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Bali: Recommendations for Accommodations, Activities, Restaurants

Where to stay & go on your vacation in Bali!

As an American in Bali I am learning the ins-and-outs of Ubud… to the point of giving advice to friends, helping tourist who have no clue, and my daily hellos to my new friends that I am making here. I thought I would share my recommendations and tidbits of advice with you.

This Recommendation List I am compiling is the who, what and where that I have experienced.

If it is on this list, it is due to my having tried, tested, and LIKED it!

You are visiting tropical paradise so relax, enjoy and take it all in stride. Some things will be the same and some extremely different.


Permana Cottages
Jl. Bisma, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
+62 817 479 0184
*My absolute favorite place to stay, quiet, serene and overlooking the rice fields.

Rumah Roda
Road Kajeng 24, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
+62 361 975 487
*In the center of everything, so a great locale for walking. Family is very inviting and entertaining!


Laughing Buddha Bar
Jl. Monkey Forest Road
*According to legend, if one rubs the Laughing Buddha’s great belly, it brings forth wealth, good luck and prosperity. Give his belly a respectful rub!

Jazz Café
Jl. Sukma 2, Tebesaya


Cafe Seniman Coffee Studio$
Jl. Sriwedari – on left a few meters up from Jl. Raya Ubud
+62 0361 972 085
Read the reviews on trip advisor>>>
***BEST coffee house, hanging out writing joint in Ubud! They have speedy wifi and outlets for your laptop at the tables!!! Love Rodney!

Café des Artistes $$$
Jl. Bisma No. 9X
+62 036 197 2706

Sweet Koman’s Gallery Cafe$
Jl. Bisma 102
+62 361 977 104

Gurihan Barbeque $
Jl. Raya Mas
+62 812 385 1303

Warung Taman $
Jl. Tirta Tawar, Br. Kutuh Kelod
+62 036 197 3133
*Good Chinese food, but if you are an American/caucasian you will be the last one served in the restaurant…even after those who walk in 15 minutes after you do…my food arrived after everyone at my table had finished eating theirs. Good cheap food if you are willing to wait.

Warung Pulau Kelapa $$
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Lungsiakan
+62 036 182 155 02

Sari Organik $$
Subak Sok Wayah (long walk up path through rice fields)
+62 036 178 018 39

Naughty Nuri’s $$
Jl. Raya Sangginga (opposite Neka Museum)
+62 036 197 7547
*great for to-go orders, the ribs are delicious!!!

Cafe Kendi $$
Bisma No. 45
+62 361 972 528
***DO NOT WALK PAST this restaurant! There is a LARGE, blonde, mean-as-hell dog that bit me…after I walked past it…attack from behind. The owner saw it happen and does not care. Olga witnessed it. Everyone on the street knows about the dog and has yet to do anything about it. I’m the third tourist it has attacked. The owner and the dog should be locked away.

Man-Maru Japanese Restaurant $$
Jl. Raya Sanggingan-Ubud
+62 036 197 2519

Jl. Raya Sanggingan No. 45, Campuan-Ubud (under Bintang parking lot)
+62 087 862 210 133
*GREAT Indonesian food – true Javanese and a good friend of the family.

Warung Hana $
Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Teges Kangin
+62 036 197 0124

Igelanca $
Jl. Raya Ubud across from Neka Gallery
+62 036 180 991 24

$ = meal and beverage for less than 50.000R
$$ = meal and beverage for more than 50.000R
$$$ = meal and beverage for more than 100.000R
$$$$ = meal and beverage for more than 250.000R


Bisma Mini Market
Jl. Bisma No. 5
The owner and puppy (Beni) are very sweet! Nice, clean, good prices.

Jl. Raya Sanggingan No. 45, Campuan-Ubud
+62 036 197 2972

Delta Dewata (the big one)
Jl Raya Andong No. 14


Trinadi Salon
Jl. Bisma No. 69
+62 0361 977 934
Open daily 9am to 8pm
*Home to my famous $5 haircut (50.000 R) and massage that I love so much. They also do hair cream bath, massage, facials and mani/pedi….haven’t tried those yet!

Jl. Kajeng No. 8, Br. Ubud Kaja
+62 085 238 647 817
*Great cream hair bath


Sedona Spa
Jl. Raya Tjampuhan
+62 361 975 770
**Love, love, love this place! You get your own personal pavilion with massage table, tub and shower. Fantastically wonderful! Only thing that could make it better would be a glass of wine.

Jl. Kajeng No. 8, Br. Ubud Kaja
+62 085 238 647 817
*excellent massage with good pressure – my back was full of lumps. Not the prettiest place, but worth it for the price!

Bali Becik
Jl. Raya Tanggayuda No. 1A, Kedewatan
Serinadi Semadhi – owner
+62 081 734 1178

Lily Spa
Jl. Bisma
+62 351 927 7625
*good massage for 60.000R, shower off afterwards, put on some mascara and lipgloss and walk up Bisma for dinner at Cafe Des Artistes


Radiantly Alive
Jl. Jembawan No. 3, Padang Tegal Kaja
+62 081 237 058 098
Multiple classes daily. Drop in on one of Stephanie Nelson’s classes if you can…she is my favorite instructor and great friend in Ubud. Contact her directly at Stephanie’s e-mail to get her schedule.

Yoga Barn
Jl. Raya Pengosekan
+62 036 197 1236


Bali Bird Park & Rimba Reptile
Jl. Singapadu, Batu Bulan
+62 036 129 9352


Kecak Ramayana & Fire Dance
Every Monday and Friday starting at 7:30pm
Open stage at Pura Dalem Ubud and Palace
Jl. Raya Ubud near Museum
+62 036 197 3285
*This is a must-do! Get there early and sit on the front row so that the sparks can fly around you!

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