10 Cool + Unique Places to Stay in Ubud, Bali

Ubud Unique Accommodation

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful island of Bali is the wellness hub of Ubud. Most visitors come here for the calm and relaxing environment of one of the many unique places to stay in Ubud. This area offers anything from a simple bamboo villa to a 5-star luxury resort and everything in between. Not only are they Instagrammable but an absolute pleasure to stay at.

I have you covered in this ultimate guide to unique accommodations in Ubud.

Ubud Unique Accommodation Guide - Cool places to stay in Ubud

BAMBU INDAH RESORT   

Bambu Indah Resort, nestled 15 minutes outside of the Ubud centre, is a sustainably focused jungle retreat. Featuring several unique and individual villas scattered throughout the grounds, Bambu Indah is one of the cool places to stay in Ubud. 

What makes it unique

The uniqueness of this property comes from the marriage of sustainability and luxury. The house is constructed either of traditional Balinese and Javanese wood in Joglo style architecture or entirely of bamboo. The dressed-down appearance is married with luxury service and amenities. 

Bambu Indah also offers natural swimming pools, a spa, an onsite restaurant with homegrown organic foods, and a yoga shala. 

Which room to choose

Choose the Moon House for the classic hanging net experience and Copper House for a copper tub flower bath moment. Both villas are incredibly Instagrammable. 

WHERE | Bambu Indah Resort, Bali

COST | Average Room Price at Bambu Indah Hotel is $300/night

BEEHOUSE UBUD 

This small complex of 7 Ubud unique accommodations has everything you need for a weekend stay. Each villa comes complete with a minibar, comfy queen-sized bed, pool and garden views,  terrace, air conditioning, and complimentary WiFi. 

What makes it unique

A little different than what the name describes, these individual villas have a unique horizontal tubular shape. There is a long snakelike shared pool that runs in front of the villas that give a nice view of the rice fields.

Which room to choose

Go with one of the villas that have a second-floor terrace and private pool! The terraces in these houses will give you more expansive views of the surrounding scenery.

WHERE | Beehouse Ubud, Bali

COST | Average Room Price at Beehouse Ubud is $170/night

SANDAT GLAMPING TENTS

Have you ever tried glamping? If not, this is the place to do it. Hidden in the jungle Northeast of the Ubud centre, is Sandat Glamping Tents. The team here has done a beautiful job of combining the novelty of camping with the comfort of fine services. 

The property has 4 tiers of unique accommodation: tents, tent suits, standard villas, and villas with private pools. Sandat also provides onsite restaurants and spa services and has a yoga shala for greeting the sunrise.

What makes it unique

Besides the obvious reason for staying in a tent in the jungle, Sandat provides eclectic furnishings and private pools. If you are there for a weekend of romance, book the romantic dinner experience, you would be disappointed.

Which room to choose

Go with the best of both worlds and book the tents suites. They come with a large round canopy bed, lounging area, private pool, A/C, and complimentary minibar drinks and breakfast.  

WHERE | Sandat Glamping Tents, Bali

COST | Average Room Price at Sandat Glamping Tents is $330/night

THE UDAYA RESORTS + SPA

The Udaya Resorts + Spa is where traditional Balinese architecture and contemporary interior design come together. Nestled just North of the Ubud centre amongst the rainforest, the large shared infinity pool is the stay. Taking from the wellness culture of Ubud, The Udaya offers a healthy organic restaurant and 2 perfectly situated bamboo yoga shalas.

Make sure to stop off at the Kaveri Spa where they only use natural ingredients and the most skillful therapists.

What makes it unique

What is unique about The Udaya is not necessarily the rooms, but all the opportunities for the epic flower bath. Try the tub or pool in your private villa, or opt for the ultimate flower experience in the spa.

Which room to choose

It’s a splurge, but the private pool villa (not deluxe) will tick all your boxes. It features a large spacious suite with an indoor and outdoor shower, private pool, and the perfect bathtub.

WHERE | The Udaya Resorts and Spa, Ubud Bali

COST | Average Room Price at The Udaya Resorts and Spa is $220/night

FIVELEMENTS RETREAT BALI 

Nestled in the banks of the Ayung River, Fivelements Retreat is one of the most unique places to stay in Ubud. Want to experience the quintessential Ubud health culture? Look no further. This retreat is based on eco-consciousness and wellbeing and will have you in a flow state in no time. 

What makes it unique

Park your scooter out front, and you will never have to leave. This retreat provides everything you could possibly imagine to get into zen mode. The unique individual joglo style villas come complete with luxurious king-size beds and views of the river. Sit outside on your terrace and listen to the rushing water.

Once in a while, you can partake in an Agni Hotra, which is a holy fire ceremony full of flowers and rituals. The restaurant also provides locally produced and plant-based set lunch and dinner menus, as well as a la carte.

Which room to choose

The riverfront suite is the best value here, but if you want to splurge, do for the 1 bedroom private pool suite.

WHERE | Fivelements Retreat Bali

COST | Average Room Price at Fivelements Retreat Bali is $230/night

SEBATU SANCTUARY ECO RESORT

Sebatu Sanctuary Eco Resort is located 30 minutes South of Ubud’s centre. Situated amongst the rainforest and rice fields indicative of the area, Sebatu is located next to a historic village of the same name. Next to the village are springs and waterfalls known to have healing properties.

The eco-resort also has an onsite restaurant that features Thai and Indonesian flavours with a twist. The ingredients are sourced from the surrounding forest and garden.

What makes it unique

What makes Sebatu a unique place to stay in Ubud is the individualized villas. They have Javanese style, colonial style, African tent style, and bamboo style villas, so you can have your pick of the litter.

Also, as the name implies, Sebatu prides themselves on their earth consciousness and sustainability. As well as being fully compliant with the Green Globe Standard, the world’s most strict certification for hotels and resorts, they even give back by donating 2% of their revenue to reforesting Bali and clean water initiatives.

Which room to choose

The tented villa with forest view is a pleasant stay, reminiscent of African safari in the early 1920s. If you can snag the epic bamboo house, that’s even better.

WHERE | Sebatu Sanctuary Eco Resort, Ubud, Bali

COST | Average Room Price at Sebatu Sanctuary Eco Resort is $70/night

Ubud Unique Accommodation to Splurge On

THE KAYON JUNGLE RESORT 

The farthest afield of all the recommendations on unique places to stay in Ubud is The Kayon Jungle Resort. This luxury adults-only resort is located 30 minutes North of the centre of Bali’s wellness hub and is deeply immersed in nature. The Kayon comes complete with 2 full-sized gourmet restaurants, a spa, gym facilities, a pool with a bar, and even its own art market that features high-end local handicrafts.

What makes it unique

The three-tiered infinity pool is the showstopper here and what makes The Kayon Jungle Resort unique. The pool was created with gentle curves to emulate the local rice terraces and features several shaded cabanas and circular seating pods. If you aren’t staying at this resort, a day pass is also available to visitors.

Which room to choose

To go all out, opt for the Kayon Premier Pool Villa which has a larger private pool and utter privacy. But, the Valley Pool Villa will do the trick too.

WHERE | The Kayon Jungle Resort, Ubud, Bali

COST | For prices and availability for The Kayon Jungle Resort, see the link below.

KAMANDALU UBUD RESORT 

Kamandalu is based on a traditional village concept and is situated among productive rice terraces overlooking the Petanu river. Kamandalu is also home to one of the largest swimming pools in Ubud and comes complete with a swim-up bar serving up delicious cocktails.

This upscale resort even has The Village Club which is reserved for guests of the pool villa guests only and offers personalized services, afternoon tea, and internet access.

What makes it unique

Have your very own Notebook experience and row down the Petanu river on a small craft. Kamandalu will prepare you a picnic to go, which can be enjoyed while rowing the boat. You can also greet the morning by sipping on a cup of coffee and lazing away on the famous swinging lounger. 

Which room to choose

The ultimate 3 bedroom pool villa has an epic V-shaped infinity pool for peering out into the jungle beyond. But, if you aren’t willing to spend an arm and a leg, you will be very comfortable in the Garden or Valley pool villas.

WHERE | Kamandalu Ubud Resort, Bali

COST | For prices and availability for Kamandalu, see link below

FOUR SEASONS RESORT BALI AT SAYAN

The Four Seasons Resort is based on the authenticity of Balinese traditional design, modernized. The Sayan Valley is deemed to have sacred energy and the team behind this luxe resort draws from that. Four Seasons has a few unique experiences including Green Light, where you will help locals plant rice in their fields, then move onto the spa villa for a cleansing ritual and followed by a farmer’s lunch.

What makes it unique

What makes this one of the cool places to stay in Ubud, is the dramatic suspension bridge. Float along treetops as you cross the bridge into a different world.

Which room to choose

Riverfront one-bedroom villa has it all: indoor and outdoor shower, freestanding bathtub, walk-in closet, infinity pool, river views, luxe furnishings, and even hypoallergenic pillows. 

WHERE | Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud

COST | For prices and availability for Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, see the link below

VICEROY BALI

The ultimate luxury can be found at the elegant Viceroy Bali, located close to the heart of Ubud. The team here pulls out all the stops to make you feel well taken care of. This family-run, 5-star resort is perched on the side of a jungle ravine called the Valley of the Kings. Each villa comes with a private infinity pool and access to the spectacular onsite spa.

What makes it unique

Viceroy Bali is home to Aperitif, the #1 restaurant in the world. Book yourself a table here to partake in a multi-course fine dining experience surrounded by 1920s decor.

Which room to choose

Select the Deluxe Terrace Villa which has ample living space, a marble bathroom, and a private heated infinity pool with lush seating.

WHERE | Viceroy Bali, Ubud

COST | For prices and availability for Viceroy Bali, see the link below.

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