The Ultimate Jetset Travel Guide to Ubud, Bali
Is there anyplace far more magical IN THE Globe than Ubud, Bali? If you are traveling to Bali for the very first time, it is really hard to place this location into words. If you have been to Bali and are coming back for the second or eighth, you know specifically what I’m speaking about. Created globe-well-known for becoming the setting of Consume Pray Appreciate, Ubud has lengthy been the epicenter of Bali’s culture. This gem-of-a-area is dreamily perched higher up in the jungle, surrounded by rice fields, waterfalls, and tropical rainforests filled with just about every shade of green. To say that Ubud is lovely does not do it justice – it is powerful… stunning… magical. Ubud’s lush landscape is household to some of the most lovely and luxurious resorts in Bali, and is a good location to base for a couple of days (or all) of your trip to the island.
On your drive to Ubud, you will discover your self surrounded by lush landscapes of palms and rice paddies. And, in the heart Ubud, you will discover bustling streets filled to the brim with motorbikes and pedestrians -locals and vacationers alike, weaving their way in and out of shops, restaurants, and temples. So exactly where do you get started? Exactly where do you remain? and what do you do in Ubud? That is what I’m right here for. Right here is your Ultimate Guide to Ubud, Bali.
Basing from Ubud for at least component of your trip is a have to on any trip to Bali (you can study far more about my excellent 9-day Bali Itinerary right here). It is peaceful, relaxing, and household to some of my favored resorts in all of Bali. If you are coming with a group of pals to the island, you will appreciate spending a couple of days hanging with monkeys, chasing waterfalls, and experiencing the rice fields. If you are by your self, you will appreciate the disconnection that you really feel higher up in the jungle of Ubud. You will appreciate experiencing yoga at Yoga Barn, or meeting the quite a few intriguing ex-pats in the location. And if you are honeymooning in Bali, Ubud is your excellent spot for R,R&R (Rest, romance, and relaxation).
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This beautiful eco-luxe hotel is 1 of my really favored locations to remain in Ubud. It is 1 of the most distinctive properties I’ve ever stayed in in the globe, and it is quintessential Ubud in my thoughts. Every single lovely bungalow artistically blends bamboo interiors with antique Balinese teak wood. Each and every suite has each air conditioning and a fan, and some have beautiful river views, private pools and outside showers. Did I mention complimentary yoga classes come with the space? This is the excellent, quiet location to loosen up as a couple or disconnect on a solo trip. My favored suites are the Suite with River View rooms or the Udang home.
Rates variety from $100-$500 a evening. Book right here.
This amazing 4 Seasons home was not too long ago ranked the #1 hotel in the globe by Travel & Leisure!! It is 1 of my favored locations to remain in Ubud (specifically for couples) due to the fact it is super-quiet, tranquil, and, like most 4 Seasons in the globe, ultra-luxe.
Rates for the 4 Seasons Sayan are generally $500-$600 a evening. Book right here.
One particular of the most romantic resorts in Bali! The Viceroy is a dreamy jungle oasis. Every single of its luxury villas is a sanctuary that you will in no way want to leave – did I mention they every single have a private infinity pool that can turn into a hot tub at the click of a button? (HOW Incredible IS THAT). The service at Viceroy is completely incredible and the restaurant is 1 of my favorites in all of Bali (you are gonna want to order their coconut milk banana french toast for breakfast every morning! I’m nonetheless dreaming of it!)
Area prices $500-$700 per evening. Book right here.
COMO is a far more reasonably priced luxury resort alternative if you are seeking for the most effective private pool resorts in Bali, but do not appreciate the price tag tag of some of the ultra-luxury resorts. The COMO Uma is truly centrally situated, so a fantastic base if you are seeking to discover about Ubud. COMO Uma Ubud also offers free of charge scheduled downtown/location shuttles, free of charge guided morning walks and free of charge scheduled yoga classes with a yoga master!
Area prices $200-$300 per evening. Book right here.
Go to the waterfalls!
Some of the most effective waterfalls in Bali are Tegenungan and Tibumana – which are each an effortless 30-45 minute drive from central Ubud. If you are going to Tegenungan Waterfall, be positive to get there early as it gets CROWDED!!! I attempt to aim for ahead of 9am for this 1. Tibumana is considerably much less crowded, and a truly cool jungley drive to exactly where it is, so a favored for when I’m entertaining pals going to Bali.
If you are asking yourself how to get to the Bali waterfalls or what the fantastic day trip to Bali waterfalls appears like, study far more in this weblog post right here!
The Tegalalang rice fields outdoors of Ubud are 1 of Bali’s most well-known landmarks, and a have to-see for anybody vacationing in Bali! I like to stroll about them for awhile (it is a exercise and it can be hot and humid up there!) and finish with a significant nasi goreng (balinese fried rice) or mie goreng (balinese fried noodles) with a significant ice cold coconut overlooking the rice fields. It is a beautiful view and there are a ton of nearby restaurants lining the fields.
Head more than to the monkey forest, a lovely all-natural sanctuary of wild monkeys in the heart of Ubud.
Photo by means of my buddy @Van_Taylan
Get your zen on & do some yoga
Ubud is essentially mecca for yogis, and there are a ton of incredible yoga classes you can do in Ubud. One particular of my favorites is Yoga Barn – and it is fantastic for just about every level of yogi, from the casual “just want to do it so they can say they did yoga in Bali” yogi to the sophisticated yogi seeking to find out from the most effective.
For the most effective massage in Ubud (and all of Bali), head to Cantika (contact ahead! they get busy!). It is my absolute favored – I go just about every time I’m in town!
One particular of the most well known and exciting tourist activities to do in Bali is to go bathe rescued elephants at Mason Elephant Sanctuary just outdoors of Ubud.
Do the Sunrise Hike at Mount Batur
This well known sunrise morning hike will have you setting your alarm for 2am, but the sunrise views of the beautiful volcano make it all worth it. You will climb to the prime in the dark (make positive to pack a jacket!), and get to the prime correct as the sun is increasing, and you will be down and back to your hotel by about 10am. It is 1 of the most well known activities to do in Bali – and you do not have to be concerned about booking ahead of time. Just speak to your hotel or airbnb about joining in on a tour.
There is so considerably superior meals in Ubud, this is my favored query to answer when you all DM me for Bali suggestions. Right here are some of the absolute most effective locations to consume in Ubud:
Globe well-known for their ice-cold martinis and melt-in-your-mouth barbecue pork ribs, Naughty Nuri’s is a have to-cease for all meat lovers traveling to Bali. It is also 1 of Anthony Bourdain’s favored Bali spots! The restaurant is super casual, with a large smokey charcoal grill outdoors flaming up with some of the most effective ribs you will ever taste. Nuri’s comes with a lot of hype (and often, a lengthy wait) but I guarantee you, it is far more than worth it.
This Japanese-Latin-Fusion restaurant serves up some of the most effective sunset views in all of Ubud, and is 1 of my favored locations to grab a sunset cocktail in Bali. You can even see the Four Seasons Sayan across the river! Sip on 1 of their scrumptious cocktails & munch on their sushi and revolutionary gourmet tacos although you watch the sunset paint the jungle all sorts of colors. This is my really favored date evening spot in Ubud!
This raw meals cafe and delish salad bar has been the healthy-consuming hotspot in Bali for quite a few years. Whether or not or not you are a vegan, their fresh-pressed juices and healthy salad bar (and smoothie bowl bar in the mornings!!) is worth checking out.
La Pacha Mama
La Pacha Mama is an extraordinary vegetarian Mexican restaurant in Ubud’s adorable Penestanan neighborhood. The menu is not all veggie – there are some fish taco solutions and Incredible shrimp tacos as well! Order the drunken mushrooms, some shrimp tacos, and 1 of their incredible margs & thank me later.
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