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
plenty of room for improvements. did my wife and i come for a fabulous experience? we did. we wanted comfort in all aspects (room f&b spa tour). but did we?
spa: we did massage and facial. they didn’t wear masks and breathed air in our faces? quality of massage was not any better than most hotels on this beautiful island ... the massage room/tent was basic.
room: if this is the work of bill bensley, he’s not very good at executing his design. doors not sealed, mosquito window screens further reinforced by another layer of factory-plastic screens! there was a jar of ginger candies melting in the heat when i tried to unwrap one. another jar of peanuts was left untouched again because it tasted stale. ants crawling and dead spider skins in the bathroom drawers? my goodness they didn’t seem to know the amount of meticulous cleaning and care required for such design flaws.
f&b: dinner was a disaster at api jiwa. most courses tasted and left unwanted. mark the gm was kind enough to waive the dinner charges. appreciated but our time was wasted just the same.
tour: we had sudana our driver guide for 5 hours one day, and he delivered a very enjoyable experience. putra also was another great driver picking us up at the airport.
personal assistants: they were all very good, but when we were assisted by four different personal assistants in four days? how personal does it sound to anyone?
btw they upgraded us to its highest room category ie keliki which was was brighter, more airy, and had great views of the valley. thank you for that. all tents were identical except location and views.
best of luck to the capella and guests.
My wife and I stayed at Capella Ubud to celebrate her birthday. First impression upon arrival: The property is absolutely stunning!! Every inch of this gorgeous jungle oasis is impeccably designed to create a unique, once-in-a-lifetime travel experience!
The outdoor landscape is truly exquisite - you feel you have completely escaped deep into the jungle, but with all of the creature comforts and conveniences one would expect from a best-in-class luxury hotel!
The indoor spaces (the “tents”) are each beautifully designed with exacting taste; special care was taken to ensure that each piece of furniture and accent piece (from the lamps, to the side tables, to the art) is consistent with the particular tent’s unique theme. Designing each indoor space to have a unique and individual motif must have taken a herculean effort, but it pays off in spades to make the guests feel like they are staying somewhere unlike anywhere they have ever been. We stayed in the “Princess Tent,” which was hands down one of the most amazing, romantic, and beautiful hotel rooms we have every had the pleasure to experience. Words cannot do it justice! From its suspension bridge entrance, to its emasculate interior design, to its inviting and spacious private outdoor shower, plunge pool, and substantial raised deck space with incredible jungle views, this “tent” was absolutely jaw dropping and the epitome of luxury.
As for the staff at Capella, we cannot say enough to convey how grateful we were for their attentiveness and uncompromising hospitality!! Deddy, our “personal assistant,” attended to our every need at all times - recommending and booking excursions (for us, he arranged sunrise/lavascape, jungle trek, and waterfall touring, all of which were awesome and we highly recommend) and generally ensuring that we were as comfortable as possible at every turn and had whatever we needed/wanted to make our experience the best it could be at all times. As for the food, it was delicious!! Culinary Director Chef Matt McCool and his staff have outdone themselves - every meal was simply delectable and the dining experience and service at Capella is second to none. Matt even made himself available on extremely short notice to plan a custom menu for a private dinner for my wife’s birthday served on the deck of our “tent” and it turned out to be one of the finest, most enjoyable dinner experiences we have ever had!!
Overall, we cannot say enough about Capella Ubud. It is an unreal, once-in-a-lifetime (although we hope to return, ha) experience. In sum, it is simply magic!!
Best vacation of my life! Amazingly beautiful property - it was like walking in a dream - beautiful beyond imagination. The staff was outstanding, always kind, warm, helpful, genuine. Food, exercise program, massage and excursions also the best. I have traveled widely in every continent, and have had the good fortune to see many divine things - this is the first time I've seen this combination of beautiful surroundings and flawless service. The trip was completely stress free from the moment i was met at the airport. Paradise on earth! Hope to return!
There are many spectacular hotels in Bali so to make a splash you need a crazily brilliant designer like Bill Bensley. Not often do I check into a hotel and get giddy from designs but he has done it more than once.
I spent three days spellbound by the surroundings. In an era where we crave unique experiences, Capella Ubud delivered. The adventure starts when you get picked up at the airport by a comfy car equipped with wifi, hairbrush, mirror, fruits, cookies & magazines. I had a friendly and informative driver that gave me ideas of what else to see in Bali. Once you arrive at Capella, the fantasy glamorous 19th century expedition starts. The suspension bridge to your room, the camp survival kit and walking stick, the tent equipped with “mini bar”, the quirky bathroom etc. I was just blown away.
Really felt like being in the middle of nowhere as the sounds at night especially with the rain were otherworldly, except for the occasional sound of a scooter that reminds you that the camp is really not far off from civilization. Should you need to venture out (ie for the fantastic Locavore restaurant), Ubud is only a short 15 min ride away.
Service was excellent (Dedy even went out to buy wrapping paper for me), food was good, the unlimited breakfast, jazz Sunday brunch, and the highlight of it all—Api Jiwa (delicious omakase of grilled Japanese fusion by Matt McCool, I could have easily eaten there two nights in a row).
Sunday morning 6ish I went down to the tiny Wos River temple and got to see some locals during their blessing ritual, a bit of authenticity here and not staged. For guests, the adjacent river deck would be great for meditation or yoga.
This is not a perfect place if
-You are wary of steps ( I was in translator’s tent & loved it), have to eat in air-conditioned buildings, or don’t like being surrounded by nature (dragon flies etc)
In sum, this is so much more than just a place to sleep. I hope to come back again !
Stayed in Capella Ubud for a couple of nights after carefully shortlisting this place for our photoshoot. The resort or lets call it a camp is absolutely stunning. It rained during our stay which made the experience even better. Their private pools in the lodge are one of the best in the world. Hospitality was Capella level! The private butlers add a unique element to the stay with each and every element of the stay personalized. Highly recommended.