Co-written by: MehTheSheep Editor
When in Bali, no one would want to miss the art and culture city of Ubud.
This beachless but beautiful mountainous area is scattered with valleys, a river and rice terraces in peripheral as well as one of the very few world’s monkey forests.
From rafting to trekking, from visiting a museum to art galleries, ateliers to watching live traditional performances, all of these Ubud experiences are doubled and extended when you have the opportunity to choose a hotel that suits your personality.
Traditional Balinese villas or those with a modern touch?
These selections will leave a deep impression in your Ubud memories, in many years to come!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
Have you always wanted your own spa pool, and get therapeutic massages in the comfort of your own water villa?
You can enjoy all that at FuramaXclusive, which is also aptly located in the midst of vast paddy fields in Ubud, the very place to rejuvenate your body and mind.
What better way to spend an evening than to laze on your sundeck by the huge lagoon that your villa sits on? And when you feel like it, you can always slip in for a calming night swim.
Photo via Gunkarie
That’s water-therapy for you – what water villas should be all about, isn’t it?
1-2. Step into the traditional Balinese world with a twist – Nandini Jungle Resort & Spa Bali (From USD $145)
If you’ve always wanted to experience traditional Balinese village life, but lacked the guts to step out of your comfort zone…
Photo via pinx_potatoes
Nandini Jungle Resort & Spa Bali is where you’ll get to experience all, and only the upsides of traditional living.
This resort, built into the hillside above a river gorge, takes you into the olden Bali with its perfectly replicated Balinese villas. Any one of the 18 thatched huts available will provide you with a stunning view of greenery and rushing water below.
But, you won’t have to rough it out in the woods.
Nandini is equipped with all the modern luxuries you’ll ever need, including air-conditioning, cable TV and even elevators! Tell us this tiny “village” isn’t better than any of those identical five-star hotels you’ll find in the city.
Say goodbye to your earthly worries – whatever you do and wherever you go here, all that awaits you is the gorgeous view that surrounds.
Photo via alexoubl
Chill out at the pool overlooking the gorge, enjoy a romantic dinner amidst countless candles by the riverside, or even have a spa session right by a private lagoon!
Photo via windatisetianingrum
You’ll feel like the whole world belongs to you and you alone, as you enjoy a bubble bath in a bathtub that might just have one of the best views in the world.
Even if you’ve always prided yourself as a city guy/woman, we think Nandini Bali’s about to change your mind.
1-3. Go for eco-luxury at Sharma Springs Bamboo House, Ubud (From USD $325)
What could be more eco-friendly than staying in a house made of bamboo?
It’s not just about the beautiful view and cool mountain breeze. You are staying at one of the most amazing examples of sustainable design.
1-4. Stunning Eco-Friendly Jungle Retreat – Villa Pererepan
Follow us on Instagram!
Here, what could be more romantic than being in bed together with your soulmate, watching fireflies casting their light over the beautiful jungle view?
Villa Pererepan (Villa Awang Awang) set along the Petanu river valley, surrounded by gardens and jungle and offering amazing views, this villa is perfect for nature-loving couples.
However, since it’s close to jungle, do be prepared for bugs, and well… a more ‘natural’ experience.
It’s also an eco-friendly accommodation – almost all the furnishings and materials used in the décor are sustainable.
And did you know, the design of both the villa and the plunge pool is based on one of nature’s great mysteries – the golden ratio (otherwise also known as the golden section or the golden rectangle)?
It encompasses the harmonic and symmetrical principles of nature itself. Nature expresses the golden ratio through a simple series of whole numbers which you may have heard of – the Fibonacci series.
1-5. Camp in comfort at Sandat Glamping Tents, Ubud (From USD $220)
The term Glamorous Camping perfectly defines the experience you will get when staying in one of these charming tents in Sandat.
Connect with nature without giving up the comfort and luxury of sophisticated furnishings – and of course, wifi.
Hardcore campers might frown at the concept, but hey, that’s how you ‘camp’ in style, isn’t it?
2-1. Look out of your wooden wonderland at Bliss Bungalow Ubud (From USD $45)
Be awoken to the first dawn of golden light shining upon the view of promising paddy fields, and stunning gardens to take an evening stroll around in.
Imagine sipping tea to such a view!
If you love wooden furnishing, you would love a night in either a room or a bungalow that is wonderfully crafted with a timber theme.
And if you need a way to relax your muscles, try a revitalizing soak in the pool. They don’t just have an outdoor pool for you!
If you prefer not to tan and rest in the shade, have a soak in the indoor spa pool that is perfect for private, blissful moments.
2-2. That vast stretch of paddy fields: Sri Bungalows Ubud (From USD $38)
A solace to the busy section of Ubud yet still within reach of the popular Ubud market and Monkey Forest Street (a reserve for the Balinese long-tailed macaque), Sri Bungalows Ubud offers a refreshing retreat not too far off from all the bustle and fun.
Bearing traditional Balinese architecture, rooms opens up to a calming view of beautiful rice paddies.
You don’t have to leave your room either – you can totally start your day with a beautiful view from the large windows and sliding doors, while still in your morning daze on the canopy bed.
2-3. Surprise Room in Ubud Villas (From USD $46)
Ubud Villas are chic and classy, but notorious for being expensive as well.
But do you know – you can actually stay in one of these fabulous villas on a budget?
The folks who manage a group of these villas offer a special rate to stay in one of the spare rooms in their villas at a fraction of the published rate!
So where’s the catch? Thing is, there isn’t really one. You just have to be OK with having to potentially move to another room during your stay (since this offer is for a spare room).
But for short term stayers, chances are actually very low, so you’ve gotten yourself a really good deal.
3-1. For Tarzan and Jane: Natural Living Villa, Ubud (From USD $150)
This private villa nestled in the jungle outside Ubud isn’t exactly a historical antique.
It’s actually recently constructed, though in the popular Javanese kampung-style using entirely natural materials.
With high beamed ceilings, bamboo furniture and naturally-treated wooden floors, you’d almost feel that you’re getting a Tarzan experience!
You can also enjoy a sauna, jungle pool and the lush setting of a beautiful, untouched rainforest.
The villa can house six people, with a minimum two-night stay.
3-2. Retreat to a cave-and-fairy era: Rumah Tamu, USD 150
Words and pictures can’t do Rumah Tamu justice – you have to see it for yourself.
The property consists of three fairylike buildings – pink polygons with roofs like pointed caps.
One is a shared dining area, another for the master bedroom and a bathroom (and check out the cute pool next to it), and a third consisting of two single bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen.
There’s also a patio where you can sprawl out and soak in the sight of the river and rice fields.
Other magical elements around Rumah Tamu are fish ponds, fountains, pictographs, pterodactyl wood carvings, human and animal figurative statues and murals that look like cave paintings.
Photos via: Airbnb
It’s very atmospheric: you can pretend to be cave-people when your son asks you what love is – grunt and give him the sweeter coconut.
If you feel like exploring the world outside Rumah Tamu. it’s only a 15-minute car journey away from Ubud’s best – famous restaurants, museums, markets, dance performances and nightlife if you’re up for it.
3-3. Chill in a quirky home at [email protected] Hip Suites, Ubud (From USD $130)
When you escape from the beach party scene of Seminyak to the quiet mountainous region of Ubud, you’d want to make the most of the tranquil view.
[email protected] offers four private suites with stunning uninterrupted view of the Ayung river valley and a chic themed decor.
That’s not to mention it shares the same view with luxury resorts like the world renowned Amandari and Four Seasons Hotel, but at an affordable price of USD150 per night!
4-1. Funky fresh and that’s just views – Black Penny Villas Ubud
The small boutique resort of Black Penny Resort features 10 super chic and funky villas set amongst the natural paradise of the Agung Valley.
The scenery might look pre-historic but your private villa certainly isn’t! Black Penny Villas have all the modern appliances, from iPod docking to flat screen TV”s and everything else you could want.
Each villa is completely private with a freshwater plunge pool that is just perfect after a day of sunbathing.
Black Penny Villas place a real emphasis on the special touches; flower arrangements, fruit baskets and swan towels galore.
In keeping with Black Penny philosophy, the restaurant menu sports an incredible array of traditional dishes with a bright and refreshing modern twist.
The restaurant is on the clifftop, and the dense tangled rainforest and rice terrace unfold below you. Sample some exquisite dishes whilst watching the clouds roll below you – it’s an experience you definitely shouldn’t miss.
Photo Via Insta Nessa
Black Penny villas are perfect for that quiet, romantic trip. With that view and all those gadgets, you need never leave the villa!
4-2. Along the sacred river: Fivelements Puri Ahimsa (From USD $250)
Famous for its yoga, massages, and meditation facilities and services, Fivelements Puri Ahimsa is a leading wellness destination in Bali built along the banks of the Ayung River – a very sacred river in Bali that the locals often use for spiritual cleansing.
All villas and suites of the resort face the river – can you imagine waking up in the morning to this soothing view?
From the open-veranda of your room, you can also relax your eyes on the lush greenery all around.
Photo via TripCanvas
Enjoy the view while soaking in your private pool or while having a relaxing massage at the spa.
Where better to rejuvenate your body and mind?
4-3. Fit for a King with majestic surroundings – Royal Pita Maha
Royal Pita Maha’s Royal Pool Villa serving up an accommodation option that’s definitely fit for a King.
Photo Via Dinakalbuadi
Stepping into your villa will see you gazing at your vacation home away from home in complete awe. With a bed facing floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open up to the private infinity pool, and a great 180 degree view of the lush tropical valley below – you know that time spent in the villa will be time well spent.
For added romance, try the in-villa romantic dining where you’ll have a splendid time together dining right by your infinity pool.
Otherwise, simply head to one of the four restaurants available – Dewata Lounge, Ayung Valley Restaurant, Terrace Bali Restaurant, and best of all? Ayung Organic Restaurant with its lovely riverside location.
Photo Via Lizhenghu
If you’re looking for some fun things to do together, you’ll be happy to note that Royal Pita Maha offers painting, stone-carving, and woodcarving classes – something that’s not usually offered!
Sold on Royal Pita Maha yet? We sure are.
4-4. Trek in paddy fields: Maya Ubud
A natural haven in the middle of quiet Ubud and the Petanu River, Maya Ubud is 10 hectares of gorgeously designed land dotted with private pool villas and luxury guest houses.
Photo via marlenekollmann_
Photo via jaygriff10, misssheella
Relax in the pools adjacent to the stunning rainforest, get a massage at the spa, trek around the rice paddy fields, or start the day with a guided session of yoga in the sun.
Photo via s_wan9