Hotel Life: Maya Ubud Resort & Spa October 25, 2016 / Ubud, Bali is a place I would go back to in a heartbeat. I spent three nights and two days in Ubud last July when my sister and friend came to visit me in Southeast Asia. However, I know people who have spent weeks at a time in Ubud and still didn’t want to leave. I know when most people think of Bali, they envision gorgeous beaches with steep cliffs and crystal blue waters. Although that does come to mind for me, Ubud’s rice terraces and jungles are more iconic to me and, therefore, I enjoyed Ubud’s landscapes more than Bali’s beaches. We rode bikes through the rice terraces one day and we spent our second day enjoying our hotel: The Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. Some people may ask why we “wasted” a day in Ubud staying at our hotel instead of out seeing the city. However, if you saw the hotel, I’m sure you’d understand why! For starters, The Maya Ubud Resort takes full advantage of its surroundings. It is located within 10 minutes of town, tucked away in the jungle. Just walking around the grounds felt like we were truly enjoying Ubud’s beauty. My favorite part of the resort was the main hotel pool. The infinity pool looked as if it was dropping straight into the vibrant, green jungle. Get there earlier in the day, especially if it’s a hot day out. Most hotel guests will also flock to enjoy the amazing views straight from the pool. We stayed in a deluxe pool villa, with a queen canopy bed, en suite bathroom, a seating area, two closets and a nice little backyard. In order to access the deluxe pool villas, you enter a side door into the private backyard. It’s extremely quiet and secluded once you enter the door. I imagined myself being in the depths of the Balinese jungle with no one in sight. If the main pool is too crowded, there is also a small private pool in the backyard. While it was really nice, I personally preferred the main pool because of its views. Although others may prefer the privacy the villa’s pool provides. The bathroom was really spacious, which is sooo nice when three girls are all getting ready for the day’s activities or getting ready for bed. The deep bathtub shower was amazing after our day bike riding through Ubud’s rice terraces. When we first arrived, my sister, friend and I decided to wander around the hotel grounds. There’s a series of paths around the edge of the grounds that take you into the depths of the jungle. There’s a small river that runs also the side of the property. Walking along the water and hearing the quiet of the area was really magical. It was my sister and friend’s first time to Southeast Asia so they were really blown away by the views and the abundant jungle. We also pampered ourselves at the spa. The river runs just below the spa and each treatment room is its own little villa. My masseuse opened the floor-to-ceiling door of the villa so the breeze blew through and I could hear the water below. It was the best and most serene massage I’ve ever had! Can I go back please? If you do want to get out of the hotel, I suggest heading into Ubud town. I only spent a few hours there but it was very busy. A lot of local and Western restaurants lined the streets. We explored the Ubud market, wandered the grounds of the Ubud Palace and took a yoga class at the world-famous Yoga Barn. The cafe at the Yoga Barn was great for a healthy lunch after our yoga class. Have you ever been to Ubud? What were the highlights for you? PIN ME FOR LATER!