If you’re looking for relaxation, lots and lots of yoga, and authentic Balinese culture, you’ve come to the right place. Tucked between rice fields, jungles and rivers, these luxurious villas in Ubud, Bali are hard to resist.
What to expect: Bali is known for its rejuvenation, and this award-winning eco-spa resort knows just how to do that. Each guests has an itinerary customised just for them, which might include healing therapy, beauty rituals, yoga, meditation and interestingly, even vibration healing music and water healing. It’s more than enough to peak any nomad’s curiosity.
What to expect: If you fancy yourself a wellness aficionado, you might have already heard all about this swanky resort from your fellow yogis. It’s hidden away in a jungle, above a flowing river, where all spa treatments have the most amazing outdoor surroundings — so those birds you hear chirping aren’t part of some regular spa CD. Tailored wellness and Ayurvedic programs are the highlight here as well (oh, the choices), and you’ll have full access to the gym, pilates studio and yoga pavilion with in-house teachers.
What to expect: It’s close to town, yet when you’re tucked in your cool, crisp sheets you feel as though you’re in your own stress-free world. In other words, the best of both worlds. You can chose from three different types of suites; Forest, Canopy and Garden. To soak in the tropical heat you can head to the infinity pool, or you can spend an afternoon chilling in the Library Cafe. Plus, all suites come with their own Japanese soaking tubs. Fancy.
What to expect: An unbeatable location! This five-star resort is a short drive away from the cultural wonders of Ubud, such as temples, museums, galleries, and artists’ villages. But for days spent inside as equally as inspiring, with walks along the Oos River and meals at the traditional Balinese restaurant that looks towards the Batukaru volcano. Double the relaxation with a trip to the spa and a yoga class.
What to expect: You’ll be perched in a tree-house-like Balinese abode designed by (wait for it) Kerry Hill Architects! C’mon guys, that’s a world-renowned architectural firm, if you haven’t already heard of them. Now you know you’ll be getting some modern glass-walls-and-wood-elements style, and there’s an art gallery and a sculpture garden.
What to expect: If daydreams of infinity pools are still swimming in your head, behold the one pool that is just wow. Actually, make that a three-tier pool. So rooms here have to compete with that, and would you know it, there are eight levels of the hotel and guests need to shuttle across via funiculars (little train-like things). Again, you’re placed rather close to town… that’s if you can get enough of the pool. Did we mention each villa also has its own pool pavilion?
What to expect: Chalets where you can roll right out of bed and into a pool. It’s quite a roll, as you can see, but it’s possible. At this five-star resort you also get free shuttle services and yoga lessons. What’s a trip to Bali without sneaking in some much-needed yoga time, right? But what you’ll really take to is the ambiance of the place. It resembles real-life Balinese villages and has a must-visit spa.
What to expect: It’s the only 6-bedroom luxury villas in Ubud! Which means it’s a good place to bring the kids, and they can entertain themselves in the play room while you relax by the pool and have a drink. When you need some time alone, sneak off to the meditation room. Or, get your inner Picasso on at the studio upstairs, while you immerse in the surrounding jungle views through floor-length windows. Then the whole family can get together for a wonderful dinner prepared by the villa’s own chef.
What to expect: It’s the most authentic of Balinese villas you’ll ever (hopefully) stay in. Think villas on stilts, teak wood, extensive decks and rain showers. For the meditation buffs, there are two the perfect spot to breathe easy by the bamboo meditation gazebos — they’re secluded on the hillside and are equipped with fans, mosquito nets and naturally, picturesque views. In fact, you’re guaranteed good views all around, like the Sayan Valley, volcano and mountains. Be sure to check out the saltwater pools and an organic herb and vegetable garden — this place knows just how to do it.
What to expect: They’re masters of interior design, or so it seems. The villa has an unbeatable light, airy, clean space. If you’re OCD about being neat, this is the place for you to let your hair down and enjoy yourself (finally). The villa is located in the serene village of Payagon, better known as Yoga-town so you know what that means — more yoga! (Seriously, you’re going to leave this place a total babe).