Bali is well known for its tropical beaches and vibrant culture, but what about its mountains and rain forests?
If you want a little more out of your next Balinese holiday, you've simply got to get to Ubud. This area has mountains galore and more rain forest than you'll know what to do with, making it perfect for those who love a scenic landscape to take in while sipping a cool drink.
Ubud is culturally rich and terrifically artsy, and is the perfect place to pick up some stunning silver, a unique painting or a traditional wood and stone carving. There's plenty of history and heritage for you to sink your teeth into here, as well as subdued relaxation activities.
The accommodation in Ubud is first-class, and suits a range of different travelers and budgets. If you want to add a little dose of healing to your holiday, try the Hotel Tjampuhan and Spa, which has been offering healing spa treatments and traditional Balinese style accommodation for over one hundred years. This is perfect for anyone wanting to soak up some history while being treated to a massage or two, and the hotel exudes a feeling of serenity that makes it impossible to worry or stress.
Plunge into the natural spring water pool to recharge your batteries at the end of a long day in the sun, before settling in for a romantic night under a thatched roof.
Pita Maha is another accommodation option, set into the side of the Tjampuhan valley. Overlooking the River Oos, you'll be treated like royalty here, and the lush environment will ensure you leave the resort feeling like a million bucks.
Most villas feature their very own private pools and enclosed gardens, and have luxurious rich fabrics, marble and all the modern conveniences you could ask for