Ubud is cool and pleasant, and provides a refreshing dose of Balinese culture in a lush rural setting.
Luxury at a stretch: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
Set on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu, Alila Villas is a 14-hectare world away from Bali hub-bub.
It's easy to get to from Singapore and just a one-stop flight from Australia.
He had a dream to surf a legendary surf break and to build a hotel next to it - but first he had to find it.
Fresh, full flavoured food abounds in Ubud.
Discover a part of the island that will take you back to a time before tourists invaded.
The last time I had nothing in an aircraft was during a Chinese CAAC domestic flight in 1990.
Tourists flock to this tiny jewel in Indonesia's crown for many good reasons: the stunning; luminous green rice paddies that stretch for miles; monkeys that run amok at ancient temples; or the ripping volcanoes that dominate the landscape. Wild, untamed surf beaches are a short distance from high-end clubs and restaurants. Despite its popularity, you can still find nooks that remain untouched by tourism.