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Planning Your Trip

The Indonesian island of Bali conjures images of meditation, rice paddies and sacred temples. Ubud, up in the mountains, is its cultural heart, with its unique art markets, museums and historical sites. Here’s how to pack for what’s sure to be an enriching experience.

Rice Field at Mandapa
Rice Field at Mandapa
Planning Your Trip
What to Pack

Bali is prone to periodic — and unpredictable — downpours during the rainy season. While there can be something utterly spiritual and cleansing about rain in Bali, you should nevertheless bring an umbrella and light rain jacket.

Cultural Considerations

To truly immerse yourself in the customs of Bali, which might entail a visit to one of its many intricate temples, there are a few things to keep in mind.

 

  • When entering the temples or witnessing a religious ceremony, you should wear the customary sarong and sash over your clothing, so it’s best to dress in light pieces that are easily layered upon.
  • Natural fabrics like cotton and linen will be the most comfortable in Bali’s humid climate.
  • Ubud’s elevated location means lower temperatures at night, so pack a few cardigans.
Outdoor Adventure

From monkey sanctuaries to the iconic rice fields, you’ll be spending a lot of time outside exploring Bali’s incredible landscapes. Prepare accordingly. 

 

  • Like all tropical places, Bali is hot and the sun is strong. Protect yourself with ample sunscreen, a sun hat and sunglasses.
  • Bali’s tropical climate makes it an ideal home for mosquitos. Don’t skimp on the insect repellent, even if you’re visiting outside of rainy season (November to March).
  • You won’t be able to navigate the steep steps of the rice paddies in flip-flops. Bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.  
Spa Retreat

A trip to Bali is as much a spiritual journey as a cultural one. Here, yoga isn’t a trendy movement, but a way of life. For the ultimate mind-body cleanse, stick to the basics.

 

  • Pack a swimsuit to take advantage of the vitality pool, steam room and sauna at Mandapa Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
  • Bring an ample supply of workout clothes to partake in the hundreds of yoga and meditation classes offered throughout the island. You don’t have to go far to find a class — Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers daily complimentary yoga twice a day.
  • Consider eschewing technology and social media for a good book or two. If you happen to finish it during your stay, you can donate it to Ganesha Bookshop’s Books for Bali program.
Three people ride single file along rice fields
Three people ride single file along rice fields
Planning Your Trip
What To Reserve

In Ubud, there is literally something for every taste. Whether you are looking for a trip that is indulgent or minimalist, historic or modern, active or meditative, Ubud is a haven for foodies, art snobs, shopaholics, yogis and even children. Here are some ideas to fill your itinerary.  

Mandapa Watilan
Mandapa Watilan
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Itineraries

Ubud sits as the cultural center of Bali, fusing natural wonders like forests filled with hundreds of monkeys with a dense concentration of art galleries and museums. Explore the countryside outside of the city to find stunning temple complexes, hikes through lush nature and artisans creating one-of-a-kind handiwork. Linger over long meals cooked by world-class chefs — Ubud has gained a reputation for the quality and variety of its restaurants in recent years. Start your days with yoga, finding the centering balance and inner calm that have come to define Bali.