Alam Shanti is an excellent place for a peaceful homebase while exploring Ubud. We spent a week there, and loved coming "home" each afternoon after seeing sights in town. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the room and balcony were spacious and comfortable, and the pool was great for kids. We were concerned that being south of the Monkey Forest would make getting into town a hassle, but the walk is fairly short, or using the free shuttle service is an easy option. Now that we're home, we miss falling asleep to the sound of frogs.