Luxury Holidays to Ubud & Central Bali

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.

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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Jatiluwih rice terraces
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Explore UNESCO World Heritage Terraces

Admire the beauty of the UNESCO listed Jatiluwih rice terraces on the slopes of Mount Batukaru on a full day tour by e-bike. Led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide you can explore the area and enjoy the panoramic views from the mountain slopes. Along the way pass by local farmers, bamboo forests, the Besi Kalung temple and the temple Tambo Waras, which Balinese Hindus visit for purification.

Balinese cooking class
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Cookery Class

Discover the delights of Balinese cuisine in Ubud, starting with a visit to a local market to pick up some fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Then stop off for a tour of nearby rice paddies on the way to a cooking lesson with a local chef, where you can learn to prepare traditional local dishes before tucking in to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Bali blessing ceremony
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Meet with an Astrologer

Enjoy your own 'Eat, Pray, Love' experience with a day spent enjoying a cooking class with local chefs, meeting with a traditional shaman for a Balinese blessing ceremony and sitting down with an astrologer who will predict what the future has in store for you, using ancient methods. Finally, enjoy an indulging Balinese massage to round off a perfect day on the 'Island of the Gods'.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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