When it comes to art and culture, Ubud is the ultimate place in Bali.
You can explore ancient temples, magnificent royal palaces, visit art galleries, watch magical dance performances, and join Balinese cleansing rituals, all with views of green hillsides and vast rice fields.
There may not be a beach, but the beauty of Bali shines through.
Ubud has almost 3 times the size of Kuta!
Check out all the best places to stay in Ubud!
Sayan – Hillside Haven
Sitting on a ridge above the Ayung river, Sayan is the perfect place to escape with scenic landscape views.
Not only famous for the beauty of the river and rice terraces, it is where many of the most luxurious resorts and hotels on the island hideaway.
With stunning vistas, the relaxing sounds of the trickling river and beautiful mist that hangs around in the morning, Sayan is one of the most romantic places to stay in Ubud.
Just a short drive from the heart of town, yet peaceful, you can get the best of all worlds.
Healing Resort in Sayan
Adiwana Svarga Loka is tucked away from the hustle bustle of Ubud. Perfectly located with lush green surroundings, it is a beautiful setting to get immersed in healing. On site they have healing therapies and wellness treatments at the Ayusha Wellness and Yoga facility. The resort restaurant serves vegetarian and vegan dishes, perfect for health enthusiasts! Ubud Palace and Ubud Market are nearby, and the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest is a 10-minute drive away.
Most Luxurious Resort in Sayan
The Four Seasons Resort in Ubud is one of the most famous luxury resorts on the island. With magnificent views out over the treetops, leading down to the Ayung River, it is a dream-like spot to escape the crowds and bask in luxury. Enjoy long days wandering the manicured gardens and getting pampered in the spa, or have a romantic dinner while the kids hang out at the kid’s club. It is a perfect all-rounder.
Best Eco-Friendly Resort in Sayan
A secluded escape in a more rural location, Le Sabot is eco-friendly from it’s building materials to daily practices. Constructed from local bamboo and with beautiful thatched roofs, the stunning resort is a magical place to base your adventure. Lounge for lazy days around the pool, wake up to the sounds of birds and enjoy 5* star, it is one of the best places to stay in Ubud.
Things to Do in Sayan
- Join yoga and meditation classes at the Four Seasons Resort
- Visit The Blanco Renaissance Museum
- Improve your cooking skills in a Balinese cooking class
- Pamper and relax at one of the many luxury resort’s beautiful spas
- Spend a moment looking out over the beauty of the rolling hills
- Explore the vast rice paddies descending down the hills
- Have a romantic riverside meal at Kamandalu Resort
Central Ubud – In Among the Action
Central Ubud is the heart of the action.
Featuring all the top cultural attractions like the Ubud Palace, Monkey Forest and Ubud Market, there is plenty to fill your island days.
For both budget travelers and luxury explorers, the area is filled with amazing places to stay.
A great spot for first time visitors or backpackers wanting to see it all, Central Ubud has a little bit of everything.
Luxurious, Jungle Resort in Central Ubud
Uma Ubud overlooks Tjampuhan Valley with magnificent luscious views of the vast surroundings. Etched onto the hillside, it is a great spot to be among the action yet in peace and quiet. Nestle in for an unforgettable lavish stay with a loved one.
Sustainable Resort in Central Ubud
Located on the outskirts of central Ubud, Bebek Tepi Sawah is built with a traditional wood and thatched style. Close to Ubud hotspots, you can tour the cultural heart of the island with a quaint, Balinese villa to return to. Encompassed by lush paddies with beautiful gardens, wander the beautiful landscapes from the peaceful resort.
Modern, Contemporary Resort in Central Ubud
Even though it’s in the heart of Ubud, Bisma Eight is still surrounded by nature. Each of the spacious contemporary rooms has a traditional Japanese soaking tub. After a day of hitting the tourist must-see spots, you can lounge and unwind in a cool bath. With one of the most renowned hotel pools in Bali, it is a stunning place to stay in Ubud.
Things to Do in Central Ubud
- Visit the Bali monkeys in the Ubud Monkey Forest
- Visit a well-known Ubud temple – Saraswati Temple
- Go to the Ubud Palace, once home to Ubud’s royal family
- Walk across Campuhan Ridge Walk
- Stop by the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)
- Try Balinese style paella at Casa Luna
- Taste Thai food at Seeds Eatery
- Go souvenir hunting at the Ubud art market
- Try to play the traditional instruments of Bali – gamelan, and suling (flute) at Puri Lukisan Museum
- Make your own souvenirs in a jewelry making class
Mas – Home to Artists
Mas is one of the popular places in Bali to visit.
It is renowned as an artist’s village with generations of sculptors passing their skills down to their children.
Artwork from Mas is well known in Indonesia, even in foreign countries.
Want to try making Balinese dupa (incense) or learn to play traditional Balinese instruments? This is the best place to stay in Ubud for some real Balinese culture.
Traditional Balinese Resort in Mas
Nestled in the green hillsides of Ubud, Ubud Village Resort & Spa is the perfect Balinese hideaway for couples, honeymooners and families. The resort is surrounded by rice paddies and lush gardens, for an escape from the tourist crowds. Enjoy your own private pool, kitchenette and sunny veranda with daybeds.
Affordable Guest House in Mas
For those on a budget, Angel House is a travel sustainable property with a large shared kitchen for the guests. Featuring luscious gardens, a shared pool and home comforts, it is a perfect space to hideaway in the beauty of the island. There is an option of twin or queen rooms depending on who are you traveling with.
Luxurious Island Escape in Mas
Soulshine is one of the best yoga retreats in Ubud. Join their yoga class, and sign up for a spa and wellness package to make yourself comfortable during your stay. Surrounded by lush tropical jungles, with sprawling gardens and a lush pool, Soulshine is a stunning Ubud escape.
Things to do in Mas
- View the works of two great, Bali historical master carvers at Njana Tilem Museum
- Visit the first art gallery in Bali and Indonesia – Siadja Gallery
- Attend a workshop to make incense at Kaori Dupa
- Refresh your body while cycling around the village
- Learn about graphic printing and make your own at Black Hand Gang Printmaking Studio
- Learn how the locals grow crops at Taman Puspa Aman
- Enjoy quality cinnamon rolls, coffee and gelato at Ubud Cinnamon
- Admire the archaeological remains at Pura Taman Pule Mas
Tegallalang – Most Famous Rice Terraces in Bali
Tegallalang Rice Terrace has brought a stream of fame to this area of Ubud.
Included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it still uses the traditional Balinese irrigation system called Subak – the method used to spread water throughout the terraces.
As well as the famous terraces, there are other natural sights to be found around this village in Ubud, as well as quaint cafes and luxe hotels.
Ultra Luxurious Romantic Resort in Tegallalang
Aksari Resort is a secluded resort in Tegallalang. It’s an intimate place to stay, making it super popular among honeymooners and couples. Beautifully designed with modern suites, a freeform infinity pool and views out over the surrounding treetops, it is a magnificent place to relax and unwind with your partner.
Sprawling Jungle Resort in Tegallalang
Kayon Resort looks out over Petanu river and jungle from wooden terraces, luscious gardens and private villas. The on-site luxe space is perfect for pampering and relaxing in total bliss. Just a short drive from the Tegallalang rice terraces, Ubud Palace and central Ubud, it is a piece of paradise close to all the best things to do in Ubud.
Secluded Oasis Resort in Tegallalang
With a kid’s club, fitness centre and bicycle hire, K Club is an ideal place to stay in Ubud for families. Just a short drive from the rice terraces and central Ubud, you can still escape the crowds even with the kids. Spend days enjoying activities at the resort, or stop by some of Ubud’s must-see sights. It is a perfect all-rounder.
Things to do in Tegallalang
- Visit the popular tourist spot Tegallalang Rice Terrace
- Take a wing at famous photo spot Aloha Ubud Swing
- Be adventurous to walk down to Manuaba Waterfall
- Pay a cultural visit to Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu
- Visit a touristy coffee farm – Alas Harum Bali
- Have a romantic stay at Aksari Resort
Singakerta – Away from the Tourists
Singakerta is the perfect spot for those looking to escape the tourist crowds and have a more local experience.
Offering yoga lessons, outdoor activities, adrenaline inducing experiences and relaxing retreats, it is a magnificent escape.
Homey and Luxurious Hotel in Singakerta
Arkamara Dijiwa is a traditional Balinese resort filled with home comforts and little luxuries. Just a short drive from the Monkey Forest and central Ubud, it is ideal for those who want some peace and quiet with easy access to the town. With the option of private suites and villas, it is an idyllic tropical escape in the jungle.
Lavish Resort & Spa in Singakerta
Enjoy a breezy yoga session at the height of the treetops, have a pampering day at the spa, or lounge in the sun beside the infinity swimming pool, Tanadewa Resort is a stunning spot to relax and unwind from the crowds. Only a short drive from the hustle and bustle, tour Ubud’s best restaurants with a comfortable space to return to.
Ultra-Relaxing and Luxurious Resort in Singakerta
Set beautifully amidst green valleys, rivers, waterfalls, and iconic Balinese terraced rice fields, SereS Springs Resort is a magnificent and lavish setting for a luxury getaway. Filled with beautiful suites and villas, the stunning resort is accessible to everyone. Explore all the scenic sights of Ubud with a luxe and comfortable home to return to.
Things to do in Singakerta
- Heal yourself at Serenditpity Sounds Meditation & Sound Healing
- Join yoga class at Ubud Yoga Centre
- Pay a visit to Jukut Paku Cliff Temple
- Join plant based culinary school at Alchemy Academy
- Do a Balinese cleansing rituals – Melukat – in Tri Desna
Singapadu – Full of Activities
Outdoor activities are the hallmark of Singapadu.
From ATV riding, cycling and coffee tasting, it is a quiet environment with clean, rice field surroundings.
To escape the crowds and enjoy scenic landscapes, Singapadu is a beautiful place to stay in Ubud.
Paradise Oasis Resort in Singapadu
Sanctoo Suites & Villas is a boutique hotel with a beautiful green hill and river backdrop. Perfect for a wellness retreat with sumptuous spa treatments and wellness activities, relax and bask in the natural setting in your own private villa. Surrounded by jewelry shops, and close by to Bali Bird Park it is a quiet space with easy access to Ubud’s hotspots.
Stunning Antique Balinese Resort in Singapadu
Classically Balinese with a stunning wooden structure, Yanyan Resort features intimate suites and villas. With strong wooden decor, plush furnishings and lush views out over the rolling hills, it is a serene spot to soak in the Balinese culture. Just a short drive to the heart of Ubud and all the must-see sights, it is a great base for an adventurous holiday.
Shared Rustic Javanese Villa in Singapadu
Kirani Joglo is a traditional Javanese house dominated by wood, and beautifully tucked in the middle of lush greenery. Featuring a shared outdoor swimming pool and garden, a nice spot to laze around. Hang around till sunset to see a view of the twinkling night sky.
Things to do in Singapadu
- Enjoy exotic-bird shows at Bali Bird Park
- Watch a Tari Barong and Keris Batubulan performance
- Sip coffee at SHS Poison Coffee
- Dine in at Lawar Kuwir 99
- Ride ATVs with Wahana Bali Adventure
- Join the Omah Lembu cycling tour
- Sample coffee and spices at Alam Satu Agrotourism
- Visit a traditional Luwak coffee spot
Tampaksiring – Cultural Hotspot in Ubud
Finally, we have Tampaksiring. It is the home of Tirta Empul Temple, the Presidential Palace and many beautiful resorts.
If you are looking to enjoy all the magnificent culture Ubud has to offer, this is a great spot to stay.
With the usual jungle surroundings and stunning scenery, it has everything you need for an unforgettable trip.
Traditional Balinese Jungle Resort in Tampaksiring
Encompassed by greenery, Kawi Resort promises a peaceful stay outside of the hectic tourist crowd. Close by to many of Ubud’s cultural sights including temples, palaces and more, it is a perfect base to explore from. There are jungle suites or pool view options, as well as private villas.
Luxurious Eco Villas in Tampaksiring
Eco Six Bali is a stunning eco resort with incredible bamboo villas, sprawling lush surroundings, and glistening Mediterranean style swimming pools. Lounge in rustic luxury in total peace and privacy with a loved one. It is a magical setting for your Ubud getaway.
Local Style Bamboo Homes in Tampaksiring
Those needing an affordable place to stay in Tampaksiring should check out Bali Bamboo Jungle Huts. With the option of dorm rooms and private rooms with mountain views, it is a comfortable hostel with incredible natural surroundings. Prepare your own meals in the kitchen and sun on the terrace, it is a prime Ubud hostel.
Things to do in Tampaksiring
- Join a cleansing ritual at Tirta Empul Temple
- Visit ancient ruins at Mount Kawi
- Enjoy luwak coffee at Segara Windhu Coffee Plantations
Everyone knows central Ubud, maybe even Sayan, but there are many other places to stay in Ubud that have something special to offer.
Surrounded by thick jungles, cultural hotspots and historical gems – where are you going to stay?!