The original thread has been archived, but I wanted to get back to all the people that answered my recent inquiry on how to make the most of my work trip to Bali:
Advice on here was spot on, I ended up hiring a driver to go around the Ubud area. Saw some great landscapes, a nice temple, lots of monkeys and managed to observe the fascinating behavior of the Instagram crowd renting long dresses and queue up for "jungle swings".
Also managed to sneak in another half day to go to some beaches in the Uluwatu area, but that was a bit disappointing compared to Ubud, possibly because I am spoilt with nice beaches here in Spain anyway.
In general, I thought Bali was very nice, but a bit overrun by tourist, but being a tourist myself, that complaint doesn't hold up really ;-)
Thanks again for all your suggestions. Yet again, UKC has proven a much better resource for traveling than TripAdvisor or any guidebook.