Bali / Indonesia

A Serene Escape at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Bali, Indonesia

Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a collection of rare estates, set apart from the world, where heartfelt care of its environment and extraordinary craftsmanship is filled with enchantment and wonder.

Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Ubud, Bali, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, offers an exquisite retreat that combines luxurious accommodations of villas and suites with their renowned impeccable service, and the breathtaking beauty of the Ayung River. 

During my recent stay, I had the pleasure of experiencing the 1 Bedroom Riverfront Pool Villa and 3 Bedroom Pool villa. Both villa types are secluded havens that surpassed all expectations. 

From the stunning Ayung River views to the private pool and impeccable attention to detail, Mandapa truly delivers a world-class escape for those seeking a serene and indulgent getaway.

1 Bedroom Riverfront Pool Villa Experience

The moment I stepped into the Riverfront Pool Villa, I was captivated by its seamless integration with the natural surroundings. The villa’s design effortlessly combines traditional Balinese elements with contemporary aesthetics, creating a harmonious blend of comfort and authenticity. Large floor-to-ceiling windows revealed mesmerizing views of the Ayung River, while the sounds of nature filled the air, providing a constant reminder of the serene setting.

The spaciousness and opulence of the villa were immediately evident. The Balinese-style bedroom boasted a plush king-sized bed adorned with crisp linens, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.

Not forgetting the walk-in wardrobe that can house my luggage and there are straw hats and bags for your use during your stay. 

The living area is a separate house by the private pool that provides a cosy space to unwind, complete with a comfortable seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a well-stocked minibar. 

The en-suite bathroom featured a deep soaking tub, a separate rainforest shower, and a selection of luxurious bath amenities that enhanced the overall sense of relaxation. Its many glass windows allow natural light to flow into the bathroom and connect nature into the space. 

The highlight of the Riverfront Pool Villa was undoubtedly the private infinity pool. Surrounded by tropical greenery, the pool offered a serene and secluded space to take a refreshing dip or simply bask in the sun.

Whether I was lounging on the poolside deck or floating in the crystal-clear waters or just seating at the veranda, the soothing ambiance and stunning views of the Ayung River created an unforgettable experience. The villa also featured a charming outdoor dining area, perfect for enjoying a romantic dinner under the stars or a leisurely breakfast.

Unparalleled Service

The staff at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, epitomizes the meaning of world-class hospitality. From the warm welcome upon arrival to the personalized attention throughout my stay, every interaction was marked by genuine care and attentiveness. The dedicated butler service ensured that all my needs and preferences were met promptly and efficiently, adding an extra layer of comfort and convenience to my stay.

Indulge in Culinary Delights

Mandapa offers a diverse range of dining options, each delivering a culinary journey that celebrates the rich flavours of Bali.

Kubu Restaurant

The Kubu Restaurant, set amid a bamboo forest by the river, offers an unforgettable fine dining experience with its elegant setting and innovative menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine.

Each dish was a work of art, beautifully crafted and plated with precision and exquisite tasting dishes.

Kubu in the Indonesian language means Hut or Shelter, where Balinese farmers keep the rice after harvesting habitually. This tradition inspired Mandapa in designing its signature fine-dining bamboo restaurant.

Bamboo is used to sculpt the interior spaces and dining pods for an intimate dining experience. It is a unique feast for the senses indeed.

Sawah Terrace

For a taste of local flavours, Sawah Terrace offers traditional Indonesian dishes using locally sourced ingredients.

Ambar Ubud Bar

Perched high on a cliff, the Ambar Ubud Bar is a cosy lounge overlong looking the whole property of Mandapa. It offers an exquisite escape where sophistication meets the raw beauty of Bali’s landscape. This bar provides a serene sanctuary to unwind and connect.

With its open-air design and carefully curated menu of cocktails inspired by local flavours, the Ambar Ubud Bar is a testament to the art of blending elegance and nature seamlessly.

One of the most enchanting experiences at the Ambar Ubud Bar is the Ubud Sunset Ritual. As the sun gracefully sets, guests gather to witness this natural spectacle while enjoying the bar’s signature cocktails. The ambience is nothing short of magical—a moment where time seems to stand still, allowing you to savour the beauty of the surroundings and the expertly crafted drinks in perfect harmony. From classic concoctions to innovative creations, each sip is a journey of flavours that celebrates Bali’s rich culinary heritage.

As the day unfolds, the Ambar Ubud Bar transforms its atmosphere to match the mood of the hour. During the evening, a magical transition occurs—gentle and inviting. As twilight descends, the air is infused with the mellowness of live Jazz tunes, setting the stage for an enchanting dining experience.

The cosy lounge evolves into a vibrant spot where Japanese fusion cuisine takes center stage. With upbeat vibes and the backdrop of a live Jazz band, the bar comes alive, offering a unique and unforgettable fusion of music and flavours.

Enriching Experiences

Apart from its lavish accommodations, Mandapa offers an array of enriching experiences designed to immerse guests in Balinese culture and traditions. Whether you’re partaking in a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony, embarking on a trek through rice paddies, enjoying a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Mandapa Spa, or bringing your children to the Kids Club where friendly staff engage them with games and activities.

We arranged a river rafting excursion on the Ayung River, accompanied by Mandapa’s specialized guide who guided us through the entire journey. We began with a vintage car ride through local streets and farms, followed by an exhilarating experience on the Bali swing. Don’t worry, though, as the swings have varying levels of intensity, with some meant just for photos.

Subsequently, we descended a bit to the river rafting launch point—a highlight of Ubud. A professional rafting coach provided us with the essentials before embarking on a thrilling two-hour adventure. Expect to get wet, but the experience of navigating the scenic river alternates between tranquillity and adrenaline-pumping excitement. The highlight was disembarking right at Mandapa Reserve, where towels and hot ginger tea awaited.

Mandapa ensures there’s something tailored to every guest’s interests and desires. These activities provide a chance to connect with the surrounding nature, discover Ubud’s beauty, and forge lasting memories.


Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, offers a truly extraordinary retreat for those seeking a luxurious and rejuvenating escape. The Riverfront Pool Villa exceeded all expectations, providing an idyllic sanctuary with its Ayung River views, private pool, and impeccable attention to detail. Combined with unparalleled service and an array of enriching experiences, a stay at Mandapa is a truly immersive journey into the heart and soul of Bali. If you’re looking to reconnect with nature, indulge in luxury, and experience genuine Balinese hospitality, Mandapa is the ultimate destination for your next getaway.