Co-written by Kristyna Schonova and Candice Neo

Have you ever experienced the magic of Ubud?

If you tire of running your toes through the sand on the endless beaches of sunny Bali (or if you, like some of us, are just not a beach person), and want to seek seclusion, romance and escape from the beach and party crowd, we invite you to the tropical rainforests of Ubud.

Here, dance with your lover through the endless paddy fields, listen to the songs of the river from your bathtub and wake up to the joyous birdsong while the morning rays stream through the lush canopies.

As you walk through the streets, you’ll find local artists in dusty galleries (we recommend Sukawati Art Market!), waiting for you to discover that hidden gem to bring home.

They say Ubud is the soul of Bali, where its art, culture and traditions come alive in dreamy landscapes. Where your treasure is, your heart will be also, so while you wander and seek, settle in these magical stays where you can listen to the heartbeat of the island.

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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.

Unique accommodation

1. Villa with a waterfall (almost!) – Santi Mandala Villa

Some resorts are located right by the river, but this one comes with a ‘waterfall’! Streams of water flow from the paddy fields into a pool, almost like your own private falls!*

Located in a serene hillside on the outskirts of Ubud, Santi Mandala is surrounded by vast paddy fields and a rushing river, perfect for a retreat and that romantic escape to a secluded honeymoon villa you’ve been dreaming of.

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And have you ever heard of a spa set in a natural rock cave over the river? Imagine soaking in a lovely flower bath here – it’s the ultimate wellness retreat at Sacoa Mandala Spa, a well-deserved treat for your tired body and mind!

Of course, we can’t miss the pool, where you can dip or swim surrounded by the soothing greenery. And how about breakfast by the pool (while you’re in the water!)? Or would you rather breakfast in the bed? Tough decision!

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If you can’t stand lazing around and doing nothing during your holiday (we understand, some of us can’t too!), you can sign up for yoga classes, cooking classes or even pick up Balinese dance! Here, you’ll find everything you need for your tranquil holiday retreat.

P.S. We don’t recommend soaking in the ‘waterfall’ as water from the paddy fields might contain pesticides.

Santi Mandala Villa and Spa

Rates: From USD 88 (approximately Rp.1,226,000)
Address: Banjar Bucuan, Desa Batuan, 80582 Sukawati, Indonesia
Contact: +62-361-297800

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2. Luxury hideout in the jungle – Nandini Jungle Resort & Spa Bali

Hidden in the heart of Bali’s rainforests, Nandini Jungle Resort is your luscious heaven. That magical place that brings you back in time to traditional villas tucked away in lush greenery, only that you can experience the old glory days in comfort and luxury.

Perched on a hillside, Nandini is full of spectacular views that you can enjoy not only from your room. Wake up to the music of the rainforest and birdsong, and refresh yourself with a quiet morning swim, surrounded by gorgeous canopies.

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As they say, a stay in Ubud is not complete without that mandatory healthy (and tasty) breakfast. Head down to Wild Ginger restaurant, where your meal is prepared from fresh organic ingredients grown and harvested from the resort’s own garden! You can even pick the chef’s secret recipe – just take up one of their cooking classes!

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When you pamper your body and mind, you need to feed the soul. Bring your partner and go for a rejuvenating session together at Sungai Spa. What can be more therapeutic than that Spa on the River, where you listen to the soothing rush of the river while your masseuse eases the knots and tensions in your aching worn out muscles?

After your massage, how about a dip in the private lagoon whirlpool surrounded by peaceful greenery all around?

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Being close to the nature can work wonders. Nandini is where your senses get satisfied, your soul unwinds and your mind finds peace. An extraordinary hideout!

Nandini Jungle Resort & Spa Bali

Rates: From USD $225 (approximately Rp. 3,150,000)
Address: Br. Susut, Buahan, Payangan, Kec. Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62-361 982 777
Email: [email protected]

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3. Japanese treehouse in the jungle – Hoshinoya Bali

As you step into this resort, you might almost think that you’ve left Indonesia and are instantly transported to a very different land up north – Japan. Hoshinoya Bali is a luxury resort overlooking the verdant jungle with Japanese architecture and the sacred river flowing below.

You’ll find airy, spacy and elegant villas are decorated in modern Japanese style. We recommend spending your nights at Jalak (Garden Pool Villa with Terrace), where you can wake up to refreshing views of the luscious jungle.

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This is one of those slow days where you take time to breathe in the fresh morning rays, with a steaming cup of hot coffee on your terrace. You can easily slip into the lagoon pool directly from your villa too – who’s up for a pre-breakfast swim?

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And the highlight of your stay has got to be this unique treehouse gazebo, where you can hide from the world. You can request for your breakfast here, or spend some time to meditate and relax while indulging the lush view.

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If you’re here for a retreat, you don’t even need to worry about where to eat. Hoshinoya offers an exclusive dining experience with a 9-course meal where you can taste a variety of Indonesian dishes, while the mystical music of the gamelan ring throughout the restaurant all around you.

Hoshinoya Bali

Rates: From USD 640 (approximately Rp. 8,912,000)
Address: Jl.Pejeng Kangin, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Pejeng Kangin, Tampaksiring, Bali, 80552, Indonesia
Phone: +81-50-3786-1144

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4. Spa pool indulgence at FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa Ubud

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.


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That’s water-therapy for you – what water villas should be all about, isn’t it?

FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa Ubud

Location : Banjar Bindu, Mambal, 8 Jalan Melati
Phone: (62) 361 8988 688

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5. Go for eco-luxury at Sharma Springs Bamboo House, Ubud

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.

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Sharma Springs Bamboo House (From USD $325)

Location : Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung 80352 Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 469874

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6. Stunning Eco-Friendly Jungle Retreat – Villa Pererepan

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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.

Villa Pererepan, Ubud

Location: Jl. Melayang, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
Contact: +61 882271112

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7. Camp in comfort at Sandat Glamping Tents, Ubud

The term Glamorous Camping perfectly defines the experience you will get when staying in one of these charming tents in Sandat.

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Connect with nature without giving up the comfort and luxury of sophisticated furnishings – and of course, wifi.

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Hardcore campers might frown at the concept, but hey, that’s how you ‘camp’ in style, isn’t it?


Sandat Glamping Tents (From USD $182)

Location : Jalan Subak Sala Banjar Sala Ubud
Phone: + 62 821 44081998

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Budget accommodation (Less than USD $50)

8. That dreamy rooftop pool – Pecatu Ubud Guesthouse

Located near Monkey Forest, your stay in this homely guesthouse comes with a cozy room where you can walk out to a small lovely sunny garden.

And set among the greens, you will be soothed by the sound of running water from the small waterfall in the garden. Isn’t it simply therapeutic to take a walk in the evening and listen to the music of the falls?

When night falls, that’s the most romantic time of the day – take your sweetheart for a quiet night swim at the rooftop pool with dreamy forest view, where you can resume those heart-to-heart chats that you haven’t had for a long time, as you lose yourselves in the cool evening breeze.

For the price you pay, this little romantic getaway is where you can live like a king for a budget price!

Pecatu Ubud Guesthouse

Rates: From USD 30 (approximately Rp. 423,000)
Address: Jalan Pengosekan Kelod Kangin Desa Mas Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Ubud

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9. Look out of your wooden wonderland at Bliss Bungalow Ubud

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.

Bliss Bungalow Ubud

From $45

Location : Jalan. Raya Sanggingan, Lungsiakan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 979272

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10. That vast stretch of paddy fields: Sri Bungalows Ubud

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.


Sri Bungalows Ubud (From USD $38)

Location: Monkey Forest Street (Jl. Wenara wana) Ubud 80571 Bali Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 975 394

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11. Surprise Room in Ubud Villas

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?

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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!

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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).

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But for short term stayers, chances are actually very low, so you’ve gotten yourself a really good deal.

Surprise Room (From USD $46)

Location : Ubud, Bali

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Mid-range accommodation (USD $80 – USD $200)

12. 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.

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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.

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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.

Rumah Tamu

From $150 per night for a 3-bedroom villa

Location: Villa Uma Anyar, Banjar Apuh Lodtunduh village, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571

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13. Chill in a quirky home at [email protected] Hip Suites, Ubud

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.

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[email protected] offers four private suites with stunning uninterrupted view of the Ayung river valley and a chic themed decor.

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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!

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[email protected] Hip Suites (From USD $130)

Location : Jl.Raya Sayan, Kutuh, Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8989403

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14. Surrounded by Verdant Balinese Landscapes – Mathis Retreat

If this is your first trip to Ubud and you are looking for a bit of luxury on a budget, look no further than Mathis Retreat. The lush surroundings will bring calm and relaxation to your holiday.

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Its astounding infinity pool looks directly onto bright rice paddies. You’ll be amazed how often you and your significant other can have this piece of paradise to yourselves.

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The Mathis Retreat is run by the famous luxury hotel community known as The Mathis Collection. This well-appointed hotel is tucked away from the crowds of Ubud but within a quick walk of the area’s attractions.

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The luxury continues from the common areas to the accommodation. Each of the 21 rooms and bungalows includes internet access, a sofa, a TV and air-conditioning. A relaxing spa and delicious restaurant round out the ample facilities.


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You’re guaranteed memories to last a lifetime from your stay at Kenanga Boutique Hotel!

PS: You might also want to try dining at Terracotta Ubud that’s located just around the area. This Ubud restaurant with lovely views is housed in a traditional open sided Bale, and the authentic Indonesian cuisine is also all beautifully presented and full of mouth-watering flavours.


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Mathis Retreat

Rate: From $97
Address: Jl. Raya Lungsiakan, Ubud, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8989700

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Luxury accommodation (More than USD $250)

15. 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.


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Black Penny villas are perfect for that quiet, romantic trip. With that view and all those gadgets, you need never leave the villa!

Black Penny Villas Ubud

From USD $300

Contact: +62 361 8989616
Address: Jl. Raya Kedewatan, Ubud, Kab. Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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16. Along the sacred river: Fivelements Puri Ahimsa

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.


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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?

Fivelements Puri Ahimsa (From USD $250)

Location: Banjar Adat Baturning, Mambal, Abiansemal, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80352
Contact: +62 361 469 206

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17. 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.


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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.


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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.

Royal Pita Maha

From USD $400 (Royal Pool Villa)

Contact: +62 361 980022
Address: Desa Kedewatan PO Box 198, Ubud 80571, Bali,Indonesia

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18. 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.


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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.


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And that’s not all you can enjoy at the resort.

Its restaurant boasts of sumptuous local and Western meals, and you can even continue your workout routine at a quality fitness centre or the tennis court.

Maya Ubud Resort

From USD $204 per night (Approximately Rp. 2,975,340)
Location : Jl. Gunung Sari Peliatan, P.O. Box 1001 Ubud Bali, 80571 Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 977 888

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With the right choice of accommodation, Ubud is a heaven-on-earth experience that you will dream about in your sleep!

Are there anymore Ubud accommodation we have missed? Comment below to let us know!

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