Where to Stay in Ubud, Bali: Kakul Villa

Located more inland, the village of Ubud offers something a bit different than the beachside resorts and booming nightclubs that populate the rest of Bali’s popular cities. The stunning natural beauty, slow pace, and relaxing vibe give travelers a much-needed respite from the crazier side of Bali. If you are looking for a place to stay, Kakul Villa has the best of what Ubud has to offer. 

The main pool at Kakul Villa, with rooms dropping down directly into it.

The main pool at Kakul Villa, with rooms dropping down directly into it.

Tucked away on a side road about ten minutes from the city center of Ubud, Kakul Villa has a private, quiet location away from the incessant motorbike traffic that plagues the busier streets of Bali. It makes for a peaceful, serene setting where your relaxation levels will be guaranteed to hit its peak. Their spacious private villas boast their own personal pools, open-air bathrooms, and lush gardens to make your stay in paradise absolutely perfect. Their deluxe suites have direct access to the main pool so you can drop into paradise as soon as you walk out the door. Kakul also has a spa and on-site masseuses to help you relax even more after a day of exploring all of the natural beauty that Ubud has to offer. They also have a restaurant that has everything from local Balinese favorites to Western classics. Oh, and unique Balinese takes on Western classics, including their Balinese pizza, which seemingly changed toppings every time I ordered it.


Just a one minute walk from Kakul Villa will take you to a seemingly endless rice field, one that has yet to be discovered by any travel guide. Taking a stroll through the fields at sunset as the local rice farmers smile and make their way home is what Bali is all about. The location of Kakul Villa is very local, and while it isn’t particularly walking distance to the main hub of Ubud, it thrusts you into a side of Bali that is more than just infinity pools and 5 star resorts. 

Some of the staff at Kakul live right across the street from the villas and if you befriend them (trust me, it isn’t hard), it is almost inevitable that you will get invited to visit. The staff always operates with the uniquely Balinese style of hospitality, genuinely interested in you and making sure you have the best stay. With Kakul Villa’s smaller size, your stay feels truly personalized as you are welcomed into the cozy Kakul community.

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Despite not having a central location, exploring Ubud from Kakul is as easy as it gets. With private drivers that you can hire for as low as $25 for the entire day, the island is yours to take on. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can also rent a scooter from them for as cheap as $2 per day. From the waterfalls to the rice terraces, Ubud is one of the most beautiful cities in Bali. Make sure you don’t miss out on the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Campuhan Ridge Walk, or Tegenungan Waterfall while you’re here. Ubud also makes for a great home base for exploring the more hidden gems of central and northern Bali, including Mount Batur, Aling-Aling Waterfall, and Ulun Danu Temple.

The locals at work on the rice paddies near Kakul Villa

The locals at work on the rice paddies near Kakul Villa

For a taste of luxury in a local setting, Kakul Villa is the ideal place to stay in Ubud. 

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