Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Ubud

8 best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Ubud

Known as the cultural capital of Bali, Ubud is a place everyone should visit in their lifetime. It is overflowing with museums, cultural landmarks, and breathtaking sites, but the truly amazing thing about it is the nature that surrounds it.

In a place such as this, it’s incredibly easy to let all your worries disappear and to focus only on the environment, the culture, and the people surrounding you. For a digital nomad, this is a trap to be avoided at all costs—their lifestyle depends on their ability to work hard first, and play hard later.

One of the best ways to stay productive is to find a functional coworking space. It’s much easier to focus on work if the environment is encouraging you to work instead of distracting. Luckily, there are some fantastic coworking places in Ubud, and here are our top picks.

Hubud is our number one pick for coworking in Ubud

Source: Hubud: Ubud coworking community space

If you want a coworking space that is conducive to hard work, has a large and extremely social community, and is absolutely gorgeous, you’ve come to the right place. Hubud is all this and more.

Located across the street from the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, it is like an oasis of wilderness right in the center of the city. The bamboo construction gives it a tree-house vibe, and the surrounding vegetation makes you believe you’re in a Tarzan movie.

If you’re an animal lover, this is where you want to be. The space is cat and dog-friendly, and if you work by the window, you can see monkeys climbing the telephone wires!

The community of Hubud is a thing in itself. They are social and open, and you’ll definitely feel welcome. There is an incredible number of events, workshops, lectures, or just casual gatherings organized on a weekly basis. The H-Pass (membership card and community connect card in one) allows you to get a discount for about 30 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, and other goods and services on Bali.

With all the perks, it’s easy to forget about actual work, but don’t worry—Hubud transforms work into pleasure. Facilities as fantastic as these will encourage you to work and create. Here are some of the things Hubud offers:

  • Hammocks, beanbags, ergonomic chairs, and standing desks
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Onsite canteen
  • Podcasting and Skype rooms
  • Personal lockers
  • A library
  • Printing equipment
  • Co-living

All this and more—friendly staff, great food, cool chill-out area—make Hubud the best place to cowork in Ubud. Don’t hesitate to give it a go!

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: IDR 229,000
  • Per month: IDR 2,943,000 (for unlimited access)
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 9 am – 12 am
  • Sunday: 9 am – 12 am
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

Here are seven other coworking spaces we loved

Hubud is excellent, but it might be inconvenient if your accommodation is too far away. Maybe it’s just not to your taste. Don’t worry; we got you covered. Here are seven other impressive coworking spaces in Ubud.

  1. Outpost Ubud Coworking
  2. Outpost Ubud Penestanan Coworking & Coliving
  3. Tempatkita Coworking Space
  4. Hustlers Villa – Coliving & Coworking Bali
  5. IGDORE Indonesia
  6. Campus Ubud Coworking
  7. The Onion Collective: Passion Lab

Outpost

Outpost boasts two locations in Ubud, and both are excellent. Here are the details for each.

Outpost Ubud Coworking

Source: Outpost

Outpost Ubud Coworking is a fantastic place for co-living and coworking. It is located about 10 minutes on foot from the Blanco Renaissance Museum. It’s adjusted to the nomad lifestyle, and it is incredibly comfortable.

The co-living space is great in itself, with king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms. The only shared areas are the kitchen, the lounge, and the yard.

When it comes to coworking, Outpost doesn’t disappoint. It provides high-speed Wi-Fi, and the space is air-conditioned. There are plenty of events organized for the members, who also have their own slack channel.

Outpost provides standing desks, beanbags, and ergo chairs, so the space is quite comfortable, even for long work hours. There are printing equipment, sound recording equipment, and computers if you need them.

Coffee and water come free of charge, but if you crave something fancier, there is a café on the premises. When you want to take a break and relax, you can enjoy the great lounge area, the swimming pool, and the pool table.

With a daily pass, you can only use the space during the reception hours, but a weekly or monthly pass will give you unlimited access to the premises. Any pass you get for this location is also valid for the other Outpost location in Ubud.

Open hours 24/7
Price Per day IDR 235,700
Per day IDR 1,415,000
Per month IDR 3,272,000

Outpost Ubud Penestanan Coworking & Coliving

Source: Outpost

The other Outpost space is located at Jalan Penestanan, Sayan, Kecamatan. Outpost Penestanan is significantly more chill than the first location. The events they organize tend to be on a more relaxed side, with more parkour and salsa and fewer programming 101’s.

The community is social and cheerful, and they have their own slack channel and Facebook group. Outpost organizes a lot of outings, like community lunches and drinks. There are enough workshops and events to satisfy even the most active among you.

The Wi-Fi is excellent, and there is air-conditioning, so the space is kept at a pleasant temperature. With beanbags, hammocks, ergo chairs, and standing desks, it’s quite comfortable and adaptable to individual work styles.

There are Skype rooms, a kitchen, and laundry service, as well as free parking on the premises. Outpost Penestanan also provides printing equipment and projectors.

Coffee and tea are free, but you have to pay for fancier drinks. The onsite restaurant is excellent, with many options suited for different dieting regimens, with vegan and gluten-free menus included.

If you need to relax after a long day of work, there is a chill-out area, a swimming pool, and a yoga studio, and you can even get a massage! The place is dog-friendly, so you can take your little buddy with you to act as a stress-relief during challenging moments.

There are so many perks to this beautiful coworking space, so try it out if you have the chance.

Open hours 24/7
Price Per day IDR 220,000
Per month IDR 2,700,000

Tempatkita Coworking Space

Source: tempatkita

Tempatkita Coworking Space is another beautiful and relaxing place where you can work. It is located halfway between Museum Rudana and Njana Tilem Museum.

They offer excellent, uncommonly stable Wi-Fi. It’s quite a cozy place, with bean bags everywhere, but they have no standing desks. The aesthetics of the space are pleasing and inspiring, with a gorgeous little pool and wooden elements of the construction.

They have a kitchen and a Skype room. There are free coffee and tea, and alcoholic beverages that you can buy on site. There is an onsite café in case you’re craving a large, creamy mochaccino—but they’ll charge extra.

Open hours 24/7
Price Per hour IDR 30,000
Per day IDR 122,500
Per week IDR 420,000
Per month IDR 1,750,000
Long term Three months: IDR 1,567,500/month

Six months: IDR 1,485,000/month

A year: IDR 1,402,500/month

Hustlers Villa—Coliving & Coworking Bali

Source: Hustlers Villa

Hustlers Villa is another coworking space that prides itself on the community it managed to build. They host all sorts of fun events and workshops for their members and organize community lunches and nights out. The members have a Facebook group to keep them connected.

No matter what your preferred style of working is—at a desk, on a couch, or lying down—you’ll find something that suits you well. There are standing desks and ergo chairs, and if you are a less traditional cookie, there are bean bags and hammocks as well.

The equipment they provide for their members is genuinely astounding. They offer printers, projectors, and computers, of course, but they also have green screens and drones!

There is a kitchen available, as well as showers and laundry service. There is a retail store on the premises, which is especially convenient as the Villa is also a co-living space. The onsite restaurant is impressive, with options such as vegan and halal menus.

Tea and coffee are free, and there is a barista to whip something up for you if you want—but for this pleasure, you have to pay extra.

Hustlers Villa is cat and dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend to keep you company while you work. There are plenty of board games you can enjoy with other nomads, and there is a library for the times when you want to find your inner Belle. You can even get a massage when you feel too tense from all the hard work you’ve been doing. What’s not to like?

Open hours 24/7
Price Per day IDR 120,000
Per week IDR 714,000
Per month IDR 1,750,000
Long term Three months: IDR 1,610,000/month

Six months: IDR 1,540,000/month

IGDORE Indonesia

Source: Coworker

IGDORE Indonesia is located less than two minutes’ walk from Bali Shell and about five minutes on foot from the Agung Rai Museum of Art.

It’s a nice, quiet coworking space. It has fast and reliable Wi-Fi as well as ergonomic chairs, but no standing desks or beanbags, so the options are a bit limited. The outdoor chill-out area is fine, but a bit cramped. They provide printing equipment and offer free coffee and drinking water to their guests.

You can use their kitchen, and there is a cute little library to browse through.

All in all, it wouldn’t be our first pick, but IGDORE is a decent enough coworking space to frequent if your living arrangements are nearby.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

Weekend: 9 am – 5 pm

Price Per day IDR 150,000
Per week IDR 700,000
Per month IDR 2,700,000
Long term Three months: IDR 2,376,000/month

Six months: IDR 2,295,000/month

Campus Ubud Coworking

Source: Campus Ubud Coworking

If you’re an artistic person who does creative work, Campus Ubud Coworking is the space you want. The interior is beautifully decorated, with large prints of Raider-White tarot cards hanging from the walls among other gorgeous art pieces. There are also murals on the walls and fun little sculptures scattered around. The coworking space is a piece of art itself.

They have stable Wi-Fi, standing desks, and ergo chairs, as well as printers and projectors. There are Skype and podcast rooms you can use.

What makes the space unique, though, is the fact that they offer childcare. You can actually bring your kid with you, and they’ll take care of him or her. This is a fantastic option for moms and dads who don’t want to give up on the nomad lifestyle, as well as for those who have to work on vacation.

The onsite café and restaurant are great and offer many healthy options. If you follow a special diet, you’ll probably appreciate menus for vegetarians and vegans, as well as halal and paleo menus.

Open hours Monday – Saturday: 8 am – 10:30 pm
Price Per day IDR 150,000

The Onion Collective: Passion Lab

Source: The Onion Collective

Passion Lab is situated a mere 10 minutes’ walk from the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and it’s just down the street from the Agung Rai Museum of Art.

It’s great if you dread bromads, who can be found in all the other coworking spaces, and want to avoid them at all costs. The internet is fantastic—it is fast and reliable, and it holds a constant speed of 80 Mbps for download and 20 Mbps for upload, with a 4ms ping. You can do more internet-demanding work—for example, video conferencing or online teaching—with no worry that the Wi-Fi will break at an inopportune moment.

They offer podcasting and Skype rooms, a 3D printer, and free coffee. There isn’t a restaurant onsite, but there are many in the surrounding area, and you can order the food and have them bring it to your table.

Finally, this is easily the cheapest option in Ubud, so it’s great if you are on a budget!

Open hours Every day: 8:30 am – 8 pm
Price Per day IDR 50,000
Per week IDR 300,000
Per month IDR 1,000,000

Laduma Ubud is our least favorite space to cowork in the town

Source: TripAdvisor

Many people choose to cowork in Laduma because of its pleasant atmosphere and great food. It is a cozy, romantic, relaxing place with a great view, and as such can be conducive for work, especially for nomads who earn their living doing something creative. If you happen to be there around twilight, you’ll be rewarded with possibly the most inspiring sunset ever. It might just be the place for you if you’re in an artistic line of work, and you can ignore the following downsides:

  • Lack of power outlets
  • Slow Wi-Fi
  • Uncomfortable chairs
  • Distracting atmosphere

You can find power outlets there, but not all tables have them close. That means you’d need to grab the ones that do before somebody else does, or you’ll only be able to work for however long it takes your laptop battery to die.

The Wi-Fi is 3.6 Roentgen—not great, not terrible. It turns into a full-blown nuclear disaster as soon as there are more than a few people using it. You can make do if your job doesn’t require a stable connection, but if you need a steady flow of data, you’ll only get frustrated.

Chairs are meant for a restaurant, and they’re pretty good as far as their original purpose is considered. You can have a meal and a drink without feeling uncomfortable, and you can stay for a few hours without any issue. If you want to work for six or more hours, it’s a different story. Once you’re done with work, your back will be killing you.

When it comes to the atmosphere, it’s a great place to take your S.O. for a romantic date, or to just chill and maybe read a book. Many of us are likely to be distracted by the constant comings and goings, though, and this is a popular restaurant. You may not be able to avoid accidentally overhearing other people’s personal conversations, and that can be distracting as well.

All in all, while Laduma is a cute restaurant that you absolutely should visit when in Ubud, it’s not all that great for coworking.

Basics
Pricing
  • You pay only for drinks and meals
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Bali

The Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Bali, Indonesia

Bali is renowned worldwide for its mesmerizing landscape, turquoise water, and seemingly endless stretches of sand. It is the ultimate vacation spot. But did you know that it is also an amazing place to work? This article is for all of you out there who are looking for a getaway that will help you unwind and still stay connected. We have the rundown of all the hottest places where you can cowork in Bali.

Hubud is our top pick for coworking in Bali!

Source: Hubud

Hubud is the very first coworking space in Bali! Given that it is the one that kickstarted the cowork trend on this paradise island, we decided to give credit where credit’s due and pronounce it the king of coworking spots here.

Located at the very heart of the urban part of the island, it is surrounded by a variety of exciting spots — pools, gardens, an art museum, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and lots of fast food spots.

This place is all about building a close-knit community of like-minded digital nomads. There are daily courses, coaching sessions, corporate retreats, and nightly events that promote a sense of togetherness among the members. Just recently, the theme was “F*ck Up Nights Bali” — sharing stories of failures and lessons learned!

But what we loved most about it is all the amenities that come with it. You are able to choose where to set up shop, either indoors in the bamboo embellished, cozy coworking space or outdoors in the shaded, breezy, poolside area. In case you need a place to turn in for the night, you have coliving accommodation at your disposal. Apart from that, there is a garden cafe near the pool.

And we saved the best news for last — Hubud has recently merged with Dojo (check it out below!), so membership in one space also grants you access to the other. How much better can it get?

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day — $20
  • Per week
  • Per month — up to $275
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 24/7
  • Saturday: 9am – 12pm
  • Sunday: 9am – 12pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths / Skype booths Yes
Coliving Yes

Wave is the spot that wowed our inner digital nomad the least in Bali

Source: Coworkbooking

Wave is a coworking space located in the center of Kuta, Bali. The design of the place is quite out of the ordinary for a coworking space, showcasing surf decor and hand-made wooden furniture pieces.

A hot desk area is the main feature on the ground floor. Upstairs, visitors can relax, lay back, and observe the fish tank while enjoying a complimentary beverage.

Needless to say, the look of the place leaves much to be desired, especially in comparison to our other picks. The ergonomics are also quite uncomfortable. This coworking space would improve a lot in that regard if the handy Travel Stand Desks were added, for example.

On top of that, Wave boasts high-speed internet connection, but many online reviewers would beg to differ, complaining about a rather weak bandwidth. The staff is also reported as being quite unwelcoming at times. All things considered, since Bali has got so many other coworking places around, in our book, this one is better left aside.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
  • Per week: $150
  • Per month: $500
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 18pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Check out 12 more awesome coworking places in Bali, Indonesia

Here are the 12 awesome coworking spots in Bali that we were also impressed by:

  1. Dojo Bali
  2. Outpost Ubud
  3. Outpost Canggu
  4. Biliq Cosharing Space
  5. Tropical Nomad Coworking Space
  6. GoWork Park 23
  7. Kinship Studio Bali
  8. Hub Bali
  9. Finns Recreation Club
  10. District
  11. Colabo Coworking Jimbaran
  12. ZIN@Work Canggu

Dojo Bali — Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Source: dojobali.org

Dojo Bali coworking space is situated in the stunning seaside town of Canggu. It is, in fact, within walking distance from the mesmerizing Echo Beach, and all of the cafes and food joints that run along it.

This coworking space is a two-story villa equipped with custom ergonomic furniture, soundproof Skype booths, a stable internet connection, air conditioning units, a library, a conference room, and personal lockers for members.

The whole place gives off a hipster or surfer vibe, especially due to its vicinity to the beach and the lush greenery that envelops it. It is practically a coworking resort. Oh, and did we mention that there is a pool, as well?

Dojo Bali is quite popular among the Canggu residents and tourists alike, as it is always teeming with people. A community of young digital nomads is thriving at this place, so social meetups, networking events, and barbecues are frequently organized.

Another reason to join this place is that the membership card will let you enjoy the top pick on our list as well. But, all this hustle and bustle may not be a suitable working environment for many remote workers, so we recommend you take that into serious consideration beforehand.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: $16
  • Per week:
  • Per month: $213
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24/7
  • Saturday: 24/7
  • Sunday: 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room Yes
Phone booths / Skype room Yes
Coliving Yes

Outpost Ubud & Outpost Canggu

Source: Coworker

You can find Outpost coworking spaces in two locations — one is in Ubud and the other in Canggu. Both locations have comfortable chairs and standing desks. The good ergonomics make these coworking spaces a dream for those who spend hours online.

Both locations offer indoor air-conditioned premises and outdoor gardens to their members. They are equipped with a sturdy internet connection and separate Skype rooms for video chat privacy.

The Canggu locale is almost always filled to full capacity. It keeps a busy events calendar. It is very popular in the Canggu community.

The Outpost coworking space in Ubud is just as crowded. Owing to the fact that it has two pools and a river on its premises, as well as a masseur and coliving space just down the road, Outpost Ubud gives its members a truly royal treatment.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: $15–16
  • Per week:
  • Per month: $49–229
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8.30 am –7 pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 17pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths / Skype booths Yes
Coliving No

9 honorary mentions — more great Bali coworking places

If you feel you haven’t quite found the place you were looking for, don’t stop now. We have more Bali coworking spots up our sleeve that didn’t cut the list, but are also excellent options for remote working. Make sure you check them out!

  1. Biliq Cosharing Space — Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
  2. Tropical Nomad Coworking Space — Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
  3. GoWork Park 23 – Coworking and Office Space — Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
  4. Kinship Studio Bali — Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
  5. Hub Bali — Legian & Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
  6. Finns Recreation Club — Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
  7. District — Canggu, Balli, Indonesia
  8. Colabo Coworking Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
  9. ZIN@Work Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Biliq Cosharing Space — Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

Source: indonesia.travel

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
  • Per week:
  • Per month:
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Tropical Nomad Coworking Space — Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Source: FlySpaces

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
  • Per week:
  • Per month:
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

GoWork Park 23 – Coworking and Office Space — Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Source: whatsnewindonesia.com

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
  • Per week:
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High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Kinship Studio Bali — Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Source: Keira Mason

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
  • Per week:
  • Per month:
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Hub Bali — Legian

Source: Hub Bali

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
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High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Finns Recreation Club — Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Source: Finns Recreation Club

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
  • Per week:
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High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday– Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

District — Canggu, Balli, Indonesia

Source: Coworker

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
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High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Colabo Coworking Jimbaran

Source: Elife Cowork

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
  • Per week:
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High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

ZIN@Work Canggu

Source: ZINWork

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day:
  • Per week:
  • Per month:
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday:
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Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Where to stay in Ubud

Where to stay in Ubud, the center of tranquility and spirituality

Ubud is an incredibly fascinating, welcoming city. As the cultural center of Bali, it offers plenty of interesting things to see and do. There are dozens of museums, galleries, and temples for culture buffs, as well as bars and markets for those who want to mingle. Ubud is a fantastic place to unwind and get back in touch with nature. Its culture is all about health, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, and relaxation so your visit to Ubud may help you improve your health and kiss stress goodbye. In Ubud, you will forget about the western fast-paced lifestyle and embrace the eastern tranquility. 

Photo credit: swiftsight

How to get around in Ubud

An important thing any Ubud visitor needs to know is that the city has no public transport system. If you decide to stay close to the city center, you won’t have trouble reaching any popular destination on foot. If you stay on the outskirts or move to Ubud, we recommend renting a scooter or a car. 

Photo credit: gustirasnayasa

5 best areas to stay in Ubud

Ubud is not an enormous city but as some of its neighborhoods are far away from the center, it is important to pick a good area to stay in. In the past, each of these neighborhoods used to be a separate village, so each has a distinct culture and vibe. We have made a quick rundown of its best neighborhoods and decided that these places are clear winners:

  1. Central Ubud
  2. Penestanan
  3. Pengosekan
  4. Padang Tegal
  5. Peliatan

Our picks were based on the following criteria:

  1. Fun things to see and do 
  2. Historical and cultural value
  3. How close it is to the center
  4. The overall atmosphere of the area
  5. Cost of staying
  6. Safety

 

Where to stay in Ubud

Best for the first visit Central Ubud A hot spot for tourists filled with bars, sights, and markets
Best for a bohemian experience Penestanan Artistic center of the city with authentic Bali culture
Best on a budget Pengosekan An artsy, spiritual neighborhood with affordable accommodation
Best for nightlife Padang Tegal A lively district with major bars and lounges
Best for a long-term stay Peliatan Peaceful neighborhood with plenty of shops and markets

Photo credit: asadamoka

Where to stay in Ubud for the first time—Central Ubud

If you’re getting to know Ubud for the first time, we recommend staying in Central Ubud. Although it is the main tourist area in the city, it is incredibly safe and peaceful. There are plenty of things to see and do in this neighborhood. If you’re into history, you will enjoy sightseeing in Central Ubud as there are many temples and historical sights. If you want to get a taste of the local culture, you can hit the market or attend dancing ceremonies. 

Photo credit: lucamanoni

What to do and see in Central Ubud

Since Central Ubud has a lot to offer, it all comes down to your own preferences. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss:

  • Puri Saren Palace
  • Puri Saraswati
  • Ubud market

Puri Saren Palace

Puri Saren Palace was home to Bali royalty, which makes it one of the most popular and beloved tourist destinations on the island. You can explore the front part of the palace that is open to the public, roam around its charming gardens, or enjoy evening dance performances. 

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Where to stay in Central Ubud

With an average price of $60 per night, Central Ubud is not as cheap as some other neighborhoods. Since it is close to all major sights and you can get anywhere on foot, staying in this area will save you some taxi money, so we think it’s worth it. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: this affordable room in a cute guesthouse

Midrange option: this comfy room in an amazing guesthouse

High-end option: this elegant and luxurious villa

Find more AirBnB options here

Where to stay in Ubud for a bohemian experience—Penestanan

Penestanan is a fantastic place for those who like to experience authentic Bali culture and traditions. The neighborhood is known for its rich spiritual tradition. It is also the artistic center of the city as many famous artists lived here, including Antonio Blanco and Arie Suit. Penestanan is a diverse area and a favorite among the LGBT community members.

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Where to go in Penestanan

Penestanan is filled with interesting sights, restaurants, and bars to visit, including:

  • Blanco Museum
  • Round Bar
  • Yellow Flower

Blanco Museum

Antonio Blanco is undoubtedly the most famous artist that lived in Bali. The museum is a fascinating blend of traditional Bali culture, Blanco’s native Manilla, and his home country Spain. If you’re a fan of oil on canvas paintings, this is a museum you shouldn’t miss.

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Where to stay in Penestanan

Penestanan offers plenty of affordable places to stay, as well as some more luxurious options. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: This budget-friendly room

Midrange option: this gorgeous villa

Luxurious option: this high-end villa

Where to stay in Ubud on a budget—Pengosekan

Just like Penestanan, Pengosekan has an artsy, bohemian vibe. It combines eastern and western cultures and is known for its many yoga studios, temples, and affordable restaurants. The accommodation in this neighborhood is significantly cheaper than in other parts of the city which makes it popular with backpackers and students. It is also where the major healers are located. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love will be glad to hear that this neighborhood was home to Ketut Liyer, one of the novel protagonists. 

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What to do in Pengosekan

Although Pengosekan is not as lively as some other neighborhoods, there are plenty of places worth visiting. Here are some suggestions:

  • The ARMA Museum
  • Yoga Barn

Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

The ARMA Museum is a must-visit place for any art lover out there. The museum celebrates the Bali culture and arts and showcases some wonderful artifacts. You will see the traditional Kamasan collection of tree bark paintings. There are also paintings by major Bali artists, as well as by foreign artists who lived in Ubud, such as Rudolph Bonnet and Willem Gerard Hofker.

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Where to stay in Pengosekan

Pengosekan is not as full of AirBnBs as the very center but all it has to offer is super affordable. Here are our picks:

Budget option: this affordable but cute bungalow room.

Midrange option: this room in a rice field guesthouse.

Luxurious option: this amazing suite room.

Where to stay in Ubud for nightlife—Padang Tegal

Ubud is not the best place for party animals. The locals like to rise early and go to bed by 10 pm. Still, there are a few places where tourists can go out at night and have fun, most of which are located in Padang Tegal’s Monkey Forest Road. Padang Tegal is an incredibly interesting area and you can enjoy various live gigs, shisha bars, and evening shows. 

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Where to go in Padang Tegal

Whether you’re looking for a place to sip cocktails or enjoy the natural wonders, Padang Tegal will give it to you. Here are some places we highly recommend:

  • Laughing Buddha Bar
  • CP Lounge
  • XL Shisha Lounge
  • Sacred Monkey Forest

Laughing Buddha Bar

Probably Ubud’s most famous bar, Laughing Buddha Bar is the best place to go out in the evenings. The bar usually hosts fantastic live bands that play everything from rock, jazz, and blues to global top-charts hits. There are also special events and theme parties, including salsa nights.

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Where to stay in Padang Tegal

SInce Padang Tegal is where all the action takes place, the accommodation isn’t very cheap and the average price is $70 per night. Still, there are several nice but more affordable places. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: a room in this incredibly affordable villa.

Midrange option: a room in this stunning villa.

Luxurious option: this room in a Monkey Forest villa

You don’t see anything you like? Browse for more options here

Where to stay in Bali

Where to stay in Bali, Indonesia? Finding the perfect place for you

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The island of Bali, Indonesia, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

It’s a great blend of amazing beaches, green scenery, friendly locals and Hindu culture.

Compared to similar destinations around the world, it fits a variety of budgets, which makes it a favorite among travelers and expats.

This article will help you decide where to stay in Bali.

Where to stay in Bali, our top 3 areas

It’s hard to mess up your stay in Bali due to the wide variety of areas that offer a similar experience. Regardless, we took the time to set aside some of our favorite areas using criteria like how close you’ll be to the action, the diversity of things you can do and price range (keeping in mind that Bali is already affordable overall).

Where to stay in Bali, Indonesia
Best for first-timers Kuta
Best for partying Seminyak
Best alternative/bohemian Ubud

 

But wait, where is the budget edition?

Well, when it comes to Bali, budgeting will not limit where you can stay, it will depend on your lifestyle preferences. You can get around cheaply anywhere in Bali if you follow these tips:

  1. Bring lots of cash – Not all places accept cards like in the west, especially local food vendors or street merchants. Even if they do, you’ll pay additional bank fees depending on the type of bank and card you’re using. ATMs may be hard to find and constantly withdrawing will cost you. Additionally, many places like temples, gardens and private beaches have entry fees that can only be paid in cash.
  2. Eat local food – Eating at restaurants may make your vacation look fancier on Instagram, but we promise you the traditional food at local food joints and street vendors is much cheaper and infinitely more delicious and exotic.
  3. Always bring a water bottle and sunscreen – the easiest things to overpay as a tourist are these simple things that cost a few cents at the market and a few dollars on the spot.
  4. Use official taxis only – if they don’t have a taximeter, leave.

Transportation – Getting around Bali

Most people will be getting to Bali through Ngurah Rai International Airport. The strategic location of the airport makes the most popular places to stay easy to access.

When moving around Bali, depending on how far you’re going, there are 3 good ways to get around: Taxi, Scooter or Bike.

  • Taxis are known to be cheap in Bali, but you also have to be careful of tourist traps. To avoid overpaying, make sure that you only use official taxis that have a displayed taxi meter. The official taxi service should cost only a few dollars on top of a starting fee in the inner cities.
  • Scooters are the second option and a favorite among locals. There’s a lot of them for rent, but officially you will need an international driver’s license. We say officially because we’re aware of lots of tourists that don’t. Locals will still be willing to rent you a bike without one, but if you get stopped by the police you’ll get a ticket. The best thing about scooters is they will get you around traffic easily, making them time efficient.
  • Bikes are great for quick travel around the areas you’re staying at. They’re cheap to rent, eco-friendly, and you’ll be able to avoid traffic. Additionally, those who enjoy a bit of adventure may want to take them off-road.

*Side note – Bali does have Uber and similar services, however as it stands they’re pricier than local taxis. If you don’t mind paying extra for additional security, go for it, but we had no notable trouble with taxis.

Where to stay in Bali for first-timers – Kuta

If you come by plane, the first place you land in Bali is Kuta. It also happens to be a great place for your first Bali visit.
It’s one of those well-rounded areas which you won’t have to leave for the most part, unless you want to see something specific.

Where to go and what to do in Kuta?

Legian Beach

Legian is an extension of Kuta beach, although we prefer it to mainstream Kuta spots because it’s less crowded. The soft white sands make for some nice walks or chilling in shallow water. In the evening, you can enjoy the sunset by the shore or grab a drink at the beach bars.

Waterbom waterpark

When people think of waterparks, they think of places where children can laugh and play. Although there’s no shortage of activities for kids, there’s a variety of unique slides guaranteed to pump your adrenaline like SmashDown 2.0, Fast’N’Fierce and the aptly named Climax.

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Sky Garden Lounge

Amazing all-in-one nightlife experience. The rooftop houses a restaurant, bar and hookah lounge with a view over Kuta. We recommend grabbing a drink or a bite to eat as you wait for the sunset for some amazing panoramic views of the city. It also features multiple levels of indoor and outdoor thematic clubs and lounges, which makes it diverse and worth visiting more than once.

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Where to stay in Kuta, recommended accommodations

Affordable price range: Beautiful private pool in Lokal Bali Hostel

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Legian Beach Villa – beautiful and colorful with a pool

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: Sikara Lombok Hotel – a high-end famous hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay for the nightlife – Seminyak

Just north of main Kuta is the area of Seminyak. For travelers, it’s a bit more modern and not as crowded, although this reputation has slowly caught up to it. People choose Seminyak for the nightlife and being close to more western-like entertainment.

Where to go and what to do Seminyak?

La Favela Bar and Club

The vintage, mostly wooden exterior and interior design make this unique looking place very visually appealing. It’s a restaurant throughout the day and dance club at night, making it worth visiting twice. The jungle vibe is mixed with replicas of iconic landmarks (such as the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro).

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Try Scuba Diving

Although the main beaches of Seminyak are not the best for diving, the area hosts numerous diving accredited diving schools. You can check-in for lessons or join on the diving expeditions off the coast. Diving is a must-try in Bali because it’s part of the Coral Triangle, the most biodiverse area of marine species in the world.

Nyaman Gallery

Take a cultural break and visit this contemporary art gallery in the heart of Seminyak. What you’ll find is exhibits full of artworks of Indonesian, but also international artists. The gallery also supports local and up-and-coming talent. The world Nyaman means comfortable in Indonesian, which is the gallery aims to set.

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Where to stay in Seminyak?

Affordable price range: Kosta Hostel – A room in this cozy Seminyak hostel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Super 1-bedroom Villa – a modern, centrally located villa with private pool

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: Pelangi Bali Hotel – a luxurious hotel

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay, bohemian/cultural edition – Ubud

If you’re willing to trade being close to the beach for a memorable time inside the jungles, Ubud is the place for you. The town is strategically located near the otherworldly outdoor attractions in Bali.

Where to go and what to do in Ubud?

Sacred Monkey Forest

This unique experience deserves top of the list of things to see in Bali, period. The monkeys are friendly and used to humans, however – as with all animals – body language is important. Don’t go out of the way to bother them, but if you’re open to being approached they will come to you. After all, you’re equally as interesting to them.

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Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Located slightly out of the town of Ubud. This amazing landscape is the result of Subak, an irrigation system invented by the Balinese. Although the scenery can be beautiful, it can get overcrowded throughout the day, so it’s recommended to get there early and enjoy the sunrise.

Bali Swing

Although everybody in the world has at some point seen the shots from Bali Swing, it has a lot more to offer than the name and images suggest. For one, there’s more than one swing, plus other tourist attractions, like rafting and elephant rides, under the Bali Swing brand.

Where to stay in Ubud?

Affordable price range: Green Paddy Hostel & Villa – vintage, a nature-inspired room in this cozy hostel

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Peaceful Satya Villa – great balance of modern and nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: The Kayon Resort Ubud by Pramana – gorgeous, high-end, very in touch with nature hotel