Tranquility surrounded by natural beauty amidst the rich cultural background of Bali, what more you could ask for? Between the temples, traditional markets, and touristy pockets, you’ll find unique hotels in Ubud, Bali that offer the best worlds of The Island of Gods. These hotels combine the modern amenities and the traditional uniqueness you seek in this part of the world. Since Ubud is a big area, first-timers might find it hard to choose the best place to stay. That’s where our list comes into play. This will help you decide to choose your own best of the best hotels in Ubud, Bali.
Where to Stay in Ubud
When it comes to choosing a place to stay in Ubud, you need to keep in mind that public transportation is not Bali’s strongest suit. You can get around by taxi, but that’s not an affordable option. There are online taxis, but those are considered illegal especially in this part of Bali. Not to mention that roads and their infrastructures in Ubud are not accommodating to a large group of people. So, you’ll have to deal with the traffic during your commute from one attraction to another. Getting around on foot is the easiest option. So, make sure to choose hotels in Ubud, Bali that is within walking distance of the places you want to visit.
First-timers should not stray too far from the Ubud Center. It’s where you can find most of the popular restaurants, bars, and shops. This area includes Hanoman Street, Cok Gede Rai Street, and of course, Ubud’s main road, Jalan Raya Ubud. The Monkey Forest is only a few minutes away from this part of the town. That said, since it’s usually packed with tourists, we don’t recommend hotels around here for those looking for a more relaxing and tranquil vacation. Instead, look for those at least 10-15 minutes away from the Ubud Center, such as Campuhan, Pengosekan, and Sawah Indah areas.
Bliss Ubud Spa Resort
We begin our list of best hotels in Ubud, Bali with Bliss Ubud Spa Resort. Surrounded by paddy fields that expand as far as the eyes can see, this is the perfect place for a retreat. Imagine waking up to this view and sunbathe on your own private balcony! To make sure your sleep is uninterrupted, each room comes with an air-conditioner and the bed is equipped with a mosquito net. This is essential when it comes to being in a tropical country.
As a place where modern amenities, such as minibar and bathtub, meet traditional design, expect to see wooden decoration and furniture everywhere in this resort. This extends to the on-site yoga studio where you as a guest can join in. For a complete relaxation mode, book for at least 3 nights to get a complimentary massage!
Location-wise, Bliss is only 5 minutes away from the Ubud Center. Even better, the resort provides a free shuttle there. If you prefer, you can also rent a bike to explore Ubud or the resort’s surrounding greenery. Don’t feel like going out? Have fun at the on-site outdoor swimming pool or hot tub and take great pictures with the amazing greenery background.
Anumana Ubud Hotel
If you’re in Ubud mostly to visit the Monkey Forest, Anumana Ubud Hotel should be your top option. It will take you just five minutes to walk there and all restaurants, coffee shops, stores around it, from this hotel. Since there’s no on-site or in-room kitchen, having plenty of dining options nearby is more than helpful.
What you’ll find in your room is a fridge, a mini-bar, a coffee or tea making facility, and a seating area. You’ll also have a private terrace or balcony where you can bask in the view of the hotel’s pool and garden.
Unlike most hotels in Ubud Bali, Anumana doesn’t have as many wooden decoration and furniture, but you’ll still see some touches of nature here and there, including the bedroom.
Breakfast is one of the hotel’s main features, apart from the beautiful outdoor pool settings. Thanks to the on-site restaurant, Uma Restaurant.
Amora Ubud Boutique Villas
Why share the on-site outdoor pool if you can have your own right in front of your bedroom? That’s exactly what you’ll get in Amora Ubud Boutique Villas. As you can tell from its name, each unit in this hotel is a villa on its own, making it perfect for a getaway amidst Ubud’s greenery. Needless to say, the ambiance here is very quiet. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed!
Don’t expect anything like 5-star hotels you’ll find nesting in tall buildings, Amora offers traditional houses with Balinese decoration, something authentic to add to your experience. This makes it one of the most unique hotels in Ubud, Bali.
Amora is located on the edge of the Campuhan River. As mentioned before, Campuhan is one of the areas where you can have a more secluded experience, further away from the center. We should mention that getting around is not easy, as public transportation is not available. But if you’re planning to spend most of your time in Bali meditating and relaxing, Amora is a perfect choice.
While you’re here, we recommend joining the Campuhan Ridge to Ubud Monkey Forest Walking Tour. Discover and experience Ubud by taking a leisure walk along the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Along the trek, you’ll learn history at Ubud Royal Palace, visit the incredible Ubud Monke Forest, traditional Art Market, and more.
Sri Bungalows Ubud
Sri Bungalows Ubud was known as Bucu View Resort by Pranama. Even with a different name, it still sits right in the middle of Ubud’s green areas, which makes it one of the best hotels in Bali as well. As you’d probably known by now, hotels in Ubud Bali do not offer grandeur, but they provide more opportunities to reconnect with peaceful nature.
Expect wooden furniture and decoration, all the way from the hotel’s lobby to your bedroom. If you book the villa unit, you’ll have your own pool overlooking the river. With the in-room breakfast service, you don’t have to wake up early just to fuel up for a day filled with adventure.
The famous Monkey Forest is just 5 minutes away on foot. Located on Bisma Street, you’re within walking distance of Ubud’s main attractions.
Meruhdani Boutique Hotel Ubud
Previously named Alila, Meruhdani Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to get away from the rest of the world. Don’t believe us? The resort sits literally on the edge of a lush valley of the Ayung River and can be accessed only via winding narrow roads between verdant rice fields. In fact, the only ‘disturbance’ will be the birds and monkeys frolicking in the trees around! If this doesn’t make it one of the best hotels in Ubud, we don’t know what will.
The place might have been styled after a traditional Balinese hillside village, but radiates a modern, hip vibe, making it one of the best gay-friendly hotels in Bali. This one’s for Instagram, complete with thatched roofs, panoramas of the lush valley, and even a sculpture garden.
The excellence extends to the resort’s amenities, beginning with the serene spa sitting in the garden. The main eatery serves, among other meals, a lip-smacking artisanal breakfast, while the poolside lounge is perfect for a sexy nightcap. Besides the 24-hour fitness center and library, the showstopper is the spectacular infinity pool that juts out over the valley!
While the standard rooms are heavenly enough, we’d recommend the upgraded ones or the villas that have valley views and come with deep soaking outdoor tubs and pools. Nevertheless, all rooms feature snazzy minibars, bespoke toiletries, and decks or balconies.
Pramana Watu Kurung Resort
Rice fields are not your only option when it comes to Ubud’s greenery. In fact, most of Ubud’s areas are surrounded by forest. From Pramana Watu Kurung Resort, you’ll have a great view of the forest. How does a yoga class in the middle of this natural beauty sound like? Start your day with this refreshing and relaxing experience every morning here.
Use the hotel’s bikes for free to explore the areas around the hotel. Or just stroll around under the shade of the forest. Not far from the river, you can reach one of the river-rafting clubs in a few minutes.
But for more relaxing water activity, you don’t even need to leave the resort. There’s an outdoor swimming pool on-site, overlooking the lush forest and the river right underneath you. Some rooms also offer this stunning view from the private patios. Basic room amenities such as a flat-screen TV, DVD player, and free toiletries are also available.
Natya Resort Ubud
Planning to have a barbeque by the forest? Natya Resort Ubud offers you a nice spot for that. The sun terrace overlooking the beautiful pool is something not all hotels in Ubud Bali have. If you book a certain unit, you’ll have a private pool and a dining area, too. Now that’s what we call a private elegant party!
Even though it’s nestled in a foresty area, right on a valley, and bordered by a river, Natya offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. On top of that, you can have the hotel pick you up and drop you off at the airport at a reasonable charge.
The outdoor infinity pool is where you should start and end your day. Perhaps with a quick lap or two or simply relaxing and marveling at the tropical beauty. What we would recommend, though, is to request a massage treatment right by the pool. It may not be the best massage, but the view makes it 10 times better!
It’s not often that hotels in Ubud, Bali is known for its pool bar. And yet, Chapung Sebali excels with its Jungle Fish bar right next to the on-site infinity pool. Open to the public, this is not the place to be if you seek for a tranquil moment. But if that’s not an issue, go ahead and enjoy a glass of cocktail overlooking the valley.
We personally love its location. The hotel is nestled in a traditional Balinese village up on the hillside, surrounded by the lush forest. Instead of rooms, the hotel offers individual villas where every guest can have full privacy.
Even though it’s not so close to Ubud Center and its attraction, you won’t get bored as there are plenty of things you can do on-site. From rice-field trekking to horse-riding, to yoga classes, there’s something for everyone.
A massage service is available by request. Moms and Dads, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll enjoy every stroke of Balinese massage with some peace of mind with the hotel’s babysitting service.
Goya Boutique Resort
Goya Boutique Resort embodies everything you seek from the best hotels in Ubud, Bali. It’s located in the middle of Ubud’s greenery, providing uninterrupted rest and relaxation. The on-site swimming pool boasts its infinity design, bringing you closer to nature as you dip in the cool water. This combination of a serene environment and beautiful view makes it a perfect place for a blissful getaway.
Each room is modernly decorated, so you won’t miss the convenience of technology. A flat-screen cable TV, iPod docking station, and mini-bar are among the basic room amenities for all guests. For those who like pampering themselves should be happy to know that Goya provides luxurious Bvlgari amenities as a compliment.
When it comes to dining, head to the on-site restaurant, Senja. Try out some of the Indonesian most favorite dishes here, or just pick something more familiar from the American menu. But before that, don’t miss a relaxing session at the on-site spa.
Ubud Valley Boutique Resort
At this point, you’ve probably guessed what you can expect from the best hotels in Ubud, Bali. The holy trinity would be an infinity pool, forest view, and individual villa. Ubud Valley Boutique Resort has it all.
While the forest awaits on the outside, the wooden decoration and furniture welcome you in the inside. This extends to a wooden deck where you can relax on the lounger by the pool with a good book in one hand and a fresh cocktail in another.
This 4-star resort also offers a free shuttle service to Ubud Center. Keep in mind that the shuttle is not available 24/7, so you should check the shuttle schedule first at the front desk.
Each room in Ubud Valley Boutique Resort comes with a seating area where you can marvel at Ubud’s natural beauty for more.
Adiwana Resort Jembawan
Adiwana Resort Jembawan is one of the top-rated hotels in Ubud, Bali for its ambiance. It’s so peaceful here that it’s often used as a venue for a yoga retreat. But you don’t have to wait for a convention to take place for your own yoga retreat experience. Adiwana offers yoga sessions and Ayurvedic workshops for all guests at an additional charge.
Think about performing yoga poses overlooking the on-site beautiful pool, surrounded by Balinese decoration and with Ubud’s nature in the background. That what makes this hotel one of our favorites.
Expect modern rooms with unique touches of Balinese culture and natural beauty. The bathroom is spacious, complete with free toiletries and bathrobes. Some units come with an in-room bathtub for those who like to dip in rose-petalled water while watching TV or sharing a bottle of wine with their loved ones.
Recommended Restaurants / Bars in Ubud, Bali:
- Murni’s Warung – Delve into Balinese traditional dishes amidst the lush forest, with the sound of the river in the background. We highly recommend “Bebek Betutu”– slow-cooked duck in Balinese spices. Yum!
- Nusantara by Locavore – Enjoy the variety of the Indonesian traditional recipes through authentic flavors from local ingredients. Its ambiance is casual and fosters the culture of ‘sharing’ dishes.
- Kubu at Mandapa – A fairytale-like restaurant, you’ll find that tables are placed in wooden cocoon and nests. Enjoy Italian and French cuisine and romantic ambiance.
Recommended Activities in Ubud, Bali:
- Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm – Discover the secret of authentic Balinese food and learn to cook from organic resources. You’ll also take a tour of a local market to experience the local.
- Jungle Swing – Get the experience swinging off high above the jungle. See the beautiful cascading rivers, palm trees, and rice terrace from the above.
- Agung Rai Museum of Art – Visit the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA). Enjoy the collection of paintings, exhibitions, dance, theatre performances, and more.