Ubud is culture, yes. It's also home to good restaurants, cafes and streets of shops, many selling goods from the region's artisans. There's somewhere to stay for every budget, and no matter what the price you can enjoy lodgings that reflect the local Zeitgeist: artful, creative and serene.
Ubud's popularity continues to grow. Tour buses with day trippers can choke the main streets and cause traffic chaos. Being named the top city in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler only added to the hoopla from bestselling Eat, Pray, Love. Fortunately Ubud adapts and a stroll away from the intersection of Jl Raya Ubud and Monkey Forest Rd can quickly restore sanity. There's nothing like a walk through the verdant rice fields to make all right with the world.
Spend a few days in Ubud to appreciate it properly. It's one of those places where days can become weeks and weeks become months, as the noticeable expat community demonstrates.
Best places to stay in Ubud
Bali & Lombok - Ubud & Around (Chapter)
Ubud, the town amid a collection of villages where all that is magical about Bali comes together in one easy-to love package. Personal pleasures like fine dining, shopping, spas and more only add to the appeal.
Four days in Ubud: Beyond Eat, Pray, Love
It’s impossible these days to think about Ubud - Bali's cultural heart - without also considering the enormous success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. While you’ll find no shortage of local travel companies promoting EPL ‘experiences’, there’s more to Ubud than spirituality, rice paddies and fortune telling medicine men.
Ubud destination guides
Spa aaaah: Bali's best spas and chill-out spots
Whether it's a total wind-down for the mind, body and spirit, or simply the desire for some quick-fix serenity, lots of travellers in Bali are spending hours (and sometimes days) being massaged, scrubbed, perfumed, pampered, bathed and blissed-out. A quick rub down on the beach or in a garden, and you'll be hooked.
Jakarta to Ubud
Don’t be fooled into thinking Indonesia is ‘just another island getaway’, because the scale of experiences you’ll have in this magical country are truly epic. Miles of empty beaches, steamy verdant rainforests, volcano studded valleys, culture rich cities, ancient temples - and that’s just the places they tell you about.
Travel to Bali and discover Indonesia's beautiful island escape. Dotted with small, character-filled villages, smouldering volcanoes rising out of lush rich fields, idyllic beaches and colourful reefs, Bali is the perfect island getaway.