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
What an incredible place!
After turning down a slightly innocuous looking single lane road from the busy streets of Ubud, my expectations were somewhat moderate. Such expectations soon turned out to have been foolishly pessimistic as we arrived in the jaw dropping lobby of the Mandapa.
What greeted us was a stunning vista as the beautiful lobby sat high above the village style resort below overlooking a thick jungle on the other side of the valley. We were given a delicious welcome drink before being introduced to our personal 24 hour butler, Dendi.
From the fabulous welcome we were shown to a golf cart, which gave us a tour of the simply magical resort, with a river for a boundary at its lowest point before being shown to our enormous room, consisting of an entrance hall, large living room, wonderfully appointed bathroom, with free standing bath and rain shower room, and large bedroom with walk in wardrobe. There was also a large balcony running along the length of the room, again offering stunning valley and jungle views.
We enjoyed drinks at The Library before dinner at Sawah restaurant on the first night. Both superb and separately reviewed.
Breakfast was a lovely buffet, with a range of dishes from around the world to suit all tastes, and set us up perfectly for the day. In the afternoon, we took in the on site kids club, which also houses a cow, rabbit, some ducks and chickens before walking the short distance to the very well equipped gym for a quick workout. A yoga class was in progress next door and the spa was downstairs.
Included in our room rate was 50 dollars a day of credit and the golf cart was on call throughout. The staff were also unfailingly exceptional.
Just a mind blowing, incredible, experience overall. Unforgettable.
“a sanctuary to relax one’s mind, body and soul” ... this is the tag line for Mandapa, and boy does it live up to it!
From the heavenly views, to the amazing service, to the most elegant rooms and the attention to detail this property offers everything that one expects from a Ritz Carlton Reserve.
We traveled with two young kids and we all had a fantastic time. Budhi, our “patih” (butler), made us all feel at home from the moment we arrived and Reka (the Guest Service Manager) was always around to ensure that all our needs are met.
We will surely be visiting again!
The most beautiful property in the world . Not only is the property the most gorgeous on the planet but the people are the most beautiful in the world . The staff are kind and represent the Balinese in the best of ways . Bravo!!!