Bali is not short of culturally sensitive hotels, but the Ritz Carlton Mandapa ranks among one of the island's most authentic. Designed to replicate a traditional Balinese village, thatched, low-slung villas and suites cascade down the lush hillside, interlaced by absinthe-green rice paddies and crisscrossed by the mighty Ayung River. The finest come with their own private pools set in deeply secluded tropical gardens. Wellness is at the heart of the resort; the Mandapa Spa offers riverside yoga sessions, detox scrubs and restorative treatments from ESPA. Over at Green Camp, children can learn the art of stone painting or raft building, while parents dine in riverside bamboo cocoons at Kudu, with its Mediterranean tasting menus infused with local Balinese flavour. Don't miss a spin in the hotel's vintage convertible VW 181; it is the best way to get out and about to explore neighbouring villages, hilltop temples and hidden waterfalls.
Absorb the views of the rice paddies from the expansive swimming pool
Retreat to the riverside spa for healing massage or body wrap
Deposit the children at the Mandapa Camp to follow an exciting programme of nature-focused activities
Enjoy morning yoga on the riverside shala
Take in the serenity of your surroundings from your private terrace
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
Discover the surrounding villages on a scenic drive in a convertible VW
Learn how to plant rice, or try your hand at traditional Indonesian cooking
Embark upon a guided photograph tour, taking in some of the island’s most iconic attractions
Hike through lush trails to reach one of Ubud’s most spectacular hillside vistas
Scale Mount Batur in time to watch the sun rise
Raft through tropical forests along the Ayung River
Take a scenic bike ride through the rice fields
WINING & DINING
The two restaurants and two bars each showcase a different aspect of the resort with a mix of vibes to suit your mood. Kudu is the riverside restaurant offering Mediterranean-European cuisine and we recommend reserving one of the nine private cocoons to add a touch of romance. Sawah Terrace offers fine dining with a raised view of the Ayung River. The Pool Bar serves light bites, cocktails and spirits and The Library is where you go for English and Indonesian afternoon tea, as well as fresh juices and cocktails.
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