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Mandapa Luxury Hotel Bali: Is It One Of The Best?

Mandapa Luxury Hotel Bali: Is It One Of The Best?

On this recent trip to Bali we decided to stay in two hotels, one by the ocean and another in Ubud. Once again, this decision was spurred by my ridiculous fear of missing out. Both hotels scored high on my excel chart and they were in very different locations; beach vs. jungle. Our first stop was Soori Bali, an ocean front resort in Tabanan; you can read my review here. The second half of our Bali trip was spent at the Mandapa, A Ritz Carlton Reserve, in Ubud. The hotel offers several packages and we chose the Couple’s Retreat which includes a variety of activities. We tweaked the package slightly since waking up at 7am was not an option; the goal was to relax. Wondering if the Mandapa luxury hotel is the best choice in Bali? Keep reading to find out!

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Getting To The Mandapa Luxury Hotel

The Mandapa is a secluded resort in Ubud surrounded by the Ayung River. Our transfer from Soori Bali was approximately one hour long which is the same if you are coming from the airport. It is easy to miss the entrance to the resort as it blends in quite well with the surrounding buildings. As you make your way through the driveway, past security and into the courtyard you begin to see the impressive hotel grounds.

Mandapa Luxury Hotel, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Property

The Impressive Hotel Grounds

We were immediately greeted by Dendi, our personal Patih, a Balinese term for butler, and escorted to the wantilan where we enjoyed a traditional welcome drink called Loloh Cemcem. As you make your way onto the edge of the wantilan, you can’t help but admire the incredible view. The resort is made up of luxury suites with views of the rice paddies and riverfront or rice terrace pool villas. The lush greenery may be appealing to some but all I could think of was the nestled tiny critters waiting to jump out. A little more on that later.

Mandapa Luxury Hotel Wantilan Ubud Bali Indonesia
Mandapa Luxury Hotel Wantilan
Mandapa Luxury Hotel Ubud Bali Indonesia
Lush Vegetation Surrounding The Property

Dendi offered to give us a tour of the resort so we hopped on the golf cart and off we went. As we made our way around it was evident how much work goes into maintaining this property, the grounds are manicured to perfection. We were surrounded by lush vegetation so of course that meant it was only a matter of time before the Balinese mosquitoes would start feasting on my blood. But back to positive thoughts!!

Mandapa Luxury Hotel Butler
Dendi Our Patih A.K.A Butler
Suites And Villas At The Mandapa Luxury Hotel
Suites And Villas At The Mandapa Luxury Hotel
River Front Villas And Spa Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve
River Front Villas And Spa

Our first stop was the Sawah Terrace restaurant and The Pool Bar, where guests can enjoy all day dining with views of the rice paddies. We then passed by the gift shop before heading to Kubu, Mandapa’s signature restaurant which is amazing by the way! (more on that later) Our final stop before heading to our room was the spa. We spent a great deal of time at the spa and I’ll fill you in on the amazing treatments later.

Sawa Terrace Restaurant Mandapa Hotel Bali Indonesia
Sawa Terrace Restaurant
The Pool Bar Mandpa A Ritza Carlton Reserve
The Pool Bar
Kubu Restaurant Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud
Kubu Restaurant
Spa At The Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia
Spa At The Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve
Gift Shop Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud
Gift Shop

One-Bedroom River Front Villa At Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve

We had originally booked the one-bedroom Pool Villa but got upgraded to the one-bedroom river front pool villa. Was it because of my Marriott status (that’s what we were told) or because the resort was empty? I think it was more due to the latter. But I’ll take it.

Dendi pulled up to our villa and showed us the way. There is one main entrance with a courtyard that leads to two villas and we were in villa 20 on the right. He opened the door and that’s when we got a first glance of our little tropical oasis where we’d be spending the next three nights. We had our very own private pool, surrounded by a beautiful Balinese garden and a separate in-door living room where we could dine, read a book or watch tv. Can you guess what was going through my mind as we walked over to our room? Yup, all the bugs and other creatures that could be hiding in all that foliage… Welcome to the jungle… I am one of those people who won’t sit or even worse, lay down on grass because I can’t stand the idea of anything crawling on me.

One Bedroom River Front Villa Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
One Bedroom River Front Villa
River Front Villa Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Separate In-Door Living Room
Outdoor Sitting Area River Front Villa Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud
Outdoor Sitting Area

Our room was beautiful! The traditional Balinese décor was perfect and there were luxury amenities throughout our 4630 SQ FT Villa. If you are into outdoor rain-showers, you’re in luck! For those who’d rather shower indoors, like myself, there is a very large rain-shower and romantic tub.

One Bedroom River Front Villa Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
One Bedroom River Front Villa
Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Romantic Tub And One Of Two Vanities
Complimentary Toiletries Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Complimentary Toiletries
Mandapa A Ritza Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel

Breakfast And Lunch At The Mandapa      

At this point we were starving so we decided to grab a bite at the Sawah Terrace Restaurant before our spa treatment. This is where we had our first weird creature sighting, some sort of reptile, I believe it was a really fat Bali Skink. It decided to park itself under our table - lucky us. Ok, back to more important things; the food! We opted for the tuna tartare, the selection of assorted sushi and the Sate Campur which is a selection of beef, chicken and pork skewers with peanut sauce and chili sambal. It was 3:30pm and our dinner reservations were at 7pm so we made sure not to stuff our faces. So far, my inner foodie approves! We enjoyed several other dishes during the remainder of our stay at the restaurant and in-room dining.

Lunch At Sawah Terrace Restaurant Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Lunch At Sawah Terrace Restaurant
Assortment Of Sushi Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Assortment Of Sushi
Sate Campur Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Sate Campur

We opted for in-room breakfast every morning which was served in the separate living room area. The pancakes, crepes and fresh fruits were excellent but the eggs Benedict were underwhelming.

In Room Breakfast Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
In Room Breakfast
Breakfast Mandapa A Ritza Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Yummy Crepes, Pancakes And Fresh Fruit

Spa Treatments Are A Necessity

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating but the hubby had a conference the following week and I had to make sure he was well rested. So, I took the liberty of booking one spa treatment per day. Completely reasonable, if you ask me. Each treatment begins with a traditional Balinese foot ritual which is something I wish more western spas would adopt. We both chose the Revitalizing Brightener Facial and it was fantastic! My face was glowing after the treatment and my skin felt so good.

Spa Entrance Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Spa Entrance
Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Treatment Room With Outdoor Area
Traditional Balinese Foot Ritual Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Traditional Balinese Foot Ritual

The next day Carl decided on the Back, Face & Scalp Treatment and I the Padi Massage. Padi means rice, and the treatment is inspired by the traditional ingredient. This was an unusual treatment but weirdly comforting. I say weirdly because the massage therapist applied burning hot rice pouches on my body throughout the treatment. Despite the really hot bundles of rice, I left this treatment feeling light and so serene.

Spa Couple's Treatment Room Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Spa Couple's Treatment Room
Padi Massage Props Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Padi Massage Rice Pouches
Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
After Treatment Tea And Cookies In Relaxation Room

The facilities are beautiful, and you get a true sense of relaxation as soon as you walk in and until the very end. They also offer traditional Balinese healing sessions that I failed to book in advance. If you’ve read or watched Eat Pray Love you are probably familiar with Ketut Liyer. Well you can have your very own Ketut experience at the Mandapa. I really wanted to try Ibu Ketut Mursi, a blind healer able to assess emotional and physical issues through awareness and touch. Oh well, next time!

Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Passage To The Treatment Rooms

Dinner At The Mandapa

Kubu is the signature restaurant at the Mandapa and it was our favorite dining experience during our entire Bali stay. You get your very own private cocoon overlooking the Ayung River making it a romantic and unique experience. We tried the a la carte menu and The Gourmet option on the degustation menu. My inner foodie was not impressed with our dining experiences in Bali until we tried Kubu. We also dined at Locavore, no. 49 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and it was quite disappointing. Kubu is worth a detour if you are visiting Bali and like fine dining or good food, period.

Our Very Own Private Cocoon At Kubu Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Our Very Own Private Cocoon At Kubu
Kubu Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Ravioli Boston Lobster, Fennel, Chardonnay
Kubu Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Foie Gras Parfait Granny Smith, Citrus, Almond - Excellent!

Couple’s Retreat Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve

The couple’s retreat package offers a variety of activities like yoga, a couple’s treatment at the spa, a Volkswagen vintage tour, Jamu workshop and Subak farming. I forgot to pack my yoga clothes, so we skipped that one. We also had a tour planned outside the resort so the only activities we ended up participating in were the Jamu workshop and the spa.

The Jamu making workshop was very educational and Eri did a great job demonstrating the process. This drink is used as a medicine and made of all-natural ingredients loaded with vitamins. The ingredients are sea salt, palm sugar, tamarin paste, turmeric, galangal, ginger, lemon grass and lime. The result is a spicy flavorful tea that is said to help clean the blood and eliminate unwanted toxins from the liver due to the high content of turmeric. Will I be making it at home? Probably not. But fun nonetheless!

Jamu Workshop Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
Jamu Workshop

The Mandapa offers several other complimentary activities like a Balinese costume demo, aqua aerobics, rice pounding and much more!

Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel

Mandapa Luxury Hotel Bali: Is It One Of The Best?

Time to answer the question of whether or not the Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve is one of the best hotels in Bali. Here’s my honest opinion: The service is flawless, the food is probably the best in Bali, the resort is stunning, and the rooms are beautiful. The frog leaping across me while I walked through the small path into our villa caused my heart to stop slightly. The Bali Skink under our dining table didn’t allow me to fully enjoy my meal because I was too focused on making sure it didn’t eat my toes. The snake lounging by our pool made me wonder how many more there were and if any would make their way in my bed while I slept. And finally, all the mosquito bites I endured despite the ridiculous amount of DEET (or the all-natural hotel brand) I sprayed all over my body multiple times a day. Are all reasons why this hotel wouldn’t be my first choice. If you don’t mind all these things and are one with nature, then this is the perfect hotel if you are looking for luxury in the jungle.

Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve Bali Indonesia Ubud Luxury Hotel
View Of The Rice Terraces

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6 Comments

  1. We’ll be in Bali next month, this review helps! I love hotels in a jungle, I can probably overlook those flaws you’ve mentioned haha. We’ll see. We haven’t decided on where to stay in Ubud yet. 🙂

  2. A snake by the pool?! No, thank you!! Although, the spa and property do look pretty tempting! And the cocoon dining area looks neat. Maybe I’d risk it…

    • The property is amazing! I told my husband that if we could get the exact same property/service/food with a little less foliage by the beach it would’ve been perfect. It’s definitely worth a visit! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for your honest opinion. I have been searching for someone to mention if there were lots of bugs and mosquitoes since they tend to love me. This helps so much! I cannot do it. Lol!

    • It’s a beautiful resort, but i’m like you, I get eaten alive. I would take a look at Soori Bali, it is a gorgeous resort by the beach where we spent the first half of our trip. Glad I could help! 🙂

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