Mathis Retreat Ubud – Find out why the place is called paradise

Mathis Retreat Ubud

Bali draws many tourists worldwide with it’s stunning natural surroundings, welcoming people and diverse culture. One of the most well-liked places of the island is Ubud, which gives guests a chance to observe traditional Balinese culture in a contemporary environment. And one of the most comfortable and luxurious places to stay in Ubud is Mathis Retreat Hotel, Ubud, for sure.

The Mathis Retreat Ubud is located down a long driveway off the main road in the heart of Ubud. It is surrounded by rice fields and traditional Balinese temples in the lush jungle. Thus, it is one of the most secluded and peaceful places I’ve stayed in Ubud. In simple words, we can say that it’s the perfect place to get away from the busy and popular Ubud and relax. 

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Rooms at Mathis Retreat Ubud

The property offers a variety of accommodations, including villas and suites, all with private balconies or garden while overlooking the rice fields.

The Hotel Mathis Retreat Ubud also features an on-site restaurant serving Indonesian and Western cuisine and a spa offering various treatments. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, and there is also a tour desk where guests can arrange excursions to nearby attractions. With this, free parking and speedy room service are also offered as a blessing.

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About the Mathis Hotel Ubud:

The hotel Mathis is charming and a great place to stay in Ubud. Rooms are airy, spacious, and well-equipped, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The infinity pool is amazing and overlooked the beautiful rice fields of Ubud. We loved that green scenery with a charming pool laying down while admiring the view. The staff is amiable and helpful and you can order everything you need.

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Food at Hotel Mathis Retreat

The food at Mathis Retreat hotel can be considered a great experience in Ubud. The American breakfast buffet is tasty, with a variety of options to choose from. The lunch and dinner menu just changed recently, and the menu options are more international focused and the food is delicious. Hence, as a traveler, you get to unveil tons of opportunities to eat and taste various Indonesian dishes here on Bali. That’s what this place is all about. Your appetite will always be fed with scrumptious food enriched with Indonesian taste.

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What’s in the Surroundings?

There are peaceful yet worthwhile rice fields and a lot of greenery in the area around Mathis Retreat Ubud that give you simply a view of paradise. It is deeply relaxing to just go and ramble around. You’ll no doubt experience a sense of inner peace.

Well, I’m not a big hiker, but if you are, there are some beautiful trails nearby. For example take a look at the Campuhan Ridge Walk which is around 2 hours walk. My tip is to go there around sunset and have dinner afterwards at one of the many cafes. You can also discover the beauty and spirituality of several notable Hindu temples nearby.

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6x Top Things to Do in Ubud

  • Take a walk through the rice fields
  • Visit the Monkey Forest
  • Take a day trip to the beach
  • Explore the Ubud Art market
  • Visit a coffee plantation
  • Take a bicycle ride through the rice fields

1. Take a Walk Through the Rice fields

Yes, you can take a walk through the rice fields near The Mathis Retreat Hotel. It would be best if you went early (before 10:00) or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day and get some great photos. The most beautiful rice terraces out there are those of Tegalalang. Unesco has added these fields to the World Heritage List for a reason. Make sure you don’t destroy anything, and treat someone else’s property with respect. Some farmers will ask for a small fee for the photo or entering their property, so make sure you have some bills with you in the local currency.

ubud top things to do

2. Visit the Monkey Forest

The Monkey Forest is located just a short walk from The Mathis Retreat Ubud. It’s home to hundreds of monkeys and an enjoyable place to visit. Just be sure to follow the rules and don’t feed the monkeys while you’re there. The price for your entry is 50.000 IDR which is €3 euro.

» The monkeys can be cheeky, they stole my sunglasses last time I was there

ubud top things to do

3. Take a Day Trip to the Beach

Ubud is located inland, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a day at the beach. There are several beaches nearby for beach lovers, which are easily accessible by car or scooter. The most visited beach is Kuta beach (1 hour away from Ubud), which is a few minutes away from Bali airport.

4. Explore the Ubud Art Market

If the Campuhan Ridge Walk is on your itinerary, this Ubud art market is the best way to start the day. The Ubud Art Market is open to tourists every day from 8 a.m to 5 p.m, where you can purchase clothing and mementos. There is a difference between the morning market and day market. So from 3 in the morning to 8 in the morning, you can buy your groceries here, after that they switch to art, clothing and souvenirs to take home.

5. Visit a Coffee Plantation

Ubud is famous for it’s coffee, and several coffee plantations offer tours. You can visit the Mas Plantation that opens at 8am and learn about the different types of coffee, see how it’s grown, and even sample some of the Luwak coffee. Luwak coffee is the most expensive in the world and it’s made from the poo of the civet cat.

luwak coffee bali

6. Take a bicycle ride through the rice fields

One of the best things I did while in Ubud is going on a cycling tour through Ubud. Not only was it a good experience to cycle but this gives you the opportunity to experience all the jungle-vibes in a eat-pray-love way (if you haven’t watched this movie, you should). I booked my Ubud cycling tour at EbikesBali and I cannot recommend them more. The guides were super friendly, spoke English very well and I have not only learned a lot about rice, the farmers and the surroundings but also about their beautiful culture, faith and their traditions. During this tour, you’ll ride through the fields, visit a Luwak coffee plantation and you’ll have dinner at a traditional warung. A warung is a traditional Indonesian family-owned restaurant where you can eat.

You can also;

  • Take a cooking class to learn Indonesian cuisine.
  • Visit Goa Gajah Elephant Cave
  • Enjoy a Spa-treatment
  • Visit Ubud Museum
  • Visit Canggu, Amed, Seminyak or Uluwatu

Additional Information:

Address: Ji. Raya Lungisiakan No.62, Kedewatan Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Is it safe? Yes, in every way and this island is perfectly suited for female solo travellers. Read our tips for female solo travel here.
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Jawa
Parking: Free
Rooms: 21 rooms
Time to the airport: It’s a 1 hour and 20 minutes drive (do keep the traffic jam in mind and ask the driver for more information)

Mathis Retreat Ubud
Mathis Retreat Ubud


Overall, Mathis Retreat Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind, and I can’t wait to go back. But, If you are on a long vacation to roam around Indonesia, you must visit other beautiful cities like Batu, Amed, Seminyak and Canggu. Amed is also a great place to visit and is very well known for its beauty and charm. It offers a variety of activities to its visitors, such as biking and hiking. Ready to explore it yourself?

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