The Luxe Nomad’s Guide to Ubud, Bali

Heading to Ubud, Bali? Here’s everything you need, curated by The Luxe Nomad

Every town in Bali comes with its own distinct charm: if Seminyak is the go-to spot for a good party and Canggu draws people in with chill, hipster cafés, then Ubud is where to go if you want to do a little soul-searching. (And rightly so—the movie Eat Pray Love was filmed here!)

Known as the cultural capital of Bali, Ubud is a must-visit for yogis, spiritual seekers, and lovers of art and culture—though we’re willing to bet its green river valleys and postcard-worthy rice paddy fields can charm just about any traveler.

Scroll down for what you can’t miss when in this charming cultural town!





How to Get to Ubud, Bali

Travel Regulations for Entering Bali

Since October 2021, Bali has slowly been welcoming international tourists back into the island. Flying in has been easier with their Visa on Arrival (VOA) Program for 75 eligible countries, and Visa Exemption Arrangement Facility for 9 countries. Read more about that here.

How about for when you land? As of May 2022, RT-PCR tests are no longer required for travelers who display no symptoms and have normal body temperature. Quarantine is also no longer necessary for those who are fully vaccinated (2nd dose) and boosted (3rd dose or more).

Also good to know: Bali is one of the top 3 provinces with the highest vaccination rates and CHSE certifications in Indonesia!

When you arrive at Denpasar Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, Ubud is only a 1.5-hour drive away. If you’re driving in from other parts of Bali, both Seminyak and Ubud are also 1.5 hours by car.

Once in Ubud, we recommend hiring a private car to help you get out and about. (Heads up: ride-hailing services and metered taxis aren’t allowed to pick up passengers at the town center, though drop-offs are allowed).

When to Go to Ubud, Bali


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There are only two things you need to know about Bali’s weather: Dry and Wet Season.

Many say the former is the most ideal time to visit, which falls between April to September. You can expect clear skies and pleasantly warm days, which are ideal for outdoor activities that Ubud has a lot of. Consider visiting right in time for summer: the months of June, July, and August typically see the driest weather with sunny mornings and cool evenings. The ultimate Ubud experience—temple running, staying in touch with nature, maybe a nature hike or two—are best appreciated in these conditions.

Meanwhile, Wet Season spans from October through March, with January typically being the peak. Downpours and the occasional thunderstorm might throw off a surf session or two, but an itinerary planned around Ubud’s rolling hills is much more flexible during the rainy season.

Where to Stay in Ubud, Bali

If you’re in need of a break from the daily hustle and bustle, might as well go all out. Or at least, that’s how it is when you choose #ThatVillaLife. Here are our top picks for stays that will drown out those worries:

1. Hartland Estate

What you’ll get: A relaxing 4-bedroom, 6-bathroom villa beautifully designed by esteemed Singaporean architect Yew Kuan. Nature takes front and center with spacious interiors crafted using reclaimed teakwood, from the pocket private spaces, to the extensive decks, and even the bamboo meditation gazebos. There’s also a stunning 26m saltwater infinity pool (filled with water from a pure natural spring, no less!).

What you’ll love: That. View. The estate has one of the most breathtaking views of the Sayan Valley, and you can even catch a glimpse of the volcano alongside the mountains.

What to do: Unwind and unplug—there’s no better place for it! This estate might just be naturally good for the soul, since every inch gives off inspiring and relaxing energy.

Starts at USD 1,888++ a night | BOOK NOW!

2. Crystal Castle 

What you’ll get: A spacious 7-bedroom, 6-bathroom wellness villa and a huge open living area and a large swimming pool. The highlight of it all is the Yoga Shala with a rose quartz and pebble reflexology spiral; partnered with the Spa Massage Pavilion, everything’s set for healing and rejuvenation.

What you’ll love: The peaceful location, right in the heart of Bali. Most rooms have a jungle view, keeping you closely connected with the natural elements.

What to do: Gather your friends for a weekend getaway that’ll cleanse everyone’s mind, body, and soul. This villa is best for a much needed pamper/self-care holiday with a big group.

Starts at USD 907++ a night | BOOK NOW!

What to Do in Ubud, Bali

1. Aloha Ubud Swing


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Did you really go to Bali if you didn’t take an iconic pic on a rope swing? Aloha Ubud Swing has all the options: solo swings, couple swings, birds nest, and gorgeous floral rings! You even have the option to rent gowns and flowy dresses for the full island girl effect, ready for the gram or the reel!

2. Sayan House


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Grab a bite or a drink at the edge of the jungle! This fusion restaurant serves up Japanese and Latin dishes that merge “in an organic yet striking way.” That combination of flavors, enjoyed with twinkling lights over Ubud’s greenery, makes up a meal that’s bound to make a lasting impression. Make a reservation here.

3. Pura Tirta Empul

One of Indonesia’s busiest water temples, Tirta Empul has several holy springs believed to have been created by the God Indra. The water that flows in this sacred temple is believed to purify those who bathe there. Today, locals and tourists alike are welcome to participate the purification rituals.

4. Ubud Monkey Forest


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This sanctuary and natural habitat is home to about 1,049 Balinese long-tailed macaques. Here, nature and history meet among the ancient statues and sculptures, a cave, and temples, all within the lush forest. Learn more about why the monkey and its mythology is significant to Balinese art and tradition—but just be careful not to feed them!

5. Ubud Markets


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Known for its craftsmanship, wide range of cuisine, and unique finds, it’s not surprising that these qualities shine in the many Ubud Markets that line the streets. Tourists flock to different street markets, depending on the vibe they’re after. A popular one is Ubud Art Market along Jl. Raya Ubud (open from 8am-5pm), a maze of apparel, silk scarves, woven bags, hats, baskets, kitchenware, statues, and lots of other handcrafted goods.

Foodies will love starting the day at the Fresh Market (opens at 5am), where tropical fruits and vegetables, among other local delicacies, are offered right in time for breakfast. Meanwhile, night owls will enjoy checking out the Ubud Night Market that’s decked out with pretty much everything from authentic street food to flea markets!

Ready to eat, pray, love in Ubud?

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