A trip to Ubud should be on every island itinerary, so here are our fave stays in one of Bali’s lushest neighbourhoods
As much as we love the sand in our toes and sea salt in our hair, the breathtaking rainforests and jade-hued terraces of Ubud mean we’re regularly swapping our sunbeds for a lush jungle perch. Dotted with mystical ancient temples and some of Bali’s very best restaurants, Ubud is an absolute must for every island itinerary.
A welcome respite from South Bali’s frenetic urban buzz, Ubud is where you’ll find postcard-worthy jungle views, laid-back boho vibes, yoga studios on every jalan and more healthy vegan cafes than we can shake a coconut at – plus plenty of epic Ubud bars and restaurants for good measure. It’s also where art, culture and spirituality reign supreme, luring digital nomads, wellness lovers and sybarites alike from all around the world…
So, to help you on your island adventure, we’ve rounded up the very best places to stay in Ubud. From boutique bohemian hotels to luxurious jungle abodes, here are the very best hotels and resorts in Ubud for every budget.
Luxurious hotels & resorts in Ubud that are worth every penny
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan – best for an award-winning stay
You’ll love it because… Four Seasons Sayan was named the No.1 Hotel in the World in 2018 by Travel + Leisure, so you’re guaranteed a wow-worthy stay here. It’s an oasis of utmost luxury in a lush, jungle setting, nestled between two sacred rivers and hidden behind a jungle canopy. This six-star sanctuary is fronted by a suspended, show-stopping footbridge that’s fringed by sky-high lily ponds – perfectly sheltered from the outside world. Wind your way through this enchanting forest, past the jungle-facing restaurant, and you’ll find just 18 suites and 42 private villas (with their own private plunge pools and deep soaking tubs) summing up the resort’s global rep and attracting A-List guests like the Obamas and the Kardashians…!
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Jl Raya Sayan, Saya, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 977 577.
Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve – best for luxe tropical living
You’ll love it because… Mandapa, meaning “temple” in Sanskrit, is a shrine-like resort that unites Man with Mother Nature. Hanging atop the breathtaking Ayung River, hugged by the mystical rainforest, this world-class village-like Ritz Carlton Reserve is home to 60 ultra-luxe, river-view suites with private terraces – some with splendid private pools. In the hotel’s four nature-bound dining spots, you can fine dine on organic Mediterranean-European cuisine in a bamboo shala by the river, treat yourself to a romantic, tailor-made dining experience by the rice fields, or munch on light bites while gazing out over untouched greenery, dipping your toes into the cool infinity-pool as you go. It’s tropical indulgence at its very best.
Mandapa – a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Jl Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 4792 777.
Alila Ubud – best for jungle adventures
You’ll love it because… Alila Ubud helps you tick off every box on your Ubud bucket list – all thanks to the personal on-site leisure concierge and Alila’s signature collection of tailor-made lifestyle experiences. Spend your days exploring mystical temples and hidden treasures, learning Bali’s sacred rituals, or rafting down the energetic Ayung River – you name it, Alila Ubud will tailor it. But for the love of lazin’, you can always while away your jungle days inside the hotel’s luxe walls – floating in the dreamy sky-high infinity pool amidst treetop canopies, or lolling in your luxurious tree-house-like jungle-view villa.
Alila Ubud, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 963, e. [email protected]
COMO Shambhala Estate – best for world-class health & wellness
You’ll love it because… COMO Shambhala Estate isn’t just a luxury resort, nor is it simply a top-notch health retreat. Instead, this staggering 23 acre, ultra-luxe holistic sanctuary is a splendid combo of the two. Perched on the steep gorge of the sacred Ayung River, a typical day at the COMO Shambhala Estate includes a range of complimentary wellness programmes to shake up your chakras, such as yoga, Pilates, meditation, Qigong and aqua therapy in the 25m-lap hydrotherapy pool. Or, simply zone out in the resort’s very own natural spring, or in one of the 30 suites and nine villas that feature large terraces, some with their own pools…
Como Shambhala Estate, Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 620 6200, e. [email protected]
Capella Ubud – best for luxurious glamping
You’ll love it because… Capella Ubud is a jungle-tangled haven that adds an ultra-luxe twist to the fun and adventure of camping. A stay here begins with a ‘survival kit’ (a backpack with sunscreen, organic face mist, insect repellent and more) before proceeding to a suspension bridge that leads you to your luxurious Dutch-style ‘tent’. Hovering above the steep terrains of Ubud’s Keliki Valley, there’s nothing quite like spending an evening dipping into your own private salt-water plunge pool, sipping on hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows by the campfire – before retreating to your gorgeous glamping abode. And psst – foodies will love Capella’s neck-to-tail signature restaurant, Api Jiwa…
Capella Ubud, Jl Raya Dalem, Banjar Triwangsa, Desa Keliki, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 2091 888, e. [email protected].
Hanging Gardens of Bali – best for the ‘grammers
You’ll love it because… Hanging Gardens is simply picture-perfect. Perched high up on the wild green valley of the legendary Ayung River with a magnificent jungle backdrop, be ready to constantly whip out your iPhone as the views here change throughout the day – from the bright and sunny mornings reflecting over that iconic infinity pool, to misty afternoons, cotton-candy sunsets and clear starlit nights twinkling above the deep dark jungle below. You get to fill your Insta feed with Mother Nature’s best bits, matched by the resort’s spectacular architecture that spans from the sprawling lobby, all the way to the staggering 1000 sq.ft. rooms that come with their own private pools.
Hanging Gardens of Bali, Desa Buahan, Payangan, Ubud, p. +62 361 982 700, e. [email protected]
Viceroy Bali – best for resort villas
You’ll love it because… this family-owned, five-star resort in Ubud’s “Valley of the Kings” is dedicated to giving you the royal treatment during your stay – starting with its 25 award-winning, sprawling private villas, none smaller than 1,500 sq.ft. If you pick the Terrace or Viceroy Villas, you get an exceptional private outdoor terrace with an infinity pool and a raised daybed, overlooking the spectacular jungle ravine and the Petanu River gorge – YASSS Queen! But don’t get too comfortable inside the heated plunge pool of your royal chambers – you’ll want to step outside to experience Bali’s timeless culture with Viceroy’s day tours, or devour some grade-A gourmet meals at Viceroy’s two fine dining restos.
Viceroy Bali, Jl Lanyahan, Br Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 361 971 777.
Our favourite Ubud hotels that are friendlier on the pocket
Bambu Indah – best for eco-conscious travellers
You’ll love it because… Bambu Indah celebrates sustainability and nature in all its glory, making it the perfect eco-friendly destination for the island’s earth-lovers. Meaning “beautiful bamboo” in Indonesian, Bambu Indah is an upscale bamboo wonderland of restored antique Javanese bridal homes. Located in Bali’s leafy centre, this rustic retreat has taken great care to conserve and blend in with its natural surroundings – from the thatched bamboo reception and lodgings, to the rickety stone paths, soaring black bamboo sculpture and rock-lined natural springs. Nearly every room has breath-taking views over the Sayan Ridge and the scatter of rice fields all around, and you won’t find TVs in all rooms either, because who needs television when nature’s splendour and 24/7 soundtrack provides all the entertainment necessary…
Bambu Indah, Jl Baung, Sayan, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 977 922.
Bisma Eight – best for Balinese modernism
You’ll love it because… Bisma Eight tastefully combines artisanal Bali with unexpected modernism, redefining the typical “Ubud hotel” experience. A mishmash of tradition and ultra-contemporary design, dramatic architectural blocks of raw-concrete house 38 beautiful suites with their oversized bucket-like baths, sitting alongside unique and authentic creations from the island’s craftsmen. Step outside and the chic infinity pool nudges against Ubud’s jungle-drenched valley, where twenty-first century amenities and designer cocktails come face-to-face with the island’s untouched landscapes. If you want to experience the best of Bali whilst also lapping up alllll the luxuries of a boutique resort, Bisma Eight has got it all. And psst – you’ll want to check out The Villas at Bisma Eight too!
Bisma Eight, Jl Bisma No. 68, Ubud, p.+62 361 479 2888, e. [email protected]
Fivelements – best for vegans & vegetarians
You’ll love it because… Fivelements is a serene, fully vegetarian eco-resort that has won the hearts of free-spirited-travellers everywhere. This boho-chic, sustainable abode of nine bamboo suites – named after the five elements of the Balinese world – sits in tranquil contrast to the frenetic outside world. Ain’t nobody killing your vibe here as you get busy with some of the many holistic wellness programs available – everything from modern to traditional healing practices including water shiatsu, Prana healing, metaphysical massage, reflexology, sacred arts ceremonies as well as Balinese purification rituals. BRB, Zen mode is officially ON.
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Ubud p. +62 361 469 260, [email protected]
The Ubud Village Resort & Spa – best for couples
You’ll love it because… The Ubud Village is a haven of tranquility and romance in the cultural centre of Bali. The 14 acres of lush, hilly land is home to 30 enchanting villas with private gardens, perfect for quiet evenings and outdoor tub-soaks to keep cool in Bali’s balmy climate. Throughout the “village” resort, coconut palms, manicured lawns and lotus ponds frame a central infinity pool, overlooking the ever-present and emerald green rice terraces all around. Traditionally designed and with sustainability as a focus, The Ubud Village is all about celebrating the beauty of nature and Bali’s enchanting culture. This beautiful spot is just 10 minutes from downtown Ubud, making it the perfect base for couples to escape while exploring the local sights.
The Ubud Village, Jl Raya Nyuh Kuning, Pengosekan, Ubud, p. +62 361 978 444, e. [email protected]
Komaneka at Monkey Forest – best for both worlds
You’ll love it because… Komaneka at Monkey Forest allows you to experience the best of Ubud’s two personalities: the hustle and bustle of the city centre, and the peace and quiet of the jungle. You see, this hotel is placed right in the heart of Ubud, just a short stroll from the cafes, restaurants, shops, massage parlours, activities and other touristy hotspots, including the ever-popular Monkey Forest. Yet upon entering the tranquil gardens of this hidden gem, you’ll feel an entire world away from the buzzing streets beyond, veiled by a wild green rainforest. You can just as easily venture out to downtown Ubud’s frenetic buzz, or escape it all with a quick stroll.
Komaneka at Monkey Forest, Monkey Forest St, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2518, e. [email protected]
Sandat Glamping Tents – best for affordable glamping
You’ll love it because… Sandat Glamping embraces nature through camping, but in a much more comfortable and plush setting (be gone, flyaway tent ropes!). Home to five dazzling safari-style tented suites (with their own private pools) and three eco-luxe cabins, this dreamy boutique resort also has an infinity-edged main pool for you to swim above the verdant terraced rice fields. And if you’re looking to get out of ‘camp’ and explore Bali’s effervescent highlands, Sandat Glamping can arrange your activities for you too.
Sandat Glamping Tents, Jl Subak Sala Banjar Sala, p. +62 361 9083 222, e. [email protected]
Alamdini Resort – best for a weekend escape
You’ll love it because… Alamdini Resort has done everything just right, offering both rest and play in the heart of Ubud. You can hide away from the busy streets of downtown Ubud in one of Alamdini’s 12 spacious rooms, breathing the earthy fresh air as you gaze into a dreamy green landscape from your private patio. Or, just a hop, skip and a jump away, you can find yourself smack bang in the middle of Ubud’s most popular attractions, shops, cafes and spas – all within walking distance from the hotel. Tranquil jungle hangs or urban Ubud vibes? You decide.
Alamdini Resort, Jl Bisma Ubud, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 516, [email protected]
Casual, budget-friendly hotels & guesthouses in Ubud
ARTOTEL Haniman Ubud – best for solo travellers
You’ll love it because… this playful, boutique hotel of only 22 artsy rooms is simply perfect for solo, quirky travellers looking for an easy, affordable and convenient place to slumber – all the while exploring the wonders of Ubud. Just a short walk away from the town’s iconic Monkey Forest, Yoga Barn Studio and Pura Taman Sari, this hotel has become popular with travellers from all walks of life, complete with a charming on-site café and its funky, chilled out vibe.
ARTOTEL Haniman Ubud, Jl Jatayu Desa Padang Tegal, Ubud, p. +62 361 908 3470.
Tegal Sari – best for your budget in the rice-paddies
You’ll love it because… Tegal Sari has managed to land itself a premium address, without the hefty price-tag. While most Ubud guesthouses cosily cram the central streets one after the other, Tegal Sari is blessed with a fresh and open outlook over unspoilt rice paddies. Take advantage of this breathtaking scenery by waking up early to watch Balinese farmers work the fields as the sun begins to rise, while chirping birds and quacking ducks serenade the scene beyond your private balcony. While you won’t find any fancy frills and upmarket facilities here, there’s something so peaceful about having your breakfast and morning Bali coffee at a family-run, humble abode…
Tegal Sari, Jl Raya Pengosekan, Padang Tegal Ubud, p. +62 361 973 318, e. [email protected]
Biyukukung Suite & Spa – best for simplicity
You’ll love it because… Biyukukung Suite & Spa is a simple and traditional stay with thatched rooftops, private outdoor terraces and a bright blue swimming pool at its heart. The rooms here are authentic, village-like abodes, surrounded by sweeping views of lush, green rice fields. It’s a well-kept secret amongst Bali’s expat crowds, with the bamboo houses being a firm favourite for a staycation, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that peer directly out over the emerald horizon. And the kicker is, it’s just minutes from the city centre, with its own on-site affordable spa, too.
Biyukukung Suite & Spa, 89 Jl Sugriwa, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 562, e. [email protected]