Checking in to the luxurious Maya Ubud is a five-star experience. Bali is hot and you’ll be sweaty from a day zipping around in a taxi bound for temples, coffee plantations, rice fields, and beaches. At Maya Ubud, you’re greeted with a welcome drink and a cold towel. Cool off in the open-air lobby before you’re whisked away to a colorful, modern room overlooking a meandering river, a garden courtyard, or (you guessed it) rice fields.
The breakfast buffet is stocked with delicious fruit juice, pastries, and pretty much everything you’d want.
The resort caters to the western crowd but with typical Balinese hospitality. Ubud Maya is the top of the food chain as far as prices and honestly, Balinese villas are notoriously luxurious even at $45/night.
My favorite part of the resort is the grounds. Take a walk along the river to a trickling waterfall then cool off in the infinity pool. The light at sunrise is psychedelic.