Maybe it's the rolling green hills and luscious forests that surround the valley, maybe it's the breathtaking temples that dot across the landscape, or the serenity of the locals as they go about their business, whatever it is, something marks Ubud as being a very special place indeed.
Ubud is a far cry from the traditional tourist towns that make up the other hotspots on the island. Most of the people visiting Ubud do so because they want to immerse themselves in Balinese culture and the natural beauty of the island.
Some of the most stunning temples in the whole of Bali are located within the Ubud region. Not all of them are completely open to the public, but many of them are. A few of the temples are actually still active, with visitors able to observe traditional religious ceremonies and stunning native dance displays surrounded by the full glory of this almost magical setting.
Balinese spirituality is a big draw for the town of Ubud, so it shouldn't be surprising that many people who come to the region do so in order to learn some of the local yoga and meditation techniques. There are several centers dedicated to providing these kinds of services to tourists, all of which offer multi-day classes at very affordable rates. These yoga and meditation experiences are well worth trying, as nowhere else in the world will you be able to so easily practice these kind of techniques in such a picturesque setting. To help accentuate that spiritual feeling, Ubud is home to a host of health spas, many of which place special emphasis on the spiritually healing aspects of Bali culture.
Then as if that wasn't enough, there are also a wide range of cultural museums and shows to visit in Ubud, making the whole area feel like it has somehow been specially preserved from another time. Truly a unique experience the likes of which you won't find anywhere else.
The other reason people visit Ubud is because it is an ideal base from which to explore the Bali wilderness. Whether on a trip through the famous Monkey Forest, exploring the myriad colors in the Botanic Gardens or riding an elephant through a local safari park, the semi-tamed wilds on the outskirts of Ubud make an excellent place for a spot of natural adventure.
So if you're looking for that truly special experience when visiting the Indonesian island of the gods, Ubud is definitely the place to be.
Sounds tempting? Take a look at the many elegant villas in Ubud.