Best known for its traditional dance and crafts, Ubud has become the cultural heart of Bali. For a taste of the incredible arts, the surrounding villages of Penestanan, Peliatan, Campuhan and Batuan are filled with shops offering intricate woodcarvings, textiles, antiques and jewellery for you to browse. Wander along Ubud’s main street and you’ll come across wonderful art studios and museums, and there are a collection of fascinating temples to discover – including Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), which holds significant historical value. In the evenings, the town becomes awash with fabulous dance performances.
Though becoming more and more popular, Ubud retains its calm, natural beauty – namely the luscious rice paddies that sweep across the landscape. The paddies are magical at any time of day, but the pink skies at dusk are truly stunning when reflected against the clear water and emerald fields. The ambience the paddies withhold is one of peace, making Ubud the place to be if you want to rejuvenate and relax.
Of course, one of the most renowned parts of Ubud is the Sacred Monkey Forest. Stroll through the dense forest in search of jaw-dropping temples, and wait for the inquisitive monkeys to find you. These nosey animals have become used to human contact, so you’ll see many swinging through the canopies and trying to nick food from your bag – be sure to keep your belongings close to you.
Ubud is a town that is always ahead of the trend. As sustainability and mindfulness become all the more stylish in western society, Ubud’s lifestyle has always followed this movement. It’s a destination with a reputation for emitting a positive vibe, so it’s perfect for serenity and reflection.