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Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Nadia Crowe
Edited by Jiayi Ng and Beverley Lennon

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!

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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!

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Escape the crowds to dine by the river – Padi Fine Dining at Desa Visesa Ubud

Sometimes on holiday with your darling, despite being on holiday just the two of you, you may never feel truly alone. Wherever you go, there are other tourists, lots of crowds, and constant chatter in the background.

Sometimes you want a place to be the two of you that’s out of your room, that’s in public! I give you Padi Fine Dining, one of the most exclusive dining experiences in Ubud.

Overlooking the luscious Ubud jungles, is one of the only fine dining restaurants in Ubud to offer options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Not only does the restaurant feature an intimate setting on the inside, but as you step on the balcony outdoors, you’ll find yourself immediately transported to a gorgeous oasis.

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There’s no better feeling than finding yourself enveloped by nature, and knowing you’re about to have a delicious meal!

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Beneath you, while you dine runs the refreshing river, providing you with the soothing sounds of running water as you eat.

In front of you, you’ll find nothing but greenery, where the rustling leaves serve as a constant reminder of the cool wind that surrounds you. There being only a few seats on the outdoor balcony means you’ll leave behind the chitter chatter and step into an exclusive setting where you can be essentially isolated and at peace with your love!

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Unique stays to spend the night at

1. Camp with some added glam! – Sandat Glamping Tents

Camping is one of the most unique experiences you can have. Being at one with nature, being able to listen to the sounds of the surrounding jungles, and being able to wake up with the sun. However, there are also downsides. Uncomfortable sleeping bags, lack of a proper shower, and more importantly, bugs!

Whilst bugs are certainly unavoidable, the other two can be easily fixed with this amazing thing called glamping. It’s essentially glamorous camping, does that sound good or what? At Sandat Glamping Tents, you can experience all the aspects of a five star hotel but in the beautiful Ubud jungles.

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Now, being Bali, no place is complete without a swimming pool and of course, the option to have a floating breakfast! Wake up and hop straight into the pool where a nice warm breakfast will be floating by waiting for you to fill your belly.

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Sandat Glamping Tents

Rates: From Rp.2,457,000 (approximately USD $175.50)
Address: P.T. Sandat Ubud Bali, Jalan Subak Sala Banjar Sala, Ubud, Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 9083 222/+62 821 44081998
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2. This is where you can have fun with plenty of jungle activities! – Padma Resort Ubud

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Padma Resort Ubud is one of the most spectacular resorts you’ll see. It sprawls across the wide hills of Ubud, is nestled within the incredibly robust river valley, and overlooks endless lush greenery. Walking around this resort will make you feel nothing but amazed as you soak in the luxury which just oozes from the around.

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But there’s more to it– what if we told you that you could actually spend the entire day at Padma Resort Ubud exploring their endless activities and still feel like you don’t want to leave the hotel?

With a selection of both in-house activities and outdoor excursions, you could ultimately let them plan your whole trip. Yes, you’ve heard that right – they are here to entertain you!

A good way to start your day is with a yoga session at their Bamboo Nest which overlooks the bamboo forest or try out the Aerial Yoga class at their Serenity Ground – whichever you settle for, you can be sure to come out of your lesson feeling refreshed!

Something that comes highly recommended for your day plan is their rice planting experience where you get to immerse yourself in the lives of the local farmers to truly appreciate the hard work that they do everyday. They also have an on-site agroforestry tour with their own plantation garden and an animal garden where you can come up close to cute animals and feed them right here at your stay!

Now, if you’re an outdoor person and fancy exploring nature, you’ll be blessed with an array of excursions too! Follow their jungle trekking adventure for an experience like no other or join their cycling tour to immerse in magical natural sceneries as you bike through local villages!

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Once you feel a little worn out, come to your room and enjoy top-notch amenities in all comfort! Who knew getting up close to nature and sleeping in the jungles of Ubud could be so pleasant?!

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As well as their activities, Padma Resort Ubud is famous for a multitude of other things, in particular, it’s heated infinity pool. The perfect spot for sunrise, where you can soak in and watch the steam come out of the waters as colours of the sky change seamlessly while the kids have the privilege of enjoying their own shallow pool.

It is also the ideal location for playing with your little ones, as they marvel at the expansive greenery before them, and the perfect spot for spending a little one-on-one time with your loved one. Whoever you’re travelling with, no matter their age, Padma Resort Ubud will deliver the ultimate experience.

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Padma Resort Ubud 

Rates: From Rp.4,550,000 (approximately USD $325)
Address: Padma Resort Ubud, Banjar Carik, Desa Puhu Payangan, Ubud – Bali, 80572, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 752111/+62 361 3011111

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3. Spend your nights up in the trees – Ubud Tropical

Yet another magical glamping experience up for grabs! Not only do they have some spacious tents fit for up to five people, they also have a gorgeous pool that’s surrounded by greenery so that you feel like you’ve been transported to the middle of a jungle. Talk about absolute peace!

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One of the best parts of Ubud Tropical, is the communal kitchen. I know what you’re thinking, in a place that’s immersed in nature, has gorgeous decor, and is the perfect escape, how can the kitchen be the best part? It’s because you get to meet other travellers who are most likely like minded!

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, they even have options above the ground! They have tents that are elevated and closer to the sky – quite like a treehouse and these are the perfect way to release your inner child. But the best part is that at Ubud Tropical, you can do it in a way which is both luxurious and intimate.

Ubud Tropical

Rates: 2 persons tent from Rp.600,000 (approximately USD $42)
Address: Jl. Raya Andong, Peliatan – Ubud, Gianyar Bali
Contact: +62 821 44835794
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4. Experience the buzz of life – Adiwana Bee House

Be one of the first people to stay at this incredibly unique Ubud hotel. Resembling the tiny holes of a honeycomb, Adiwana Bee House proves itself to be both comfortable and chic! Situated on the edge of a sprawling paddy fields, you’ll find yourself marvelling at the endless rows of green upon waking up.

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Made entirely of wood, and surrounded by greenery, staying in Adiwana Bee House is the perfect blend of luxury and nature, allowing you to experience the amazing benefits of living near the outdoors without sacrificing any comfort!

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With a massive lagoon shaped pool to lounge in all day, you’ll find yourself completely at ease on holiday! The clear blue waters stand out perfectly against the emerald green grass, and the soothing brown wood pulls it all together to create the most soothing vibe.

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Adiwana Bee House

Rates: From Rp.2,115,000 (approximately USD $150)
Address: Jl. Sawah Indah, Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571
Contact: +62 361 6207677
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5. Spend your days soaking in front of marigold fields – The Suris Ubud

Paddy fields are a fairly common sight in Bali, but what is something that’s slightly harder to find and a little more unique? Marigold fields! Imagine lying in the pool, looking up and seeing a field of bright, beautiful orange. Doesn’t it sound like pure heaven?

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Not only are marigolds infinitely more unique and pretty than paddy fields (if you ask me), these ones in particular are situated right next to an incredibly chic guest house – The Suris Ubud. Where it lacks size, it makes up for in character, plus you’ll get the beautiful surroundings mainly all to yourself!

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Because of how hidden this place is, you’ll be able to really get away from it all and relax, reconnect with your loved ones! Don’t worry though, despite it being all tucked away, it’s still close enough to all the important Ubud sites that you won’t feel completely lost!

The Suris Ubud

Rates: From Rp.600,000 (approximately USD $42.50)
Address: 68 Monkey Forest Street, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 361 9080781/+62 81 337 331679
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6. 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.

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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!

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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).

Zen Hideaway, Ubud

Rates: From Rp.2,539,414 per night (approximately USD $180)
Address: Jalan Dewi Saraswati, Banjar Tegalkuning, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali

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7. 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”.

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Besides being a nomads’ magical gathering hangout, Bali Bohemia is firstly an art boutique hotel and restaurant with the most laid back huts where no two are alike; each with an explosion of tones and eccentric design.

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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!

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P.S. All upcoming events are published on Bali Bohemia’s Instagram page.

Bali Bohemia

Rates: From Rp.810,000 per night (approximately USD $57.40)
Restaurant Price: Mains from Rp.52,000 (approximately USD $3.70)
Address: Jl. Nyuh Bojog- Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 361 978 631 / +62 811 388 0098 (huts) / +62 813 3888 4756 (restaurant)
Opening Hours (restaurant): Mon – Sun 7am – 10pm
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8. Stay in a rustic Joglo and shower under the stars – Bambu Indah

A stunning variety of themed antique teak homes set in the tropical gardens of the resort, are available for your picking at Bambu Indah.

One of our favourites is the Udang House (shrimp house). It has a glass floor that allows you to see straight into the shrimp pond below, and a semi-outdoor bathroom that allows you to shower under the stars. (Just pretend you are under a waterfall!)

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Bambu Indah is sympathetic to the environment and avoids anything harmful to the local wildlife. For example, the water from the natural swimming pool is filtered through a vegetation regeneration zone and layers of lava rock. The result? A sparkling, clean, refreshing pool with no nasty chemicals.

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Be the King of the jungle with the Tarzan rope swing before plunging into a refreshing natural pool. This rope swing ensures hours of fun – and some awesome action shots!

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You can even climb up to a tree house in the compound that overlooks the valley!

Finish off a fantastic day watching the sunset from the Africa deck – life doesn’t get much better than this!

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An eco retreat no longer means insect-infested huts with no water or basic furnishings. Thanks to Bambu Indah, being green now means guilt-free luxury.

Bambu Indah

Price: From Rp.1,410,785 per night (approximately USD $100)
Address: Jl. Baung, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 977922
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Ubud’s Best jungle clubs to have fun at

9. 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!

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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!

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We love how creative party-fanatics are getting! A river club – why didn’t anyone think about this before!?

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D’Tukad River Club

Entrance fee: Rp. 102,400 (approximately USD $7). Packages: Swing & Swim: Rp. 365,680 (approximately USD $25), Swing & Swim + Lunch: Rp. 409,600 (approximately USD $28)
Address: Desa Wisata Blangsinga, Saba, Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821 4558 0335 / +62 821 4558 0336
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm (Daily)

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10. 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!

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Grab your partner and come by on Saturdays, where you can enjoy a fun date swaying to the sounds of a live DJ!

Do you wanna?

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Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar

Entrance fee: From Rp.800,000 (approximately USD $57)
Address: Banjar Bresela, Desa Bresela, Ubud – Bali 80572
Contact: +62 361 978098/+62 811 3996607
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm

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11. Spend the day in total healing mode – Mansion Wellness

Despite being the Island of the Gods, sometimes visitors to Bali forget to connect with the soul, they’re too busy partying, trying to capture each moment, and exploring as much as possible.

Not to say that there’s anything wrong with any of those activities, but sometimes, we need to look after the soul.

At Crystal Blue Pool, the water is filtered through crystal blue structure units which give the water a special type of energy, it enhances the water’s vibration to the next level. The water is also vortexed at the same frequency as our heart – 432-hertz. As a result, the water is given a whole host of new minerals, and crystal clear components which make sure that it has the most restorative power possible.

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All of these processes ensure the water reinvigorates your entire being! It freshens your skin, livens your hair, and heals your soul. No better way to end a hectic trip to Bali!

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Mansion Wellness

Day Pass Essentials:
Rp.150,000 (approximately USD $10.70) per adult, including Rp.50,000 food/drink credit. Rp.50,000 (approximately USD $3.60) for kids.
Perks include access to the pool, fitness centre, and discount at Plumeria Restaurant
Address: Jl. Penestanan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Contact: +62 361 972616/+62 812 37005559
Day Pass Validity: Mon – Sun, 9am – 11pm

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12. Discover your inner child – Titi Batu Ubud Club

Titi Batu Ubud Club is Ubud’s very own version of Finns Recreation Club. The recreation club welcomes families, couples, and solo travelers alike who wish to reconnect with their childhood roots through a bunch of exciting activities and sports!

A day pass at Titi Batu Ubud Club gives you access to their studios with a large variety of classes for kids and adults, gym, squash court, kids’ playroom, swimming pool, steam room, sauna, cold bath and so much more!

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They also have a restaurant with an international menu and healthy, local, sustainable food options for you and those of all ages! So head on over to this incredibly chic pool club and get relaxing surrounded by the soothing sounds of the jungle.

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Titi Batu Ubud Club

Price: Adult Entry Pass Rp. 150,000 (Rp. 75,000 food & beverage credits) (Approximately USD $10.80); Child Entry Pass Rp. 100,000 (Rp. 50,000 food & beverage credits) (Approximately USD $7.20)
Address: Jl. Cempaka, Kumbuh, Mas, Ubud  (Coordinates here)
Contact: ​+62 361 972 134; +62 813 3845 1161 (WhatsApp)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7am-10pm

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Amazing Ubud dining options with a view

13. Eat at a floating restaurant – Bebek Tebasari Resto

Dining whilst sitting cross-legged on a floating bamboo gazebo, is a whole other experience. It’s something I thoroughly enjoy doing when I’m in Bali due to the feeling of tranquillity I associate with it.

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It allows you to get closer to nature, coupled with a lake full of fish that you can feed whilst waiting for your food, and an incredible view of lush green paddy fields. Bebek Tebasari Resto is exactly where you need to eat if you want to take a load off.

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After a tiring day exploring Ubud to your heart’s content, head to this unique dining experience where you’ll be met with a menu that’s been carefully curated with Asian fusion dishes, to the best of the culinary team’s ability. Balinese bamboo music plays softly in the background while you eat and this certainly allows for ultimate relaxation!

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Bebek Tebasari Resto 

Price: Mains from Rp.70,500 (Approximately USD $5)
Address: Jl. Raya Kengetan – Lodtunduh, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali – Indonesia 80571
Contact: +62 361 8493382 /+62 361 8493383 /+62 812 3687466
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 10am – 10pm

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14. Enjoy high tea after a thrilling adventure above the clouds – The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud

Three words: Hot. Air. Balloon.

No longer will you have to stare at pictures of Cappadocia with feelings of longing and envy. You can experience your own little slice of Turkey, right here in this little corner of Bali!

That’s right, at Chedi Club, you can experience Bali’s only hot air balloon ride, what’s better? Pairing it with their afternoon tea, overlooking lush green paddy fields! There’s no experience more unique than this.

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After a thrilling ride over rice fields, forests, and marvelling at Mount Agung in the distance, you’ll land and find a beautiful spread waiting for you on the ground! Indulge in all their different pastries, and leave feeling satisfied both in your tummy and your mind!

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The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud

Price: Rp.2,120,500 (approximately USD $150) per couple
Address: Jalan Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 975 685
High Tea Hours: Mon – Sun, 4pm – 6pm (reservation required)

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15. Float your way to high tea royalty – Puri Gangga High Tea

Floating breakfasts are so cliché; guess what’s the new trend? Floating high tea! That’s right, at Puri Gangga Resort, you can have your delicious assortment of pastries and your warm brew whilst soaking in the cool waters of their iconic infinity pool.

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If you’re lucky, and there are no clouds to be seen in the sky, you’ll be blessed with the most magnificent golden hour! The reflections of the sun on the pool will illuminate your surroundings and provide a calm, romantic vibe. As your body is surrounded by the cool water, let the hot steam rising from the teacup warm your face, and bask in the magical moment.

Feeling a little wound up? Head to their spa for a super relaxing massage, it goes well with a nice full belly! Or if you’re keen to watch as day turns to night, stick around their resort and watch the sun dip under a sea of green!

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Puri Gangga Resort

Price: Rp.275,000 (approximately USD $19.40) per couple
Address: Puri Gangga Resort Ubud, Desa Sebatu Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 902222/+62 822 98902222
High Tea Hours: Mon – Sun, 3pm – 5pm (reservation required)

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16. 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!

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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!

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The cafe also happens to feature a swing (Kubu swing), so you can always keep up with your Insta-bragging, even at lunch hour!

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Green Kubu Cafe

Price: Mains from Rp.19,000 (approximately USD $1.35)
Address: Jalan Cinta, Br, Pejengaji, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Contact: +62 857 3922 3335
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 9pm, Sat – Sun, 10am – 10pm

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17. 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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Folk Pool & Gardens

Price: Rp.95,000 (approximately USD $6.80) per person
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest (Behind Liap Liap Restaurant), Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 361 9080 888
High Tea Hours: Mon – Sun, 2pm – 5pm

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18. 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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Sayan House

Price: Mains from Rp.80,000 (approximately USD $5.70)
Address: Jalan Raya Sayan No. 70, Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 479 2592/+62 822 4737 0344
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 12pm – 11pm

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19. 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.

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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.

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The Samaya Ubud Bali

Price Range: Mains from Rp. 75,000 to Rp. 335,000 (approximately USD $5 to USD $22); 6-Course Degustation Menu at Rp. 3,400,000 per couple (approximately USD $224)
Address: Banjur Baung, Desa Sayan – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 973606
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, Lunch: 11am to 4pm, Dinner: 5.30pm to 10pm

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20. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Maha Restaurant

Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 973196
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 11pm

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21. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sari Organik

Prices: Mains from Rp.30,000 (approximately USD $2.15)
Address: Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 972087
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 8pm

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Cafe Pomegranate

Price: Mains from Rp.55,000 (approximately USD $3.90)
Address: Jl Subak Sok Wayah. Ubud – Bali, Ubud, Bali, Ind/ionesia
Contact: +62 878 6080 3632
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 9 pm

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22. Enjoy a family movie night at this raw food restaurant – Paradiso Ubud

A unique concept café in Ubud not only serves up vegan and vegetarian gastronomical delights at affordable rates, but also has an in­-house state-­of-­the-­art cinema that diners can enjoy. The best thing about it all? You get your seats for free!

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The restaurant plays some world class movies in their tastefully done, full­y equipped theater, that should please any cinema enthusiasts across the world. The capacity of the hall is around 150 persons, so you can rest assured about getting seats easily.

If you’ve got a few idle hours to spend and just a few bucks in your pockets, check up the schedule at their Facebook page or website for the next screening and drop in!

Enjoy a sumptuous meal off their splendid menu that  features some fresh and healthy vegan options without compromising on taste. Also, spend time looking at the art in their art gallery and mingling with like-­minded folks. Sounds like the perfect evening plan, we’d say!

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Paradiso Ubud

Price: Movies from Rp.75,000 (approximately USD $5.30) for adults with Rp.50,000 food/beverage credit, and Rp.50,000 (approximately USD $3.50) for kids with Rp.25,000 food/beverage credit
Address: Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 3633753 / +62 812 39315346
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 10pm

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23. Drink up on the Best Coffee Bali has to offer – Seniman Coffee Studio

For coffee fanatics or otherwise, trying Bali’s special coffee brew is a definite experience no one should miss. You definitely have to plan a trip to one of the many coffee farms!

Watch as friendly locals show you the coffee roasting process, crushing of beans; and finally, brewing in water with additional herbs in order to provide you with a great cup of Kopi, herbal ginger tea, coffee ginseng, coconut coffee and more.

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However, visiting a coffee studio like Seniman Coffee Studio is the next best thing in the town of Ubud – if you wish to grab a cup of amazing Balinese coffee (specifically flat white) when short on time.

Seniman Coffee Studio

Price: Coffee from Rp.35,000 (approximately USD $2.50)
Address: Jalan Sriwedari No. 5, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 361 972085
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 7:30am – 10pm

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24. Enjoy a dip in a pool overlooking the infamous Tegallalang rice terraces – Tis Cafe Ubud

Don’t you just love it when a new cafe pops up? Tis Cafe Ubud is the latest cool kid on the block (as of 2019), and we must say, it is making waves in the Ubud hood. Overlooking one of the most photographed locations in Bali, the Tegallalang rice terraces, Tis Cafe is certainly the place to be if you’re looking for a spectacular view.

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If serving food there wasn’t enough to convince you to pay them a visit, then maybe their infinity pool will. With two different pool levels to choose from, and the opportunity to even be served a floating meal in one of them, this cafe aims to stand out from the crowd! Of course, because it’s Tegallalang, they also have a swing that’s available for all the adrenaline junkies out there.

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Their food is nothing to scoff at either, serving a delicate blend of Asian fusion, indulge your senses in multiple different dishes! From spicy curries to cheesy pizzas, you’ll leave Tis Cafe Ubud with your bellies satisfied and your heart full.

Tis Cafe Ubud

Price: Mains from Rp.60,000 (approximately USD $4)
Address: Jalan Raya Ceking, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 9083873 / +62 813 38707477
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm

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Don’t forget to shop sustainably too!

25. Stock up on all your zero waste essentials – Bali Buda

I’m a little bit of a hoarder, I love collecting things and my most recent obsession? Zero waste goods! In a world where living as waste free as possible is becoming increasingly important, finding the best and most good looking products has become a famous pastime of mine.

Bali Buda is one of the original carers of the environment, they’ve been up and running for longer than I can remember, constantly preaching about being better for yourself and also for the world around you. So as you can imagine, they’ve become one of the experts in zero waste living!

It also makes it so much better that all of their packaging/labelling so cute and chic, it makes you want to empty your bank account right there and then in the shop! If you have the time, sit down and munch on one of their several delicious dishes, all while feeling amazing about yourself!

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Bali Buda

Price: Food from Rp.29,000 (approximately USD $2.05)
Address: Jl Jembawan #1 (across from the Ubud Post Office), Ubud, Mas, Gianyar 80571, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 976324/+62 361 978963
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 10pm

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26. 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.

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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!

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Threads of Life

Price: Classes from Rp.200,000 (approximately USD $14.20) for a group of 4 people
Address: Jl. Kajeng No.24, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 972112 / +62 361 972187
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 7pm

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27. Enjoy 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.

Utama Spice, Ubud

Prices: From Rp.21,000 approximately USD $1.50)
Address: Monkey Forest Road (130 Meters north of Monkey Forest)
Contact: +62 851 0085 3155 / ‎+62 361 9081572
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 8:30pm

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28. Grab some handmade soaps and jams as souvenirs! – Kou Bali and Kou Cuisine

Behind the name Kou is two sister stores in Ubud.

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. You can also buy sea salt in the same cute jar. And of course, you are welcome to taste the jam before deciding to purchase any!

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Kou Bali

Price: From Rp.10,000 (approximately USD $0.70)
Address: Jl.Dewi Sita, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, INDONESIA, Gianyar
Contact: +62 821 45569663
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 8pm

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Kou cuisine

Price: From Rp.32,000 for a jar of honey (approximately USD $2.30)
Address: Jl.Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, 80571, INDONESIA
Contact: +62 361 971905
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9:30am – 8pm

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Places to immerse yourself in nature

29. Enjoy a cycling tour amidst nature – Bali E-Bike Tours

I’m a huge advocate for being more eco-friendly whilst travelling. One of the best ways to do that is of course, by walking and reducing the need for transport. Then again, Bali is scorching hot and to walk around the whole time can get a little tiring. You get sweaty, tired, dehydrated, and you can’t appreciate all the sites well enough!

The next best option? Cycling! Even better? E-bikes – so you don’t have to do so much work! Whilst riding around on an E-bike may be a little scary in the areas of Canggu and Kuta, Ubud is much quieter and as a result, you can enjoy the cool wind against your skin as you ride without worrying so much about your safety! It also helps that the tour operators are well versed in safety.

Enjoy a trip to several different spots, temples, paddy fields, and traditional villages, all at your own pace! The best part is that this tour aims to be immersive, so you may be able to take part in village life too!

Bali E-Bike Tours

Price: From Rp.590,000 (approximately USD $41.80)
Address: Jl. Tirta Tawar, Petulu, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 3866408
Hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 9pm

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30. Witness a bird invasion – Petulu

When the sun sets every day, thousands of herons from all over Bali fly to the village of Petulu, creating a beautiful vision of white for those who are there to witness it. The birds are believed to be the guardians that watch over the villagers and protect them from harm.

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It’s certainly a sight to behold – during the peak period (around 5pm – 6pm), up to 20,000 herons can be seen roosting in the trees of Petulu, watching the people from above.

Best place to watch? To the south of the village, there’s a look-out point ideal for bird watching. Next to the road, you’ll see a sign that reads “the best place to see the herons”.

And here’s where it points to – a small wooden house in the middle of a rice-field owned by an old lady selling cold drinks. So at the right time, you can see the flocks of herons arrive. The best part – you just need to sit back and enjoy the whole phenomenon with a drink in hand.

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Petulu

Location: Jl. Petulu, Petulu, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
How to get there: Drive through Jalan Tirta Tawar until you see the village sign.

31. Ride the river and visit a village! – Bali Adventure Rafting

The mighty Ayung River is the lifesource of Bali – and for most, getting up close and personal with this spectacular river is truly unforgettable.

Keep a lookout for wildlife and spectacular waterfalls whilst drifting through the untouched Balinese rainforest. It’s like travelling through a long lost world with monkeys playing in the trees and thousands of different birdsongs. If you love an adrenaline rush, then the 45 rapids of the Ayung will be more than enough to keep you entertained.

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No need to be nervous at taking on this challenge.  You will receive a full health and safety brief, helmets and life jackets; the brilliant guides will also be with you for the whole trip.

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After 9.6km of exciting rafting, you will end the approximately 2-hour journey with hot showers, clean towels and changing rooms. After that, look forward to a hearty gourmet buffet at Bali Adventure Rafting’s private restaurant overlooking majestic mountains and gloriously serene paddy fields.

Excited yet? Bring along your waterproof camera case and get set to have a splashing good time!

Mason Adventures

Prices: Adult USD $22, Children USD $20
Address: Ubud Adventure Centre, Jl. Raya Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali 80000,Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 721480 / +62 811 3979480
Website

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32. A waterfall pool that you can lounge in – Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that aren’t situated in the highlands or mountains.

Tegenungan waterfall is unique for its lush green surroundings and heavy water flow, perfect for swimming and enjoying the fresh water.

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With a nearby temple and bathing spot, it’s no surprise that Tegenungan is popular among locals looking for a quick escape from the city rush!

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Looking for more waterfalls in Bali? We’ve got a bunch of them here!

Tegenungan Waterfall

Entrance fee: Rp 20,000 (approximately USD $1.42)
Directions: To get to Tegenungan Waterfall, drive from Denpasar to the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar. The drive is just 16 kilometres, or about 30 minutes. But the falls remain quite isolated and you will need to descent hundreds of steps along the bank of the River Tukad Petanu to access it. Coordinates here.

33. Take an Eco Tour – The Green Village

Yes we know – all the villages in Bali are green with all those rice fields and tropical vegetation, but this one is super special.

The Green Village was designed in 2006 by jewellery designer John Hardy, and later finished by his daughter. The result? A collection of bespoke, luxury bamboo homes all seamlessly integrated into the Ayung Valley nature. Can you imagine a spectacular mansion made from only bamboo? You have to see it to believe it.

Take a tour of the village to learn more about this amazing eco project. Visit the bamboo factory and see bamboo being harvested, treated and crafted into building materials and furniture.

The Green School is where you can turn your hand to model workshops, building and joinery classes, and so much more.

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Got green fingers and would love to find out more gardening tips and tricks? Stop by the Kul Kul farm to learn the art of permaculture and sustainable farming.

If you are blown away by what the village has to offer, you can always look at staying in one of the beautiful houses. They are all available to rent for the week, so you can wake up in the village every morning.

Green Village

Price: From  Rp.440,000 (approximately USD $31.35) per person
Address: Jl. Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal – Badung (80352), Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3922254
Opening Hours: Reach here by 10:30am for the 10:45am tour. Weekdays only.

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34. Experience one day as a Balinese Rice Farmer – Four Seasons Sayan

Our mothers have always told us to cherish the rice in our bowls, because of the immense effort it takes to plant and harvest them. But have you ever truly understood what goes behind each miniscule grain of rice? Now, you can – by being a rice farmer for a day!

As part of Four Season Sayan’s Extraordinary Experiences Initiative, guests can sign up for the complete rice farmer experience, from a scenic meal amongst rice paddies, planting seeds to transplanting little shoots.

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After your hard work, you’ll even get to try out the traditional Balinese bathing ritual and lay back for a soothing massage. If you’ve got a rice-hating child, now’s the time to drum the love of grains into their minds!

Four Seasons Sayan

Price: Half Day: From Rp 2,700,000 (approximately USD $191.40) per person; Full Day: From Rp. 3,900,000++ (approximately USD $276.45) per person
How to join the rice farmer experience: Prior reservation necessary. Click here for more info. Hotel guests who are interested in having the one-day rice farmer experience can inform the front desk or activity desk.
Location: Jl. Raya Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 977577

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35. Visit the rice terraces and watch the rice grow – Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The one vital thing that Ubud is most well-known for is its stunning and famed rice terraces! Make sure to follow the locals off-road into the paddy fields and be blown away by the fabulous view.

Remember not to rush and just weave your way through the fields in the afternoon sun. Instead, watch the happy locals busily harvesting their crops and get the true blue local experience of Ubud.

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These serene and relaxing rice fields are surely going to have a super calming effect on your mood, and make you forget all your worries in an instant.

If you’re wondering which particular rice terrace you should visit – the best we’ve found are the Tegallalang rice terraces north of Ubud’s city center. This exquisite terrace is located precisely on the hill bank, with a breathtaking valley panorama and coconut trees ornamenting the surroundings.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Entrance fee: No entrance fee, but donation is required (about Rp. 25,000, approximately USD $2)
Getting There: A half hour drive from north of Ubud. Head east from Ubud’s main art market towards the statue intersection and further onwards north. Coordinates here.

36. Go on a romantic sunrise walk – Campuhan Ridge Walk

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is an unusually romantic short trek that will take you through rice fields, past quaint Indonesian huts and beautifully designed villas.

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It is best to get a head start early in the morning (preferably before the sun rises) to prevent the scorching sun from ruining this experience.

Butterflies will accompany you on the leisurely 2-3km stroll, and you’ll be able to take a pit stop on your way back at Karsa Kafe. Make sure to stay sufficiently hydrated and drink up before you make your way back out.

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Campuhan Ridge Walk

Getting There: Start the journey at the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa on Jl. Campuhan and head towards the school where parking is available. Upon reaching the Campuhan bridge, take the pathway on the right that leads towards Gunung Lebah Temple and continue till you see a paved road. Follow the paved road, for that’s where your journey begins.
Here’s a great guide on how to get there.

37. Sign up for an organic gardening course – Har’s Garden

Har’s Garden, situated just north of Ubud, is the best organic produce plot that Bali has to offer.

This farm is owned by a duo of brothers, and is unique in not only offering customised courses related to raw vegetables. It also allows visitors to pick/harvest their own crop for a much more natural and familiar experience.

The wide assortment of glorious juicy veggies available at Har’s Garden include everything from leafy greens and tomatoes to eggplant and peppermint, as well as various other herbs.

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The added bonus is the decadent recipes of raw foods that are graciously provided by the host to everyone!

Har’s Garden

Price: From Rp.500,000 (approximately USD $35.45) for a 3 hour workshop
Address: Jalan Sri Wedari, Tegallantang, Ubud
Contact: +62 813 37382099
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 11am – 2pm (reservations required)

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Best spa experiences to get pampered

38. Let the sounds of the river soothe you – Tjampuhan Spa

With an air of mystique and a magical outdoor spa setting to rival the most beautiful secret locations in Ubud, the day spa at the Tjampuhan Hotel is positioned at the base of a valley, mere metres away from the natural splendour of one of Ubud’s gently flowing river tributaries.

Composed of several semi-open treatment pavilions and an extraordinary hot/cold spring water jacuzzi created within an elaborately carved mythical stone cavern.

True to its natural setting, Tjampuhan spa is dedicated to the healing properties of water, and has sourced a collection of traditional Balinese healing and beauty treatments in a setting that evokes the inner peace and overall wellness of an intimate connection with Mother Nature.

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You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to experience the unique riverside hideaway of the Tjampuhan Day Spa. Outside guests can enjoy the spa’s lush river valley surroundings and gorgeous spring grotto for Rp. 110,000 (approximately USD $7.25) per half-day, including access to hot and cold whirlpool baths, a sauna and steam room.

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Tjampuhan Spa at Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa

Price: From Rp. 340,000 (Approximately USD $22.40) for 1- hour Traditional Balinese Massage. From Rp. 960,000 per couple (All facilities of the spa for half a day, including a one hour body massage, body scrub, yoghurt rub and flower bath) (Approximately USD $64.40)
Address: Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 8pm
Contact: +62 361 975368

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Immerse in the beautiful Balinese culture

39. Visit a temple in traditional Balinese attire – Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati temple

Regardless of one’s religious status, the ancient places of worship that Ubud has to offer must not be missed. Trivia: The infamous Saraswati temple was constructed in honor of the Hindu goddess of learning, literature and art!

In addition to a beautiful lotus pond and water garden, this holy place boasts the presence of intricate, fine carvings, devil masks and magnificent statues to tickle your inner divinity.

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Additional entertainment include regular dance performances at night and rows of painters setting easels throughout the temple in the day. You may even opt to dress up and get pictured as a traditional Balinese in order to create memories to last for a lifetime.

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Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati temple

Address: Jalan Raya. Kajeng, Ubud Kab, Gianyar, Bali
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 7pm

40. Become a yogi and take up an ecstatic dance class – Yoga Barn

Opting for a yoga retreat is the key to ease all your nerves and to refresh and rejuvenate yourself for the journey ahead. Ubud is characterised as one of the top 10 meditation retreat havens in the world.

The spiritual atmosphere, healthy cafes and surrounding rice fields give Ubud’s yoga centers, such as Yoga Barn, an intensely good feel to live in.

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This artistically crafted studio captures the essence of the island. Dedicated to healing and renewal, Yoga Barn offers daily classes, workshops as well as access to your personal meditation style – one that particularly matches your personality and fitness goals.

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Yoga Barn

Price: 1 class from Rp.130,000 (approximately USD $9.20)
Address: PT. Yoga Barn, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali.
Contact: +62 361 971236 / +62 361 971407
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 9pm

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41. Take a Fun Class – Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre

Want to spend your family time by doing something meaningful and fun at the same time? Take an off-beat day out at Pondok Pekak Library and learn a skill for a lifetime.

Learn Balinese specialities like Fruit-carving and Jewellery -Making. Get to know about Balinese cultures by trying your hand at Balinese Dance and Balinese Painting.

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Better still, learn the Balinese language and take back a little of Bali’s culture with you when your trip is over. These are the skills that you and your kids can awe the people back home with when you return. All this, at affordable fees starting from USD $7!

Book nerds can enjoy the well­-stocked collections of books at the library for a day or borrow them at affordable rates.

Photo Via Msekarayu, Sallymaygreen

Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre

Prices: Classes from Rp.75,000 (approximately USD $5.32)
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Sebelah Timur Lapangan Ubud, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Coordinates here
Contact: +62 361 976194
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 9pm

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42. Leave with a jewelry souvenir and learn to make it too! – Studio Perak

Owned by Pak Ketut, this locally run jewelry business boasts the making of stunning, contemporary art pieces inspired by nature.

Constituting of silver as well as semi precious stones, you can be sure that these Balinese treasures are as fine as they get!

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In addition to selecting a piece for you to take home from Ubud, this unique technique of Balinese Silversmithing is also generously passed on to all willing customers/students.

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So relax and learn a new skill in an inspiring environment with the friendly professionals of Studio Perak.

Studio Perak

Price: Rp. 400,000 (approximately USD $26.31) for a 3-hour workshop lesson
Address: JI. Hanoman, Ubud 80571, Gianyar, Bali
Contact: +62 878 61724905
Opening Hours: Half Day Class Course from 9am – 12pm or 2pm – 5pm

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It’s no surprise that Ubud has earned its spot in many people’s bucket list of places to visit.

Get ready to fall in love with this tucked away lush town where you could stay forever, take dreamy jaunts, find enlightenment and enjoy delectable Balinese fare – especially for those raw food lovers!

Are there any more awesome things to do in Ubud, comment below to let us know!

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