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Puri Saren Agung (Water Palace
) in central Ubud
Ubud is pronounced 'oobood' as in the same way as the 'oo' sounds in 'good'. Even if you mispronounce the name, the locals aren't likely to do anything more than titter. As they say, seng ken-ken!- Balinese for 'no worries!'.
While Ubud seems to outsiders like one small town, it is in fact fourteen villages, each run by its own banjar (village committee). Ubud has grown rapidly, and some central parts are creaking under the strain of coping with the number of visitors. That said, most development is sympathetic to the zeitgeist, if not designed specifically in the local style. Growth continues apace, but there are still terraced rice fields along the rivers, and away from the town centre, regular, quiet village life carries on relatively undisturbed. Central Ubud is heavily commercialized and teems with tourists.
In many ways, the history of the Ubud area (not so much the modern day town) is the very history of Bali itself.
Ubud has a known history back to the eighth century, when the Javanese Hindu priest Rsi Marhandya came to Bali from Java, and meditated at the confluence of the two Wos rivers at Campuan, just west of the modern day town centre. A shrine was established and later expanded by Nirartha, the Javanese priest who is regarded as the founder of Bali's religious practices and rituals as we know them today. At this time the area was a centre of natural medicine and healing, and that is how the name Ubud originated: Ubad is ancient Balinese for medicine.
Further temples and monasteries were established over the next 400 hundred years or so. The temple complex at Gunung Kawi, and the cave temples at Goa Gajah (just east and northeast of Ubud), are architectural remains from this period. Many of the dances, drama and rituals still practised in Ubud today, originated at this time. King Airlangga ruled all of Java and Bali in this era, and his seat of government was located in what is now the village of Batuan, just southeast of Ubud.
The Javanese Majapahit kingdom conquered Bali in 1343, and the key final victory was against the Pejeng Dynasty centred at Bedulu, just to the east of Ubud. A great flowering of Balinese culture followed, and the ancestry of Ubud's current day aristocratic families can be traced back to this period. In the sixteenth Century, there was a total transplantation of the Majapahit Kingdom to Bali as the Islamisation of Java forced them eastwards. Power flip-flopped between various dynasties and feudal lords, but the Ubud area remained a very important cog in the various regencies which ruled the island.
Goa Gajah originates from the 9th century
Monkeys at the Monkey Forest
In 1900, Ubud became a Dutch protectorate at its own request, and the colonialists interfered little, allowing the traditional arts and culture of the area to remain relatively unchanged. The modern era of Ubud perhaps began in the 1930s, when foreign artists were encouraged by the royal family to take up presence in the town. From their Ubud base, the likes of Walter Spies and Rudolph Bonnet were instrumental in promoting an understanding of Balinese art and culture worldwide. From the 1960s onwards, travellers started to arrive in earnest, mostly intrepid types as the infrastructure was still very limited indeed. Since then, Ubud has developed rapildy into a high profile, top class international destination, whilst still maintaining its integrity as the centre of Balinese art and culture.
Orienting yourself in Ubud is fairly straightforward. The town sprawls for several kilometres in all directions, with all of the small villages within a five km radius of the central market being loosely referred to as "Ubud". If you choose a reasonably central place to stay, it is easy enough to get around on foot.
Central Ubud has three main streets: Jl Raya Ubud, Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Hanoman. At the intersection of Jl Raya and Jl Monkey Forest are Ubud Market, Ubud Palace, and the main bemo stop — unsurprisingly, there's also a near-permanent traffic jam here.
Jl Monkey Forest, which runs south through town to the Monkey Forest, is a built-up area, and home to a wide array of accommodation, art galleries, and cafes, as well a number of local services such as schools, a sports field, pharmacies, and travel agents. Jl Hanoman, which runs parallel to Jl Monkey Forest just to the east, is a bit quieter and makes for more pleasant walking, but still extremely touristy.
To the immediate west and northwest are the villages of Campuan (Tjampuhan, Campuhan) and Kedewatan, home to some of the most upmarket hotels in the whole of Asia, with views over valleys sculpted by the Ayung and Wos rivers.
Directly to the south, past the Monkey Forest and still within a twenty minute walk of the central market, is Padang Tegal which then runs into the southern villages of Nyuh Kuning and Pengosekan, about three km from central Ubud. Directly to the east is the village of Peliatan, and then Teges and Bedulu, home of the ninth century Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave).
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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. (Head out early to beat the heat and the crowds.) If there is a time to avoid, it would be the depths of the wet season in January and February — when it rains in Ubud, it really rains.
By bemo (minivans)
There are regular public bemos from Denpasar's Batubulan terminal to Ubud which cost Rp 8,000 (but ongoing foreigners rate is Rp 50,000), and take about an hour. Most bemos run in the early morning, and you will not find any after 16:00. In the opposite direction, bemos depart every morning from the central market (northern entrance) in Ubud. Foreigners are likely to be asked much more (bargain!) or even to charter the whole vehicle - there's really no need, as they will pick up passengers on the way.
To get to Batubulan from South Bali, one previously had to have 1-2 bemo connections in Denpasar. Now, with Trans Sarbagita (see the main Bali article for details) government bus service, this way can be far more comfortable (air-conditioned bus) and even cheaper (Rp 3,500) for those going from/to Nusa Dua, Kuta, Sanur, Airport or all the places between.
If you want to take a taxi to Ubud from South Bali, it is best to charter the vehicle for a return trip, otherwise, you'll be hit with a 30% fee for going out-of-town. Metered fares, one-way and not including surcharge, are around Rp 150,000 from Denpasar and Rp 200,000 from Kuta.
By online taxi (Uber / Grab / GoJek / Bali Cab)
Uber is available in southern Bali, but supply is low and prices tend to be high. More common are the local homegrown alternatives -- Grab (based in Singapore) and GoJek (from Indonesia); both apps are readily available in the App Store or Play Store. From Legian to Ubud will just cost you Rp 135,000. It's a fixed price. Just set the pickup and the destination, the price will be shown in the app and you pay the driver with cash when you arrived or credit card option is available too. There also the Indonesian GoJek which is very similar to Grab. However, being about five times less than ongoing rate, local taxi cartel strongly opposes these services and drivers may refuse tourist taking to/from Ubud in order to avoid confrontation.
This all being said, there's a local online / smartphone service called Bali Cab which is accepted and you will be able to book drivers from the Ubud area. The prices are similar to Blue Bird metered taxis (which are also barred from picking up passengers in Ubud), so while it's well above Uber, etc, it's still reasonable without the need to haggle. Download the app here: PickMeApp iOS and PickMeApp Android.
Currently, there's no public bus service to Ubud (there are bemos however, see above), but tourist bus services are abundant.
Perama offers daily direct transfers to Ubud from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Sanur, Lovina, Kuta, Bedugul, Candidasa, and Padang Bai. These are convenient and inexpensive; eg four times per day from the airport for Rp 50,000. Rather less conveniently, the Perama terminal is not located in the centre of Ubud, but about 2km south in Padang Tegal, on Jl Hanoman just south of the intersection with Jl Monkey Forest.
You can go to the "official Tourist Information" (just in the middle of town, on the big crossroad. opposite the market at Monkey Forest Road/Jalan Raya Road) and buy your ticket there (official outlet, same price) and Perama will pick you up there, to transfer to the Perama Bus Hub out of town. Or you can also book online and agree on a motorbike pickup for Rp 15,000 from pretty much anywhere in Ubud.
While just a few years ago, Perama buses were well-maintained, air-conditioned, nice and generally worth their price, currently (probably owing to it's excess popularity among tourists) it may not be true, and you may end up in an old, hot, local-style bus, not more comfortable than a regular bemo but for the double or triple price - the only advantage being a non-stop service. As such, booking the ticket in advance and paying without checking in person what kind of bus they will provide may be unwise. 2017 note: having taken several trips, it seems now even the oldest vans / buses have aircon, however half of the times the driver just rolls his window down and doesn't turn AC on, presumably to save fuel.
By shuttle bus
Shuttle Bus is actually Van/MPV's (6 to 10 seaters) run by private travel & tours agencies. You can either hire a Shuttle Bus service via your hotel/homestay (price will be slightly higher by 10-15%) or go direct to either Gedong Sari or Perama. If you travel by two/as a couple, you will be sharing with other passengers. If you are travel with a group of minimum 4, 6, 8 person, you are encourage to hire a private Van/MPV's or rent a car (Van/MPV) service which cost more less than hire a Shuttle Bus service. Be careful taking afternoon shuttle to the airport, as the traffic is so jammed up it may take up to two hours to picking up all passengers in Ubud plus another two to three hours going to the airport via Kuta to drop off some passengers.
Below are the latest update (as at July 2013)for Shuttle Bus Fares/Schedule from Ubud.
Gedong Sari price from July 2013
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| Nusa Lembongan
|| IDR125,000 (approx. US$12.50)
| Padang Bai
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|| IDR50,000 (approx. US$5.00)
| Candi Dasa
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|| IDR60,000 (approx. US$6.00)
| Tirta Gangga
|| IDR120,000 (approx. US$12.00)
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|| IDR125,000 (approx. US$12.50)
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| Gili's Island (Trawangan, Meno, Air)
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|| IDR150,000 (approx. US$15.00)
PT Gedong Sari Travel & Tours
Head Office : Jl. Raya Pengosekan Br. Kalah Peliatan Ubud - Bali |Phone/Fax : (0361) 973370
Branch Office : Arjuna Lane Ubud BAli | Phone/Fax. (0361) 976 184
Branch Office : Jl. Raya Ubud - Bali | Phone/Fax. (0361) 785 77 34
http://peramatour.com Online Price per August/2016:
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| Padang Bai (Habour to eastern Islands)
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| Candi Dasa
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| Nusa Lembongan
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| Bedugul (Lake)
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| Kintamani (min 2pax) Batur Lake
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| Amed (min 2pax) Fast Boat to Lombok
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By homestay car
If you have a reservation at a homestay and the owner has a vehicle, they will offer to pick you up at the airport for ~Rp 250,000. Check when you make your reservation. They will wait for you outside the arrival hall with your name on a sign. A convenient option especially if you arrive at night as they take you directly to the homestay.
Driving in Bali is a cheap, fun and relatively safe experience. Despite the apparent madness, motorists are generally tolerant and will give way. Keep your eyes peeled for the green road signs sparsely located along the road. Bear in mind that Ubud is in the Gianyar regency, so do not panic even when road signs indicate Gianyar only, as labels tend to be inconsistent. When in doubt, keep going straight. If seriously in doubt, hop off and ask the locals. "Ubud?" If you speak no Bahasa, or "Permissi, bagaimana ke Ubud? (Excuse me, how to go to Ubud?) and they will be glad to gesture you in the right direction. Budget 50% more time than what Google Map quotes for getting lost and asking for directions.
Central Ubud can be covered on foot, but you will need some form of transport to explore the extended vicinity.
Traffic volumes are depressingly high in central Ubud - the narrow roads and one-way systems mean that today central Ubud is as noisy and polluted as its southern tourist neighbours. Further the sidewalks are often blocked by motorbikes, or a collapsed section necessitates a step off the sidewalk potentially placing you in the path of traffic. That traffic could be a tricycle or a truck, so keep your wits about you. Central Ubud is congested with traffic and people, especially in the afternoons when buses bring in tourists from outside Ubud. Be prepared for the crowds and the heat. Very few stores and restaurants (even the higher priced ones) have A/C so there are few places to get quick relief. This can come as a shock to visitors expecting a quiet and tranquil cultural hub.
The EPL Phenomenon
Blame Elizabeth Gilbert. Those of you who managed to make it through the turgid best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love, might have an inkling of what is coming up. Ubud features quite heavily in our heroine's search for fulfilment, and the knock-on effect in the town has been huge. Acolytes have swarmed to Ubud looking for (and sometimes finding) places and people referenced in the book. The economic benefits of the novel to the area ratcheted up a whole other notch in mid-2009, when the eponymously named movie was shot in and around Ubud, Julia Roberts and all. Just be aware though that Ubud cannot necessarily guarantee a remedy for every mid-life crisis.
Bemos ply the main routes in and around Ubud, and the main stop and gathering point is Ubud market at the junction of Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Raya Ubud. Most bemos stop running in the late afternoon, and are always more frequent in the morning.
Men offering Taxi services plentifully line the main streets of Ubud - rates are always negotiable. Scooter Taxis are generally half the price of car Taxis. BlueBird Taxis do not operate in Ubud (meaning they have to dispatch from Denpasar). Whilst this means that incomes are higher for taxi drivers (or at least the owners of the vehicles) this also means if you are staying away from central Ubud, or want to visit sights away from the centre, you will need to hire a driver for the day. Prices are about x2 to x3 the BlueBird equivalent (so IDR70,000 for a short trip, IDR150,000 for a 10km drive to a temple, IDR400,000+ for a half day trip). If you do take a one-way journey to a temple outside Ubud you may struggle to find a car for the return journey.
Uber/Grab is growing in Bali but unfortunately not in Ubud. The local tourist industry strongly oppose these services that too reasonably priced (expect three to five times less than through your hotel and those you find on the streets). For people holding taxi sign, expect to negotiate a price, although many will decline anything less than a third less.
By local car
Most local transport comes in the form of SUVs or minivans that can be hired with a driver for specific trips. Look for the circular yellow "E" logo on the windshield certifying them as Ubud Transport Association members. Drivers wait along the busy streets holding "TAXI" signs, calling out and offering their taxis as you walk by. You can (and should) haggle over the price, and pay less than for the equivalent journey in a metered taxi. A short trip should be less than Rp 20,000, and drivers will be glad to wait for you for a return fare. If you do not need a ride, a polite no or ignoring their solicitation is sufficient. Generally they are not persistent unless you respond.
Also, there are guys on motorbikes who will also offer bike rides (ojek) and are about half the price of those in a car.
By hotel car
Many hotels are located out of town, and are happy to offer regular, complimentary drop-off and pick-up services to central Ubud. Expect to pay higher than taxi prices if you are intending to go further afield.
As elsewhere in Bali, motorbike rental is widely available, and you will not be short of options. Expect to pay between Rp 40,000 and 80,000 per day for a late model motorbike in good condition. Look for rental agencies on all the main streets, or ask your hotel to organise for you. Navigation can be confusing, as signage is limited and all the roads look pretty much the same at first, but take it easy and stop to ask for directions if (when) you get lost.
You can rent bicycles for about Rp 20,000-30,000 per day. There is a large selection available at the corner of the football field on Jl Monkey Forest. Beware though: Ubud is very hilly, so cycling can be hard, sweaty work. Traffic on the main roads is heavy and drivers rarely pay heed to cyclists.
Ubud is so crammed with attractions it can almost seem like a visual assault at times. Try to make sure you allocate at least a week for your visit here, and take your time to explore properly. Visitors who jump in to Ubud for just two or three days of their Bali holiday, stand little chance of understanding much of what is going on around them.
The key historical sites are located out of town, some as far as 20km away, and you might find it worthwhile joining a tour to visit these. If you do visit attractions such as Goa Gajah, Gunung Kawi, Pura Kehen and Tirta Empul under your own steam, try to find a knowledgeable guide when you get there. Whilst you will certainly appreciate the beauty of these places, their cultural and spiritual significance may be lost without a guide.
Bamboo Forest Trek Powered by Bali Grace Cycling
- Bamboo Forest Cycling Tour (Ubud Adventures), Jln dewi sri Gianyar (Ubud), ☎ +6282237804939 ([email protected]), . Do a cycling tour through the bamboo forest, coffee plantation,visit traditional Penglipuran villages,breakfast overlook batur mountain and lake and lunch at restaurant in the middle of rice fields.this is track easy to passed. USD 48/person.
- Rafting And Bamboo Forest Tour (Ubud Adventures), Jalan Raya Ubud, ([email protected]), . We offer an excellent combination trip to covered your limited time holiday in Bali.The tour will explore the famous tourist destinations in Bali,such as: Ayung river rafting,Coffee luwak plantation,bamboo forest and penglipuran villages. It is the combination tour between sport,nature,culture and scenery. very complete tour for you love real natural of bali. Adult USD 60,Child USD 30.
- Downhill Bike Tours, Jl Raya Ir. Soekarno, ☎ +6281 558 418 737 ([email protected]), . Their guides will lead you at a leisurely pace along the tranquil, less travelled roads and mostly downhill through the traditional villages and varied landscapes of Bali, visiting local craftsmen at their work, local school and typical Balinese houses. It's good way to explore the Balinese countryside. IDR500,000/adult all inclusive.
- Pura Puseh Batuan Temple, Jalan batuan villages (South Ubud (5km)). The most notable landmark is the village temple, known as Pura Puseh, an ancient structure dated to the 11th century, embellished with intricate stone carvings. It's in the northern part of the village, 200m (620 ft) off the main road. The temple also has an inscription that testifies to the date of founding of Batuan in 1022 AD. The temple underwent restoration in 1992. It's a five-tiered gateway tower, clearly influenced by Indian religious architecture. Its icons and decorations, however, are typically Balinese in style. Notable depictions include a Bhoma head overlooking the main gateway. Admission tickets : IDR10,000.
- Campuhan Ridge Walk (Campuhan), Jl. Raya Campuhan, Ubud, ([email protected]), . Campuhan ridge walk is the best place for you to experience the trekking activity. It’s more than only hiking trail, through its path will accompany you to explore Ubud in amazing natural side. You will feel a peaceful atmosphere attack your mind after entering this ridge. You may say this place is like the heaven of beauty with full of romantic impression in every single view. Note that you don't have to pay to walk the ridge path. Just turn right after the bridge on your way out of Ubud and keep walking. USD 45/person..
Ayung River reliefs carved stone
- Ayung River Rafting (Ayung River), Jalan Raya Ubud (5 km from central ubud), . ayung river very popular for rafting adventures because river have a good view with every stop point you find reliefs carved into the stone and waterfall, reccommended visit morning. USD 30/ Person.
Temples and historical sites
- Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), Jalan Goa Gajah. Daily 08:00-18:00. The centrepiece here is a cave dating back to the ninth century, the entrance to which is an ornately carved demon's mouth. Inside are some fragmentary lingam and yoni statues, as well as a statue of Ganesha. Large, carved guards stand around pools near the entrance, and a little path leads to a waterfall, rice fields, and some Buddhist stupa fragments. Some parts of the Goa Gajah complex were not excavated until the 1950s. This sight is quite disappointing compared to other sights around Ubud. IDR15,000, including sarong rental, so don't buy a sarong because it's included.
Gunung Kawi, Tampaksiring
- Pura Gunung Kawi (Poet Mountain Temple), near Jl. Bayu Berata and Jl. Berkudara, Tampaksiring (18 km northeast from Ubud). Daily 07:00-17:00. Dating from the eleventh century, this is presumed to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his many wives. Reached by climbing down 371 steps, the location at the bottom of a steep valley lined with paddy fields, is quite stunning. It's not easy to climb all those steps but to see one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments in this lush green river valley is worth it. The smaller complex on the south side of the river is presumed to have been built for the King's wives, while the larger complex is thought to have been the residence of the King himself, and perhaps his concubines. The structures are carved into the sides of a steep river valley, and the river crossed by twisting trees and vines. You must take off your shoes before entering into the central pura complex. About 1km downstream there are further tomb cloisters. On the way back up, take a break at Cafe Kawi which has cold drinks for IDR10,000 and up. If you haggle for a taxi from Ubud, it should cost no more than IDR150,000 to get there and back, with the driver waiting for you while you make the visit. Organized day-trips to Batur volcano usually include this place as well. Motorbike parking is IDR2,000 but can be avoided if you enter via Jl. Yudistira/Jl. Drupadi then turn onto Jl. Bayu Brata and park right before the entrance gate. IDR15,000 including sarong and sash rental.
Hot springs at Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring
- Pura Kehen (Kehen Temple), Jl Sriwijaya, Bangli (just north of Bangli town centre, which itself is about 30 minutes north east from Ubud). Daily 08:00-17:00. One of the most attractive temples in the whole of Bali, and as it is slightly off the beaten path, one which receives relatively few visitors. The temple was founded in 1206, and has an especially impressive 11-tiered meru in the inner courtyard. When you visit here take a little extra time to look around Bangli. It is a quiet and attractive market town. Ticket includes sarong/sash rental. IDR30,000.
- Puri Saren Agung (Royal Palace, Water Palace), (across Jl Raya Ubud from Ubud Market), . Daily 09:00-17:00. This was the palace of the kings of Ubud until the 1940s, and some royal descendants live there to this day. Parts of the complex are off limits to the public, but entry to the rest is free, and this is Ubud's best setting for dance performances (see Do).
- Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring (20 km northeast from Ubud). Daily 08:00-18:00. One of the holiest temples in Bali built around hot springs that still bubble in the central courtyard. The Balinese come here to bathe and purify themselves physically and spiritually, and during Galungan, the sacred barong masks are bathed here. Take extra clothes if you want to bath with locals. Water from the spring is clean and believed to have magical powers. The complex dates to 960, but the present buildings are largely modern reconstructions. You can rent a sarong/sash for IDR10,000 that can go in the water. (The sarong/sash rental from the front gate cannot be returned wet.) Locker rentals to store your things while you bathe for IDR10,000. IDR15,000, including sarong and sash rental.
- Yeh Pulu, Banjar Batulumbang, Bedulu nr Gianyar (turn off the Ubud to Gianyar main road about 400m east of the entrance to the Goa Gajah complex. Drive through Banjar Batulumbang until the road comes to an end. From here walk down the track), . Daily 07:00-18:00. This complex of rock carvings is close to Goa Gajah but far less well known. The carvings date from the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and are set in a very attractive rice field. You can reach Yeh Pulu on foot through the rice fields from Goa Gajah, but you will definitely need a guide for the 45 minute walk as there is no path to speak of. Alternatively, you may just walk on the city streets (there are times where there is no sidewalk to speak of) or drive along the straight forward city route. In addition to the carvings (25m in length), there is a holy well here, and the attendant priest will be happy to bless you with the well water. Temple dress code applies. This is a much underrated and under-visited site, and is highly recommended. IDR15,000.
- Chapel of Mother Goddess, Rajarajeshwari Tripurasundari, Jl. Sri Wedari Km 3 (3 km north from the main Ubud street), ☎ +62 818 701658 ([email protected]), . A modern chapel dedicated to the feminine aspect of the divine, such as Kuan Shih Yin, Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, Lakshmi, Durga, Kali, Saraswati, Gayatri and others. Free, but donations are accepted.
Museums and galleries
- Setiadarma House of Masks and Puppets, Jl. Tegal Bingin (Mas, Ubud), ☎ +62 361.977404 ([email protected]), . 08:00-16:00. A place for preservation, study and display of masks and puppets from Indonesia and other countries. Approximately 1,300 pieces from Indonesia, Africa, Japan, Mexico, China, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Laos and many others! Excellent value and located on serene grounds. A little difficult to find and a small trip outside of Ubud proper but completely worth it. donation please.
- Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Jl Pengosekan, ☎ +62 361 975742 ([email protected]), . 09:00-18:00. Showcases works by well known Balinese artists, as well as international artists who made Bali their home such as Walter Spies, Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, Rudolph Bonnet and Arie Smit. The only painting in Bali by renowned Javanese artist Radan Saleh is exhibited here. They also run workshops for thirteen different aspects of Balinese art and culture. Cafe with tea and coffee. Price includes tea or coffee (hot or cold). IDR60,000.
- Bali Center for Artistic Creativity (BCAC), Jl Raya Andong, ☎ +62 81 246 527 362, . M-Sa 09:00-17:00. This gallery features a range of art by Bruce Sherratt and various local Indonesian artists and offers a variety of art classes.
- Blanco Renaissance Museum, Jl Raya Campuhan, ☎ +62 361 975502, . Daily 09:00-17:00. Before he died in 1999, Spanish artist Antonio Blanco was an absolute fixture on the Ubud art scene. His former home is now a museum showcasing his sometimes bizarre but always interesting work. Think Salvador Dali transplanted to Asia. In the garden you can take pictures of the exotic birds flying around. Admission price not correct at time of updating on their website. Confirmed 80,000. IDR80,000/ domestic IDR30,000.
- Museum Puri Lukisan (Museum of Fine Arts), Jl Raya Ubud (on the main road just west of the market), ([email protected]), . Daily 08:00-16:00. When it opened in 1954, this was the first private museum in Bali. Three buildings showcase traditional and modern Balinese art. The displays are a little musty and English labelling is spotty, but some of the works, particularly the carvings, are quite amazing. Exhibits by noted artists I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and Rudolph Bonnet, amongst others. IDR60,000.
- Museum Rudana, Jl Cok Rai Pudak 44 (on the road to Mas, about a 10min drive south of Ubud town centre), ☎ +62 361 975779 ([email protected]), . M-Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 12:00-17:00. A wide range of Balinese paintings is exhibited here, both traditional and modern. Run by its owner, artist Nyoman Rudana, who is often present. IDR100,000/ domestic IDR50,000, under 12y is free.
- Neka Art Museum, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, ☎ +62 361 975074 ([email protected]), . M-Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 12:00-17:00. This museum houses perhaps the most important art collection in the whole of Bali. Six pavilions house the various collections which include dedicated rooms for artists Arie Smit and I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. IDR50,000.
- Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women, Jl Sriwedari 2B, ☎ +62 361 975485, . Tu-Su 09:00-17:00. This gallery features art only by women; "Seni" is Indonesian for art and "Wati" means women.
The area around Ubud is characterised by gently rolling rice paddies, and these create an impression of greenness which can be quite startlingly beautiful. This is especially true to the south and southeast of the town. Any visitor approaching from the south will appreciate this and it is worth a stop just to absorb the gentle beauty of it all.
Northeast of Ubud town centre the land starts to become more undulating, and this is a good place to view Bali's classic rice terraces. The village of Tegallalang is very much a tourist trap, but it is worth braving the hordes of trinket peddlers to view the stunning terraces there. From the town centre, take Jl Raya as far east as you can go, and then turn north and continue about 9km until you reach Tegallalang. Look for the picture postcard rice terraces on you right-hand side. For those moving on north to the Kintamani area, this is on route and makes for an easy stop. A small fee is charged to cars entering, at least to tourists in hired cars.
Far more off the beaten path is to explore the rice fields immediately north of town. A good route is to take Jl Raya eastwards from the town centre and turn north up the small road immediately adjacent to the BCA Bank building. Proceed up this road through the village of Kutuh and just keep going, turning where you feel like it. This is a very gentle, rural area with some lovely landscape. A great way to explore is by bicycle as there are no steep hills to negotiate here.
Another very short walk through the rice fields starts as a narrow path at the right side of Puri Lukisan museum and ends as Jalan Kajeng street bringing you back to Ubud center.
Typical Ubud river valley scenery
On the opposite side of town in the Campuhaun, Sanggingan, and Kedewatan areas, the landscape changes dramatically as great gorges have been carved out of the limestone land base by the Ayung and Wos rivers. It's no surprise that so many five star hotels have made their home in these lush, dramatic valleys. Opportunities for viewing these gorges are many. You can just find your own way and explore by motorbike (it is very hard work by bicycle as the hills are steep). Head west out of town over the Campuhan Bridge and just start exploring. The main road here is Jl Raya Sanggingan, and if you continue heading away from town you will reach the junction with Jl Raya Kedewatan. From that point you can turn in either direction and just keep exploring. Alternatively, you can stop into a hotel or restaurant, have a drink or lunch, and gaze out in very civilised surroundings. If your pockets are deep, the restaurant at the Four Seasons in Sayan probably has the best views of all of the Ayung Gorge. A more budget conscious option is the lovely Indus restaurant in Sanginngan, with tables facing out to the Wos River.
Campuhan Treck For Hiking And Trekking
- Campuhan ridge walk (Ubud Hiking And Trekking), Jl raya campuhan, ([email protected]), . Morning 08.00 am - afternoon 14.00 Pm. This Campuhan ridge walk is the best place for you to experience the trekking activity. It’s more than only hiking trail, through its path will accompany you to explore Ubud in amazing natural side. You will feel a peaceful atmosphere attack your mind after entering this ridge. You may say this place is like the heaven of beauty with full of romantic impression in every single view. Adults US$40, children US$25.
- Villa Kitty, Jl. Ambarwati No.1 No.320, Lodtunduh, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, ☎ +62 858 5758 4131 ([email protected]), . 9:00AM-4:00PM daily. Villa Kitty is a popular kitten & cat rescue shelter run by Elizabeth, a Australian woman. Opened in 2011 this clinic not only provides badly-needed medical care and sterilization programs for the animals of Bali, but it also endeavors to find new homes for all it's rescued kitties. As so many of these cats need love and attention while waiting for their forever homes, Villa Kitty welcomes all visitors to come and give them a cuddle. There are also volunteering opportunities available (see website).
- Bali Bird Park, Jl Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, ☎ +62 361 299352 ([email protected]), . 9:30AM-5:30PM daily. A splendid 2-hectare aviary park with more than 250 species of birds in well thought out, attractive enclosures. The park has an enlightened, modern attitude to exhibiting animals, and this is obvious from the very open, walk-in aviaries, and the number of free range birds throughout the park. Also has a notably good cafe. One of Bali's best formal attractions. Adults US$23.5, children US$10.
- Botanic Garden, Kutuh Kaja (on the road to Kutuh Kaja village which runs north from Jl Raya Ubud close to BCA Bank), . 8AM-6PM daily. The owner has since passed away and the gardens are highly unkept. Not recommended based upon original reviews and description of what these gardens once were. Rp 50,000.
- Monkey Forest, Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, ☎ +62 361 971304 ([email protected]), . A sacred forest full of ravenous monkeys, so don't bring any food or you will risk bites and a need for rabies injections. If you are bitten, visit the first aid clinic near the entrance at the bottom of Jalan Monkey Forest. Stroll through to find Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, a temple of the dead. A visit to the very informative website beforehand is highly recommended. Entrance 50,000 Rp for adults. Be wary around the monkeys that occupy the Monkey Forest. They are experts at stealing possessions like glasses, cameras and even handbags, and have been known to attack people carrying food. Bali is currently battling a rabies outbreak, and the likelihood is that these monkeys could carry the disease. No matter how cute they look, feeding them is just asking for trouble. They can often be seen meticulously grooming each other. The young monkeys are extremely cute and playful. Some may tug on your shirt, or even climb on your shoulders or head. Be very, very cautious of the larger males as they can be aggressive. Do not stare or make eye contact with them or reach out to them as they may take it as a challenge.
- The White Herons of Petulu, Petulu. Every evening between 15,000 and 20,000 cattle egrets, known colloquially as white herons and in Balinese, kokokan, roost in the village of Petulu just ten minutes north of Ubud. It is quite a spectacle as these large, elegant white and rusty orange birds arrive in countless groups and tussle for the prime roosting spots. Each morning at dawn they leave en-masse to find feeding spots around the island. Some also breed in the area and nests can be seen in the roadside trees. The cattle egrets are joined by smaller numbers of little egrets and Javan pond herons. According to local legend, the egrets first appeared here in such large numbers after one of the worst massacres of suspected communists during the troubles of 1965. This led local villagers to believe that these birds are the souls of the slaughtered, and ceremonies to that effect are still held today. The village of Petulu is reached by heading east from Ubud town centre on Jl Raya Ubud until you meet the obvious junction with Jl Raya Andong. Turn left, and go up the hill for about 2 km until you see the sign posted left turning on Jalan Kintamani to Petulu village. Go into the village and then past the ticket point. After about 500 meters you can watch the birds from community hall building on your left, currently in renovation (Aug 2014). For June, July and August, get there by 5:30PM. 20,000 per adult. (-8.491582,115.274594)
Puram Dalem dance performance
As a centre of the arts, Ubud has over 65 different gamelan, dance and shadow puppet performances every week, in various venues, or about 8 or more every single night of the week. If you are in Bali during any of the Hindu cycles where gamelan and dancing is planned, the best way to see it is in an actual temple ceremony. Ask your accommodation or the Ubud Tourist Info office or your driver to find out if any are happening when you are in Bali.
There are also plenty of spas for resynchronising your chakras, and all manner of spiritual classes and treatments, some distinctly less genuine than others.
- Bali Center for Artistic Creativity (BCAC) (Andong), Jl Raya Andong, Ubud, ☎ +62 81246527362 ([email protected]), . Art studio and gallery offering art classes from beginners to teachers, and internationally accredited courses run by Bruce Sherratt.
- Gaya Ceramic and Design, ([email protected]), . Ceramic art studio offering gallery, exhibitions and workshops.
- Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Center, ☎ +(0361) 976194 ([email protected]), . Not-for-profit library and learning center offering morning or afternoon classes in silver making, wood carving, fruit carving, Balinese dancing, gamelan playing, and so on. Book borrowing memberships available or books for sale, free wifi for all visitors, Bahasa Indonesia language classes in the upstairs terrace.
- Five Art Studio Keliki Ubud, ☎ +6287861984083 ([email protected]), . Art studio and gallery offering classes in Keliki traditional painting class, silver, wood carving, fruit carving, Balinese dancing, egg painting.
- Canting Bali Cooking Class, Laplapan Village, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, ☎ +62 87 860 103676 ([email protected]), . Bali Cooking Class with Canting Bali, Beautiful Balinese Home Cooking Class in near Ubud, Discover the secrets of Balinese food. Free shuttle service for Ubud area.
- The Lesung Bali, Jalan Melayang, Ubud, Bali, ☎ +62 81 558 662252 ([email protected]), . Traditional Balinese cooking class and so much more. Offers additional optional tours of market, rice paddies, and coffee plantation. As well as learning how to cook a variety of dishes, you also get an intro on Balinese culture and a tour of a Balinese compound and family temple. All ingredients are grown in their own sustainable organic garden. Free shuttle pickup from Ubud area. Adult Rp. 350,000/person. Kids under 12 Rp. 250,000/person.
- Payuk Bali Home Cooking Class, Banjar Laplapan Ubud Bali, ☎ +62 361 8987854 ([email protected]), . Traditional Balinese cooking such sate lilit, Balinese salad, and nasi kuning. (-8.50357,115.277567)
- Paon Bali Cooking Class, Laplapan Village, ☎ +62 813 37939095, . Traditional Balinese cooking class in the home of a very hospitable family. They offer a pick-up in Ubud.
- Periuk Bali Cooking Class, Jl Raya Laplapan, Laplapan Ubud, ☎ +6281338792368, . 08.30am - 3.30pm. Learn the secrets of Balinese cuisine hands-On at Periuk Bali Cooking Class Ubud. IDR 350000. (-8.504417,115.278000)
- Pissari Bali Cafe, Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, ☎ +62 361 970743, . 09.00-13.00. Traditional Balinese cooking class. Uses all natural and organic ingredients. Really interesting and fun experience. The chef running the class is very experienced and knowledgable.
- Ubad Ubud Bali Cooking Class, Jl Ki Pasung Grigis, ☎ +085935387998 ([email protected]), . Discover a fascinating introduction in to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali. (-8.528660,115.286027)
- Laddu Kitchen Cooking Class (Cooking Class), Jl Raya Kedewatan Banjar Tanggayuda, Ubud, Bali, ☎ +62 361 971 999 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 970 999). make your holiday very impressive and memorable. with “cooking class program” how to learn Balinese food is open in nature with green rice terraces and tropical trees (-8.528660,115.286027)
- Cookly Pemulan Bali Balinese Farm Cooking & Organic farm, Banjar Patas, Taro, Tegallalang, Gianyar Sub-District, Bali, ([email protected]), . Pemulan Bali is one of the newest cooking and eating place on the island The location is north of Ubud (around 30 - 40 minutes drive). The farm is based on a community project to preserve organic farms and contribute to local people in the village. Rp. 415,000.
Dance performances are held almost nightly at Ubud Palace and Pura Taman Saraswati (Ubud Water Palace) which has an open-air stage surrounded by water with beautiful backdrop.
- Barong Dance, Batubulan (about fifteen minutes south of Ubud on the main road to Sanur). A Barong dance performance takes place here every day at 9:30AM, lasting about an hour. It is very much a performance for tourists, and the story is of the never ending battle between good and evil. There is actually not much dancing and a lot of talking in this performance. While buying a ticket, you will get a description of the forthcoming performance. Rp 80,000.
- Pura Dalem, Jl Raya Ubud, ☎ +62361970508, . One of the best kecak performances in Ubud, every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm-9:00pm. Staged in beautiful surroundings outside under the banyan trees, and followed by a fire dance. Excellent ambiance and the fire dance at the end is impressive. However, parts of the performance can get repetitive. Rp 75,000.
- Puri Saren & Puri Saraswati (just east of Jl Monkey Forest), Jl Raya Ubud, . Smack dab in the centre of town, dance performances are staged here almost nightly. Rp 80000+.
- Tek Tok Dance. Tek Tok Dance is a traditional Balineese dance that is accompanied by musical sound of mouth 'Tek Tok' altogether with various combinations of body movement and other sounds. Tek Tok Dance gives a moral message which when a woman who embodies the values of patience, sacrifice, compassion, devotion, and a holy sincerity is not respected, then disasters and calamities will befall a kingdom or state. This story also gives the message that truth, virtue, devotion and genuine compassion will always be protected by God. Tek Tok Dance performance held regularly in Bali Culture Center (BCC) Ubud, Bali four times a week.
- SenS Spa, 1 Jalan Sukma (junction of Jalan Sukma and Jalan Raya Ubud) (https://goo.gl/maps/GPCsKnuRZD52), ☎ +62 361 849 3328 ([email protected]). 09:00-23:00. SenS Spa is a calm retreat inside the SenS Hotel & Spa, featuring 1 couples treatment suite, 2 single suites and 3 foot reflexology stations. You’ll emerge radiant, relaxed and refreshed. SenS Spa is open till 11 pm – the perfect, soothing end to a day of work or play.
- Bali Healing, Location #1 Hanoman 43, Padang Tegal. Location #2 is Ubud Raya across from Casa Luna, ☎ +62 891936048846 +62 361 279 7658, . 10:00-21:00. Even for the experienced massage consumer, this six bed massage centre is an experience not to be missed. The 1 hr Balinese massage is about 80,000 Rp. Magic warm stone massage for 120,000 Rp. Several other deep tissue and reflexology treatments are available
- Bali Weight Loss, "Jalan, ☎ +62 8133 8196 208 ([email protected]), . 07:00-23:00. Provides retreats designed to help guests lose weight through detoxification, health food dieting and movement classes.
- Bodyworks Healing Centre, Jl Hanoman 25, ☎ +62 361 975720, . 10:00-21:00. Ubud Bodyworks Healing Centre was founded by Ketut Arsana 25 years ago, and it is still his family home. The 1st such establishment in Ubud, and was a place where Balinese people would come for healing long before the tourist hordes arrived. There is a definite emphasis on the spiritual elements of healing.
- Pertenin Body Care, Jl Jatayu, ☎ +62 361 972834, . 10:00-21:00. Facial treatments and massage in a relaxing, modern environment. Customer may select the oils and herbs for any treatment. From Rp 85,000, free pick-up.
- SANg Spa, Jl Jembawan 29B (at the bend in the southern part of Jl Jembawan, walk down a small side street), ☎ +62 361 8631816, . 09:00-21:00. Small full-service day spa, owned and run by a young couple named Ngurah and Asti. Simple, secluded, clean and nicely decorated. Very professional staff. From Rp 90,000.
- Spa Hati, Jl Raya Andong 14, Peliatan, ☎ +62 361 974 672 ([email protected]), . Prices start at Rp 110,000. The grounds are lovely and there is a pool and jacuzzi. This spa is a non for profit organisation which uses its income for charity programs. They offer pick up from your hotel.
- Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses, Jl Raya, Ubud, up the slope opposite Pura Dalem, ☎ +62 361 970 923 ([email protected]), . 10:00-21:00. The grounds and waterfalls are lovely. They offer Balinese, Relaxing, Swedish, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone, 4-handed and Deep Tissue massages, reflexology, body scrubs, flower baths, facials, manicures, and pedicures. There are various packages, massages for children and massage training. They offer pick up from your hotel. It is one of the top attractions in Ubud on Trip Advisor
- Ubud Sari Health Resort, Jl Kajeng 35 (a 10 minute walk northwards up Jl Kajeng from the centre of Ubud), ☎ +62 361 974393, . 10:00-21:00. Emphasis on Balinese-style healing therapy. Offers alternative health care, a day spa, beauty salon, health massage, vegetarian restaurant and yoga. From USD15.
- Verona spa, Jl Monkey Forest (at the end of the alley by Yulia Hotel), ☎ +62 361 970975, . 09:00-21:00. Private individual or coupled rooms that open onto a rice terrace. 4 hour package called the Verona Spa Experience has a massage, body scrub, flower bath, facial, manicure, pedicure, and hair crème bath (not to be missed if you like having your head massaged). Cost is Rp 445,000.
Whitewater rafting and other outdoor activities
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There is good rafting available on the Ayung River at Sayan, just west of Ubud. Almost as good as the rafting itself is the wonderful experience of being right down inside the Ayung gorge. This is the domain of high-end resorts like the Four Seasons and Amandari, and it is a very scenic area indeed. The rapids are Class II and Class III, and best during the rainy season as the river can run a bit dry from June to September. There are two well established operators, both with offices on the main road in Sayan, close to Amandari, however other operators have sprung up recently as well.
Cycle tours are an increasingly widespread and popular option.
- ATV Ride Bali (Explore Bali With ATV), Jl. baypass ide bagus mantra, ([email protected]), . come explore real bali on a thrilling ATV adventure in the middle of impressive ricefields terrace,challenging riverbed, and fantastic black sandy beach. Single : US $ 99/pax, Tandem US $ 129.
- White Water Rafting (Ayung River), Jl. Raya Ir. Soekarno, ☎ +6281558418737 ([email protected]), . Led by their friendly guides at a leisurely place, you will paddle through breathtaking waterfalls for unparalleled fun on the river. Tasty Indoneian food will be served for your lunch in their natural river side café at the end of the trip. Unforgettable and great fun on rafting trip. IDR. 450.000/adult all inclusive.
- Ayung River Rafting (Ubud Adventures), jalan labuan sait, ([email protected]), . rafting tour in bali is a tour that we have prepared for those who love adventure,with beautiful across the ayung river the rushing water but still safe to pass through,ayung river very popular for rafting adventures because river have a good view with every stop point you find reliefs carved into the stone and small waterfall. USD 40.
- Canyoning, Jl. Raya Mas No. 62A, ☎ +62361 971 288 - +6285 333 88 55 98 ([email protected]), . canyoning is an ultimate outdoor adventure and sport using a variety of techniques that may include walking, abseiling, jumping, sliding down natural slopes and swimming in white water for aquatic canyons. And of course discover beautiful and hidden place at the heart of Balinese nature! If you want to go in non commercial area and feel adventure, do not hesitate.
- Half Day Bike Tours, Jl. Raya Ir. Soekarno, ☎ +62361 7462290 ([email protected]), . Their guides will lead the way for a gentle climb down to a river bed, passing village women as they go about their typical day, watching a farmer as he climbs a coconut tree, and having a well earned drink of young coconut juice than walking through the timeless village of Pejeng (East Ubud). IDR. 400.000/adult all inclusive.
- Bali Budaya Eco Tours, Jl Raya Pengosekan, ☎ +62 361 975557 ([email protected]), . The original cycling tour. Free pickup from hotel, breakfast with a view of Mount Batur, visit to coffee plantation, downhill cycling through rice paddies and villages, visit to Balinese family compound, optional flat/uphill cycling and a generous buffet lunch. Two guides per group, bikes in good condition, helmets, water also included. Also do volcano climbs, jungle treks etc. Rp 560,000/person all inclusive.
- Bali Bike Adventures, Laplapan Village, ☎ +62 361 9234 627 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 898 7934), . Includes return hotel transfer, mountain bike with safety helmet, breakfast, towel and mineral water, all entrance fees, professional guide, buffet lunch, insurance covered for each participant. Rp 650,000/person all inclusive.
- Bali Hai Adventures Specialist, Jl Raya Astina Timur, Gianyar, ☎ +62 85 739 303 982 ([email protected]), . This full day cycling tour will take you far away from the regular tourist itinerary and “off the beaten track” deep into rural Bali where you will be able to witness firsthand the daily life of the Balinese people, their local customs and rituals as well as their age-old traditions. Includes private A/C van (min 2 pax booking), mountain bike and safety helmet, breakfast and lunch, fruit and mineral water on tour, entrance fees and personal insurance coverage (from the age of 5 to 65 years). Rp 500,000/person.
- Half Day Bike Tours, Jl. Raya Ir. Soekarno, ☎ +62361 7462290 ([email protected]), . Their guides will lead the way for a gentle climb down to a river bed, passing village women as they go about their typical day, watching a farmer as he climbs a coconut tree, and having a well earned drink of young coconut juice than walking through the timeless village of Pejeng (East Ubud). IDR. 400.000/adult all inclusive.
- Nyoman Scooter Taxi and Tour Service (Tour and taxi with motorbike), Hanoman Road Anila Lane no 7, ☎ +6281994289910 ([email protected]). This tour with motorbike bring you around Ubud and surrounding. See some temples, waterfall, nature and many more. Also do a motorbike taxi.
Yoga and meditation
- Spacious Yoga - Ashtanga Yoga, at Seeds of Life Raw Food Cafe, Jl. Goutama, Ubud (near the top of Jl. Goutama above Seeds of Life Cafe), ☎ 082237805643 ([email protected]), . 7-10 AM Sun - Fri.. An Ashtanga Yoga shala offering morning Mysore style practice 6 days per week and occasional workshops and intensives. Drop-in, weekly and monthly rates available..
- Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio, Jl. Jembawan 3, Padang Tegal Kaja (Next to post office and almost across from Bali Buddha), ☎ +62 0361 978 055 ([email protected], fax: ""url="http://www.radiantlyalive.com/"). 7AM-7PM. Beautiful large and centrally located studio with a diverse range of yoga classes from Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar, hatha, dance, kirtan and more. They also host special interest workshops and yoga teacher trainings. From about Rp 100,000. (-8.509671,115.266881)
- Taman Hati Yoga and Meditation Center, Banjar Nyuh Kuning, ☎ +62 361 974739 ([email protected]). This centre was founded in 2000 by two local men, both from families containing many generations of Hindu priests. Set up for both complete beginners, and those already experienced but wishing to broaden their horizons. Every Wednesday at 7:30PM, there is a free class entitled "World Peace Meditation". From about Rp 90,000.
- Ubud Yoga Centre, Jl Raya Sanggingan (almost opposite Neka Museum), ☎ +62 361 970460 ([email protected]), . Expat-run centre offers everything from single attendance classes up to residential yoga instructor training courses. From Rp 90,000 per session. Good value ten class pass for Rp 550,000..
- The Yoga Barn, Jl Hanoman, Pengosekan, ☎ +62 361 970992 ([email protected]), . Range of classes and an excellent set of teachers mostly in the Ashtanga/Vinnyasa school. Upper studio has great views of the surrounding rice terraces. Residential packages, multiple day classes and simple single entry classes. If you are a teacher, they offer the possibility of renting the centre to host your classes. From about Rp 100,000.
- Movement Matters Bali Pilates, Jl. Nyuh Bulan, No.5, Nyuh Kuning (One street over from Yayasan Bumu Sehat Natural Birthing Center), ☎ +62 822 6608 6611 ([email protected]), . 7AM-9PM. State-of-the-art Pilates and Gyrotonic studio with imported equipment from USA and Canada. Ubud's first and only fully equipped studio also featuring an onsite certified Rolfer. Private and semi-private sessions, group classes at a custom-built beautiful studio in Ubud's famous village, Nyuh Kuning. From Rp 80,000.
- Anand [email protected], Jl. Sriwedari Km 3, ☎ +62 818 701658 ([email protected]), . Non-profit institution offering yoga, meditation, satsang, kirtan, bed and breakfast. Visiting teachers and students are welcome to use the space for their programs and stay on donation basis.
- Blooming Lotus Yoga, at Lodtunduh, Ubud (Ubud Corner 88, Br. Mawang Kaja No. 88, Desa Lodtunduh, Ubud), ☎ +62 361 4792881 ([email protected]), . Yoga and meditation retreats offered. 4 day, 7 day, and 11 day yoga retreats available..
- Ubud Pilates, Jl. Cempaka Putih No.13, Banjar Penestanan Kaja, Sayan, Ubud (Next to Pekak Mangku Guest House), ☎ +6281353349900 ([email protected]), . Ubuds' first Pilates studio, founded by Swedish born Asa Brynvall in 2010 and newly renovated in 2017. It's a unique, purpose built studio that specialises in Pilates mat work. They offer beginner, intermediate and advanced classes as well as private and semi private sessions. (-8.502174,115.247350)
- Mirah Delima Institute, Jalan Suweta No. 6 Ubud, Bali 80571 (Puri Anyar Heritage), ☎ +62-812 381 8947 ([email protected]), . Mirah Delima Institute is a group of dedicated professionals offering integrated healing programs and retreats with the profound natural energies available to all in Bali – the great ‘Bali Spirit’. Our services are provided by traditional Balinese Master Healers and High Priests and include Hypnotherapy, Yoga, Meditation, Intuitive Readings, Purification, Chakra work and Spirit Journeys.
Ubud has a vast assortment of art and jewelry shops. Head for the boutique type stores on Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Raya Ubud for higher quality goods (with appropriately higher prices), or down to the market for bulk-produced cheapies.
- Mas Carving Center (carving of wood sculptures), jalan mas,batubulan, . 08.00 am - 17.00 Pm. Mas Village Wood Carving is art with a focus on carving of wood sculptures. It is situated in Ubud District and Gianyar Regency has a distinctive style in the art carving of wood sculptures that promotes characteristic synergy of humanism and naturalism. The fame of this village as a village of art has been recognized nationally and internationally which can not be separated from the greatness name of some maestros who born, growth and find their identities and spirit of art in Mas Village
- Celuk Village (handicraft center of gold and silver jewelry), jalan raya sukawati celuk, . 08.00 am - 17.00 pm. Celuk Village is formerly as a traditional Balinese village located in the entrance gate of Gianyar Regency ad has changed into a tourist attraction with its trademark in the form of gold and silver. The village located in Sukawati District, Gianyar Regency has the uniqueness and excellent in production of gold and silver handicrafts.
Located at the corner of Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Raya Ubud, this is a double storey warren of stalls bursting at the seams with wood carvings, batik shirts, sarongs, and all manner of other souvenirs aimed specifically at tourists. The merchants here haggle with tourists for a living, and think nothing of asking for ten times the going price, so try to establish a baseline before you go in to buy. Most of the merchants downstairs will lose interest if you try to get a reasonable price. It is better to try the shops upstairs where you will find the same products often for sale at lower prices. You will still need to use your best bargaining skills of course. Try to avoid the period from 11AM-2PM when tour buses from further afield tend to arrive en-masse.
If hiring a car for a day, it might be worth it to make a stop in Tegallalang, where they are geared more towards wholesale buyers. The Sukawati Market is crowded and sells trinkets in bulk as well, but quality is dubious.
Craft villages between Ubud and Sanur
The road to Ubud from Sanur in the south passes through a series of small towns and villages which specialize in the production of particular arts and crafts. The towns are Batubulan/Singakerta for stone carvings, Celuk for silver jewellery, Batuan for paintings, and Mas for wood carvings. The whole area is sometimes referred to as the "craft villages" of Bali, although it is all a bit more built-up and congested than one might infer from the term "village."
This is the best area to see and buy a wide variety of Balinese craftwork in a short period of time. There are many large showrooms where arts and crafts in the Balinese style are offered for sale. Nearly all organised day-tours of central Bali stop at one or more of these showrooms (and the tour operators usually have a financial tie-up with the places where they stop, collecting a commission on purchases.) Be careful, many of these shops specialise in pricing based on huge commissions to the drivers and tour buses.
Organic Farms between Ubud and Kintamani
The road between Ubud and Kintamani is swarming with (supposedly)organic farms that have a wide variety of fruits growing on site as well as a few caged luwaks to make luwak coffee. The are probably about 20-25 of these in total and all of them are exactly the same. A guide will show you around and then order a selection of (supposedly) home made coffee and tea. You are then invited to buy these products in their ridiculously overpriced shops. Everything is 4-6 times as much as it would be in a local market. It's impossible to produce all that coffee and all those products on site as they claim. The biggest rip off of them all are the supposed hand rolled cigars (5 for 200'000). You can buy the exact same ones in town for about 35'000 (for 10). Most of their products (especially coffee) is just repackaged.
Other shops & markets
- Bali Etrade, Jalan Raya Demayu Batuh No. 99 (Mambal to Ubud), ☎ 8015532, . Bali handicraft manufacture and wholesale
- Bali Biru, Jalan Demayu Batuh (Mambal to Ubud), ☎ 9005145, . Bali handicraft wholesale
- Djamoekoe, Jalan Made Lebah (next to Massa's Fitness), ☎ 9005145, . 8AM-8PM every day. Homemade jamu, kombucha and ginger beer along with an Ayurvedic and TCM herbal grocery.
- Ganesha Bookstore, Jl Raya, ☎ +62 ([email protected]), . 9AM-6PM daily. Second hand bookstore. Also has great range of new books about Bali and Indonesia. Been around since 1986 and now has a second branch in Seminyak.
- Pondok Pecak Library, Jl Monkey Forest (on the opposite side of the football pitch from Jl Monkey Forest), ☎ +62 361 976194. 9AM-5PM daily. This privately run community library often has decent fiction and other books for sale. By buying here you are supporting their mission to make free books available to Balinese schoolkids. When you visit, check to see if they have any cultural performances coming up. Also has a small cafe serving home-made snacks.
- Sukawati Art Market, Sukawati (about twenty minutes south of Ubud on the main road to Sanur). This huge market is like a one-stop centre for all the craft villages between Sanur and Ubud. Many souvenir shop owners from around Bali wholesale purchase their items here, and prices are considerably lower than in the tourist centers like Kuta, Sanur, and Ubud town centre. For a taste of everyday, go to the food and produce market opposite the art market.
- Threads of Life, Jl Kajeng 24, ☎ +62 361 972187 ([email protected]), . 10AM-7PM daily. A fair trade store that stocks commercially made, traditional hand-woven textiles from Bali and all points east in Indonesia. Or better yet, go to the shops that are actually from the villages and outer islands like Timor and Flores, and specialize in traditional weavings.
Ubud is renowned in Bali for its wide range of restaurants, and is probably second only to Seminyak in terms of the quality of the offerings. Travelers on a budget will not be short of options, as there are many simple warungs serving up the standard Indonesian staples.
Babi Guling is a very popular dish for Balinese as well as tourists, and you can find it at most traditional markets and at roadside eateries as well.
- Ayu's Warung, Jl Sugriwa (around 100m down from Jl Raya), ☎ +6285857454453. 9AM-10PM. Very friendly couple. Serve local Balinese food in a small warung on the street. Woman likes to talk with you after finishing your dinner. Like a typical warung, the portions are big and the prices are low. Serving breakfast and lunch/dinner. Also cater for groups (book at least one day in advantage) and offers cooking classes for up to two people. 10,000- 35,000.
- Ayu's Cafe, Jl Bisma (around 20 m north of Jl Raya Ubud). A simple local eatery serving Balinese and some western dishes. Run by a group of local women who are friendly and accommodating. Their local desserts are very tasty. Low prices and good fare.
- Bubu Warung, Jl Penestanan Kelod, ([email protected]), . 8AM-10PM daily. Healthy and delicious Balinese cuisine with plenty of choices on the menu. If you have any special requests, Ibu Made will be happy to cater for you.
- Dewa Warung, Jl Goutama, . 10AM-10PM daily. Dewa's is one of the better cheap places to eat in town. Serves all the usual Balinese and Indonesian dishes. The most expensive item on the menu is Rp 30,000. All dishes are very big. Try the fresh mint-lime juice: Rp 9,000 and coconut pie. Add 10% service charge. (-8.509495704856112,115.26419878005981)
- Ibu Oka Warung Babi Guling, Jln Tegal Sari, Off Jalan Suweta (around 200 m north of the Jl Raya Ubud-Jl Suweta-Monkey Forest Rd crossroads turn right into a side street and follow a small gang about 100 m ahead. There are lots of signs). 11AM-3PM daily. A Bali culinary experience. The babi guling (spit-roasted pig) here is world-famous, and this once humble eating place is virtually a place of pilgrimage. The roast pork is served with rice and spiced veggies, order the special (Rp 55,000 as of Nov 2015) to get a bit of everything — including offal and blood sausage. There are normal tables and chairs but you can also sit on the floor at low tables inside the bale (pavilion). The restaurant is most likely listed on guidebooks which led to a considerable descrease in quality and portion size, and a increase in price. Oka also has a branch in Mas ☎ +62 361 976345 on the main Teges-Sukawati road on the route between Ubud and the airport. Unlike the original, where comfort and appearance are not strong points, this outlet is a two-storey restaurant which is spotless, airy and comfortable. Add 10% service/tax charge. From Rp 45,000.
- Pizza Bagus, Jl. Raya Pengosekan (500 m south of the Monkey Forest Rd.), ☎ +62 361 978520, . 9AM-10:30PM. Provides fresh made to order pizzas, pasta and other Italian style meals. Italian gelato and a full deli are also available. Eat-in, take-out or delivery. Organic market held every Saturday morning. Games and TV are provided to entertain children. Free wifi. Main course from Rp 22,000-50,000.
- Sawah Indah Warung Ikan Bakar, Jl. Raya Goa Gajah (Peliatan), ☎ +62 361 785 8080. 9AM-10PM. Lunch or dinner with a rice field view. Fish pond. Relaxing and good for a family or group. Rp 50,000.
- Sari Bamboo, Penestanan. 8AM-9PM daily. A tourist class warung, with food freshly cooked to order, set amid tropical gardens on the main road to Penestanan village. Mainly Indonesian food flavoured to suit the taste of western visitors. The warung and bungalows are easily distinguishable by the display of modern art works by the resident artist. No hard sell though, just good food in beautiful surroundings at good prices. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rp 15,000-25,000.
- Song's Oriental Kitchen, Jl Monkey Forest (At end of small side street about mid of Jl Monkey Forrest - follow Medical Doctor sign next to Yulia Village Inn). 8AM-10PM. Well hidden small lovely quiet location away from the busy main roads with excellent local food kitchen Rp ~25k and a huge offer of tasty fresh made and creative drinks including juice, lassie, smoothy and cocktails for Rp 10-15k.
- Umah Pizza, (around 30 m north of Jl Raya Ubud). Great little eatery with a wood fired oven at the back of the restaurant. Serves a variety of thin crust pizzas along with other western and basic Indonesian dishes.
- Warung Aja, Jl Monkey Forest (about halfway down Jl Monkey Forest, the warung is set back away from the road, on the right side if heading south towards the Monkey Forest), ☎ +62 361 973398. 9AM-10PM daily. Cosy and friendly, Warung Aja is run by a couple from Java and is a good place to sample Indonesian food from Java, such as nasi rawon, nasi kuning, and pecel. There are also the usual Balinese food items on the menu like sate lilit. Mains from Rp 20,000.
- Warung Igelanca (Iggy's), Jl Raya Ubud, ☎ +62 815 8943251. 11AM-10PM daily. Cheap and cheerful Indonesian favorites like nasi campur, fried rice and noodles, plus (this being Ubud) a range of herbal drinks, such as Ginger Jive.
- Warung Lada, Jl Hanoman. 10AM-9PM daily. Choose from the various Indonesian side dishes (nasi campur-style) that are displayed behind the counter. You can pick as many dishes as you like as you pay for each serving. A full plate is around Rp 30,000 including a fresh fruit juice. Be on time for lunch because it is usually packed.
- Warung Garasi, Jl Monkey Forest (on a side street left walking up Monkey Forest Road opposite Hotel INATA and next to a couple of massage places). Very tasty nasi campur for 15,000 in a nice Vespa themed Warung that used to be a garage.
- CarameL Patisserie & Cafe, Jl. Hanoman no.4B, Ubud (30m from Ubud Raya at Jl. Hanoman on your left side), ☎ 0361-970847 or 0812 33 688 168, more info, . 10am-9pm, closed on tuesday. A haven for desserts lover, specialized in selections of cakes & macarons.
- Paula's Rice Terrace Cafe, Jl Suweta, Bentuyung, Ubud (2.7 km north of Ubud Center), ☎ 087 862 474 824, . 7am - 8pm. Located at the most photographed location in picturesque Ubud, Bali. You are 12 meters above the rice terraces....you see the birds fly below you. The food is a mix of local Balinese and Western favorites. The drinks are designed to be a respite from the heat...think the Caribbean or Key West...ice cold beer, frozen drinks and a large Tapas menu. Parking available. 10-35k IDR.
- Lalapan D'Ubud, Jln. Raya Pengosakan (Corner of Jln. Made Lebah, 500m South if turning for Monkey Sanctuary), ☎ +6281999224061. Very clean and tidy warung serving delicious grilled chicken or fish with their special herb/spice paste. Served with rice and fresh veg this is a great option for a quick delicious lunch. Must try when in Ubud. 10,000rp.
- Alchemy, Jl Penestanan, ☎ +62 361 971981 ([email protected]), . 7AM-9PM daily. A 100% raw vegan cafe & juice bar, organic health food store, and "holistic clinic". Free Wifi Pricerange Rp 35,000-60,000.
- Batan Waru, Jl Dewi Sita, ☎ +62 361 977528, . 8AM-midnight daily. Long established Ubud institution. Excellent Balinese and other Indonesian food as well as western options, in a well designed space. Also serves top quality coffee, and has a dessert menu which includes an especially notable version of Balinese black rice pudding (bubur injin). Indoor and outdoor seating. Most mains Rp 40,000-60,000.
- Babyface Restaurant, Jl Monkey Forest, ☎ +62 361 976127, . 11AM-11PM daily. Simple 2 storey building with a wide choice of food with mains starting at Rp 30,000. This restaurant also has free wifi and lovely staff. The downstairs has a restaurant feel but upstairs is more of a lounge, where you can relax and use your laptop. While the wifi is free, if you need to use electricity, the first 20 mins free, then Rp 200 per min after that.
- Clear Cafe, 8 Jalan Hanoman, ☎ +62 361 8894437, . An organic cafe with a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and raw food-friendly selections. Free Wi-Fi. Try free samples from their bakery at the front of the restaurant! Mains about Rp 25,000-70,000.
- Cafe des Artistes, (Jl Bisma), ☎ +62 361 972706, . 11AM-midnight daily. This Belgian-owned eatery serves Indonesian dishes as well as a vast array of international classics. Famous for their grilled tenderloin steaks. Extensive winelist, cocktails, Belgian beers and homemade desserts. Free wifi from 11AM-6PM. To make sure you get a table for dinner, call ahead. About Rp 50,000 per head.
- Casa Luna, Jl Raya Ubud, ☎ +62 361 973282, . 8AM-10PM daily. Large, long-established restaurant serving western and local dishes, and plenty that fall somewhere in between. Mains about Rp 55,000-90,000.
- China Moon, 8 Jl Monkey Forest (at the corner of Jl Hanoman and Jl Monkey Forest), . 7AM-2PM daily. While China Moon is not packed during lunch and dinner time, it does have some of the better Chinese cuisine available in Ubud. The owner of the restaurant comes from Taiwan and is really passionate about cooking and helping customers. Unsurprisingly, Taiwanese food is the big thing here, so you might want to try the mushroom pork soup or any other of stews and soups Taiwanese cuisine has to offer. They also serve food from other regions of China, as well as the typical Balinese dishes (or a fusion of both). De Ubud Villas & Spa is from the same owner at the backside. Mains Rp 30,000-50,000.
- Mojo's Flying Burritos (""address="Jl), (on the main road near Bank BCA), . 10AM-10PM daily. Mexican restaurant serving burritos, nachos, and tacos all completely handmade including handrolled tortillas and corn chips. At night, a good joint to hang out with expats drinking fresh margaritas and sangria by the pitcher. Mains Rp 20,000-35,000.
- Murni's Warung, Jl Raya Campuan-Ubud (at the Campuan Bridge), ☎ +62 361 975233 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 972146), . 9AM-11PM daily. Excellent western and Balinese food in a stunning, gorge setting. Elegant lounge bar. Historic, being the 1st real restaurant in Ubud founded by Murni herself in 1974. Also a shop with interesting collectibles and the odd real antique. Mains Rp 20,000-70,000.
- Naughty Nuri's Warung and Grill, Jl Raya Sangiggan (opposite the Neka Art Museum half way up the hill heading north out of Ubud), ☎ +62 361 977547. 10AM-11PM daily. Crowded roadside watering hole. Microbrews, great martinis and slabs of BBQ ribs. This is very much a standard stop for Korean or Japanese tour buses. Once a week they do amazing grilled tuna. Careful that the waitresses do not stick other peoples drinks on your bill. A few times a year they have parties where drinks are US$10 for as much beer as you can handle, for example during USA elections and the Superbowl. Mains Rp 20,000-70,000.
- Nomad, Jl Raya Ubud 35, ☎ +62 361 977169, . 11AM-11PM daily. A long-standing institution that serves up a good selection of Balinese, Indonesian, and western dishes, but deservedly popular is their version of a tapas selection, consisting of bite-sized portions of local flavors. 12 pieces of tapas served with rice costs Rp 90,000 and feeds two. Also serves a wide range of cocktails and spirits.
- Taco Casa 'n Grill (Mexican Restaurant), Jl Raya Pengosekan (next to Alana's California Dreaming), ☎ +62 361 2123818 ([email protected]), . 11AM-10PM daily. Open kitchen, simple and fresh tacos (soft and crispy), nachos, 8-layer burrito, fajitas, cheesy enchiladas, quesadillas and taco salad bowl. Fresh blended tropical fruit juices or lassies, milkshakes, freshly prepared lemonade, pure juices, mineral water, hot drink, margarita, mojito, sangria and soft drinks. **Note, March 2017, dishes were between 50-100k, then there is a 15.5% service/tax added afterward to your order. Mains Rp 22,000-45,000.
- Tutmak, Jl Dewi Sita (next to the football field), ☎ +62 361 975754, . 8AM-11PM daily. A favorite with the expat crowd, Tutmak offers an international menu, but is especially famous for its superb coffee made from local arabica fresh roasted daily by the owners. Mains about Rp 25,000-50,000.
- Uma Resto, Jl Monkey Forest (few metres from Sacred Monkey Forest), ☎ +62 361 4792 766 ([email protected]), . 7:00am - 10:00pm daily. Provides an Asian (Balinese, Indonesian, Thai) and Western cuisine, and various of beverages; cocktail, mocktail, coffee or tea. Free wifi. (-8.518400,115.262176)
Many of the five star hotels in and around Ubud have top class restaurants, with the Four Seasons Resort and Maya Ubud being of special note.
- Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner), Jl Hanoman, Padang Tegal, ☎ +62 361 975489, . Daily 11:00-22:00. An interesting restaurant with paddy field views and nice gardens. Famous for their crispy fried duck and some European-based menu items. They have a good selection of cakes as well. Free Wi-Fi in the area closest to the street. About Rp 100,000 per head.
- Cascades Restaurant, Jl Lanyahan, Br Nagi, ☎ +62 361 972111 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 970777), . A fine dining restaurant with French inspired menus mixed with Asian influences. Good views and hushed atmosphere. Has a large wine list.
- Mozaic, Jl Raya Sanggingan, ☎ +62 361 975768, . 11AM-11PM daily. The brainchild of chef Chris Salans, this is one of the leading restaurants in the whole of Bali, and one which will please even the most jaded of foodies. Multi-award winning, including the coveted Les Grandes Tables du Monde award (the only restaurant in Bali ever to achieve that). Western prices, but worth it as a special treat. Try the degustation menu.
- Terazo, Jl Suweta (just north of the junction with Jl Raya Ubud), ☎ +62 361 977528, . 10AM-midnight. High quality fusion cuisine in a restaurant environment with a Mediterranean colonial feel. Notably excellent desserts. Owned and run by the same people as Batan Waru. Rp 100,000+ per head.
Beware of the local Luwak coffee, which has been linked to serious animal abuse as the demand for this coffee grows. Many spice gardens will keep the wild civet for displays - these animals are caught from the wild and kept in cages for the entertainment of tourists, usually under unacceptable conditions.
Ubud is emphatically not a party town: there are a few places for a quiet drink, but the strictly enforced local regulation that all live performances and loud music must end by 10:30PM puts a bit of a clamp on the local nightlife. More often than not, visitors have a quiet drink with their evening meal, and call it a night.
- Ary's Warung, Jl Raya Ubud 35 (opposite Puri Saraswati), ☎ +62 361 975959, . 10:30AM-10PM daily. Don't be fooled by the name, this is a stylish watering hole with a large bar downstairs, complete with sofas and cow-leather bar stools, and a rather less busy restaurant upstairs. Drinks are expensive but generously sized.
- The Melting Pot Game Room and Pub, Jl. Pengosekan (across from The Pond restaurant and behind Delta Dewata), ☎ +62 815 7689113. 11AM till last man out. Pool hall and games room with full bar. Every nation is represented with a flag and customers are encouraged to sign their country’s. Food, music, table tennis, darts, foosball, video games, pool tables and general atmosphere make it a place where locals, expats and tourists often congregate. 8 Ball tournament every Tuesday night and 10 ball tournament on Fridays are open to all.
- Rendezvousdoux, Jl Raya Ubud 14, ☎ +62 361 7470163. 10AM-11PM daily. On Thursday evenings there is often a jam session with local expat musos trying their hand at various forms of ethnic music. Otherwise it is a generally quiet cafe.
- Wapa's Restaurant, Jl. Sueta, Br. Bentuyung, ☎ +62 361 973178. It is very nice restaurant with rice field view, the restaurant special menu fried crispy duck.
- Kamasan Cafe, Jl. Raya Sangingan (Located behind Warung Pulau Kelapa restaurant), ☎ (0361) 971872. Kamasan Cafe is providing authentic Indonesian cuisine especially from Java. Completed with coffee, mocktail & cocktail. They are providing various specialty coffees from around Indonesia The coffee is fresh one and roasted by expert coffee master.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
|| Under Rp 250,000
|| Rp 250,000-1,000,000
|| Over Rp 1,000,000
Ubud has a vast selection of lodging for all budgets. Many visitors prefer to stay out in nearby rural areas instead of in the town centre, ideally with views of the famous rice terraces, but this can make it a little difficult to get around. Jl Bisma and Jl Kejeng on the west side have numerous homestays but within walking distance of central Ubud.
As in most of Bali, in all but the grandest of hotels, check-in and check-out times are a bit of a moveable feast. It's safe to assume about 14:00 and 11:00 respectively.
Ubud has many homestays which are the cheapest form of lodging, a good way to meet the locals, and the natural replacement for hostels on the backpacker circuit. If you want to stay in town, the area around Jl Monkey Forest is generally the most expensive little more expensive (from Rp 80,000-100,000 per night). If you want cheaper prices try the areas around Jl Hanoman, north of Jl Raya Ubud and further out in Peliatan. In the low season especially, bargains can be had by those willing to bargain.
- Joker Hostel & Guesthouse, Jalan Raya Pengosekan,Ubud (next to Taco Casa and 2 mins walk from Perama bus office), ☎ +62 83119691058 or +6282237839538. Family oriented hostel run by local Balinese. Free breakfast until 1pm (Balinese or Banana pancake/Eggs), Strong Wifi, Good AC, Hot shower, Free coffee tea and water 24/7. Rooms are cleaned, beds are made everyday, dorms beds have privacy curtains and personal charging point. 24 hours reception, motorbike rental (Rp. 50,000 a day) and laundry available. They have many local tips and can make tour arrangement. Good location for good night sleep` Rp 100,000 for AC dorms, Rp 300,000 for AC double bed room ensuite.
- Tude's Family Homestay, Jl Sugriwa, No 57, Gang Menda, Padang Tegal Kelod, ☎ +62 361 973511 or 081 338 227 008. This new guesthouse situated a few minutes walk from the city center is run by a welcoming and charming Balinese family. The two newly built guest rooms each have two comfortable twin beds, a private bathroom with shower (hot water), many windows, ceiling fan and a verandah for enjoying morning tea. These rooms are within the family compound, but have their own private entrances. A nice breakfast of fresh fruits, pancakes or omelettes is included in the price of the room. The owners are always available to offer help to their guests. They can arrange transports, excursions, spa treatments and anything else you need during your stay in Ubud. Putu, the owner, always have time to sit and discuss with his guests. The nicest smile in Ubud! Free wifi available. Rp From 150,000 to 200,000.
- Soni Backpacker House, Jl Raya Pengosekan no 63, next to Perama Bus Station, ☎ +6281 994 289 910 ([email protected]). This charming hostel situated a few minutes walk from the city center is run by a friendly family that is very aware of their guests' well being. The drom rooms are clean and welcoming, with hot or cold shower. A healthy breakfast is also included in the price, with fresh fruits and pancakes or jaffles, and tea/coffee is available at will. The place is quiet and inspiring, the hosts are always there to offer any kind of accomodation, including motorbike renting, taxi service and tours, or simply for talking. Free wifi available. Rp From 100,000 to 250,000.
- Dewi Antara Homestay, Jl Sugriwa, Padang Tegal, ☎ +62 361 976072 ([email protected]). A humble Balinese family homestay. Quiet and clean bungalows in a garden setting. The father participates in cultural activities (he's a dancer), so it's fun to watch him in traditional dress. Mum prepares the breakfast of toast, fruit salad and coffee. From Rp 150,000.
- Dudek Homestay, Jl Nakula. Br. Kalah, Peliatan, Ubud, 80571, ☎ +62 361 908 0075 ([email protected]). This quaint homestay is about a 25 minute walk from the main drag in Ubud. The double rooms come with A/C, a comfortable bed and a hot shower with excellent pressure. Breakfast is included (banana pancakes or scrambled eggs depending on the day) and unlimited coffee/tea. Dudek also has an art gallery on the premise which he incorporates into the place. They also rent motorbikes for Rp 50,000/day. Rp From 200,000.
- Family Guest House, Jl Sukma 39, Tebesaya, ☎ +62 361 974054 ([email protected]), . Friendly Hindu family makes you feel right at home. Rooms are placed in a lovely compound and includes a good breakfast. Rp 200,000-250,000.
- Gandra Homestay, Jl. Karna, No 8 (see description). Charming accommodation consisting of a few bungalows and rooms. Clean and well maintained. The bungalows (Rp 180,000) are very spacious with 2 double beds, fan, hot and cold water, lockable cabinets and a big porch with a table and some chairs. All this in a calm and green garden at a central location, within 2 minutes walk from Ubud Market. Complimentary tea is awaiting you on your porch when you get back every afternoon. The owner can arrange day trips and airport transfer at fair prices. Breakfast is included, with a choice of pancakes or jaffle, served with fresh fruit and tea. Free Wi-Fi. Directions: When walking up Jl. Monkey Forest, heading north (going away from Monkey Forest) you will see a supermarket on your right about 100 meters before the crossing with Jl. Raya Ubud. Just after passing the supermarket, you will see some signs for a few guesthouses if turning to the right into the narrow alley, including Gandra Homestay. Make your way into the alley. Follow the alley until it ends (about 100 meters), turn right, and Gandra Homestay is the first gate on your right. Double room with fan Rp 160,000. Bungalow with warm water and fan Rp 180,000.
- Gustis Garden Bungalows, ☎ +62 3618633610 ([email protected]), . Balinese style with 25m sq, private balcony, private bathroom, hot and cold water, king size bed, clothing cabinet, dressing table, ceiling fan, wash basin and standing shower and swimming pool. From about Rp 275,000.
- Jati Home Stay, Jl Hanoman, Padang Tegal, ☎ +62 361 977701, . Rooms using natural, traditional materials of bamboo, marble and thatched roofs. An atmosphere of art and culture, all members of Jati's family are traditional Balinese artists. Learn Balinese painting and watch a group of children practice Balinese dancing. From about Rp 100,000.
- Kari House, 51 JL Sugriwa, Padang Tegal (One Block from Hanoman St, near Dewi Antara), ☎ +6281934300910. Small family homestay in authentic Balinese courtyard setup; wonderful family hosts who cook a nice local breakfast; on a quiet side street close to central Ubud. Rooms with private bathroom with cold and hot shower, free Wi-Fi. From Rp 100,000 inc breakfast.
- Ketut and Geks House, Jl Raya Bono, Bona Kelod, Blahbatuh, Gianyar near surfer camp of Keramas Beach (13 km southeast of Ubud), ☎ +62 361 945833, +6285 792 529 536 ([email protected]), . Rooms with private bathroom with cold and hot shower, overlooking rice fields, free Wi-Fi. Also available house with two bedroom,kitchen,bathroom, balcony, for long term. From Rp 80,000 inc breakfast.
There are lots of them in Ubud
- Made Arsa Homestay, Br. Tengah, Peliatan, Ubud (Jl. Cok Gde Rai, near the intersection with Jl. Raya Teges, look for the signs opposite the Alfamart.), ☎ 081999033998 ([email protected]). Pleasant homestay within walking distance of central Ubud, but away from taxi drivers and hawkers, close to several local warungs. Free wifi, hot showers and clean rooms. Bapak, Ibu and the rest of the family are extremely hospitable and assist with anything under the sun. Popular with volunteers teaching English in Ubud. Double room Rp. 120.000, Triple room Rp. 150.000.
- Mawar Homestay, Jl.Raya Ubud, ☎ +62 361 975086 ([email protected]), . in the heart of Ubud, 15 min walk from Monkey Forest and 5 min walk from Ubud Palace and Ubud Market. 10 rooms with ceiling fans available; bathrooms have hot/cold water. Free Wi-Fi and breakfast. From Rp 200,000.
- Melati Cottages, Jl Penestanan, ☎ +62 361 974650 ([email protected]), . Traditional style rooms set around a cafe by a pool. You can walk in from north or south. From about Rp 220,000.
- Narasoma Homestay, Gang Beji off Jl Monkey Forest, ☎ +62 361 973404, . Down a little lane off busy Jl Monkey Forest. Family home with accommodation. Balinese compound setting with traditional carved buildings, surrounded by coconut palms. Top floor has views of the central mountains and Mount Agung. Clean and airy, and breakfast is included. Rp 200,000-250,000.
- Nirwa Ubud Homestay, Subak Sukawayah, Abangan (~5min walk west on Jl Raya Ubud from central Ubud, turn right up a gravel road, 100m down a narrow path. Follow signs.), ☎ +62 361 971863 ([email protected]), . 2 bungalows, 2 1st floor rooms, 2 2nd floor rooms. Surrounded by rice fields on three sides but only the 1st floor rooms have views of the rice fields (best is Rm #1). Run by owner Made, wife Ayu and son Alit. Friendly and helpful. Always meets and greets you when you return. The walk in is a little long and it is not well lit at night so a flashlight is helpful. Quiet, peaceful location. Clean, hot/cold showers, ceiling fan, good breakfast selections. Rates from USD 25/night
- Nyoman Murjana Homestay, Jl Hanoman, Gang Anila No 7 (down the alley opposite Jl Jembawan), ☎ +62817351589 ([email protected]). checkout: 11AM. Clean, nicely furnished rooms in a traditional Balinese family compound. A breakfast is included with egg, toast, veggies, fresh fruit, coffee and tea, also has WiFi. The family can help with information about Ubud, motorbike rental and tours desk. Long stay also possible. Double with hot shower from Rp 200,000.
- Rumah Roda Homestay and Restaurant, (Jl Kajeng 24), ☎ +62 361 975487, . Lovely family compound with rooms. The restaurant has a Sunday evening buffet. The book A Little Bit One O'Clock is about this place and family. About Rp 150,000.
- Shana Homestay, Jl Goutama No7, Padang Tegal (very close to the traditional & art market and Nomad restaurant), ☎ +62 361 97481. 3 bungalows in garden setting, each with 2 beds, breakfast included. Rp 100,000.
- Ubud Sayan Studio, (4km down town center and Royal Palace/Monkey Forest Rd), . checkin: 1:00pm; checkout: 10:00am. Equipped with bathroom, shared kitchenette, covered garage - perfect for travelers and backpackers - you can save on eating out with the possibility of preparing simple meals (breakfast, oats, instant noodles) and keeping your food fresh (big fridge) for fruit and drinks! -- Basic pots and pans are provided. From Rp 196,000.
- Warsa's Guest House, Jl Jembawan No 70, ☎ +62 361 976109 ([email protected]). Newly built in 2014. The owner, a relaxed guy, welcomes you with a smile and the rooms are very bright - windows to 2 sides - and neat, good mattress. They have air-con rooms on the 1st floor and ceiling fan on the 2nd floor. Air-con room comes with hot water (unknown for the other rooms). Walking distance to the city centre is around 5 to 10 minutes. Very quiet at night. Small breakfast included. Rp 200,000 is for the air-con room. Also traditional Balinese rooms & motorbike rental available. Free Wi-Fi.
- Yuni's House, Karna Street 4 (see in the description). Great Family Homestay with Bungalowstyle rooms. You are right inside a family complex. Two Sons are artists and an amazong gallery there. Breakfast included. A bit hard to find: walk up Monkeyforest Rd (away from the Monkeyforest). About 100 meters before the crossing with Jl. Raya Ubud, there is a Supermarket on the right. Right after that is a very small alley on your right hand side, with a sign towards another hostel (Gandra homestay). Walk the road, and at the end turn left, you'll see it from there. 150,000/room.
- Hotel 11 on Kajeng, Jl. Kajeng no:40, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia, ☎ +62 361 479 2676, . Located in Ubud, 1,950 feet from Ubud Market, 11 on Kajeng features an outdoor pool and views of the pool. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain accommodations include a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Every room includes a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer.
- Sapulidi Resort and Spa, jalan raya pengosekan banjar, kelod mas, Ubud, Bali 80571 (about 10 min walk to Monkey Forest), ☎ +62(0361)977309 ([email protected]), . Sapulidi Resort has it's own private lake, huge infinity pool, huge area of land with rice fields all over, many private pool villa, and MS Universe was even there. It is a very romantic, exclusive Villa Resort for very reasonable prices. From Rp 650,000.
- Kamandhani Cottage, Jl. Premasanti 17, Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali 80571 (about 20 min walk to Monkey Forest), ☎ +62(0361)7814777 ([email protected]), . city center is only 3 km away, has 12 guest rooms, outdoor pool, spa, massage, pool (kids), horse riding. From Rp 550,000.
- Anom Cottages, Jl Raya Sanggingan (about 25 min walk south of the Monkey Forest Road-Jl Raya Ubud crossroads), ☎ +62 361 8528521 ([email protected]), . Small bungalows with lovely views over the adjacent valley. 3min from the town centre. Recently re-furbished. From Rp 450,000.
- Dewa Bungalows, Jln Hanuman 48, Padangtegal, ☎ +62 361 970475, . Family compound close to the center of town which currently has 8 rooms but planning to double that soon. Family-run and gracious, it has nice little slate pool perfect for a dip in the heat of the day. Rp 400,000-550,000.
- Dewa Bharata Bungalows, Jln Panestanan (Few metres from Blanco Museum), ☎ +62 361 977086 ([email protected]), . Balinese styled accommodation, double bed, twin bed, public pool, direct IDD phone,TV, free Wi-Fi, airport transport, motorbike rental, breakfast, restaurant. Rp 270,000-450,000. (-8.506103,115.251873)
- De Munut Cottages (Munut Bungalows), Jln Panestanan (adjacent of famous Blanco Museum), ☎ +62 361 975039 ([email protected]), . The Munut Cottages is a traditional Balinese Architecture with a spa, two swimming pools, internet services, free Wi-Fi, deluxe and super deluxe rooms. Fit for couples or families. (-8.506011,115.253359)
- Evita Villa, Lod Sema St, Lod Tunduh, ☎ +62 361 294 946 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 294 823), . Queen beds, cable TV , telephone, safe, A/C and private swimming pool. Living room, dining room, cycling tour with local guide and airport transfer. US$130.
- Ganesha Ubud Inn, Jl. Hanoman No.43 (about 5 minutes walking distance to Monkey Forest Ubud, 15 Minutes to Ubud Center), ☎ +62 361 970545 ([email protected]), . Wooden house, rice field view, garden view room, affordable double, tripple and room for family. From Rp 350,000.
- Mama's House Villa, Jl Jineng, Lodtunduh, ([email protected]), . Spacious 2br, with 2 en suite baths, western kitchen, open floor plan with lush views in village setting. Local driver/guide and airport transfer available. From $US79.
- Murni's Houses, Jl Raya, Ubud, ☎ +62 361 975165 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 975282), . These six guest houses and spa are built in a traditional Balinese compound and you will enjoy peaceful seclusion that's just a three-minute walk to Ubud's main street. A New York Times travel writer called them one of the world's ten best small hotels.
- Bali T House Village, Lodtunduh, ☎ +62 812 3932000, . 1, 2 and 3 bedroom private villas in a traditional rice farming and carving village 5 min from central Ubud. Daily maid and breakfast service included. Shared pool with rice-field views. This is an environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable compound and part of a Balinese village. Rp 500,000-600,000, including breakfast.
- Jiwa Damai Bali Retreat, Jl Melati 3, Mambal (about 15 minutes with car from central Ubud), ☎ +62 361 8988384 ([email protected]), . Organic (permaculture) garden and retreat centre in small village close to Ubud. 6 modern minimalist styled rooms with king size, queen size or two twin bed and three garden lumbungs. Spacious open air lounge and dining area, fresh water pool, organic fruit and vegetables used to prepare meals. Yoga and meditation classes for guests. Facilities available for seminars and retreats. From US$60.
- Kertiyasa Bungalow, Jalan Nyuh Bojog, Nyuh Kuning Village Ubud (about 10 minutes walking distance to Monkey Forest), ☎ +62 361 971377 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 974377), . Offers standard room, standard room with jacuzy,deluxe room and room for family. (-8.523549,115.256977)
- Oka Kartini, Jl Raya Ubud 35 (just across the bridge in Peliatan, east of Ubud town centre), ☎ +62 361 975759, . Quirky old Balinese house complex on the edge of town. The rooms here are a bit long in the tooth, but decorated with more carvings and gold paint than the average temple. Friendly staff supervised by the owner Oka Kartini. Large art gallery, a small but pleasant garden pool. Shadow puppet shows 3 days a week (extra charge). Rp 340,000-511,000, including breakfast..
- Puri Asri Villa & Spa, Jl Nyuh Bulan, Nyuh Kuning, ☎ +62 361 972550, . In a very quiet spot south of town. Offer a couple of scheduled shuttle rides to Jl Monkey Forest and back each day. Walking distance from town via the Monkey Forest. Villas have spacious rooms, A/C, bath and shower (including outdoor showers), patio. Breakfast delivered to room if you choose. Take cash as their credit card facilities don't always work. Rp 500,000 including breakfast.
- Puri Padi, Jl Hanoman, Padang Tegal (5 min walk southeast of the Monkey Forest), ☎ +62 361 8528521 ([email protected]), . A Balinese style hotel in green gardens surrounded by rice fields. From Rp 450,000.
- Puri Saraswati Bungalows, Main Road Ubud 80571 Bali, ☎ +62 361 8070181, . Puri Saraswati is located in the center of Ubud Village, 2 min walk from the Ubud Market, the Ubud Royal Palace and Puri Lukisan Art Museum. Rooms are set back from the road and quiet and there's a pool and WiFi. Airport transfers are available. $70 USD including tax and breakfast.
- Sri Bungalows, Jl Monkey Forest, ☎ +62 361 8528521, . Centrally located with 16 bungalow-style rooms in lush gardens. 50 m from the busy road, but very quiet except for the singing of birds. Simple but pleasant rooms with bamboo furniture, western toilets and hot water. Large pool with rice paddies beyond. Internet cafe on the premises. From US$57.
- Sri Ratih Cottages, Jl Penestanan, Campuhan, ☎ +62 361 8528521, . 30 rooms, just west of the town centre. Large peaceful garden, good-sized pool, free wifi for guests, 24 hr room service. Long staying guests may find good value here. From US$30.
- Suastika Bed and Breakfast, Jl Suweta 52, ☎ +62 81 7473 7141 / +62 361 974 825 ([email protected] / [email protected]). Suastika is a Hindu symbol of peace. The rooms overlook family temples and beautiful jungle gardens, they all include a kitchen, large bathtub, shower and large huge bed. Breakfast is included with Bali coffee, pancakes, fruit all served on your private porch. Rp 250,000-400,000, breakfast and tax included, price negotiable if you stay for one week.
- Taman Indrakila, Jl Raya Sanggingan, ☎ +62 361 975017. Boutique hotel high above the Campuhan River Valley in Sangginan. All rooms have a private terrace. From about Rp 500,000.
- Ubud Terrace Bungalows, Jl Monkey Forest (about 10 minutes walk south of the Monkey Forest Road-Jl Raya Ubud crossroads), ☎ +62 813 37536464 ([email protected]), . Refurbished in 2008. Breakfast included, swimming pool, friendly staff. Tour and shuttle buses booking service. From US$30.00.
- Uma Sari Cottages, Jl Bisma, Ubud (located at the edge of rice fields, a 5 mins walk to Ubud town centre), ☎ +62 811 3808011 ([email protected]), . Balinese style thatch, wood and bamboo cottages surrounded by rice fields. From Rp 450,000.
- Hibiscus Cottages, Off Jl Bisma, Ubud (From Cafe Des Artistes, walk slightly further down the road and look for a huge signage on the right - follow the narrow pathway into the edge of rice fields), ☎ +62 361 970475 ([email protected]). Family-run, includes breakfast served on your patio. 7 Balinese style concrete cottages surrounded by rice fields. 2 A/C rooms are more expensive but newly built in late 2010. Views from the 2nd storey cottages. Booking by phone is recommended. From Rp 250,000 and up.
- Villa Indah, Jl Suweta, Br Sakti (2 km north from the tourist information centre), ☎ +62 813 37255277 ([email protected]). Breakfast included. Friendly Balinese family. 2 rooms and one suite, all have terrace and bathroom with hot water and tub. Stone villa in the middle of the rice fields. Self service kitchen. Motorbike for rent. From US$35.
- Inata Monkey Forest, Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, ☎ +62 361 978267 ([email protected]), . located in monkey forest road (in the central of Ubud) From US$70.
- Puri Anyar Heritage, Jl Suweta, No. 6 Ubud (few steps from the central Ubud Palace), ☎ +62-811-399-513 ([email protected]). Breakfast included. Puri Anyar is a palatial Balinese compound and the residential home to a branch of Ubud’s revered royal family. It has now graciously opened its doors to curious travelers who are keen to experience Bali’s rich cultural heritage. With home-stay concept, our authentic accommodation will provides guests a unique opportunity to personally interact with royal family members and participate in different daily activities. From US$55.
- SenS Hotel & Spa, Ubud (SenS Ubud), Jl. Sukma, Banjar Tebesaya, Ubud, Bali, 80571, Indonesia, ☎ +62-361 849 3328 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 849 3327), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Stay in this 4-star boutique hotel in Ubud, on the island of Bali. One of the top 20 hotels in Indonesia and Bali, being named to TripAdvisors' Travelers' Choice in 2017. Enjoy being within walking distance to major Ubud town tourist attractions, relax in its spotlessly clean facilities, enjoy its renowned warmth in service, wonderful restaurant and well-appointed spa. around Rp 1,000,000.
- Plataran Ubud Hotel and Spa, Jl. Hanoman, Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali, 80361, Indonesia, ☎ +62-361-978340, . Plataran Hotels and Resorts’ newest crown jewel, Plataran Ubud Hotel and Spa offers a delightful Balinese experience in the valley of Pengosekan in Central Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It offers Superior room, Deluxe room, Garden view, Plunge pool suite, Junior suite and executive suite all equipped with LCD TV with satellite channels, Free Wi-Fi Internet connection, Mini-bar, Safety deposit box. Some of its facilities and services are Patio Restaurant and Lounge, Padma Spa, Two large outdoor swimming pools, Fitness gym. In addition to the 5 temples located close to the hotel, here are nearby key places of interest that you can visit: Don Antonio Blanco Renaissance Museum – 10-minute walk, Elephant Cave – 4-minute drive, Ubud Market – 5-minute drive, Shopping center – 15-minute drive.
The quite remarkable Four Seasons Hotel in the Ayung Valley, near Ubud
- Taman Rahasia (Secret Garden), Penestanan, ☎ +62 361 979395 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. 8 room boutique hotel with a lush tropical garden in quiet part of Penestanan. Spa, restaurant and good-sized pool. Free Wi-Fi & shuttle bus service to Ubud town centre. Does not accept families with children under 7yr. From US$95.
- Eco-friendly retreat (Eco-friendly retreat), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Eco-friendly retreat set within an organic garden and encompassed by productive rice terraces. Perfect for honeymooners or couples who want a romantic holiday. From USD145 for 2.
- Villa Mana Ubud, Penestanan Klod, ☎ "+62. Ubudmana is freshly new, a modern style using traditional Javanese wooden houses and big windows. Think wooden elements, polished cement and minimalist tropical design. Super sexy bathrooms with nice big tubs and natural stone walls. Tastefully decorated through out. Backdrop is the jungle, and everywhere is lush colorful gardens. Great salt water pool and yoga studio. Friendly happy staff. A beautiful Oasis. 7 mins from ubud center. Prices around 130 us "http://www.ubudmana.com
Some of the most luxurious resorts anywhere in Asia are in Ubud, so expect superb standards, with prices to match.
- Ashoka Tree Resort at Tanggayuda, Ubud, Banjar Tanggayuda, Kedewatan, Ubud, ☎ +62 361 971999 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 970999), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. Boutique Resort offering breathtaking beautiful green hills and valley view that can seen directly from the villa, hotel, restaurant and public pool. Wos river running beneath the property and the rapid river sound can be heard from the restaurant and garden area. Ashoka Tree Resort at Tanggayuda can be reached within a short minutes drives from Ubud centre as a center of culinary, arts, craft and culture of Bali. From US$180.
- Suarti Boutique Village (Suarti Resorts), Jl. Raya Nyuh Kuning, Pengosekan, Ubud 80571, ☎ +62 361 735288 ([email protected]), . New resorts and private villas in Ubud, Bali. The resorts consist of 4 resorts type such as Deluxe Suite, One Bedroom Pool Villa, Two Bedroom Pool Villa and Joglo House Style. (-8.527719,115.260735)
- Amandari, Jl Raya Kedewatan, Sayan, ☎ +62 361 975333 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. This was the first Aman hotel in Bali built 20 yr ago. It is getting a little bit tired but is still most impressive. Good views, tennis court, spa, restaurant. A luxury resort with no TVs. From US$750.
- Amori Villas, Banjar Dukuh, Pejeng Kawan, ☎ +62 361 8987799 ([email protected]), . checkin: 1PM; checkout: 12 noon. A boutique retreat 3 km from Ubud overlooking Petanu River Valley. Opened in June 2009. Butler service, good food and wine. 7 private suites/villas, some with indoor/outdoor bathrooms, all with satellite TV, king beds, free internet. Shared facilities include a restaurant, lounge, 14 metre infinity pool, yoga building, 4 spa treatment rooms, pool-side bale and jacuzzi. From US$215. (8.516907,115.280437)
- Barong Resort and Spa, Jl. Monkey Forest, ☎ +62 361 971 759, . Aair-con rooms equipped with cable TV, mini-bar with lunch table, and coffee/tea maker. Outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, airport and city transfers, currency exchange. From USD167.
- Como Shambhala Estate (formerly Begawan Giri Estate), Payangan, ☎ +62 361 978 888, . This is one of Bali's most expensive places to stay, and more a collection of super homes than a mere hotel. 20min north of Ubud, close to the village of Payangan. USD300-4,000.
- Four Seasons Resort at Sayan, Jl Raya Kedewatan, Sayan, ☎ +62 361 701010, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. One of Bali's truly great hotels, over-looking the Sayan gorge. Suites in the main building, individual villas down by the river. Restaurant and in-house spa facilities. Free shuttle bus to Ubud town centre. From US$460.
- Komaneka at Bisma, Jl Bisma, ☎ +62 361 971933, . checkin: 1PM; checkout: 11AM. Short distance from the town. Built on a steep hillside with an infinity edge pool and surrounded by terraced rice paddies with a river rushing below. Central hotel block has spacious, tastefully decorated suites, private villas, a wedding chapel and separate spa huts. Komaneka also has two other properties in Ubud, the central and slightly older Monkey Forest and the newer but rather remote Tanggayuda. From US$275.
- Maya Ubud, Jl Gunung Sari, Peliatan (about ten minutes east of Ubud town centre), ☎ +62 361 977888, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. 10 hectares of land with fine villas, excellent spa and a good restaurant. Architecturally impressive resort with two free form swimming pools. Free shuttle to centre of Ubud. From about US$220.
- Munari Resort & Spa Ubud, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud (nearby Naughty Nuri's Warung and Museum Neka), ☎ +62 361 971949 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 971879), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Experience romantic Balinese lifestyle, refresh yourself at Munari Spa with steam and sauna room facility; also stunning cuisine at Munari Restaurant. Built in traditional Balinese architecture using recycled wood as the main building material. Free bicycle to use based on request and availability. (-8.491662,115.2534745)
- Natura Villa Resort and Spa, Br Laplapan Ubud (about 15 minutes east from Ubud Centre), ☎ +62 361 978666 ([email protected], fax: +62 361 978222), . Overlooking Petanu River. (-8.500818,115.27654)
- Naya Ubud, Jalan Kedewatan 2, Sayan, Br Kutuh (about five min west of Ubud town centre), ([email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Set within Balinese rice fields, three traditional structures (a Lumbumg, Gladak, and Joglo) house the 5 bedrooms in this boutique luxury resort, surrounded by tropical gardens and an infinity pool. From about USD120.
- Pertiwi Resort and Spa, Monkey Forest St, ☎ 62 361 975236, . Combining traditional Balinese design with modern touches. Alang-alang (thatched) roof, bamboo ceiling, long glass windows. A/C, cableTV, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker. Swimming pools, free Wi-Fi and a Spa. From US$85.
- Sapulidi Resort (Sapulidi Resort & Spa), Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Br. Pengosekan Kelod-Mas, Ubud, Gianyar – Bali, . Sapulidi just opened in May 2013, it has a private lake, lots of Villa's with private pools overlooking lake and rice patties, huge bathrooms, it is a place that is for the rich and famous, and one of the most romantic places I have ever seen. There are only 18 Villa's, 10 have private pools. Food is Gourmet, staff very professional and friendly. A 10-minute walk from Monkey Forest, Sapu Lidi Resort Spa and Gallery boasts an outdoor infinity pool with a sun deck overlooking the rice fields. Guests enjoy free scheduled shuttle service within Ubud area. The central Ubad can be reached in only a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute drive. Internet is Free, Parking, Breakfast, and more free. I like that they do not nickel and dime people, once you are there, you can relax. From US$65.
- Ubud Hanging Gardens, Desa Buahan, ☎ +62 361 982700, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. On steep terraces overlooking the Ayung river and an ancient temple. 38 luxury villas, each with a heated private swimming pool. Villas with panoramic views of the valley, or riverside villas in the privacy of the gorge. Spa and innovative restaurant.> From US$400.
- The Viceroy Bali, Jl Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Laplapan (In the Lembah valley between Ubud and Tampaksiring), ☎ +62 361 971777 ([email protected]), . checkin: 1PM; checkout: 11AM. Boutique hotel with four different grades of villa. Pristine valley setting, views from all the villas. In-house spa, good restaurant, shuttle buses into Ubud. A member of Small Leading Hotels of the World. From US$450.
- Wapa di Ume Resort & Spa, Jl Sueta, Br. Bentuyung, ☎ +62 361 973178 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Rural rice field setting 5 min north of Ubud town centre. Well maintained established resort. Good spa services and restaurant, and regular free shuttle buses into Ubud. From US$225.
- Kanamya Resort and Spa, Penestanan, Ubud, ☎ +62 361 975719 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Resort in the "painters' village" of Penestanan, built in traditional Balinese style. From US$150.
- Villa Sabandari, Jl Pura Gunung Sari 4, Peliatan, ☎ +62 361 976586 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. 6 room boutique hotel in the rice fields. Walking distance from the centre of Ubud. US$$200-250.
- The Purist Villas & SPA, Jl. Tirta Tawar, Banjar Kutuh Kaja, Ubud, ☎ +62 361 974454 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. The Purist Villas and Spa is a contemporary Bali Luxury villas resort,where each villa of two and three rooms has an indoor and outdoor bathroom with a free standing stone bath and separate shower, Some of them have wooden sundecks hanging over the Ubud lush tropical gardens of bamboo palm trees and other special plants. These decks have an outdoor dining area and comfortable sun loungers from where one can enjoy this little paradise. US$$300-550.
- Samsara Ubud, Banjar Ayah, Desa Kelusa, Payangan (Going North from the Monkey Forest Ubud), ☎ +62-811-846769 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Samsara Ubud is a luxurious haven featuring 17 villas with private heated infinity pool. Samsara Ubud also features a gourmet restaurant overlooking lush tropical jungle of Payangan, a full-service spa, gym, jacuzzi, sauna and outdoor/indoor yoga area. From US$$271. (-8.4290039,115.2561957)
The following are private, villas which only take a single group of customers at a time.
- Private Villas in Ubud, Gatot Subroto Street 103, Denpasar. Bali, Indonesia (Gatot Subroto Street 103), ☎ +62 81 999 179 740 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 1200. Luxury, private pool villas for rent in Ubud, Bali. from 130$ per night.
- Villa Ubud Listing, 35b Jalan Pagoda, Bali, Indonesia (Jl. Pagoda 3rd Floor), ☎ +62 81 239 957 142 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 1200. A wide variety of choice for Villas in Ubud - from mid range to luxury. from USD125 per night.
- Harmony Villa, Lodtunduh (2 km S. of Ubud on the Pengosekan road. Turn right at Tanah Tho gallery. At end turn right at the corner Warung then 1st left. At the end on the rice fields), ☎ +62(0)81558 571 544, . checkin: flexible; checkout: flexible. 5 private villas (4 with full kitchens)located on a rise overlooking the rice fields with panoramic uninterrupted views. Infinity pool, yoga deck. Gorgeous, quiet and relaxing escape from Ubud yet only 10 minutes away. Choice of 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom villas. Long stays possible. From US$85-$145 including breakfast.
- Agung Khalia Villa, Banjar Sala, Pejeng, ☎ +62 812 3983940, . Private villas from studio to three bedroom and six bedroom. Panoramic rice field and Mount Agung views. Each villa has its own private pool, staff and full service. Only 10 min east from central Ubud in the same valley as the Maya Ubud resort, and close to Goa Gajah. From US$185.
- De Ubud Villas & Spa, Jl Monkey Forest No.8, ☎ +62 361 981492, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. 3 private pool villas located in central Ubud. Choice of 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom villas. From US$260.
- Kajane Mua Private Villa and Mansion, Jl Monkey Forest, 80571, ☎ +62 361 972877, . Private villas, each with its own private pool. Breakfast and afternoon tea is included in room price and can be brought to the villa each morning or taken at the Kajane Resto. Kajane Resto provides a large selection for each meal and drinks, and room service is available until 11PM at no extra charge. A driver and clean van are provided for free transport around the Ubud area and at low cost to other areas of interest in Bali. For an extra charge, a spa is available on the premises, with panoramic views of private Kajane rice fields. Friendly staff, 15 min walk to Sacred Monkey Forest or Ubud Market and Water Palace. From US$190.
- Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa & Spa, Sayan Village, ☎ +62 361 972 777 ([email protected]), . 23 contemporary villas with private pool, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen and 24-hours butler service.
- Onje Villa Ubud Bali, Banjar Umahanyar Pejeng, ☎ +62-361-8987966 ([email protected], fax: +62-361-8987969), . Provide One Bedroom, Two Bedroom Villa Family, Villa With Private Pool best for honeymoon
- Villa di Abing, Jl Jembawan, ☎ +62 813 38083508, . 3 storey, 3 bedroom, fully staffed villa, in central Ubud. Riverside pool, natural green views and within easy walking distance of Ubud town centre. From US$175.
- Villa Lotus, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Right in the middle of a sea of rice fields, with Mount Agung, the most revered peak in Bali, looming to the northeast and the Central Mountains to the west. Relax and enjoy the magical atmosphere that Ubud has to offer. Breakfast is included. US$120.
- Villas in Ubub, Jln. Gn. Lempuyang I / no:03, Monang-Maning, Denpasar, Bali, ☎ +62 81 933 001 007, . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12am. Large choice of villas for rent in Ubud and Bali. from 120$ per night.
- Villa Shinta Dewi Ubud, Jln. Sri Wedari, Ubud, ☎ +62 361 900 0544 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14.00pm; checkout: 11.00am. 4 bedrooms private villa with large private pool, just few minutes from the Ubud Royal Palace from USD430 per night. (-8.485268,115.266229)
- Villa Jendela di Bali, Ubud, Petak Kaja (25 minutes northeast of Ubud), ☎ +620361 953 663, . checkin: 10am; checkout: 2pm. Jendela di Bali is a unique private villa comprising a 'village' of unique living spaces. Each handcrafted bale represents a Balinese or Indonesian Archipelago style with a lounge and dining bale, meditation and media bale, poolside lounge bale beside a stunning wet-edge infinity pool and two bedroom bales, 'The White Elephant' and 'The Kingfisher'. From US$190 including breakfast. (-8.4603,115.3147)
- Mana Sari, Jalan Gunung Sari, Ubud. Bali, Indonesia (1km from Ubud center), ☎ +62 82146376989 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 1200. Luxurious, private two bedroom villas with large salt water swimming pool for rent in Ubud, Bali. from $260 per night. (-8.508519,115.272305)
- The Mahogany Villa, Jl. Br. Siih, Sumita (25 minutes to North East of Ubud center), ☎ +62-811-399-513 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 1200. Built on the edge of a deep jungle valley with spectacular view of the Pakerisan River where you will hear nothing but the sounds of nature, this 2 bedroom villa does an absolute paradise for lovers of nature and those want to experience a mystic area that will amaze you with its cultural ingenuity. start from $190 per night. (-8.508519,115.272305)
Ubud is a safe town unless you happen to fall into a gutter. Ubud gutters usually go under sidewalks and covered with concrete plates which are randomly destroyed, so it's quite easy to fall into gutter and get severely wounded.
If you are unlucky with people, the police station is on Jl Raya Andong, just east of the town centre. Follow Jl Raya Ubud east to the end, turn north and the police station is on your right hand side. ☎+62 361 975316.
Ubud does not have a fully fledged hospital and the nearest is about 20 km to the south in Denpasar. There are a number of reasonable clinics though which are used to treating typical traveller ailments.
- Toya Medika Clinic, Jl. Raya Pengosekan, MAS, ☎ +62 361 978078, .
- Ubud Clinic, Jl Raya Campuan 36, ☎ +62 361 974911, .
At least 3 laundry businesses are available on Jl. Arjuna. They are not self-serve; drop off your laundry in the morning to get it back by the afternoon, or drop it off in the afternoon to get it back the following morning. All charge 15,000 Rp. per kg of laundry.
Most dedicated internet cafes provide computers with fairly low speed access at a low price, Rp 6,000 per hour being the current standard. There is only one truly high speed location, Highway on Ubud Main Road, but be prepared to pay a lot more than in other places.
In cafes and restaurants free wifi for customers is increasingly widespread. If you have your own laptop and don't need high speeds that's probably the best way to go, but beware of the hours internet is available can be fewer than the hours a restaurant is open. KAFE for example has excellent and uncommonly fast internet in a great environment but internet is only available from opening until noon and from 3-6PM.
- Highway, Jl Raya Ubud, ☎ +62 361 972107. Mostly open 24 hrs daily. Rp 30,000 per hour.
There is a refreshingly old-fashioned main post office at the Jl Raya Ubud end of Jl Jembawan. If you are staying in Ubud for any length of time, you can use this as a poste-restante office. Make sure you have your passport with you when you want to collect any mail or parcels.
- Kantor Pos (Post Office), Jl Jembawan, Ubud 80571, Bali, Indonesia. M-Sa 8AM-4PM.
The area code for Ubud is 0361. +62 361 XXXXXX for international callers.
All of the major Indonesian mobile telephone networks have full coverage of the Ubud area. If you need to make an international landline call, there are many public phone shops (wartels) in the town. As with the rest of Bali, the few public telephones that exist are extremely unlikely to be in working order.
In Ubud, it's easy to find alternate bus/minivan services to other destinations around Bali, you will not miss numerous travel agencies advertising these services (for example, on Jl Raya Ubud). Fares are similar or slightly higher than Perama (.g: Rp 50,000-60,000 to Kuta), the higher price may or may not be due to the nicer bus/minivan - enquire (and better check yourself if you have time) locally.
Ubud is well located for moving on to other areas of Bali:
- If you are heading east, the road to Candidasa and beyond via Klungkung is often busy with trucks, but a nice one hour drive nonetheless.
- Bedugul has a traditional fruit market, a splendid botanical garden, and the Ulun Danu Bratan temple, about one hour north by car.
- The region around Tabanan has Mount Batukaru and the Batukaru Temple
- The rice fields around Jatiluwih, about one hour north by car.
- The waterfalls around Munduk, about one and a half hour north by car.
- Lovina is an easy-going black-sand beach, about two hours north by car.