The royal village of Ubud, set on fertile land between two great rivers, just one hours drive north of the airport, offers a unique venue for small meetings and an interesting range of opportunities for incentives programs.
Located in the foothills, Ubud is cooler than Denpasar and the southern beach centres. The air is pungent, smelling of earth, river and forests. Bright stars crowd the sky at night, and wandering the towns back lanes in the crisp, night air is both pleasant and safe.
Ubud boasts some of Bali most stunning resorts, spas and sophisticated stand-alone restaurants serving the best of Asian and Western cuisines. Visitors can savour such delicacies as smoked duck (bebek betutu) or the famed spit-roasted, mouth-watering suckling pig (babi guling).
With its plethora of museums, dance and music schools, art galleries and craft hamlets, Ubud is renowned as the cultural and artistic heart of Bali. Despite the influx of large numbers of visitors, traditional culture remains central to the daily life of the Balinese in Ubud. Temple festivals, religious and purification ceremonies-including spectacular cremations-are common sights for visitors.
Some of Bali most accomplished dancers, musicians, painters and carvers live in and around the Ubud environs, and a number of the surrounding hamlets and villages specialise in specific crafts, making Ubud a wonderful place to shop for art, antiques, woodcarvings, textiles and originally-designed jewellery.
Performing arts are a vibrant component of community life. Ubud itself and its satellite communities are major dance centres, where every night of the week up to five performances, as well as music recitals and dance rehearsals, can be happening simultaneously.
Ubud is also home to Bali only literary festival-the popular Ubud Writers & Readers Festival-held in early October each year, a community-based event showcasing both local and international writers.