One of the best things about visiting Ubud is being able to open your bedroom curtains and see rice fields from the moment you wake up. Desa Visesa Ubud could not be more perfectly located with suites and villas surrounded by rice fields, gardens and temples. As it’s only a short 10-minute drive from Ubud town, it’s a convenient location for relaxing in a village environment while also being able to go into town to explore the shops, spas and restaurants with the hotels complimentary shuttle bus. The resort is very integrated with a local village experience, with farmers tending to the rice fields and harvesting the rice while we were there. While we did have our own small pool in our villa, I really enjoyed the main swimming pool for its beautiful intricate wall carvings, perfect for that Instagram shot. If you still want to keep fit in-between your daily breakfast buffets there’s also an open air gym located amongst the rice fields. It’s missing my usual A/C but it is scenic at least. Like everywhere in Bali the service is impeccable, but something I hadn’t experienced elsewhere on the island was their check-in ritual that involved a blessing, placing sacred rice on our forehead followed by the ringing of a gong. A very special welcome indeed.