An hour from the coast, in Ubud you will find the iconic terraced rice paddies, ancient temples and holy sites, as well as craft stalls with locally produced products to take home.
For many years, Ubud has been the destination of day-trippers, coming to visit the silver factories, buy amazing jewellery, get off the beaten path into cooler climates for the day, then head back to their beachside villas. But with the emergence of incredible dining options, health retreats, Eat, Pray, Love tourism, and an off-the-beaten-path community-feel, many are choosing to stay longer and even use Ubud as a base for exploring Bali. Chocked full of museums, cultural centres, galleries, temples and other historical sites, Ubud is quickly growing in size, population and popularity. Long known as the best place for a famous Balinese massage, and often voted one of Asia’s top spa destinations, a health retreat will infuse your stay with acupressure, reflexology, stretching, yoga, aromatherapy and other alternative practices. Locals and visitors alike enjoy a cheeky play with the local residents at the Monkey Forest Park, while cultural gurus can get lost visiting the Elephant Cave, various temples including the Water Temple and Royal Palace, or the less-visited Kehen Temple. The burgeoning art scene balances with the serenity of surrounding rice paddies, and live music emanating from the cafes and boutiques lining the streets is inviting and welcoming. Spend a day entrenched in ancient Balinese and Indonesian history and the nights eating contemporary food, chatting with young locals, expats and other visitors, shop in the local galleries to find your favourite piece of silver adornment and top it off with a restful night in one of My Bali’s exclusive resorts. Don’t just stay for a day – make Ubud your home-away-from-home during your Bali holidays.