The Hotel: Santi Mandala Villa & Spa
Santi Mandala Villa & Spa’s classic Balinese architecture and tranquil surroundings invite weary travellers into a hideaway tucked right by Ubud. A 25-minute drive means you’re close enough to enjoy Ubud’s cultural and dining offerings, while still feeling relaxed and undisturbed within the resort’s 3.5 hectares of hillside garden. On arrival, guests enjoy a drink, cold towel, and fruit basket to start their relaxation.
Guests can choose to enjoy their meals in their villa or dine in the resort’s Boga Mandala Restaurant, which serves a selection of European, Indonesian, and Balinese specialities. The rooms, besides the traditional architecture, feature all the mod cons, one might need for staying in for the night. There are flat-screen TVs with satellite and cable channels, as well as DVD players and on-demand movies, and, of course, complimentary Wi-Fi connection.
- TripAdvisor: 4.5 / 5 and a Certificate of Excellence
Garden Villa Room
- Bed type/size: Double bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Three people
- The villa features a private verandah, bathroom with separate shower and bath, mini bar and fridge, air conditioning, and mosquito nets.
The Area: Ubud
With beautiful beaches and verdant rice terraces, traditional villages, and magnificent cliff-top temples, Bali is the ultimate tropical escape. The lush environment around Ubud in the island’s centre feels a million miles away from the hubbub of the coast. Here among the palm trees, honeymooners and relaxation-seekers discover a private retreat.
Perched on the gentle slopes leading up towards the central mountains, Ubud, the artist’s community, overlooks a natural forest and emerald green cascades of rice paddies that have existed for centuries. Temples, ancient sites, and villages brimming with culture make up the region, providing visitors with more of an authentic cultural experience. Here among the palm trees and lush surrounds, relaxation-seekers discover a serene oasis. See volcanic peaks and valleys or instead go west to view the cliff top temple of Tanah Lot by sunset. Explore the picturesque local countryside by bicycle or head to the village to shop for local silver, silk, wood carvings, and artworks. A visit to the Monkey Forest is a must-see highlight in the area.