Ubud was my favorite location in Bali. Between the overall focus on wellness, the rainforest views, and the amazing food, the vibes were high and I was on cloud 9 throughout my time in Ubud. Out of the 4 destinations we hit in Bali within our 12 days there, Ubud hands down took the cake. I'm already dying to go back and stay for a month! It's the perfect place to visit if you're looking for a truly relaxing, healthy, holiday with lots to do. It seemed like the biggest "town" with a few really cute central streets filled with boutiques, spas, yoga studios, restaurants, and more.
To get to Ubud, you'll probably want to use a private driver. More on getting around Bali, including info for a private driver, in this post. Once you're in Ubud, you should rent a scooter to get around - driving in a regular car will mean you'll be sitting in traffic (it's pretty terrible in Ubud believe it or not!) Most of the scenic places that you'll want to visit are within about a 30 minute drive -- there's plenty to do and see!
Nom, nom! There are SO many restaurants in Ubud, ranging from organic, healthy and fresh, to local "warungs" (small, local kitchens) where you can get an amazing meal for $2-3 USD, Ubud is a foodie paradise. See all of my recommendations below.
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There are so many views that you can't miss while you're there. From swinging over rice terraces, to the amazing monkey forest, to the nearby waterfalls and hikes, you can't go wrong. You can even getup and go for a sunrise hike of Mount Batur (one of Bali's active volcanoes... but not to be confused with the one that was acting up recently, which is Mount Agung). Many of the hotels and villas even have infinity pools overlooking valleys of rice terraces and amazing & lush green rainforests. I could go on forever.
There's plenty of yoga studios in Ubud, so you can't go wrong. My favorite studio (and the most insta-famous) was The Yoga Barn. It's basically the globe's mecca for yoga lovers. It sits among a lush jungle with multistory bamboo structures as studios and people from all over the world who come to practice. Love the fact that yoga is blind to language - it helps everyone speak the same one! You'll surely meet some amazing souls here, and definitely snag a smoothie at their cafe after class. You can do yoga retreats or teacher trainings here too!