The Ultimate Luxury Getaway in Ubud, Bali

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Curator’s statement

Ubud, Bali, is a traveler's paradise where nature's vibrant beauty and rich culture harmoniously blend. Nestled amid emerald-green rice terraces, this enchanting town offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of local life, where colorful ceremonies, traditional dance performances and artisan workshops await. Explore hidden temples shrouded in lush foliage; rejuvenate your soul with yoga and wellness retreats and savor tantalizing Balinese cuisine. Ubud is not just a destination; it's a transformative journey into the heart and soul of Bali.

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Where to stay in Ubud, Bali

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Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Upscale sanctuary on Ubud’s Ayung River where spa time and relaxation top the to-do list.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

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A luxe resort surrounded by tropical gardens with high-end suites and villas in Ubud.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan

A showcase of the extraordinary setting, stay here for the jungle and river views, superlative service and romantic suites.

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  • When you book Four Seasons through Fora, you will enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits. Your advisor will be pleased to give you more details.

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Things to do in Ubud, Bali

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Monkey Forest

The Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali, is a captivating natural sanctuary where lush greenery meets curious long-tailed macaque monkeys. This serene jungle oasis invites visitors to explore ancient temples, meandering pathways and bubbling streams while observing the playful antics of the resident monkeys. It's a harmonious blend of nature, culture, and wildlife that offers a unique and memorable experience in the heart of Bali.

Traditional Balinese Massage

A Traditional Balinese Massage is a rejuvenating and holistic bodywork experience that encapsulates the essence of Bali's ancient healing traditions. It's a sensory journey that begins with the soothing scent of aromatic oils and the gentle sounds of nature in the background.

During the massage, skilled therapists use a combination of long, flowing strokes, gentle stretching and deep pressure techniques to stimulate blood circulation, release muscle tension and promote overall relaxation. The massage also incorporates acupressure to balance the body's energy pathways.

What sets the Traditional Balinese Massage apart is its incorporation of traditional Balinese techniques passed down through generations. Therapists often use their hands, fingers, knuckles and even elbows to work on tight muscles and knots, creating a sense of deep relaxation and relief.

The serene ambiance of the spa, along with the healing touch of the therapist, transports you to a state of profound tranquility. It's not just a physical treatment; it's a spiritual and mental journey that leaves you feeling refreshed, revitalized and deeply connected to Bali's rich cultural heritage and its emphasis on holistic well-being.

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang Rice Terrace is a stunning natural wonder in Bali, Indonesia, known for its captivating stepped terraces of vibrant green rice paddies. These meticulously maintained fields are a testament to traditional Balinese farming practices and create a breathtaking landscape that's both serene and visually striking. Visitors can wander through the terraces, enjoy panoramic views and gain insight into the island's agricultural heritage while appreciating the picturesque scenery.

Ubud Water Palace

The Ubud Water Palace, also known as Puri Saren Agung, is a majestic cultural site located in the heart of Ubud, Bali. This enchanting palace complex boasts beautiful gardens, intricate Balinese architecture and serene lotus ponds. Visitors can explore its courtyards, traditional pavilions and even enjoy traditional dance performances in the open-air auditorium. The palace offers a serene and historical atmosphere that provides a glimpse into Bali's rich cultural heritage.

Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul Temple, located in Bali, Indonesia, is a sacred site renowned for its holy spring water. This historic temple features a central courtyard with bathing pools fed by natural springs. Pilgrims and visitors come to participate in ritual purification, guided by the temple clergy. The spiritual ambiance, soothing sounds of flowing water, and intricate Balinese architecture make Tirta Empul a captivating place to connect with Bali's cultural and spiritual heritage.

Day Trips

Nusa Penida Island

A day trip to Nusa Penida Island, located off the southeast coast of Bali, promises an unforgettable adventure in a tropical paradise. Departing Bali by boat, you'll arrive in Nusa Penida, where natural beauty and unique attractions await you:

  • Kelingking Beach: Your journey often begins with a visit to Kelingking Beach, famous for its dramatic cliff formation that resembles a T-Rex. Hike down to the pristine beach or take in breathtaking views from above.

  • Angel's Billabong and Broken Beach: Explore Angel's Billabong, a natural rock pool, and Broken Beach, a stunning land bridge formation. Both offer fantastic photo opportunities and a chance to dip in the crystal-clear waters.

  • Crystal Bay: Enjoy some relaxation at Crystal Bay, a picturesque beach with calm waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Discover vibrant marine life in its coral reefs.

  • Atuh Beach: Atuh Beach is a hidden gem known for its pristine white sands and turquoise waters. Accessible via a steep staircase, it's an idyllic spot for beachcombing and tranquility.

  • Temple Visits: Explore the cultural side of Nusa Penida by visiting temples like Pura Dalem Penataran Ped, where you can observe Balinese Hindu rituals.

  • Manta Point (seasonal): If you're visiting during the right season, you might have the chance to snorkel with majestic manta rays at Manta Point.

  • Lunch: Savor local Balinese cuisine at one of the island's restaurants, often featuring fresh seafood and traditional dishes.

  • Return to Bali: In the late afternoon or evening, return to Bali by boat, concluding your day trip to Nusa Penida Island with a sense of awe at its natural wonders.

Keep in mind that the island's terrain can be rugged and some attractions require a degree of physical fitness. Be sure to plan your day trip well and consider guided tours for a smoother experience.

Places to eat & drink in Ubud, Bali

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Locavore: Locavore Ubud is a renowned Bali restaurant celebrated for its commitment to sourcing local ingredients and its innovative approach to Balinese cuisine. Diners at Locavore can expect an exquisite farm-to-table dining experience featuring meticulously crafted dishes that showcase the vibrant flavors of the region.

Kubu At Mandapa: Kubu at Mandapa is a captivating dining experience set within the lush greenery of Ubud, Bali. This enchanting restaurant offers private bamboo cocoons along the Ayung River, where guests can savor a sumptuous Mediterranean-European menu. Kubu's intimate and romantic ambiance, combined with its exquisite cuisine, creates an unforgettable dining experience amid Bali's natural beauty.

Ayung Terrace at Four Seasons Sayan: Ayung Terrace Restaurant in Ubud is a dining haven perched on the edge of the Ayung River Valley. With panoramic views of the lush jungle and the gentle sound of the river below, it offers a serene setting for indulging in a menu of Indonesian and international delights. This restaurant provides a delightful blend of nature, relaxation and delectable cuisine in the heart of Bali.

Aperitiff at Viceroy Bali: Aperitif Bali is an elegant and sophisticated dining destination located in Ubud, Bali. This renowned restaurant offers a unique and immersive culinary journey with a focus on modern European cuisine infused with Indonesian flavors. Housed in a stunning colonial-era mansion, Aperitif provides a luxurious ambiance and an extensive wine and cocktail selection, making it a top choice for those seeking a fine dining experience in Bali.


The Jati Bar At Sayan: The Jati Bar at Four Seasons Resort Sayan in Ubud, Bali, is a luxurious and serene cocktail bar nestled in the heart of the lush rainforest. This iconic bar offers guests a breathtaking setting suspended above the Ayung River, surrounded by verdant greenery and the soothing sounds of nature. It's renowned for its creative cocktails, extensive wine list and panoramic views, making it a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a drink while immersed in Bali's natural beauty.

Ambar At Mandala: Ambar Bar at Mandapa, Ubud, is a chic and inviting destination for both guests and visitors to unwind and enjoy drinks in a tranquil setting. This elegant bar offers a relaxed ambiance with comfortable seating and stunning views of the Ayung River. Guests can savor a variety of craft cocktails, fine wines, and beverages while taking in the lush natural surroundings. Ambar Bar combines luxury with the serenity of Bali, making it an ideal spot for a memorable evening in Ubud.

Apéritif Bar: Aperitif Bar at The Viceroy Bali in Ubud is a refined and upscale cocktail bar offering an elegant and intimate atmosphere. Nestled within the luxurious Viceroy resort, this bar is known for its expert mixologists who craft creative cocktails using top-shelf spirits and fresh ingredients. Guests can enjoy their drinks in a sophisticated setting with panoramic views of the lush valley and tropical rainforest. It's the perfect place to unwind, savor exquisite beverages and soak in the ambiance of this high-end retreat in Ubud.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Veronica Dummett guide, A Guide to a Wellness Holiday in Ubud.

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