What We Love
- Private saltwater pools by each of the 23 tents
- All-day breakfast at Mads’ Lang, one of the two al fresco restaurants onsite
- The open-air bale that stands in for a reception desk
- Complimentary yoga on the property
What To Know
- Your hotel stay includes an airport transfer in an air-conditioned, Wi-Fi enabled luxury car
- Upon check-in, guests are given “survival kits” that consist of bug spray, raincoats, and earplugs
- Tents are accessed via suspension bridges
- In-tent bathrooms are only partially separated by rattan screens
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Playful tented camp with made-in-Java interiors, cocooned in the hinterlands of Bali
Guests can expect to push past their comfort zones when they bed down at this luxurious Dutch-style tented camp in Bali’s Keliki Valley, a charming cluster of green rice paddies and shrines north of Ubud. Originally conceived as a more traditional 130-key hotel, the trailblazing designer in charge, Bangkok-based Bill Bensley, had a change of heart that paired his longstanding love for camping with a newfound commitment to minimal environmental intervention. This dreamy tropical retreat is the result, with 22 tents that offer either rainforest or River Wos views. The interiors are a modern explorer’s paradise, with intricate woodwork, teak floors, and gargantuan traveling trunks. There’s also two-bedroom villas and a split-level lodge with a pair of large outdoor decks within easy reach of the Auriga spa, where highlights include couple-centric treatments like top-to-toe massages and aphrodisiac-accented cocktails. Be sure to save at least one evening for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows by the property’s campfire, which features a revolving door of entertainment ranging from silent movie screenings to performances by local storytellers.
In the Area
The Keliki Valley, famous for its miniature paintings and stone homes, is about 25 minutes from Ubud—long considered Indonesia’s arts and crafts hub. Though the ride from Bali’s international airport can fall anywhere between 90 minutes to two hours, a retreat-sponsored car ride makes the journey comfortable. The staff is comprised largely of locals, who can help arrange all sorts of island excursions including sunrise volcano hikes (Mount Batur is a consistent favorite), luwak coffee tastings, ancient temple visits, and helicopter trips to breathtaking of Nusa Penida, an unvarnished isle with Bali’s prettiest reefs where snorkeling is practically mandatory.
How to Get There
This is the type of place that you always hope you will stay in. Often times we have stayed at a hotel/resort in hopes that it would meet our expectations and often times they don't. In this case Capella Ubud exceeded our expectations. Fantastic stay.
This was my 4th stay at Capella Ubud and I must say that I'm always finding something new and special about the place. We had an amazing experience at the Bensley Studio x Capella Hotels and Resorts Experience. We spent the weekend with architect and designer Bill Bensley who walked us all through the design of the property, visited a local museum, showed us his favourite antique stores in Bali, taught us how to sketch at this Studio in Sayan, and then enjoyed an intimate dinner at Api Jiwa with him. It was indeed a weekend to remember, thank you Capella Ubud and Bensley Studios
Was in Ubud for a short business trip, unfortunately was too short to enjoy the full service that was available. However, my in-tent spa treatment followed by a crafted healthy dinner fare after my long meeting was wonderful.