Top attractions to visit in Ubud
Best day tours in Ubud
- Best of Ubud Tour with Jungle Swing
- Bali Snorkeling Tour at Blue Lagoon Beach: All-Inclusive
- Full-Day Private Tour in Bali with Lunch
- Nusa Penida Highlights Day Trip: All-Inclusive
- Bali in 1-Day: Temple, Waterfall, Coffee, Volcano, Rice Terrace and more
1. Maya Ubud Resort & Spa 5* – Lgbt Friendly Hotels Ubud
Perched in a secluded green valley by the Petanu River, Maya Ubud Resort & Spa offers a tranquil getaway with a natural setting in Ubud. Guests can explore Peliatan rice terraces, indulge in relaxing spa treatments by the river, or enjoy quiet time by the infinity pool. Providing free WiFi in all areas, this resort also houses 4 dining options on site.
Maya Ubud Resort is less than 2 km from Ubud Market and 29 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A free 2-way shuttle goes to Ubud City Centre from the resort. The resort is a 17-minute walk from Elephant Cave, while Yoga Barn Studio is a 20-minute walk away.
Blending traditional Balinese décor with modern comforts, air-conditioned rooms and villas at Maya Ubud are equipped with a TV with satellite channels and a minibar. En suite bathrooms feature bathtub and shower facilities.
The free hotel shuttle bus is also an added bonus as it’s so easy to find shops and restaurants you need if you fancy a change from the hotel. Or if you fancy venturing a bit further than Ubud then the hotel has drivers that you can ‘hire’ for a day who will take you anywhere you wish. The swimming pool views are the most incredible I’ve ever seen as well and there are no words to describe it.
There’s also small caves around the pools with cushions and small tables in if you don’t fancy sitting directly in the sun. On arrival we discovered there was also a ‘bath menu’ which you could choose a variety of special baths from and someone will come up and prepare it for you. There’s also a turn down service every night which was such a nice surprise to come back to after a nice evening out in Ubud.
Free shuttle bus goes into central ubud every hour from 9am to 9pm. It only takes a few minutes but is useful as the road doesn’t have a footpath and is very narrow so you really need to take the bus or a taxi although the distance into ubud isn’t very far.
There are 2 infinity pools as well as a modern state of the art Gym and wellness centre where yoga is offered daily amongst other activities such as rice field walks and mountain bike tours.There is a river flowing through the property along which guests can walk down to the River cafe at the spa and jungle infinity pool. A pathway and elevator also takes one down to the spa area and there is a lovely wooden deck pathway along the river.
This was our favorite part of the resort and we languished at the poolside amongst tall trees some growing down into the valley ,bubbling brooks and the sounds of numerous forest creatures.It was like Eden.
The spa comprised of individual rooms overlooking the river and is a must do .Buggy carts are available to take guests from Lobby to spa area.
The restaurants are open and airy serving a healthy breakfast and a la carte menus for Lunch and dinner as well as complimentary tea and treats every afternoon.
The hotel is really lovely and the scenery is amazing. We tried the main restaurant and the teppanyaki restaurant. Both of these restaurants were absolutely beautiful and would recommend a visit. Service in this hotel and the restaurants is outstanding.
We also tried both swimming pools on site and we found the one at the bottom of the resort near the Spa was a more relaxing and peaceful surroundings with lovely views of the forest.
There are two pools, one central and one at the very end of the resort near the spa. We only used the latter as it was much quieter but as it’s in the shade a little more don’t expect warm water or much tan time unless you get the beds further out. The pool itself is in a gorgeous location with a river underneath and lots of greenery around. Both pools are infinity and make for wonderful photos – or twenty minute photo shoots which you will regularly see.
There is also a very nice fitness centre with a few treadmills, multi gym and a few free weights. Helps keep the pounds off but don’t expect to be able to do any full workout you are used to. There is free yoga each morning but at 7am so we never managed to make it up given the quality of sleep we were having – 9am was normal for us!
There are other amenities around, such as a small pitch and putt although I found the price a bit expensive for an hours use (I think £9) vs the size.
All in all a very well deserved five stars and a wonderful place to relax. Prices aren’t cheap for food and drink, but that’s to be expected. Make the most of high tea for some free cake and tea and then head in to Ubud for some dinner.Maya Ubud is a wonderful resort to base yourself at if you want to relax in a beautiful setting, surrounded by magnificent gardens and bush and have still have numerous choices of activities within the resort and close by.
The garden villa I stayed in for the week was beautifully presented and kept clean and well stocked. The morning yoga, cooking class and 3 hour village trek were all great ways to experience Bali. There was a great selection of food in the different restaurants and reasonable prices. The staff were all very professional and spoke great English.
How much does a room costs at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa?
Prices start 279 $/night for Impressive Forest Suite. The Heavenly One-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool is 461$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Boasting plenty of space and natural light, this room features 2 balconies with views of Petanu river valleys or the Peliatan rice terraces.
Guests enjoy the following benefits: – Welcome drink and cold towel upon arrival – Fresh fruit selection in the villa upon arrival – Daily 4 bottles of mineral water in the villa – Daily afternoon tea at Bedulu Bar – Daily activities based on schedule – Free shuttle service to Ubud Centre based on schedule
Where to book online – Maya Ubud Resort & Spa – LGBT Friendly Hotels Ubud – you can find the best hotels deals in Seminyak during GypsyLand Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Seminyak on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Tanah Gajah 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Ubud
Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana provides a relaxing getaway surrounded by rice fields. Located 3 km from central Ubud, it offers a 28 m outdoor pool and free scheduled yoga classes. Morning rice-paddy trekking, accompanied by personal butlers, are also available.
Spacious rooms comes with a private terrace and semi-outdoor bathroom. Amenities include a 32-inch flat-screen TV and Bose home theatre system. Some rooms feature a private pool with outdoor dining area.
Ubud’s leading 5-star luxury boutique resort, Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana rests within an exclusive former private estate and features only 20 art-filled villas in 5 hectares of tropical gardens, surrounded by lush rice paddies in the heart of Bali. Villa choices include 7 one bedroom club suites, 9 one bedroom club pool villas, 3 two bedroom club family pool villas and the one-of-a-kind 570m² two bedroom Hadiprana estate.
Each villa is assigned a personal butler and guests enjoy extensive complimentary Club Benefits: A la carte breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, minibar incl alcohol, laundry service, car service to Ubud, yoga classes, Wifi, and access to the 28m swimming pool, gym and tennis court. Unique activities include rice paddy trekking, cooking classes with Chef Dean or the acclaimed Kecak & Fire Dance followed by a Royal Balinese dinner at The Restaurant.
The staff. They are simply the best and really are the reasons behind all the successes and raving reviews of this resort. To describe it metaphorically, you could have the most advanced technology on hand, but without a competent operator, it would mean nothing. Running a resort is no easy feat and I was blessed to be served by all the Chedi’s staff. To name those that I remember, Pak Wira, Pak Pasek, Pak Hendra (my personal butler), Pak Budi (thank you so so much for all your storytelling! It’s really fascinating!), Chef Dean Nor, all the restaurant staff, all the spa staff, the ground staff…everybody! I will remember you forever. Thank you.
The food. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and OMG I LOVED LOVED LOVED my breakfast times at Chedi!!! I woke up every morning looking forward to this. With the views of green rice paddies and breezy morning breezes, I truly let myself zone out and get lost in the moments. I sat whole morning everyday on the day lounge and did absolutely nothing, even though I promised myself to read my book, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off the views. I absolutely loved listening to the live gamelan music by two lovely musicians and admired the farmer who worked so hard ploughing the rice paddies manually.
I got to chat with him a bit and really, after seeing how hard he worked, I now appreciate rice more. Now about the food…please take my word for this, they’re all delicious! Try to have as much as you can! 😀 I also had the Rijsttafel lunch and one dinner. YUM! And the afternoon teas and happy hour cocktails…try not to miss them.
My lovely one bedroom suite. For five wonderful nights, it became my home. Elegant, comfy beds and pillows, luxurious and yet simple, it had generous space and lovely decors. Each time I came back to it, it felt like coming to my heavenly sanctuary. Loved the daily fruit basket and all-included minibar, but I’m not a fan of the welcome platter, but absolutely loved the pisang goreng that Pak Hendra served at the lobby at my check-in. I ate lots of pisang goreng growing up in Medan and that really brought home.
I loved the outdoor shower and bathtub and was quite pleasantly surprised to see that huge old-fashioned water bath that is made of REAL stone. Man, you sure don’t see that very often anymore cos most ppl use shower heads nowadays. Again, it really brought home of my childhood memories growing up in Medan where at shower time, we manually filled each bucket with water for each splash. All manual work, no showerhead.
The spa. I had THREE massages at Chedi spa Hahahaha Totally pampered and spoiled! The package I bought included free massage for 2 ppl and because my mom didn’t come so I was entitled to both of them! YIIPPPEEE! I found myself getting caught out so I wasn’t able to swim or went to the waterfalls. I was upset at first, but then soon realised that it actually worked out to be the best and meant to be cos I was still exhausted after Nusa Penida and my body needed to rest so pampering was exactly what I needed.
The spa therapist (I’m so sorry I forgot her name) was really good and I really enjoyed her massages. I loved my hot bath too overlooking the rice paddies. Definitely recommend it! BUT do be careful if you had it at sunset time cos there would be one staff in charge of walking to all corners of the rice fields to light up the candles and also the private candlelit dinner in the middle of the rice fields were very popular. So do be careful not to be caught being naked while you’re having the bath 😀
The massive pool, the hot-air balloon, the swans, the yoga and the gardens. I loved walking around the gardens, so beautiful and so many photogenic spots. What surprised me most were the resident swans!!! 2 white Dutch swans and 3 black West Aussie swans. The reason why I was so surprised cos I live in Western Australia and I’ve met a few Dutch ppl in the past year and honestly, I think they’re the most likeable ppl on earth. Warm, friendly, funny and energetic, even their white swans were so beautiful and elegant. So 2 breeds of swans that are somehow connected to each other.
It just made me smile. Now I gotta be honest, I like Dutch swans so much better cos they’re way more beautiful and friendlier (just like the Dutch ppl) whereas the black aussie swans, sadly they’re ugly, snobbish and pretty much ignored me (and also sadly the same like some Aussie ppl too Hahahahaha) Of course this is all only a matter of my own opinion. Now, the yoga class.
I only joined one class and really enjoyed it. The instructor was really good and I loved chatting with her after the class. Thanks to this class, I made another new friend! Lastly the hot-air balloon. It’s certainly a very popular activity esp for outside guests and it made a very very photogenic photoshoot! My package included either a free massage or free hot-air balloon ride. I chose the massage cos I’ve already been on the real hot air balloon twice. The balloon looked fun and if you haven’t been and have money to spare, sure go for it but bear in mind, you’re not actually flying high at all cos the staff held on to the rope the whole time and it’s also a very very short ride. Unfortunately the hot-air balloon is my other bad point as per below.
– The gifts. Thank you so so much for the small gift of a pack of white rice. I held on to it like my precious cos the rice was planted in Chedi’s own rice fields by their own farmer. Thankfully Perth’s airport custom let it in because usually they were very strict. The rice was absolutely delicious. Tasted so different from other white rice I usually eat. Thank you too to Pak Hendra for the slippers. I loved wearing them. So comfortable!
How much does a room costs at Tanah Gajah?
This villa features a DVD player, minibar and iPod dock.
Guests enjoy: – Private butler service – Daily a la carte breakfast – Daily newspaper and seasonal fresh fruits – Daily 6 pieces of laundry per person, not including dry cleaning – Daily refilled minibar of drinks with alcoholic selection of gin, whiskey and vodka – Daily afternoon tea from 16:00 – 18:00 in the room, bar or lounge – Daily sunset cocktail from 18:00 – 19:00 in the room, bar or lounge – Scheduled shuttle service to Ubud Centre – Scheduled Yoga class – Guided Rice Paddy trekking For a minimum stay of 3 nights, guests can also experience one-time hot air balloon ride.
Where to book online – Tanah Gajah – LGBT Friendly Hotels Ubud – you can find the best hotels deals in Ubud during GypsyLand Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Ubud on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Villa Semana Resort & Spa 4* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Ubud
Hidden in the exclusive Ubud Area of Bali, Villa Semana offers luxurious villas with private pools and free Wi-Fi. It presents amazing views of rice padi fields and Ayung River.
Villa Semana is a 10-minute drive from the Ubud Town, known for its art and cultural heritage. A free 2-way shuttle is provided from the hotel to Ubud.
Villas at Semana balance traditional Indonesian charm with modern details. Each comes with a well-stocked minibar and iPod docks. Rustic outdoor showers and spacious indoor bathrooms with sunken bathtubs are also included.
Surrounded by tropical greenery, the main infinity pool is an ideal place to relax and soak up the warm sunshine. Traditional Balinese massage treatments can be enjoyed at the spa. Afternoons can be spent exploring the Semana’s art gallery or reading a book at the library.
Villa Semana & Spa is a hidden treasure deep in the Ubud area of Bali. It is located 7km or 15 minutes drive by our free scheduled shuttle service everyday. Villa Semana & Spa consists of 10 private pool villas each with unique views of the Ayung River tributaries. Your home away from home offers 180-degrees views of stunning valleys and rice fields that make choosing Ubud an easy decision. Be part of nature and experience total relaxation in the lotus pond bath with sound of nearby waterfall.
Villa Semana was a peaceful oasis in Ubud. It’s a short drive from the town centre. Located in the midst of rice fields, where the air is fresh. The staff were very accommodating and lgbt friendly hotels Ubud. Especially the staff providing breakfast. The breakfast choices are brilliant and everything is freshly made for you. The villa was a nice size, with a small pool, our view overlooked the rice fields. There is a shuttle service which picks and drops you off from villa to Ubud town.
Overall property is small but it provides quaint privacy and quietness. The resort overlooks a beautiful rice terrace where you can observe farmers going about their daily jobs. Our villa was beautiful. Canopy bed, large bathtub, comfortable bed, private pool and outdoor cabana. They offer complimentary turndown service nightly and delicious complimentary breakfast which consists of anything you could possibly desire Western or Indonesian.
The food overall at the restaurant was great and reasonably priced for a resort. We overall were so happy with our choice to stay here and would recommend to anyone who is looking to spend time in Ubud to stay at the villa. Villa is far enough from town for quietness and no tourism or traffic, but a quick easy drive to any desired sites or town center.
The views were jaw dropping and everything was so clean and perfect. We stayed at the Melati villa. We had our own pond at the entrance and perfect rice terrace views. The food was great and they have 24 hour room service if you ever need anything. The shuttle service to go into town was very easy to use. The turndown service every night was awesome! We would come back to find nice little desserts on our bed 🙂
Out of the three places I stayed in Bali, believe or not, this was the one resort where I got NO mosquito bites, despite being in the jungle right next to a river!! It is close by to all the temples and adventure activities like white water rafting. Staying here in the serene environment was the experience of a lifetime. It felt like a scene straight out of a movie. If you pick Villa Semana, you really won’t regret it. It is an amazing resort with amazing staff.
How much does a room costs at Villa Semana Resort & Spa?
Prices start 183 $/night for Villa. The Deluxe One-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool is 538$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Featuring an outdoor living area with views of the river or rice fields, this villa is fitted with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a minibar. En suite bathroom is stocked with bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
Where to book online – Villa Semana Resort & Spa – LGBT Friendly Hotels Ubud – you can find the best hotels deals in Ubud during GypsyLand Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Ubud on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.