Your tailor-made holiday to Ubud has a lot to offer both in unique experiences and jaw-droppingly gorgeous natural beauty.
As the spiritual and artistic centre of Bali, the town of Ubud is known for its laid-back and positive ambience. With many artists choosing to live in Ubud, there are dozens of shops and boutiques selling unique handicrafts, beautiful textiles, and ornate wooden carvings. There are also plenty of Balinese antiques and local artwork for you to discover.
Ubud’s artistic focus and appreciation is partly thanks to the royal family’s dedication to supporting artists. You can discover more about Balinese art at the Blanco Renaissance Museum or the Museum Puri Lukisan. For a souvenir of your holiday, the indoor Ubud Market is a great place to go and find your perfect keepsake.
Another cultural lure for your holiday to Ubud is discovering its wonderfully rich history through its many ancient temples. Take a morning to visit one Ubud’s most popular landmarks, the temple of Pura Taman Saraswati, also known as the Ubud Water Palace, and discover this mystical complex with its fairytale lotus pond. Just ten minutes south of Ubud lie the sacred Elephant Caves, which date back to the 11th century and are believed to have been the home of Hindu priests.
Discover Natural Wonders in Ubud
Ubud is located in the uplands of central Bali and is surrounded by the brilliant-green terraced rice fields that cling to the mountainside.
Escape the early afternoon heat when you venture to Ubud’s magnificent Tegalalang Rice Terrace. The best way to take in this incredible emerald green landscape is by hiking along the twisted paths that cut through the terraces. Pass tiny thatched-roofed villages and soak up the local rural culture along the way. Another of Ubud’s natural wonders are the hundreds of wild monkeys in the Ubud Monkey Forest. Wander through the winding moss-covered paths of Ubud’s Monkey Forest and, you’ll have the chance to enjoy close encounters with the playful macaque monkeys that live here.
Great sample itineraries
We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included during your Ubud holiday package. These can be tailored for couples, families or solo travellers. Why not call our Destination Specialists? We are here to help you plan your ideal tailor-made holiday in Ubud.
Ubud and Candidasa Multi Centre
Our favorite hotels
Our selection of small boutique hotels in Ubud have been hand-selected by our experts. Call our Destination Specialists, who can help you find the best Ubud accommodation that suits your particular needs and tastes.
Maya Ubud Resort and Spa
The Samaya Ubud
Pita Maha Resort and Spa
The Sacred Monkey Forest
The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is a nature reserve and temple complex that should be high on your must-see list when visiting Bali. It's home to approximately 600 cheeky long-tailed macaque monkeys who are believed to protect the area from evil spirits, as well being home to 115 different species of tree and three stunning temples. The forest is not just a tourist attraction; it's also an important research and conservation spot where experts study the behaviours of the monkeys and preserve their natural habitats. Get up close to the playful creatures, feed them and learn more about their lifestyle and meaning to local culture.
Goa Gajah Temple
Also known as the 'Elephant Cave', Goa Gajah is situated in the small village of Bedulu a few miles from central Ubud. Dating back to the 11th Century, the temple was originally built as a place for meditation and is now a popular tourist attraction and place of historical significance. As you descend the steps of the temple to the main site, you'll find a large outdoor meeting hall along with an assortment of large old stone carvings, some of which have been resorted to their original beauty. The site is also home to a pool that features five stunning statues of Hindu angels. The southern end of Goa Gajah boasts beautiful rice fields and calming streams that lead to the Petanu River. Like most temples in Bali, sarongs and waist sashes must be worn when visiting Goa Gajah.
Take a cooking class
What better way to recreate your holiday when you return home than by learning how to make your favourite Indonesian dishes? Most hotels in Ubud offer cooking classes or you can also book to join a class at a restaurant in the town. Visit the market with your chef to select the freshest ingredients before returning to your kitchen and letting the culinary journey begin.
"Watch a traditional dance performance at Ubud’s Royal Palace, which take place every night. The Balinese dancers perform in colourful traditional costumes, which is a great sight to witness. This is a fun way to learn about the wonderful and ancient Hindu legends as they are retold through the dance."
"For staggering views, then head on the Campuhan Ridge Walk - it is out of this world. This is one of Ubud’s most beautiful trails that takes you across the Campuhan Ridge where you can enjoy the phenomenal surrounding views of verdant hills and forest."
Events & Festivals
Ubud offers a selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your Ubud holiday to ensure you experience them. Here are a few of our favourite events:
Bali Spirit Festival
Bali Spirit Festival is an annual festival in Ubud and is a celebration of yoga, music and dance. During the festival there are lots of different activities that you can take part in across the town, including yoga workshops, Balinese dance performances, and Bhakti music. You can also enjoy seminars on health, nutrition, spiritual wellbeing and vedic astrology. At nightfall, it’s party time with a mash-up of lively music concerts and DJ sets.
Ubud Food Festival
Showcasing a huge variety of Balinese and international cuisine, Ubud Food Festival is a three day event in Ubud that is guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, workshops and food tours. You’ll also get the chance to learn how to whip up Bali’s most treasured dishes from Bali’s best chefs.
With an array of fresh ingredients to hand, The local cuisine food options in Ubud take Indonesian cuisine to another level. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
Nasi goreng is an Indonesian fried rice dish that is made for spice lovers. Served with chicken, prawns and shredded omelette, nasi goreng is an unusual mix of ingredients, but somehow it works! This is a popular and common dish seen in the warungs (small family-owned business) of Ubud. We highly recommend you try it during your Ubud holiday.
Gado gado is a simple mix of salad, fried tofu, boiled potatoes, peanut sauce and a poached egg. The result is a seriously moorish and tasty dish, and it is ideal for lunch.
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