So, you’re heading to Bali, but you’re unsure where to stay because there are a plethora of gorgeous options. You could surf down in Uluwatu, catch gorgeous sunsets over cocktails in Seminyak, enjoy the coastal village of Canggu, head to the luxe gated community of Nusa Dua, navigate the bustling streets of Kuta or stay in Ubud! The latter is one of my favorite parts of the island. I found it so warm and accessible that I’d even characterize it as “the heart of Bali.”
No trip to the island seems complete without experiencing the traditional crafts, ceremonies, dances and the rice terraces. Note: there are far more terraces than the famed Tagalalang one, but if you’re interested in going there particularly then early or late (close to sunrise or sundown) seems a good time of day to avoid crowds. The monkey forest is located in Ubud and there happens to be a wide range of accommodation from backpackers, to home-stays, to hotels and luxury resorts. Ubud is an excellent choice for those interested in maintaining proximity to the Tegalalang for the rice paddies, Pura Tirta Empul (a water temple near Tampaksiring) and some cascading waterfalls. Beyond those three reasons to stay, the opportunities to purchase local handicrafts and clothing are incredible, the food is flavorful and vibrant, and you can always indulge in yoga trainings, or classes. I’d say Ubud is easily one of the most lively home bases you can select in Bali.
Now, if I’ve convinced you to stay for at least some time in Ubud, look no further than Royal Tulip Visesa for your accommodations. It’s a new culturally inspired property just minutes from the center of Ubud. This stunning resort offers a spa, communal pool area, suites that overlook a rice field, private pools inside your villa, butlers, and daily tours with lessons on things like permaculture, or Balinese arts (like offering making) and it even has a kids club. The food is incredibly fresh and there is a scrumptious breakfast buffet. I’m always partial to stay in places that have a wide range of options from pastries, fresh fruit, local and Western style breakfast, with some made to order choices (here they have omelettes and pancakes upon request for example). The service is impeccable and I was always met with a smile, as well as a greeting by first and last name. Two of my girlfriends spent the first night with me here before catching their flight home to Los Angeles. They were also very pleased with the personalized touch of Royal Tulip Visesa. The tranquil atmosphere that still offers easy access to the more densely populated areas of Ubud simply cannot be beat. Overall, the experience was very memorable and I cannot wait to return with my loved ones!