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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.
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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!
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).
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!
The restaurant plays some world class movies in their tastefully done, fully equipped theater, that should please any cinema enthusiast 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!
3. 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.
Photo via: Terrace at Kuta, Flickr by Ken
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.
Photos via Greener Bali
4. Hug a honey bear – Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe
Yes, honey bears are predators and it sounds crazy to want to hug them, but this impossible feat is actually possible at the Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe.
Photo via: Karma Resorts Blog by Silke, Pod Chocolate Bali
The factory was set up by Australian Toby Garritt, in pursuit of the way to create the best chocolate in the world. He’s slowly but surely approaching his goal, considering the raving reviews that his chocolates have received.
If you visit the factory, located within an elephant camp, you’ll be brought on a tour detailing how cocoa beans are harvested, and later made into chocolate. If you want to, you can even try making your own chocolate!
Photo via: Jakarta Jive
And yes, you get to hug one of the three honey bears that live on the premises after being rescued from hunters. No, you won’t lose your head, and it only costs USD $10.
5. 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.
Photo via: Di Raymond
If you love an adrenaline rush, then the 45 rapids of the Ayung will be more than enough to keep you entertained.
Photo via: Morning Bali Tour
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.
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!
6. Dive into the infamous waterfall – Tegenungan waterfall
Among all the dazzlingly refreshing retreats found in Bali, Tegenungan waterfall is one of our absolute favourites. The rich green surroundings and perfectly flowing fresh water will make a pretty sight for all.
Photo via: Eco Turizm
Situated on a plane landscape and measured at only 15 meters high, some adventurous ones will jump into the waterfall in order to get an experience of a lifetime! (it could be very dangerous though, do not attempt!)
And if you want more, there is even a temple nearby for curious visitors, and a bathing spot for you to relax the day away.
Photo via: Visit Bali Tour
7. 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.
Photo via: Maha Ubud
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.
Photo via: Darren Pearson
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.
8. 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.
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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.
Photo via: Flying Fourchette
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!
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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.
9. 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.
Photo via: Green Village
The Green School is where you can turn your hand to model workshops, building and joinery classes, and so much more.
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.
Photo via: Green Village
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.
10. Dine with a river view – Swept Away Samaya and Riverside Cafe Four Seasons
Want a view of the flowing river as you dine? These two restaurants are as close as you can possibly get to the mighty Ayung River without getting your feet wet.
The relaxed wooden terrace at Swept Away is just inches from the river – a perfect way to pass the afternoon. Be refreshed by the cool river breeze as you enjoy a light lunch and delicious cocktail.
Once the sun sets, Swept Away transforms into a dreamlike, twinkling stage with 100 flickering candles illuminating the river. Be hypnotised by the inky water snaking along the valley and listen to the wildlife settling in for the night in the surrounding forest.
Swept Away evening dining is perfect for a romantic meal or even to pop the big question!
The Riverside Cafe is in equally close proximity to the river’s edge and boasts a beautiful open air poolside terrace. The tantalising smells from the wood-burning pizza oven drifts along the valley, and will have you eager and ready for a good meal.
Photo via: Four Seasons Ubud
Get refreshed with food from the light, healthy lunch menu as the river flows alongside you. And if you fancy lunch with a heartier view, then head upstairs to the Ayung Terrace which overlooks the valley.
In the evening, Riverside Cafe boasts an impressive Mediterranean Bistro style menu with a great selection of Australian beef and lamb from the grill, and beautifully crafted salads.
A separate Indonesian menu available also allows you to sample some local delicacies. Make sure to try a variety of homemade sambal, and the sambal Hijau (green chilli)!
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!
Photo via mike.valladares
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.
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!
12. 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.
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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!)
Photo via: Sarahcatelli, Shecooksshegardens
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.
Photo via: bambuindah
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 sun set from the Africa deck – life doesn’t get much better than this!
Photo via: bambuindah
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.
13. 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.
Photo via: Adria Ruiz
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.
Owned by Pak Ketut, this locally run jewelry business boasts the making of stunning, contemporary art pieces inspired by nature.
Photo via: An Epic Education
Constituting of silver as well as semi precious stones, you can be sure that these Balinese treasures are as fine as they get!
Photo via: Asia Web Direct
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.
So relax and learn a new skill in an inspiring environment with the friendly professionals of Studio Perak.
15. Go on the Romantic 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.
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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.
16. 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!
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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.
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.
17. 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.
Photo via: Kaity Widmyer, Marigorelikova, Courtenay
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.