arts & crafts

Art Museums in Ubud
- Abung Rai Museum (ARMA) -
Hosting a permanent collection of paintings and special exhibitions, this museum also serves as a centre for visual performing arts, featuring theatre performances, dance, music and painting classes as well as cultural workshops and training programmes.

- Museum Puri Lukisan -
Loosely translated as 'the Palace of Paintings' this private museum's focus is on Balinese art, many of which originate in the beginning of the 20th century. It features many outstanding paintings and woodcarvings collected by its original curator Rudolf Bonnet.

- The Blanco Renaissance Museum -
Built around the studio of the flamboyant artist, Antonio Blanco, this museum is a unique blend of Balinese and Spanish architecture. Located on the top of a mountain overlooking the Campuan River, it exhibits both Antonio and his son, Mario's works.

- Neka Art Musuem -
Showcases a collection of art, both by foreign and local artists, all inspired by the natural beauty, life and culture of Bali providing a sense of history, development and continuity to the Balinese art scene.

Art Village Tour: Ubud & Pura Gunung Kawi
This tour combines the gentle spirituality of Bali with its contemporary arts scene. Pura Gunung Kawi, made to honour Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, is built around a spring featuring intricate stonework and statues to guard the gardens and protect the holy shrine. Then continue to Ubud, Bali's cultural centre with the famous Ubud market and its meandering labyrinth of wares. Venture further and find yourself in a sea of trendy bars and stylish shops.

Balinese Dance*
A very ancient tradition and part of the Balinese people's religious and artistic expression, these dance classes will give you a glimpse into the art and mystique of these traditional Balinese skills passed down over generations.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana
The GWK Cultural Park is a modern cultural experience that highlights Balinese art and traditions with breathtaking monuments, panoramic views and traditional Balinese dance performances.

Cultural Ambassador Talk
Get a wonderful insight into the Balinese culture from our local Cultural Ambassador covering topics such as the cultural systems, temple system and Island of a Thousand Temples as every cultural base have their own temples.

Candle Making*
While this art originated in Europe, the Balinese have taken this craft and made it their own, creating incredible shapes inspired by their surrounding natural environment.

Lontar Drawing*
Learn the art of inscribing on lontar, made from the leaves of the rontal tree. Lontar leaf paper is an ancient material that was used to record a variety of aspects of human life from art and ancient literature to holy books and notes on the science of the universe.

Lontar Weaving*
A natural part of everyday life in the villages of Bali, discover the deft skill that transforms dry leaves into mystical animals. Beneath the shelter of Taman Gili, villagers from Tembok teach others this delicate art.

Traditional Weaving
Taught to the Balinese by the goddess of the moon, Devi Ratih, textiles are said to provide protection against evil with their magical powers. Thus, the tradition of hand weaving is not merely a creation of art but an act of magic. The Bebali cloth is said to be the holiest and most magical in Balinese culture. The Surya Indigo group weaves Bebali using traditional cagcag instruments.

Tegalalang & Kintamani
'Made to order' is the watchword in Tegalalang, an area that encompasses several rows of shops that sell ironwork, mosaic, Balinese versions of Venetian mirrors, woodcarvings, and a variety of other, largely handmade, arts and crafts. The warehouses of Tegalalang supply the shops in Ubud and under the skilled hands of these artisans all things can be made to suit your needs.

* Group activities that are part of the complimentary daily scheduled activities within the resort. These activities are subject to change. Private sessions are chargeable and require advance notice.