Ubud, The Center Of Bali’s Art And Culture

Ubud, about 40 minutes from Dara Ayu Villas and Spa, has been famous as the centre of fine arts, dance and music in Bali for more than half a century. While it once was a heaven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians, Ubud is now a hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs.

It has become a popular tourist destination and elegant five star hotels and sprawling mansions now stand on its outskirts, overlooking the most prized views in Bali. Nonetheless, Ubud is still popular with backpackers, mystics and all the finest fringe elements of global society. So if you choose to stay in Ubud during your vacation in Bali, you will have no regret as there are lots of interesting performances and beautiful places to visit.

Ubud is located 35 km northeast of Bali’s International Airport, amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. On a relatively small island with a multitude of attractions, Ubud is centrally located and there are plenty of reasons why Ubud was recently voted as the most fascinating city of Asia by Condé Nast Traveler.

The Ubud area is around two to three hundred meters above sea level and surrounded by rice fields, which makes it noticeably cooler than the other tourist destinations in Bali. Neighbouring villages are well known for unique bamboo crafts and furniture, wood and stone carving and many other crafts.

Ubud is famous for its regular traditional dance performances, which are part of the traditional culture and are arranged for tourists on a regular schedule. Hindu-Balinese ceremonies take place on a nearly daily basis, especially in the European summer, which is the driest and coolest season here.

Ubud is popular in part today because it is the best place in Bali to break out of the tourist mode and get off the beaten path. Hotels are plentiful; home stays and Indonesian guesthouses (losmen) are easily available to tourists. Accommodation in Ubud is also somewhat more reasonably priced than in the beach towns of Bali. But its atmosphere is perhaps the major attractions One visitor summed it up this way: Kuta is madness, Sanur is sterile, and Nusa Dua is culturally isolated; Ubud is the place to go.

Make sure to stay in Dara Ayu Villas and Spa where you can find the beauty of Ubud’s nature. It is  located in a secluded valley overlooking beautifully manicured rice paddies and surrounded by  bush clad country side.  This boutique resort is very suitable for those who seek a place to relax or enjoy each others company in privacy. For more information about Dara Ayu Villas and Spa, please contact Dara Ayu’s staff by phone: 62 361 9000 797/98 or by email: info@daraayuvillas.com.