The Best Hotels in Ubud, Bali

Savour serene surroundings from an intimate base in Ubud
Savour serene surroundings from an intimate base in Ubud | Courtesy of The COMO Uma Ubud / Expedia
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1 February 2021

As the yoga capital of Bali, many travellers flock to Ubud to practice their sun salutations with some of the world’s leading practitioners. While here, make sure you explore the Sacred Monkey Forest, watch a traditional Gamelan performance or explore the arty cafes and boutiques. To make the most of your stay, here the best hotels in Ubud.

Fivelements

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Fivelements
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Shrouded in dense jungle foliage along the Ayung River, Fivelements offers a luxurious dose of wellness-centric relaxation. This eco-conscious retreat provides ancient Balinese healing treatments in their award-winning facility, with personalised retreat programmes ranging from holistic detoxes to gastronomic journeys. Suites constructed from bamboo with traditional thatched roofs sit right along the river, illuminated by candlelight and the stars above. When it comes to rejuvenation, it can’t be beat.
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Tanah Gajah

Hotel, Luxury
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Tanah Gajah
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Rice fields and undulating hills covered in thick greenery surround Tanah Gajah — an art-focused luxury resort right next to Ubud’s noteworthy Goa Gajah temple. As the former estate of Hendra Hadiprana, a well-respected Indonesian art collector, the grounds are filled with bespoke works of Balinese artworks from his collection. Between lotus flower-filled ponds and misty sunrises over Mount Agung, the natural surroundings are top notch.
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The Purist Villas

Spa Hotel, Luxury
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The Purist Villas
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Just a few minutes north of central Ubud, the Purist Villas are 18 stunningly designed lodgings, each with its own unique lure. Choose between an antique wooden Joglo (Javanese style home) atop the hillside — or opt for a bamboo villa with a private pool and garden, concealed behind natural stone and wooden walls. Specialized Ayurveda treatments are always within reach at The Purist Spa, along with complimentary yoga classes.
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Hanging Gardens of Bali

Independent Hotel, Luxury
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Hanging Gardens of Bali
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Often Instagrammed and always dreamt of, Hanging Gardens of Bali has become very well-known among luxury enthusiasts, travel bloggers and influencers. Living up to its namesake, this resort features a series of pools that are perched right on the edge of a lush valley below. Ample wedding event offerings and candlelit in-villa dinners make it quite the place for romance and honeymooners. Expect to be greeted with tropical fruits daily, such as mangosteen and snake fruit.
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Bali Bohemia Huts

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Bali Bohemia Huts
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Quirky jungle charm and a community-centred mission are two ways that Bali Bohemia Huts sets itself apart from the others. Original works from Balinese artists adorn the walls alongside colourful mirrors, textiles, and patterned flooring. Step over the pool’s mini bridge to reach free breakfast at the onsite restaurant, and don’t be surprised if you see some monkeys along the way. Well-known for their hospitality, the team here is lauded for keeping their guests comfortable.
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Komaneka at Monkey Forest

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Komaneka at Monkey Forest
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Once a residence for artists behind the renowned Komaneka Gallery, this homey accommodation offers a comfortable, intimate stay. Immerse yourself in the earthy, traditional Balinese architecture – the suites here either overlook rice paddies or have their own private plunge pool. Dip in the outdoor infinity pool or indulge in a massage and Indonesian salt scrub at the Pandan Wangi Spa. Vegans are also well-catered for in the Garden Terrace Kitchen.

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Alila Ubud

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Alila Ubud
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Perched on the banks of the sacred Ayung River and designed to resemble a Balinese village, you feel truly part of the landscape here. One of its best features is the award-winning pool overlooking Ubud’s lush rice paddies. If you’re on a romantic sojourn, treat your other half to a three-course meal by candlelight at the pool, complete with butler service – or join the chef for a culinary tour of the organic onsite garden.

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  • Bisma Eight Ubud

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    Bisma Eight
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    This boutique hotel has just 38 suites, which means the hotel never feels crowded. Wander down the serene minimalist hallway to the infinity pool, which has panoramic views across the verdant jungle. In the afternoon, poke your head into the cosy Library cafe. Order afternoon tea and you’ll be treated to a free latte art class. Come nightfall, dine at the upscale Embers restaurant where Mediterranean fare, like king prawn risotto, attracts visitors from across Ubud.

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    COMO Uma Ubud

    Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel
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    COMO Uma Ubud
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    The intimate, warm atmosphere at Como Uma Ubud will make you feel like you’re in a rural country home. Opt for your own individual villa with a private pool and four-poster bed. Exceptional service marks this hotel out from the rest, alongside the daily activity schedule, which includes cooking classes, rafting and volcano tours. In true Ubud style, you can indulge in the hotel’s Shambala Retreat, which offers yoga in an open-air jungle pavilion, chakra healing and traditional Indonesian body massage.

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    SenS Hotel & Spa

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    Right in the heart of downtown Ubud, SenS places you close to the Ubud Royal Palace, Sacred Monkey Forest and arty shops and cafes. The hotel is centred around a courtyard pool with traditional Balinese decoration. Treat yourself to a couples massage in the spa or tuck into comfort food (think burritos and pizza) at the Yonne Cafe and Bar.

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    The Mansion Resort Hotel and Spa

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    The Mansion Resort Hotel and Spa
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    Spread out at this expansive resort complex on the Sayan Ridge, just a few minutes’ drive from Ubud town centre. Just to give you an idea of the size of the aptly named Mansion – there are six pools to choose from. A real highlight here is the award-winning spa and wellness centre, which has a crystal healing pool, yoga workshops, traditional treatments, and, rather strangely, a cosmetic dentistry clinic. The main restaurant, Indochine, serves up Asian specialities by candlelight.

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    Sarah Lempa contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on February 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.