Information before you go
There are dozen of accommodations in Ubud Bali from luxurious resorts and villas to small home stays. While this famous village is pretty ahead when it comes to sustainable tourism and eco friendly practices, there aren't many hotels or resorts in Ubud to choose from that are also built and managed with sustainability in mind, like the eco hotels in Bali we listed separately.
Nevertheless there are still many wonderful alternatives. These accommodations might not be 100% eco but some of them are either locally owned or are awarded for taking practical actions to minimize their negative impact to the environment and local community.
One of these awards is for instance the Tri Hita Karana Tourism Award which focuses on 3 elements of harmony and balance of the Parhyangan (interaction between humans and their creator), the Pawangan (interaction between humans and their fellow humans) and the Palemahan (interaction between humans and nature).
Another is the Green Globe Certificate. Here emphasize is placed on sustainable management, socio/economic and environmental aspects and cultural heritage.
If you already have a resort in mind, we advice you to avoid choosing one right at Monkey Forest Road. With the increase of visitors, there is almost always a traffic jam here during the day. Additionally there is a slight chance you will hear late night music from the restaurants and bars located nearby. Go for the accommodation in the small side streets or the village hamlets surrounding Ubud, such as Campuhan, Penestanan or Nyukuning.
These are the accommodations that we highly recommend when staying in Ubud.
This beautiful resort is a well known resort of Ubud. It is part of the ARMA Foundation which aims at preserving the traditional Balinese art and culture. So far it has enabled local Balinese to create skills resulting in professional dancers and musicians.
So you can imagine that this resort will remind you of all the beautiful and unique things of Bali throughout your entire stay. Arma has luxury private villas and suites all designed and decorated with a local touch.
At the neighboring ARMA museum you can learn more about the local art, but you can also join in activities such as painting and dancing.
This enchanting boutique resort is located in the most beautiful part of Ubud, overlooking the Campuhan river gorge. The whole premises looks like a fairy tale with its flower decorated statues and ancient walls leading you to the suites. This is a wonderful place to stay at for your honeymoon, or if you just want to experience something unique.
The resort is built in such a way that it is almost one with its surroundings. Their salt water pool is a great additional to this wonderful place.
Maya Ubud Resort & Spa
This green oasis and multiple Tri Hita Karana Award winning resort is the ideal place for honeymooners or seasoned travellers, as the only things you find here are peace, quiet, romance and quality in a great setting along the Petanu river just outside town.
Maya Ubud a huge place so you'll be walking a lot if you want to soak up everything the resort has to offer. All kinds of activities are offered such as cooking classes, yoga, village trekking etc. The location of their spa is one of the best in the Ubud area.
You will need transportation to get into town. There is a hourly free shuttle service that can take you from 9.00am to 17.00pm.
This locally owned resort is one of many of the 'Alam-group'. It is located in the small village hamlet of Nyukuning, just walking distance from Ubud center. Natural materials are used throughout the hotel just as traditional Balinese design. As you can imagine, a wonderful place to stay while exploring the area.
Try to book a suite with a great view. Those are the things that will make your stay even more unforgettable.
With its beautiful green
setting, its narrow ancient looking alleys and the surrounding rice
fields, it's not surprising that accommodations in Ubud are found at amazing
Luckily the budget traveler and backpacker can find family run accommodation for a very reasonable price which sometimes includes first class views over rice fields or river gorges too. Some rooms are fan only, but in Ubud temperatures can get quite comfortable in the evenings, especially if you are located outside town.
These eco cottages are located in a small hamlet near Ubud. Bungalows are built from local timber while food is prepared from their organic garden.Read more
Going green in Ubud isn't that difficult. There are great eco-hotels plus restaurants that offer delicious organic food. Check out other things you can do to become green.Read more
Ubud has always been the place to be for art. Stroll along the long shopping streets in town, head to the market or visit the artist himself and by directly from him.Read more
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