Why Honeymoon in Ubud?

Located in the Balinese jungle, between valleys, forests, rivers, and spectacular rice terraces, Ubud is the island’s undisputed cultural and artistic capital. Ubud is the Ultimate Honeymoon Destination. We dare to say that a Bali honeymoon is not complete without visiting Ubud (and preferably staying a couple of nights). In addition, Ubud’s geographic location make it a great starting point for day trips to other parts of the island, especially Central and North Bali.

Despite being a jungle town, Ubud offers many luxurious honeymoon hotels and restaurants. Our favorite is the Viceroy Bali Hotel. If you are splurging on one stay in Bali, we would recommend doing it here. The pictures below might be convincing already, but you’ll be completely convinced after reading the raving reviews. On top, the Viceroy is actually not that far from downtown Ubud, making it an excellent base.

Cultural Capital of Bali

Since the success of the 2010 movie Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts, an adoptation of the book by Elizabeth Gilbert, many people have been introduced to Ubud. But Ubud gained fame much earlier, especially amongst international painters and artists, who have frequented the town since the early 1900s.

Many artists even became permanent resident. Ubud’s Blanco Renaissance Museum is one testament of such an artist - it highlights the works of the Spanish-American painter Antonio Blanco, who lived in Ubud from 1952 to his dead in 1999. A broad collection of traditional and contemporary works by Balinese, Indonesian and international artists can be found in the Agung Rai Museum of Art.

Walking through town, you can still feel these artistic vibes. It really is a magical place - the perfect destination for your Bali Honeymoon.

Explore Ubud

The town of Ubud has a lot to offer, from cultural sights to restaurants and (a bit of) nightlife. All of it is in walking distance of each other, as the town is relatively small.

Ubud Map Map of Ubud and surroundings, with key points of interest. Jalan Raya Ubud is considered the Main Street of Ubud. The main street will get busy, especially at night. You can escape the crowds by visiting the beautiful gardens that are part of the Saraswati Temple complex. The scenic lotus flower pond in front is a great place to take pictures. Nearby Ubud Palace is an iconic Hindu temple, where traditional Balinese dances are performed. Tickets are sold on the sidewalk right in front.

Ubud Water Palace Ubud Water Palace and Saraswati Temple

Ubud is a great place to buy a lasting memory of your honeymoon. You will find boutique shops selling unique art all around Ubud. The large Ubud Street market (also along main street) offers a wide selection of art and memorabilia. While many stalls sell mass-produced souvenirs, you can find real hidden gems there.

The entrance of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary can be found 1.5km south of main street, on Jalan Monkey Forest. It’s a beautiful dense forest, a great place to escape the heat, with paths taking you past a river and hidden temples. Make sure not to take any loose items with you, the monkeys will try to take them.

Branching out from the main street is Jalan Gootama, where you will find a lot of different restaurants. Our favorite stop for affordable, traditional Balinese food is Warung Biah Biah - serving many Indonesian dishes in tapas style. However we could imagine you’d prefer to experience some fine dining with your partner instead, so definitely check the list of romantic restaurant suggestions below.

Ubud Water Palace Campuhan Ridge Walk starts close to the center of Ubud.

Ubud is surrounded by jungle and rice terraces. There are many ways to experience this nature up-close. The most spectacular rice terraces can be found 30 minutes north of Ubud, in the town of Tegallalang. Do note this place is very touristy. Nearer to town and less crowded is Campuhan Ridge Walk. This short walk starts in Ubud (near Bridges restaurant) and takes you over a ridge that provides a spectactular view over two valleys and the jungle.

The Best Honeymoon Hotels in Ubud

Hotels in Ubud are very spectacular. The best Ubud hotels for a honeymoon are usually located further away from the town of Ubud, secluded in the jungle or between the rice fields with amazing views. However, most of them provide free shuttle services to town.

Among the most luxurious Ubud Hotels are the Viceroy Bali and the Four Seasons Sayan. Staying in either won’t be cheap, but compared to similar hotels elsewhere in the world you get amazing value for money in Bali, so if you can afford this for once, your honeymoon might be the time to consider experiencing this! Our preference between the two would be the Viceroy, as its slightly closer to Ubud town and slightly more affordable compared to the Four Seasons, while offering similar levels of service.

A great compromise between location and nature, and slightly more affordable hotel, is the Pita Maha Resort & Spa, which has amazing views over Tjampuhan valley while still being within walking distance of town. It usually sells out fast, so make sure to book it in advance!

Check the overview of the absolute best Ubud honeymoon hotels below. You can filter the list to find a hotel to your liking!

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  • ★ Our Favorite!

    Viceroy Bali

    5 starSplurgeNature views10m drive north of Ubud

    The best you can find. The Viceroy Bali targets couples and honeymooners with its upmarket, quiet, and private environment. The hotel's 25 rooms overlook the Petanu River Valley and Mount Batur. Their marble bathrooms with sunken or soaking bathtubs are...

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    Pita Maha Resort & Spa

    5 starAffordable luxuryNature viewsNorth of Ubud, but close to town

    Slightly more affordable, we love the Pita Maha Resort & Spa for a few reasons. It is located on a ridge overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley, in a really central location just north of Ubud - if you want you can...

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  • Four Seasons Sayan Ubud

    5 starSplurgeNature viewsPrivate villasSayan, 15min west of Ubud

    If you are ready to splurge on your honeymoon, you can't go wrong with the Four Seasons in Sayan Ubud. Located in a lush jungle valley 15 minutes west of Ubud overlooking the Ayung river, this hotel is beyond anything...

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  • Alam Shanti

    Affordable luxuryBehind the monkey forest, close to central Ubud.

    Great affordable boutique hotel offering only eight rooms in a lush and artistic setting overlooking the jungle. They offer guests Balinese cooking classes, cultural experiences as well as a Spa. The Alam Shanti is well located in one of our...

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  • Bisma Eight Hotel

    5 starAffordable luxuryCentral ubudCentral Ubud

    A 5-star hotel right in the center of Ubud. The boutique hotel emphasizes Southeast Asia's handmade history. The hotel's calm ambiance ensures a blissful stay. Hotel Bisma Eight Ubud is great for honeymooners. The hotel has hot tubs, a multi-specialty...

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  • Chapung Se Bali Resort and Spa

    5 starSplurgeNature viewsPrivate villas10m drive north of Ubud

    The 5-star Chapung Se Bali Resort and Spa is one of the most spectacular hotels in Ubud, Bali. This resort is perfect for honeymooners. It is nestled among the hills in some of the greenest areas around Ubud and offers...

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  • Goya Boutique Resort

    5 starAffordable luxuryCentral ubudCentral Ubud

    Goya Boutique Resort is an 8-minute walk from Ubud Monkey Forest with a contemporary design, a spa, and an outdoor pool. The resort is located in the heart of Ubud and offers easy access to the attractions in town. The...

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  • Tanah Gajah

    5 starSplurgeNature viewsPrivate villas10min east of Ubud.

    Nestled amidst Ubud's serene rice fields, Tanah Gajah is just a stone's throw away from central Ubud. The facilities and service in this quiet haven will definitely keep you entertained including a 28-meter outdoor pool, floating breakfast, and personalized morning...

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  • The Kayon Resort

    5 starNature views15m drive north of Ubud

    Enjoy unique moments staying at the The Kayon Ubud Resort, a peaceful retreat nestled against the jungle hills of Ubud. With a calm river and lush forest surroundings, it's a relaxing place to be. You’ll experience waking up in the...

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  • Ulun Ubud

    Affordable luxuryNorth Ubud

    The Ulun is a 4-star hotel with spectacular views and amazing staff, but somehow it often has very affordable rooms available, worth checking! The location of this hotel is great, overlooking the Tjampuhan ridge just north of Ubud town. You...

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Honeymoon Activities in Ubud

Ubud might be the best place in Bali for a honeymoon. We suggest you to stay for a few nights, not just visit for a day - as there is so much to explore! It is in the middle of the Balinese jungle, between valleys, forests, rivers, and spectacular rice terraces. The most romantic place you can imagine! It is the island’s cultural and artistic center.

Want to experience all of Ubud? There’s a highly rated private tour operator that will pick you up in your hotel (even if you don’t stay in Ubud). You and your partner will experience all the highlights Ubud has to offer, without the hassle of arranging transportation!

You can explore all of these sights without a tour guide as well. Check the list below for our favorite activities!

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  • ★ Our Favorite!

    Campuhan Ridge Walk

    ActiveNature5 min. walk from central Ubud

    Campuhan Ridge walk is a spectacular but easy romantic walk (30 minutes one-way), taking you past the ancient Gunung Lebah temple and over a ridge overlooking two jungle valleys. The route gives plenty of opportunity to shoot amazing photos of...

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    Jungle Fish Infinity Pool & Bar

    NatureRelaxing & wellness15m drive north of Ubud

    The Jungle Fish Infinity Pool Bar is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud. Jungle Fish is excellent to relax and enjoy with your partner. Take in the beautiful jungle scenery. Enjoy some food...

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    Tjampuhan Sauna & Spa

    Relaxing & wellnessCentral Ubud

    The day spa at the Tjampuhan Hotel is a real hidden gem. While we were living in Ubud, we would go here almost every week... Positioned in a cave overlooking the river valley, the sauna complex has an air of...

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  • Agung Rai Museum of Art

    CultureCentral Ubud

    Ubud is the art capital of Bali. Artists from all over Indonesia and the world have moved here. The Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) provides the best overview of all the art Ubud has to offer. The museum is...

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  • Monkey Forest

    ActiveNatureCultureWalking distance from central Ubud

    The Monkey Forest is one of the most popular attractions in Ubud. A dense forest that hundreds of monkeys call home. It is great fun to explore this forest with temples, banyan trees, and a river together with your partner...

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  • Tegallalang Rice Terraces

    NatureCulture30m drive north of Ubud

    For over a thousand years, The Balinese have maintained an advanced irrigation system to allow the growth of rice on hillslopes. This has resulted in spectacular rice terraces. One of the most spectacular examples can be found in Tegallalang. Well...

    Private half-day rice fields and temple tour
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  • Tirta Empul Temples

    Culture30m drive north of Ubud

    Beautiful place to visit and understand the Balinese Hindu culture better! Pura Tirta Empul, meaning "Holy Spring", is a sacred mountain spring complex in Bali. Water from the spring flows into the Tukad Pakerisan River, surrounded by purifying baths, pools,...

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  • Traditional Dance Show at Ubud Palace

    CultureCentral Ubud, Jl. Raya Ubud.

    The traditional Balinese dance performances at Ubud Palace are a very popular attraction in central Ubud. You can buy tickets on Ubud's main street near the palace. The Legong, Barong, and Rangda dance performances take around one hour and there...

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  • Dragonfly Spa

    Relaxing & wellnessWalking distance from Ubud

    Unique experience between the ricefields north of Ubud. Getting to this place is an adventure in itself. You will need to walk a small path from town, not suitable for cars but with beautiful views along the way.

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  • Honeymoon Photoshoot from Ubud

    ActivePrivate tourStart anywhere in Bali.

    Discover a wide variety of scenic locations. Book a professional photographer to take you to beautiful spots around the island for spectacular honeymoon pictures!

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    Pickup included. Rated 5/5 on GetYourGuide. →
  • Ayung River Rafting Tour

    ActiveNatureClose to Ubud. Hotel Pickup possible.

    Explore Bali from a river! A raft takes you down Ayung River, through rice fields and jungle in some of the greenest parts of Bali. You'll pass waterfalls and have the opportunity to swim in crystal clear waters. These are...

    Private Rafting tour with hotel pickup
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  • Day Trip to Nusa Penida Island from Ubud

    NatureBeachDaytripGroup tourStart & finish at your Ubud hotel

    Visit Nusa Penida in a day! Nusa Penida is a tranquil island with spectacular cliffs and beaches, located in the Lombok Strait off the West coast of Bali. Reaching the island takes one hour by fast ferry from Sanur Harbour....

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  • Mount Batur Sunrise Hike + Hotsprings from Ubud

    ActiveNatureDaytripGroup tourStart & Finish at your Ubud Hotel.

    Hike up to Mount Batur for a spectacular sunrise with breakfast, and enjoy a well-deserved hot spring swim after your climb. An early wake-up, but well worth it!

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    Hotel Pickup + Guided Climb + Hotsprings 4.8 with 3K+ reviews. →
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  • Explore Ubud in a day!

    ActiveNatureCulturePrivate tourStart from your Ubud (or South Bali) hotel

    It is possible to see the best of Ubud and its surroundings in single day! This highly rated PRIVATE tour (4.9 with 1100+ reviews) will pick you up in your South Bali hotel and drive you and your partner past...

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  • Instagram Highlights Tour from Ubud

    NatureCultureDaytripGroup tourPrivate tourPick-up in your Ubud Hotel

    The Instagram Highlights tour is an amazing choice for (aspiring) influencers, but don't worry if you and your partner prefer to live a more private life: it is a great opportunity to see the most scenic parts of Bali and...

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  • Munduk & Bedugul Day Trip from Ubud

    NatureCultureDaytripPrivate tourPick-up in your Ubud Hotel

    Ulan Danu Temple is the first picture that shows up if you Google Bali. It might be the most iconic sight on the island, situated against Lake Beratan in the Bedugul region of Bali. But this region has more to...

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  • Private Uluwatu Sunset Tour from Ubud

    CulturePrivate tourStart & Finish at your Ubud Hotel.

    Convenient option with hotel pickup. A private driver will pick you up at your hotel with his air-conditioned car, and show you around Uluwatu Temple overlooking the Indian Ocean and the traditional Balinese Kecak fire dance show (performance tickets not...

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  • East Bali Waterfall, Beach and Canyoning tour.

    NatureBeachThrillGroup tourStart from your Ubud Hotel

    A lot of water fun in a single day in the off-the-beaten path East Bali region. That is what this small group tour offers. You will be visiting a beautiful waterfall which is great for swimming (Tegenungan Waterfall), the scenic...

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  • Day trip with driver from Ubud

    Private tourPick-up in your Ubud Hotel

    Do you know exactly what you want to explore in Bali? Just hire a car with a private driver for a day and plan your own private tour. This is very easily arranged! Let a trusted driver with many 5-star...

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Romantic Dining in Ubud

In Ubud, you can find everything from fine dining (Michelin-star level, even though Michelin does not operate in Indonesia) to affordable options to taste local food. You will also find a large amount of high-quality but friendly priced restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world. Here’s our favorites!

What are you craving? Ubud has it all!

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  • ★ Our Favorite!


    Fine diningJl. Dewisita, Ubud

    Locavore was named one of Asia's top 50 restaurants in 2019. It's an authentic culinary experience from the moment you sit down to get up and leave. When you go to this restaurant in Bali, you can expect to find...

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  • ★ Our Favorite!

    Forest Dining at Kamandalu

    Fine diningPrivate diningKamandalu Ubud

    Private six-course dinner with wine included at the edge of a tropical forest, on a romantically decorated wooden platform overlooking Ayung river.

  • Room for Dessert

    Fine diningJl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud

    Made famous by Netflix. The world's only fine dining dessert experience. Indulge in a parade of memorable plates.

  • Mozaic

    Fine diningJl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud

    Dining on a private gazebo is one of many things that make Mozaic a great romantic option in Ubud. To make your night even more romantic, the gazebo has curtains and fairy lights. However if private dining in the garden...

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  • Swept Away at The Samaya (Ubud)

    Fine diningPrivate dining15m drive west from central Ubud

    Iconic restaurant overlooking Ayung River. Offers romantic private "100 candlelight" dining experience by the waters.

  • The Sayan House & Sunset Bar

    DrinksCasual diningJl. Raya Sayan, Ubud

    Experience spectacular valley views while enjoying Japanese-Latin fusion food. Best place around Ubud for sunset, great for just sipping a cocktail too.

How to get to Ubud

Ubud is located in the heart of Bali. From the Denpasar airport it takes around 1 hour by car. It’s best to book your taxi in advance before you arrive (or get a transfer through your hotel) as taxi’s at the airport might charge high prices for trips to Ubud.

One more suggestion! Entering Indonesia through Bali Airport can take very long, in worst case it takes up to two hours to pass immigration. Bali Airport offers a VIP Arrival Service that allows you to jump the line.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Ubud?

Ubud is a town in the center of Bali, surrounded by jungle and ricefields. Only 1 hour away far from the airport, it's considered a more peaceful and cultural destination on the island of Bali.

How to get around in Ubud?

You can easily get a taxi everywhere, rent a bicycle or use go-jek (Indonesian Uber). Go-jek can be difficult sometimes because the local taxi businesses try to keep online taxi's out of tourist areas.

How far is Ubud from Bali Airport?

From Bali Airport, Ubud is around 1 hour drive, or 38 kilometers, away. If you stay in a hotel north of Ubud, your trip might take longer.

Is Ubud in Bali a good Honeymoon destination?

Yes, among the best honeymoon destinations in Bali. The jungle town and cultural heart of Bali is super romantic. It offers some of the most spectacular private dining overlooking jungle valleys and luxury hotels at affordable prices.

What romantic activities can we do in Ubud?

The options are endless. Walk together across Campuhan ridge walk. Visit some amazing jungle Spa's and pools. Fine Dining. Experience the local culture at Ubud Palace and the museums. And much more!

How long should we stay in Ubud?

We think it's best to stay for three nights to see and enjoy everything at a slow pace. If you want to use Ubud as a base and go on day trips from there, you'll need to stay longer.

Next Destinations

Map with regions of Bali. Bali Regions Map. Ubud is well-known for its stunning jungle landscape and ricefields, but it’s not on the coast. Do you long for the beach? Consider Uluwatu, Seminyak or Canggu as potential next destinations. All three locations offer luxury stays along the beach. While sipping on a beverage, you may take in a sunset over the Indian Ocean together.

Do you prefer your honeymoon to continue more private and avoid crowds? North Bali is your answer, and in Ubud you are almost halfway already! Continue your journey to Amed for diving or Lovina for dolphin-watching adventures.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery on a different island, consider taking a boat to Nusa Penida Island. The ferry port in Sanur is around 45 minutes away from Ubud.

More travel ideas: 8 Great Bali travel itineraries for couples.

Find your next destination after Ubud!

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    Made famous by Eat Pray Love. Jungle, art, rice fields, monkeys and spirituality.

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    Peninsula with cliffs, caves, surf and hidden beaches. Luxury resorts nearby.

    Read our Uluwatu Honeymoon Guide
  • ★ Our Favorite!


    NatureOff the beaten path

    Hidden gem with spectacular views. Explore crater lakes, waterfalls and temples.

    Read our Munduk Honeymoon Guide
  • Seminyak


    Upscale area with wide sandy beach, great restaurants and fancy beachclubs.

    Read our Seminyak Honeymoon Guide
  • Amed

    BeachCultureNatureDivingOff the beaten path

    Tranquil fishing villages, famous dive spots.

    Read our Amed Honeymoon Guide
  • Canggu


    Surf Beach, Party, Hipsers & Foodies.

    Read our Canggu Honeymoon Guide
  • Lovina

    BeachCultureNatureDivingOff the beaten path

    Calm ocean away from the crowds. Watch dolphins and hike to waterfalls.

    Read our Lovina Honeymoon Guide
  • Nusa Dua


    Luxury hotels and (all-inclusive) resorts facing white sand beach with all the comforts you could wish for.

    Read our Nusa Dua Honeymoon Guide
  • Sidemen

    NatureCultureOff the beaten path

    Off the beaten path nature destination between rice fields and mountains.

    Read our Sidemen Honeymoon Guide
  • Nusa Penida Island


    Hilly island of the coast of Bali with spectacular cliffs and rock formations.

    Read our Nusa Penida Honeymoon Guide
  • Gili Islands


    Real tropical island vibes! Three small islands great for diving, beach and party.

    Read our Gili Islands Honeymoon Guide

Written by Olivia & Dirk

Hi! We have put together this guide with a lot of care, based on our own experiences. As a couple, we have lived in Bali for the past 5 years, and we fell in love with the island. We have visited every corner of Bali, especially the romantic places ;-). While our articles do contain affiliate links, you can trust us to recommend only the experiences that we love.

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