Destination guide

Ubud – the soul of Bali

If the beaches of the south are Bali's body, Ubud is its soul. Prepare to be amazed as you delve into the jungles and wander between this ancient town's Hindu carvings. Smoke twists and turns from incense sticks on the streets, bazaars brimming with coffee beans and sarongs spill into the courtyards and there are art galleries everywhere. You'll sleep in Ubud vacation rentals that perch above impossibly green rice paddies or stay in opulent Balinese villas with pools shaded by forests through which monkeys swing. You'll dine on peanut satay sticks in earthy warung kitchens and explore rock-carved temples that are 1,000s of years old.

Things to do

Folklore and fantastic art in Ubud

For artsy types, Ubud vacation rentals are a prime pick. That's not only because so many come laden with thought-provoking sculptures, mystical Hindu effigies in the gardens and gorgeous Balinese design. It's also because they sit close to some of the island's most iconic galleries. The Neka Art Museum is unquestionably the most prestigious. It's home to 100s of canvasses, photos and artifacts that chronicle the rise of the Ubud school. Meanwhile, the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets promises to enchant with its African totems and Indonesian animist costumes.


Getting creative in Ubud

There are plenty of reasons why Ubud is hailed as Bali's cultural hub. It's as if the serene surroundings of emerald-green paddies and forests are a muse to artists and sculptors, because courses abound. They range from egg painting to basket weaving to gamelan playing. Prefer sizzling chili and peanut satay? There's a real abundance of folksy warung eateries where you can try your hand at assembling gado gado and grilling tempeh kebabs. Then come the spas and yoga retreats, a mainstay of chakra-aligning Ubud. Head to those for classes in Zen and holistic healing and more.


Ubud is rain-soaked and sunny

Ubud complies with the climate pattern of Bali as a whole. That means a distinct change between 2 seasons, the wet and the dry. If you're looking to explore the streets and see the Hindu temples, cycle through the rice paddies and wander the markets without an umbrella in tow, it's better to come between May and August. During the other times of the year – November to March – as many as 15 rain days in each month is normal. That said, Ubud vacation rentals tend to be cheaper then, the nearby waterfalls look awesome and there are fewer people about.

Natural features

Greenery all around in Ubud

Green and tropical Ubud is encased in swathes of emerald jungle. It's one of the lushest parts of the island, perched on the rising foothills that eventually climb to the clouds with the smoke-belching volcano of Mount Agung. Just a stroll from the center, you can find the Monkey Forest. That sprouts from the grounds of ancient Hindu temples, vines crawling over carved demigod statues. You'll need to watch out for the 100s of particularly cheeky crab-eating macaques that call it home. A bike tour can reveal the Bamboo Forest, too, and nearby slopes of rice paddies.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Ubud

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

Where to stay around Ubud?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 963 vacation rentals near Ubud. From 625 Villas to 154 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ubud for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ubud:

  • Nyuh Kuning: 117 vacation rentals
  • Kutuh Kaja: 189 vacation rentals
  • Seminyak: 2,500 vacation rentals
  • Sanur: 228 vacation rentals
  • North Kuta: 2,335 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ubud?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ubud. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ubud Monkey Forest: 5,879 vacation rentals
  • Ubud Royal Palace: 5,763 vacation rentals
  • Gaya Art Space: 5,755 vacation rentals
  • Gajah Mas Gallery: 5,993 vacation rentals
  • Blanco Museum: 5,760 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Villas in Ubud?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 625 Villas in Ubud. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ubud include:

  • Houses: 154 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 28 rentals available
  • Cottages: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ubud?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 644 vacation rentals with pool available in Ubud. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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