Ubud is known as the cultural heart of Bali. Although it has become more touristy and busy over the years, it always finds a way to be soothingly peaceful. A traffic jam turns into a Balinese ceremony walking through. Turn down a lane off the main road and all of a sudden you’re in a beautiful rice field. When I think of Ubud village, the first things that come to mind are monkeys, spas, yoga studios and incredible food, from local warungs to healthy cafes and delicious restaurants. And although the days can get quite busy, the mornings and evenings can be much calmer, which is why we always recommend staying in Ubud rather than doing a day trip. So where to stay in Ubud? Here’s our Ubud accommodation guide to help you choose…
Best Areas To Stay In Ubud
Wondering what area to stay in Ubud? The two main options are staying in the village itself or staying in the outskirts. In the map above, you can see Ubud Village, with the main streets being Monkey Forest Road, Jalan Hanoman and Jalan Raya Ubud.
Option 1: Staying In Ubud Village
There are lots of pros to staying in the village. If it’s your first time visiting Ubud it will make it easier to explore the streets, eat at the restaurants, go shopping and visit different spas. You will also have easy access to Ubud Monkey Forest. However, staying in the village will be more touristy and much busier than if you stay on the outskirts. Depending on what you do, you may miss out on some of its natural beauty. You can overcome this by going on rice field walks, visiting waterfalls like Tegenungan and getting a private driver to do day trips to surrounding areas.
Option 2: Staying In The Outskirts Of Ubud And Surrounding Villages
A lot of Ubud accommodation is located in the outskirts, some not too far away from the village, others perhaps 30 minutes plus away. These hotels are often surrounded by the beautiful jungle or rice fields and offer experiences to explore the surrounding nature and community.
Your hotel may offer free shuttle transport into the village. Despite this, you will still be a little more isolated and may not have the same amount of time to explore the village. Having said that, if you’re staying in a beautiful hotel with restaurants, pool, a spa and other experiences, the isolation won’t be an issue, rather a time to relax and enjoy the local area surrounding the hotel. If you choose to stay in the outskirts, we would definitely recommend that you choose accommodation with a good restaurant, as you will most likely be having some meals there.
There’s no right or wrong option, just different. We’ve stayed in both the village and different areas around Ubud and have absolutely loved all experiences. You could also combine the two, and spend a couple of nights in Ubud Village, and a couple of nights in the outskirts to relax, enjoy nature and see another side of Bali.
How Many Days Do You Need In Ubud?
Wondering how many days in Ubud is enough? We would recommend at least 3 – 4 nights, but you could also definitely stay longer.
3 to 4 nights would allow you enough time to explore Ubud Village and experience a few things to do in Ubud and the surroundings. Walk through the rice fields or the beautiful Campuhan Ridge, visit Monkey Forest, go swimming in a waterfall, so many options. But there is also a lot more you can do in this area and it can also be a great base for some interesting day trips, so if you plan to do more, we would add more nights. On the other hand, if you want a more relaxed holiday, it’s also a beautiful place to spend some more time and enjoy nature.
Booking Accommodation In Ubud
We love using Booking.com, it’s one of our favourite ways to book accommodation and they have a great range of options.
Agoda tends to have a lot of villa options for Bali, so another good option if looking to stay in a villa. Often have discounts for stays of a week or more.
Ubud Accommodation Guide
We have had the opportunity to stay in some incredible hotels in Ubud, and have visited many times from a few nights to month-long stays.
We believe where you stay can have a huge impact on your holiday, whether you stay in 5-star hotels with incredible views, boutique hotels with an unforgettable design or more affordable places to stay that are clean and friendly.
Our picks for the best places to stay are based on our favourite hotels we have stayed in, other Ubud hotels we know of and love, and hotels in the best areas to stay in Ubud. We love doing lots of research and staying up-to-date with the best hotels, we only ever include well-reviewed accommodation, and we also hear from you guys and put this all together with our own experience. So here are our favourite picks for where to stay in Ubud…
Absolute Splurge: Luxury Accommodation In Ubud
Mandapa, A Ritz Carlton Reserve
Mandapa, Ritz-Carlton is a stunning luxury hotel, located along the Ayung River and surrounded by nature. Such an incredible place and definitely one of the best places to stay in Ubud for a honeymoon or just a really special experience. They also have some delicious restaurants here.
Como Shambala Estate
A renowned wellness resort, surrounded by nature. Come here to unwind and rebuild, with wellness programmes tailored to each guest.
These luxury tented retreats, designed by Bill Bensley, are definitely one of the most unique places to stay in Ubud. Each tent is snugly in nature with its own saltwater pool and beautiful views.
Set amongst tranquil greenery, the Four Seasons Ubud is a beautiful resort. It’s located only about a 10-minute drive to the village.
Kayumanis Ubud is a beautiful resort with private pool villas, surrounded by tropical forest. It’s located in nature yet still close to the village (about a 15-minute drive), the best of both worlds.
Luxury For Less
Padma Resort Ubud
We have such beautiful memories from our stay at Padma Resort Ubud, from the amazing infinity pool to the delicious food, and beautiful rooms. Above all else, it was actually the incredibly friendly and kind staff that made our time here so special. Padma Ubud has stunning grounds including a walking path through the surrounding jungle. Read more about our stay here. It would also be one of the best hotels in Ubud for families if you’re looking for a 5-star experience.
Our stay at Alila Ubud was fantastic. We had great food, beautiful surroundings and views, an amazing infinity pool and friendly staff. We loved doing one of their Alila Experiences, where we walked through the local community and rice fields.
Como Uma Ubud is a beautiful hotel located only just on the outskirts of Ubud. Although a free 5-minute shuttle is provided to the centre, it is still possible to walk into the village if you’re happy too.
We loved our stay at Royal Kamuela Villas & Suites. Although it’s located in the centre along Monkey Forest Road, it still feels like your private, quiet sanctuary being set back from the road. Royal Kamuela has a choice between suites and private pool villas.
Komaneka at Bisma
Located on Jalan Bisma, Komaneka at Bisma is in a great location, still within the village but on a quieter road.
You will find Komaneka at Monkey Forest right in the centre of the village. Perfect if you want to spend your days exploring Ubud’s streets.
A boutique hotel located on Jalan Bisma, which means you will still be within Ubud village, but far enough away to get some tranquillity. A beautiful hotel with great reviews.
Kamandalu is located on the outskirts of Ubud, surrounded by beautiful tropical greenery. It consists of rooms and villas with beautiful grounds.
Warwick Ibah has a beautiful design with a traditional Balinese feel. It’s located only a 5-minute walk from the centre, so it’s a convenient location to explore Ubud. It’s also right next to the Campuhan Ridge Walk, making it easy to do this beautiful walk.
The Ubud Village Resort is located just on the edge of the village, either a bit of a walk or a free shuttle into the centre. Here they have beautiful private pool villas, a spa, an onsite restaurant, and the main pool overlooks rice fields. The perfect option if you’re wondering if it’s better to stay in a villa or resort, here you get the benefits of both.
An eco-conscious wellness retreat located alongside the Ayung River. Enjoy the raw luxury feel, yoga, traditional Balinese treatments, and their plant-based restaurant.
Hotels In Ubud For Under $200/night
Alaya Resort Ubud
A great location in the centre of Ubud Village, whilst still managing to capture some rice field views.
Ubud Village Hotel
Sister property to The Ubud Village Resort & Spa, this hotel has a great design and a super central location on Monkey Forest Road.
Here you can choose from a range of nicely designed rooms and one and two-bedroom pool villas. It’s located a little further out of Ubud, so you will need to use their shuttle service to pop into the village (or your own transport).
Located on the edge of Ubud village, so a good option if you don’t have your own transport and are happy to walk 10 – 40 minutes to reach some areas. There is a pool, yoga, restaurant and spa onsite.
Located on the outskirts, Puri Sebali Resort is a nicely designed hotel with a 20-minute shuttle to Ubud.
Sankara Resort is located on the outskirts of Ubud but also provides a free shuttle into the centre.
Hotels Under $100/night
A beautifully designed hotel 4-Star hotel just outside of Ubud. Best to stay here if you have your own transport as it’s a little too far to walk everywhere.
Tebesaya Cottage offers value for money, with a great location in Ubud village but on a quieter street.
Central location in Ubud village and clean design.
We will be continually updating this post with any new places we stay and love, to make sure we are recommending the best Ubud Accommodation.