream colour palette. Dine at open-sided Plantation, or sample the seven-course private tasting menu as a couple. Fabulous.

For Great Value

  • Mathis Retreat's 21 airy rooms and bungalows are ideal for families or couples. Children will love the infinity pool, parents will appreciate the spa, and there are rafting, trekking and surfing excursions for all ages. A more affordable Ubud choice, with lashings of charm.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Most visitors arrive at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport — which is also sometimes called Bali International or Denpasar International — a major hub for Australia and South East Asia. If you’re coming from Europe or the US, you might need to travel via Jakarta Airport. Speak to your hotel about arranging an airport transfer, or hop into one of the many airport taxis on arrival, pre-paid at a ticket booth just before the duty-free area. The airport is around 1.5 hours' drive from Ubud.
  • Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Close to the equator, tropical Bali is hot and humid year-round. July - August and the Christmas holidays are the most popular time to visit, but you'll find good weather and good deals April - June and in September, outside the rainy season but without the crowds.

STILL NOT SURE?

Best Hotels in Ubud

  • The Purist Villas & Spa Ubud (Bali) 11 rooms from £138

    Families  -  Book a two-bedroom villa with private pool for a memorable family getaway, a short drive or walk from Ubud's sights
    Hideaway  -  Enjoy the seclusion of a private villa with pool, 24-hour butler service & excellent spa, surrounded by rainforest
    Local markets  -  Ubud is renowned for its antiques and homeware markets - speak to the team about the best days & times to visit
    Yoga  -  Wonderful yoga classes are held in the bespoke bamboo pavilion every morning
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    A boutique villa-resort set in tropical gardens. Each private villa has contemporary decor and antique artwork with stone walls and sun decks; some have private pools. The outstanding spa, yoga pavilion & leafy gardens add to the serene vibe. Intimate and luxurious, with delicious Balinese cuisine. See More

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  • Mathis Retreat Ubud (Bali) 21 rooms from £113

    Families  -  Garden Bungalows and inter-connecting rooms are perfect for families, who will love the big pool and access to activities
    Total relaxation  -  An infinity pool, Balinese spa and tranquil setting amidst lush paddy fields ensure a relaxing and idyllic stay
    Rafting  -  White-water rafting excursions are great fun for thrill-seekers and outdoorsy types
    Trekking  -  Guided hikes are a wonderful way to soak up the magic of rural Bali
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    Chic, stylish and set in stunning rural Bali, Mathis Retreat is a place of absolute calm. Spacious rooms are light and airy perfectly mixing tradition and modern. Featuring indulgent bathrooms with enormous freestanding baths, a spoiling spa and infinity pool. Ideal for completely unwinding. See More

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  • Blue Karma Dijiwa Ubud Ubud (Bali) 15 rooms from £117

    Total relaxation  -  A pampering spa and focus on wellness, healing and yoga makes this a superb hideaway for those eager to relax
    Cooking classes  -  Learn to make Balinese cake or coconut oil with the expert culinary team in a friendly cooking class
    Romantic Break  -  With its beautiful all suite accommodation and stunning new spa, the property is perfect for romance
    Yoga  -  Regular group yoga classes, private classes and meditation are held in the bamboo Sarang Yoga Shala
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    Located just outside Ubud's centre, Blue Karma Dijiwa Ubud offers fifteen individually designed, spacious & luxurious suites & villas which perfectly marry traditional Indonesian architecture with up-to-the-minute modern comforts. Stunning views, lush tropical gardens, excellent food... sheer bliss! See More

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  • Sandat Glamping Tents Ubud (Bali) 8 rooms from £212

    Romantic Break  -  Sandat Glamping Tents boasts intimate, beautiful accommodation and a quiet atmosphere-ideal for a romantic getaway
    Total relaxation  -  Feel a million miles away from all your worries in elegant tented rooms & whilst enjoy restorative spa treaments
    Great walks  -  Wander through the forest or head to the Botanic Garden Ubud to admire abundant tropical flora
    Sights nearby  -  See the ruins of the Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) sanctuary and Pusering Jagat Temple
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    Sandat Glamping Tents enjoys a stunning forest location, a short distance from Ubud. This romantic spot offers luxurious private tents with chic furnishings and authentic Indonesian and Balinese cuisine. Escape from the heat with a refreshing dip in the pool. A magnificent retreat! See More

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  • Bisma Eight Ubud (Indonesia) 38 rooms from £214

    Foodies  -  Foodies will love the creative flavours at Copper Kitchen & Bar, which specialises in seafood and fresh fusion cuisine
    City Style  -  A chic hideaway with an urban feel, just 3 minutes by scooter from central Ubud, this is top spot for design lovers
    Yoga  -  Daily yoga classes are free for hotel guests, and are a very special part of any Balinese escape
    Cycling  -  Hop aboard bicycles for guided tours of Ubud and the surrounding jungle or paddy fields
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A gloriously tranquil jungle property, minutes from Ubud. Design mixes Balinese style with an industrial feel. Rooms boast dark polished wooden floors, luxury bathrooms and large Japanese style glass doors leading onto secluded terraces. The top-notch restaurant is a delight. Roll up and unwind. See More

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  • Alila Ubud Ubud (Bali) 56 rooms from £172

    Spa breaks  -  Enjoy holistic treatments at the Alila Spa, including the traditional lulur body scrub, and take yoga or tai chi classes
    Cycling  -  Hop aboard the hotel's bicycles and follow recommended trails through the jungel and paddy fields
    Romantic Break  -  Romantic villas with private plunge pools are perfect for couples looking to unwind in style
    Yoga  -  Hone your skills with expert-led yoga, tai chi or traditional Balinese dance classes
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    Luxury resort offering stunning view of the Balinese foothills from the comfort of infinity pool, spa & deluxe rooms. Boasting an art gallery, 24-hour in-room dining, and unique Balinese experiences organised by the staff. A stylish spot fusing classic Balinese techniques with chic modern design. See More

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  • Stone House Bali Ubud (Bali) 6 rooms from £224

    Hideaway  -  An intimate hideaway with just six unique villas in a leafy jungle garden, 20 minutes outside Ubud
    Honeymoons  -  Escape to the Treehouse, or the magical Java Suite for a relaxing, romantic honeymoon
    Restaurant  -  Enjoy big breakfasts of fresh fruit and local ingredients in your room or in the shared restaurant space
    Sights nearby  -  Head into Ubud to admire iconic sights such as the Puri Saren Palace
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    Hide away in one of six unique rustic villas, tucked in leafy gardens & with a refreshing pool. Interiors are a rich blend of antique pieces, Balinese textiles & unusual crafts, with aged timber beams & paddy views. Sink into big baths under starlit skies, just 20 mins from buzzy Ubud. Magical! See More

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  • Bambu Indah Ubud (Bali) 11 rooms from £229

    Back to Nature  -  With spectacular views of mountains, rice paddies & hills, guests are lulled to sleep by the frogs, crickets & flowing river
    Eco break  -  At the forefront of Balinese green design, this is a sustainability-minded resort; its owners founded the famous Green School
    Wildlife Area  -  Watch the birds, bees, butterflies and monkeys playing in the canopy, from the comfort of your terrace
    Learning  -  Visit the owner's truly inspirational Green School, about 20 minutes from the property
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers

    A truly remarkable eco-resort nestled amongst lush hills, over looking the Ayung River. The beautifully restored old tribal houses, ranging from rustic to chic, mix traditional Javanese furnishings with eclectic pieces from around the world. An enchanting paradise, that's almost impossible to leave! See More

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  • Chapung Sebali Ubud (Bali) 22 rooms from £270

    Groups  -  Groups will love multi-bedroom villas with private pools & the lively Jungle Fish Restaurant & Pool Bar's daytime parties
    Birdwatching  -  The surrounding jungle is home to myriad birds, best spotted from the tranquility of your private terrace
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in the Chapung Spa, enjoy yoga classes and kick back in spacious suites surrounded by jungle
    Restaurant  -  Savour fresh flavours at Jungle Fish Restaurant during the day, and gourmet tasting menus at The Upper Deck in the evening
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    An eclectic jungle resort, boasting spacious suites & villas with a mid-century modern feel. Fusing Scandi & Indonesian elements, this is a hip spot for wellness enthusiasts as well as keen party-goers, who will appreciate the lively Jungle Fish Pool Bar & Blind Pig's cracking cocktails. Very cool. See More

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  • Uma Ubud Ubud (Bali) 29 rooms from £260

    Total relaxation  -  Laze by the pool, sip cocktails at the bar, pamper yourself with massages or simply curl up with a book on your private porch.
    Back to Nature  -  Surrounded by lush vegetation and rolling hills with an abundance of bird life, a country retreat within reach of the city.
    Great walks  -  The hotel offers simple guided walks among the villages, temples, rice paddies and jungle gorges surrounding Uma.
    Birdwatching  -  Victor Mason's Bali Bird Walk is entertaining, interesting and a must for anyone interested in wildlife.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    An utterly spoiling country retreat, five minutes from central Ubud. Chic and sophisticated rooms come with four poster beds, deep soaking tubs and private verandahs. A luxurious and grown up place to rejuvenate. See More

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  • Hoshinoya Bali Ubud (Bali) 30 rooms from £389

    Romantic Break  -  An exceptional romantic escape for fans of Japanese design, with spacious poolside villas, epic cuisine and a soothing spa
    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy rejuvenating Balinese massages amidst the sounds of the jungle and the Pakerisan River; this is a tranquil hideaway
    Great walks  -  Take a tranquil walking tour through the rice fields, or a guided visit to a Banjar for a sense of the temples' culture
    Diving  -  Go diving or snorkelling at quiet Candidasa, where marine biodiversity flourishes away from the crowds
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    An exquisite fusion of architect Azuma's minimalist Japanese design and beautiful Balinese elements, Hoshinoya's restful retreat is a gem. Hide away in one of 30 pool-facing villas, unwind at the serene spa and feast on exceptional cuisine at this jungle-fringed escape. A design buff's dream. See More

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  • Viceroy Bali Ubud (Bali) 40 rooms from £391

    Families  -  Viceroy Pool Villas and Vice Regal Pool Villas with multiple bedrooms & pools are ideal for family
    Total relaxation  -  A luxury hotel set in the remote, jungle-clad foothills of the Indonesian mountains
    Trekking  -  Challenge yourself to a hike up the Batur volcano at sunrise for mesmerising views
    Art Classes  -  Enjoy traditional kite-making lessons or Balinese dance classes
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    A five star luxury hotel set in the tropical hills of Bali. Private villas are traditional in design, albeit with some serious luxury - think personal plunge pools, spectacular views, coffee machines and fine thread sheets. An indulgent spa and exemplary restaurant make this a very special stay. See More

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  • COMO Shambhala Ubud (Bali) 30 rooms from £449

    Spa breaks  -  Sign up for a Custom, Cleansing, Ayurvedic, Detox, Rejuvenation or Stress Management programmes at the serene spa
    Honeymoons  -  Wonderfully private villas offer breathtaking views, outdoor showers, palatial beds and even a private butler.
    Mountain biking  -  Challenge yourself on scenic mountain biking trails, including the ascent to the crater rim of Mount Batur
    Tennis coaching  -  Play a game of tennis on the hotel's courts, with some expert coaching
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    A wonderfully opulent spa retreat in the rainforests along the Ayung River. With wooden suites & villas featuring four-poster beds & outdoor rainwater showers, this is a special spot. Everything here seems to have its own natural flow here - including the infinity pools. Simplicity meets luxury. See More

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  • Four Seasons Sayan Ubud 60 rooms from £643

    Mountain biking  -  One for active travellers, the Sayan Valley Biathlon is a striking biking and walking tour led by the hotel's resident expert
    Cooking classes  -  Forage in the herb & vegetable gardens after visits to the market before cooking up a storm at the Sokasi Cookery School
    Hideaway  -  Find complete luxury set amidst lush tropical gardens and surrounded by rolling hills.
    Great walks  -  Take a guided walk through the rural Ayung River Valley and the charming village of Sayan
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    A tranquil hideaway set in lush tropical surrounding. Luxurious rooms feature large glass doors leading onto secluded terraces with epic views. A spoiling spa and outdoor yoga studio aid complete rejuvenation. Choose from Indonesian or International dishes in the superb restaurants. Utter bliss. See More

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