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Ubud Accommodation Guide: Where To Stay In Ubud

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…

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Best Areas To Stay In Ubud

Ubud Accommodation Map

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

Booking.com

We love using Booking.com, it’s one of our favourite ways to book accommodation and they have a great range of options.

Airbnb

Airbnb 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…

Please note: Prices were accurate at the time of this post, per night, in AUD.

Absolute Splurge: Luxury Accommodation In Ubud

Mandapa, A Ritz Carlton Reserve | from $1228 AUD | Check Prices

Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Photo credit: 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 | from $895 AUD | Check Prices

Como Shambala Estate Bali
Photo Credit: Como Shambala Estate

A renowned wellness resort, surrounded by nature. Come here to unwind and rebuild, with wellness programmes tailored to each guest. 

Capella Ubud Bali | from $1284 AUD | Check Prices

Capella Ubud Bali
Photo credit: Capella

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. 

Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan | from $1060 AUD | Check Prices

Four Seasons Resort Sayan
Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort Sayan

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 Private Villas and Spa | from $457 AUD | Check Prices

Kayumanis Ubud
Photo credit: Kayumanis

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 | from $293 AUD | Check Prices

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. 

Alila Ubud | from $228 AUD | Check Prices

Alila Ubud Pool

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. Read more about our stay here.

COMO Uma Ubud | from $370 AUD | Check Prices

Uma by Como
Photo Credit: Como Uma

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.

Royal Kamuela Villas & Suites | from $223 AUD | Check Prices

Royal Kamuela Villas & Suites
Photo credit: Royal Kamuela

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 | from $214 AUD | Check Prices

Komaneka At Bisma
Photo credit: Komaneka at Bisma

Located on Jalan Bisma, Komaneka at Bisma is in a great location, still within the village but on a quieter road. 

Komaneka at Monkey Forest | from $214 AUD | Check Prices

Komaneka at Monkey Forest
Photo credit: Komaneka at Monkey Forest

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.

Bisma Eight | from $373 AUD | Check Prices

Bisma Eight
Photo Credit: Bisma Eight

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 Ubud | from $338 AUD | Check Prices

Kamandalu Ubud
Photo credit: Kamandalu

Kamandalu is located on the outskirts of Ubud, surrounded by beautiful tropical greenery. It consists of rooms and villas with beautiful grounds. Read more about our stay here.

Warwick Ibah | from $267 AUD | Check Prices

Warwick Ibah
Photo credit: Warwick Ibah

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 and Spa | from $263 AUD | Check Prices

The Ubud Village
Photo Credit: The Ubud Village

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. 

Five Elements Retreat Bali | from $321 AUD | Check Prices

Five Elements Retreat Bali
Photo credit: Five Elements

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 | from $160 AUD | Check Prices

Alaya Ubud
Photo Credit: Alaya

A great location in the centre of Ubud Village, whilst still managing to capture some rice field views.

Ubud Village Hotel | from $109 | Check Prices

Ubud Village Hotel
Photo credit: 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. 

The Garcia Ubud Hotel & Resort | from $130 | Check Prices

The Garcia Ubud
Photo credit: The Garcia

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). 

Purana Suite Ubud | from $116 AUD | Check Prices

Purana Suite Ubud
Photo credit: Purana Suite

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. 

Puri Sebali Resort | from $163 | Check Prices

Puri Sebali Resort
Photo credit: Puri Sebali

Located on the outskirts, Puri Sebali Resort is a nicely designed hotel with a 20-minute shuttle to Ubud.

Sankara Resort Ubud | from $141 | Check Prices

The Sankara Resort Ubud
Photo credit: The Sankara

Sankara Resort is located on the outskirts of Ubud but also provides a free shuttle into the centre.

Hotels Under $100/night

Titik Dua | from $90 AUD | Check Prices

Titik Dua Ubud
Photo credit: Titik Dua

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 | from $36 | Check Prices

Tebesaya Cottage
Photo Credit: Tebesaya Cottage Ubud

Tebesaya Cottage offers value for money, with a great location in Ubud village but on a quieter street.

Artotel Haniman Ubud | from $71 AUD | Check Prices

Artotel Haniman Ubud
Photo credit: Artotel

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. 

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Where is your pick for the best place to stay in Ubud? Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below…

This article was first published on September 30th, 2016, and last updated in 2022.

 

10 Comments

  1. Great review and it does make sense “There’s no right or wrong option, just different”. I am so trouble now for the first time going with my family (boy age 14 and a girl age 4), with knowing kids sometimes they love the ambience of being in a hotel, resort or like a villa with good surrounding. Any recommendation if I should just stay at around Kuta or just split my stay between Ubud and Kuta? At this point just could not decide if I should stay like in a private home / villa or just purely in a hotel.

    Hope the rest share their experiences and places for newbies places to visit in Bali and of course some shopping area for materials like paintings and bedding materials.

    1. Hi William, both options offer a different experience but both options are great. If you stay in the outskirts/surrounds some of the resorts/hotels have stunning grounds and nature but it might take longer to get into the main streets of Ubud. Perhaps look at some hotels/resorts with nice grounds/nature closer to the main streets of Ubud (refer to the map in this article) I would still say to split your time and stay in Ubud it is a great destination to stay. How long is your trip?

      1. Greetings, looks like Ubud remains the favorite place or a better destination rather than Kuta. I don’t really prefer noisy and with a lot of bistro’s around due to its ambience kinda a noisy. Length of stay between 5D/4N or 6D/5N. Indeed planning to split my stay if 6/5 between Ubud and Kuta. Since my son aged 15 is more likely prefer some lively place, so called clubs and more of expatriates around for surfing, he will likely enjoy modern ambiance compare to village, padi field or outskirts. Maybe 5/4 would be just nice for a first time visit – my gut feeling unless I have really places to visit to kill my time.

        1. Hi William, Kuta is definitely a lively place, and it can be a bit full on and busy with tourists. There are still pros to staying here but if you haven’t already, read this:
          https://almostlanding-bali.com/kuta/
          5D/4N or 6D/5N are both great, and you can enjoy both places, but that extra night might be nice if you decide on splitting your time in two places :)

  2. Great blog you have here, really helpful. Weve never been anywhere this exotic so looking forward to coming. Ill be coming with my wife and 3 children, my mind is boggled by all the different accommodations on offer!! Are they all pretty safe?

    1. Thanks so much Simon, you will love your time in Bali I’m sure :) Picking accommodation can be so hard in Bali, but that’s a good thing as there are so many good options! We have always had good experiences with accommodation of all types in Bali. Wishing you and your family an amazing trip and please reach out if you have any other questions or can’t decide where to stay!

  3. Hello

    I’ve just booked a stay at the Padma Resort in Ubud in May after reading your post. I’ve decided to stay in Ubud for 2 nights. I am trying to find a beautiful beach to relax at for after (I’ve set aside 3 nights for this) then was going to spend the final night staying somewhere fairly close to the airport for peace of mind (was thinking nusa Dua). Can you recommend a beautiful beach that is quiet and relaxing with white sand and clear waters that would be easy to navigate to from Ubud and then to Nusa Dua? I really wanted to do the pink beach near Komodo Island but it’s a 6hr flight back to Singapore where we’ll be returning to and I don’t want to be travelling more then 3hrs anywhere if I can help it as we’ll be having a lovely long journey back to the UK after!

    Many thanks

    Charlotte x

    1. Hi Charlotte,
      You will love Padma Resort Ubud it’s a beautiful resort :) Some of our favourite beautiful beaches in Bali are in the Bukit Peninsula/Uluwatu area. The accomodation in this area though can be quite expensive, and many do not have beach access. If you want to go exploring yourself we love Bingin Beach, and if you want to stay close-by and spend the day at the beach then you can spend the day at Sunday’s Beach club, which has a beautiful little beach. Take a look at our Uluwatu accommodation guide for the best hotels in this area.
      https://almostlanding-bali.com/where-to-stay-in-uluwatu/
      Jimbaran is perhaps a good place to consider as you can stay at some equally amazing hotels for much less. Take a look at our Jimbaran accomodation guide and check your dates as some of the dates I checked are currently lower. Intercontinental is worth a look. Ayana also has its own ‘mini’ beach which is really nice but is quite secluded as a hotel.
      https://almostlanding-bali.com/where-to-stay-in-jimbaran/
      Yes Pink beach would be amazing but is a long journey! Nusa Dua has some beautiful beach areas too (eg Geger beach) and also close to some others like Pandawa, Thats a great place to end a trip nice and close to the airport :) If you did decide on Jimbaran, it is also close to the airport so probably not worth moving for just one night. Also, depending where in Uluwatu you stay and what time you are heading to the airport (sometimes there is heavy traffic in the evening from Uluwatu Temple), Uluwatu isn’t too far from the Airport too. have a great trip :)

  4. Hey Mandy and Chris,

    What an awesome blog you have going on here, keep up the good work. Very informative and fun to follow. Me and my wife to be are planning to go to Bali for our honeymoon this March. Our plan is to spend 3 days in Seminyak, 5 days in Ubud, 3 days in Gili Islands and 3 days at Nusa Dua. I was wondering, should we be spending 2 days at Ubud Centre and 3 days at the outskirts? Do you think that’s a good idea, or too much travelling? And which two villas/hotels would you recommend?

    Mark

    1. Hi Mark thank you so much for your comment, not long now until your honeymoon :)
      Spending your time in Ubud between Ubud centre and outskirts sounds great, that way you can explore the village while you staying central and enjoy the serenity and nature if you stay in the outskirts. This Ubud Accomodation guide article is all our favourites and all great options, some more villa style some stunning hotels and some in both locations. If you can’t decide between a couple of places, let us know what is most important to you and we can try and help you decide :) Your itinerary sounds great though and wish you and your wife an incredible honeymoon! Chris and Mandy

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