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
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.
Mandapa Ritz Carlton has one of the highest 5-stars percentages of the entire Tripadvisor network, globally.
It is hard to write something innovative regarding this magnificent property, given the level of consensus that all reviews have on this being the best resort in Indonesia.
I will then just highlight a couple of features that make Mandapa stand above anything else in Indonesia and a couple of suggestions for guests booking a stay.
1) The location is really close to Ubud, yet it is set in splendid isolation in a fertile valley, crossed by the Ayung River: a natural scenery of pristine beauty that delivers guests the impression of living an experience in the jungle, but with all the comforts of a top-notch hotel.
2) The buildings are built with great respect of the local natural materials, and abundant use of stone and wood: all villas have a "delabré" feel which makes them incredibly classy...
3) Food is superlative, may it be the lunch at the restaurant by the pool, may it be dinner in the main restaurant (traditional Indonesian) or at the high-cuisine by the river (spectacular setting indeed): warm congratulations to Anna, the F&B Manager, who is a real star and made us feel at home (and by the way the gazpacho in the restaurant by the pool is the best I have ever had, even in Spain, so much so that I had it for three days in a row....)!
Now, a couple of useful tips:
1) If you can afford the extra price (not cheap in high season), take an Ayung River Villa: they are spectacular, they are an experience of their own, with the river passing by right at the end of the Villa pool in the tropical garden: magic!
2) Dine at the fine-cuisine Kubu: the overall experience is unforgettable, from the echoes of the river to your own private rooms with the hanging seatings, to the spectacula Mediterranean fare, this place is a jewel.
3) The hotel owns an old VW open seater jeep, a model used during WW II by the German Army: it is just great to charter it for one day and visit the surroundings of Ubud with the driver (we had a phenomenally nice one called Roger!).
This hotel will stay in the heart of my family as by far the best experience in our 3-weeks Indonesia trip, and one of the best properties where we ever stayed in the entire world.