The name Ubud originates from the Indonesian word obat, which means herb or medicine; it is fortuitous that today's Ubud also has a great reputation among spa practitioners around the globe.
Travelers often come to this rice-terraced village in Bali to seek a rejuvenating "spacation", or spa vacation.
Thus the city has become a home to many hotels that have fantastic spa features and here are the top five spa hotels in Ubud according to Trivago, where you can turn off your phone, disconnect from the world and clear your mind.
1. Kamandalu Ubud
Kamandalu Ubud is a five-star boutique resort offering the experience of staying in an authentic and traditional Balinese village.
Each individually designed villa has its own view of a lush valley and the Petanu River.
Spa features: One can enjoy a relaxation treatment at Chaya Spa, which supports ancient Indonesian healing arts by using local ingredients as well as a range of essential oils and natural skincare products sourced from abroad.
2. Hanging Gardens Ubud
Set in the heart of the Ubud rainforest, the property boasts 38 private suites and individual villas, a top gourmet restaurant serving traditional food and a world-renowned infinity pool.
Spa features: A Spa Villa visit will treat you to magnificent views and the sounds of nature from the Ayung River.
One will be pampered by all-natural-ingredient treatments such as avocado, ginger and cocoa, all hand-picked from the surrounding countryside.
3. Viceroy Bali
Viceroy Bali is a luxurious resort that offers 25 private pool villas and an infinity pool. Those who like arriving in style will be pleased to learn that it is the only hotel in the Ubud district with a helicopter pad.
Spa features: One will not be disappointed when expecting rejuvenation from Lembah Spa, which overlooks the panoramic Petanu River valley.
Treatments were developed by a certified Swiss therapist, combining Western knowledge with traditional Balinese wellness techniques. Be sure to check out the spa's 68-jet Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool.
4. Maya Ubud Resort & Spa
Bordering the Petanu River valley and the rice field of Peliatan is the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. Guests can choose from a wide range of private pool villas and luxury guestrooms, complemented with recreational facilities and guided nature activities.
Spa features: Be pampered in private treatment pavilions surrounded by lush foliage at the spa, complete with daybeds overlooking the valley.
The facility also boasts a riverside deck where you can enjoy a reflexology treatment while listening to the waters of Petanu. Some of their spa packages also include yoga sessions.
5. Kupu Kupu Barong Resort and Tree Spa
The resort boasts a collection of luxury villas built in pure Balinese style. Guests can take advantage of the wide array of on-site activities and services on offer, such as traditional Balinese dance lessons, yoga and bike-renting.
Spa features: Mango Tree Spa by L'Occitane is named after the tree spa rooms atop a mango tree there, a quite unique experience in and of itself. It also provides the biggest steam room in Bali.