ALL RIGHT, RESERVE. Reserved for the crème de la crème of vacationers coming to Ubud is the Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Jl. Kedewatan, Gianyar, Bali; +62 361 479 2777; rtizcarlton.com)
The bespoke resort draws its name from a pavilion-like structure found in Hindu temples, which is exquisitely replicated for the courtyard of the luxurious accommodation. Housing only 35 suites and 25 private pool villas, the Mandapa’s breathtaking location by the Ayung River and Ubud’s lush jungle serves up rejuvenating tranquility as well as peace of mind. Jeffrey Wilkes from Designwilkes based the interior designs of this comforting sanctuary on natural and sustainable resources. An exemplary feature of this is a sublime rice paddy sitting at the heart of the premises, allowing you to savor the real taste of living in Bali of the past.