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Destination guide

Ubud – Bali's captivating cultural heartland

Located amidst central Bali's verdant uplands, Ubud is this idyllic Indonesian island's vibrant cultural capital, and one of its premier visitor destinations. But despite its perennial popularity, it's a world away from the brash beach resorts of Kuta and Seminyak. Instead, a tranquil atmosphere prevails, with cutting-edge galleries and chic boutiques lending a rarefied touch. Today, the town is a cosmopolitan melting pot, with exclusive fusion restaurants and an ever-growing international expat population. But, beautifully preserved Hindu temples and bustling street markets ensure that Ubud remains distinctly Balinese. Ubud holiday rentals range from simple homestays to sprawling luxury villas, so you're bound to find one that suits all your needs.

Things to do

Monkey around in Ubud

You'll find an eclectic wealth of attractions on the doorstep of your Ubud holiday rental. Top of the agenda for many first-time visitors is a wander through the Ubud Monkey Forest. Here you can channel your inner Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, as you explore this enchanting Hindu temple complex, concealed within a patch of untamed jungle. You'll never be wanting for company, as 100s of cheeky macaques freely roam its grounds, who will give you a particularly warm welcome if you come armed with bananas. The nearby Neka Art Museum is a beautifully curated gallery of Balinese artworks, set in lush, sprawling gardens. For a taste of Ubud's ancient heritage, head to Goa Gaja, or the Elephant Cave. This enthralling sacred sanctuary is adorned with intricate carvings, thought to date back to the 9th century.

Activities

Culinary adventures and sheer self-indulgence

Ubud is world-renowned as a wellness and self-care destination, thanks in part to its appearance in the bestselling memoir and hit Hollywood movie "Eat Pray Love". The town is awash with heavenly day spas, where you can indulge in a full-body massage or decadent beauty treatment. If you'd rather treat yourself whilst picking up useful skills, enrol on a cooking course and learn how to make mouthwatering local dishes like aromatic yellow curry, succulent chicken satay and crunchy deep-fried tempeh in sweet soy sauce. Or if you're hankering for an adrenaline fix, the nearby Ayung River is a spectacular spot for nerve-shredding white water rafting.

Weather

Savour a taste of the tropics in Ubud

Thanks in part to year-round tropical heat, Ubud holiday rentals are in high demand at most times of year. The dry season of May to September is the loveliest time to visit – humidity is relatively low, and the skies are generally gloriously clear. From October to April, rainfall is relatively common, but this tends to fall in short, sharp showers, so this needn't put you off visiting.

Natural features

A wealth of natural spectacle around Ubud

A short drive from central Ubud sits the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, one of the island's most Instagrammable beauty spots. The soothing spectacle of these lush tiered rice paddies draws visitors from far and wide. You can explore them at your leisure for a small donation to the farmers who keep them in pristine shape. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is another must-do for lovers of the great outdoors. This gentle hike affords breathtaking hilltop views of the surrounding vivid green, palm-shaded fields. At the top you'll find tranquil al fresco cafes where you can marvel at natural wonders whilst sipping fresh coconut water or a tropical fruit smoothie.

How to get there

Transport to and around Ubud

The nearest airport is in Denpasar (DPS-Ngurah Rai Intl.), located 17.8 mi (28.6 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday rentals are available around Ubud?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,456 holiday lettings around Ubud. From 940 villas to 57 resorts, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Ubud?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Ubud:

  • Nyuh Kuning: 243 holiday homes
  • Kutuh Kaja: 277 holiday homes
  • Seminyak: 3,018 holiday homes
  • South Kuta: 1,208 holiday homes
  • Jimbaran Bay: 323 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Ubud?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Ubud. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Ubud Monkey Forest: 7,722 holiday lettings
  • Puri Lukisan Museum: 7,484 holiday lettings
  • Gajah Mas Gallery: 7,868 holiday lettings
  • Ubud Peliatan Balerung Stage: 7,658 holiday lettings
  • Ubud Royal Palace: 7,493 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Ubud listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Ubud?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 940 Villas in Ubud. Our other popular types of Ubud holiday rentals include:

  • Resorts: 57 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 188 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 44 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Ubud?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 1,021 holiday homes with pool available in Ubud. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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