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The Best of Ubud, Bali: A Complete Guide

August 10, 2017

Here is a super handy, all-you-need-to-know, Ubud cheatsheet that I’ve compiled for my friends and family. It contains everything you need for the perfect Ubud getaway. Travel on!

ACCOMMODATION

1. Luxury: Maya Ubud ($$$)MayaUbud2Staying 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 ($$$)GoyaBoutiqueResortI 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 ($$)OmahApik
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. It’s fine if you plan to ride around on a motorbike, but if you want someplace right in the middle of town, check out my next recommendation.

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 ($$)ManyiVillageDeep 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 sublime 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 beautiful 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 ($)

JawiHouseAndPainter
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.


LOCAL FOOD

1. Bebek Tepi Sawah ($)BebekTepiSawahThis, right here, is the real deal. If you’re non-Indonesian, it’s safe to say you’ll probably be the only foreigners in this joint. Bebek Tepi Sawah is our’s best kept secret – we almost don’t want tourists not to know about it. Bebek Tepi Sawah, directly translated, is Duck by the Paddy Fields. This restaurant prides itself in serving Ubud’s MOST HEAVENLY CRISPY DUCK with a trio of the best Balinese chillies that you will ever come across – by a beautiful, albeit small, rice field. They have an extensive menu filled with traditional Indonesian food as well – but trust me on this when I say – order the Crispy Duck for a real Balinese experience. The owners also own quite a sizable Balinese art gallery in the same compound, so go ahead and explore their treasure trove after a meal. P.S. The more well-known Crispy Duck establishment here is called Bebek Bengil – I DO NOT recommend it – the duck is not nearly half as good and it’s a real tourist trap. Make sure you go to Bebek Tepi Sawah instead.

Location: Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: The Crispy Duck, obviously; ) and Chicken Satay (Sate Lilit).

2. Hujan Locale ($$)HujanLocale-2A new, stylish joint serving up everything from Balinese to Indonesian food to authentic wood-fired pizzas. Opened by the same people who brought you Sarong and Mamasan down South, Hujan Locale utilizes only local produce from local farmers. It’s beautiful decor and overall ambience is a refreshing slice of modern chic in Ubud’s traditional enclave.

Location: Jl. Sri Wedari No.3, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: The Nasi Campur. Basically I’d recommend Nasi Campur almost everywhere, because it’s a great way to savor many little dishes all at once. It’s our version of tapas :) Oh, and their pesto pizza is truly awesome.

FANCY FOOD

1. Locavore ($$)Locavore-2Locavore is one of those hipster restaurant’s you’d expect to find tucked away in a street in San Francisco – a restaurant so hip it actually hits the spot. Locavore prides themselves in sourcing only locally-grown food, using Indonesia’s famous bounty – thus the name. It’s run by two striking chefs who aren’t afraid in a little experimentation in their dishes. Every dish completely blew me away and impressed me in its sheer originality in taste and cooking method. Remember to book far in advance though, because Locavore is definitely Ubud’s hottest table.

Location: Jalan Dewisita No.1, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: Their menu changes monthly, so I recommend going for their 5-course Locavore or Herbivore sets.

2. The Sayan House ($)SayanHouse-2
The Sayan House is the epitome of elegance – they have a perfect 5-star score in TripAdvisor for a reason. The Sayan House is a brand new restaurant with a breathtaking view of Ayung valley and river. Dining there you share the same amazing view as the guests of The Four Seasons. The highlight of my dinner there were the extremely lovely staff, who were all smiles and to whom no request were ever too much. I highly, highly recommend that you go just before 6 PM for a tipple. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy Bali’s famed glorious sunset. Prices are quite steep for Bali prices, so I recommend going there for special occasions.

Location: Jalan Raya Sayan No. 70, Sayan, Ubud 80571
I recommend: Balinese fried bread (what an experience this was!), Avocado sushi, Miso Salmon.

HEALTHY ORGANIC FOOD

1. KAFE (Yoga Barn)KAFE
This place is where the yogis of Yoga Barn go to dine. Menu spans a variety of organic, raw, and meat dishes that actually tastes extremely yummy! As an Indonesian, I have a very strong palette, and KAFE’s healthy food can satisfy my tastebuds.

Location: Yoga Barn, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: Macro Bowl, a bowl of red/brown rice and chock full of steamed vegetables and proteins, topped with the most delicious tahini sauce. As a semi-local, I also recommend the Tempeh and Tofu chips served with Balinese sambal. It is my absolute favorite healthy snack in Ubud.

2. KAFE (Main Road)KAFE2A branch of the above KAFE, but set in the super convenient location in the center of town. This KAFE has a romantic vibe about it that makes it even better to visit for dinner.

Location: Jalan Hanoman 44B, Padang Tegal, Ubud, Indonesia
I recommend: The same as the above.

3. Bali BudaBaliBuda
A vegetarian restaurant with a slow food concept. Everything they serve is homemade daily, and they play an active role in ensuring minimal impact on the environment. They also serve drinks without straws to minimize plastic waste in Bali. A small step which will definitely go a long way! This place is frequented by the yoga-goers of Radiantly Alive, as it is just a minute walk away. I love it’s cozy ambience and fresh juices. If only they had wi-fi!

Location: Jalan Jembawan (diagonally across Radiantly Alive yoga studio)
I recommend: The Vegetarian Nasi Campur! As an Indonesian, I’ve had my fair share of Nasi Campur (with all the unhealthy, oily works). This vegetarian option is a strong contender in terms of taste without the guilt!

4. Warung SopaPhoto credit: mostlyamelie.com

A very laid-back, child friendly vegetarian restaurant. It’s most known for its vegetarian nasi campur and a wide range of raw desserts. They also have pretty fast wi-fi, which makes it a popular spot for working. It can get a bit hot and noisy with the scooters zooming past during the day. My favorite part is being able to sit ‘lesehan’ style (translation; sitting on the ground! :))

Location: Jl. Sugriwa Street, Indonesia
I recommend: The Vegetarian Nasi Campur, Cauliflower Soup.

5. Atman KafeAtmanKafe
A relaxed cafe with more ‘lesehan’ style seats and an incredible amount of cushions. Atman serves a wide selection of natural food and drinks, and everything on their menu is conveniently labeled with vegetarian, vegan and raw options. Their staff is very attentive, and the meals are presented beautifully and professionally despite the ‘local warung’ feel of the place. A go-to place for a post-yoga munch.

Location: Jalan Hanoman 38, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
I recommend: Cold Brew Coffee, Jukut Nangka with organic chicken, Dadar Gulung (typical Balinese dessert, must try!)


 

ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS

1. White Water Rafting at Telaga WajaSobekRaftingI like to shake things up with a little bit of adrenaline after immersing myself in tranquil yoga sessions and chilling-by-the-pool marathons.

White water rafting is the ideal way to encounter the best of Ubud’s nature from the ground level. I highly recommend Sobek company for your rafting trip – they’re professional, they keep their rafting gear in tip-top shape, and they have a 100% spotless safety record. This activity is for anyone of all skills – I was a total rafting noob the first time I went. But they brief you thoroughly so you’ll always know exactly what to do during the rafting trip, in case of emergency, etc. Indonesians get a heavily discounted rate, so if you’re Indonesian, make sure to mention this during booking.

Sobek gives you two river options: Telaga Waja River and Ayung River. Trust me when I say you should definitely choose the Telaga Waja trip. The river provides so much more twists, turns and excitement, and way more breathtaking landscapes. I once made the mistake of ‘trying out’ Ayung River. I literally almost fell asleep – it was so boring. My sister and I joked that we could even have a tea party in the raft at Ayung. That’s how meh it was. So definitely go with Telaga Waja for an ‘Indiana Jones-ish’ experience. The trip even ends with a splash! (A butterfly-in-tummy-inducing 5 meters drop!)

I recommend: Telaga Waja White Water Rafting
Price: USD$79 per person

Book here: http://balisobek.com/TelagaWaja.asp

2. Cycle the Ubud CountrysideUbudCycling
This is by far one of my most favorite activities in Ubud. I have constantly recommended it to friends and family. Basically, the Cycling Tour invites you to relish Balinese landscapes and daily life on two wheels through the lens of amicable local guides.

They start by picking you up from your accommodation, where they will then ascend by car to the top of Mount Batur. You will then enjoy a stunning sunrise over the mountain while enjoying a simple yet delicious Indonesian breakfast. Afterwards, you’ll be each given a mountain bike, and begin your descent for about 90 minutes. These 90 minutes are one of the richest experiences in Bali that you’ll ever have.

First, you stop at a Balinese coffee plantation to discover tropical coffee and taste a dozen of different types of coffee beans. This includes the Luwak – the most expensive coffee in the world! Don’t worry, here it costs just $1.50 for a glass. After that you cycle through paddy fields, art galleries, and traditional villages. You’ll stop at a traditional Balinese compound and understand more about how locals live.

Even though I am semi-local, everything I learnt from the guide was completely new to me. It was a truly mind-opening experience to learn about the culture of their tight-knit community. The entire trip then cumulates into a satisfying lunch by the rice fields – a charming buffet style Balinese food galore that’ll hit the spot after 4 to 5 hours of cycling.

I recommend: Bali Eco Tours – Downhill Cycling Tour
Price: Rp. 450.000 per person (around USD$40)

Book here: http://baliecocycling.com/cycling-tour/

3. Mount Batur Sunrise HikeMountBaturMount Batur is an active volcano located in north-eastern Bali. Rising to 5633 feet, Mount Batur can be summited by physically-fit hikers in around two to three hours. My very fit German boyfriend found the trek “a breeze”, while I wheezed and panted and swore multiple times throughout the trek – but made it up alive.

There are countless tour providers offering the Mount Batur Sunrise Trek, so you just have to pick one. Usually, you can even arrange one with your accommodation – which is ideal so you won’t get cheated on as a tourist.

The trip will begin as early as 3 AM (depending on where you’re staying in Ubud) and a car will take you to the base of the mountain. From there, you begin your guided trek in the dark towards the summit. Note that the air is thin, and the weather pretty chilly, so dress accordingly. Once you reach the top, the clouds will part to present to you one of the most breathtaking sunrises. This is the ideal selfie time – provided you don’t look like a complete hobo by then. (which I did, but oh well.) Your guide will then serve you breakfast is usually eggs and bananas steamed with the crater steam, which is quite an interesting experience on its own!

I recommend: Arranging a guide from your accommodation
Price: Depending on where you live (the closer to Ubud the cheaper it is), but we paid Rp. 550,000 (around USD $50) per person for a pick-up, a guide, and breakfast included.

Book here: http://baliecocycling.com/batur-trek/

4. Bathe in the Tirta Empul Water TempleTirtaEmpulWhat can I say – a truly magical place. Come here as early as you can to catch this exquisite temple bathing in Bali’s exceptional morning light. The locals make pilgrimages to this source of holy water to purify themselves from bad influences and vibes in their lives. The compound itself is not that big, but it makes for quite amazing pictures. To enter the temple compound, one has to wear a sarong (which is provided in the entrance), and females have to have their hair tied up. You can also participate in the holy bath, so bring change! P.S. If you’re one you period, you’re prohibited to enter this temple as it is a sacred area. Please respect their customs :)

Location: Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
I recommend: Going there on your own, it’s not too hard to get there. However, I can also recommend going in as part of a photo tour.
Price: Free

5. Trek the Tegelalang Rice FieldsTegelalang
Get your dose of terraced and vibrant green rice paddy field here. Visually one of the most stunning locations around Ubud, this definitely has to go into your to-do list. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos. There are also numerous art kiosks and cafes near the ledge offering their ware.

Location: Jalan Raya Tegelalang
I recommend: Going there early in the morning, it gets scorching hot at noon. And wear proper shoes if you plan to venture into the paddy field.
Price: Rp. 10,000 entrance (Around USD $1)

6. Take a Balinese Cooking Class at Casa LunaWhat better way is there to enjoy a culture more than through its food? Even though I’m Indonesian, Balinese cuisine tastes very unique and special to my tastebuds. It’s characteristically lighter and more refined, and usually uses even healthier ingredients. After your Bali trip, I’m sure you’ll be itching to recreate some of these dishes back home.

Casa Luna Cooking School is organised and run by Janet De Neefe and her team of locals. In case you didn’t yet know, Janet De Neefe is Australian-born, but is married to a Balinese man and has been living in Bali for over 30 years. Her knowledge on Balinese and Indonesian food in general is much better than mine (and I’m Indonesian!), so don’t let the fact that the class isn’t run by a Balinese bother you. She also owns 2 famous restaurants in Ubud (Casa Luna and Indus), and has published cookbooks and is the brains behind the Ubud Food Festival – so you’re definitely in good hands!

The cooking class I did was a Vegan Class, however they also run non-vegetarian/non-vegan classes. The class is held at her guesthouse, and had about 12 participants in total. It began with her introducing all the spices required in Balinese cooking. Spices are basically 99% of what makes Balinese food, so learning about the right combination was super helpful. The rest of the class is then dedicated to preparing food together which results in a couple of main dishes that all the participants feast on together at the end.

I like how the cooking part is very hands-on, but yet they provided a lot of help. All the utensils and ingredients needed were all there and presented well, and her helpers were always ready to guide us on how to chop/mince/cook the ingredients. Do note that Balinese cooking and Balinese culture in general is focused on “togetherness” and achieving something together. So it’s not about cooking a dish by yourselves and then comparing your results with each other. This class is about cooking everything together – everyone plays a small part which contributes to the final meal.

Location: Jl. Bisma, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Price: Rp. 450,000 (Around USD $40)


 

CAFES WITH WIFI

1. Pomegranate CafePomegranate-CafeThis place was recommended to be first by an Ubud local when I asked him where to catch the best sunsets. And boy, its 360 degree panoramic view of the sunset did not disappoint. It is about a 15 minute trek from the main road in Ubud, through narrow and winding, but spectacular rice fields. You won’t miss it – it’s the cafe in a large, safari-like tent. Come here for beers during sunset and some light bites. They also have free wi-fi so you can Instagram this amazing place ?

Location: Jl. Subak Sok Wayah, Ubud, Bali. This place is slightly tricky to find, so ask the locals.
I recommend: Going there for some sunset beers.

2. SenimanSenimanThe cafe for serious coffee drinkers in Ubud, Seniman serves undoubtedly the best coffee experience. From the freshly roasted Balinese coffee to the unique furniture (playful rocking chairs, anyone?), this place is a million lightyears better that their more touristy competitor, Anomali Coffee. Try getting a seat in their outdoor terrace and watch the daily life of locals passing by while you load up your Mac. Plus their rocking chairs are great fun to sit on! Their Wi-Fi is one of the speediest in town, which makes it ideal for working. Just remember to bring headphones if you’re planning to do a bit of work as it tends to get noisy.

Location: Jalan Sriwedari, Ubud, Bali 80561
I recommend: Any of their coffees, their Cold Brew Coffee, and any of their breakfast items. I haven’t found one thing I didn’t enjoy here. P.s. Every order of coffee is served with a traditional Indonesian snack.

3. AtmanAtman-KafeIn terms of its quality of food, you can read the review as above. In terms of Wi-Fi, Atman has remarkably fast internet for Bali, which I tried and tested with two consecutive days of using it as a working hub. It never gets too crowded either, and most guests tend to be on the quieter side. Definitely ideal for a bit of work or a long leisurely lunch in Ubud center.

Location: Jalan Hanoman 38, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: The Cold Brew Coffee and Dadar Gulung


 

YOGA STUDIOS

1. Yoga BarnUbud, Bali, IndonesiaOne of Ubud’s more cult Yoga establishments, Yoga Barn, is a holistic all-in-one experience. There’s a myriad of yoga classes with an eclectic mix of instructors, an in-house massage and rejuvenation center focusing on Ayurvedic principals, and KAFE, a remarkably tasty and healthy organic cafe in Yoga Barn’s compound. Yoga goers range from casual Yogis (a.k.a me) to I-can-sometimes-levitate serious Yogis. Even though it isn’t far from the center of town, there’s a tranquil community vibe. The only downside I can think of is that the yoga mats and blocks are very worn out from overuse. My recommendation is to bring your own yoga necessities if you’re a stickler for fresh mats and blankets.

http://www.theyogabarn.com/

Location: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: Attending an Iyengar Yoga class, getting a Balancing Ayuryoga Massage (90 mins), and the Macrobiotic Bowl at KAFE (it’s delicious. Don’t be fooled by its sciency name).

2. Intuitive FlowIntuitiveFlow
Somewhat of a hidden gem, this yoga studio was a delightful find for me. Nestled amid rice fields, the studio has floor to ceiling windows which overlook lush greenery and Mount Batur in the distance. Expect butterflies to flutter in and out around you as you’re doing your adho mukha shvanasana. Intuitive Flow studio is small and cozy, making it feel more like a community studio. Many of the regular goers seem to know each other. My favorite instructor is Robyn, a sparkling character with an amicable personality, so look out for her classes!

www.intuitiveflow.com

Location: Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Penestanan Kaja, Ubud, Bali 80571. This place will be slightly tricky to find, so look out for signage and don’t hesitate to ask the locals for directions.
I recommend: A Vinyasa flow class in the morning. It’s got the right balance of working your core muscles, stretching, and focus on breathing.

3. Radiantly AliveRadiantly-Alive
This studio is the newest and most modern of all. Set amid lush greens, the studio is full of light wood and communal open areas. It gives the impression of being in a chic architect’s holiday home. This studio also seems to be attracting a younger crowd. What I especially like about it is everything feels clean and well maintained – the mats seem new, the blankets are fresh, the bolsters and blocks look like it was just purchased yesterday. In the evenings, it has the most brilliant breeze – but be sure to apply a liberal amount of insect repellant beforehand if you don’t want to be a giant blood bank for those pesky mozzies.

http://www.radiantlyalive.com/

Location: Jalan Jembawan. Easy to spot, theres a massive sign saying “YOGA” just off the main road.
I recommend: Yin Yoga in the evening. There’s nothing like unravelling after a long day with a slow-paced, all-stretch yoga session. I guarantee you come out of Yin Yoga feeling all warm and fuzzy ?


 

SPA & MASSAGE

1. Karsa SpaKarsaSpa
Kara Spa prides itself in its Reiki, Shiatsu and Deep Tissue healing treatments. I was interested in Reiki and it’s benefits, and if you’re too, it’s worth to give this spa a go.  Karsa also has one of the most stunning outdoor spa rooms that I’ve ever seen within this price range. Nestled within a breezy paddy field, the environment will surely put you to a peaceful slumber. Getting to Karsa Spa is a treat in itself as they recommend guests to trek the Campuhan Ridge for 30 minutes before finally arriving at a little compound where Karsa Spa and Karsa Cafe are located. However, you can also save time by taking a motorbike or car there directly.

Location: Jl. Bangkiang Sidem, Keliki, Tegallalang, Bali, Indonesia
I recommend: Intuitive Heart Massage (combination of Balinese, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Lomi-Lomi, Shiatsu, and Reiki) and Traditional Balinese Massage
Price: $250,000/hour (around USD$20)

Book here: http://www.karsaspa.com/

2. Jaen’s SpaJaensSpa
Jaen’s doesn’t have an amazing view, nor a beautiful compound. But what they lack in visual treat they make up in sheer massage skills. Their massages are hands-down, one of the best in Ubud. They also provide complimentary pick-ups from your accommodation. It’s location is also the most central out of my top 3 picks. Take my advice, book their Traditional Balinese Massage now. You’re welcome.

Location: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
I recommend: Traditional Balinese Massage
Price: Rp. 150,000/hour (around USD$12)

Book here: http://ubud.jaensspaubud.com/

3. Bali BotanicaBaliBotanica
One of the most well-known and professional spa institutions in Ubud, Bali Botanica is usually booked out for weeks in advance. They also pride themselves in their Spa Day Out packages – an entire day of pampering yourself – from being picked up from your hotel, to enjoying a massage, to having lunch at the beautiful Bridges restaurant next door, and then continuing to another round of massages, facials, and hair therapy. It’s basically your idea of a day in heaven. Also a pretty awesome present to give someone.

Location: Jl Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
I recommend: Ayurvedic Massage – Chakra Dhara
Price: $497,000/2 hours (around USD $38)

Book here: http://www.balibotanica.com/

 

So there you go. Have fun!

xo,clarinta

*Last updated in August, 2017.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Ahmed Sofyan July 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Interesting posts. Ubud is Bali’s tourist sites which have traditions, cultural and environmental conditions that are very interesting. you can get aa course you are looking at this location. of course the main thing from a holiday trip is about planning, and this applies in Ubud, if you do not want to miss anything interesting thing in this tourist location. thanks for the post.

  • Reply Megan Rowe August 1, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Thank you for a lovely review of Ubud with fantastic photos !!! I am booked for a month there next year (June/July) and am very much looking forward to it (even more now after reading your travels).

    • Reply Clarinta Travels August 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      I’m glad you found it useful! 🙂 Let me know if you need any tips. Happy to help!

      Cheers, Clarinta

  • Reply Juliette Lee January 7, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Clarinta

    We, as a family, will be visiting Bali next month and will certainly try the restaurants and cafes that you have recommended.
    Where can we go to buy some good and inexpensive paintings? Thank you.

  • Reply Iveta April 27, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Hi, I just found your blog and I totally love it. Going to Bali in June and I’m gonna use many of your tips what to do, where to eat or so 🙂 Cheers, Iveta

  • Reply Rika August 14, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Very enlighten! Since i have no interest before to visit ubud because i think it’s boring ? now i will stay at one of ubud hotel this vacation!

  • Reply Lilian November 5, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Hi Clarintha, aunt of Jan Philippe writing, THE one from Canada!
    I am happy that I have not yet booked My flight: Reading your site, I am Thinking of staying a little bit in Bali!!
    Looking forward to meet you and your family.

  • Reply Sophie Jones December 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Ubud is really just the most relaxing place, I love how there is such a lot of health focus in one place and how you can try out lots of different styles of Yoga. Loving your photos

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