Feeling like treating yourself on your trip to Bali?

Have a look at this selection of most gorgeous villas in Ubud. And believe me, you won’t even need to break open the piggy bank!

Why stay in Ubud?

Oh well, it’s hard not to like Ubud as its vibes are unique, and there is so much to do here!

Think: wellness, culture, peace, jungle, healthy food… You will get a clear idea of how you can benefit from your stay in Ubud!

There is a special energy here that enchanted the first foreigners who settled in Bali as early as the 1920s. And still today, visitors are attracted to Ubud’s natural beauty.

The town gained the reputation of being quieter than the South of the island, particularly in terms of nightlife. Among expats, we say that people living here are the “spiritual people” type.

In fact, if you're looking for activities related to wellness and spirituality, you're definitely in the right place. Balinese healers and reiki masters are all around Ubud, while yoga retreats and studios have been sprouting at every corner in the past years.

The Balinese themselves say that Ubud is the real Bali (even though it can get very touristic) contrarily to the South of Bali. Indeed, Ubud is environed by significant temples, such as the Mother Temple Besakih, Tirta Empul, or Goa Gajah – just to name a few.

In Bali, the local culture is omnipresent – it is impossible not noticing it! Witnessing a religious ceremony or a procession is extremely common. Actually, you will probably bump into one blocking the traffic while driving around!

The town holds a pretty central location on the island. And so, getting one of the best villas in Ubud could be a great base from which to explore the most popular touristic spots all around Bali – waterfalls, beaches and temples.

Private villa Ubud
Ubud private pool villa

Ubud is known to be the capital of Balinese arts and culture. If you are into arts, you can visit lots of galleries and museums, see traditional dance performances, join various workshops including wood and mask carving, jewellery making, offering making, and more.

The surrounding villages of Ubud are famous for their crafts: Celuk and Mas, known for their silversmiths and woodcarvers.

If you fancy some local food market, make your way to Gianyar night market where you'll be able to try countless local specialities and sweets (yum!)

Other than that, Bali is simply the perfect place where to relax and pamper yourself. You'll be amazed by the variety and the quality of spas around Ubud. Anything that you might dream of is available here!

Where is the main part of Ubud?

Ubud centre is the area that includes:

Jalan Raya Ubud: the main road where you will find Ubud Palace, the traditional market, Puri Lukisan Museum, and Saraswati Temple

Jalan Hanoman: it starts from Jalan Raya Ubud and goes all the way south. It has excellent shops, cafes and restaurants. Kafe and Clear Cafe are one of my favourites!

Jalan Monkey Forest: the parallel road to Jalan Hanoman, which goes down to the Monkey Forest. It also features plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants – slightly more commercial and touristic than Jalan Hanoman for my taste.

These are the principal axes to go around Ubud centre. They obviously are the busiest roads and the most touristic areas.

Luxury villa Ubud

If you'd like to stay in the centre but prefer quieter streets, head to:

Jalan Gootama: with shops selling cute clothes and handmade products, as well as nice and casual restaurants. Great bonus: no cars allowed!

Jalan Jembawan 1: check out my favourite local eatery called Sun Sun Warung. Super cheap and super delicious! If you are into healthy food, check Bali Buda’s exciting menu.

Jalan Subak Sok Wayah: this road is actually a narrow path between rice paddies, only accessible by feet or scooter. There you can enjoy an entirely peaceful environment and quality food! My advice? Try Sari Organik.

Jalan Tirta Tawar: have a look at Abe-Do Organic Warung! A local eatery sourcing only organic products.

Back in the days, Ubud was a tiny village. But after decades of being a popular destination, it expanded to other areas.

Let me explain to you quickly what the different neighbourhoods of Ubud are, if you fancy staying out of the beaten path.

Ubud pool villas

North Ubud: one of my favourite area because you can still find quiet villages, lush green landscapes, the real Balinese jungle, and choose from casual guesthouses to high-end hidden resorts. Around 10 min drive to Ubud centre.

On the way to the ancient Tegallalang rice terraces, you will see a lot of handicraft shops selling beautiful lamps, masks, statues, wood-carvings, musical instruments. The rice terraces are the main attraction in the area, so in order to avoid the crowd, book your tour early in the morning!

South Ubud: a lot of artists are from the Pengosekan area. You will see pieces of art displayed along the streets. That's where you will find the famous Yoga Barn. A little anecdote: it is the area where the healer Ketut Liyer (featuring in Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts) was living.

West Ubud: between Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Sayan, loads of quiet streets hide in wait to be discovered. It's a lovely area very close to Ubud.

Only 10 min from the centre, Sayan village is highly popular, with plenty of healthy food restaurants and boho-chic style shops. For an original culinary experience, try Moksa restaurant, they serve only raw and organic food from their garden.

You can lose yourself strolling around rice paddies and admire the sacred Ayung River.

In Penestanan, head to a yoga studio, a healthy food restaurant, or have a walk on the iconic Campuhan ridge trail.

Should I stay in town or outside of Ubud town?

Honestly, it is all about pinpointing your priorities. What do you want to get out from this trip to Bali?

The one thing that makes me love Ubud so much is the proximity to nature! You can stay in a very remote area surrounded by raw jungle, and still, be super close to the humming city centre.

Staying in Ubud centre could be a great idea if you enjoy a busy spot, and still be walking distance to all kind of shops, cafes and restaurants. Especially if the idea of renting a scooter gives you the creeps!

Luckily, the streets of Ubud centre are equipped with walking paths – which isn't generally the case for most of the other local villages. They made it easier for us to stroll around the shops without getting run over by the incoming traffic…

Bear in mind that the centre is the busiest and most commercial area of Ubud, it can be quite exhausting but you can find tranquil spots where to resource yourself: a zen spa, a relaxing cafe – you name it.

The other option is to stay slightly out of the centre and to rent a scooter or hire a taxi driver. Renting a bike generally cost around 60,000 IDR per day (around US$4), or even less if you lease it for longer.

In my opinion, the best villas in Ubud are scattered out of the town centre. You will have the opportunity to see more of the local village life, contemplate Balinese rainforest, not having to hear the traffic, while still being at a stonethrow from Ubud.

Villas in Ubud Bali

I made a selection of top villas in Ubud (with private pool!) that might help you to take a decision…

Note: rates tend to fluctuate often according to the seasons. I recommend you to double-check prices on booking.com. If you’re lucky, you will land some great discounts too!

Splurge: Luxury accommodation over US$300/night

This resort nestled in a magical valley features an infinite pool overlooking the misty jungle, modern and breezy villas.

Previous guests particularly enjoyed staying in the north of Ubud, and the stunning views available from their room.

Location: Jalan Raya Sebali No.5 Keliki (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$442 per night
Sleeps: Two-bedroom villa, up to 5 people
What makes it unique? The resort offers guests the possibility to do yoga classes, rice field trekking, horse-riding and cycling – for free!

Looking for a jungly boutique hotel, but in the centre of Ubud? Yes, it is possible!

Check out these contemporary villas with kitchenette and private garden, and free daily yoga classes.

Located on a parallel road to Monkey Forest Road, the hotel is within walking distance from almost everything, including shops and restaurants.

Location: Jalan Bisma (15 min walk to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$666 per night
Sleeps: Two-bedroom villa, up to 4 people
What makes it unique? Pick a villa with a Japanese bathtub! It will make your day.

Isn’t it time to spoil yourself?

This classy resort, sitting on 18 hectares next to the sacred Ayung River, allows you to truly connect with nature while being in a luxury villa in Ubud.

You will benefit from free daily activities, including rice paddy planting, one-hour free massage and yoga classes. What do you think? I’d say: top class.

Location: Desa Kedewatan (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$530 per night
Sleeps: One-bedroom villa, up to 2 people
What makes it unique? The resort has immense natural pools where you can swim surrounded by cliffs and the jungle… Pretty special.

Right in the centre near the Monkey Forest, you can book a spotless private villa in Ubud, surrounded by tropical gardens.

The villas are semi-open, very intimate, with modern design and a classy bathroom made in marble.

Be ready to get some visits from the monkeys. They hang out a lot in this area…

Location: Jalan Monkey Forest (Ubud centre)
Price from: US$323 per night
Sleeps: One-bedroom villa, up to 2 people
What makes it unique? Try the floating breakfast in your private pool!

Mid-range: between US$150-300/night

Book this very private villa in Ubud, open-air (so Bali style!) with everything you need: a living room, a bathtub, a well-equipped kitchen, and a jungle pool.

Bali villas in Ubud

Guests particularly like its remote location, while it is still very close to great restaurants.

Location: 68 Jalan Sri Wedari (15 min walk to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$216 per night
Sleeps: Three-bedroom villa, up to 6 people
What makes it unique? Without hesitation, the bedrooms overlooking the jungle!

These cute Bali villas in Ubud feature two bedrooms, a kitchen, a private pool, an outdoor space, an open living room, as well as a breakfast a la carte included.

They are particularly charming with their traditional Balinese architecture.

You'll definitely experience the real tropical lifestyle that Bali offers…

Previous guests highly rated outstanding hospitality and great value for money.

Location: Jalan Penestanan Kelod (10 minute walk to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$153 per night
Sleeps: Two-bedroom villa, up to 4 people
What makes it unique? If you like to connect with locals, you will love this place as a lovely Balinese family runs it.

Away from the busy centre, you can book this Ubud private pool villa, featuring a kitchen, a spacious garden, open living room, and an original bathroom.

This big modern style villa has an arty industrial look, enclosed by glass walls.

Location: Br. Katik Lantang (6 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from : US$180 per night
Sleeps : Two-bedroom villa, up to 4 people
What makes it unique? The design of the villa: highly instagrammable!

If you fancy a magical villa in the jungle, book one the best Ubud hotels with private pool I know!

Bidadari villas dwell in the North of Ubud, beautiful, authentic and quiet.

This Bali style villas have all the essential amenities (and so much more!): a fully equipped kitchen, a homey living room, an enchanting semi-open bathroom, a mobile phone for room service, a private driver to drop you off in town, daily afternoon tea with homemade cake… What else?

Outstanding service while you enjoy a peaceful environment, a lush garden and the view on the mountain.

It's even better than on the pictures – I swear!

Location : Kelabang Moding (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$250 per night
Sleeps : Four-bedroom villa, up to 8 people
What makes it unique? One of the most insane locations I have seen in Bali. The jungle literally surrounds the resort – this is the real Bali to me!

Villa Kayu Lama proposes big villas with a clean and minimalist design.

White, beige and wooden features give a relaxing vibe to the living space, where you will enjoy the view on the garden, a lovely bathroom (with bathtub!), sunbeds and a traditional gazebo as hangout spots.

The rooms are modern and comfy, while the service is prompt and polite.

It’s also possible to get a delicious floating breakfast in your private pool if it's your thing!

Located in South Ubud, you will be closer to the ocean as well as the airport.

Location: Br. Apuh Desa Lodtunduh (15 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$170 dollars per night
Sleeps: Twobedroom villa, up to 4 people
What makes it unique? For honeymooners, you can get some romantic benefits! The staff will set up decorations with flower petals in the bathtub and on the bed.

Anusara Villas is a human-size and intimate resort composed of eight villas with private pools only.

The villas have seating areas, fully equipped kitchen, charming outdoor bathrooms, with a blend of traditional Balinese and modern design.

Surrounded by rice fields, you can benefit from nature trekking and village tours!

Once back to the hotel, the lovely staff can set you up a romantic dinner next to your pool. Who's in?

Location: Jalan Raya Pejeng Kawan (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from : US$150 per night
Sleeps : Two-bedroom villa, up to 4 people
What makes it unique? Order a coconut from the room service, and watch the sunset over the rice fields from your terrace!

Budget/Affordable: under US$150/night

Adorable open-air villas have their own private entrance, a comfy living room and a kitchen, with a spacious garden.

The layout of the hotel is really nice and favours quiet, because there is no car access. Meaning you benefit from complete privacy and a bird soundtrack for your stay.

The small casual restaurant has a view on rice paddies. Other than that, you can also get a floating breakfast in your private pool.

Location : Br. Penestanan Kelod (less than 10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from : US$135 dollars per night
Sleeps: Two-bedroom villa, up to 4 people
What makes it unique? There is a special energy in Penestanan, probably because this village is an area where a lot of Balinese artists are from. Very attractive to foreigners, it grew and became a hype destination for yoga and healthy food lovers.

Between rice paddies and forest, Temuku Villas have their own private entrance, a garden, a thatched roof gazebo with sunbeds.

Guests love the view giving on the rice fields, the daily afternoon tea, the floating breakfast and the quality of spa treatments.

On top of that: they often come back!

Location : Jalan Pura Ulun Carik No. 7 (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$100 per night
Sleeps : One-bedroom villa, up to 2 people
What makes it unique? Honestly? These Ubud villas with pool are an excellent value for money.

The Black Penny villas in Ubud are very special: the location and view are epic!

The villas' design is strongly influenced by Balinese architecture: the interior is all in wood, and they have this high triangular shape roofing typical in Indonesia.

They offer complete privacy from other guests, who all have their own private garden.

Everything is organised for you to appreciate every moment. Enjoy some time in the cute bathtub, or order a cocktail directly to your villa! 

Location: Jalan Raya Kedewatan (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$85 per night
Sleeps: One-bedroom villa, up to 2 people
What makes it unique? The hotel sits on a hill, overlooking a magical valley. Each villa is high up with a view over rice paddies, the jungle or the river from their terrace.

One of the best affordable villas in Ubud!

It is a place where you can completely disconnect in a rural and layback environment.

These elegant white villas have a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area, a terrace with a pool.

North from the famous Tegallalang rice terraces, it is quite close from northern Bali's attractions such as Tirta Empul temple.

If needed, there is a free shuttle to Ubud town available for guests.

Great quality price!

Location: Banjar Susut No. 777 (30 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$114 per night
Sleeps: Three-bedroom villa, up to 6 people
What makes it unique? The 15 minutes welcome massage and fruit basket on arrival!

These villas in Ubud feature a private garden, a spacious outdoor shower, along with a bathtub, a gazebo with view on the rice fields.

The houses are made from dark wood, which gives a warm vibe to the space. Exactly what you need to feel like home!

You can also enjoy a bluetooth speaker at your disposal.

 Location: Jalan Raya Sanggingan (less than 10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$66 per night
Sleeps: One-bedroom villa, up to two people
What makes it unique? Great value for money.

These villas feature a mix of modern and traditional features of Balinese architecture, with wooden design.

They have an open kitchen, a spacious garden, away from Ubud's hustle-bustle.

Sayan is an excellent hobo spot where to stay, as it's the village just next to Ubud. There are plenty of shops and restaurants.

Location: Jalan Raya Sayan (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$87 per night
Sleeps : Three-bedroom villa, up to 6 people
What makes it unique? You can get a complementary drawing class from a local artist!

These two villas in Ubud are modern style houses with outdoor bathrooms, a private garden and a big pool, as well as nice sunbeds.

Savour the breakfast freshly cooked every morning! The guests appreciated the exceptional hospitality and service.

You can enjoy everything that Ubud has to offer, and walk back home after a day filled with activities.

Location: Jalan Raya Lungsiakan, Gang Aditya Laundry (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from: US$95 per night
Sleeps: Four-bedroom villa, up to 8 people
What makes it unique? Order a coconut, your favourite food and a massage by the pool!

Very boho chic style villas in the middle of Sayan village.

These white villas are classy and minimalist, decorated with unique pieces of wooden furniture.

All flats are spacious and comfortable, with private pools, a well-equipped kitchen, as well as very secluded.

The whole complex is located off the main road in Sayan, consequently near shops and restaurants.

Location: Jalan Rurung Dangin No. 15 (10 min by car to Ubud centre)
Price from : US$60 dollars per night
Sleeps: Three-bedroom villa, up to 6 people
What makes it unique? The somehow Ibiza style of houses!

Ubud is one of my favourite places to be in Bali, especially because it offers so much diversity in terms of things to do.

Private villa in Ubud

When choosing a villa, you need to think about your priorities:

Do you want to be in a quiet area, or do you prefer to be right in the middle of the city centre?

Do you prefer to have a good view, or to be walking distance from shops and restaurants?

Your purpose in travelling to Bali is to have a relaxing time, or to be out all day venturing around touristic attractions?

What I can tell you is that Ubud is definitely a secure destination, as it has something for everyone!

You have the choice between a busy city centre and nature, shopping and long walks in nature.

If you’re into wellness, you can find any treatment, healing sessions, and choose from one of the many yoga studios to keep you fit during your holidays.

If arts and culture is your thing, you can visit museums, art galleries and the most important temples of the island.

Come and enjoy life in one of these gorgeous Villas in Ubud, Bali!

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