In Bali, the town of Ubud is known as the island’s cultural center, and the word I’d use to describe it is mystical. Here you’ll find the iconic views of terraced rice paddies in shades of green almost too vivid to believe. Rivers stream through Ubud on their way to the sea, flowing through ancient temples and over sacred falls.
Tourists and locals alike come to Ubud for its promise of healing. Beyond your typical health food cafes or yoga studios, this town offers classes on breathwork, chakra alignment, sound healing, ecstatic dance, and more. When all else fails, simply letting the sounds of the surrounding jungle calm your senses feels restorative. It’s the perfect place to hide away with a few friends…or as many as 16 if you book the eight-bedroom, seven-bathroom Ubud Airbnb.