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Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Chandrika Ghosh, Fiona Davies, Afina Najib, Stephanie Peeters and Tey Kher Ying, Sarah Shahzad
Edited by Jiayi Ng
Famously known as Bali’s ultimate cultural hub, Ubud is an amazing mesh of old and new with something to offer to everyone. Visiting alone or with family, Ubud is a one-stop tourist attraction that promises a wide range of activities for everyone within a small distance!
From temple-hopping to yoga retreats, and even learning a new art – get ready to be spoiled for choices in this magnificent town that never fails to entertain.
In addition to the breathtaking beaches and glorious sunsets, there are always hidden gems tucked away in surprising places, reserved for those of us looking for an off-beat experience.
So get set to uncover Ubud’s amazing (less commonly known) going-ons!
1. Stay here and have the swing ride of your life with panoramic views of Ayung River – Zen Hideaway
Located in a traditional Balinese village about 20 minutes from the center of Ubud, Zen Hideaway is a stay that offers an unparalleled experience that is exquisitely Ubud.
As far as the eye can see, across Ayung River, a mini waterfall, rice fields and Mount Agung – you will find the most spectacular thing you will not find anywhere else. A swing hanging between coconut trees, high atop a hill.
Both thrilling and addictive, the swing ride of your life is almost guaranteed – at such a height, and with sweeping views of the jungle, Ayung River, and even a mini waterfall!
Once you’re done swinging, you may want to make full use of the private access, and walk down to the river or waterfall for a relaxing swim.
Made from 150-year-old teak wood, Zen Hideaway is intentionally designed for those looking for serenity and peace. The rooms are semi-open, which enables you to have a hearty dose of fresh Ubud countryside air.
And since it’s in a local village, feel free to interact with the locals if you’d like to experience authentic daily activities, such as farming, dance, or traditional ceremonies (if available while you’re here).
Ubud’s jungle clubs2. Chill at a hidden river club atop Bali’s most famous waterfall: D’Tukad River Club at Tegenungan Waterfall
Of course you know about Bali and its iconic beach clubs, but have you heard of the ‘waterfall club’ that’s shaking up the romantic scene?
D’Tukad River Club is Ubud’s all-new natural haven with a treehouse concept – right atop Tegenungan Waterfall. Simply climb several flights of stairs, and be wowed by the majestic streams of water that form this magical cascade!
Most guests spend their time soaking in the two-tiered pool while sipping on cocktails and munching on light-bites. Scared of getting wrinkly fingers? Catch a break on the scenic wooden terrace, or hop on the swings that hang out over the river for a quiet date with the jungle!
We love how creative party-fanatics are getting! A river club – why didn’t anyone think about this before!?
3. Find out if your lover is your ultimate party partner too: Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar
Nothing’s better than an adults-only spot to enjoy groovy music with your lover, with no pesky kids to ruin the mood!
Head over to Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar to experience everything a beach club has to offer, except for the beach. Yes, this is a beach club with no beach, but stunning architecture, majestic jungle views and a 3-tiered pool to match!
Grab your partner and come by on Saturdays, where you can enjoy a fun date swaying to the sounds of a live DJ!
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4. Settle down for lunch amidst endless rice paddy fields: Green Kubu Cafe
It’s back to nature for lunch time as you indulge in delectable traditional dishes… right amidst the rice fields!
Offering endless views of greenery, Green Kubu Cafe could very well be the “La Plancha” of Ubud. Cuddle up with your partner on colourful bean bags protected by flamboyant Balinese umbrellas as you enjoy magical vistas together – that’s what we call romance!
While the view is the main draw, many come for a bucket of ice cold Bintang and a plate of savoury Nasi Goreng (fried rice). Psst! Feeling a tad extra hungry? Get an entrée – their grilled spicy corn on the cob is a big hit, especially when it gets chilly in Ubud!
The cafe also happens to feature a swing (Kubu swing), so you can always keep up with your Insta-bragging, even at lunch hour!
5. Cabanas and pool with a “Selamat Pagi” kind of high tea – Folk Pool & Gardens
Let’s forget about Western sweets because today traditional Indonesian desserts are in the lead!
If you happen to be wandering around Ubud and looking for a place to chill at, sip a cuppa and have some delightful treats, don’t miss Folk Pool & Gardens. And yes, you get free access to the pool, which you can jump right into from your private cabana!
Time for an explosion of Indonesian flavours! Wrapped in banana leaves and displayed on a three-tiered stand, these Indonesian savouries are real surprises for your palates – each of their ingredients are locally sourced from sustainable partners of the community!
Post-tea time is spent lazing in your private cabana or simply dreaming away on the hammock and multiple colourful poufs by the pool! We warned you… forget about your bikini diet while in Bali!
If you feel the gypsy and artsy vibe here, you aren’t the only one – Folk Pool & Gardens is also a place for any boho-soul!
6. Celebrate romance amidst nature – The Sayan House
This quaint little restaurant overlooking the Ayung River is a popular spot for private receptions, and we can really see why.
On a day when you’re supposed to feel like you’re on top of the world, what could be better than literally being on top of the world?
The Sayan House will speak to the nature lover in you, with its signature view of forests, rice fields and the rushing waters of the sacred Ayung River below.
Enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one while watching the sun set over the valley, or hang some fairy lights on the trees and watch the place come alive as a fairytale wedding setting.
Better yet, The Sayan House has some pretty amazing contemporary and unique Asian dishes up for grabs.
Try out their Crispy King Prawn & Avocado Maki, and the Salmon Carpaccio too! There are also fusion dishes like Babi Guling Sushi – if you’re fond of trying out new things, you won’t be disappointed.
7. Light up your love with 100 candles by the Ayung river: Swept Away Restaurant (The Samaya Ubud)
Often deemed as a must-visit for couples or honeymooners in Bali, Swept Away Restaurant is indeed a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience.
Along the Ayung river, 100 lighted candles and showers of generous flower petals are carefully placed around the river stones. And after sunset, at the edge of the river bank, you’ll get a private love table where you can enjoy the magnificent natural atmosphere and the music of the rushing water.
Your warm and hospitable private waiter will serve you with a six-course degustation or tasting menu for this special night. Among its favorites are the refreshing seared scallop with pomelo, the delectable chilled lobster and the Wagyu Steak that is grilled to perfection.
For dessert, you get an apple pie ice-cream and apple vanilla souffle, a lovely sweet ending to your romantic dinner.
8. Dive (and dine) into Ubud’s very own rabbit hole – Maha Restaurant
As much as we can’t get enough of cat and dog cafes, how about a rabbit cafe for a change?
Dining at Maha Restaurant will leave you feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland – bringing you up close and personal with the cutest bunnies you will ever see.
Especially if you have kids who are tired of walking around Ubud, bringing them to Maha Restaurant will be a great refresher for them, as they get to pet the bunnies and interact with them.
Order coffee, pancakes, crepes, juices, or even an espresso martini (we hear they have fantastic cocktails!) and get set for one of the many lovely afternoons to be had in Ubud.
Watch the Maha rabbits hop around, do bunny binkies (Google it) and nibble away as you steal a restful moment from your packed itinerary of plans – your kids will thank you for it.
9. Dine with a luscious view of paddy fields – Sari Organik and Cafe Pomegranate
Rice is a staple part of Indonesian diets so you can’t miss the opportunity to see where it comes from.
You don’t need any Instagram filters for these photos – the lush emerald fields are the brightest green that you will ever see.
There are so many great restaurants with rice field views but our favourites are Sari Organik and Cafe Pomegranate, which are both in Ubud.
Sari Organik is a fast growing warung owned by a family who are dedicated to growing, using and selling organic produce. A 15-minute walk from the road through the coconut groves and along the rice fields means that by the time you arrive at the restaurant, you are ready for a hearty meal.
Grab a table on the terrace and watch the spectacular greenery around you. If you are lucky, you will even see people at work in the fields – this is Bali at its most authentic.
Sari Organik prides itself on catering for everyone. Meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans will each find plenty on the menu. Dairy or gluten intolerance? No problem, just let the friendly staff know.
Try the dairy-free pizza, it’s fresh, healthy and supremely delicious! Even cheese lovers will be converted.
Another option, Cafe Pomegranate, is an equally great open-sided restaurant owned by two Japanese brothers. One has taken control of the architecture and design, whilst the other arranged the menu and service. We’ve got to say, both have done amazing jobs!
The restaurant is essentially a billowing fabric pagoda on a raised terrace off the beaten track in Ubud. Panoramic 360-degree views of the paddy fields will overwhelm your senses as you relax in the breeze and take in the view.
The vibe of Cafe Pomegranate is funky and chilled – once the sun sets, the music starts and a great night of food and fun begins.
Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic meal or a group looking for a party, Cafe Pomegranate is perfect for any occasion.
10. Creative hub of all free-spirited gypsies and artists: Bali Bohemia
Look no further if you would like to experience the real bohemian ambience.
Definitely living up to its name, Bali Bohemia radiates positivity with gypsies and artists uniting through music and the arts.
The place gleams with boasting colours of mixed textures and patterns living up to the “boho” motto that “less is never more”.
Besides being a nomads’ magical gathering hangout, Bali Bohemia is firstly an art boutique hotel and restaurant with the most laidback huts where no two are alike; each with an explosion of tones and eccentric design.
Around the restaurant and pool area, Bali Bohemia holds weekly artistic events such as open mic sessions, traditional Indonesian performances, jazz and jam nights and much more! Much like a religious ritual where you can be sure to connect with local artists who are as free-spirited as you!
P.S. All upcoming events are published on Bali Bohemia’s Instagram page.
Sustainable and healthy shopping
11. Buy gorgeous fabrics and support the local women: Threads of Life
A beautifully well-suited name for an amazing initiative! Threads of Life supports thousands of women from 11 islands across the Indonesian archipelago. With a fair-trade business model, selling these fabrics empower these women to overcome poverty.
With local materials, natural dyes and traditional methods, the most stunning ikat and traditional Batik fabrics are created, handwoven by these skillful Indonesian women. Weaving traditional fabrics also helps to preserve ancient knowledge and cultural heritage that is traditionally passed on from generation to generation.
By buying these gorgeous fabrics, you are supporting the local community and bringing home a unique island souvenir with an amazing story. Aren’t the gifts with stories always the best ones?
You can add even more depth your story by joining one of the classes held at Threads of Life, where you will learn more about how these traditional fabrics are made!
12. The beauty of nature: Utama Spice
Utama Spice is a traditional skincare company which uses 100% pure natural ingredients in their products. The production is inspired by traditional Balinese techniques.
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They offer a huge variety of pure and organic essential oils, lip balms, hair oils, body butter, bug sprays and many more. According to a shop assistant, the bug spray is the most popular product, especially for travellers with kids, as it is organic and safe.
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All yogis will go crazy with the fragrant, anti-bacterial yoga mat spray that will keep the mat clean and fresh. What a great idea for a gift!
Besides Ubud, their shops are located in Sanur too, but you can also purchase some of their products in Guardian Pharmacy.
13. Of handmade soaps and jams: Kou Bali and Kou Cuisine
Behind the name Kou is two sister stores in Ubud.
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Kou Bali sells natural soaps and bath salts. Everything comes with a creative wrapping. Look at the cute little soaps wrapped like candies!
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On the other hand, Kou Cuisine produces natural and delicious handmade jam. Try the favourite – milk caramel or an exotic combination of pineapple and guava.