Changing lives and perceptions in Ubud
Where to stay
If you need utter seclusion and five-star luxury to achieve Nirvana, book a room in the Como Shambala Estate overlooking the Ayung River in Bagawan village, about 12km northwest of Ubud. One of the area’s most exclusive and expensive hotels, guests are treated to stunning views, private swimming pools and handsomely appointed private villas. There are also nutritionists, raw food chefs, yoga teachers and masseuses on hand to help you along your journey.
If you want luxury at a significantly lower price, book one of the modern rooms at the Infinity Villas in Tegallalang village, about 7km north of Ubud. Surrounded by peaceful rice paddies, the modern, two-storey suites are simply designed with beautiful teak furniture. Rooms are equipped with a private infinity pool, well appointed kitchens, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, and a fresh organic breakfast is served in your room each morning.
So, will a trip to Ubud change your life? Kadek Gunarta, was born and raised in Ubud and is now a co-owner of the Yoga Barn. He can remember when the village first got electricity in the 1970s, and he has seen all of the changes since.
“People say coming to Ubud changed their life,” he said. “I think coming here changes their perception.”
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Indonesia's most populous island. This has been corrected.