Perched in a secluded green valley by the Petanu River, Maya Ubud Resort & Spa offers a tranquil getaway with a natural setting in Ubud. Guests can explore Peliatan rice terraces, indulge in relaxing spa treatments by the river, or enjoy quiet time by the infinity pool. Providing free WiFi in all areas, this resort also houses 4 dining options on site.
About this Destination
Maya Ubud Resort is less than 2 km from Ubud Market and 29 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A free 2-way shuttle goes to Ubud City Centre from the resort. The resort is a 17-minute walk from Elephant Cave, while Yoga Barn Studio is a 20-minute walk away.
Blending traditional Balinese décor with modern comforts, air-conditioned rooms and villas at Maya Ubud are equipped with a TV with satellite channels and a minibar. En suite bathrooms feature bathtub and shower facilities.
First inhabited around 2000 BC, Bali’s cultural roots run deep. Below, we’ve rounded up a few key things to know about the culture of an island justifiably known as “The Island of the Gods.”
Hindu influences reached the Indonesian Archipelago as early as the first century. There are two major theories for the arrival of Hinduism. The first belief is that South Indian sea traders brought Hinduism with them. The second describes how Indonesian royalty first embraced Indian religions and culture, and soon after, the masses followed their lead.
Bali has been known to leave mouths agape with its dramatic dances. These intricate dances express a story of drama using the whole body. The Balinese like a blend of seriousness and slapstick and their dances reveal this; like a vaudeville show, the audience cheers on the good guys and cringes at the bad guys. Dancers learn the craft at an early age. While the aspiring dancers are taught to dance with their hands before they can walk, official training starts as young as seven. Balinese dance is inseparable from religion. Based on their religious functions, traditional Balinese dances can be divided into three categories:
Wali means “sacred,” but the literal meaning of the word is bantén, or offering. This refers to the direct link to deities, and is not just a form of entertainment for the Balinese, but a formal exchange of energies. These dances are considered sacred and must be performed in the inner court of the temple.
Bebali dances, usually performed in the middle court of a temple, comprise ceremonial performances. They fall in the middle of sacred and secular. These dances are considered more as entertainment for the deities than as a direct means of contact.
Balih-balihan (To watch) Dances
These dances are often considered secular and take place solely for the entertainment of people. They are performed in the outer court or even outside the temple.
Though Bahasa Bali is the local language spoken in Bali, Bahasa Indonesia is the most common spoken language around the tourist areas.
Helpful Words & Phrases in Bahasa Indonesia
Good morning: Selamat pagi (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee) Good afternoon: Selamat siang (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee SEE-yang) Good evening: Selamat sore (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee soh-ray) No: Tidak (TEE-dah/) Yes: Ya (EEYAH) Thank you: Terima kasih (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see) You’re welcome: Terima kasih kembali (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see kem-BAH-lee) Excuse me: Maaf (mah-AHF) Excuse me (to get past): Maaf, permisi (ma-AHF, pehr-mee-see)
The rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia. Issued and controlled by Bank Indonesia, the ISO 4217 currency code for the Indonesian rupiah is IDR.
Weather and Climate
Bali has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with a rainy season from November to March, and a relatively dry season from April to October, when, however, some showers can still occur.