Quick tip, if you want to make your flight cheaper from Canada, fly into Jakarta and take an internal flight to Denpasar. Yes, it is an additional 1-hour flight, but it saved me $600CAD, which I thought was worth it! And, yes for those obsessed with points I still flew Star Alliance.
I met my friend Steph in Denpasar Airport, and we got in a cab and went up to Ubud, you really shouldn’t pay more than 200,000IR – and I hope you brought your negotiating skills for all cabs and market purposes.
Where to stay?
One thing I loved about Ubud is even though it is definitely a tourist hub; you never saw any of the hotels because they are all tucked away within the jungle and rice terraces. This definitely adds to your experience because everything feels very private and intimate. Since Ubud is an absolute scorcher, every hotel has a pool, whether it be private or not.
Sri Bungalows – quiet little Balinese hotel built within the rice terraces, more budget friendly option but is very cute.
Warwick Ibah Villas – Luxury property built into ancient temples, which makes it very true to Balinese culture, and a very unique option.
Hanging Gardens – 5-star luxury and the most instagrammable property in Ubud because of its epic pool area. The only downfall is there are specific days where it is open to the public, but that doesn’t really matter if you have your own panoramic pool area.
Kamandalu Ubud – 5- star luxury villas tucked away among natural landscapes, designed to feel like a Balinese Village and a meaningful space for their guests to disconnect.
Where to eat?
Watercress – I loved this little place! They had an amazing happy hour menu late afternoon, make their own Kombucha, and if you want a healthy BUT delicious brunch it is definitely the spot.
Kynd Community – Are you into smoothie bowls? If the answer is yes, look no further. You will want to eat here everyday, and take a picture of every bowl.
Three Monkeys – the food was good but did not blow me away. However, I LOVED the atmosphere, you are literally eating in the rice terraces.
What to do?
Monkey Forest Sanctuary – Yes, it is touristy. Yes, it is amazing. You get to see the monkeys steal bananas, interact with one another, feed their babies and be their silly selves. You will also want to take home a monkey.
Warning: Do not tease the monkeys with bananas – you will lose a finger.
Mt. Batur – if you want to do the Sunrise hike do it while you are in the North because it is way more convenient and closer. It is pretty epic but you have to get up at 230AM.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace – you can get a cab to take you there, it is beautiful, but it is HOT AS HELL because it is more inland.
Tegenungan Waterfall – Go as early as possible, it is 15,000 IR to visit, and is about 10KM from Ubud. You can hike to the top or take photos in front of it, but unfortunately, the waterfall is too powerful to swim!
If you are visiting Bali, you do not need to stay in Ubud to experience it! If you are tight on time, but have a monkey or waterfall obsession you can just make a day trip to the North. Bali is such a BIG island, and there is SO MUCH TO DO whether you are into beaches, adventure or both! To be honest, I need another trip to Indonesia…….
Stay tuned for my other experiences all over Indonesia.
What is your favourite part of the country?