On this trip to Indonesia and Singapore, Bali and Lombok, we reserved the best for last: Ubud.
Having heard such great things about Ubud, and after checking out the famous movie with Julia Roberts “Eat, Pray, Love”, I was even more curious about Ubud. Ubud has been always a famous tourist destination, a place of relaxing and pray, and place of devotion and quietness. Have you ever seen the terraced rice fields photos across the web? Probably taken in Ubud.
Ubud is the spiritual centre of Bali, famous for it’s Hindu shrines and temples, and among Bali’s most iconic landscapes. It’s the place where you truly discover and understand the rich Balinese culture and warmth welcoming of this people. Ubud is considered also the heart of Bali on subjects like arts, dance and music. It’s even more important, for many people is claimed to be the cultural capital of Indonesia, a country with 200+ million population.
About our trip, we reserved only two nights for Ubud (obviously not enough – please make sure you book 4 nights as minimum) at Bambu Indah Eco Resort. I have written our report about this resort here.
Some of the most awarded and prestigious resorts in Southwest Asia are located here in Ubud. Here are the give most famous and most luxury resorts to consider:
1) Viceroy Bali Luxury 5-Star Hotel
Member of the small luxury hotels of the world, consists in 25 luxury villas with private pool, considered a sanctuary for couples, honeymoons and weddings. Their price per night averages between $500 to $800 per night, depending on the season.
2) Amandari Luxury Bali 5-Star Hotel
From the famous Aman Group, if has been featured on top luxury hotels across the globe. Rooms starting at $700 per night.
3) Alila Ubud Boutique Hotel
This was our first choice but was fully booked already way in advance. It features 64 rooms with prices averaging from $200 to $500 USD per night.
4) Hanging Gardens Ubud
One of the most famous resorts across Asia, with rooms starting at $500 per night, featuring 44 rooms with amazing views over the rice fields, with their splurge pool.
5) Bambu Indah Boutique Eco Resort Ubud
We stayed here when in Ubud for two nights, and it was one of the most interesting experiences had lately. totally recommended for an unforgettable and lifetime experience. You can see the full report here
Regarding the village ofd Ubud itself, it has a population of 30.000 people. Its located in the middle of the island, in between the forest and the rice fields, not close to the ocean, making a good balance with all other coastal resort villages in Ubud. The tourism here is HUGE, so expect big crowds and traffic, but it’s essence is kept untouched.
Some of the highlights to visit are the Monkey Forest, the rice fields trekking tours, the famous cooking classes, the volcano Mount Batur with 1700 mts high with it’s beautiful lake and villages in the cratera for a day trip trekking excursion, and of course not forgetting the famous Balinese Healer, Ketut Liyer, featured on Julia Robert’s Eat Pray Love movie. There are plenty of more activities, elephant trekking, Ayung River cannoeing/rafting and much more!
The are several nice, quiet restaurants and coffee shops in the center of the village. Many art shops, local artists (I have several pieces of art brougfht from Ubud). Be aware to hire a motorbike for go from one place to the other. Don’t get a car, traffic is heavy and speed is very very slow, so a motorbike will not be an issue here. And last, don’t miss a couple of visits to the typical local market, Pasar Umum Ubud, right in the center.
Disclaimer – Please note: some of the experiences listed here may have been sponsored, but this review is independent and reflects exclusively my personal experience.