Ubud, Bali’s de facto arts and culture capital, is a town aswirl with open-air shops, colorful markets, traditional spas, and authentic cafes. Surrounding all of this are fervently green rice fields, ravines, and valleys. Whether you want to stay in a hotel in the heart of downtown, or in a private countryside villa overlooking jade-colored rice paddies, these 14 budget-sensitive resorts fit the bill (and are reasonably priced, so that you can — yes — foot the bill).
The 28-room Sri Ratih Cottages is a tasteful boutique resort with rustic-chic touches, located in a quiet village within walking distance of Ubud. Rooms are particularly smart and spacious with standout bathrooms, though views are often limited. Excellent food and an attractive -- albeit small -- pool area gives this hotel some real polish, with the only major drawbacks being lack of shuttle service and poor Wi-Fi. Overall, it's certainly one of the more stylish resorts of its kind, and rather low rates make it a bargain, too.
Located in the Balinese countryside, this 40-room retreat has a health-and-wellness bent. The grounds are a working garden, with organic plantings plus flowers and palm trees at every turn. Rooms have modern Balinese decor and a good range of amenities like flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast with eggs and fresh juices, and afternoon tea are included in the room rates. Other freebies include Balinese dance classes, rice field treks, yoga classes, bike rentals -- it's rare that so many activities are offered without charge in this area, and that helps make this hotel an excellent value.
This boutique-style resort has just five villas: three single-story villas sleeping up to three and two bi-level ones that can accommodate five. All are extremely spacious, with private gardens featuring large pools, and are traditionally decorated with native materials (bamboo, teak) and hand-woven tapestries and topped with the fragrant Balinese alang-alang thatching. Besides the modest-sized restaurant and spa, there's very little beyond the villas and the lovely, peaceful grounds. Rates are a very good value for what you get -- which is lots of space and seclusion, plus freebies like minibars, bikes, breakfast, Wi-Fi, and a shuttle to Ubud.
The 18-room Biyukukung Suites and Spa is an upper-mid-range hotel geared toward budget-minded travelers who want a quiet location on rice fields that’s also in walking distance of the action in Ubud. Simple rooms feature sleek wood floors, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and balconies or patios with rice paddy views. Suites have whirlpool tubs and private gazebos. This hotel also offers a spa and hair salon, two pretty outdoor pools, and an open-air restaurant. However, the restaurant only serves breakfast and there’s no room service. Another budget option, the Saren Indah Hotel, offers an on-site restaurant. Wi-Fi is free throughout at Biyukukung.
At the end of a well-maintained country road flanked by homes and rice fields sits this serene boutique hotel. Some guests will love the feeling of remoteness, others might find the setting isolated, despite being just a 10-minute drive from Ubud. The 10 rooms are simple and attractive, with traditional Balinese touches such as wicker furnishings, colorful fabrics, and ornate carved wood detailing. Most importantly, they have balconies overlooking the lush surroundings. Although the pool is smallish, the overall quality of facilities is impressive, the rates reasonable, and the list of freebies solid (cooked-to-order breakfast, super-fast Wi-Fi, shuttle bus).
About a half-hour north of Ubud sits this hillside, all-villa property with a quiet atmosphere. It's a fine choice for families and couples looking for the private villa experience at a slightly lower price point than other properties in the area. The 17 one- and two-bedroom units all have private pools and kitchens. They're modern and airy, but simple, with tile floors and basic IKEA-esque furniture.The hotel also features an on-site restaurant with free breakfast, an outdoor pool, many activities, and a free area shuttle.
The Green Field Hotel and Bungalows first opened as a simple art studio decades ago, but the owner -- a Balinese painter and Hindu priest -- expanded the complex into what is now considered one of the more authentic Balinese hotels in the area. Its well-tended grounds are full of tropical plants, golden statues, and lotus ponds. All rooms feature balconies (but not TVs); their stark simplicity might not be to everyone's taste. Features include two pools (including a saltwater pool) and a free breakfast of western and Indonesian fare. Overall, although some older rooms are in need of a revamp, the resort is a good option for those who want a quiet and affordable -- though not particularly luxurious -- home away from home in Ubud.
There are 20 villas and 25 hotel rooms at this three-pearl property set within picturesque rice fields near Ubud’s center. Museums, galleries, and the famous Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary are all within a 15-minute walk -- and the hotel provides a free area shuttle as well. Rooms and villas are done in a blend of traditional and modern Balinese decor with amenities like free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and coffeemakers. The free breakfast includes a mix of hot and cold dishes, and the restaurant also serves traditional Balinese cuisine for lunch and dinner. The hotel has two swimming pools, and spa treatments are offered in the outdoor pavilion. Those wanting a hotel with an artsy-meets-spiritual vibe should consider the similarly priced Green Field Hotel and Bungalows, just around the corner.
An Old Bali vibe is alive at this 15-room, family-owned property -- not surprising, considering that it is one of the older hotels in Nyuh Kuning village. Rooms are well-maintained with four-poster beds draped with mosquito nets, spacious bathrooms, and peaceful balconies gazing out onto the lovely rice fields. There is an outdoor pool with lounge chairs and an open-air spa on-site. Wi-Fi is free, but inconsistent. Overall, guests willing to overlook the slightly dated feel of the place will get a good value stay -- especially if they're a fan of monkeys who occasionally drift over from the nearby sanctuary (both the popular Monkey Forest and bustling Ubud are a short distance away on foot).
Set in pretty gardens outside the tourist center of Ubud, this small resort complex features spacious rooms with charming carved wood furniture and outdoor seating areas. There's also a pleasant pool area and a restaurant, and the rates are competitive for a mid-range hotel. While the location can feel isolated, the surroundings are picturesque and the hotel offers a free shuttle service into town.
Surrounded by tropical gardens, this traditional two-story Balinese-style hotel is around 20 years old, and is looking a little tired in places. The hotel is best known for being a neighbor to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and therefore, the property has a constant stream of primate visitors looking for food. Rooms are basic and bright, with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, balconies, and free Wi-Fi, though they may disappoint those looking for a taste of Balinese decor. The hotel has two restaurants and a cafe, and a buffet breakfast with everything from eggs to Asian noodles is included in the room rates. There are also two swimming pools and a spa.
Situated in a quiet location a short walk from the Sacred Monkey Forest, the tiny Mawa House feels a lot like a Balinese home. The two-floor guest house features classic Balinese architecture and interiors, with traditional furnishings and ample natural materials like teak, stone, and slate. The eight simple rooms are done in a quaint traditional style, and come with free Wi-Fi and balconies or terraces with pool views. Breakfast is available for a fee, and the restaurant serves light lunches, poolside barbecue dinners, and romantic candlelight dinners. The hotel also has a small outdoor pool and offers Balinese cultural activities and crafts. Guests may want to compare rates at the the nearby Saren Indah Hotel, which is comparable in quality though rooms at Mawa have a little more character.
Considered one of the top budget hotels in Indonesia, the Tegal Sari is a complex of 27 rooms and villas located in Ubud near the Monkey Forest. The tranquil, tropical property is spread over charming, well-kept grounds that are home to several ducks, geese, and fireflies. Units vary in size and decor; most are simple, with tile floors, plain walls sans art, and minimalist rattan or wooden furnishings. The small rooftop stone-bottom pool offers great views of the rice fields, and is a lovely place to relax with a cocktail at the sunken pool bar, and there are two on-site restaurants.
The two-pearl Jati Home Stay is a charming and simple family-owned guest house in central Ubud. It sits just off the main north-south road and is a 10-minute walk from the Sacred Monkey Forest. The 10 simply decorated rooms are affordably priced and have a Balinese feel, with woven bamboo walls and carved wooded bed frames draped with mosquito nets. Rooms have no TVs, minibars, or tea- and coffee-making facilities, but free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The Jati offers a free simple breakfast, an art studio, painting and dance lessons, and motorbike and bike rentals but no pool. Guests wanting to swim should try out the nearby Tegal Sari instead.