Monkey Forest Road, Jalan Dewi Sita and the roads extending north from Jalan Dewi Sita constitute the heart of Ubud. Guesthouses and hotels here range from the very cheap through to luxury villas.
The clean but basic rooms at Canderi Homestay have signs of rising damp on the walls, but get enough natural light to combat the scourge of mould. The smaller rooms contain one double bed and the bigger rooms two beds, but the facilities within them are the same -- cold water bathroom, fan and not much else. The family compound here is pleasant and sits behind the Canderi Restaurant which is... Read our full review of Canderi Homestay.
Each of the seven modern rooms at Cinta Inn overlooks a fantastic swimming pool. The small hotel is located directly behind the very good though slightly pricey Cinta Grill cafe on Monkey Forest Road, in the heart of Ubud. Within the rooms, the styling is impressive -- think soothing mints and pastel blue features -- with effort being put into aesthetics as well as functionality. It all feels... Read our full review of Cinta Inn.
The value to be found at Citrus Tree Villas -- formerly Wena Homestay -- is astonishing and anyone on a budget would do well by settling in here. Rooms are big, bright and airy, but very basic and feature bamboo beds and hot water bathrooms. They're well cleaned and are situated within a quaint family compound, which is home to a few family pets as well. If this wasn't enough of a good deal, the... Read our full review of Citrus Tree Villas - Wena.
The lovely gardens of this hotel are the first thing you notice when entering the grounds and lend a feeling of peace and serenity. The water features bubbling away and the external styling of the rooms add to the relaxing atmosphere of this place and you immediately find yourself wanting to sit on one of the verandahs of the rooms to read a book. Each of the rooms is very clean and has hot water... Read our full review of Dewangga Bungalows.
Trying to appeal to the flashpacker set, Gayatri Bungalows two offers large, clean rooms with Balinese styling, free WiFi, a large swimming pool and refrigerators/air-con in the deluxe rooms. The attempt at replicating a traditional family compound gives a pleasant feel which entices visitors to while away their days relaxing around the pool or on their balconies overlooking the tropical... Read our full review of Gayatri Bungalows 2.
Kajane is a luxury hotel that offers private walled villas to its guests in a variety of configurations at incredibly good prices. Each of the villas has its own pool, some with pool furniture, flatscreen TV with international channels, big four-poster bed and amazing bathroom with bathtub. It's a perfect place for couples wanting a private romantic getaway and the staff here go out of their way... Read our full review of Kajane.
Set in a traditional family compound, this locally owned and operated guesthouse is situated in a near-perfect location on a quiet sidestreet about 150 metres from Ubud Market. Each room has a lovely balcony with table and chairs from which most choose to eat their complimentary breakfast. The cheapest rooms have cold water only and the most expensive have hot water and air-con and are great... Read our full review of Sania's House.
We arrive in Ubud after dark with a sleeping Mr 2 and overtired Ms 4 in tow, and the long walk down a narrow footpath between mossy high walls doesn’t inspire confidence in the place we have booked to stay at for the weekend.Ubud Lestari, a great family friendly hotel on Monkey Forest Road, UbudAs we enter Ubud Lestari, Mr Travelfish, who poked his head in before retrieving us, says that he has... Read our full review of Ubud Lestari Bungalow.
A Balinese-Western couple run this solid three-storey guesthouse located in a family compound just a short distance from Monkey Forest Road. The standard rooms all contain traditionally carved four-poster beds, hot-water bathrooms, free WiFi and there are communal fridges on the balconies. The best rooms have views to Gunung Agung. Minor maintenance issues and some dirty floors on our visit... Read our full review of Narasoma.
The clean and modern rooms at Nyuh Gading catch a lot of natural light, contain comfortable beds and have hot-water showers. The bathrooms don't catch anywhere near as much light as the main portion of the rooms meaning that someone must be scrubbing the walls regularly as there weren't any signs of mould on our visit. On offer are 12 bungalows set in a garden behind a restaurant, plus a family... Read our full review of Nyuh Gading.
The more expensive rooms at Agung Cottages are perched on top of a ledge overlooking a creek and some cheaper rooms below. The views are great, the rooms are naturally lit and get a good cross-breeze across the small ravine. The furniture is wooden, the water is hot, but there is no air-con which is a little unusual at this price point. The cheaper rooms are essentially the same but without the... Read our full review of Agung Cottages.
Each of the basic older-styled rooms here is tiled, giving a cool feeling under foot. The bathrooms are quite basic but have hot water, some rooms are air-con and the overall feel of the place is like an older-style, locally run hotel. That said, a fantastic pool with decent banana lounges and water spouts spurting from picturesque fountains is a highlight and bumps this hotel into the fair value... Read our full review of Merthayasa Bungalows.
Extending south along Jalan Hanoman and the streets to the east of it, southeast Ubud has a less chaotic feel to it than central Ubud, despite it being just a short walk away.
For those in the know, Tegal Sari is regarded as one of the best mid-range accommodation options in Ubud and this is not without justification. Set among stunning paddy at the southern end of Ubud, this mid-priced accommodation option delivers on every front. Basic rooms are clean, have a balcony, include breakfast and provide less impressive views of the ricefields. However, move up the through... Read our full review of Tegal Sari.
The two categories of rooms in this multi-storey building located within a family compound, namely old-style and new-style, both offer great value for money. All rooms have hot-water bathrooms, air-con and are very clean, but the newer rooms have better beds, more modern bathrooms and a fresher feel. The swimming pool is a delightful place for an afternoon dip and fits beautifully in this compact... Read our full review of Dewa Bungalows.
The uninspiring rooms in this family compound feature traditional carved stone facades, bamboo bed and dressing table, and are neat and tidy. The cheaper rooms are the best value, but only have cold water unlike the more expensive rooms which have hot. At this price, you wouldn't expect a whole lot, but this property has better quality in the rooms than other comparably priced places. The... Read our full review of Tanjung Bungalows.
Increasing construction in recent years has turned Jalan Bisma from what was once a short, dead-end track to a now almost an entirely paved street. Commencing on Raya Ubud, Bisma juts south before veering left through a small valley and meeting the southern stretch of Monkey Forest Road. While not fully drivable by car, motorbikes can zip up and down. There’s still enough paddy and forest to get the fancy hotels (and their guests) excited and with the Tapes River to the east and Wos to the west, Bisma feels delightfully removed from the hubbub of downtown.
Bisma Eight is a 2015-opened property, making it one of Ubud’s newest higher-end offerings. Boasting chic modern rooms — with extravagant touches like hot tubs — in several low-rise buildings set atop a lush jungled valley, the hotel fits the bill for those with a taste for design and tranquility, with a little extra cash to spend. Make a wish. Your stay here begins with the staff handing... Read our full review of Bisma Eight.
Honeymoon Guesthouse is an Ubud institution that still ticks all the boxes, offering classically Balinese accommodation in a serene setting, plus a pool, spa and yoga classes. Chilling out, Bali style. When you enter the compound, you know you’re in Bali. Stone carvings and ornate woodwork abound in the well-kept tropical garden. The long-running, popular hotel has a variety of fan-cooled and... Read our full review of Honeymoon Guesthouse.
The traditional Balinese compound at Murni’s House is more than a small hotel — you are visiting a loved family home. This is the real deal and not some contrived imagined Bali, making it a wonderful introduction for those interested in the local culture. Graceful and passionate Ibu Murni is an Ubud icon. She is a pioneer of tourism in Bali, having opened one of the first restaurants in... Read our full review of Murni’s House.
Of the resort-style offerings on Jalan Bisma, Samhita Garden quietly stands out. A traditional Balinese gate leads to spotless grounds, beautifully manicured gardens and a clean enticing pool. The whole area is peaceful and well maintained. Deluxe rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean. The classic styling is a little bland, but not offensively so. Well appointed air-con rooms have... Read our full review of Samhita Garden.
Friendly and welcoming staff greet you on arrival at Moksha — it means a state of release from the cycle of death and rebirth in Hindu philosophy — where your stay in one of the tranquil rooms is likely to be an excellent one. Entry is via a modern open-air cafe beyond which you could believe you’re in the middle of nowhere, as a short path leads to a small inviting pool then continues... Read our full review of The Moksha .
Alam Terrace Cottages’ street-level reception area all but obscures some great jungle and pool views — the real drawcard of this place; a steep stone staircase leads to the hotel, built into the river escarpment below. Very friendly staff promise they will carry guests’ luggage. Lush jungle is everywhere. An attractive curtain of creepers hangs from the double and triple-storey cement... Read our full review of Alam Terrace Cottages.
We first spotted the guesthouse when we stopped for a juice at Bata Bata Warung — it was the largest sized fruit juice we’ve seen, served with a stick of crunchy fresh sugarcane. For 25,000 rupiah it alone is worth the stop. Ramshackle-y and lovely. A lotus pond borders the path behind the warung, with stepping stones through the pond leading to the bungalows. At each entrance is an open,... Read our full review of Bata Bata .
The rooms at Puri Bayu exude quality and boast great wooden furnishings, tasteful outdoor bathrooms and warm touches such as liquid hand soaps. Rooms are large and the fans do a good job of agitating the air but at this price it would be nice to see some air-conditioning. The guesthouse is in a peaceful location right next to the ricefields down a footpath off Jalan Bisma, and is one of the few... Read our full review of Puri Bayu Guesthouse.
Riverside, secluded Villa Ubud Sunshine is a fabulous midrange spot from which to enjoy Ubud’s lush jungle views, from the spacious rooms or cliffside pool. On a lane off Jalan Bisma, head down some steep stairs to find two large double-storey brick buildings flanking a lush, slightly overgrown garden and good-sized turquoise pool. Rooms are divided up and down, and they are HUGE. If you’re... Read our full review of Villa Ubud Sunshine.
Jero di Bisma Hostel is a simple, no-frills but friendly hostel, offering comfortable beds in a six-bed air-con dorm set in a family compound. This simple no-frills option on a quiet lane was the friendliest we visited in the area. For 80,000 rupiah you get a clean, private pod in a dorm with an attached bathroom. The sturdy bunk-style pods are built as one horseshoe shaped unit. Beds have heavy... Read our full review of Jero di Bisma Hostel .
Rena House is a family-run guesthouse in the rice fields off Jalan Bisma with a mix of low and multi-storey options. Go for the new three-storey modern block which houses large spotless rooms. Keep climbing those stairs for a better view! Breezy fan-cooled tiled rooms are minimally furnished. Ornate bedheads and modern geometric paintings compete with a bit of a mishmash of styles, but not... Read our full review of Rena House.
Just north of Jalan Raya Ubud are a series of roads with guesthouses on them. Jalan Kajeng is the most popular road because of its quaint village feel and the cheap prices on offer.
Come here for the experience of staying in the tiny compound of a lovely young family who do everything to make your stay perfect. The four rooms are in a two-storey building with those on the ground floor good value and the ones on the top fantastic value. The more expensive rooms feature perhaps the best bathrooms in Ubud at this price and are extremely bright and clean, featuring a big... Read our full review of Keprabon.
The rooms at Gusti's overlook a stunning jungle-clad ravine, which has at its bottom the guesthouse's sparkling swimming pool. The rooms in this family-run homestay are basic, but very clean, have comfortable beds, hot water bathrooms and best of all, balconies with great furniture for taking in the views. For those wanting a longer stay, it is also possible to rent a room for one month with... Read our full review of Gusti's Garden Bungalows.
The rooms at Artja Inn are beautifully located on the river flats down the hill behind Jalan Kajeng, underneath swaying palm trees and seemingly a million miles from civilisation. The rooms themselves are basic and have bamboo walls, outdoor bathrooms and fans. The cheaper rooms have toilets which need to be manually flushed with a bucket of water, showers that have cold water only and rooms with... Read our full review of Artja Inn.
Following Jalan Raya Ubud to the west, you enter a number of villages that are home to a smattering of hotels and guesthouses. It is a bit of a walk into town from around here.
Bali can be a tremendously beautiful place, but nowhere on the island quite takes the breath away like the views from the Sayan ridge. This is, quite simply, one of the most stunning areas in all of Bali. Now this beauty has attracted some fabulously expensive resorts, but we opted for Sayan Terrace for a few simple reasons. It's not ridiculously expensive. It has just a handful of rooms. The... Read our full review of Sayan Terrace Resort.
The main features at this place tucked behind an internet shop and spa are the free WiFi, fantastic day beds on the verandahs, the enticing swimming pool at the back of the property and the fact that the rooms are very clean. As well as this, you'll get air-con, hot water bathrooms and fridges, as well as complimentary breakfast daily. Although the rooms here are of an older style, they still... Read our full review of Toko Toko.
Villa Saraswati, on the outskirts of Ubud, is a beautiful, intimate villa with top-notch service; just right for couples who want to feel spoilt without breaking the bank. The villa is in Payogan village, a five-minute drive from the centre of Ubud. Its location isn’t ideal if you want to spend your visit popping in and out of town, but is perfect if you want to use Ubud as a base for some... Read our full review of Villa Saraswati.
Along a walking track just off Jalan Raya Penestanan is Gerebig Bungalows, which is set over expansive grounds surrounded by ricefields. The rooms are older style, but still feel fresh and have hot water bathrooms, fans, mosquito nets over the beds, fridges, free WiFi and balconies to take in the serene view of the ricefields. The swimming pool was built in early 2010 and is a beauty right in the... Read our full review of Gerebig Bungalows.
The grounds at Sri Ratih are pleasant, with blooming frangipanis surrounding a relaxing pool area. The rooms are older style with air-con, hot water bathrooms, old satellite TVs, fridges and beds which are a little dated for this price range. The superior rooms are different from the standard rooms in that they have a bathroom outdoors, but that is all. On our visit, the rooms we saw had an odd... Read our full review of Sri Ratih Cottages.