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Food, Culture & Luxe Hotels: Ubud Has it All

Ubud has long been one of Bali’s most treasured escapes, transporting you away from the tourist drones in Kuta and Seminyak and treating you to sprawling forests, cultural monuments, wildlife experiences and a rich farm-to-table foodie scene. Ubud lets you forget about Bintangs and crowded beaches, creating pure relaxation with its laid-back retreats.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve ventured into the heart of Ubud to bring you the best of its food, culture and luxury hotels. From the spoils of its fine-dining restaurants and outdoor cafes to the immersive history of its temples and palaces, Ubud showcases the best of Bali.

Ubud’s Foodie Highlights

Ubud makes every meal a delight, whether you’re waking up to fresh breakfast burritos and fruit smoothies, lunching on German schnitzel or indulging in organic farm-fresh produce. The restaurant’s in Ubud set the scene for quality, relaxed dining, while the street-side cafes offer their own signature creations or international cuisine.

Warung Mendez

Warung Mendez

Just south of The Blanco Renaissance Museum, Warung Mendez specialises in Thai and Indonesian fusion cuisine using fresh ingredients from the local area. You dine at timber tables under a high angular ceiling surrounded by nature. Popular dishes include green curry, tom yam with avocado salad and barbecued duck with sambas and bean shoot salad.

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Adiwana Svarga Loka

About 160 metres from Warung Mendez, the 4-star Adiwana Svarga Loka hugs the Campuhan River and boasts verdant tropical surrounds and a sun-dappled pool. This jungle retreat is popular among foodies for its seasonal and local ingredients served in a variety of health-conscious dishes at Banyan Cafe. It also boasts two halls for yoga, aerial yoga, breath workshops and dance classes.

The rooms reflect traditional Balinese styles while offering modern comforts, such as mosquito netted beds, private balconies and rain showers. The Grand Deluxe Rooms add on outdoor showers, while the 62-square-metre Suite Room offers the largest bathroom and sleeping area with lounge seating.

Other Nearby Restaurants 

  • Element Restaurant and Bar (210 metres)
  • Zest Ubud (210 metres)
  • Alchemy (350 metres) 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 91 – USD 120
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: Jl. Penestanan Kelod, Ubud, Indonesia

The Sungu Resort & Spa

 

Escape the outside world at The Sungu Resort & Spa, where you can stay in rooms that forgo TVs for a truly relaxing retreat. These rooms also have king-size beds, sunken baths, mini bars and outdoor terraces with gardens. The Duplex Villa Sungu can accommodate four guests in two bedrooms over two levels, while the Pool Villa Sungu has a private pool and sun loungers.

All guests have access to the main pool with loungers and food and drink service from a swim-up bar. You can also indulge in fresh chicken, beef and seafood dishes at the on-site Niang Resto or pampering body treatments at The Sungu Spa. Don’t miss attending traditional painting lessons, palm leaf workshops or guided treks around Ubud. 

Other Nearby Restaurants 

  • Gratitude Cafe (300 metres)
  • Warung Sharaswhaty (180 metres)
  • Bayu’s Kitchen (200 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 63 – USD 284
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: Jalan Penestanan Ubud Gianyar, Ubud, Indonesia

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Traditional Padang Food

Liap Liap

Liap Liap

 

A modern grill restaurant, Liap Liap is renowned for its signature flavours sourced from various Indonesian islands. The exotic grilling and smoking techniques pair perfectly with the homegrown cooking practices and the rustic table settings surrounded by traditional handicrafts and artwork. Choose from grilled fish, lamb satay, clams, marinated beef tongue and other unique dishes.

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Barong Resort and Spa

 

The family-owned Barong Resort and Spa offers boutique accommodation in opulent bungalows and villas with traditional Balinese architecture, private terraces or balconies and marble bathrooms. The two-level Suite Villa has two bedrooms, an open-air bathroom and a private 16-square-metre pool, while the Deluxe Pool Villa also boasts a private pool and king-size bed.

The intimate Samanera Bowl features outdoor seating among Buddha statues and serves Balinese-inspired specialties, such as crispy fried duck and beef rendang. Don’t forget to indulge in Balinese massages or body treatments at Barong Spa, which overlooks the resort’s swimming pool. 

Other Nearby Restaurants 

  • Three Monkeys Ubud (60 metres)
  • Warung Garasi (40 metres)
  • Daisy Warung (30 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 224 – USD 657
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest Ubud Gianyar, Ubud, Indonesia

Yulia Village Inn Ubud

 

Yulia Village Inn Ubud promotes immersion in Balinese culture and history with a range of on-site activities, including village safari tours, fruit carving lessons, Balinese cooking classes and art exhibitions. Guests can also learn how to carve wood and play gamelan music or embark on rafting excursions.

The entry-level Deluxe Cottage rooms have private balconies overlooking the gardens or Ubud, along with king-size beds, tea and coffee and baths. Upgrade to the Super Deluxe Pool for views of the hotel’s swimming pool from your balcony or opt for the Super Deluxe room more floor space and rice field views. 

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Funky Monkey Restaurant (130 metres)
  • Puri Garden Restaurants (140 metres)
  • Lamak Restaurant & Bar (240 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 209 – USD 706
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Indonesia

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Copper Kitchen & Bar at Bisma Eight

Copper Kitchen & Bar

Part of the luxurious Bisma Eight hotel, Copper Kitchen & Bar offers a memorable rooftop dining experience with authentic Balinese dishes using locally-grown and ethically-sourced ingredients. From the ocean to the forests, the diverse menu features highlights like smoked duck and various curries. Grab a cocktail at the outdoor bar before settling in at a table overlooking rice fields.

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Bisma Eight

 

You can’t stay any closer to Copper Kitchen & Bar than the extravagant Bisma Eight, which houses the beloved rooftop restaurant. The hotel and restaurant also run cocktail-making classes and Jamu workshops (traditional herbal medicine). Unwind with freshly-roasted coffee and a good book at the Library Café or hang out by the infinity pool on The Pavilion.

Thoughtful touches, such as deep-soaking tubs and Balinese art, turn the stylish suites into homes away from home. The ground-floor Garden Suite has an outdoor sitting area and king-size bed, while the Canopy Suite features a private balcony. You’ll feel like you’re living in a treehouse while staying in the Forest Suite, which overlooks verdant jungle. 

Other Nearby Restaurants 

  • Black Pearl (130 metres)
  • Pistachio Restaurant Ubud (240 metres)
  • Balifornia Sushi & Asian Kitchen (250 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 100 – USD 198
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Jalan Bisma, Ubud, Indonesia

Goya Boutique Resort

 

It won’t take you long to realise why HotelsCombined visitors rave about the pool at Goya Boutique Resort. The sprawling infinity pool overlooks a tropical jungle and distant mountains and has plush daybeds and cocktail service. Senja Bar & Resto provides poolside service and fresh local eats throughout the day, while Goya Spa offers yoga, body scrubs and signature massages.

Book the 60-square-metre Deluxe Suite for a forest-facing balcony, deep-soaking bath, lounge seating, hot tub and heavenly bedding. Upgrade to one of the one or two-bedroom Private Pool Villas for four-poster beds, private terraces and swimming pools and rustic furnishings.

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Purga Coffee Bisma (85 metres)
  • Ne Warung Bisma Ubud (260 metres)
  • Honeymoon Bakery (450 metres) 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 37 – USD 184
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Jalan Bisma, Ubud, Indonesia

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Ubud’s Cultural Highlights

With deep roots in Balinese Hinduism, Ubud doesn’t shy away from its fascinating culture, showcasing its traditions through street performances, temple ceremonies and regular offerings of fruit. You don’t need to look far for a memorable cultural experience, but if you want to explore you can easily stumble upon historic palaces, nature sanctuaries and nightly dance performances.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Home to about 700 friendly and cute Balinese long-tailed macaques, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is revered among locals as a place of spirituality and environmental education and conservation. Although most people visit the sanctuary to see the monkeys, you can also explore various 14th-century temples from the Pejeng Dynasty where locals still worship and seek spiritual cleansing today.

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Ubud Wana Resort

 

Within 300 metres from the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the stylish Ubud Wana Resort offers a heavenly retreat with a variety of comfortable rooms, suites and villas. The Wana Pool View offers excellent value for money with its private balcony and sofa bed, while the Wana Pool Access has a patio next to the pool.

Upgrade to the Honeymoon Suite for a deep-soaking bath and separate living room or splurge on the Ubud Wana Villa, a separate two-bedroom residence with a pool behind the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Visit Ahara Spa for rejuvenating treatments, swim in one of the three on-site pools or dine on authentic Indonesian dishes on the rooftop of Wana Rasa Restaurant & Lounge. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Museum Pendet (150 metres)
  • Agung Rai Museum of Art (1.6 kilometres)
  • Bali Cultural Centre (850 metres) 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 79 – USD 350
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Jalan Nyuhbojog, Nyuh Kuning Desa Mas, Ubud, Indonesia

Mawa House

 

Mawa House has an incredible level of luxury for its affordable prices, treating you to an intimate setting in a former Balinese house. Along with complimentary Wi-Fi, a tour desk, in-room massage services and laundry, the hotel has an alluring pool and surrounding gardens. Mawa House also hosts various cultural experiences, such as cooking classes, countryside cycling tours and barbecue dinners by the pool.

The rooms include breakfast, mineral water and Wi-Fi and also boast classic Balinese architecture, such as natural stones and teak wood. Soft homespun fabrics lay across the four-poster beds and the partially open-air bathrooms have rain showers. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Owlhouse Art (1.8 kilometres)
  • Bali Cultural Centre (900 metres)
  • Museum Pendet (190 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 45 – USD 62
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Jl. Nyuh Bojog, Desa Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Indonesia

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Ubud Palace

Ubud Palace

Nestled in the centre of Ubud, the historic Ubud Palace was once the official residence of Ubud’s royal family. The palace is now a place of showcasing rich Balinese culture in the form of art shows and dance performances, which take place in the gardened courtyard. Officially called Puri Saren Agung, the palace hosts numerous events in its meeting halls, including the annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

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SenS Hotel and Spa

 

SenS Hotel and Spa has garnered a reputation for providing unbridled relaxation with its sun-drenched pool and day beds, indulgent body treatments at SenS Spa and well-equipped gym. Dining also takes centre stage at Yonne Café & Bar, which serves Balinese and Asian cuisine by the pool and a menu of tropical cocktails.

The modern rooms start at the 22-square-metre Superior with a king-size bed, lounge seating, work desk and bathrobes. Upgrade to the Superior Plus for a French-style divan daybed or opt for the Premium Room for a freestanding bath and a private balcony overlooking the pool. 

Other Nearby Attractions

  • Neka Gallery Ubud (300 metres)
  • Cameng Art Gallery (400 metres)
  • Ubud Market (850 metres) 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 85 – USD 205
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Jalan Sukma Br.Tebesaya Peliatan Ubud, Bali, Ubud, Indonesia

Samhita Garden Ubud

 

The intimate Samhita Garden Ubud offers traditional thatched-roof bungalows with king-size beds, marble flooring, baths and large balconies. Booking a Duplex Suite gives you a landscaped garden and private terrace, while the Two Bedroom Suite has a kitchenette and separate living and dining area. Want a private pool? Book the Villa, which also has a private sundeck.

Along with a 14-metre-long swimming pool, the hotel boasts massage and treatment rooms, steam baths and a beauty salon. You can get a massage by the pool or indulge in international cuisine, fresh seafood and Indonesian specialties at one of the two on-site restaurants. There’s also a tour desk, business centre, babysitting services and on-site car rental. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Museum Puri Lukisan (250 metres)
  • Ubud Market (700 metres)
  • The Blanco Renaissance Museum (700 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 77 – USD 262
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Jalan Bisma, Ubud, Ubud, Indonesia

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Goa Gaja

Goa Gaja

Also known as ‘Elephant Cave’, Goa Gaja is a treasured cave dating back to the 9th century. Originally built as a sanctuary for spiritual meditation, the cave is best-known for the foreboding faces carved into its stone entry. You walk down stone steps to enter before encountering a courtyard with ancient relics, rock-wall carvings, fountains and bathing pools.

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The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah Ubud

 

Nestled in the highlands just outside of Ubud, the extravagant Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah Ubud is the ultimate Bali retreat with Kecak dance performances, cooking classes, hot-air balloon excursions and exclusive access to the on-site art gallery. The on-site day spa overlooks beautiful rice fields and offers signature treatments, while the 25-metre-long pool is ideal for cooling off.

Accommodation includes One Bedroom Suites overlooking lotus ponds and featuring open-air bathrooms, butler services and separate living rooms. The One Bedroom Pool Villa adds on original Balinese artwork and a private pool with padded loungers. However, the ultimate luxury exists in the Hadiprana Villa, which has an outdoor Jacuzzi, private pool, two bedrooms and priceless antiques. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Pranoto’s Art Gallery (300 metres)
  • Wisma Orhiba (170 metres)
  • Museum Rudana (2 kilometres) 

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 371 – USD 1,452
Guest Rating: 10
Address: Jalan Goa Gajah Tengkulak Kaja Gianyar, Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud Dedari Villas

 

There are 12 main villas at Ubud Dedari Villas, all of which encircle an infinity pool and outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Petanu River. The sounds of birds often filter into the villas, which all have flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, Balinese architecture and butler services. Five villas have cosy living rooms and private terraces, while one villa has an additional pool and forest vistas.

Families or large groups might be better off booking the Two Bedroom Family Suite, which combines two rooms with balconies. You can kick back on the hotel’s communal terrace, book an in-room Balinese massage, organise a romantic candlelit dinner or take advantage of the free shuttle service into Ubud.  

Other Nearby Attractions

  • Deking Batik Class (700 metres)
  • Gedung Arca (1.2 kilometres)
  • Wisma Orhiba (1.6 kilometres) 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 49 – USD 150
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Banjar Lebah Bedulu, Ubud, Indonesia

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Ubud: A Living Tapestry of Bali

Exploring Ubud lets you get in touch with Bali’s softer side. The culture within this inland community focuses on care and love, whether it’s preserving the treasured environment, promoting the rich cultural traditions or preparing intricate meals from local produce. The hotels and resorts are as equally dedicated to your comfort and luxury with luxe pools, day spas and gourmet restaurants.

Where do you want to stay in Ubud? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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