Trying to find accommodation in Ubud is like going through Tinder in Sweden. Every single option looks awesome, and you wonder how you’ll ever be able to choose one.
So here’s the rundown on the places which have impressed me the most:
1. Luxury: Maya Ubud ($$$)
Staying at Maya Ubud is Balinese luxury personified. Located between the Petanu River valley and the vibrant rice fields of Peliatan, you’ll be spoiled both body and soul in this expansive resort. What I love about it is how tranquil and green the entire compound is. Every staff you meet offers you a warm smile, and no request is ever too much. There are not one, but TWO, infinity pools. That’s two extremely picturesque locations. One with a serene view of the forest, the other, a terraced one, with a calming view of the river. Your stay at Maya Ubud will even include lots of free activities such as free yoga classes, free access to golf and tennis court. But don’t take my word for it – nor the 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor – see the amazingness for yourself.
Location: Jalan Gunung Sari Peliatan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
I recommend: A paddy-field view room, or a private garden villa.
Price: Depends on the season, around $240/night inclusive of breakfast. If you’re Indonesian, you get a local discount. Book Maya Ubud on Booking.com
(Photo above courtesy of Hugo Kruip)
2. Luxury: Goya Boutique Resort ($$$)
I first stumbled across Goya Boutique Resort when it was still under construction, and even then I already saw its potential. I finally got the chance to stay here in early January of 2016, and I have to say I had the most perfect experience. First of all, the service is impeccable. Every single staff knew our name and referred to us personally. During our delicious breakfast (where they served extra crispy bacon – my favorite), the General Manager professionally introduced himself to us to ensure we were well taken care of. Minor problems were rectified by the staff extremely swiftly and double-checked to make sure everything has worked out. I believe Goya truly has one of the best service in Ubud. Secondly, the architecture and interiors are tastefully flawless. The entire place is bathed in light wood colors, which lifts up the ambience and doesn’t let it sink into a too-traditional vibe. And of course, it has an infinity pool with a view of the Ubud jungle, which is completely surreal. It’s modern yet subtle, it’s minimalist yet feels right at home in intricate Ubud. I also like the little touches of luxury, such as the Bvlgari amenities in the bathroom. Lastly, it’s location is unbeatable. It’s tucked in at Bisma Road, just off the larger Ubud Road, so you can pretty much walk anywhere and eliminates the need for any extra transportation. Plus, you get to see the charming rice paddies along the way. While they don’t have a big compound like Maya or the Four Seasons, I feel that Goya Boutique Resort has managed to truly maximize the space they have.
Location: Jl. Bisma, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
I recommend: A room on the top floor for a stunning view, or the private pool villa.
Price: Around US$255/night for a room, or US$440 or a villa. I believe their prices are quite high as they’re still very new. Book Goya Boutique Resort on Booking.com
3. Mid-Level: Omah Apik B&B ($$)
Omah Apik is my second home in Ubud – it’s truly the place where “Everybody knows your name”. The story behind Omah Apik is this: A Balinese architect has a huge family spread over different parts of Indonesia. She wants to build a holiday villa for all her family members to gather together once a year for a reunion. Thus she designed, built and staffed the place and called it Omah Apik. After a while, she realized – what’s the use of having a holiday villa that’s only used once a year? So she went about and made small little additions to the place to make it guest-friendly. And just half a year ago, they managed to secure the neighbor’s land and now they have an amazing infinity pool that’s looking out over the paddy fields. It’s a close-knit community, and it’s run like all the guests are part of the family. If you stay here, request to stay in the new building, as you are closer to the pool. And say hi to Agus for me! 🙂 The only drawback to this place is its not so central location, so I recommend renting a motorbike!
Location: Jalan Kenyam Bulan, Pejeng, Bali 80571
I recommend: A room in the new building, preferably second floor for the best view.
Price: Approximately $80 a night inclusive of breakfast. Book Omah Apik on Booking.com
4. Mid-Level: Manyi Village($$)
Deep within Laplapan village sits the quiet and cozy Manyi Village. They don’t call themselves a hotel, nor a resort, nor a villa. Being situated in the middle of an active rice paddy field makes them a part of the village itself – thus their name. Their philosophy is to be one with nature, and this is reflected in the way it respects its surroundings. The light and airy modern rooms look out to a wide green expanse, with local kids running around the paddy fields and local farmers harvesting rice. Waking up this view is a blessing. Being tucked deep inside this charming village means there’s complete tranquility and stillness, especially at night. It’s no wonder that this idyllic retreat is popular with writers looking for solitude and the simpler life. There’s also a modest blue infinity pool with a view of the lush jungle, perfect for soaking up the sun. My favorite part is getting a massage at Tara Spa, a spa with the most wonderful rice paddy view. It’s a true Eat, Pray, Love moment right there. The staff are lovely, friendly and treat each other like family. Stay at Manyi Village if you’re looking for a peaceful and serene experience – but don’t worry, they have a free shuttle that leaves every hour to go to town if you’re feeling like going back to civilization.
Location: Br. Laplapan, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: Deluxe Pavillion Room
Price: Approximately $90 a night inclusive of breakfast. Book Manyi Village on Booking.com
5. Budget: Jawi House and Painter ($)
The entrance to this little guesthouse looks like something off the movie Taken – small, narrow, dark and dodgy. But then you turn in at the small wooden door sign, and the loveliest Balinese woman welcomes you into her family’s home. There are only 3 rooms in this guesthouse, all built above their family compound. And this is probably THE BEST budget guesthouse I have ever stayed at in my life. Super clean rooms? Check. Fast wifi? Check. A fan AND aircon? Check. Private bathroom, sink, mini fridge, water dispenser, and even a safe? Check! To top it off, there is also a lovely terrace outside each room where you can enjoy coffee and their complimentary (delicious!) breakfast. This place seems to me a luxury for the price I’m paying! On top of that, it’s located conveniently in the middle of Monkey Forest road, so it’s pretty much walking distance to anywhere. Hubud and Yoga Barn are both within 10 minutes walk, and Putu (the guesthouse owner) will be more than happy to take you on her bike to these places!
Location: Monkey Forest Road, Jalan Wenara Wana, Ubud, Bali 80571 (Opposite of Cafe Wayan)
I recommend: Any room. They are all just as nice 🙂
Price: $43 per night inclusive of breakfast. Booking through their Airbnb listing.