The magical land of Bali

 

Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. With endless of places to stay your choice for types of accommodation is endless. From hotels, resorts, home stays, tree houses, shacks and many more unique abodes, there is a vast amount of stays to choose from to make your stay in Ubud very....very special.

The heart that is Ubud village. Homed to many bars, restaurants, shops, markets, yoga studios and places to stay all within walking distance. However, if you want to experience the real magic I recommend you stay a little further away from the centre. Around 20 minutes drive you will find even more beautiful resorts and accommodations set in rice fields, with stars lighting up the sky, fireflies circling the horizon all the while being surrounded by tropical beauty.


Getting Around: Hiring a scooter for as little as £3 a day helps to get around a lot easier. Taxis are also an option, located on just about every street and reasonably cheap. If you are staying in a resort, check with reception if they offer a complimentary shuttle service as this helps to save money and they drop you right in the Center of the village. You can also hire a private driver for a day or the full duration of your trip, they are very good at planning itineraries. 

White Cubes

This Unique property is located a ten minute drive from Ubud Village, nestled among rice fields you are surrounded by nature and a handful of locals. Each cube is set on two floors and modernly decorated. Upstairs, you are treated to glass walls where you can enjoy panoramic views and take a dip in your own swimming pool set just off the bedroom high off the ground. The white cubes are definitely a must stay while in Ubud. The average nightly price is around £50. 


Mandala- A Ritz Carlton Reserve 

Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers hotel guests a “temple” of their own, just a fifteen minute drive from Ubud village we were transported to another world, a sanctuary for inner exploration and tranquility. Set along the Ayung River in Bali’s cultural heart of Ubud, the hotel offers luxury, butler-attended villas and suites.  The service is outstanding and chauffeurs help you navigate the resort in golf carts. Our favorite stop, been the hotel bar to enjoy a drink looking over the large infinity pool and rice paddies. A night in a suite will cost around £600, if you are lucking to splurge even more you can have a 3 bedroom villa near the Ayung River for around £2800 per night.


Ghekkos

Ghekkos is a charming little Guest House with several rooms all pool side tucked behind high walls secluded from the outside world yet only a 5 minute drive to the heart of town or a leisurely 20 minute walk. There are five rooms in total and a one mini villa which we stayed in this included a little lounge area and a kitchen. All the rooms are cozy and nicely decorated. A one night stay will set you back around £22.


Chapung Se Bali Resort & Spa

Chapung Se Bali Resort & Spa is a luxury resort well known for its airy, designer private pool villas. Each villa comes with a private pool and each suite is accompanied by a plunge pool. Located just a fifteen minute drive north of Ubud Villas and home to Jungle Fish, a beach club with no beach.  Grab a cocktail, be instantly impressed with its contemporary design, relax and chill out surrounded by deep jungle. A night here will set you back around £200.

 

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