If you are planning a trip to Bali I’m sure you are a bit confused at where to stay, as there are so many options, it can be difficult to know which are the best hotels in Ubud, Bali. From instagram-worthy flower baths, to infinity pools overlooking the jungle, there are endless options when it comes to hotels, villas & resorts in Bali.
The best thing when planning a trip to Bali is that there is something for every type of traveler, from the most adventurous to the top luxury. Ubud is one of the most popular areas (for a reason), where you can visit the famous rice terraces of Tegalalang and stunning waterfalls such as Nung Nung or Sekumpul, as well as immerse yourself in the local culture and visit beautiful temples.
As in any other trip, hotels can make a big difference in your experience of a country. In Bali everything is relatively cheap, including hotels. Where as in other part of the world you can’t find a room with private pool for less than 500$, in Bali pretty much every hotel has private rooms. Since you are not going to spend a lot of money on transport, food or activities, I recommend splurging on your accommodations!
If you don’t know where to stay while on vacation in Bali, in this guide you can find the best hotels, villas & resorts in Bali to make sure you have an unforgettable stay.
If you are looking for things to do in Bali you can read my full Bali guide and Bali Itinerary here.
The Udaya Resort & Spa
The Udaya was by far my favorite. It’s very well located in the center of Ubud, and the staff is super friendly and professional. They offer a free shuttle bus to go to the center, which is just 5 minutes away. I’m sure you have seen in my Instagram feed those dreamy photos of a flower bath… The Udaya were the original creators of the flower baths that are now so popular everywhere. But, in my opinion, if you want to know where to get a flower bath in Bali, you have to come to The Udaya Resort & Spa. No one does it like them.
The food at the restaurant was really good, a mix of balinese and western, and their spa is a must. We went for the 1 hour full body massage in a magical location in the middle of the jungle. If your room doesn’t have a bath tub, you can always order a private flower bath at the spa!
For our stay in The Udaya, we got the 1 bedroom villa with private pool. They are located a short walk from the restaurant, with their own private entrance. The rooms are spacious and bright, with large windows and glass doors, and the bathroom is separated by a closet with no doors, and has a bathtub big enough for two. The private pool is just in front of the room surrounded by the tropical forest, so we ordered a floating breakfast for the next morning.
If you are trying to decide where to stay and what are the best hotels in Bali, this is one of them.
Kamandalu Resort in Ubud is located just next to a river with one of the most beautiful views of the jungle of all Bali. The design of the villas is in traditional Balinese style with all the amenities of the modern world, and each villa has a unique style. The resort grounds are enormous and beautiful, it’s like a village itself. There are mini rice paddies, their own lagoon, you can even walk down towards the river.
The food of the restaurant didn’t impress me much, but they definitely do the best breakfast buffet in Bali. It was delicious! You could also order a floating breakfast if your room has a private pool and, in fact, they were the original creators of the floating breakfasts in Bali!
Kamandalu Resort offers a lot of activities too. From daily yoga, to romantic forest dinners, or a private boat ride in their lagoon. We tried the forest dinner and the setting was unbeatable! So romantic and would absolutely recommend it to everyone. Also a visit to their spa is a must. They have the most amazing location of all the spas in Bali. Located in the middle of the jungle, very secluded, you can only hear the sounds of nature. It was an experience never to forget! All of this make it one of the best hotels in Ubud, Bali.
Zen Hideaway – AirBnB
This place is definitely not for everyone. There are no walls, its poorly maintained and not perfectly clean. It is also a bit expensive for Bali standards. But that said, it is UNIQUE. The views are AMAZING, you have a private swing, and the immersion in nature is extreme.
Located around 20 minutes from Ubud, in a local neighborhood, you won’t see other many tourists around. You can only visit Zen Hideaway Swing if you are a guest in one of their properties. They have 3 cabins, all of them unique in their own way. There are no restaurants around, so make sure you bring food to cook for dinner or order a delivery.
Since there are no walls, there are mosquito nets for all the beds. There are also some hammocks to chill at, and of course the swing which is available for you all day. The owner showed us how to use it, and also brought us breakfast in the morning. Even though it’s not a hotel, it still is one of my favorite accommodations in Ubud.
You can book Zen Hideaway on Airbnb.
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