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Whenever you think of Bali, chances are you will cross your mind to Ubud. From how is Bali coping with covid 19? Things to do during holiday in Ubud, places to stay (our recommendations of Bali villas rental in the area), until getting around Ubud. We’ll answer all these today in this article.
Ubud is a touristy district in the main strip of Gianyar Regency and you’ll find out why. Ubud Bali to the airport takes around 40-100 minutes depending on the jams and your transportation choice. If you’re looking for beaches here, you will find none in Ubud. Does this worry you? Ubud, however, is the heart of the cultural and art center in Bali. It is rich in stunning natural landscapes such as rice terraces, hills, hidden waterfalls, and dense forests. And we’re happy enough with just those incredible Godsend gifts.
Things hit pretty rough in Bali since Covid-19. Bali is never ready to jump in at the deep end and still hoping much for the tourism industry to recover. How so? 80% of the island makes up for the sake of leisure industries. Today, many tourism actors have given their attempt to save their operational costs on in-the-brink-of-death accommodations by day use packages and promos featuring cut-off rates for a night stay. Some start to open up other businesses aside from tourism and sell plots of their land to survive. Although Bali is no longer trapped in wide-scale restrictions, the airport is still not 100% functional. The mental turmoil also influences a majority of tourists. They feel reluctant to visit the island for the fear of the virus. Ubud gets the impact just the same. You’ll be surprised to see Ubud now compared to its past memories before the pandemic which then were bustling with tourists here and there filling the nearby cafes and local shops.
This is the first thing that you should take into account considering you need to stay for a while if you want to achieve better introduction and encounters in Ubud. For places to stay in Ubud Bali, here are our suggestions. Balinese massage & spa is surely not to miss out during your trip to Ubud too.
The stunning architecture of Tanamas villas in Ubud is inspired by the unique model of rice barn in Bali. There are 8 cluster units here and one set of them can accommodate up to two guests. You’ll be sharing the pool with the occupants and it all costs you around $42/night.
Kaamala resort makes the perfect romantic getaway at Jalan Bisma, Ubud. The location is overlooking a vast green valley featuring a wedding venue, spa, and restaurant. Bali villas rental in Kaamala starts from $57.75/night for two people.
Asvara Villa Ubud Bali Villas Rental
Staying in Asvara Villa Ubud brings the romantic vibe to spark a high of intimacy and privacy for a honeymoon trip. The one-bedroom Bali villas rental features a private pool and Jacuzzi starting from $175.
Plenty of spots to visit and entertain your pastimes in Ubud. To get the most out of Ubud is best to do it walkthrough. Along the street, you’ll discover local artisan shops and aesthetic cafes at the best value for your money.
It is easy to find art-related souvenirs, traditional Balinese costumes, yoga stuff, boho dresses, batik, and authentic Balinese crafting masterpieces at Ubud Art Market. Located across the Puri Saren Palace, today, Ubud Art Market is lonely without tourists crowding all around it. The best thing about the traditional market in Bali is that you can bargain for a much better price. What time does Ubud market open? The bizz at Ubud Art Market runs every day from 9 am-6 pm. Head to our article here to figure out useful tips during shopping at Ubud Art Market.
It takes a mere 15-minute drive from the heart of Ubud to Bali Elephant Cave or Goa Gajah. Ancient, mystic, holy, and historical, Ubud Bali Elephant Cave is non-living evidence of how belief differences simply won’t cut it to fail the cordiality of both Hindu and Buddha devotees existing in harmony. Both used to occupy Goa Gajah as a place of holy, to connect with their divinity and high spirits. The legend said that it was established amid the reign of the Warmadewa Dynasty in the XI century AD. Architecture-wise, the building truly represents Hinduism in Bali with carvings of mythological beings seen everywhere around the site. The river below it and the luscious trees of more than 100 years there embrace Goa Gajah in a friendly breeze. You need to step down the stairs before you could witness a water temple where it erects 7 statues holding a jar that lets out holy water to a pond.
For temples around Ubud, upon entering any sacred sites in Bali, you need to wear special sarongs to cover your half lower body parts. Women on their period should not come along since they are taken as ‘indecent’ and might foul and mar the purity of the temple being visited. Try to visit Pura Taman Saraswati, Pura Gunung Lebah, Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, Pura Tirta Empul, Pura Gunung Kawi, and Pura Monkey Forest. They offer spectacular landscapes that make perfect postcard-worthy.
The best walks around Ubud are along the streets of Ubud. A little gem deep in the Gianyar Regency, streets in Ubud are quite narrow and in their glory before the pandemic. It used to be packed with streetwalkers, cars, and two-wheeled vehicles passing by. Mostly one-way streets and can only fit 1 car. If you miss the turn, you cannot just stop and turn around easily. You need to follow through the way until you can make a proper u-turn (there’s a sign for this). Spaces of establishments in Ubud are relatively close as well. If you’re lucky enough, during the walkthrough your eyes might get refreshers of greenery in Ubud. Some of the famous walks in Ubud are Monkey forest street, Campuhan Ridge Walk, Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, Ubud Raya Street to Kajeng Rice Field.
If we could give last pieces of advice on things to do during holiday in Ubud, try to visit their cafes, art museums, or galleries, and hang out with hives of yoga communities in Ubud. Basically, explore Ubud as much as you can, get lost in Ubud, mingle with the humble locals, and respect their tradition. Take home some of the crafts curated by indie artists. Lastly, have a peaceful retreat at our Bali villas rental. Find your romantic stay in Ubud and nab awesome deals by our Bali Villas Management today by clicking here.