Central Bali provides those quintessential landscapes of steeped rice terraces, serene lakes and lush river valleys by the bucket load. It's also home to the town of Ubud, which is often hailed as the spiritual heart of the island. Now whilst the Yoga bunnies, organic foodies and spiritual healers take centre stage in town, the performers and artisans that first drew travellers to town still thrive in the villages surrounding Ubud.

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Our guide to holidays in Ubud & Central Bali

Although located just over an hour from the beaches of Southern Bali, we wholeheartedly recommend spending a few days in Ubud, and holing up in a charming boutique hotel or luxury spa resort on the outskirts of town. Day trippers from the larger hotels in Southern Bali can often take over the centre of town during the day, and so this is the ideal time to escape, and explore the beautiful countryside by foot or bicycle, visit artisans in their village workshops as they carve wood, stone and silver, and perhaps chance upon a temple ceremony in local villages.

After a late afternoon spa session, or a few lazy laps of the pool, venturing out for dinner you will find that Ubud is a completely different place. Many of the colourful boutiques that line Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Hanuman will still be open and blissfully shopper free, the soft tones of Jazz will float out from roadside cafes, and a handful of candlelit restaurants will be serving up some of the finest Balinese cuisine on the island.

Due to its central location, Ubud also makes a great base from which to explore many of Bali's sights, including the beautiful Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple, which seemingly floats on Lake Bratan, and the impending peaks of Mount Agung and Mount Bratan in the East. Though for those who really want to get away from it all, there are some wonderful hotels opening up in lesser known spots. Our favourite is the hilltop town of Munduk, which offers stunning views over Bali's north coast on a clear day, one of the most picturesque infinity pools at Munduk Moding Plantation, and some seriously impressive waterfalls to trek to.


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Top picks for Ubud & Central Bali

Uma by COMO, Ubud

Uma by COMO, Ubud

Ubud & Central Bali

From its hillside position, the hotel overlooks the terraced rice paddies of the Tjampuhan Valley, with the Oos River below.

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Alila Ubud

Alila Ubud

Ubud & Central Bali

Sitting atop a hill overlooking the lush Ayung River Valley in the heart of Bali, the Alila Ubud is a modern and luxurious property just 20 minutes from central Ubud.

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Como Shambhala Estate

Como Shambhala Estate

Ubud & Central Bali

Guests can join various ‘wellness’ programmes that typically last between three and seven days, or simply enjoy a bespoke health retreat at their own pace.

Where to stay

Amandari

Amandari

Ubud & Central Bali

Set high above the Ayung River Gorge, Amandari overlooks working rice paddy fields, and designed to look like a Balinese village, it is clear to see how the hotel embraces local traditions.

Where to stay

Munduk Moding Plantation

Munduk Moding Plantation

Ubud & Central Bali

Munduk Moding Plantation is one of Bali’s hidden gems, nestled away on a hilltop in northern Bali, amid acres of coffee plantation, and with stunning views over the north coast of the island.

Where to stay

Sanak Retreat

Sanak Retreat

Ubud & Central Bali

‘Sanak’ is Indonesian for ‘family’, a concept that was certainly at the forefront of the French owners minds when they worked with a local family to create the beautiful Sanak Retreat.

Where to stay

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