The Mandapa Bali is located in the heart of Bali and is one of my favorite hotels worldwide! Read in this Hotel Review what makes this Resort so special!


Hotel Review: The Mandapa Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud, Bali


The Mandapa is located in the beautiful city Ubud, which lies in the center of Bali. The entry to the resort is a little hidden and you have to pass a guard who checks your name on the guest list before he opens a gate to the street which leads into paradise.

You would never expect anything like this in the middle of a city! The Mandapa is located in a river valley right next to the Ayung River with nothing but the jungle behind.


Check-In & Lobby

The Lobby is open and one of the most impressive ones I’ve ever seen! It’s placed above the valley so you can overlook the whole resort from up here.
For the Check-In we got a healthy green juice served and the Manager welcomed us to show us all the places of the resort from this view point.

The rest of the Check-In process took place in our Villa.


Overlooking the Mandapa Bali from the Lobby



Our Villa

Booked: Pool Villa
Upgrade: River Pool Villa (two categories higher)

This Pool Villa was beyond our expectations! Through a traditional Balinese wood door you enter your own garden with a private pool which is located right at the river and two separate buildings.


The smaller building is the separate living room or lounge which can be opened completely to enjoy the wonderful river view. It’s the perfect place to get together with friends which visit you in your villa or a quiet place to get some office work done.


The main building is the actual villa with a huge bedroom, dressing room and a great bathroom.

I really liked the design of the bedroom – especcially the huge window with garden view right behind the bed which gives you a tropical feeling right when you awake!

A huge door leads outside to the roofed terrace and the pool right behind it.


The Bedroom


The Terrace

The bathroom is huge and luxurious! You find two sinks – one with amenities for men and the second one with everything a woman needs. A really great idea!

I enjoyed a bubble bath right at the window which offers a nice tropical view but will protect your privacy at the same time.
In the separate shower you can find a door to another traditional outdoor shower – no better way to start your day!


All villa guests have a private butler which takes care of you during the whole stay and is always just a call away – no matter if it comes to reservations, special wishes, transportation or the Check-Out in the villa.

Breakfast & Restaurant

The breakfast of the Mandapa Bali is amazing! Sit at a table right at the river and start your day with a rich choice of dishes!

You can choose anything you like from the à la carte menu (limitless!). You’ll not only find the breakfast classics (like avo-toast or waffles) but also a lot of extravagant choices.

Additional to the menu there’s a wonderful buffet arranged inside – it’s smaller than in other luxury hotels but offers a great choice. You’ll find everything you could need like fresh fruits, croissants, homemade yoghurts and a choice of warm dishes 🙂


The Kubu Restaurant

Every time we are in Bali we enjoy one exclusive dinner in the KUBU Restaurant – the finest dining in Bali! The menu is always different and will definitely leave you speechless. Even on TripAdvisor it’s the No. 1 of all Restaurants in Bali.

Sit in your private cabana right at the river and enjoy the superb quality of the dishes. I can highly recommend ordering the five or even seven-course-menu with wine pairing – it’s spectacular!

Definitely don’t miss this experience for a great price-perfomance ratio! In Europe we would pay at least the triple the price for this kind of menu.


The Kubu Restaurant


The Menu

The Spa

The Spa Area of the Mandapa is located at the very end of the Resort right next to the Ayung River. All Treatment Rooms have a terrace with a direct view to the river and you can listen to the natural sounds during your massage.

For the last day of our stay we booked a traditional Balinese couple treatment and it has been the most relaxing massage we ever had! Later you can relax in the quiet pool of the spa area.



A highlight of the Mandapa Bali are the rice terraces which are located in the center of the resort area. They make a great contrast with the resort behind it! The staff of the Mandapa is harvesting their own rice and use it in the restaurant. Make sure to take a stroll though the paddies during your visit.


You can find the infinity mail pool at a higher level of the resort to overlook the river and the jungle. So even you’re not staying in a Pool Villa you will have a great place to refresh and enjoy the views.


RÉSUMÉ of our stay at the Mandapa Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The Mandapa Bali invites you to escape from the everyday life to enjoy some quality time close to nature.
If you think about a place for your honeymoon or just want to have some relaxing time while getting pampered with a lot of luxury this place is perfect for you.
We love the Mandapa Bali and the Kubu Restaurant so much, that we already visited it three times and will definitely return for our next trip to magical Bali!

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