Written by Chandrika Ghosh
Have you explored South Bali and felt that the beaches, cafes, and hip shopping districts are not quite to your liking?
Are you on your honeymoon and prefer to retreat to somewhere a little more quiet, cultural, where you and your partner can spend time together listening to the rushing rivers and sounds of the forest?
Surrounded by enchanting landscapes of vast rice terraces, lush rainforests and the charm of local arts and culture, Ubud will draw you into a land of romance, spirituality, luxury and the very essence of Bali.
Not sure where to start? As Ubud lovers, we have explored all our options and put together a romantic 4-day-3-night itinerary in this magical region of Bali – ideal for the perfect couple retreat!
Ubud, popularly known as the cultural hub of Bali, or commonly referred to as ‘the real Bali’, has a lot to offer to couples in search of a peaceful and romantic vacation.
We’ve included the best of Ubud in your itinerary, from enjoying a romantic dinner by the rushing river, cleansing your body with organic food, visiting an eco-friendly village, hiking up hills and waterfalls, to indulging in affordable luxury spa treatments for two.
Here’s a quick overview of your romantic holiday itinerary (tap to scroll to the relevant section):
Day 1: Introduction to Ubud and its beautiful rice paddies
Day 2: Experience Balinese arts, culture and eco-tours
Day 3: Explore Bali’s hidden natural wonders
Day 4: Return home with beautiful memories
Introduction to Ubud and its beautiful rice paddies
Now that you have landed in Bali, be prepared for a long and scenic drive to the central part of the island. The drive to Padma Resort Ubud will take approximately an hour and a half to two hours from the airport, so once you reach, make sure you refresh and recharge yourself for the rest of the day!
One of the definite highlights of staying in Ubud is the easy access to the iconic rice terraces where you can spend a few moments in the quiet and truly appreciate where your food comes from!
Tegallalang is home to the most beautiful rice terraces in Bali, where you can take some of the most scenic photos in the middle of all the beauty.
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To further enhance your experience of Balinese rice paddies, head over to Terracotta Restaurant for dinner by the paddy fields.
Enjoy the evening with your partner while you relish in authentic local food – it would be a memorable first taste of Bali!
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Experience Balinese arts, culture and eco-tours
Do you feel refreshed after a comfortable night’s rest? Get ready to encounter the artsy and cultural side of Bali, but not forgetting to take some time for an affordable luxury spa treatment too!
Start your first morning in Bali with a refreshing yoga as early as the sunrise, and watch the morning rays light up the rainforest as you breathe in the freshest air.
You’ll feel super refreshed after and energised to kick start your day!
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After your fulfilling sunrise yoga session, head out for a healthy and delicious vegetarian breakfast at the Lazy Cats Cafe! Who says you can’t be full from a vegetarian meal?
Take time to indulge in a long breakfast and you’ll be fuelled up for the day ahead.
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Alternative: Breakfast among the paddy fields at Cafe Pomegranate（1 hour）
If you can’t get enough of Ubud’s rice paddies, kick-start your morning at Cafe Pomegranate, a tented cafe surrounded by vast paddy fields.
The scenic walk in from the main road (for around 15 minutes) is a good exercise to start your day with, and after a hearty meal, you’ll feel energised for the activities lined up ahead!
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Take a tour of the eco-friendly Green Village (1.5 hours)
Designed by jewellery designer John Hardy, Green Village is an eco village built mainly from bamboo. Here, it’s all about living with nature and not compromising nature for human comfort. These luxury treehouses are built around the existing trees just so they don’t have to be cut down!
Take a guided tour of this place and discover creative ways bamboo has been utilised to build a sustainable village and school!
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Lunch at the organic Kayun Restaurant（1-2 hours）
Kayun restaurant has its heart in the right place. After a morning of exploration, head over for a homecooked Indonesian meal. The food is made using fresh, organic ingredients that are grown locally and harvested in sustainable ways.
The delicious meals are bound to satiate your hunger, both physically and emotionally. Try their off-beat vegetarian burgers if you’re looking for healthy food options.
A treasure trove of all things art and handmade, Sukawati Art Market is a must-visit place if you are looking for reasonably priced handicraft items, jewellery and art pieces.
This place is much more authentic than Ubud Art Market, which has evolved to selling mainly commercialised trinkets. So if you are looking for genuine local art, do head here instead!
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Ayurvedic massages at Bali Botanica Day Spa（1-2 hours）
Looking for good Ayurvedic massages (a traditional Indian massage technique that combines the use of oil, music and bodywork)?
Pamper yourself at Bali Botanica Day Spa to relieve that nagging migraine or body ache, and come out feeling completely relaxed and energised for the rest of the day.
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Alternative: Affordable luxury relaxation at Jaens Spa（1-2 hours）
After all that walking, don’t you just want to relax with a soothing massage?
We recommend Jaens Spa, where you can enjoy a couple spa in a luxurious setting at prices that’s definitely value-for-money, especially their Traditional Balinese Massage. Your body will thank you for the pampering!
‘Bebek’ refers to duck in Bahasa Indonesia, and this restaurant does complete justice to its name.
Set in the midst of paddy fields, Bebek Tepi Sawah will delight you with not only its beautiful surroundings, but also with the delicious dishes it serves up. It goes without saying that you need to enjoy the tasty crispy duck (a must-have delicacy) while enjoying traditional music and dance performances in the evening.
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Raw chocolates at Alchemy（1 hour）
End the day on the right note with delicious, healthy raw desserts (such as chocolate!) at Alchemy.
All their decadent desserts are made of raw ingredients and do not contain any preservatives or chemicals. Don’t forget to try their green juices too!
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Explore Bali’s hidden natural wonders
So you have experienced the signature food, arts and culture of Bali. On your third day, spend some time soaking in the beautiful natural abundance near Ubud as we take you to barely-explored hidden spots.
The beauty of Bali’s landscape does not rely solely on its romantic beaches, majestic cliffs, scenic paddy fields and lush rainforests. About an hour’s drive from Ubud sits an active volcano – Mount Batur.
Although there are many commercial tours that will take you to the nearby Kintamani village where you can enjoy the view of the volcano, we recommend you take a less traversed path and head to Pinggan village, a quaint little village at the foot of the volcano. The views from this village are spectacular, especially when the sun rises (so you need to be there early!), and you will also be able to enjoy a serene environment, away from the madding crowd.
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Alternative: Visit the hidden Tukad Cepung Waterfall(1-2 hours)
You must have heard all about Bali’s majestic waterfalls. Unknown to most people and only recently discovered by travellers, Tukad Cepung Waterfall stands almost virgin and unexplored.
This is as close to nature as you can get! You will have to climb a flight of steps to get to this beauty, so gear up accordingly.
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Brunch/Lunch on Lake Batur, at Resto Apung (1-2 hours)
Located on the shore of Lake Batur, dining at Resto Apung is nothing short of magical.
With Mount Batur in clear view, you can choose to sit in the gazebos that extend into Lake Batur – it’s as though you’re having a floating meal on the lake!
The food is delicious, and given the location, very affordable and value-for-money!
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No matter how full you are, a hearty meal should always be followed by yummy dessert, especially when you are in Bali, where sweet treats are so Instagrammable and ice-cream should be one of your staples on a hot and humid day.
Gaya Gelato serves up a variety of rich, refreshing gelato made from natural ingredients that will leave you feeling extremely happy and satisfied.
P.S. We love their homemade biscuits too – they are made with organic Balinese eggs, without added colouring, additives or hydrogenated fats, and are simply delicious!
Shopping at Jalan Raya Ubud (2 hours)
Now that your hunger pangs have been taken care of, why not pick up some local goodies for souvenirs? You will love browsing through handicrafts and handmade organic products along the bustling Jalan Raya Ubud and its neighbouring lanes!
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End the last evening of your trip with a magical dinner on a beautiful wooden deck by the rushing Ayung river at Swept Away restaurant, decorated with 100 romantic candles.
You’ll lose yourselves in your own world, where there’s only you and your partner, and the beautiful nature that witnesses your love story.
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Return home with beautiful memories
End your trip on a delicious note! As check out of your resort and head south, indulge in some local food in another romantic restaurant.
End your holiday in Bali with a feast! Gabah Restaurant is sure to seal your love affair with traditional Balinese food.
Enjoy an elaborate lunch and get ready to head back home with your stomach full and heart brimming with cherished memories.
Ngurah Rai International Airport