Seminyak: (for 3 days) We chose Seminyak over Kuta as it belongs to the same bracket (known for shopping and nightlife) but is better, less crowded and more sophisticated.
Accomodation:As I mentioned earlier, I wanted something boutique-y which was luxurious in its own way and yet pocket friendly.
Ubud: We chose Allam Indah. All rooms are beautiful,huge, the decor has a Balinese touch, nothing modern about it (no TV also). Since, the concept of the resort was to be secluded and close to nature, it is not very centrally located. But they provide shuttle services to the main street and market which was very convenient and helpful. Our room Lily was affordably priced at $65+ tax per night.
Seminyak: We stayed at Uma Sapna Villas. When in Bali, skip normal hotel rooms and opt for a private villa with a personal pool and garden and the works. What is surprising is that both are priced on par. Uma Sapna is very contemporarily designed, spacious, centrally located and moderately priced. We chose the smallest villa to suit our pockets and they were priced at $120 + taxes per night. Both the options chosen by us are ranked very high by all the reviewers on Tripadvisor. Agoda also provides some good deals.
Things to do:For a quick snapshot you can check out my pinboard here:
Ubud market- Shop for silver jewellery, trinkets and handicrafts.Mt batur - The active volcanic mountain a must. Also follow it up with lunch at restuarants facing it.