In Ubud Bali, nothing can stop you from eating, praying and loving some more. Made popular by Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book and movie, this upland town is considered as the cultural hub of Bali. You can see the Balinese culture ingrained everywhere in town, from its terraced rice paddies and surrounding rainforests littered with temples and shrines to its ever-present colourful streets full of art studios, galleries, and exceptional local crafts. Let the soothing gamelan tunes be your background as we take you through 10 of the best things you can do on your honeymoon in Ubud Bali.
Where to Stay in Ubud Bali
A magical and luxurious boutique resort along the hills of Ubud Bali, Chapung Sebali is famed as one of Bali’s most unique hotels. Its eclectic design fuses together traditional Indonesian and contemporary Scandinavian architecture, creating an idyllic haven amid the lush wilderness and rice fields of Ubud.
We originally planned to stay in one of the deluxe suites during our trip, but since they were all fully-booked, we had the privilege to stay in a one-bedroom villa instead. The villa was delightfully spacious. It had views of the alluring garden and windows that open up to a wonderful view of the rice paddies. We also enjoyed the villa’s private pool, a perfect place to chill after a fun day out.
What to Do in Ubud Bali
1. Bask in the jungle spirit at the Jungle Fish Pool Bar
One of the facilities for Chapung Sebali residents, the Jungle Fish Pool Bar was a delight to be at. The open-air, split-level restaurant serves mouthwatering Asian and International menu and has a swim-up pool bar surrounded by natural rainforest. Jungle Fish is also open for non-residents, but you don’t have to worry about finding a space as there are various seating options. There are exclusive areas for residents where you can comfortably listen to music and sip cocktails while basking in the view of the jungle.
Jungle Fish Pool Bar
Location: Jl. Raya Sebali 80561 Keliki, Ubud Bali
Regular Entrance Fee: ~IDR350000 (~S$34)
Opening Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m – 10:30 p.m
The Upper Deck
The Upper Deck is Chapung Sebali’s signature fine dining experience that provides a dreamy setup for a romantic honeymoon dinner. On top of the jungle views that make the spot so magical, the food here is truly a delight as well. We had baked eggplant as an appetizer, lobster as our seafood for the day, and the rib-eye steak for the main course. These are just a few of their top-notch creative dishes that you can try along with their impressive wine selection.
2. Catch the sunrise at The Gates of Heaven
Taking 2 hours by car, Ubud Bali is the ideal point of departure to the Gates of Heaven. The Hindu structure is often flocked by visitors wanting to take Instagram-worthy photos. With Mount Agung as the backdrop, it almost seems like you can touch the clouds if you reach out. The gate also provides an absolutely breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. If you head out early enough, you can avoid the crowd and be blessed with a stunning sunrise against Mount Agung.
The Gates of Heaven is part of Pura Lempuyang Temple, one of the oldest and holiest temples in Ubud Bali. The gate represents the border between the outside world and the sacred place. As a sign of respect, remember to dress appropriately when visiting. Wear a sarong and make sure that knees and shoulders are not visible.
Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang
Location: Banjar Purwa Ayu, Tribuana village, Abang Subdistrict Karangasem Regency, Bali 80852, Indonesia
3. Breathe in the early morning air at Tirta Gangga and Ujung Water Palace
Two other major attractions in Eastern Bali are Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden and Taman Ujung Water Palace. The sister sites are built by the last King of Karangasem and are both maintained by the royal family.
Perched on the south-eastern slope of Bali’s highest mountain, Mount Agung, the Tirta Gangga royal water garden features 1.2 hectares of water, plants and sculptures. The first thing you will see upon entering is the Mahabharata pond, where rows of Pandawa and Kurawa figures are neatly arranged. Behind the first pond is a 10-metre-high fountain surrounded by 8 sculptures representing the Nawa Sanga.
The springs at the higher ground of the site are the source of what locals consider as holy water. It is used for religious ceremonies while also being used to supply drinking water to Amlapura. At the lower level, the water goes into two clear pools. One pool is open for visitors to swim in while the other is filled with golden carp and other large fish.
Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden
Location: Jalan Raya Abang, Ababi, Abang, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Open: Daily 8:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m
The Taman Ujung water palace consists of various large pools and historic structures set against a backdrop of Bukit Bisbis range and the eastern shoreline. The combination of Balinese and European architecture can be seen in the park’s long and elegant bridges, ornate pillars, statues and garden features. The man-made structures and the natural scenery make it a favourite for pre-nuptial and artistic photography.
Taman Ujung Water Palace
Location: Tumbu, Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m
4. Visit significant Balinese attraction around Ubud Town
No visit to Ubud Bali is complete without walking about and exploring the town. There are just so many things to see! A visit to the Ubud Palace, the official palace of Ubud’s royal family, will give you a glimpse of the culture of the town. You can watch one of its nightly performances with a full gamelan orchestra or participate in events that showcase Balinese arts and literature. You can also visit a nearby local warung to taste the traditional Balinese delicacy called babi guling or suckling pig.
Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Agung)
Location: Jalan Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m
Pura Taman Saraswati Temple is famous for its lotus pond dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning. On the other hand, Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave is one of the most sacred sites in Bali. The mysterious site features Hindu carvings, relics and ancient bathing pools. It was listed as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995.
Taman Saraswati Temple in Bali
Location: Jalan Kajeng, Ubud Bali 80571, Indonesia
Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)
Location: Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Pejeng Kawan, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m
5. Support the local artisans and buy some crafts from Ubud Art Market
Another site that you shouldn’t miss in town is the Ubud Art Market. The perfect place for souvenir shopping, Ubud Art Market, locally called Pasar Seni Ubud, is one of the most visited art markets in Bali. It’s located in the centre of town right across the Ubud Palace.
Ubud Art Market is a one-stop-shop for traditional Balinese art and handicrafts. You will find colourful silk scarves, intricately framed paintings, hand-woven bags, religious statues and masks, and many others displayed on numerous shops lining the market streets. Most of the products here are locally made by artisans from neighbouring villages.
Ubud Art Market
Location: Jalan Raya Ubud Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
6. Adore the scenic view of Tegallalang Rice Terraces and experience the Ubud Bali Swing
A visit to Tegallalang Rice Terraces will give you a taste of Ubud’s rural scenery. The terraced rice paddies are famous for their innovative irrigation system called “subak.” Even more so, they are a prime spot for tourists who want to savour the picturesque panorama that spreads down and away to the other side of the valley. There is also a small village called Pakudui where you can see ornamental woodwork and carvings made by village craftsmen.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Location: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
For thrill-seeking couples, a bird’s eye view from the Ubud Bali Swing is definitely a must. The height of the swings range from 10 to 78 metres above the ground and will guarantee a marvellous view that overlooks the river, tropical greenery, and waterfall. If you’re not brave enough to live your Tarzan and Jane moment, you can still have fun posing on the cute nests or the romantic bed on the edge of the valley.
Ubud Bali Swing also offers other tour packages that include a romantic tour to the waterfall using a Volkswagen, a visit to an elephant park, a quad ride, and a rafting adventure.
Ubud Bali Swing
Location: Jl. Dewi Saraswati, Bongkasa Pertiwi, (Banjar Tegal Kuning) Badung, Bali 80352
For enquiries and reservations: [email protected] | +62 877 7708 8801
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
7. Express gratitude to the holy water of Tirta Empul and Pura Mengening
Tirta Empul, also known as the “holy spring temple,” got its name from the water source inside the compound. Legends say that the holy spring was the setting of a traditional tale about good and evil. The temple was then built around it in the 10th century and is now a national cultural heritage site.
The highlight of Tirta Empul is a pair of bathing pools lined with over a dozen fountains spouting water from the holy spring. Pilgrims seeking spiritual purification bathe themselves under each of these fountains.
Tirta Empul Temple
Location: Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
Pura Mengening is another temple where people can perform purification rituals using holy spring water. Although located in the same area and just off the road to Tirta Empul, Pura Mengening is not as frequented by tourists. Local worshippers and pilgrims are the only ones who usually come to the site to cleanse, pray, and collect holy water for ceremonies. This makes the temple an ideal location if you want a quieter and more serene spiritual experience.
Observing proper attire is important when visiting any temple in Bali. While Tirta Empul has sarongs you can rent, it might be difficult to find one at Mengening. Pack your own sarong along with a canangsari (offering placed on a small palm basket) and incense in case you wish to take a dip in the purification pool.
Location: Jalan Tirta No.25M, Sareseda, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
8. Spend a peaceful morning walk at Campuhan Ridge
Enjoy the Bali sunrise or sunset at the Campuhan Ridge trail. The 1.5-kilometre paved pathway is an easy hiking trail that shows the natural side of Ubud Bali. It’s perfect for an early morning or late afternoon stroll when the temperature is cooler, and the sun is not too high. Bask in the serenity of the surrounding trees and hills. At the top, you will be greeted with an amazing 360 panoramic view of the entire town. There are also small shops along the ridge that you can explore and buy art from.
Location: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud Bali 80571, Indonesia
9. Recharge in a spa session at the Chapung Sebali Spa
Chapung Sebali’s very own Chapung Spa is arguably the best spa in town. Right next door to Jungle Fish Pool Bar, it offers a one of a kind experience where you get to relax and rejuvenate your senses while revelling in the exotic views over the river valley. Chapung Spa provides a range of treatments that will pamper you from head to toe. If you want a more personalised experience, their highly-trained therapists can also conduct a private assessment to arrange a program best suited to you.
Chapung Sebali Spa
Location: Jl. Raya Sebali – 80561 Keliki, Ubud Bali
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
10. Meditate for a more tranquil trip at the Intuitive Flow and Yoga Barn
One of the top yoga destinations in Asia, Bali has numerous yoga studios. Ubud Bali alone has about 10 of them. Intuitive Flow, a small studio to the west of Ubud, offers different kinds and levels of practice including basic yoga classes for beginners and their signature Yoga Pranala. The classes are limited to 20 people, and the studio itself has no direct street access. These and the view of palm trees and rice fields make the experience more peaceful and relaxing.
The Yoga Barn, on the other hand, is like a theme park for yoga lovers. It has multiple yoga spaces, guest accommodation, organic cafe, and treatment room – everything you need to achieve spiritual wellness and healing. The complex is located in the centre of Ubud Bali and is the biggest and most popular yoga studio in town.
Location: Penestanan Kaya, Penestanan/Ubud Indonesia
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 7:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m
Sunday 7:00 .am – 1:00 p.m
The Yoga Barn
Location: Jln. Raya Pengoseken, Ubud, Gianyar 80571.
Opening Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m
Where to Eat in Ubud Bali
Nostimo Greek Grill
With branches in Seminyak and Ubud, Nostimo Greek Grill Bali has the realness and authenticity of Greece. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed, with a simple touch of Santorini colours that makes you feel like you are in the famous city. The service is also good, and the owner even goes around to help or greet guests. The food is mouthwatering and served in generous portions.
Nostimo Greek Grill Bali
Location: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud No. 108, Ubud Bali
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$19.33 for two *Cash only
Taco Casa Ubud
If you are suddenly hit with a craving for some Mexican food during your trip, then you’re in luck. Taco Casa serves fresh and delicious Mexican dishes that are made from scratch. They put emphasis on the ingredients of their food, carefully selecting and preparing them in batches to maintain freshness. They also have options for vegetarian diners.
Taco Casa Ubud
Location: Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud Bali 80571
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$19.33 for two *Cash and Cards
Local, organic, and sustainable Balinese ingredients and flavours infused with international spices, wines, and craft beers are the secret of Seasoned Bali. Owned by Canadian chef, Robert Erickson, the restaurant offers reasonably priced fusion dishes as well as gluten-free and vegetarian alternatives. The atmosphere is casual yet romantic, perfect for couples looking for a pleasant evening filled with good food, good wine, and great company. On the second floor, there is an art gallery and a shop that sells colourful and organically-designed clothes.
Seasoned Ubud Bali
Location: Jl. Raya Pengosekan 108 Ubud, MAS, Ubud Bali 80571
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m – 12:00 a.m
Locavore Ubud Bali
Locavore is an award-winning restaurant in Ubud Bali that serves contemporary European cuisine made from locally grown and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is small but usually fully-booked, and you would have to make a reservation a few weeks in advance if you want to have your meal here. It has 2 sets of menu – the regular Locavore menu and its vegetarian counterpart, Herbivore. Try their 5 or 7-course degustation. It comes with a pairing of wine or cocktail, but you can opt-out of them too. The snacks offered between each course are also lovely.
Location: 10 Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Lunch: Tue to Sat12:00 noon – 2:30 p.m | Dinner: Mon to Sat 6:30 p.m – 10:00 p.m
Meal price: ~S$77.35 for two *Cash and Cards
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