About the Destination
For over a century, since becoming a Dutch protectorate in 1900 at its own request, Ubud has been a centre for traditional arts and culture. In the 1930s, when foreign artists were encouraged by the royal family to take up residence in the town, Ubud became a base for the likes of Walter Spies and Rudolph Bonnet, who were instrumental in promoting an understanding of Balinese art and cultural heritage worldwide. From the 1960s onwards, intrepid travellers began to arrive in earnest, drawn by its hive of creative energy. Since then, Ubud has developed into a world-class international destination while maintaining its integrity as the centre of Balinese arts and culture. Stay at our luxurious Ubud villa resort and experience the very best this enchanting island has to offer.
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Central Ubud is filled with arts and crafts hubs, boutique cafes, artists' workshops and galleries. There are also some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found. Soak up the atmosphere of general well-being. For some serious shopping, visit the traditional Ubud Market, a busy double-storey warren of stalls selling wood carvings, batik shirts, sarongs and souvenirs.
Kintamani is home to the active volcano of Mount Batur and its beautiful lake, surrounded by captivating panoramic views. There are six ancient villages around the cauldron of Lake Batur, which often claim to be "Bali Aga" or indigenous Balinese. The local people from these Bali Aga villages maintain their own unique cultures, houses and lifestyle.
Goa Gajah is nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its centrepiece is a cave dating back to the ninth century, the entrance to which is an ornately carved demon's mouth. Inside are some fragmentary lingam and yoni statues, as well as a statue of Ganesha. Large carved guards stand around pools near the entrance, and a little path leads to a waterfall, rice fields and some Buddhist stupa fragments.