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Discerning Travelers Will Enhance Their Cultural Understanding of Bali
Through Exclusively Curated Experiences

UBUD – September 22, 2016 – Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve has recently announced a new exclusive luxury travel experience in celebration of its upcoming one-year anniversary in September.

Ubud has long been considered a magical place, and for centuries it has drawn artists, yogis, backpackers, and bohemians to its doorstep. Today, Ubud’s charm can be found exploring remote ancient temples, enjoying views atop an active volcano, and by discovering the destination’s mythological stories relayed in traditional Barong dance. Guests of Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve are nestled within the heart of this mesmerizing destination and welcomed to uncover its many wonders. With unique, exclusive activities in four categories of discovery, guests can create their own personal journey.

The ‘Mandapa Experience’ package includes one activity from each pillar. Examples of signature activities include:

Cultural Activities

  • Subak Farming Exploration – A unique and educating program where guests can learn how a Balinese farmer uses the traditional irrigation system, Subak. This is a hands-on authentic farming activity where the resort’s recreation attendant will explain and guide guests through the process of Subak.
  • Volkswagen Vintage Tour – This journey in a classic Volkswagen 181 convertible, the same car favored by mayors of Bali in the 1960’s and 70’s, takes guests on a drive along the incredibly beautiful country side, passing through the rice fields of the Ceking village, visiting Tirta Empul Water Temple and the historical Gunungkawi ruins. A lunch picnic pit-stop is provided along the way, making for the ultimate vintage tour experience.

Culinary Activities

  • Pod Chocolate Tour – Guests can learn how to make chocolates as they are taken on the journey of the cocoa pod as it receives the ultimate makeover into delicious Pod Chocolate.
  • Jamu Making – Indonesian Jamu is a unique system of traditional herbal medicine that can be taken fresh every day for both disease prevention and treatment of health problems. Guests are invited to learn about the main ingredients of Jamu – Turmeric (Kunyit) and Ginger (Haila / Jahe), its method of preparation, as well as discover the drink’s health benefits.

Wellness Activities

  • Tirta Empul Purification – Purification rituals are deeply entrenched in Balinese spiritual custom and remain an important part of life for locals. Guests at Mandapa are able to visit Tirta Empul, the water temple of Bali, to take part in a traditional purification ritual. Having been provided with the appropriate garments, guests are led through a series of fountains believed to purify the mind, body, and soul, and will finish with a prayer ceremony at the temple.
  • Kintamani Trekking – For a deep connection to the land and nature of the “Island of the Gods,” a trek through the lush greenery of Batur will present picturesque views as well as the chance to see and learn about the traditional farming system as well as Hindu temples. Guests can conclude their journey of discovery with a dip in the hot springs to refresh mind and body.

Fun Activities

  • Ayung Water Rafting – Surrounded on three sides by the spectacular Ayung River, guests can enjoy an exhilarating rafting adventure. Suitable for guests of all ages, with mild white water, this is sure to be an experience to remember.
  • Sunrise at The Mount Batur – Watching the sunrise at one of Bali’s sacred volcanoes, Mount Batur is a sight not to be missed for any visitor to the island. Located in Batur village, a spectacular vista rewards the two-three-hour hike to the top. Once there, guests can unwind as the natural vibration of the sacred earth in this region soothes their minds and soul over a rustic morning breakfast cooked under the steam of the still active volcano.

To experience the ‘Mandapa Experience’ at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, rates at the property start at $595 USD per night. For more information on Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and reservations inquiries, please visit www.mandapareserve.com.