Part of the chic COMO hotel group, Uma Ubud offers one of the most interesting stays to be had on Bali. No other property on the "island of the gods" so effortlessly promotes well-being: guests are invited to participate in free yoga-classes and guided walks through the surrounding rice fields or to join in local ceremonies. The Como Shambala Spa offers a menu of Ayurevedic therapies to turn one's stay into a mini-retreat. Even the interiors, by Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi, embrace a spirit of self-discovery that invites the guests either towards introspection or a connection with their natural surroundings based on the spatial structure of the rooms. It could be tempting to stay entwined in the cocoon-like luxury of Uma Ubud, but the staff's evident pride in their culture will soon push one to explore the fascinating village of Ubud and beyond.