10 Best Hotels in Payangan

Most Popular Payangan Hotels

The best hotels in Payangan let you experience the beauty of Bali’s interiors, particularly if you’re looking forward to enjoy some thrills against nature, such as rafting down the Ayung River or exploring the rustic local villages that dot the scenic rice terraces of the island’s rural heartland. As with most of hotels and resorts within the Ubud neighbourhood, you can expect a good mix of luxurious stays in the area to serve as your base for action and adventure.

Not as remote as Bali’s northern or western region, the most popular Payangan hotels are easier to reach, mostly within a two-hour transfer from the airport. An assortment of villas and suites, set within lush valleys or green paddies that are well tended by local farmers, let you unwind and take in the soothing views and cool mountain air, while a host of activities – be it soft adventure or purely for adrenaline junkies – are only a short shuttle transfer away.

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The Mandapa is a great choice for those with a penchant for luxury, but who are also looking forward to experience some action in Payangan. There are 35 suites and 25 spacious private pool villas in its collection, which come in choices of pool, paddy and river views (the river being the Ayung, Bali’s longest and where adrenaline junkies go to for some white water rafting action). Your stay here is complemented by dedicated butler services and the concierge offers a full-range of outdoor activities, from trekking to cycling around the adjacent neighbourhoods. Read More...

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Besides serving as one of the best wellbeing retreats in the region, the COMO Shambhala Estate also offers a range of wellness and outdoor activities led by its team of instructors and guides. Among them are guides who come from the immediate villages in the area, who can provide you with deeper insights into their ancestral culture and heritage. They can lead you on cycling tours and hikes, as well as practicing yoga, Reiki and other healings. After your adventures, retreat back to your villa, which has its own private spa treatment room. Read More...

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This elegant hotel spreads over eight hectares along the banks of the Ayung River and features a blend of nature and modern luxury through its guestrooms and spacious private pool villas. None of the villas are the same and perhaps the best is an antique Javanese wooden house, with 240sqm of space comprising a living room, bedroom and bathroom. They are truly relaxing to retreat back to after your explorations of Ubud and Payangan, and further unwinding can be had at the onsite Dewi Sri Spa, with double treatment suites for couples available. Read More...

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The legendary Legian resort brand extends its offerings to Ubud, with luxurious rooms and suites scenically set over the Ayung River valley and overlooking the lush tropical forests of Payangan. Oversized private balconies of valley-view rooms let you take in the immersive mountain vistas, and your private spa-inspired section lets you wind down after your tours and excursions. Activities include yoga and cooking classes, while jungle treks comprise visits to the local village of Taro. Back at your villa, you can enjoy deep soaks in your free-standing bathtub or soothing showers in a walk-in rain shower. Read More...

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Up in the remote village of Buahan in Payangan, Nandini Bali Jungle Resort & Spa is a great choice for those wishing for an out-of-the-way stay. The layout of the villas is modelled after a traditional Balinese village, and the villas are landscaped into the hillside, constructed from natural building materials such as timber flooring and thatched roofs, and each offers stunning views across the Ayung River valley. The spa facility, reachable by a hillside funicular, offers treatments on the river, perfect for unique and immersive pampering among nature. Read More...

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The villas and suites at Dara Ayu Villas are beautifully designed, each offering a good sense of space and making good use of its high-perched location, with lush valley views and cascading green paddies flowing out from most of the private balconies. It offers a ‘middle-of-nowhere’ sensation, being set well away from the main roads, making it great for nature lovers and couples looking for a romantic escape. There are a total of four outdoor pools on-site, making good use of the views, as well as a rooftop terrace and dedicated spa facility. Read More...

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This guesthouse in the hamlet of Bresela in Payangan offers a rustic-style stay with its rice-barn cottages. It’s a good choice for a relaxing budget stay, especially if you’re up for a unique staying experience as part of your exploration plans in and around Ubud. The wooden houses are set among tropical gardens, with a unique open-air bathroom. You can admire views over the rice fields from the terraces, and nature sounds of frogs and crickets serve as background music to your evenings. Read More...

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Most of its return guests say that the Rijasa Agung Resort Villas is worth staying at for its views, with its centrepiece being its crescent infinity pool, overlooking the verdant hillside over the banks of the Ayung River. It’s indeed one of the most beautiful spots from which to take in the tranquil sunsets in the central Bali highlands. In its collection are 42 luxurious rooms and villas, each designed with bright and elegant décor, and villas with open-beam thatched roof ceilings, marble floors and white sandstone walls. The Ayung rafting starting point is just a few minutes’ transfer from the resort’s location. Read More...

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The serene Payangan neighbourhood of Melinggih Kelod has its fair share of top five-star hotels dotting both sides of its valley, and the Bayad Ubud Bali Villa is counted among the great mid-range options here. The 3-star hotel offers cosy stays in its pool villas, each wonderful and private spaces featuring wooden open-beam ceilings, canopy beds and a private tropical garden. You can arrange for rice paddy treks or cycling trips from the tour desk. Ubud central is only 5 km south from the hotel. Read More...

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The Jiwa Klusa luxury villa offers a secluded value-for-money stay in the remote village of Kelusa in Payangan, with a beautiful set of villas and a pool overlooking adjacent rice fields. You can swim or enjoy a massage with the views. Ubud town’s main hub is around half an hour away, but the resort’s shuttle services make getting to and fro a breeze. The location is great if you want a stay in a less touristy part of Ubud, well away from the crowds, with a bit of tropical forest next door and lush green views up front. Read More...

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