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Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

This splurge-worthy property in the central foothills of Bali beckons with its lush surrounds, stellar service, and gorgeous decor.

THE LOCALE

One of only half a dozen properties in Ritz-Carlton’s ultra-exclusive Reserve portfolio and the only one in Indonesia, Mandapa is a serene and verdant hideaway on the banks of the Ayung River. Downtown Ubud, the island’s cultural capital, is just a 15-minute drive away.

ROOMS

There are just 35 hillside suites and 25 one- to three-bedroom pool villas spread across the 5.5-hectare property, the most secluded of which are set right above the rushing river. Guests are greeted by a panoramic view of greenery, while interiors are lavishly appointed with timber-clad walls, beautiful hand-painted Balinese murals, freestanding tubs, and traditionally inspired furnishings made from teak and rattan. Personal butlers called patih, a term once used for the viziers of Bali’s royal courts, are on hand to tend to guests’ every need.

FOOD

Mandapa’s excellent dining options range from Kubu, which serves fine Mediterranean-European fare in teardrop-shaped bamboo “cocoons,” to Sawah Terrace, where the focus is on Indonesian cuisine prepared with fresh herbs and vegetables from the kitchen’s organic garden. Perched high on a cliff, Ambar Ubud Bar offers Japanese fusion cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and daily live jazz. There’s also a selection of private culinary experiences called Dining Beyond that include barbecues beside the resort’s own rice field and romantic in-villa dinners.

FACILITIES

The Mandapa Spa champions a holistic approach to wellbeing rooted in ancient Balinese healing practices, with an extensive menu of body scrubs and wraps, facials, and treatments conducted by a Blind Healer. And while the grownups relax, younger guests are kept entertained at Mandapa Camp, the resort’s exceptional kids club.

Special Deal

With the Stay Longer With Us promotion, guests staying for five nights or longer will receive daily breakfast for two, three pieces of laundry per day, return airport transfers, and 10% off food and drinks (excluding alcohol) and spa treatments.

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