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Written by Alya Maisarah
Co-written by Beverley Lennon, 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!

Here, you are spoiled with affordable hotels and villas with private pools and spectacular views! On top of that, the food here is nothing short of delicious – and you can enjoy them while overlooking stunning and majestic views. Your trip to Ubud will be so dreamy!

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 hidden beaches and glorious sunsets, there are always unique hidden gems tucked away in surprising places, reserved for those of us looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.

So get set to uncover Ubud’s trending and lesser-known going-ons!

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For decades, Ubud has been revered as a haven of tranquillity and serenity, attracting travellers seeking a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. However, in recent times, the town has undergone a subtle transformation, blending its traditional charm with exciting new experiences.

Among these emerging delights is the captivating Cretya Sunset – the latest day club sensation nestled amidst picturesque paddy fields. As its name suggests, this hideaway spot is a great place to socialise at sunset, with unbeatable views across the rice terraces.

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This hidden gem in Ubud is breaking the mould of traditional day clubs by offering an unparalleled experience where fun and entertainment harmoniously coexist with nature’s embrace. Lose yourself in an atmosphere of unparalleled entertainment, music, and relaxation, surrounded by the verdant greenery of the region.

Better yet, you can delight in a tranquil dining experience as you savour delectable dishes and sip refreshing cocktails in the warm waters of the pool, complete with a jacuzzi, all this to the beats of your favourite DJ (from 4pm-7pm daily).

Amidst all the relaxation that awaits you, there lies an exciting chance to embark on thrilling adventures with Alasan Adventures, the sister brand of Cretya Sunset. Embark on exhilarating ATV journeys through Bali’s untamed countryside (the first ever 850cc ATV in Ubud!)

Offering a variety of 8 tracks, you can now traverse rugged terrains, unearth hidden gems, and experience the surge of adventure and adrenaline coursing through your veins.

Whether you yearn for relaxation or crave excitement, Cretya Sunset and Alasan Adventures together offer something for everyone. It’s a magical world where blissful moments and exhilarating escapades converge, promising an experience of a lifetime in the heart of Bali’s cultural centre.

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Unique Stays in Ubud

1. Dreamy, Romantic, and Luxurious Glamping at Kanva Glamping by K-Club, Ubud

K-Club brings their A-Game when putting the “Luxury” in Luxury Glamping. So although this glamping site comes with a heftier price tag, you can be sure that you will be getting its value.

The adults-only tents are immaculately designed with a luxurious feel. A mix of bamboo and canvas in their overall architecture, the decor, and finishing have clearly been well-thought-out in detail.

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There are two types of tents – both with a private jacuzzi. The other comes with a private infinity pool! Imagine taking a morning dip overlooking the majestic jungle… We wouldn’t want to leave!

The cherry on top? Each sensual tent comes with a romantic package – flower baths, spa treatments, and scrumptious desserts to wait on you and your partner.

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And did we mention that you will get your own butler too?

If you want to treat yourselves, go for the fine dining experience at their Akar Restaurant too! After all, what is a romantic getaway without a fancy dinner to end the day?

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If you are one who loves parties, hop over to Kabana Jungle Club, their own secluded jungle pool club! You can also take a dip in their infinity pool looking over the deep greeneries.

Kanva Glamping by K-Club Ubud

Rates: From $297 per night for 2 pax (approximately Rp. 4,458,500)
Address: Jalan Raya Cebok, Kedisan Tegallalang, Kedisan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Phone: +62 877-0003-3888

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2. Co-Living Space at Clan Living – The Founder Ubud

Digital Nomads, Ubud has a cool co-living stay you’ll love.
The property is intentionally designed for digital nomads to stay, work, share ideas, network, and chill in style! With that in mind, the owners strive to make you feel at home as much as possible while you nest your working port here.

The whole property is designed with bamboo architecture to give a modern Balinese feel. The rooms here are designed like a mini loft, offering mezzanine beds so you can have a lounge and work set up in your room.

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Next to the common pool, there’s the co-working space where you can chill or do your work – especially in the mornings, evenings or when it’s not too hot or humid (as this is an open area without fans).

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The Clan Living is also located along the main street of Ubud, so shops, cafes, and restaurants are easily accessible. It’s also less than a kilometer away from the Monkey Forest too!

Clan Living – The Founder Ubud

Rates: From $50 per night for 2 pax (approximately Rp. 759,855)
Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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3. Your “Out-of-Africa” glamping experience – Sebatu Sanctuary, Tegallalang

Enter glamping at Sebatu Sanctuary! Forget about sandy tents, sharing toilets and showers, the time and energy that goes into the set up and pack down for just a couple of nights; it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors of the lush tropical forest in all comfort and luxury.

If you’ve always dreamt of that grand jungle African escape, rest assured that you don’t have to travel too far to get a perfecto ‘camping’ experience. Enjoy an eco experience at Sebatu Sanctuary, where you can experience the romance of camping under the stars, while being in total comfort of luxury tents.

We mean it when we say that staying in the glamorous tents will give you the total ‘back to nature’ experience without missing any of the luxuries of daily life – even the bathrooms are located semi-outdoors and come with a bathtub that allows for romantic bathing under the stars. You can even use the resort’s pool with lovely rainforest views!

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The tents are equipped with insulation and are air-conditioned. And if you feel homesick and need to get to the kitchen to feel better, you will be glad to know that the property features a separate kitchen out of bamboo, which includes a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and stove!

Get some quality organic eats prepared for you here too at the onsite Evicurious Restaurant, and enjoy their juice and espresso bar (except on Mondays) – they even grow their own Arabica coffee and roast it on site!

With proper beds, Wi-Fi, shower, bath tubs, A/C, TV and more, we are not quite sure you will even want to camp again after experiencing glamping at Sebatu Sanctuary!

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Sebatu Sanctuary

Rates: From USD$153 per night for tented villa (Approximately Rp. 2,297,157)
Address: Sebatu, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561
Contact: +62 361 9084 266 / +62 811 3998 931 (WhatsApp)


4. Searching for the perfect villa to host your yoga retreat?

Are you in search of the ultimate destination to hold your extraordinary Bali yoga retreat? This hidden gem, nestled within the captivating expanse of Ubud’s verdant jungles and picturesque rice paddies, is precisely what you seek.

Crafted to accommodate up to 22 esteemed guests, this exceptional haven caters to an array of transformative experiences, including invigorating yoga sessions, serene meditation practices, and even the celebration of blissful weddings.

Offering a grand ensemble of 11 exquisite rooms, this sprawling villa unveils a mesmerising private suite, complete with a breathtaking infinity pool.

Although the venue itself does not orchestrate retreats, it effortlessly sets the stage for you to create your very own event. Within its confines, you will discover a dedicated yoga shala, fostering a serene atmosphere that nurtures mindfulness and well-being. Every guest is treated to a delectable and nutritious breakfast to start each day on a nourishing note.

For added convenience, lunch and dinner options can be seamlessly incorporated, or you may embark on a culinary adventure and indulge in the culinary delights offered by Ubud’s finest restaurants, each boasting stunning vistas that elevate the dining experience to new heights.

11-Bedroom Ubud Villa for Yoga Retreat

Price: Rp. 28 million a night in 2023 & 2024 (Approximately USD $1846); Rp. 35 million a night in 2025 (Approximately USD $2308) Note: Price is inclusive of 11% government taxes, 10% service charge, breakfast, services and use of all the resort facilities.
Address: Ubud. Exact address provided upon request
Contact: Reach out to Silke at [email protected] to find out more!

5. Go au-naturel in the paddy fields: Sandat Glamping Tents

In the middle of the rice fields of Ubud, you will find this spectacular gem known as Sandat Glamping Tents.

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As one of the most well-known glamping sites in Bali, they offer 5 safari-style tents (each with a private infinity-edge plunge pool and a terrace looking out into the forest) and 3 lumbung cottages for travellers.

Decorated with great attention to detail, each tent has a theme that gets you in touch with Bali’s nature. From pure white shells to coffee plants, pearl chandeliers and hand-painted furniture, you will inevitably feel at home in the wild.

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The interior is elegantly canopied with Italian designer touches, yet complemented with mesh windows and canvas walls to give the ‘camping’ feel. A tempting infinity pool appears to flow into the paddy fields and past the swaying coconut palms.

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To achieve perfect seclusion, the tents are separated by bamboo screens and vertical gardens, to give some much-needed privacy.

Two of the tents are actually suites come with unusual canopied round beds. Every tent comes with mosquito nets, wifi and even in-room dining, so you don’t need to give up on your modern comforts.

Ubud town (less than a 15-min drive) – where you can find popular restaurants and cafes such as Ibu Oka, Seniman Coffee shop, Caramel Patisserie etc.

Sandat Glamping Tent

Rates: From USD $182 a night (approximately Rp. 2,768,957)
Address: Jalan Subak Sala Pejang Kawan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
Contact: +62 361 9083 222 / +62 821 4408 1998

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6. This is where you can have fun with plenty of jungle activities! – Padma Resort Ubud

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 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!

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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!

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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 during your stay!

Now, if you’re an outdoor person and fancy exploring nature, you’ll be blessed with an array of excursions too! Join their cycling tour to immerse in magical natural sceneries as you bike through local villages!

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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.

Padma Resort Ubud

Rates: From USD $190 per night (Approximately Rp. 2,534,375)
Address: Banjar Carik, Desa Puhu, Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80572
Contact: +62 361 301 1111

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7. 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.

They also have dorm room options. However, these rooms are shared so if you prefer your own space for you to unwind after a long day, the glamping tents will be the best option for you!

Ubud Tropical

Rates: From USD $26 per night (Approximately Rp. 395,185)
Address: Jl. Raya Andong, Peliatan – Ubud, Gianyar Bali
Contact: +62 821 44835794

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8. Experience the buzz of life – Beehouse Dijiwa Ubud

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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Beehouse Dijiwa Ubud

Rates: From USD $141 per night (Approximately Rp. 2,143,122)
Address: Jl. Sawah Indah, Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571
Contact: +62 361 6207677

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9. Creative hub of all free-spirited gypsies and artists: Bali Bohemia

Look no further if you would like to experience the real bohemian ambience.

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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.

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 USD $32 per night (Approximately Rp. 486,382)
Address: Jl. Nyuh Bojog- Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 361 978 631 / +62 821 9495 4224 (huts) / +62 813 3888 4756 (restaurant)
Opening Hours (restaurant): Mon – Sun 7am – 10pm

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Ubud’s Best Jungle Clubs

10. A Waterfall Day Club – The Omma Bali Club

Welcome to a slice of paradise! You don’t wanna miss this outstanding Day Club in Ubud. The Omma Bali is known for its majestic view of the Tegenungan waterfall.

The club has an open layout and an infinity pool that faces the stunning waterfall. You can swim in the pool or walk to the waterfall (tip: access the waterfall from the lobby area so you don’t have to take the stairs down).

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Don’t miss their fresh cocktails – they gave some local twists to their refreshing drinks! They also offer a mix of Balinese and western menus like bebek rice (duck rice), pizza and pasta.

Here’s also a classic Instagrammable spot in Bali – check out the swing that swings right out to the waterfall! It costs Rp. 50,000 per person. And if you’re here at night – this place illuminates, jazzing up the party vibes!

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Due to its prime location at Tegenungan waterfall, the price is generally on the high side compared to regular clubs. The overall ambiance, food, and service will prove to be worth it!

The Omma Bali Club

Minimum spend: From Rp. 500,000 for Side Lounge and Daybed area (approximately USD $33)
Address: C7FQ+MV6, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80581, Indonesia
Phone: +62 811-396-961
Opening Hours: Daily, 10AM – 9PM


11. A Tropical River Pool Club – Tlaga Singha

This river club in Ubud has two infinity pools with scenic riverside views!

If you are here for brunch, try their floating brunch package – a romantic meal in the pool with your partner. Their lunch spreads include Balinese, International and fusion cuisines. You can have lunch in pavilions that are built over cooling riverstream too!

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The ambience here is relaxing and serene, ideal for unwinding, especially with their signature spa treatments. If you are not into massages, you can just chill on their sunbeds with drinks – the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon!

Tlaga Singha

Entrance fee: Rp. 100,000 including a welcome drink (approximately USD $7)
Day Pass: Rp. 229,000 includes access to all pools, towel, locker, and lunch set menu package. (approximately USD $14.99)
Address: Jl. Raya Singapadu No.40, Singapadu, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582
Phone: +62361 297880 / +62 822-6007-0072 (WhatsApp)
Opening Hours: Daily, 10AM – 9PM

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12. 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!

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Head over to Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar to experience everything a beach club has to offer, except that instead of the beach, you get to chill in the middle of Ubud’s majestic rainforest, amist stunning architecture and a 3-tiered pool to match!

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Grab your partner and enjoy a fun date swaying to the performances of their live DJs (latest schedule on their website below)!

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Do you wanna?

Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar

Entrance fee: From Rp. 500,000 (approximately USD $33)
Address: Banjar Bresela, Desa Bresela, Ubud – Bali 80572
Contact: +62 361 978098 / +62 811 3940 5432
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 11pm


13. 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!

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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!

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. 250,000 (Approximately USD $16) (Rp. 75,000 food & beverage credits) ; Child Entry Pass Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $7)
(Rp. 50,000 food & beverage credits)
Address: Jl. Cempaka, Kumbuh, Mas, Ubud (Coordinates here)
Contact: ​+62 361 972 134; +62 811 3817 755 (WhatsApp)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am-10pm

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14. 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

Entrance Fee: Free.
Minimum spend: From Rp.75,000 for pool access and towel, Rp.100,000 for sun lounger, Rp. 250,000 for daybed. (approximately USD $5-17)
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest (Behind Liap Liap Restaurant), Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 361 9080 888
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm, High Tea Hours: Mon – Sun, 2pm – 5pm


Amazing Ubud Restaurants with a View

15. Nothing like a classic nasi goreng by the waterfall! – Layana Warung

You would be pleasantly surprised at Layana Warung, which is located about 10 minutes out from Ubud centre, right near Goa Gajah Temple.

The restaurant has a quaint wooden exterior with a waterfall view to elevate your dining experience. There is a small waterfall with a stream below to keep your mind trailing away in thoughts.

Some say that it is the perfect combination of waterfall, river and rainforest all in one place.

Now when it comes to food, Warung Layana is known for its Balinese dishes, but it offers a wide selection of European and other Asian dishes too. With tasty meals and such calming atmosphere, you might not want to go home!

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Where’s a better place for you to both satisfy your hunger and calm your mind?

Layana Warung

Price: From Rp.50,000 (approximately USD $3) per person
Address: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Bedulu, Kec. Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Contact: +62 81 856 4477, +62 852 3928 4447 (WhatsApp)
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 10am–8pm


16. Dine in the middle of paddy fields at JinengBali Agro

Experience Ubud at its best by dining in the middle of the paddy fields. At JinengBali Agro, you can experience just that!

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As it’s located in the middle of rice fields, your drive here will be a scenic one.

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This restaurant blends nature, village ambiance and dining perfectly. They also have small ponds around the area so you can feel close to nature. Because of its relaxing and quiet ambiance, you would feel as though the entire place is made for you.

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It goes without saying, they serve local Balinese food. So this is the place if you want to eat like the locals do!

The area is also huge and spacious, with ample parking lots.

JinengBali Agro

Price: From Rp. 30,000 (approximately USD $2)
Address: JinengBali Agro, Banjar, Jl. Dlod Blungbang Jl. Raya Desa Kenderan, Kenderan, Tegallalang, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Contact: +62-878-6167-3837 / +62 877 0171 4683
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11am–7pm


17. Hidden breakfast gem in Ubud – Section 9

We stumbled upon this hidden gem just a short drive away from Ubud’s city centre – a quiet little cafe – a refreshing break from the bustle and heavy traffic of Jala Raya Ubud.

Over here, you can choose to sit indoors, or outdoors right next to a vast field of paddy fields. It was quite comfortable outdoors and only slightly warm, even though we were there at around 10am (and as fellow Southeast Asians, we’re definitely not a fan of the tropical heat!).

We felt super chill and comfy, not to mention the cafe has a beautiful earth-tone decor – so it’s IG-worthy in almost every corner.

Here, they serve both Western, Mexican fusion and Indonesian breakfasts and snacks (their quesadillas were delicious!). They also have good options for desserts and coffee too! If you’re looking for something healthy, there’s lots of options to choose from – from salads, poke bowls, to smoothies and more.

Their wifi is also pretty strong – so fellow digital nomads, feel free to get some work done after brekkie. After all, isn’t working by the beach or in the middle of rice paddies the dream in Bali?!

Section 9 Ubud

Price: From Rp. 75,000 (approximately USD $5)
Address: Jl. Raya Tebongkang No.99, Singakerta, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812-3674-1607
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 8am–8pm


18. Get your Balinese duck fix 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, head to this unique dining experience where you’ll get to indulge in carefully curated with Asian fusion dishes – and of course, don’t miss the Bebek (duck)!

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Balinese bamboo music plays softly in the background while you dine and this certainly allows for ultimate relaxation!

Bebek Tebasari Resto

Price: Mains from Rp.100,000 (Approximately USD $7)
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 – 9.30pm


19. Enjoy high tea after a thrilling adventure above the clouds – Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

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!

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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!

Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

Price: Rp. 1,200,000 per ride (approximately USD $79)
Address: Jalan Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 975 685 / 62 811 386 9342 (Whatsapp)
Flight Schedule: Sunrise: from 6:30 am, Sunset: from 5:30 pm (Reservation required)
Please be informed the hot air balloon operation may be canceled at the last minute should weather and wind conditions are not suitable for flights.


20. 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.

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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!

Puri Gangga Resort

Price: From Rp. 150,000 (approximately USD $10) per couple
Address: Puri Gangga Resort Ubud, Desa Sebatu Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 902222 / +62 361 901077 / +62 822 98902222
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily, High Tea Hours: Mon – Sun, 3pm – 5pm (reservation required)


21. 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. 110,000 (approximately USD $7)
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


22. 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.

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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: 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


23. 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


24. Dine with a luscious view of paddy fields – 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 favourite is Cafe Pomegranate.

Cafe Pomegranate is a 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. To get here, you have to park off the main road before walking in for around 10 to 15 minutes, as it’s essentially in the middle of nowhere (and the narrow roads are only large enough to accommodate bikes).

But when you get here, the 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 here is funky and chill – 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.

Cafe Pomegranate

Price: Mains from Rp. 65,000 (approximately USD $4)
Address: Jl Subak Sok Wayah. Ubud – Bali, Ubud, Bali, Ind/ionesia
Contact: +62 878 6080 3632
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 9 pm


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

A unique concept café in Ubud that 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!

If you’ve got a few idle hours to spend and just a few bucks in your pockets, check out their Instagram page for the next screening and drop by!

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

Paradiso Ubud

Price: Movies from Rp.75,000 (approximately USD $5) for adults with Rp.50,000 food/beverage credit, and Rp.50,000 (approximately USD $3) for kids with Rp.25,000 food/beverage credit.
Address: Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3991 718 / +62 812-3697-4727
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 10pm


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

For coffee fanatics, trying Bali’s special coffee brew is an experience you shouldn’t miss. Plan a trip to one of the many coffee farms!

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Here, watch as friendly locals show you the coffee roasting process, crushing of beans, and finally, brewing in water with additional herbs to produce a fragrant cup of coffee, herbal ginger tea, coffee ginseng, coconut coffee and more.

Seniman Coffee Studio

Price: Coffee from Rp.46,000 (approximately USD $3)
Address: Jalan Sriwedari No. 5, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 812 8338 6641 / +62 821 3875 2745
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 7:30am – 10pm


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

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.

If the food there isn’t enough to convince you to pay them a visit, 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.

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.70,000 (approximately USD $5)
Address: Jalan Raya Ceking, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 9083873 / +62 813 5306 4109
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 9pm


Spiritual and Healing Experiences

28. Let fate pick your feast – Merlin’s Magic

Nestled amidst the enchanting landscapes of Ubud, Bali, lies a mystical culinary haven known as Merlin’s Restaurant. A hidden gem that weaves together the art of gastronomy and the ancient practice of divination, this ethereal establishment invites you on a transcendental journey of flavours and fate.
This is no ordinary dining experience; here, tarot cards hold the power to determine the course of your culinary adventure.

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In the kitchen, skilled chefs await, ready to weave their culinary magic and bring your chosen destiny to life. The air is filled with a symphony of sizzling pans and tantalising aromas, as the flavours of your personalised meal begin to take shape – a masterpiece created specifically for you, inspired by the card’s symbolism.

On the ground floor of the restaurant, you also have access to Merlin’s Magic Shop. Step into this whimsical realm, and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world where enchantment and curiosity intertwine.

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With its mystical atmosphere and an air tinged with anticipation, this shop is more than just a place to buy souvenirs in Bali; it’s a portal to a realm of wonder. Shelves are adorned with glistening crystals, spellbinding trinkets, and intricately crafted curiosities line the walls.

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Which souvenir will you choose to bring back home?

Merlin’s Magic (Reservation required)

Price: Mains from Rp. 110,000 (Approximately USD $7.30), Menu Set from Rp. 400,000 (Approximately USD $26.50)
Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 7310 1037
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 2pm-11pm


Sustainable Shopping in Ubud

29. 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!

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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. 48,000 (approximately USD $3)
Address: Jl Jembawan #1 (across from the Ubud Post Office), Ubud, Mas, Gianyar 80571, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 395 1202 (WhatsApp)
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 10pm


30. 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. 48,000 (approximately USD $3)
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia. Find their other outlets here.
Contact: +6281-1398-8606 / +62 851-0085-3155
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 8:30pm


31. 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
Contact: +62 821 45569663
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9:45 AM – 6:45 PM


Kou cuisine

Price: From Rp.68,000 for a jar of honey (approximately USD $5)
Address: Jl.Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, 80571
Contact: +62 812-3935-2507 / +62 821-4556-9664
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9:45 AM – 6:45 PM


32. For lovers of Bamboo baskets and water hyacinth trays – Mercia Home Living

If you’ve been homeware shopping in Bali, you’ll surely come across shops selling these beautiful bamboo and seagrass baskets, nostalgic rattan chairs, doughnut-shaped fat pouffes and other home living items made of natural materials.

These are especially popular among those of us who love having #balivibes at home. Check out those water hyacinth trays and banana fibre stools!

We find them so therapeutic to look at and were super tempted to bring them home!
Although the items are a little pricy at Mercia, it’s still worth taking a look in case you find any hidden gems!

Mercia Home Living

Price: From Rp. 228,000 for two bamboo baskets (approximately USD $15)
Address: Jl. Raya Andong, Br. Petulu (in front of Krishna Cargo), Ubud, Gianyar
Contact: +62 82147146001
Opening hours: Daily, 9.30am to 5pm


Nature Activities in Ubud

33. 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.
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.

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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”.

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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.


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

34. Ride the river! – Ayung White Water 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.

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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, 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.

After a thrilling two-hour experience of rafting, you will end the journey with hot showers, clean towels and changing rooms. After that, look forward to a hearty gourmet buffet 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!

Ayung White Water Rafting

Prices: From Rp. 280,000 per person for a group of 1-4 (Approximately USD $18)
Address: Jl. Dewi Saraswati No.2, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kec. Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia
Contact: +62 877-6014-2434

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

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

It’s 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!

In recent years, a couple of jungle clubs have been built around the waterfall – right now, you can also enjoy the view of Tegenungan Waterfall from The Omma Bali Club (as well as access it from there)!

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P.S. Check out more waterfalls in Bali here!

Tegenungan Waterfall

Entrance fee: Rp 20,000 (approximately USD $1.42)
Location: Jl. Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia
Getting there: 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. You will need to descent hundreds of steps along the bank of the River Tukad Petanu to access it. Coordinates here.

36. 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 completed 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.250,000 per person (approximately USD $16)
Address: Jl. Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal – Badung (80352), Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3922254
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm
Notice: Green Village tours are given by Reservation Only. Tour only available on Monday & Friday upon request. Prior booking is required.


37. Walk along Bali’s iconic rice terraces – 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: 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.

38. 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 avoid the scorching sun. You can choose to walk in the evening too.

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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.

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Getting There: Start the journey at the IBAH Hotel 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. As this is a very popular walk, you will usually see other travellers in the mornings and evenings.
Here’s a great guide on how to get there.

Best Spa and Wellness Experiences in Ubud

39. 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.

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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. 145,000 (approximately USD $9) per half-day, including access to hot and cold whirlpool baths, a sauna and steam room.

Tjampuhan Spa at Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa

Price: From Rp.600,000 (Approximately USD $39) for 1- hour Traditional Balinese Massage. From Rp.1,050,000 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 $69)
Address: Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 8pm
Contact: +62 361 975368


40. Indulge in self-care with a private waterfall view at The Sanctoo Spa & Wellness

The wellness spa in Sanctoo Suites & Villas is a special gem. Located in Sukawati, which is south of Ubud, it is nestled within the Bali Zoo. You can unwind here after exploring the zoo!

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The spa is known for its open air concept with a waterfall view. Yes, you can get your treatment done overlooking the waterfall. The soothing sounds of the water will definitely hypnotise you into deep slumber.

Besides massages, there’s also sauna, body scrubs and milk bath – so you can opt for a pampering spa package. After all, a holiday is about treating yourself, no? 😉

The Sanctoo Spa & Wellness

Price: From Rp. 785,000 (approximately USD $51) for 90-minute body massage.
Address: Jl. Raya Singapadu – Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 361 4711222


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

Despite being on the Island of the Gods, sometimes we might be so caught up with trying to explore as much as possible or partying as much as we can, that we forget to look after the soul.

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Mansion Wellness is Ubud’s wellness wonderland. Everything is curated for your wellness, from treatments, events, activities, food and services.

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They offer a variety of treatments for your health. For example, their Access BarsⓇ Therapy is a type of treatment that is designed to facilitate consciousnesses and can help heal physical ailment including aches and pains all over the body.

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Besides that, they also offer spa massages, yoga sessions, whole body assessments, cleansing and detox sessions, cold baths and many more wellness treatments for you. Choose and reserve your slot for a day in wellness paradise.

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If you have more time, head over to their rooftop crystal pool and hot tub. Unwind here with an excellent view of Ubud.

You also don’t want to miss healthy and delicious food selections here. The Plumeria Restaurant offers delicious plant-based and pescatarian dishes. They have a strict ‘no chemicals or additives’ policy and using locally sourced fresh ingredients. They can cater to vegetarians, pescatarians and gluten-free diets.

Mansion Wellness

Day Pass Essentials: Rp.150,000 (approximately USD $10) per adult, including Rp.50,000 food/drink credit.
Address: Jl. Penestanan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Contact: +62 361 972616 / +62-889 626 7466
Day Pass Validity: Mon – Sun, 8am – 9pm


Cultural Activities in Ubud

42. 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!
Tourists are not allowed to enter the temple area. Only visitors who wish to pay may enter. However, you can still take pictures of the temple architecure and landscape!

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

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Additional entertainment includes regular dance performances at night and rows of painters setting easels throughout the temple in the day. You can even dress up in traditional Balinese costumes and take pictures.

Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati temple

Address: Jl. Kajeng, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 7pm

43. Indulge in Art and Dance Shows at Agung Rai Museum of Art

Agung Rai Museum offers traditional art pieces and performances for you to immerse yourself in Balinese culture while still having fun during your holiday!

The whole vibe here encapsulates the root of Balinese culture – from the paintings, architecture, and landscape of the museum. They also have a cafe where you can chill and bask in the cultural vibes. The location is also adjacent to a beautiful terraced rice field.

If you are lucky, you might even see local artists painting live in the museum compound. Traditional dance performances are also held here every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evening – such as the Legong, Barong or Kecak dance.

Who says there’s nothing to do in Ubud at night? 😉

Agung Rai Museum

Museum ticket price: Rp. 100,000 per person (approximately USD $6.50)
Dance performance: Rp. 150,000 per person (approximately USD $10)
Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812-3791-8065
Opening hours: Daily, 9AM – 6PM, Bali dance show: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 7PM

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

Want to spend your family time doing something meaningful and fun at the same time? Take a day off from travelling and spend it at Pondok Pekak Library – you’ll pick up some interesting skills.

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

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Better still, learn the Balinese language and bring back a bit of Balinese culture with you when your trip is over. This is also one of the fun things you can do in Ubud with your family and kids!

Bookworms will enjoy the well­-stocked collections of books at the library for a day. You can also borrow them at affordable rates.

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Do check their Facebook page for the classes open for the week!

Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre

Prices: Classes from Rp.100,000 (approximately USD $7)
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Sebelah Timur Lapangan Ubud, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Contact: +62 813-3758-8038
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 9pm


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

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

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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.

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

Studio Perak

Silver Smithing Class: Rp. 450,000 (approximately USD $29) for a 3-hour workshop
Address: JI. Hanoman, Ubud 80571, Gianyar, Bali
Contact: +62 812 3651 809
Opening Hours: Half Day Class from 9am – 12pm or 2pm – 5pm


Things to do in Ubud at night or when it rains

As Ubud is an inland area with lush rainforests that are elevated above sea level, it generally experiences a higher volume of rainfall as compared to the south of Bali.

This means you might not be able to go river rafting or do many outdoor activities especially during the rainy season. However, Ubud has a variety of cafes and restaurants where you can hang out at, as well as fun one-day workshops where you can pick up a new skill!

Also, although most activities and attractions are closed at night, you can watch traditional Balinese dance performances at the Ubud Palace or at other temples (do check with your hotel!) – these cultural performances are usually held in the evening after sundown!

And if you are staying near the main streets of Ubud, such as Jalan Raya Ubud, Jalan Monkey Forest and so on, you’ll be sure there will be restaurants open till late! 😉

How many days should you spend in Ubud?

The number of days you should spend in Ubud depends on how many days you are spending in Bali overall, as well as what kind of traveller you are.

If you are travelling to Bali for the first time and are spending 4D3N or 5D4N in Bali, we recommend spending at least 1 day and 1 night in Ubud so that you can experience the true Balinese culture – as the Balinese would tell you, Ubud is where you can experience the real Bali.

Here’s where you might chance upon the locals’ Balinese religious processions or ceremonies if you are lucky. The villagers would be dressed up in their traditional Balinese kebayas and walking down the streets playing the percussions and other traditional musical instruments. And no, they are not doing this for tourists’ sake, it’s really a genuine authentic part of their culture.

So if you love cultural stuff, yoga, and generally want to be away from all the beach clubs, partying (and retreat into Bali’s secluded rainforests), we would recommend spending a few more days in Ubud!

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

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

Are there any more awesome things to do in Ubud? Comment below to let us know!

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