Luxurious Ubud Holidays
Ubud is the cultural and arts centre of Bali. With its historic landmarks and traditional Balinese architecture, the village makes for the perfect tropical holiday. Ubud's recorded history dates back over 1,000 years and in many ways its past reflects the history of all of Bali. Ancient temples, imposing gates and momentous sculptures all tell the story of this remarkable village and its rich island culture.
Just an hour away from Denpasar Airport and Kuta Beach, Ubud offers a mesmerising mix of upbeat village activity and peaceful countryside, where rice paddies, river valleys and rainforests meld into one stunning rural backdrop.
Another of Ubud's delightful attractions is its many excellent restaurants and premier resorts. The restaurant and accommodation scene rivals that of any location in Southeast Asia and a stay here is often times the highlight of any Bali experience.
Things to see & do in Ubud
Goa Gajah – Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is a 9th century bathing pool temple. It is believed that this cleansing sanctuary was used to ward off evil spirits as evidenced by the ominous looking stone creatures carved around the Elephant Cave entrance. The entrance to the remarkable pools area is via the chiselled 'elephant mouth' cave opening. Walk the inviting pathway which leads to a picturesque waterfall and rice fields for an interesting all around cultural experience.
Rice Terraces – Much of the area around Ubud consists of watery rice fields and elaborately elevated rice terraces. Beautiful rainforest backdrops and lush green river valleys provide unique Balinese settings and offer the ideal photographic landscape. One of the most picturesque rice terraces is at Tegalalang, just north of Ubud. The intricate terraces can be seen from the elevated roadway which provides sweeping views of the famous agriculture area.
Markets and Shops - Ubud offers a great mix of shopping, especially if you enjoy cultural selections from handmade wood and stone carvings, jewellery and other arts and crafts. The village also features small clothing stores, antique and gift shops and even a collection of bookstores and gourmet food retailers.
Where to stay
The only difficulty with Ubud accommodation is deciding which magnificent resort to stay at. Ubud is known for its world class retreats, where dense, lush rainforests and picturesque rice terraces provide the perfect backdrop for the luxurious resort surroundings.
Most hotels and resorts are found in rural areas away from the centre of town. Situated within striking mountain gorges with views of picturesque rice terraces, rolling hills and dense, green river valleys, the villas and resorts provide a gorgeous sanctuary in which to relax and enjoy the many scenic wonders.
Accommodation types range from modest but inviting cottages to private, intimate villas and full scale resorts where your every want and need is catered to. But no matter what type of property suits your fancy, Ubud and its lovely settings are sure to impress.