Ubud, Bali

A popular destination thanks to its terraced rice fields and natural wonders, Ubud is also home to Bali’s art and wellness scene.

Bali is not just about gorgeous beaches and big, rolling waves. The island also offers picturesque sights to rejuvenate tired eyes, especially for those who prefer to set their vision on lush greenery. That’s where Ubud comes in. A favourite destination even for those who live in Bali, the small town is known for its traditional arts and crafts, in addition to its rainforest and terraced rice paddies.

While Ubud might be relatively quaint compared to other popular neighbourhoods in Bali, the town offers many attractions that you should not miss. There’s the famous monkey forest, home to more than 700 long-tailed macaques. You can observe the species in their natural habitat, in addition to actually interacting with some of them.

If you’re one of those people who are ready to view some greenery to replace the mind-numbing concrete jungle or cubicles, head to Tegallalang rice terrace, where you can breathe in the fresh air and take in the picture-perfect vista. In addition to the iconic terraced landscapes, Tegallalang also offers woodwork and carvings, from ornamental to functional.

For fans of long, picturesque walks, check out the Campuhan Ridge Walk, where you can go on a 9km trail overlooking Wos River, Payogan hills and the lush valleys in between. Another natural wonder you need to witness is Tegenungan Waterfall. Further, don’t miss the art scene and traditional aesthetics of Ubud, including Ubud Art Market, Blanco Renaissance Museum and, of course, the Ubud royal palace itself, Puri Saren Agung.

Where to Stay

To really immerse yourself in the Ubud vibe, while still getting the five-star treatment, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a top-notch choice. The resort comprises spacious suites and enchanting villas that boast views of verdant, working rice paddies and the splashing Ayung River. The resort manages to incorporate the tranquillity of the neighbourhood and the aesthetics of local living into the world-class design and facilities.

Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve also offers an elaborate selection of dining experiences. From the fine dining destination Kubu and the elevated Indonesian restaurant Sawah Terrace, to The Pool Bar serving inspired cocktails made from local ingredients, The Library with its Indonesian Afternoon Tea offer, and bespoke dining experiences that you can tailor to your preferences.

Another choice is The Westin Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali  a family destination offering modern accommodation and an approach that focuses on wellness and bespoke attention. Offering spacious rooms, suites and villas that are designed to be filled with natural light and equipped with the brand’s signature Heavenly Bed, Heavenly Bath, complimentary Wi-Fi and essential amenities, this is the resort where you can rest and shrug your worries away.

Wellbeing is paramount at Westin, that’s why the resort provides its 24-hour WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, the comforting Heavenly Spa and inspiring lifestyle programmes at the riverside Wellness Pavilion. The resort’s dining outlet, Tall Trees, focuses on enhancing ancient healthy cuisine recipes, while Tabia incorporates the brand’s Eat Well philosophy through a balanced menu.