Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
What We Love
- A patih, or personal butler, who can secure dinner reservations and plan nature hikes
- Your arrival is marked by the ceremonious striking of a gong
- Sustainably built Balinese furniture in all villas
- Poolside cabanas, which are stocked with fresh fruit and soft drinks
What To Know
- Guests can try their hand at planting seedlings using ancient Balinese techniques, at the onsite rice paddies
- Though the villas and suites here stand on steep hills, the staff will shuttle you around on buggies
- At Green Camp, the kids-only pavilion, younger guests can partake in a range of natural adventures
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Reimagined Indonesian village turned Ritz-Carlton Reserve, nestled among rice fields and bordered by the Ayung, Bali’s longest river
If it’s tropical solitude you’re seeking, you’ve come to the right place. The 60 thatched-roof villas and suites at Mandapa (Sanskrit for “temple”) are sophisticated experiments in seclusion: take in the vibrant tapestries depicting scenes from traditional Balinese life from your king-size bed, swim a few languid laps in your private pool, or delight in an outdoor garden shower. When you’re ready to emerge from your indulgent refuge, make your way to the Sawah Terrace, where you’ll feast on local specialties like prawn salad and steamed duck in what feels like a grown-up tree house. For a more private meal, opt for Kubu, a romantic riverfront Mediterranean restaurant that contains nine bamboo cocoons, tailor-made for honeymooners. An afternoon at the open-air spa, where highlights consist of a healing hands massage from the resident therapist is practically mandatory, as are a few hours at the main pool, which doubles as the property’s central meeting place (there is no lobby). Here, the staff trots out a series of cooling perks—shots of gazpacho; scented face towels—which you can enjoy alongside verdant valley views.
In the Area
The resort is an hour’s drive from Denpasar International Airport, with easy access to Ubud, the heart of Bali’s vibrant arts scene and filled with galleries and craft markets. Your patih (butler) can help arrange everything from a night safari in an elephant sanctuary and a sunrise hike to the summit of Mount Batur, one of Bali’s most sacred volcanoes, to a private session with one of the area’s legendary healers. Closer to home base, there’s a century-old temple which comes especially alive during the month of August, when its adorned with coconut leaves, fruit pyramids, and flowers all in honor of Odalan, an elaborate ceremony that marks its founding.
How to Get There
My wife and I had a terrific stay at the Ritz Carlton Mandapa in Ubud, Bali. It’s a high quality beautiful resort in a jungle valley setting nestled up against a river. The scene is spectacular, and the hotel is perfectly serene in this wild setting. The hotel itself is beautiful design, arranged on terraces running down a landscaped hillside. it has various interesting feature sections, restaurants, pool, lounges and outdoor spaces from rice fields to farming station. We loved our villa. Very spacious, modern and high quality art, fixings and décor: it was really gorgeous. The bed is super comfy and beautifully arranged in the villa with a stylish blend of fabrics, art, sculpture, paintings, shades and wooden panelling. It was a breath of fresh air to us as we are seasoned beach / island hoppers. The charm of Bali mixed in with the achievement of a jungle resort is a special result. The food is terrific, particularly the buffet breakfast, and Indonesian night time menus. I would say the Mediterranean restaurant is not great if you are used to real Med, but the setting next to the river and the wicker dining pods make up for it. The staff throughout the resort are amazing. It must be the Balinese people, spirit, and the training given. They are so friendly and amendable, and super helpful in every way. Nothing is too much to ask help for, and it makes a big difference to receive this level of service. Much better than standard EU / Med. We had a terrific butler called Dendi who was charming and incredibly helpful and exactly what we needed. From the buggy rides, help with planning outside visits to restaurants, to arranging practicalities for the next Singapore leg of our journey were all handled with great competence. Another great success is the Mandapa spa, and outdoor jacuzzi facing the jungle…. Steam rising and birds flying with the enormous jungle hillside backdrop. Exquisite. Also a great success was the massage therapy treatment we received in the calm surroundings of the riverside spa. Hear the white river waters. We should have booked more massage sessions as they are masters. Now we are back home in London, we have very fond memories of Mandapa, which is right up there with One and Only, or Firmdale, but with its unique charm and location makes it a great treat. It had a certain kind of peace and felt super comfortable and relaxed; exactly what we needed for our anniversary treat. Thank you all at Mandapa you have a special place there and we ho[pe to return.
By far, the most beautiful hotel that we have ever stayed it. We stayed at Mandapa at the end of an 18 day trip to Bali. Usually, we are ready to go home, but we hated having to leave the Ritz. Friendly and helpful staff, especially Tapsir.
This property is breath taking. The second you enter the lobby you are greeted with friendly faces and such incredible scenery. Everyone went above and beyond to make sure our honeymoon was to our satisfaction and would include special touches in our room such as rose petals or cute towel animal swans kissing one another. I loved everything about our stay at the Ritz Mandapa and special shout out to our butler, Tapsir, who was able to help us with anything we needed. I may be misspelling these names but Adit/Putum/Made were amazing as well. The couples ceremony was beautifully done and I highly recommend it to anyone who is curious about doing it at the Mandapa. We also did the VW classic tour which I also highly recommend because we got to see so much without the inconvenience of a group tour. Everyone looked at our vehicle like we were celebrities haha Breakfast was delicious as was all the food we had on site (Sawah Terrace & Kubu). We had the private villa over looking the river which I highly recommend since it's your honeymoon and you want to feel like kings & queens. Thank you to Ana and the entire staff for making our stay so memorable!! We hope to come back and visit again some day.