Thinking about taking some time out in Bali but don’t like the thought of battling the crowds in Kuta or Seminyak? Head to Ubud instead, where the main pastimes are yoga, relaxing, being pampered and maybe even getting in touch with your spiritual side. Here are 10 ways to relax in Ubud and have a stress-free vacation.

1. Have an Ayurvedic consultation

Ayurveda is about finding balance, so if you want to take your relaxation seriously, a consultation might be a great idea. Amrtasiddhi, the Ayurveda & Yoga Health Centre offers Ayurvedic treatments, consultation and panchakarma and detox programs.

Location: Banjar Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali (just south of Monkey Forest)

Web: http://www.amrtasiddhi.com


2. Visit a yoga class

Ubud has become one of the worlds biggest yoga centres and the Yoga Barn is where you will find the yoga crowd. Choose from a multitude of different classes, for example gentle flow, vinyasa, Iyengar, yin yoga and much more.

Location: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

Web: http://www.theyogabarn.com


3. Try meditation

For guided meditation, try the Tibetan Bowl class at the Yoga Barn. You will relax in Shavasana while brass bowls are played, making gentle ringing sounds. The vibrations and sounds will leave you deeply relaxed. Perfect for meditation beginners.

Location: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

Web: http://www.theyogabarn.com


4. Visit a day spa for a Bali massage

There are dozens of places in Ubud where you can get a massage or any other kind of spa treatment. I love Body Works where they offer a famous deep tissue massage as well as many full body treatments. The spa is located within a beautiful little Balinese house garden and you get free tea or water after your treatment.

Location: JL. Hanoman, Ubud, Bali

Web: http://ubudbodyworkscentre.com/


5. Take a cooking class in Ubud

Take a cooking class and enjoy the best Balinese food you will get on your trip. Bumi Bali offers cooking classes in Ubud that start with a trip to the local market where the chef will point out different spices and vegetables. Afterwards you cook the food together which you will get to eat at the end of the lesson. Vegetarian lessons are available too.

Location: Monkey Forest Rd.

Web: http://www.bumifood.com/cooking_school.html


6. Hang out in a cafe in Ubud all afternoon

Spend a lazy afternoon in one of Ubud’s many cafes. Have a coconut, eat yummy cake, enjoy conversations with fellow travellers and watch the world go by. My personal favorite changes all the time but at the moment I love having breakfast at Atman Cafe after yoga class and stay for hours.

Location: Jl. Hanuman, Ubud, Bali

Web: https://www.facebook.com/AtmanKafe


7. Visit a museum

Considered the artistic centre of Bali, there is an amazing range of museums and galleries in Ubud and around. Start at the Blanco Renaissance museum, founded by the eccentric Spanish artist Don Antonio Blanco. Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush valley of Campuhan, it houses paintings, collages and illustrated poetry.

Location: Jalan Raya Penestanan, Ubud, Bali

Web: http://blancomuseum.com


8. Hike the Campuhan Ridge Walk

The Campuhan ridge walk is a free and easy nature hike close to Ubud and offers stunning views of the rice fields. The best way to start the trail is at Warwick Ibah Hotel. You can find very good instructions how to get there here: http://www.liveloveraw.com/campuhan-ridge-hike-ubud-bali/.


9. Take pottery lessons

There is apparently something deeply relaxing about making pottery and people always leave with a big smile on their face. I haven’t tried it myself, but I saw the effects on friends. If you want to try it out, Sari Api ceramics studio comes highly recommended.

Location: Jalan Suweta, approximately 3km north of Ubud

Web: http://sariapi.com


10. Enjoy a luxurious vegetarian dinner

Ubud has an amazing range of great restaurants where you can have a delicious and healthy (or not so healthy, you choose) dinner. One of my favorites is The Elephant, where they serve vegetarian delicacies such as sweet potato fritters, hand made potato gnocchi or lemon ricotta almond cake with pomegranate molasses (yum!). The weekend brunch also comes highly recommended.

Location: Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali

Web: http://www.elephantbali.com

I hope you like my tips how to relax in Ubud. Do you have any other ideas? Let me know in the comments.