This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of So Scottsdale! magazine.
The tropical oasis of Bali, Indonesia, feels a world away from Arizona. With layovers and flying, the transit time takes nearly two days. But this magical island in the Indian Ocean is worth the trek.
Mandapa: A Rare Resort
Located about 90 minutes north of the airport, Ubud is the cultural center of Bali; Hindu temples and rice terraces define Ubud much the same way today as it has for centuries. Nowhere will you find that better exemplified than at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Mandapa, named after the Sanskrit word for temple, opened in September 2015 as the third Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in the world.
Mandapa is extraordinary, hugging the banks of the Ayung River, surrounded by lush forests but close to the center of Ubud. The intimate retreat has 35 luxurious suites and 25 private pool villas, each with its own Patih (butler).
The best accommodations are the riverfront private pool villas, decorated in traditional yet contemporary Balinese design. There is a Balinese garden with an outdoor shower, a massive indoor shower and soaking tub, a separate house with a living/dining area, and breathtaking views from your private pool.
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