Discover the Hidden Beauty of Ubud, Bali

Experiences

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Visitors are drawn to Bali for different reasons. Some seek a retreat, while others desire to connect with a culture whose traditions live on. Woven through each experience is the ability to let go of what is known and surrender to whatever may be, whether happening at an Ubud temple, catching the sunrise from atop Mount Batur or enjoying a dance lesson in Bali. This hotel near Ayung River offers an array of activities and can arrange for visits to nearby attractions and points of interest.

On-Site Outlets
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Mandapa Spa

The spa at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud, Bali offers holistic treatments, a meditation temple, yoga studio and vitality pool. Unwind during your stay at our Ubud spa resort.

Everyday:
9:00 AM-10:00 PM
Appointment required
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Fitness Center

The 24-hour fitness center offers an extensive range of equipment.

Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Complimentary
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Swimming

Swimming Pool

Mon-Sun : 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Whirlpool

Experience This Ubud, Bali Spa

Mandapa Spa

A destination for wellness and spirituality, Bali carries a long tradition of healing and inner reflection. The resort’s Mandapa Spa draws on these practices to offer a modern, luxury retreat amid the lush rainforest of Ubud. Balinese-inspired treatments feature Subtle Energies and locally sourced products, and unique opportunities include a session with a local Balinese healer. The riverfront spa is a complete wellness destination; in addition to its five treatment rooms, it features a yoga pavilion, meditation temple, vitality pool, 24-hour fitness center, saunas and relaxation areas.

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Itineraries

Planning Your Trip

The Indonesian island of Bali conjures images of meditation, rice paddies and sacred temples. Ubud, up in the mountains, is its cultural heart, with its unique art markets, museums and historical sites. Here’s how to pack for what’s sure to be an enriching experience.

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Local Area Attractions

These are the places, we highly recommend while visiting Ubud. As some of these activities are offered by independent tour companies, price may vary depending on number of people, itinerary selected and equipment needed. For further information, please seek Patih, your personal butler.

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Recommended Activites in Ubud

Visit the palace, Ubud’s many art galleries or shop at traditional market.

Conquer Ayung River on rafts and riverside picnic Explorer’s style.

Yoga in the outdoor or relax with a Balinese spa treatment.

Hike the majestic Mount Batur at sunrise.

Private session with one of Ubud’s Traditional Healers.

Evening Kecak Fire & Trance Dance at Agung Rai Art Museum.                                                               

Cycling through the village’s rice terrace.

Bali Elephant Camp and Night Safari – be a Mahout for the day and experience nature in the evening.

Water blessing at Tirtha Empul Temple Holy Spring.

Dining Beyond

Discover the tastes of Bali beyond traditional restaurant settings at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Explore private corners within The Reserve or even offsite dining options, and design your own culinary adventure, whether it is a romantic candlelight dinner with a loved one, a luxury picnic experience or a family barbecue by the rice field.

Featured Activities

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds, architecture and culture of Bali. Here you will discover a dazzling array of offsite private activities that has been exclusively chosen for you. Enliven your senses and experience the wonder of this magical island with these curated activities.

Royal Picnic Expedition 
7 hours, subject to weather condition

Enjoy a private picnic experience in East Bali on a clifftop setting with views of Mount Agung, Lombok Strait and local villages. Start the journey with a guided tour to Besakih Temple complex, also known as the Mother Temple of Bali. This 1,000-year old temple is the biggest and the holiest temple on the island and is surrounded by breathtaking rice paddies, hills, mountains and streams. The tour will take around 1.5 hour before you head East to indulge in a luxury picnic experience, set on a gorgeous hill, overlooking the beautiful scenery where the mountain meets the ocean. Savor a gourmet course-by-course meal prepared by your private chef and enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne. Reserve to savour this jaunt of lifetime.

Vintage, Village, Voyage 
7 hours

A whole day experience (8h max) to enjoy and explore the Balinese way of life using our classic VW 181 convertible. Create your voyage story in a local village called Pesalakan to learn deeper about the old-style textile weaving process (Tenun), and see how Balinese traditional blacksmith work in their compound. Your experience ends with a Balinese cooking class and enjoys your own dishes with jogged performance.

Auman Village Exploration 
7 hours

A combination experience between educational and exploratory activities, engage yourself in two different farming styles (local wisdom and hydroponic style). Harvest your chosen vegetables and local fruits to create your own fresh healthy juice. The experience will end with lunch in a spectacular hill view. As an additional experience, the expert will assist you to see the hidden waterfall in Auman village within 15 minutes walk along the riverside.

Volkswagen Vintage Tour: Hidden Jewel 
6 hours

Discover the hidden jewels of Bali with our classic VW 181. The trip starts at Penglipuran Village, a traditional village in East Bali, best known for its well-preserved culture and layout. The trip continues to visit the most ancient temple in Bangli, Pura Kehen, which was built in the 11th century; also known as the miniature of Besakih Temple. Kehen means household or a fireplace, which symbolizes Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to ancient Hindu philosophy. The last stop will explore the unspoiled Goa Raja Waterfall. The waterfall does not flow into a river, stream or jungle, but it flows gently down a 15-meter high canyon. These locations are hand-selected for those who wish to go off the beaten path away from the crowds.

Volkswagen Vintage Tour: Classic 
4 hours

Enjoy an unwinding journey in a classic VW 181 convertible as we drive along the incredibly beautiful country side, passing the rice field of Ceking village, visiting Tirta Empul water temple and the historical Gunung Kawi. A lunch picnic pit-stop along the way completes the ultimate vintage experience. Highly recommended and it has been the most favorite experience in Mandapa. Full day tour is available upon request.

Tirta Empul Purification 
4 hours

A Balinese water purification ritual taking place at Tirta Empul- The Mother of Water temple in Bali. This magical experience will start by dressing in a traditional costume while walking into the Tirta Pools and visiting a series of fountains to purify the mind, body and soul. The ritual is completed with a prayer in the temple that allows you to experience the local tradition. Note that women on their monthly cycle are not allowed to enter the temple.

Campuhan Walk 
2 hours

Campuhan walk is a free and easy nature trek, popular among visitors to the central highland town of Ubud. While the hike lets you enjoy cool fresh air and probably the most gorgeous hillside vista in the region, it also allows you to shed off some calories with its hilly track. Trip includes a 20-minute ride back and forth from Mandapa to the starting point.

Bali Through The Lens 
7 hours

This full-day tour is designed for those who want to see some of the most photogenic places in Bali. Whether sunrise or sunset, your personal guide will get you to the right place at the right time so you can capture your own amazing photographs. With spectacular landscapes, people, architecture, exotic wildlife, flora and fauna, there is no doubt that Bali is a paradise for photography. The tour includes a breakfast or lunch box.

Sunrise: Penulisan Temple (sunrise), Mount Batur Caldera and Petang Village – waterfall or rice field
Sunset: Lake Beratan, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and Tanah Lot Temple (sunset)

Customized Tour 
7 hours

Discover the beauty of Bali with our customized tour. Designed to meet individual desires, guests may benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to their interests. With a wealth of attractions on offer at all the major sightseeing spots, your guided tour will give you a personalized experience. From the Monkey Forest to beautiful temples, rice paddies, mountains and waterfalls, Bali has it all. The tour includes a lunch box.

*Vintage Tour with Adventure Car is available for group of 4 to 8 people. Please seek your patih for appointment.

 

The rich culture of Bali permeates every aspect of daily life, art and architecture. These traditional influences reflect in almost every corner of Mandapa. Join our resident Balinese expert to explore some of the many traditions and offerings – learning their stories and significance.  

 

Balinese Ritual Lifestyle - 2 hours

A spiritual experience; you will learn how to wear a traditional costume and to prepare a Balinese daily offering called Canang – and place it at the resort temple. A pranayama, meditation and Balinese prayer will finish this ritual.  

 

Flower Gebogan Making - 2 hours  

Explore your creativity and discover your inner artist by making one of the most beautiful and colorful Balinese offerings called “Gebogan”. You will be guided on how to create this flower tower using indigenous locally grown fresh flowers and coconut leaves – beautifully arranged on a traditional Balinese wooden plate “Dulang”. Learn how to prepare this flower art in true Balinese way.

Experience, feel and explore our adventure activities that allow you to experience the nature, culture, and traditions of Bali. Challenge your physical stamina and your determination as you choose any of the adventure activity below.

 

Sunrise at Mount Batur - 6 hours

Enjoy an unforgettable sunrise at one of Bali’s sacred volcanoes, Mount Batur. Located on 1,717 meters above sea level with a hike approximately 2- 3 hours long, Mount Batur overlooks stunning sceneries. Unwind as the vibration of the sacred earth soothes your mind and soul over a rustic morning. Breakfast will be cooked by the steam of the active volcano. This moderate-to-strenuous climb is well suited for any trekking enthusiast ready for a challenge far from the crowds.

 

Exclusive Ayung River Journey - 3 hours

Enhance your connection with mother earth while experiencing our private rafting journey. The journey begins with a countryside exploration with our classic Volkswagen 181 convertible before we take you to the rafting starting point. Explore hidden waterfall, tropical jungle and enjoy the sacred beauty of Ayung River. The rafting guide will help capture the intimate experience through their professional camera. The rafting journey will end at Mandapa’s private jetty.  

 

Kintamani Trekking - 4 hours

A moderate-level of trekking, passing the lush greeneries of Batur with a picturesque view of the lake and the vegetable farm. This invigorating trek will allow you to learn about the traditional farming system as well as understanding the history of Hindu temples. The journey will conclude by visiting the hot spring that allows you to refresh your mind and body.

 

Trunyan Village Trek - 6 hours

A trekking through the most sacred place in North of Bali, where the natives prepare the deceased and allow them to be naturally preserved by the ancient tree, Taru  Menyan, which is named after the village. Enjoy Mandapa signature picnic during the trek. 

 

Nungnung Waterfall - 4 hours

Start your day by visiting one of Bali’s tallest waterfalls with an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. Located in a small village of Nungnung, 40 kilometers north of Denpasar, the journey begins by going down to the river valley, tracing hilly rice fields and seeing the waterfall from up close.

 

Lempuyang Journey - 4 hours

A combination of physical and spiritual journeys. This activity will enrich you on how the Balinese people pray in the highest temple in East Bali, known as Lempuyang Temple, and also one of the nine most sacred temples in Bali Island. Enjoy the beautiful village scenery and the huge of Mount Agung along the way.

 

Penulisan Experiential Cycling - 5 Hours (Start time: 4:30 AM)

A combination of spiritual experiences in the highest temple in Bali, “Pura Pucak Penulisan”. Enjoy the sunrise while cycling downhill, overlooking the beautiful countryside of Northern Bali. It includes an approximately one-hour drive by car back and forth and three hours of cycling.

 

Kintamani Freewheel - 4 hours

A refreshing trip by passing through a beautiful landscape of Batur caldera and cycling down the stunning countryside. It includes an approximately of one hour-drive by car back and forth and two hours of cycling.

 

Kampung Bali Cycling - 3 hours

This activity will take guests to explore the Balinese village and to see the Balinese way of living through cycling. Enjoy the beautiful rice field view while riding down the village. It includes a fifteen-minute drive by car back and forth .

 

Ubud Tegalalang Cycling - 3 hours

If you are looking for a magnificent rice field view and keen to learn about the traditional irrigation system, this would be a perfect choice. Enjoy a breathtaking Ceking rice terrace view during the whole cycling experience. It includes a twenty-minute drive by car back and forth .

Fun & Educative

An array of fun yet educational activities is prepared to show the different sides of Bali. Learn more about the authentic Bali way of living with beautiful sceneries of Ubud conducted by our insightful and knowledgeable guide.

Guided Walks & Tours
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Capil Making - Balinese Farmer’s Hat 1 hour

Learn how to make a traditional Balinese farmer’s hat using coconut leaves called “Janur”, in an exclusive setting at Mandapa Lumbung overlooking the rice field.

Rice Paddies

Ubud History Tjampuhan Walk 2 hours

Campuhan walk is a free and easy nature trek, popular among visitors to the central highland town of Ubud. While the hike lets you enjoy cool fresh air and probably the most gorgeous hillside vista in the region, it also allows you to shed off some calories with its ten-kilometer hill track.

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Desa Bali Walk 1 hour

A cultural experience that will take you to Kedewatan Village to explore the “desa” by walking and experiencing the fascinating local daily routines. Through this activity your guide will explain about the philosophy and its application on Balinese way of life.

Kecak Fire Trance Dance

Learn Bali’s nocturnal and the endangeredThis theatrical Balinese dance and drama, developed in the 1930s, brings together at least 100 men who tell stories through their movements, chants and voices.

Man in a white body suit and ram-like mask dances with fire in front of a nighttime crowd
Man in a traditional Asian hat bends over a terraced field of rice crops
UNESCO Sites

ThJatiluwih Rice Terraces located in the Tabanan region and are among the most striking examples of terraced agriculture in the world. Arguably Bali’s oldest and most complex example of the Subak rice terrace system of agriculture. Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire located in Mengwi Village and functions as a temple to pray to the god in manifestation (Wisnu) at the top of Mangu mount.

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Ubud Village

For thousands of years, Ubud has been the spiritual and cultural hub of Hindu Bali. Witness these, as you walk around visiting Ubud Palace, Saraswati Temple’s Lotus Pond, selfie time at Pura Gunung Lebah at Ubud’s famous Dutch bridge, Ubud Market and local Art Galleries. Your Patih can also arrange private appointment with Ubud many artists.Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex.

Water flows out of a row of ancient stone spouts topped with colorful botanical decorations
Tirta Empul Temple

Experience Tirta Empul Temple Holy Spring. Built in 926 AD, this iconic temple is famous for its purifying holy water, which attracts devotees, particularly during full and new moons, who come for blessings. Appointments for this once-in-a-lifetime experience can be arranged through your personal butler.

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Children wearing white gowns with golden sashes and decorative headdresses walk in line
A Learning Adventure
Mandapa Camp

Nestled in the heart of mesmerizing Ubud, where ancient stone carvings, scenic plantations, and rich cultural traditions await exploration, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve invites mini explorers to go on a learning adventure at Mandapa Camp. Tailored for children or the entire family to enjoy, activities at Mandapa Camp offers a chance to learn new skills, make new friends, and take part in a wide range of creative activities that encourage them to learn Balinese culture through arts, music and games. 

8 Hours

A Day of Eco-Discovery & Culture

A learning adventure inspired by nature, this full day program allows children or the whole family to dive into discovery, sustainability learning, and culture captivation. Inspiring meaningful journeys for the young experience collector, these Balinese-inspired daily life and nature-based activities capture the charm and cultural effervescence of Ubud, providing an immersive introduction into the destination.

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A Taste of Healing Traditions- 4 Hours

Guests will start the morning off in a healthy way with morning yoga followed by discovering native Balinese plants and end with a Jamu Workshop where they will create their very own Balinese herbal drink. Originally made from Java, the drink contains ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, and lemon grass – all beneficial to maintain children’s energy levels and their immune system.

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Art Camp - 2 Hours

Start the day off right with an active Jungle Gym hike where you will discover unique cultural elements at our ‘Village’, to learning how to make beautiful Balinese offering called ‘canang sari’. Dive deep into an entirely new cultural tradition through Balinese traditional games, this is the perfect way for the whole family or just the children to have a fun and enriching experience.

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A Taste of Nighttime Tradition - 6 Hours

Inspired by Balinese families, share the evening together. Learn how to make traditional Balinese arts and crafts and tour around our organic garden to discover the world of nocturnal floras and faunas. Experience a taste of eco-exploration and Bali’s vibrant local culture at Mandapa. To end the night, gather around a bonfire where you will be roasting marshmallows with your family.

Mini Explorers Packages

Be “Mini Explorers” once more with our half day and full day program. Adults are encouraged to join in any program with their children, as an introductory experience to Mini Explorers. Children ages 5 and up may also join on their own.

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