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John Z

Look no further... Paradise

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 Dec 2023
I do not often post a review but felt compelled to write a review for this absolutely perfect resort and experience. I have been an Ambassador with Bonvoy for several year and visited many of the properties but i cannot say or think of one area of improvement or thought that says i wish this was different or the service good be a little better. FROM THE MOMENT WE WERE GREATED TO THE MOMENT WE LEFT IT WAS JUST EXCELLANT. The management team, Rooms Director, our personal butler and the staff who helped us at every step was amazing. They just know how to make it feel so special, professionally without being overwhelming in anyway. Room, restaurants, SPA, YOGU, POOLS and THE VIEWS!!!!! If you are even thinking of visiting Bali or planning a visit and the Mandapa is on your mind, think no further and just book your room and you will not be disappointed. Our river view suite was like something from a novel so if you can swing it, go big!!
Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 12 Jan 2024
Dear johnzY6103JD,
It was a great pleasure to have you staying at Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve for your holiday in Bali!
We were very appreciative for your amazing comments about our facilities, the food and the service provided by our Ladies and Gentlemen.
We are thrilled to know that you had an excellent stay!”.
We look forward to welcome you back to Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve in the near future.

Best regards,
Reka

Reka Yanti
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Reviewed 18 December 2023

I will never forget this magical experience. My husband and I visited the Mandapa during our honeymoon and were blown away by their hospitality and attention to detail. We stayed in the villas (thank you for upgrade!) which had a cute cottage vibe with a living room and private pool. Throughout our stay, we participated in the many activities the resort offers (specifically the Disconnect to Reconnect program) including yoga and cooking classes. The instructors were so friendly and attentive, special thanks to Wayan and Dinar. We also spent a considerable amount of time at the resort pool, which felt like a little oasis. The food on property was INCREDIBLE and the staff goes out of their way to accommodate dietary restrictions. Chef Raju made us special dishes every morning which were delicious. We tried every restaurant on property and couldn't pick a favorite because each one was exceptional in its own way. On our departure, Chef Raju gave us a jar of mango chutney that he specifically made for us during one of the breakfasts! The property also assigns you a butler during your stay - Louie was AMAZING - very timely and proactive with arranging our daily activities and transportation needs. The property itself is STUNNING, very well kept and has beautiful views of luscious greenery. We were also fortunate to meet the property manager Reka, who went out of her way to ensure a memorable stay. We definitely plan on coming back!

Date of stay: December 2023
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Reka Yanti, Other at Mandapa, A Ritz-carlton Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 25 December 2023

Dear Sonal S,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful honeymoon experience at Mandapa in Bali. We are delighted to hear that you and your husband had such a magical experience.

Thank you for the recognition and compliments to management and all team members, and especially Louie, your Butler/Patih, Wayan, Dinar and Chef Raju. Recognition like yours inspires and motivates our team to continue delivering outstanding service.

Thank you once again for choosing Mandapa, and we hope to welcome you back for another unforgettable stay in the future.

Warm regards,

Reka Yanti
Resort Manager
reka.yanti@ritzcarlton.com

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Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

Mandapa is the newest ultra-luxury resorts on the island, and is one of three Ritz-Carleton Reserve properties in the world. In our 3 1/2 weeks in Java and Bali, this was our final stop before returning home to the US. We spent 6 nights here in a beautiful one bedroom suite with separate living room and large terrace high up on the property which cascades down through rice fields to the river, with a gorgeous backdrop view of tropical rainforest. (Now that we have experienced Mandapa, rather than staying in one of the suite buildings next time we will stay in a rice field view pool villa. Some of these provide more privacy than others, so best to check when booking.)

Notable are the crisp and luxurious bed linens and fluffy sumptuous towels, and the beautiful site-specific Balinese paintings.

On day 5, Resort Manager, Reka, came to my table at breakfast and apologized for not meeting us before but she’d been away at a Women’s Leadership retreat. Other staff whom I’d like to call out are Ade - front desk manager, and Ari - main restaurant manager, who greeted us at breakfast every morning. Also, we both participated in the “Disconnect to Reconnect” program which is apparently something new at Mandapa. While every resort we stayed at on this 3 1/2 week trip offered at least occasional yoga, this extensive program has a wide array of cultural, spiritual, and physical offerings that occur during the day. We loved yoga and singing bowls with Wayan and participated in several of his sessions.

A few minor things of note, as a lap swimmer, I had difficulty with the freeform pool and kept running into the undulating walls, though it’s lovely to look at. Also, lighting in the suite, particularly in the bathroom is insufficient. Though there’s a stylish countertop makeup mirror, it is useless; replacing these would be an easy fix. Finally, when I am in Asia, I prefer to listen to Asian music; quite incongruous and somewhat disconcerting to hear “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” while gazing out over rice fields and tropical forest in Bali. In my view, the main negative is that because of the hillside setting, lobby accessibility by foot is nearly impossible. As one who enjoys walking and exercise, I wasn’t fond of needing to depend upon someone to drive me there via “buggy” when I wanted to go into Ubud. That said, accessibility into Ubud is quite easy and quick via Grab (app similar to Lyft or Uber), and because of Mandapa’s location north of town.

Staff went above and beyond expectations in every way. We were almost always greeted by name, and our preferences in all things were remembered. Our French patih (butler), Louie, was delightful, leaving gorgeous flower arrangements, facilitating gifting of items I’d admired and had wanted to buy, and everything was with a hand-written note. We even received a lovely note from our housekeepers.

Mandapa is truly a cut above and provided a most wonderful ending to our first trip to the magical island of Bali.

Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reka Yanti, Other at Mandapa, A Ritz-carlton Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2023

Dear LisaB157

Greetings from Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. I hope this message finds you well.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to stay with us and it is a great pleasure to welcome you to our Mandapa Village.
First and foremost, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your experience with us. We truly appreciate your input as it helps us enhance the overall experience for our valued guests. Your attention to detail is much appreciated, and we thank you for contributing to our commitment to excellence.

I am delighted to hear that you had a wonderful experience with our team members, particularly with our Butler/Patih, Louis. Your kind words about the overall beauty of the resort, F&B offers and our disconnect and reconnect program are truly heartwarming. We are glad to learn that you enjoyed our cultural, spiritual, and physical offerings. Also, thank you for the special mention to Ade, the Front Office Manager, Wayan, the yoga teacher, our housekeepers and the rest of our team members. Recognition like yours inspires and motivates our team to continue delivering outstanding service. It was our pleasure to make your first trip to Bali magical.

Wishing you a continuation of a wonderful holiday filled with joy, relaxation, and memorable moments.
We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to Mandapa in the near future.

Warm regards,

Reka Yanti
Resort Manager
reka.yanti@ritzcarlton.com

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Reviewed 4 December 2023

My wife and I had the fortune and pleasure of discovering Mandapa last year quite by accident, as I articulated in my rather lengthy review from that stay. We were so moved by this place, the staff, the food, and the beauty that we started planning our return the moment we left the resort for the airport. So, we came back this year to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.

To experience the magic of Mandapa, even once in a lifetime, is a blessing for someone like me; to have the privilege of experiencing it a second time is very humbling. We booked our stay during our anniversary in November, which is also the “off” season. That was a good thing for us, as with only about 40% occupancy, the staff could afford to spoil us even more than expected, and they did.

After the warm and ceremonial welcome, where we were given the traditional Tridatu bracelets, of which I still had mine on from last year, we were given a quick orientation of the property and, to our delight, taken to the same villa we had last year. We were happy to see that there had been some slight upgrades to the property since our previous visit, mainly with the landscaping, which was already gorgeous, but now, with the addition of more plants and flowers and a smoother brick pathway, it was even more so.

What had not changed, however, were many of the same sweet faces that we came to know last year. We were thrilled to see our Paithi/ Butler from last year, Parmini, and especially happy she was expecting her second child. Even though she was working in the office until she delivers, she still made time to visit with us. Parmini is fantastic in every way and truly epitomizes the very essence of what makes Mandapa such a lovely and wonderful place.

Fortunately, we were attended to this year by the hard-working and capable Agung. This young man is brilliant and was always a step ahead of us in anticipating our thoughts, needs, and desires. He was always a WhatsApp and a few minutes away, often showing up just as I was typing him a message. We could not have been looked after any better.

Seeing old friends and partaking in more wonderful meals at the other restaurants on the property was so lovely. At the Sawah Terrace, Ari, Mia, Jordi, and Juli were a delight to see again. These fabulous, fun, and friendly folks were like family. Thanks to this incredible staff, each dining session was a wonderful and memorable experience, especially our anniversary night on the terrace!

At the pool bar one day, we were thrilled to get a master class on the locally produced alcohol known as Arak by mixologist Oka. Arak is a traditional Balinese alcohol made from fermented white rice and coconut palm flowers, among other ingredients. Oka took us on a journey through the process of making Arak and sampling the various types. It was fascinating and tasty. Overseeing the Food and beverage service is the awesome Ngurah. He was everywhere all the time. You could not sit in one of the restaurants or bars without seeing him chatting with the guest and ensuring everyone was happy with their eats and treats.

We also had a wonderful evening by the river at Kubu. The lovely and sweet Kadak attended to us. Her attentiveness and dedication to perfection ensured our meal was most memorable. Sitting in our cocoon, listening to the sounds of the river and the wildlife, and enjoying the cool breeze with delicious dishes and expert service makes for a great night in anyone's book.

Like last year, we did partake in a couple of the many activities the resort offers. Particularly the spa. After last year’s fantastic experience, we had to do it again. We opted for the Royal Spice ceremony. What a unique and relaxing 2-1/2 hour experience! The ceremony, the treatment, and the atmosphere made for one of the best spa experiences we have ever had. Even better than last year!

No visit to Mandapa would be complete without the classic car tour. Mandapa has seven or so old, restored VW convertibles for taking guests out sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Our tour guide for the day was Eri, along with the finest Bali driver. Unfortunately, I could not remember our driver’s name, but he was fantastic. Eri was excellent. His depth of knowledge and presentation of the history of Bali was riveting. We talked for the entire four hours non-stop. My appreciation for Balinese and Hindu culture increased significantly after this tour. We highly recommend it!

One great new addition to the property this year is the Anbar restaurant and bar. This beautiful place is situated at the top of the overlook and affords the best sunset views in Bali. Additionally, there is live Jazz every night by fantastic and talented local bands. We were fortunate to be attended to by the wonderful and sweet Vivian. This young lady had a smile that could melt a glacier, and we were lucky to get her both nights we dined there. Chef Wayan and Chef Aris made some of the most delicious and beautiful dishes anywhere, definitely Michelin-worthy, while mixologist Abbi made us some of the most tasty, unique, and delectable drinks in all of Bali.

As I approach 2000 stays in Marriott properties around the world, I have had the dismay of staying in some of the worst properties on the Marriott books, most of which are in the US, and I have had the pleasure of staying in some of the best. The recipe for a great stay is simple: the quality of the staff, the property's location and condition, and the management's ability. Mandapa is fortunate to have the best of all of these. Kudos to the resort manager, Reka Yanti. Reka was always out and about on the property, tending to the staff or checking on the guest. Her warm smile and attentiveness are directly reflected in the overall guest experience at Mandapa.

The great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.” Thus, at Mandapa, every staff member, every meal and drink served, every spectacular sunrise, breathtaking sunset, and quiet moment spent admiring its beauty come together to create magic and perfection. Simply put, Mandapa is Sempurna.

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reka Yanti, Other at Mandapa, A Ritz-carlton Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2023

Dear DubaiJeffrey,

Greetings from Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to stay with us for your 40th Anniversary celebration and it is a great pleasure to welcome you back to our Mandapa Village. Happy Anniversary.
On behalf of Mandapa Family, I would like to express our deepest appreciation for your incredibly kind review. Your words have touched our hearts, and we are truly honored to have had the privilege of hosting you not just once, but for the second time during your anniversary in November.

To hear that experiencing the magic of Mandapa is considered a blessing for you is both humbling and inspiring. We are delighted to know that our team had the opportunity to spoil you during your stay. Your acknowledgment of our staff's efforts, to go above and beyond to make your anniversary celebration memorable means the world to us. Especially to the mentioned staff, they were thrilled for the special recognition.

It is our constant endeavor to create an environment where every guest feels not only welcomed but also cared about. Your feedback motivates us to continue striving for excellence and to provide the highest level of service possible.

We are truly grateful for your continued support, and we consider it a privilege to be a part of your special moments. We look forward to welcoming you back for many more anniversaries and occasions in the future.

Thank you once again for choosing Mandapa. Wishing you continued joy, love, and wonderful experiences ahead.

Warm regards,

Reka Yanti
Resort Manager
reka.yanti@ritzcarlton.com

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Reviewed 4 December 2023

One of the best resorts I have ever been in my life. Top service and so kind butler( Kewin) that she can do anything to make you happy. Best view and best restaurants. The spa is just amazing with the sound of the river. Definitely will come again.

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reka Yanti, Other at Mandapa, A Ritz-carlton Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Dear Mobile05904240199,
Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve during your holiday in Bali.
We appreciate your wonderful comments about our village, the facilities, the view and the service offered by our Ladies and Gentlemen. Most importantly your special mention to Kewin, your Patih (Butler) who is very grateful and proud to be recognized for her service and dedication.
We look forward to welcome you back to our Village in the very near future!

Best regards,
Reka

Reka Yanti
Resort Manager

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Reviewed 1 December 2023 via mobile

My wife RoRo and I recently had the pleasure of staying at Mandapa in Bali, and we were absolutely blown away by the entire experience. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with warm smiles and genuine hospitality. The staff went above and beyond to ensure that every detail of our stay was perfect and GM Masa and AGM run a very tight ship.

The location of Mandapa is truly exceptional. Nestled along the banks of the Ayung River, the resort is surrounded by lush tropical greenery and offers breathtaking views at every turn. The tranquility and serenity of the setting instantly put us at ease and allowed us to fully relax and unwind.

The attention to detail at Mandapa is second to none. Every aspect of the resort has been carefully curated to provide an unforgettable experience. The architecture seamlessly blends traditional Balinese design with modern luxury, creating a harmonious and elegant atmosphere. The interiors are beautifully decorated with locally sourced materials and intricate Balinese artwork, adding to the overall sense of authenticity and charm.

During our stay, we had the pleasure of dining at the various restaurants within the resort. Sawah Terrace, overlooking the rice paddies, offered a delightful selection of local and international dishes. The farm-to-table concept truly shined through as we savored the flavors of fresh, organic ingredients. Kubu, the signature restaurant, nestled along the river, offered a romantic and intimate dining experience. The exquisite Mediterranean cuisine paired perfectly with the breathtaking views.

During our stay at Mandapa in Bali, our experience was truly elevated by the presence of our exceptional butler, Niti. Her personalized service and attention to detail were integral, if not the main reason why we enjoyed our time at this remarkable resort.

From the moment we arrived, Niti warmly welcomed us, ensuring that every aspect of our stay was tailored to our preferences. Her extensive knowledge of the local area allowed us to seamlessly explore nearby attractions such as the Ubud Monkey Forest and Tegalalang Rice Terrace.

Niti's expertise extended beyond recommendations for off-site excursions. She was instrumental in enhancing our dining experiences at Kubu, the signature restaurant nestled along the river. Her insightful suggestions allowed us to savor the exquisite Mediterranean cuisine while soaking in the breathtaking views. With Niti by our side, the farm-to-table concept truly shined through as we indulged in the flavors of fresh, organic ingredients.

Furthermore, Niti went above and beyond to ensure that our activities at Mandapa catered to our interests. She arranged for us to participate in a traditional Balinese cooking class, where under the guidance of a skilled chef, we learned to prepare authentic dishes using locally sourced ingredients. It was an immersive experience made even more enjoyable with Niti's presence and assistance.

And let's not forget about the spa treatments! Niti effortlessly scheduled rejuvenating sessions for us, allowing us to unwind and embrace true relaxation. The therapists at Mandapa expertly combined traditional techniques with modern wellness practices, leaving us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Overall, our stay at Mandapa in Bali was unforgettable, and Niti played a crucial role in making it so. Her friendly and helpful nature, combined with her dedication to ensuring our satisfaction, left a lasting impression. We eagerly anticipate our return to this stunning resort, knowing that Niti will be there to create more wonderful memories with us.

Room tip: Book the spa and activities ahead of your stay to enjoy your experience to the max as there is plenty to do in Ubud.
Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reka Yanti, Other at Mandapa, A Ritz-carlton Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2023

Dear Hassanqtr,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Mandapa in Bali. We are delighted to hear that you and Mrs. RoRo had such a fantastic stay and that every aspect of your visit exceeded your expectations.

It warms our hearts to know that you felt genuinely welcomed from the moment you arrived, and we appreciate your kind words about the warm smiles and hospitality of our staff. Our team takes great pride in providing exceptional service, and it's truly rewarding to hear that their efforts contributed to making your stay memorable.

Thank you for the recognition and compliments to management and all team members, and especially Niti, your Butler/Patih. Recognition like yours inspires and motivates our team to continue delivering outstanding service.

It's also fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the spa, restaurants, and overall resort facilities. We strive to create a seamless and immersive experience for our guests, and your positive feedback reinforces that we are on the right track.

Thank you once again for choosing Mandapa, and we hope to welcome you and Mrs. RoRo back for another unforgettable stay in the future.

Warm regards,

Reka Yanti
Resort Manager
reka.yanti@ritzcarlton.com

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